34 Opponents Freed to Mark 50 Years of Equatorial Guinea Independence–But. . .

In what looks like a tropical paradise, press reports say that dictator Obiang of Equatorial Guinea has pardoned 34 members of the opposition party, among others, to mark the 50th anniversary of his country's independence from Spain. The main opposition party says many of those released have been tortured. Equatorial Guinea: President Obiang frees 34…

Woman in the Iron Coffin

Homicide? This body in the iron coffin? They opened it as a crime scene investigation. But no. They were dealing with 150-year-old remains. Definitely one of the more interesting smallpox stories I've run across. I had to share this Newsweek article with you. The photo above is the facial reconstruction included in the article. 150-year-old remains…

A Blog by Any Other Name

Blog. Now there’s an interesting word. According to the Oxford English Dictionary, this shortened word was coined May 23, 1999. According to Wikipedia, Jorn Barger coined the term “weblog” (a log on the web) on December 17, 1997. Then on that historic date in May 1999, Peter Merholz jokingly broke the word into the two-word…