It’s truer in 2018 than it was in 2017, or 2016, or 2015: Any survey of the year’s best TV can only provide a tiny sampling of the finest the medium had to offer. The perception of this particular year is that it was one characterized by good, not great programming—to which the TV critics of The A.V. Club offer, as a rejoinder, the number of worthy shows that aren’t on the list below. Please spare us the reminders of those we didn’t include; their ghosts and the second thoughts they conjure are already plenty haunting. Instead, revel in a year of television that introduced us to infatuated assassins and fatuous scions of wealth, expanded the worlds of its comedies to previously inconceivable bounds, and gave the best show of the decade the ending (and the musical coda) it deserved. And while you’re at it, give thanks to the reconciling sisters and bewildered military veterans who kept their dramatic exploits from running over the 30-minute mark. … [Read more...] about The best TV of 2018
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Hidden in Fayette County, Pennsylvania, is one of the best-kept secrets of the National Park System -- Friendship Hill National Historic Site, home of Albert Gallatin from 1789 to 1825. Though little-known today, Gallatin, a Swiss immigrant to America, was an influential man who joined Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and James Monroe in shaping the philosophy of this nation.Albert Gallatin lived in this plain brick house for 40 years, which becameIn 1783, when he was a young man, Gallatin visited the Revolutionary leader Patrick Henry. After that one visit, Henry declared him "a most astonishing man!" Gallatin advised Presidents on foreign and economic affairs, reduced the national debt, and arranged financing for the Louisiana Purchase and the Lewis and Clark expedition. His influence as a member of the U.S. diplomatic corps helped bring about the end of the War of 1812. He also devised a system by which the executive branch held Congress fiscally accountable. … [Read more...] about Friendship Hill National Historic Site
Charles Alphonse Dufresnoy/ Humans have used poison to dispatch their enemies and rivals for a very long time. Some of history’s greatest figures met their ends through poisoning. For publicly criticizing the ruling class, the Greek philosopher Socrates was executed in 399 B.C. by being made to drink a cup filled with poison hemlock [source: Linder]. Hemlock depresses the central nervous system, leading to slowed respiration and pulse before the body shuts down [source: Perdue]. Around 3,000 B.C., the Kemite pharaoh Menes was documented as the first person to conduct research into poisons. Menes gave rise to a sophisticated knowledge of poisons among the Egyptians culminating 1,500 years later. A papyrus (ancient Egyptian document) dated circa 1553 B.C. found in Luxor, Egypt, in 1872 lists 700 different drugs (including poisons) of animal, mineral or plant origin [source: Hayes]. The Luxor papyrus also includes another significant source of ancient knowledge: antidotes to … [Read more...] about Why would you take poison as medicine?
The newest fan-proposed Lego set will feature pioneering women involved in the NASA space program. Maia Weinstock/Flickr Who among you knows an 8-year-old girl? Or a 12-year-old boy, or a 47-year-old woman — or anybody for whom small, angular pieces of plastic aren't a choking hazard? Because Danish toy brick icon Lego has just announced Women of NASA Lego set will be in stores soon, so three cheers for inspirational science toys based on real-life pioneers. Each year, Lego accepts submissions from the public, inviting anybody with a concept to submit ideas for a new Lego set to be produced and sold commercially (with the designer receiving 1 percent of the profit from sales). The Lego Ideas website runs a public contest for each new round of submissions, and Lego fans from around the world vote on their favorite ideas. Once a project has 10,000 votes, it passes along to the Lego Ideas review board, which chooses the winning concept for that review cycle. The themes of these … [Read more...] about Lego Will Create a ‘Women of NASA’ Set
Isle de Jean Charles, Terrebonne Parish, Louisiana MATTHEW D WHITE/GETTY IMAGES The people of Isle de Jean Charles have lived off the waters surrounding their small Louisiana town for nearly two centuries now. Soon the waters will take the town from them. When that time comes, and nobody quite knows when it will, the people of Isle de Jean Charles hope to be somewhere safe and dry, somewhere where they can still be a family. That family is descended from a band of Native Americans, the Biloxi Chitimacha Choctaw, who fled to the area in the 1830s. They hope to be somewhere where the rising sea can't get to them, where the fury of hurricanes doesn't sting quite as much. But right now, even with nearly $50 million earmarked to fund their move, that's all they have: hope. A Local Crisis, a Global Challenge "On the island road where you cross [into town], when I was growing up, there was land on both sides of the highway," Démé Naquin, a tribal member, told a forum run by … [Read more...] about Tiny Louisiana Community Is Rapidly Vanishing Due to Rising Seas