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Man Took Zebra and Bird Out on the Town

Jerald Reiter of Cascade, Iowa, was arrested Sunday night for drunk driving with a blood-alcohol level of .148. Police had stopped him to check on the welfare of the passengers in his truck: a zebra and a macaw. Reiter, 55, told The Des Moines Register that the zebra and parrot are like friends to him and [...]

Teen Life in 1947 Iowa

Photo: George Skadding/LIFE Archives Ah, the life of a teenager. Long before the era of Facebook, texting, and clubbing, there’s the hopping soda shop scene. LIFE photographer George Skadding documented the lives of Iowa [...]

Ape Can Start Fire to Cook a Meal

Kanzi, the bonobo that surprised researchers with its linguistic skills (he had learned lexigrams naturally, simply by watching its mother), added a new skillset that will be handy when the apes rise up to [...]

Neon Posters for Classic Movies

I adore these animated gif “neon” posters created by Mr Whaite (click on the link to see them animated). I thought The Shining was my favorite , and then I saw Help!, and then I saw Strangers on a Train, above, which won my heart for the Hitch cameo cleverly placed within. Link via Des Moines [...]

Jesse James’ First Train Robbery

With nothing more than some rope, some guns and a whole lot of gumption, Jesse James committed the first train robbery in the west 138 years ago today. James’ posse, the James and Younger gang, plotted to overtake a Rock Island Railroad train passing through Adair, Iowa, loaded with a cargo of gold. The plan they [...]

10 Other People Who’ve Been Pied

Image credit: @DanJHayes News Corp. chairman Rupert Murdoch took a shaving cream pie to the face today during his hearing before a committee of the British Parliament on the phone-hacking scandal. Good thing we had this list handy. 1. Singer and activist Anita Bryant was hit in the face with a pie in 1977, in Des Moines. [...]

Is This Really the First-Ever Animated Tattoo?

Video link Is this real or just clever advertising? Ballantine’s, a brand of blended scotch whiskies, has a “leave an impression” tagline, which is just what Marco did by getting a QR code tattoo. On the heels of hoax by the woman who claimed she got tattoos of all of her Facebook friends’ profile pics, many [...]

Rob Zombie for Woolite

Video Link As in Woolite clothes soap. No, really. You might know Rob Zombie as the founder and lead singer of White Zombie or you might be more familiar with his film work directing gory horror movies like House of 1000 Corpses and the Halloween remake. Either way, odds are good that you probably don’t think [...]

The Best Furniture for Typography Nerds

Love typography? In need of some furnishings for your house that are slightly more advanced than that IKEA armchair you shelled out for in college? Look no further than Tabisso’s typographic lounge furniture. It comes in letters A-Z and numbers 0-9, so you can say whatever you want (provided you have the living space, anyway. [...]

A Flip Book Made by Popping Balloons

Video Link Created by Brazilian ad agency Loducca, more than 600 balloons were used to create this clever little “book” that tells a story involving Slash and Ozzy Osbourne, among others. About 10 balloons were popped every second. Link via the Des Moines Egotist