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The Hobbit In-Flight Safety Video

To make sure that you get there and back again safely, Air New Zealand – the official airline of Middle Earth, mind you – has released a new Hobbit-themed in-flight safety video. In this video, [...]

25 Deep-Fried Foods From the Texas State Fair

For years, county fairs have been at the forefront of deep-frying science, splicing and creating mutant “foods” that are all at once monstrous and wondrous. The Texas State Fair — the largest state fair in the country — holds a yearly competition for the most innovative deep-fried foods. Here are 25 fried Frankenfoods from fairs past: 1. [...]

The Late Movies: Homemade Water Park

Water parks cost a pretty penny, especially if you have a lot of people who want to have some fun in the water. There are ways around this, as you can see from these folks who fashioned their own water park rides. The safest way to enjoy these rides is to watch someone else do [...]

The Late Movies: Songs About Flying

On this day in 1906, the Wright brothers were granted U.S. patent number 821,393 for their “Flying-Machine.” Me? I’m a terrible flyer. I get anxiety sweats and headaches and I hold my neighbor’s hand so tightly that everyone’s knuckles turn white. But when I need to get across the country, I sure do appreciate that [...]

WanderLinks: How Stadiums Enforce Lifetime Bans

Thanks so very much to everyone who contributed name suggestions for our new column. We’re going to test out a few different names this week, starting today with WanderLinks. I think it nicely conveys the fun, loose vibe we’ll try to serve up to help you get to quitting time each day. Cole, whether or [...]

The 25 Most Powerful Songs of the Past 25 Years

by Jennifer Drapkin, Kevin O’Donnell and Ky Henderson They’re not the most beautiful songs, or the most musically important. In fact, a few could literally drive you nuts. But the following tunes—some as old as Mozart, others as current as Beyoncé—have fundamentally altered the world we live in at some point in the last quarter century. [...]

Popular Pink Pony Purloined

Siri Cole’s pony named Pixie has gone missing from Queen Creek, Arizona. She should be easy to spot in a crowd, even of crowd of ponies, because her mane and tail are bright pink. Siri Cole runs a unique business, Charming Party Ponies. She owns petite little ponies, available for rent at parties and festivals. Pixie is [...]

Birth of a Shoe Company

The Twenty-Second Rule of Acquisition says that “A wise man can hear profit in the wind.” He sense opportunities and maneuvers around obstacles with ingenuity. That’s what fashion mogul Kenneth Cole did in 1982, when he was just getting started in the business. He needed to show his shoes at a New York City fair, [...]

The Vice President Who Wrote a Hit Song

History buffs might know the name Charles Dawes, which probably sounds vaguely familiar but can’t-quite-place-him to the rest of us. Here’s a refresher: he was Calvin Coolidge’s vice president. They hated each other. Long before he was Coolidge’s second-in-command, however, Dawes was a pianist and composer. In fact, he was a member of Phi Mu Alpha [...]

The Unknown Rebel Part 2: Photo Smuggling

Yesterday we told the story of the Unknown Rebel (what little we know of it, anyway), but we may have never known of his heroic deed if the photographers who managed to document it hadn’t been fast on their feet. Four photographers were watching the incident as it happened. Charlie Cole was on assignment for Newsweek [...]