The Texas Quilt Museum says there were 21 million quilters in the U.S. in 2010.

Chickens with red earlobes lay brown eggs.

Magnesium aluminum oxide sure forms spinel, a coveted gem whose red variant is sometimes confused with ruby. It was used in the Timur Ruby necklace made for Queen Victoria. And an egg-sized lump of it forms the centerpiece of the Imperial State Crown. Both are part of the British Crown Jewels, and there's an even bigger rock, the Samarian spinel, in the Iranian Crown Jewels.

The longest word in the English language has 189,819 letters, takes more than three hours to pronounce, and is the name of a protein that begins with "methio" and ends in "leucine." The protein is nicknamed "titin."

James Dean had a slice of apple pie and a glass of milk at a roadside diner before his fatal wreck.


letters at 3am

  • Oligarchy Blues

    Without fair elections and a viable legislative process at federal and state levels, the republic no longer exists

    Thu., June 26, 2014

  • Snyder 'R' Us

    Despite the illusion of autonomy, we have been colonized by the Oligarchy

    Thu., June 12, 2014

  • Hitting the Street

    Michael Ventura remembers how poverty bred contempt toward those he loved the most

    Thu., May 29, 2014

day trips

  • July 3, 2014

    Natural Bridge Caverns is home to Buddy the giraffe
  • June 26, 2014

    Northeast Texas Trail from Farmersville to New Boston is the longest Texas rails-to-trails project
  • June 19, 2014

    Follow the trail to Lynchburg, Tenn., and the Jack Daniel's Distillery

gay place

  • July 3, 2014

    Go forth and blow it up for the Fourth
  • June 26, 2014

    Prove how much you love SM and help San Marcos have their first Pride!
  • June 19, 2014

    Our gay chamber celebrates 17 years of working toward economic equality for all

the good eye

the common law

the luv doc

  • Thanks, SCOTUS

    Americans should be highly suspicious of people walking around in robes

    Wed., July 2, 2014

  • Underappreciated

    A beach house in Malibu is really sweet, but not if you have to share it with an ingrate who doesn’t pick up after himself

    Wed., June 25, 2014

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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?