" Of all the preposterous assumptions of humanity over humanity, nothing exceeds most of the criticisms made on the habits of the poor by the well-housed, well-warmed, and well-fed. "
Herman Melville

Back in the day


Construction of Hoover Dam Begins

Standing 726 ft (221 m) high and 1,244 ft (379 m) long, the Hoover Dam on the Colorado River between the US states of Nevada and Arizona is one of the world's largest dams, impounding Lake Mead, the country's largest reservoir. Upon its completion, it was the world's largest electric power producing facility and the world's largest concrete structure. In fact, some of the concrete is still curing today, and there is enough concrete in the dam to pave a two-lane highway from New York to where?



Dead Malls

Dead malls are shopping centers with high vacancy rates or low consumer traffic. Due to changes in the department store industry, many formerly popular malls have been left without an "anchor" store, causing other retailers to fail. Since newer "big box" chains typically prefer to occupy their own free-standing buildings, malls' anchor store spaces are being left vacant, and the malls then slowly "die." Dixie Square Mall, a dead mall in Illinois, was used to film a car chase scene in what movie?

Born on a day like today


Satchel Paige

Reputed to have won 2,000 of the 2,500 games he pitched during his nearly 30-year career, Paige first made a name for himself playing in the Negro baseball leagues. In 1948, shortly after Jackie Robinson broke baseball's race barrier, a 42-year-old Paige entered the major leagues. In his first season, he helped his team earn a World Series victory, and in 1971, he became the first Negro leagues star to be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. What are Paige's famous "Rules for Staying Young"?

Last updated on Wednesday, 7th July 2010

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