After a couple of false starts, the FBI claims that the remaining JFK assassination files that were scheduled to be released last week will finally be made public. But historians and researchers still might be somewhat disappointed. After further vetting by intelligence agencies, the FBI says that some sensitive names…
A re-evaluation of JFK’s health history and medical records paints a portrait a man who had to endure a surprising amount of physical discomfort throughout his short life. As president, he did his best to hide his misery from the public—no small miracle, given just how much pain he was forced to endure.
Of all the movie presidents—not fictional presidents like Morgan Freeman’s President Tom Beck in Deep Impact, but rather, actors’ portrayals of real presidents—which one did his best? To help you decide, Candice Drouet put together a quick video showing actors playing presidents, including Robin Williams as Dwight D.…
We all have politics on the brain nowadays, but regardless of your political leanings or feelings about the candidates, it’s worth remembering that it could be weirder. Here’s our list of the best, the worst, and the strangest beings who tried to take residence in the White House.
Last night's State of the Union address by President Barack Obama was tailored around a tenth-grade comprehension level, which is actually higher than his previous speeches.
We know that Ben Franklin didn't really want to make the turkey the national bird. But what other Turkey Fun Facts™ are out there for us to devour? Feast your eyes on this megamix of Meleagris gallopavo truths.
Vocativ analyzed over 600 presidential speeches in US history, measuring syllables and keeping track of word and sentence count to determine the Flesch-Kincaid reading level of each speech. In the beginning, presidential speeches were at the level of a PhD, now it's at the reading comprehension of a 7th grader.
Richard Nixon grew up on a Yorba Linda citrus ranch. Ronald Reagan spent his twilight years in Bel Air. And the two Bushes? Straight outta Compton, if you'll believe it.
The Pythagorean Theorem has been proved many times, and probably will be proven many more times. But only one proof was made by a United States President. Five years before James A Garfield was elected president, he came up with a proof that involves a simple sheet of paper and some scissors.
Time for your weekly edition of the Deadspin Funbag. Got something on your mind? Email the Funbag. Today, we’re covering big dicks, broken jaws, uneaten cupcakes, and more. Image by Jim Cooke.
Here's something that you never really run across eBay or Craigslist: the real Air Force One airplane. As in the freaking flying aircraft that has freaking transported freaking Presidents of the freaking United States of America in the freaking air. Let's buy this thing, people!
It's Presidents' Day, the annual Monday in February when we close our banks and sleep in to honor our leaders. But who was the first early-adopter-in-chief to use a telephone? To ride in a car? To send an email? Here's a look back at which of our 44 presidents have been on the forefront of technology.
While Steven Spielberg gives us his biopic view of Abraham Lincoln this weekend, Lego builder Andrew Becraft offers a less realistic view of the United States' 16th president. He mounts minifig versions of other American leaders atop plastic dinosaurs, gives them guns, and creates moments from a strange alternate…
When many American citizens cast their vote this November, they'll be choosing between the lesser of two evils. But why choose the lesser evil when you can choose a supervillain as your president? After all, supervillains can be effective leaders, provided you can get past the lying, unilateral decision-making,…
Remember that Animaniacs song that names ever single U.S. president? The wacky cartoon's history lesson is still clever, for both kids and adults, kind of like this American Presidents iPad app.
Everybody's been rethinking psychopaths lately. Instead of thinking of psychopathy as a highly problematic and socially dangerous personality disorder, psychologists are increasingly coming to see it as an extremely complex set of characteristics that play an important role in human diversity and experience. And in…
Politics and pop music have a testy relationship. For every song supporting a particular politician or party, five more bash him, her, or it - and more still hate on the entire political system. Still, the relationship persists, and it's never more evident than during campaign seasons when candidates use music to…
Anyone can tell a ghost story. Just throw together a lonely stretch of road, a couple of idiotic teens, and a disappearing hitchhiker. It's harder to make a ghost story that's drenched in historical significance, is clothing-optional, and ends with a Churchillian sting. But it happened. Supposedly.
You know Barack. You know W. Qaddafi, Ahmadinejad, Berluscoli, Wen Jiabao. They're leaders of the world. In POWER Platon, a portrait book iPad app about the world's leaders, you get to see them closer than ever.