The History Of United States Elections

October 17, 2013

History Of United States Elections

An exhaustive look at the history of US elections begs the question: what caused the American South to become so jarringly red in the latter half of the 20th century? Some claim that when the Civil Rights Movement took the country by storm in the 1960s, desegregation, the Voting Rights Act and Civil Rights Act by Democratic administrations left a formerly blue-blooded, slaveholding South feeling “betrayed” by their own party. Sniffing out their vulnerability, Republicans reached out to these incensed southern Democrats and–relatively quickly–drew them to their side of the aisle. This process is dubbed the “Southern strategy”, and as you can tell not much has changed since.

The 20 Best All That Is Interesting Articles That You Should Read

October 17, 2013

We’ve been bringing you everything from the bizarre to the beautiful for over three years now–and often writing at length about some of our more fascinating findings all the while. And just in case you’ve missed some of them, here’s a quick way to catch up! Without further ado, here are the best All That Is Interesting articles that you haven’t read yet:

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The World’s Most Remote Places

Remote Places Interesting Articles

Internet surfing can serve many purposes, ranging from informing yourself of current events to stalking your ex to scouring for a Portuguese dish to make for a pretentious dinner party. Each of these activities are united by one thing, though: you are absolutely alone while you do them. But if that cyber solitude isn’t enough to get your introvert on, you might peruse our list of the world’s most remote places and jet off to an uninhabited archipelago smack between South Africa and South America or a scenic roadless province in Tibet. Or, at the very least, daydream about it.

Interesting Articles: Incredible Natural Phenomena

Natural Phenomena Lightning

If you’re anything like us, the enjoyment of nature is often translated as “admiring its beauty from the insect-free comforts of your computer screen”. That rings especially true in the case of natural phenomena, which when they’re not found at a prohibitively far distance from your home are potentially quite dangerous. For those of you with a naturalist’s heart but an agoraphobic’s mind, check out the world’s most mind-blowing natural phenomena.

99 Interesting Facts About The World To Blow Your Mind

Interesting Facts

When Twister was first introduced, many referred to it as sex in a box. Otters sleep holding hands. Twenty percent of coffee mugs contain fecal matter (gross). If you’re on the prowl for awesome party trivia, look no further than this handy list of interesting facts that we’ve compiled for you. Great news: we’ve got 99 of ‘em.

The Astounding Origins Of English Idioms

All That Is Interesting Articles Idioms

Given our familiarity with the language, it’s quite easy for us to assume that the English language, much unlike its more “exotic” and “colorful” linguistic counterparts, lacks rich and imaginative idioms. If you’re one of those who thinks that your mother tongue is rather bland, fear not! We’re here to remind you of seven idioms with bizarre–and fascinating–origins.

42 Staggering Photos Of Abandoned Detroit

All That Is Interesting Articles Detroit

The Motor City has certainly seen some brighter days. Declaring bankruptcy in 2011, Detroit is one of the many–yet most visibly–suffering cities in the wake of the Great Recession. The industrial metropolis once served as home to around two million people, but today the numbers hang just over 700,000. Truly a dying city, these photos of an abandoned Detroit are incredibly sobering.

13 Examples Of Ridiculous 20th Century Anti-Marijuana Propaganda

October 16, 2013

From fostering crazy orgies, conversations with Satan to sheer insanity, in the early 20th century it seemed there was little that marijuana couldn’t do to ruin your life. This anti-reefer hysteria was, at least in part, the product of belligerent Federal Bureau of Narcotics commissioner Harry J. Anslinger’s “call to arms” campaign against the plant commencing in the 1930s. Thanks to his strategic use of mass media and emotionally jarring headlines steeped in racism, anti-marijuana propaganda spread from sea to shining sea, uniting an otherwise struggling and divided nation in a fight against the ills of nature.

The anti-marijuana fervor only escalated throughout the latter half of the century, and since Richard Nixon formally declared a war on drugs in 1971, the US government has spent around $1 trillion fighting–however nominally–the illegal drug industry. While Attorney General Eric Holder recently came out against this failed endeavor, it’s going to take a lot more than a few amendments to change a culture so fixated on the terror of a single plant.

All images above come from Weed Watch.

Jimi Hendrix At Woodstock

October 15, 2013

Jimi Hendrix At Woodstock

Often deemed the music performance that defined the 1960s, music expert and Jimi Hendrix scholar Joel Brattin has picked up on some of the most interesting elements of Hendrix’s iconic performances that you may not have otherwise known:

1. Hendrix performed with a temporary band. The Jimi Hendrix Experience, with which he had recorded three smash albums and electrified crowds at the Monterey Pop Festival two summers before, had broken up. Hendrix assembled a group he called Gypsy Suns and Rainbows, which included two musicians he had played with at the start of his career on the Chitlin’ Circuit in Nashville: bassist Billy Cox and guitarist Larry Lee. Neither had ever performed in front of a large crowd before. Drummer Mitch Mitchell, who was part of the Experience, and two percussionists rounded out the band, one of the largest Hendrix ever appeared with. The group performed just twice more before disbanding.

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10 Underrated Iconic Photos From The Twentieth Century

October 14, 2013

Ingrid Bergman In Exile

(Gordon Parks, 1949) This shot of an isolated Ingrid Bergman was taken during the filming of “Stromboli” while in exile in Italy. Bergman’s flee abroad was a response to the public scorn to which she was subject (even the U.S. Senate denounced her as “a powerful influence for evil) for having an affair–and ultimately a child–with Italian director Roberto Rossellini while still married to her Swedish husband. Bergman would later marry Rossellini, have three more children (including famed actress Isabella Rossellini), and then divorce him in 1957. While Bergman did return to the United States, her private decisions as a woman tended to divide her professional life into “Before” and “After” the affair. No matter, though; Bergman’s work in “Anastasia” won her an Oscar for Best Actress in 1956.

German Hyperinflation

(Photographer unknown, 1921-1923) An image accurately representing Germany’s the pervasive hyperinflation, this photo depicts children playing with worthless German currency. At the height of Germany’s hyperinflation, it took 4.2 trillion Deutsche Marks to equal $1 USD. War reparations after World War I saddled the country with huge debt to other countries (namely the United States) and stoked emotional vulnerabilities that helped enable Adolf Hitler’s words resonate with many struggling Germans.

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The Holland House, 1940

October 13, 2013

Not even destruction could deter these Britons from a good read. Taken at a bombed library in Kensington, London, the building’s patrons truly embody the maxim “Keep calm and carry on”.