Mozart may have died from complications stemming from strep throat or scarlet fever. His death has also been blamed on intentional poisoning, rheumatic fever, and trichinosis, a parasitic disease caused by eating raw or undercooked pork.

Lauren Bacall and Shimon Peres are first cousins.

In 2012, Steve Heydon of the Bohart Museum of Entomology discovered what may be the smallest moth in the world. Looking through unmounted insects from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, he noticed a moth about 1mm long. The moth is a new species.

Only one U.S. president has ever received a patent – in 1849, Abraham Lincoln was given a patent (No. 6469) for a device to lift boats over shoals.

Do you sneeze when you see bright sky or light? Then you are one of the 18-35% of humans who have photic sneeze reflex.


letters at 3am

  • That Word 'Oligarchy'

    Oligarchy is upon us, claw and beak, and has been for some time

    Thu., July 10, 2014

  • 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

day trips

gay place

  • July 17, 2014

    Just like every other day in the Austin week Sunday is way more than Bloody Marys and brunch
  • July 10, 2014

    On a mission to find Uranus
  • July 3, 2014

    Go forth and blow it up for the Fourth

the good eye

  • July 17, 2014

    Pull up that Arvin and read about from whence it came
  • July 10, 2014

    Get down with your bad self sans fear of crotch-leeches
  • July 3, 2014

    Them other boys don't know how to craft ...

the common law

the luv doc

  • Whoopsy!

    You’re not the nearly flawless person you believe other people think you are

    Wed., July 16, 2014

  • A Terror

    America has got to stop treating parenthood as some inalienable right, like assault weapon ownership or hydraulic fracturing

    Wed., July 9, 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?