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Lace Helmet Cozy

It’s February, 1945. The US Army is advancing into Germany through Luxembourg. Sgt. William Furia of Philadelphia first wore his lace cozy as a joke, but then he found it offered some effective camouflage in the snowy weather. Link -via Retronaut | Photo: AP

Will They Survive the 70s?

The February 1970 issue of Circus magazine -which I probably bought at the local newsstand- asks the burning question of twenty musicians: Will They Survive the 70s? Four of them did not, and two did not even survive the year 1970. However, most of them are still with us -and still performing- 42 years later. [...]

15 Offbeat Holidays You Can Celebrate in February

February may be the shortest month of the year, but there is certainly no shortage of unusual holidays to celebrate. February 4th: Ice Cream for Breakfast Day Ice cream waffle image via Shutterstock Created by a brother and sister in upstate New York, Ice Cream for Breakfast Day says its official founding was in 1997. The only rules [...]

Archive: April 2011

Unusual Musical Instruments, Part 2 Some Odd, Forgotten and Bizarre Sounds Keep Your Eyes on the Ball! (Funny Pics) Everything depends on it. Everything. The World’s Most Powerful Mobile Crane The Apotheosis of All Truck Cranes Extreme Sleeping, Part 2 Tired! (Sleeping, no matter what) Automotive Madness! (Funny Pics) Idiotic drivers and their magnificent machines Intricately Carved Pulpits Stunning examples of religious art Early “Photoshop” & April [...]

Archive: March 2011

Extreme Murals & Painted Buildings Boring walls transformed by creativity Radical Screw-propelled Vehicles Moving sideways, and often unstoppable You’re in the Army Now (Funny Pics) The Funniest Moments from the Military All Over the World Mega Earthquake and Tsunami Snapping tectonic plates and ravenous waves Slot Car Addiction: The Joys of Model Racing Hugely complex kinetic art & races Cramped Efficiency: Inside a Submarine Maximum tangle [...]

Reminder: Our Trivia Show is Coming to Durham, NC!

Attention: Nerds, Knowledge Junkies and people who like to leave their house to drink and win stuff! We’re bringing our rollicking Trivia Show to Durham, North Carolina, on Monday, February 7. Here’s what you need to know: Date: Monday, February 7, 2011 Time: 7pm-8:30pm Location: Cuban Revolution 318 Blackwell Street (on the American Tobacco Campus in Durham) Durham, NC 27701 Tickets [...]

Our Trivia Show is Coming to Durham, NC!

Attention: Nerds, Knowledge Junkies and people who like to leave their house to drink and win stuff! We’re bringing our rollicking Trivia Show to Durham, North Carolina, on Monday, February 7. Here’s what you need to know: Date: Monday, February 7, 2011 Time: 7pm-8:30pm Location: Cuban Revolution 318 Blackwell Street (on the American Tobacco Campus in Durham) Durham, NC 27701 Tickets [...]

Odds/Ends: Stuff We Promised to Give Away Ages Ago

We’ve got a couple outstanding giveaways we need to wrap up. At long last, winners have been chosen at random: Brittany gets a copy of Stuff Hipsters Hate, Nick gets a bar of Atari 2600 Geek Soap, and Alana gets a bar of Nintendo Geek Soap. Congrats, everyone! I’ll be in touch about your prizes. [...]

Hail to the Thieves: Famous Heists We Love

A REAL LIFE “OCEAN’S ELEVEN”: The 2003 ANTWERP DIAMOND HEIST If you thought George Clooney’s Ocean’s Eleven character was smooth, check out the velvet finish on criminal mastermind Leonardo Notarbartolo. In February 2003, Notarbartolo and his gang, known as The School of Turin, pulled off one of the stealthiest heists in history. Daring to break into [...]