Olympic Collision

Mary Decker, Zola Budd and “The Fall” re-visited.

Olympic Collision Author Kyle Keiderling on the story of Mary Decker and Zola Budd. Read More


Will Big League Baseball Survive?

Lincoln A. Mitchell on the past, present and future of big league baseball.

Will Big League Baseball Survive? Will big league baseball continue to offer a monopoly on the best baseball in the world? Read More


Braxton Bragg

Braxton Bragg

Earl J. Hess on the most hated man of the Confederacy.

Braxton Bragg was “a complex and important individual who deserves much more from students and historians than to be made the butt of unfounded ridicule.” Read More

The Sinking of the Daniel J. Morrell

The Sinking of the Daniel J. Morrell

Michael Schumacher, author of “Torn in Two,” on the 1966 sinking of the six-hundred-foot Morrell, which broke in half during a storm on Lake Huron.

On November 29, 1966, the Daniel J. Morrell split in two during a late autumn storm on Lake Huron. Dennis Hale, a 26-year-old watchman, was the sole survivor—rescued after spending thirty-eight hours on a life raft in subfreezing weather. Read More

This Day in Failure

February 22nd

2011: The California Institute of Technology’s men’s basketball team defeats Occidental College 46-45, ending Caltech’s streak of 310 consecutive Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference losses — a string of futility that inspired a documentary (Quantum Hoops), and the Failure magazine feature Seasons Change. The Beavers’...

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If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. Then give up. There’s no use being a damn fool about it.

- W.C. Fields