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Soda. Pop. Coke. Fizzy drink. Seeing as how most soft drinks were made by chemists, it’s not surprise that there are some strange origins to many of the sodas we all know and love. I’ve scoured Wikipedia to bring you some of the more interesting stories.


Thanks, Greg!

29Feb12

Back in 1582, Pope Gregory XIII was fed up with the Easter holiday getting earlier and earlier every year. It was getting earlier because the old calendar that Julius Caesar introduced calculated a full year as only 365.25 days. Well the Romans were wrong and after realizing that a year was actually 365.2425, which is […]


Since Christmas isn’t really more than an appropriated version of pagan solstice celebrations, it makes sense that some of the traditions associated with the holiday are akin to something from Grimms’ Fairy Tales. Here are some of the most interesting: 1. Catalonian Christmas Definitely the weirdest Christmas on Earth, I am not even sure where […]


One of the greatest features on Wikipedia is the indexing of amazing categories that you wouldn’t be able to find anywhere else. Our Great Country is comprised of fifty states, each with their own splendor. State nicknames offer a great chance to see how legislators (or whoever it is that decides what to put on […]


The legend of John Fare¬†is the story of a man who slowly destroyed his own body. As one version of the story goes, Fare was a performance¬†artist whose performances involved the amputation of parts of his body and their replacement with metal or plastic decorations. Between 1964 and 1968, performing across Europe and Canada, he […]


Everyone loves a good failed coup. And while Kennedy’s attempt to overthrow Castro caught the media’s attention, a better caper was the satirically named Bayou of Pigs, technically called Operation Red Dog. It’s hard to figure out where to start since the story really reaches to the limits of absurdity. So back in 1981, some […]


The Island of Sark was the world’s last remaining feudal land, until it decided to end its super-rad status and reject feudalism in 2008 (lame). If it’s not broken, don’t fix it. Amongst tons of other crazy customs that could only exist in a feudal land on a remote island in the English Channel, Sarkians […]