Reading Time: 4 minutes On Memorial Day, the media usually serves up images of cemeteries, rows of tombstones, and endless American flags. However, the other images associated with war get short thrift — but not here at WhoWhatWhy.
Reading Time: 7 minutes Are you in pain from the IRS? Well, you’re in good company. Check out what these characters have to say about paying taxes (or not!): Al Capone, Albert Einstein, Dave Barry, Mark Twain, Mae West, and many others.
Reading Time: 3 minutes Having failed to fully gut Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid, House Speaker Paul Ryan is calling it quits. What’s next for one of Washington’s biggest hypocrites?
Reading Time: 3 minutes Facebook makes money by sucking as much data from your profile and your actions as possible. There is no reason to believe the company will stop doing that until it is compelled to.
Reading Time: 2 minutes In a disturbing maneuver, the Sinclair Broadcast Group enlisted local broadcasters to launch a coordinated attack on the mainstream media’s credibility.
Reading Time: 2 minutes A new study shows that the average debt-ridden college grad delivered almost $100,000 to landlords before they hit 30.
Reading Time: 5 minutes The FBI was caught in a lie by the judge in the already shaky case against the wife of Pulse nightclub shooter Omar Mateen.
Reading Time: 7 minutes A charming selection of some of our favorite quotes about lies, liars, and lying, quotes by the witty, the wacky, and the worldly. And that’s the truth.
Reading Time: 5 minutes Raised age requirements and background checks for gun purchases won’t fix absent-mindedness. Or stupidity.
Reading Time: 10 minutes For decades, conservatives have panned left-leaning judges for disregarding constitutional protocol to enact a “liberal agenda.” But history shows these critics should take a good look at their own side before rushing to judgement.
Reading Time: 2 minutes President Donald Trump wants to solve the school shooting crisis by arming teachers and administrators. But why stop there?
Reading Time: 27 minutes With the passing of Billy Graham, we can expect all the usual homilies and hagiographies. But there’s another side to the role of such very public “men of God” in America’s cynical politics.
Reading Time: 2 minutes In the aftermath of the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, the public learned that the FBI had been alerted twice to the potential danger of shooter Nikolas Cruz. But this is not the first time the FBI screwed up royally.
Reading Time: 3 minutes President Donald Trump should be judged by what he does in office and not what he did with a consenting adult years ago.
Reading Time: 4 minutes John Perry Barlow’s last book, scheduled for June publication, was released for review the day he died. It shines a light on the life of America’s most far-out deadhead.
Reading Time: 2 minutes SpaceX — the corporate brainchild of billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk — sent a red Tesla Roadster into orbit on Tuesday. The successful solo flight of the world’s most powerful rocket ushered in a new space exploration era driven by the private sector.
Reading Time: 3 minutes The Nation magazine is inviting readers to join them on an exciting sightseeing tour of Russia to experience its rich history, politics, and culture. But a few things were noticeably missing in this package. Here’s what a WhoWhatWhy tour would look like.
Reading Time: 2 minutes In Britain, a thoroughly decent public figure makes an honest mistake, then bends over backwards to make amends. Imagine an American politician behaving this way.
Reading Time: 5 minutes Droll, cynical, deliciously nasty comments on the forces that make the world go around, by wickedly witty thinkers from the past and the present.
Reading Time: 9 minutes In honor of Martin Luther King Day, WhoWhatWhy presents — through a fascinating collection of pictures — a brief history of American racism, a look at the kind of hatred, atrocities, and soul-searing humiliation that spurred King into action.