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9 of the World’s Most Ridiculously Secure Safes and Vaults

1. Fort Knox Plan on breaking into Fort Knox? First, climb the four surrounding fences—two of which are electric—and then sneak past the armed sentinels lining the perimeter. Be sure to avoid the video cameras. Don’t waste time trying to blast through the granite walls—they are four feet thick and held together by 750 tons of [...]

Scenes from a Cactus Shop in Japan

Kohei Oda’s specialty shop is the place to go when you’re in great neat of a cactus in Hiroshima. Write that down just in case you should ever find yourself in that situation. In the meantime, look at the unusual and often monstrous-looking cacti that he’s collected for customers. Link (Google Translate) -via Spoon & Tamago

Heavy Bombers: Fearsome Angels of the Cold War

“QUANTUM SHOT” #766 Link – article by Avi Abrams It was a warfare of intimidation and a game of fear: and so it bred monstrous planes, pregnant with the load of ominous bombs For all who lived through Cold War, or have heard the stories and seen the movies, the most [...]

How to Get Your Face on a Postage Stamp

Follow these five surefire steps and you’ll be stuck to the corner of envelopes in no time! Step #1: KICK THE BUCKET This is the hard part. According to the U.S. Postal Service, no living person can appear on an official stamp. No exceptions! (Clearly, the Postal Service is in the Elvis-is-dead camp). Step #2: BE PATIENT Don’t expect [...]

Sohei Nishino’s Diorama Maps

Japanese photographer, Sohei Nishino, walks around cities taking pictures and pasting and arranging the results to create layered icons of a city from his memory. He has mapped Istanbul, Hong Kong, Paris, New York, Shanghai, Tokyo, Hiroshima, Kyoto, Osaka and London. Last year, Nishino spent a month walking the streets of London . He took over 10,000 [...]

Mushroom Clouds in Mississippi: the Little-Known History of Nuclear Testing in the American South

When you think of nuclear test sites, remote Pacific islands and desert wastelands come to mind. Not many people think of Hattiesburg, MIssissippi — but the United States carried out two nuclear tests in a little town just outside that city in 1964, in an operation that went by the reassuring-to-no-one moniker Project Dribble. No [...]

The Pearl Harbor Spy, Part II

The following is an article from Uncle John’s Heavy Duty Bathroom Reader. From Uncle John’s Dustbin of History, here’s the final installment of our story about the person most responsible for making Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941 as devastating as it was. Part one is in this post. BEFORE THE STORM On the evening of Saturday, [...]

The Quick 10: 10 More Celebrity Veterans

A couple of years ago on Veterans Day, we listed 10 celebrities who stopped what they were doing in the middle of a successful showbiz career to serve their country. We had a lot of mentions of other celebrities who also served before they were famous, and we thought today would be a good day [...]

New Paper Airplane Flight Record Achieved

A Japanese man has set a new world record for “maximum time aloft” for a paper airplane. With a bend of the knees and an arch of the back, a Japanese engineer today set a world flight record for a paper plane, keeping his hand-folded construction in the air for 26.1 seconds. Using a plane specially [...]

6 Famous Veterans

Here’s a TV-Holic tribute to some familiar faces who served their country. Happy Veterans Day to all our men and women in uniform, then and now! 1. Bill Cosby Cosby Show fans will see a lot of Dr. Heathcliff Huxtable in Bill Cosby’s biography. In 1956, Cosby dropped out of high school and joined the Navy. While [...]