A Life Spent Wondering

The Backstory of Nike's Famous Slogan

The Backstory of Nike's Famous Slogan

“Just Do It” is one of the most popular and recognizable slogans of the past 50 years. It’s incredibly simple and effective and is considered a major success in the world of creative advertising. Inspiration for such achievements can come from many places, as the story behind this one proves. read more

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The Strange Solution for Leap Years

The Strange Solution for Leap Years

If you ask anyone what a leap year is, they'll likely say it's the extra day that February gets every 4 years. While that's mostly true, the longer answer is a bit more complicated. read more

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What is the Inspiration Behind the Times Square Ball Drop?

What is the Inspiration Behind the Times Square Ball Drop?

Every December 31st, millions of people fix their eyes upon Times Square. Whether people decide to brave the crowds in person or watch from the comfort of their homes, everyone is waiting for just one event: the infamous ball drop to ring in the new year. What was the inspiration for this concept that keeps us watching time and time again? read more

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Riding Shotgun

Riding Shotgun

If there are more than two people riding in a car, it almost inevitable that a nice, calm walk toward the vehicle will turn into a running riot as one person yells “shotgun!” and everyone makes a dash for the passenger door. Of course, the others could just admit defeat and give up the coveted spot, but there is no fun in that. Putting all competition aside, where did the term “riding shotgun” originate? read more

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What is the Symbolism Behind the Olympic Rings?

What is the Symbolism Behind the Olympic Rings?

With the 2014 Winter Olympic games in Sochi, Russia underway and the unfortunate malfunction of one of the rings during the opening ceremonies, discussions about the infamous Olympic logo have become quite popular in social media. One topic of conversation is the logo's symbolism, but there are a couple of popular misconceptions about exactly what the flag represents. read more

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How to Spot a One-way Mirror

How to Spot a One-way Mirror

One-way mirrors are synonymous with detective scenes. A criminal sits in a bright, white room with a big mirror on one of the walls, and on the other side cops sit in darkness to observe. That's all well and good, but there are plenty of places where a one-way mirror would creep us out. How can you tell the difference? read more

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