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9 of the World’s Most Ridiculously Secure Safes and Vaults

1. Fort Knox Plan on breaking into Fort Knox? First, climb the four surrounding fences—two of which are electric—and then sneak past the armed sentinels lining the perimeter. Be sure to avoid the video cameras. Don’t waste time trying to blast through the granite walls—they are four feet thick and held together by 750 tons of [...]

The Origins of Weird State Park Names (Part Four)

In part one of this series on the origin of state park names, we had park names with stories behind them. In part two, we found out why some names are scary or depressing. In part three, we looked behind names that were double entendres. In this edition, the names are so mundane and pedestrian [...]

The Quick 10: 10 Things We Got from Texas

Happy Texas Independence Day! Today, 175 years ago, Texas official declared itself independent of Mexico. In the meantime, Texans have been busily filling the world with weird and useful things. Here are ten creations, inventions, developments or products from Texas. 1. Deep-Fried … Anything? Salty, pretzel-like pockets filled with Guinness and deep-fried? I’d try it. The ravioli-shaped [...]

Neato New Fiction Blog

I’ve launched a new Neatorama Sub-Blog today, BitLit. Bit, as in binary digits, Lit, as in literature! As far as we know, this is unique to the blogosphere in that we’ll be serializing entire novels and short stories—even some poetry, many published by major publishers like Random House. Every day, a new chapter until the [...]

Introducing BitLit: Our New Literary Sub-Blog

We’re thrilled to announce a new sub-blog we’re launching today, BitLit. Bit, as in binary digits, Lit, as in literature! As far as we know, this is unique to the blogosphere in that we’ll be serializing entire novels and short stories—even some poetry, many published by major publishers like Random House. Every day, a new [...]

Top Ten Legendary Native Americans

Americans know about Sitting Bull and Crazy Horse, but you probably aren’t familiar with all the Native Americans from the history of the early United States profiled in this slide show. Red Cloud is ranked at #8. Without a doubt, one of the best Native American war leaders the United States Army ever faced, Red Cloud [...]