The Boston Marathon requires participants to qualify in order to enter — a barrier that once kept the nation's oldest and most elite marathon from filling up. But this year, spots in the race were gone in just over 8 hours.
So, what has changed?
Across the country, a record number of Americans are running marathons. And that popularity is actually a bit of a pain for the sport.
On Jan. 8, 1835, all the big political names in Washington gathered to celebrate what President Andrew Jackson had just accomplished. A senator rose to make the big announcement: "Gentlemen ... the national debt ... is PAID."
That was the one time in U.S. history when the country was debt free. It lasted exactly one year.
By 1837, the country would be in panic and headed into a massive depression. We'll get to that, but first let's figure out how Andrew Jackson did the impossible.
We were wondering if the Rixos Hotel in Tripoli, where journalists and their government minders are trapped together, could get any weirder.
Well it can.
We returned today from a government-organized trip to see purported damage from NATO air strikes. When we got to the hotel, we came upon a musical troupe in the lobby. They were fiddling and singing a pro-Moammar Gadhafi version of the Zenga Zenga song.