Founding Fathers live! Most common patriotic names are …


New York Public Library Displays Copy Of The Declaration Of Independence

Thomas Jefferson’s copy of the Declaration Of Independence was on display at the New York Public Library this week.  | Photo by Getty Images

Somebody at WhitePages decided to count how many people are walking around with the names of the Founding Fathers.

The White Pages database and public Social Security records were scoured for names that ring of Liberty.

John Adams, who beat Thomas Jefferson in 1800, beats him again with 9,893 people carrying the name of the second president and only 522 with the name of the anti-Federalist.

The top 14 names are … Continue reading


Fathers know best: A look back at favorite dads


freddieOriginally published Sept. 17, 2013: The latest unconventional obituary to go viral celebrates a dad from Georgia who “attracted more women than a shoe sale at Macy’s.”

“Our dad was a unique and special guy,” Mark McCullough, the oldest of William “Freddie” McCullough’s six kids, tells the Savannah Morning News. “I wanted to do things differently to honor him with an obit that fit him.”

Mark, a filmmaker, is developing a TV show based on his father.

From the obit, it sounds like Dad already wrote the series for him:

(Freddie) hated vegetables and hypocrites. Not necessarily in that order.

(He) was great at growing fruit trees, grilling chicken and ribs, popping wheelies on his Harley at 50 mph, making everyone feel appreciated and hitting Coke bottles at thirty yards with his 45.

Freddie loved to tell stories. And you could be sure 50% of every story was true. You just never knew which 50%.

(He) adored the ladies. And they adored him. There isn’t enough space here to list all of the women from Freddie’s past. There isn’t enough space in the … phone book.

You can read the rest of Freddie’s adventures here.


Another dad who became famous online is a self-proclaimed “old-fashioned, redneck” whose daughter did not adhere to his “modesty guidelines.” You can read about how he gave her an inventive lesson on skimpy clothing here.



And a dad from Canada struck a nerve when he got fed up with his kids not playing outside. He decided to flip back the calendar to 1986. You can read about his experiment with no cellphones, no computers and no Internet here.







Even dads who aren’t around can make a lasting impression. A boy who never got the chance to know his father, an Army sergeant killed in Iraq, is keeping alive the selfless spirit of his dad. Read about the 8-year-old’s generosity here.


And, perhaps we shouldn’t be surprised that the man who wrote “people say nothing is impossible, but I do nothing every day” worked for the government. The (real) father of Christopher Robin and whimsical progenitor to Winnie-the-Pooh was a spy — or more precisely a propaganda writer for a secret military unit during World War I. Bother.


A.A. Milne started writing Winne-the-Pooh for his son, Christopher Robin. The first book was published in 1926.


Charts: The best and worst democracies


The Economist Intelligence Unit’s Democracy Index has rated nations according to how democracy works.

The researchers take into consideration such things as the electoral process, civil liberties, political participation (e.g., voter turnout), the number of women in power, how the country allows its people to participate in lawful protests, if its government functions effectively and its political culture, i.e., whether losing candidates and their supporters accept defeat gracefully.

Many of the countries that come out on top are the homogeneous societies of Scandinavia.

The U.S. comes in 19th, below Malta and Uruguay. (Cough.)


Don’t feel bad. France, you’ll note, isn’t even in the top 25. In 27th place, it’s ranked as a flawed democracy.

But there are far worse. The nations at the bottom of the list according to the Democracy Index … Continue reading