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Taken along Highway 126 in California.

7 of the World’s Craziest Roads

Pack the jerky, a few friends, and maybe a few extra hundreds for those hefty gas prices. ‘Tis the season for summer road trips! In the spirit of all things cruise control, here are just a few of the world’s craziest roads to either try out or actively avoid for your next bus/car/bike/trike/motorcycle adventure. Happy [...]

The Number of the Day: 25%

According to a study by the Governors Highway Safety Association, 25% of U.S. car crashes are associated with drivers distracted by a cellphone or gadget. Related Question: Is anybody reading this stat while driving? (Wait, don’t answer yet. Let us know when you’re safely parked.) [Source: Mashable. See previous Numbers of the Day here. ]

Best Directions Ever: “Take the Exit that Goes Through the Office Building”

Directions to my house go something like, “Take the highway that runs through town and get off on exit 9, then take a left at the stoplight.” If you live in downtown Osaka, your directions might be more along the lines of, “Take the Umeda Exit of the Ikeda Route. You know, the one that [...]

Google Earth Driving Simulator

Even driving down the highway can be a virtual experience! With this Google Earth application, just enter your location and destination, hit “go” to find your route, then go to the simulator panel and hit “start.” You can adjust your speed as you drive along. Now, slow down and enjoy the scenery! Requires the Google [...]

Striped Skunk Color Pattern Explained

By Sean J. Barry, University of California, Davis (Image credit: Flickr users Clinton & Charles Robertson) I have solved a longstanding mystery: why skunks have their characteristic stripes. Striped skunks (Mephitis mephitis) are among the most familiar yet least understood of North American mammals. For example, people commonly think of these vividly marked animals as denizens of forests, [...]

Own the Road: A Brief History of the Adopt-a-Highway Program

In the 26 years since the Adopt-a-Highway program was launched, it has helped keep America’s highways clean, saved taxpayers money, sparked a handful of free-speech battles, and even been featured on an episode of Seinfeld. Here’s a brief history of the program. The Birth of Adopt-a-Highway The idea hit James Evans like an empty soda can, or [...]

Squid and Broccoli

A truck hauling 30,000 pounds of squid dumped its load into a broccoli field Tuesday near Soledad, California. The driver, a 71-year-old Oxnard man, was uninjured in the crash and no other vehicles were involved, the California Highway Patrol said. The truck was traveling south on Highway 101, south of Los Coches Road, when the driver allowed [...]

Moai Way or the Highway!

Moai Way or The Highway T-Shirt by Chris Murphy – $14.95 Here’s a T-shirt for your favorite stubborn person. Ever hear ‘em say “my way or the highway”? Well, tell ‘em to move to Easter Island! Get a Mystery Bonus with every purchase of this Featured T-Shirt: Link | More Funny T-Shirts

The Tin Horse Highway

The Outback town of Kulin, Australia, welcomes many tourists for the annual Kulin Bush Races in October. In the days leading up to the races, locals construct fanciful horses out of all kinds of materials to entertain those who travel the highway leading to the Jilakin Racetrack. This has become known as the Tin Horse [...]