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The cappa (cloak) of St. Martin of Tours is a holy relic, cared for by priests called "capellani," from which the term "chaplain" is derived.

As the only child of the Dallas secretary who invented Wite-Out, Michael Nesmith of the Monkees inherited $25 million in 1980. In today's dollars, that fortune would be worth $72 million.

Rudyard Kipling (1865–1936), who was strongly influenced by Indian culture, used a swastika as his personal emblem on the covers of many editions of his books. The symbol has been found worldwide, but is especially common in India. A version in which the arms are bent clockwise was used as a charm to bring good fortune.

Alfred Hitchcock was so afraid of police that he gave up driving out of fear of being pulled over by an officer.

Snow Dome, a peak in Canada, is the world's only triple continental divide (water flowing to the Pacific, Arctic, and Atlantic oceans).

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letters at 3am

day trips

  • August 14, 2014

    Watch the world go about its business as you do yours in Sulphur Springs
  • August 7, 2014

    A sometimes-Green Bay Packers fan gets a lesson in love
  • July 31, 2014

    Historic grocery store is a time capsule to the past

gay place

  • August 14, 2014

    Another week with too much LGBTQ to do in ATX. Dang.
  • August 7, 2014

    Who knew the guys at Chain Drive had a "soft" opening?
  • July 31, 2014

    You will see red if the Austin Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence have their way

the good eye

  • August 14, 2014

    Learn a little more about the woman who parties like it's 1929
  • August 7, 2014

    Don't call them action figures
  • July 31, 2014

    Take a trip back in time: Just make sure you're properly outfitted for it

the common law

the luv doc

  • Gerbling

    Some people like to push the envelope

    Wed., Aug. 13, 2014

  • Getting Good Gigs

    Have a band. Play music. Enjoy it. Nerd the fuck out.

    Tue., Aug. 5, 2014

page two

after a fashion

  • June 28, 2013

    Your Style Avatar would look great sporting these parasols
  • June 21, 2013

    Stephen's got a brand new bag, and it has some local landmarks on it
  • June 14, 2013

    Is this a turn of the page or an entire new chapter?