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The Flying Flivver:Henry Ford’s Attempt to Make Us All Pilots

“Mark my words: a combination airplane and motorcar is coming. You may smile, but it will come.” Auto magnate Henry Ford earned his fair share of ridicule in 1940 when he made that boisterous proclamation. The flying car may still be coming, but it’s certainly taking its sweet time. Seven decades later, there’s still no sign [...]

Fordlandia: Henry Ford’s Ill-Fated Foray Into the Brazilian Jungle

We remember Henry Ford as the automotive magnate who perfected assembly line technology, but he also dabbled in ambitious social programs, including one in which he hired ex-convicts straight out of Sing Sing to staff his factories. Although many of these efforts were successful, Ford’s ill-fated foray into the Brazilian jungle was a notable and [...]

10 Modes of Transportation that Never Got Into Gear

1. The Monowheel In 1869, French craftsman Rousseau of Marseilles built the first in history’s line of unsuccessful monocycles. Sitting inside the monowheel, the rider steered the contraption by shifting his or her weight in the desired direction. As if that wasn’t difficult enough, the massive outer wheel remained directly in the driver’s line of sight [...]

The Guy Who Invented Corn Flakes Was A Strange, Strange Man

Did you know that Facebook is going to start using your posts as advertisements, to show up on your friends’ sidebars? I know this seems off-topic given this article’s title, but a friend of mine pointed this out on Facebook the other day, then wrote, “so take a moment to really give a positive opinion [...]

10 Things About Detroit That May Surprise You

Once one of the largest, richest and most prosperous cities in the US, Detroit has fallen on hard times. But reports of its death are greatly exaggerated. It remains a city with a talented workforce (it has more engineers per capita than any other city), huge manufacturing capacity, rich history, amazing culture and a downtown [...]

3 Weird Disasters Involving Food

The Food and Drug Administration has issued a number of dangerous food recalls in the last few years. But there was a time when food didn’t just attack us after we ingested it. Some foods just cut out the middleman and created wide-scale disasters without contaminating a single colon. 1. The Boston Molasses Flood of [...]

8 Not-So-Famous Firsts

Ever wondered who received the first Social Security Card? Who was involved in the first wet T-shirt contest? Today’s your lucky day. 1. The First Hamburger Chain McDonald’s, Burger King and that girl with the braids are better known, but they were all latecomers to the game. Walter Anderson and Billy Ingram partnered up to employ Henry [...]

Weird Hotels ’round the World

When it comes to accommodations, there’s good weird and there’s bad weird. I’ve stayed in a few of the latter kind — like an uber-budget flophouse in Paris where the door wouldn’t close all the way and stray cats would sneak into our room while we were sleeping. The hotels below, on the [...]