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Beyond the Twinkie: 5 Other Hostess Products We’re Losing

The corporate future of Hostess Brands is hanging by a mere thread, and the Internet is all a-Twitter with Twinkie talk. But there’s more than just a golden snack cake at risk here. Here are five other Hostess products that could vanish forever. 1. Wonder Bread Getty Images Taggart Baking vice president Elmer Cline was doubly inspired [...]

Kidrobot Helps With Hurricane Sandy

Kidrobot is an iconic brand that is a large part of the modern collector art toy movement. The company is now located in Boulder, CO but has a large influence on the East Coast and specifically New York. They want to help with relief efforts from Hurricane Sandy. To help out, Kidrobot is auctioning off 5 [...]

The Late Movies: Six Songs Inspired by Hurricane Sandy

First: If you’re one of our readers in New Jersey, Delaware, New York, or any of the other areas impacted by Hurricane Sandy, our thoughts are with you. Now, on to the Late Movies business: Hurricane Sandy has inspired some budding singer-songwriters. We’ve got six examples of how they spent their time during the storm. “Sandy” This [...]

13 Vintage Photos Of Hurricanes And Their Aftermath

As Hurricane Sandy makes landfall on the East Coast, here’s a look back at other dramatic hurricanes in American history. Galveston, Texas Hurricane, September 1900 This hurricane was the deadliest in U.S. history—the estimated death toll was 8000 (to compare, 1800 people died during Hurricane Katrina). Damage to a church. The hurricane, which had a storm [...]

The Last ‘Frankenstorm’: Video of the 1938 Nor’easter That Ravaged New England

Getty Images Hurricane Sandy is making its presence known across the Eastern Seaboard, with powerful winds beginning to lash the coast and rain starting to pour down from North Carolina to New York. And as millions of Americans across the East Coast hunker down, some are turning to history as a guide. In 1938, for instance, a [...]

The Late Movies: Storm Songs

As the East Coast wades its way out of flooding and other water damage caused by Hurricane Irene, we’ve collected some of the greatest songs about storms. Consider it your On the Way to Sunnier Days Playlist. Thunderstruck My favorite thing about this song is that you can easily adapt it for winter storms by singing “Thunder [...]

What Does “State of Emergency” Really Mean?

Governors up and down the East Coast are declaring states of emergency in advance of Hurricane Irene’s landfall. The words pop up in the news every few months, but what does the dire-sounding phrase “state of emergency” really mean? The answer varies a bit from state to state, but basically, declaring a state of emergency [...]

Do Animals Know an Earthquake is About to Hit?

Did animals know that the 5.8-magnitude earthquake was to hit the East Coast before it happened? Maybe so, according to zoo keepers: Behavior ranged from jumping into trees and "vocalizing," to banding together. Red [...]

How Do Hurricanes Get Their Names?

As the East Coast prepares for Hurricane Irene, here’s a look at how these storms are named. Since Europeans first came to the Americas and the Caribbean, hurricanes have been named using a variety of systems. First they were named after Catholic saints. Later on, the latitude-longitude positions of a storm’s formation was used as a [...]

Destruction Caused By The East Coast Earthquake

The East Coast is still recovering from a less-than-devastating earthquake that shook walls, knocked stuff over on desks and generally didn’t do a whole lot of damage. The folks over at BuzzFeed have gathered together a gallery of images that shows just how simple it will be for the folks on the East Coast to [...]