Al Capone’s Soup Kitchen

March 26, 2014

Al Capones Soup Kitchen

As US officials inched ever closer to infiltrating and apprehending Al Capone in 1930, the infamous gangster decided that it was high time to generate some good publicity while he still could. Thus, Capone opened up a soup kitchen in one of Chicago’s poorest and most crime filled neighborhoods. On Thanksgiving, Capone famously fed over 5,000 of the Windy City’s most vulnerable constituents. Things went as planned–at least for a time–and the press lauded the gangster for his charitable endeavors. Ultimately, though, this positive coverage only enraged the feds, who then ordered closer surveillance of Capone. A little under a year later, Capone’s new home was the slammer.

The Amount Of Snow It Takes To Cancel School Around The Country

March 22, 2014

Snow It Takes To Cancel School

Take note, truants. If you want to make like a bear and sleep through winter, you might want to make a move down south.

An Astonishing Map Of US Economic Activity

March 16, 2014

US Economic Activity Map

The economic activity New York City conducts in a day is what many other cities see in a year. The country’s biggest economic region and the world’s second largest city economy outside of Tokyo, as of 2010 the city had a gross metropolitan product of $1.28 trillion.

The 4 Craziest Conspiracies That Were Totally True

March 10, 2014
True Conspiracies White House

Source: Wikipedia

True Conspiracies: The Business Plot

Imagine the United States of America ruled by a fascist dictatorship. Not the kind your uncle is always complaining about, mind you, but a real one with an actual goose-stepping il Duce type giving orders to the president on all matters of policy. That almost happened in 1933, when a group of American businessmen tried to install a retired Marine Corps general as a shadow dictator to offset the perceived threat of Franklin Delano Roosevelt.

Of course, by “almost happened,” it’s more accurate to say that the conspirators were caught before they even got close to throwing the switch on their plans. All the same, the Business Plotters, as they came to be known, did manage to give the hilariously named McCormack-Dickstein Committee a light workout as it exposed a group of conspirators that included the heads of General Motors and Chase Manhattan Bank, a French fascist organization called the “Arrow Cross,” and at least one future US Senator, Prescott Bush (yes, that Bush).

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50 Interesting Facts About The 50 US State Capitals

March 9, 2014

Brushing up on your geography skills and packing your cranium with conversation-starting factoids in 10 minutes? This video is a godsend.

An Eye-Opening View Of US State Stereotypes Courtesy Of Auto Complete

February 14, 2014

State AutoComplete Map

With the exception of the “good” state of Oregon and the perennially “important” state of Ohio, it doesn’t appear that many Google users have too high of an opinion on the 50 states of the union.

There is some truth to the stereotypes, though. The most recent Census Bureau report features some harrowing statistics on poverty rates in the American South. 10 of the 12 poorest states are southern. And while approximately 15% of Americans live in poverty (when a family’s income is less than its threshold), in the states of Mississippi, Louisiana, Arkansas, Georgia, South Carolina and Texas, the figure ranges from 18 to 23%.