Bring Me Your Poor

At its peak, during World War II, Fort Knox held enough pure gold to make 90 Statues of Liberty.

Truth in Advertising

On the original Star Trek, many sets include pipes and tubes marked “GNDN”.

That’s an in-joke among the set designers — it stands for “Goes Nowhere, Does Nothing.”


“There’s just some people you don’t hit with a pie and that’s all there is to it.” — Buster Keaton

In a Word

n. the imp of mischief in a printing house

Sergeant Stubby

John Robert Conroy may have regretted bringing his bull terrier to France in World War I — the dog became the star of his unit. It won:

  • 3 Service Stripes
  • Yankee Division YD Patch
  • French Medal, Battle of Verdun
  • 1st Annual American Legion Convention Medal, Minneapolis
  • New Haven World War I Veterans Medal
  • Republic of France Grande War Medal
  • St. Mihiel Campaign Medal
  • Purple Heart (retroactive)
  • Chateau Thierry Campaign Medal
  • 6th Annual American Legion Convention
  • Humane Education Society Gold Medal

I’m not making any of that up. “Sergeant Stubby” fought in the trenches for a year and a half, warning of poison gas attacks, finding wounded soldiers, and listening for incoming shells. He met Woodrow Wilson and John Pershing, was wounded several times, and even learned to salute. His remains are on display at the Smithsonian.

Get Bent

An optical illusion.

The parallel lines are straight.

Whole Lotta Love

Led Zeppelin never won a Grammy.


In 1996, Göran Kropp rode a bicycle from his home in Sweden to Mount Everest, scaled it alone without oxygen tanks, and cycled back home.

“It is not the mountain we conquer,” wrote Edmund Hillary, “but ourselves.”

The Mokeys Have O Tails

Pago Pago has always been known locally as Pango Pango.

When U.S. Navy officers first wrote to Washington from the island territory, they used a typewriter with a defective “N” key.


“He has to retreat into his fanciful world in order to survive. Otherwise, he leads kind of a dull, miserable life. I don’t envy dogs the lives they have to live.” — Charles M. Schulz, on Snoopy