The Time the Word 'Damn' Almost Got a Man Kicked Out of Congress

The strange, forgotten story of Thomas L. Blanton, one of the most notorious dicks in US political history.


The 'Freedom Fries' Congressman Is Now an Anti-War Crusader

The strange story behind the stupidest moment of the Iraq War debate.


#TBT: That Time an Extramarital Affair Ended a Presidential Campaign

Gary Hart and Donald Trump are almost entirely unalike. But the two men have one thing in common.


#TBT: How a Philly Cheesesteak Destroyed America

The humiliation of John Kerry over a bad sandwich order tells you a lot about how the media covers politics.


#TBT: How This Nixon Ratfucker Conquered Pain

The man who masterminded the Watergate burglary spent his childhood overcoming fear. And he ate a rat one time.


That Time a Replacement Ump Let the Montreal Expos Bat Out of Order

How can one player bat twice in the same spot of a game? In 1995, a replacement umpire named Don January made it happen.


Remembering the Whizzinator, America’s Favorite Fake Plastic Penis

Former NFL player Onterrio Smith's 2005 airport arrest for possessing the drug-test-beating "Original Whizzinator" generated national headlines and punchlines, but the device's strange saga was just getting started.


When JFK Fat-Shamed America's Youth: Throwback Thursday

In 1960, President-elect John F. Kennedy wrote an article for Sports Illustrated titled "The Soft American," warning that the nation was producing too many large, doughy boys. For better and for worse, his ideas continue to resonate.


The NBA Ball That Everyone Hated: Throwback Thursday

In the summer of 2006, the NBA arbitrarily introduced a new synthetic basketball that league commissioner David Stern said was "the best in the world." It was not.


How a 1978 Law Means America Will Never Have a Russia-Style Doping Scandal: Throwback Thursday

Is the difference between Russian and American sporting culture as stark as 'they're willing to cheat, and we're not'? Or is simply the case that we cheat differently?


Throwback Thursday: DaVonte' Neal's Signing Day Fiasco, And The Problem With NLIs

One of the most bizarre recruiting stories in college football history is a cautionary tale, and not for the reasons people think.


Throwback Thursday: College Basketball's Most Brutal Brawl, and the Forgiveness That Followed

A 1972 fight between Ohio State and Minnesota left Luke Witte with lasting damage—but also produced a surprising story of interpersonal healing.