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Light Left On For 77 Years Racked Up $17,000 Electricity Bill

This is what happens when someone forgot to turn off the light: A long-forgotten neon lamp that was switched on during the Great Depression and left burning for about 77 years has been discovered hidden [...]

Stranded Man Survives on Beer

Clifton Vial of Nome, Alaska, set out in his Toyota Tacoma to see where a road went, but ended up stuck in a snowdrift on a deserted road that doubles as a snowmobile track. He was 40 miles from town, out of cell phone range, without provisions or much in the way of emergency equipment. [...]

The Worst First Pick in Basketball History

There’s not much we can say with certainty as Thursday’s NBA draft approaches. Some team will get a terrific bargain in this draft. Some team will burn its pick on a colossal disappointment whose name will be whispered in the same breath those of uber-busts Darko Miličić and Marcus Fizer. NBA general managers should take [...]

Steampunk Ash

Hail to the king, baby! Clifton created and wore this costume of Army of Darkness’s Ash Williams to DragonCon: Being relatively new to cosplay and having almost no experience with sewing, I knew that the most difficult aspect of creating my steampunk costume would not be its design, but its construction. Fortunately, my girlfriend taught me [...]

Unconventional Tourist Spots

When friends from out of town come to visit me in LA, the ones who’ve never been here before always want to see the same things: the Walk of Stars, Mann’s Chinese Theater, Rodeo Drive; the same things tourists in LA have been doing for forty or fifty years. Instead, I devised my own tour. [...]