Category Archives: History

What to do With Your Embarrassing Confederate Statue

So you’ve got an old Confederate statue you need to toss out. Don’t worry, many cities in America are going through the same spring cleaning you are. The relevant question is: what do you do with a marble effigy of an old bearded racist once you’ve knocked it off its pedestal? The main argument against read more »

War of the Roses Improv

My long-time friend and accomplice Andrew Young and I created an improv team which performs alternate history based on a suggestion from the audience. Recently in New York we asked the audience for a prompt by requesting an event or person that people enjoyed studying in high school. Two people simultaneously shouted “War of the Roses!” I read more »

A Brief History of Costa Rica

So it looks like my ambitions of becoming a colonel in some gritty banana republic militia have been squashed. Because it turns out Costa Rica disbanded its army in 1948, making it one of the few nations on Earth to function–even thrive–without a military. That’s terrific for Ticos, but decimated one of my four vacation priorities before the plane even read more »