According to Salon, in 2008, archaeologists on a dig in the Gobi Desert found the world's oldest pot stash in the grave of a shaman of the Gushi tribe. The purpose of the cannabis was easily identified because the male plant parts, which are less psychoactive, had been removed.

Rattlesnakes cause the largest number of snakebite fatalities in the United States – on average less than 10 per year.

In the 1780s, under the first U.S. constitution, only 16% of Massachusetts residents were eligible to vote.

In making the 1957 film Loving You, actress Dolores Hart had to do several takes of the final scene – she was the recipient of Elvis Pressley's first onscreen kiss. It seems that she kept blushing. In 1963, she gave up acting to become a Benedictine nun.

According to a 2005 study, over a 23-year period New Jersey taxpayers paid more than $250 billion on a capital punishment system that executed no one.


day trips

  • October 16, 2014

    Crime and punishment in Central Texas
  • October 9, 2014

    Waco zoo has unexpected visitors
  • October 2, 2014

    Llano's Fain's Honey Company and Fredericksburg's Pedernales Brewing Company meet in a bar, and the results will surprise you

gay place

  • October 16, 2014

    It's Coming Out Month big time in Austin this week
  • October 9, 2014

    OUTober is in full swing: Swing and you'll hit an event
  • October 2, 2014

    The week is alive with the sound of Brand New Key, BLXPLTN, Fea, Julie Nolan, GayCL, Cap City Men's Chorus, and more

the good eye


  • October 16, 2014

    We're halfway through the Texas Longhorns season, and the team now stands at 2-4. You could make the argument that...
  • October 9, 2014

    It's Texas-Oklahoma week once again, and the Longhorns, firmly entrenched in a rebuild, might be the least entertaining major program...
  • October 2, 2014

    The Texas head coaching search ostensibly began in 2012 with the focus on two names. Charlie Strong wasn't one...
  • September 25, 2014

    Ladies and gentlemen, thank you for coming out to our roast of University of Kansas head coach Charlie Weis. Charlie's...

letters at 3am

  • A Long Goodbye

    In the first of four parting columns, Michael Ventura announces his decision to end his bieweekly column

    Thu., Oct. 2, 2014

  • Joe Ely's Reverb: An Odyssey

    The road goes on forever, and there's never a destination

    Thu., Sept. 18, 2014

  • Karen Holden's This Music

    This Music, Karen Holden's new poetry collection, expresses the connection between the self and the world

    Thu., Sept. 4, 2014

the common law

the luv doc

  • To Tell The Truth

    If your GF actually cared what you thought, she would have asked you before she bought that dress

    Wed., Oct. 15, 2014

  • A Back Door Man

    This is AMERICA, and we can talk about anal sex without speaking in hushed voices or using obfuscating metaphors

    Wed., Oct. 8, 2014