| Jun 15, 2014
| 4:33 AM
In September 1886, a solitary, blue-capped figure on a Columbia Expert bicycle approached a house in Elk Falls, Kansas, as rain obscured the green hills. The rider was George B. Thayer, who had cycled more than 3,600 miles around the country, starting...
| Jun 16, 2014
| 11:23 AM
Around the globe, productivity is said to take a steep hit every four years when the World Cup rolls around. Entire countries shut down -- often in the middle of a weekday. After the 2010 World Cup, one study estimated the decline in economic output in...
| Jun 17, 2014
| 3:51 PM
Charles Dickens would recognize the curve of the river and the placement of the streets -- but he would be surprised to learn that his "Bleak House" is right across the street from something called "Fight Club."
The good folks at the British...
| Jun 18, 2014
| 9:54 AM
Jay Leno no longer has "The Tonight Show," but he'll soon have a new honor to add to his resume. On Wednesday, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts announced that the comedian will receive the 17th annual Mark Twain Prize for American Humor....
| Jun 18, 2014
| 10:30 AM
WASHINGTON -- Comedian Jay Leno has been tapped by the Kennedy Center to receive this year's Mark Twain Prize for American Humor.
The award will be presented Oct. 19 at a Kennedy Center ceremony to be broadcast Nov. 23 on PBS stations. The comedy award,...
| Jun 21, 2014
| 10:00 AM
When she was a young girl, Russi Taylor and her family visited Disneyland, where she had a close and remarkable encounter with Walt Disney himself.
"It was night time and we had just gotten off of the Mark Twain boat ride. There was a man sitting on the...
| Aug 1, 2014
| 12:00 PM
It's a question we pose daily, and with increasing frequency in an age of digital bounty and instant entertainment: "What am I in the mood for?" We ask it of office mates at lunch, friends before taking in a movie, with family on weekends. We stare at the...
| Jul 31, 2014
| 10:30 AM
Dick Smith, known as the "Godfather of Makeup," has died at age 92. Smith's protege, Rick Baker, tweeted of the legend's passing on Thursday morning.
The master is gone. My friend and mentor Dick Smith is no longer with us. The world will not be the...
| Jun 3, 2014
| 11:06 AM
She was considered one of the most devious, and love-to-hate brats on prime-time television. And she is coming to Hartford. Alison Arngrim, the actress who played Nellie Oleson on the 1970s hit television show "Little House On the Prairie" will be the...
| Jun 11, 2014
| 12:30 PM
Fast on the uptake as ever, the speaker of the U.S. House, the permanently tanned if not taxidermied John Boehner, has delivered his judgment on the ever-unfolding scandal at the Veterans Administration: "The fact that more than 57,000 veterans are...
| May 24, 2014
| 4:32 AM
Admiral William Sheffield Cowles and his wife, Anna "Bamie" Roosevelt Cowles, must have slipped into Union Station quietly, without being recognized.
Had the mid-day travelers in the lobby noticed them, they would certainly have put two and two together...