Friday, April 30, 2010

Informational Reading

7 Things You Should Know About The Kentucky Derby. Because it comes around again tomorrow!

The Kentucky Derby’s Forgotten Jockeys. In 1875, 13 out of 15 Kentucky Derby jockeys were black, but in 2009, all 20 riders were white.

Sir Patrick Stewart talks about Shakespeare, and briefly about his other roles. In this interview, he talks about modern variations on the Bard, including MacBeth's witches as nurses and King Lear as a cowboy.

5 of History’s Great Bank Robberies. What makes them "great" is the stories we get to tell about them.

Confessions of a cranky census worker.

Brent Jones doesn't exist: he has no birth certificate, no social security number, and as he graduates, can get no college aid because of his lack of legal documentation. When a newspaper got involved, things started to happen. (via Metafilter)

The Top Ten US Generals, in chronological instead of ranked order. Feel free to join in the arguments about whether a confederate leader was a "US General".

Roman lead ingots mined 2,000 years ago are an archaeological treasure. They are also non-radioactive and perfect for shielding a nuclear particle detector for cutting-edge physics experiments. (via Evil Mad Scientist Laboratories)

9 Big Names Who Lived Above the (Tax) Law. But only until they were caught.

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