The Story of the Original Bill Nye: "The Funny Guy"

The Story of the Original Bill Nye: "The Funny Guy"

Doubtless you're all familiar with Bill Nye The Science Guy, the PBS television host who's show was "known for its quirky humor and rapid-fire MTV-style pacing". While his moniker served to brand him as a very specific type of lovable nerd, it also helped to differentiate him from the original Bill Nye. That's right, the Bill Nye you know and love is not the first!

Pride Or Prejudice: Why Did Mark Twain Detest Jane Austen So Much?

Pride Or Prejudice: Why Did Mark Twain Detest Jane Austen So Much?

Who knew that the witty author of 'Adventures of Tom Sawyer' would have such capacity for violence in him? Mark Twain really surprised everyone when he expressed his disgust for Austen's works with such vehemence. He went on to say that "...any library is a good library that does not contain a volume by Jane Austen. Even if it contains no other book."

50 Free eBook Classics for Your Holiday Reading Time

50 Free eBook Classics for Your Holiday Reading Time

For those of you with a little extra peace & quiet this holiday season, I've pulled a list of interesting (and 100% free) public domain titles to fill your e-reader. The list starts out heavy on Charles Dickens and Jules Verne, a couple of my favorites, but also has some James Joyce, Emile Zola, Charlotte Bronte, Anthony Trollope, miscellaneous classic fiction, books on mushrooms, ancient Roman cookbooks, a Buddhism book by the founder of The Theosophical Society, Civil War histories, and a host of other interesting things.

Bin Laden's Bookshelf: 34 Books Read by America's #1 Enemy

Bin Laden's Bookshelf: 34 Books Read by America's #1 Enemy

It has now been well over 6 years since "America's #1 Enemy", Osama Bin Laden, was killed in Pakistan during Operation Neptune Spear. In the wake of his death, US forces seized all of Bin Laden's possessions from his compound, including the contents of his bookshelf. Through a wave of releases from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence in 2016 and earlier this year, a list of English-language books from Bin Laden's own bookshelf has been published. When reading through the list, you'll definitely see a clear pattern of his obsession with taking down America, hearing accounts of his own acts, and Noam Chomsky. The only real surprise on the list to me was his apparent interest in the Illuminati. See below for a list of 34 titles from that bookshelf.

A New Mark Twain Book is Coming Out Next Month. No, Really.

A New Mark Twain Book is Coming Out Next Month. No, Really.

If you've ever wished to own a first edition Mark Twain book, your dreams are about to come true! Believe it or not, a brand new, never-before-published Twain title will be released next month courtesy of Random House. The Purloining of Prince Oleomargarine started as 16 pages of handwritten notes from Twain, written in 1879, discovered in 2011, and then edited/expanded by author Philip Stead this year. The book is also illustrated by the author's wife, Erin Stead (scroll all the way down to see some of the amazing illustrations).