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It’s Almost Wolfenoot!

Here’s the lowdown — and adorable origin story — of the world’s newest and fluffiest holiday. A day just for dogs There are so many holidays to celebrate different members of the family — Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, and Grandparents Day, for example. A seven-year-old boy decided that we need a day just for dogs. […]

Actual and Factual Facts About Soda Pop

This article was first published in our 31st annual edition, Uncle John’s Actual and Factual Bathroom Reader. Generic name The generic name for a soft drink varies by region: In New England and the Southwest, it’s generally called “soda,” in the Midwest and Pacific Northwest, it’s generally “pop,” and in Texas and the South it’s called “Coke” (even […]

When Canada Tried to Join America

If there’s ever a 51st state in the United States, it’ll most likely be Puerto Rico or the District of Columbia. But if these very small political movements had had their way, we’d already have more states: former Canadian provinces. All of Western Canada The Unionest (“union” + “best”) formed in 1980 by former members […]

Stan Lee Was Truly “Excelsior!”

Stan Lee passed away this week at the age of 95. As the chief creative mind at Marvel Comics for decades, he helped make comics a viable literary form and a distinctly American contribution to art with near-mythological-level by introducing everyone from Spider-Man to the Avengers to the X-Men to the Fantastic Four to the […]


The Simpsons just started its unprecedented thirtieth season on the air. This one is sure to include some special celebrity guest stars…which is old hat for the series. Here are some stories behind some Simpsons cameos.  Leonard Nimoy  One of the most famous episodes of The Simpsons is the 1993 installment “Marge Vs. the Monorail.” When Springfield […]