Kee Malesky en In The Royal Baby Guessing Game, What's The Surname? Plantagenets, Tudors, Stuarts, Hanovers and now what?<p>There's been plenty of speculation about what name will be chosen for the first child of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (better known as Will and Kate). Bets are being placed on Charlotte, Alice, Grace, Charles, George, James, etc. Sat, 13 Jul 2013 22:32:00 +0000 Kee Malesky 39505 at Close The Year Out With Some Best-Selling Last Words People often make lists of the greatest opening lines in fiction, but closing lines really appeal to me. They're your final moments with a book and can help you remember and treasure it forever.<p>The last weekend of the year seems an appropriate time to consider the final words of our favorite novels and short stories. Here are some that I'm especially fond of:<p><strong><em>The Great Gatsby</em></strong><br />F. Scott Fitzgerald<br />"So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past."<p><em><strong>Middlemarch</strong><br /></em>George Eliot Sun, 30 Dec 2012 12:50:00 +0000 Kee Malesky 25988 at She Was The Only Woman To Get The Medal Of Honor In all of American history, only one woman has been awarded the Medal of Honor — and Congress tried to take it back.<p>Her name was Mary Edwards Walker, and she was a doctor at a time when female physicians were rare. She graduated from the Syracuse Medical College, and at the outbreak of the Civil War traveled to Washington with the intention of joining the Army as a medical officer. Mon, 26 Nov 2012 21:45:00 +0000 Kee Malesky 24053 at The Strangely True Tale Of Johnny Appleseed Apples — right off the tree, baked in a pie, pressed into cider or mashed into sauce — are a basic element of American culture. October is the month to celebrate them, thanks, in part, to Johnny Appleseed.<p>You've probably heard of the legendary character who traveled the Midwest planting trees, but he's not a myth. Johnny Appleseed's real name was John Chapman, and he was born in Massachusetts in either 1774 or 1775.<p>He was first noticed by history in 1801 when he arrived on horseback at the farm of John Stedden in Licking Creek, Ohio. Sat, 20 Oct 2012 21:12:00 +0000 Kee Malesky 21967 at Antietam 'Death Studies' Changed How We Saw War In mid-September 1862, the Civil War was only a year and a half old, and many Americans in the North and the South still clung to the view that this war was a noble, glorious, even romantic undertaking. That notion was shattered forever when Alexander Gardner and his assistant James Gibson, working for photographer Mathew Brady's firm, came to Antietam Creek near Sharpsburg, Md.<p>Robert E. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia and George McClellan's Army of the Potomac had collided there in a battle that was, and remains, the nation's bloodiest day. Sat, 15 Sep 2012 12:14:00 +0000 Kee Malesky 20077 at Feathers And Rubber Bands: A Golf Ball Story If you're Tiger Woods or Rory McIlroy teeing off in the final rounds of the 2012 PGA Championship this weekend, you're probably not thinking about the fascinating history of the golf ball. But those of us who are just spectating can take a moment to contemplate this little gem of modern engineering. From wood to feathers to tree sap, rubber bands, cork or compressed air — today's little white spheroid has had an interesting evolution.<p>Back in the mist of history, the game of golf was played with balls carved from hardwood. Sat, 11 Aug 2012 21:12:00 +0000 Kee Malesky 17664 at Live Pigeon Shooting And Other Odd Olympic Games The 1900 Olympic Games in Paris hosted what was surely the weirdest and most bizarre Olympic event of all time: live pigeon shooting.<p>The winner was Leon de Lunden of Belgium, who bagged 21 of the 300 birds that were released to the gun-toting competitors. Perhaps the sight of all those gory feathers fluttering down from the Olympic sky was too horrible for the audience and the organizers; the event never returned.<p>It may not have been an official Olympic sport, either — the IOC barely acknowledges Mr. de Lunden or the event in its archives. Sat, 28 Jul 2012 19:36:00 +0000 Kee Malesky 16717 at Follow The Money: On The Trail Of Watergate Lore "Follow the money" – a phrase that's now part of our national lexicon — was supposedly whispered to reporter Bob Woodward by Deep Throat as a way to cut through the lies and deceptions and find the truth about the Watergate scandal. The so-called third-rate burglary that happened 40 years ago this weekend ended the presidency of Richard Nixon. Sat, 16 Jun 2012 16:15:00 +0000 Kee Malesky 13895 at How Swiss Guards And Sacred Geese Saved Rome Maybe you've heard of the sack of Rome? Not a paper or cloth bag, but more in the way a quarterback experiences it — attacked and plundered.<p>On May 6, 1527, mutinous troops of Charles V, head of the Holy Roman Empire — which is sometimes described as neither holy, Roman nor an empire — surpassed the horrors of earlier barbarian invasions. Churches and palaces were looted, nuns assaulted and citizens tortured and killed.<p>At the Vatican, the Swiss Guard was almost completely wiped out defending St. Peter's Basilica, fighting on the steps of the high altar. Sun, 06 May 2012 15:46:00 +0000 Kee Malesky 10367 at