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Magical Thinking: The New York Public Library Has Acquired Joan Didion’s Papers

“We tell ourselves stories in order to live,” wrote Joan Didion. In telling her stories, the novelist, essayist, screenwriter, and socialite accumulated a vast repository of materials that are now in the possession of the New York Public Library.In...

Did Keanu Reeves Say, ‘I Buy Myself Clothes. I Have Great Times by Myself’?

Claim: Keanu Reeves once said, "Someone told me the other day that he felt bad for single people because they are lonely all the time. I told him that’s not true I’m...

Inside The Lavish World Of Gunther VI, The $500 Million German Shepherd Called The ‘Richest Dog In The World’

For years, stories have circulated about a line of dogs named Gunther who inherited the fortune of a wealthy countess in 1992 — but is it all a hoax to help sell real estate?Twitter/WSVNGunther VI relaxing on a velvet...

8 Scientific Benefits of Love

One of the best descriptions of love comes from the 1998 movie Practical Magic, when Gillian (a witch played by Nicole Kidman) tells her nieces, “You ever put your arms out and spin really, really fast? … Well, that’s...

WTF Fun Fact 13217 – The Origin of the Taco

The exact origin of the taco is unknown, but we do have a best guess. What might surprise you is that tacos are a relatively new creation.The first recorded reference to the word ‘taco’ was in the early...

The Brutal Bombing Of The ‘Highway Of Death’ That Led To Some Of The Most Defining Images Of The Gulf War

At the close of the Persian Gulf War, American forces carried out a 10-hour bombardment on Highway 80 that left hundreds dead and destroyed up to 2,700 vehicles.Public DomainAbandoned vehicles line the “Highway of Death” in Iraq. 1991. In the...

The KitchenAid Stand Mixer Recall Rumor Is False

Claim: Whirlpool Corporation and KitchenAid recalled its popular stand mixers due to "extreme amounts of lead." Rating: In January 2023, we received reader mail that asked about a purported recall of KitchenAid stand mixers,...

WTF Fun Fact 13210 – “Fight For Your Right to Party” Was Satire

The Beastie Boys’ hit “Fight For Your Right to Party” was actually a parody of frat culture. In fact, the group hated that the song became an anthem for the kind of partiers they were trying to mock.The...

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‘I apologise to the whole Ukrainian nation’

A former Russian military officer has spoken to the BBC about abuses he said he witnessed in Ukraine.Konstantin Yefremov,...
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