General Trivia

RSS feed for this section

Hello! Hi! Howdy!

How do you do? It’s so nice to see you! Now, won’t you sit down and read these origin stories about common American English greeting words? Hello Going back as far as at least the 1400s, words like “hollo” and “holla” were used in England. A speaker shouted them out when they needed to get […]

London Bridge is Down

Queen Elizabeth II is the longest serving monarch in the history of the U.K. She’s in her 90s now, and she’ll die one day, of course. Recently, some British media organizations unveiled part of the intricate and elaborate plan that’s been set into place (and extensively rehearsed) when that day arrives. If she falls ill, […]

The Most Taxed Places on Earth

Today is a painful day—the day when federal income taxes are due in the U.S. If you’re feeling that sting especially hard, be glad you don’t live in one of these countries. Aruba The tropical island nation of Aruba is a very nice place to live: white sandy beaches, clear ocean water, and the highest […]

Your Taxes at Work

Concerned about the government’s priorities? Now you can breathe a sigh of relief, knowing your tax dollars are being well spent on things like… Dough Dope The National Institutes of Drug Abuse spent $780,000 (and five years) studying whether pizza was as addictive as drugs. Findings: 100 college students surveyed said they felt pizza was […]