It’s always strangely sad when a piece of pop culture tech becomes obsolete—the demise of, say, VCRs or pay phones is occasion for nostalgic eulogies that call to mind the glory of times gone past. And now it’s time to get ready for another funeral. Soon, not one but two iconic railroad signs will go the way of the dodo, changing the sights and sounds of American transportation forever.
When you think of John Muir, you might envision a bearded naturalist on a hike or standing in front of a magnificent natural vista. But Muir was more than a great explorer and advocate of national parks—he was also an ingenious inventor. As a young boy in Scotland and later Wisconsin, Muir developed an obsession with clocks. There was just one problem: His authoritarian father, Daniel, filled every waking hour with chores and religious education.
The Dayton Metro Library created this flag of the 100 most-challenged books from 1990-2000. Photo via Flickr. On Monday of this week, the American Library Association released the list of 2013’s top ten most frequently challenged books. You’d expect it to be packed with racy titles, yes? In fact, seven out of the ten top titles are shelved in a bookstore’s young adult or children’s section.