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Biking the Hiawatha Trail

When you read about the huge cost (in money and lives) of building railroads through the roughest parts of America, you have to wonder what it would be like to travel those routes. The guys at For 91 Days found out when they rode bikes on the 15-mile Hiawatha Trail in Idaho. The Hiawatha Trail opened [...]

Skull Bone Transplanted Twice

Former Idaho beauty queen Jamie Hilton suffered brain swelling after a devastating fall in June. Doctors removed a large chunk of her skull to allow the swelling to heal, then replaced it a few weeks later. In the meantime, where did they store the skull? In her abdomen. Doctors removed 25 percent of her skull and [...]

B-23 Bomber in the Woods

When our friends Juergen and Mike of For 91 Days were hiking in the Payette National Forest, Idaho, they ran across this wreckage of a B-23 Bomber and told us this fascinating story: In February of 1943, a B-23 Bomber got lost [...]

“Weed Dating”

The rural equivalent of “speed dating,” this activity was developed to allow single people with at least a modicum of interest in gardening to meet others interested in outdoor activities. The women were given a crash course in how to identify a weed versus a vegetable or fruit, and then instructed to pass that information along [...]

Skippy, the Stone-skipping Robot

(YouTube link) When I saw this cute robot that can skip rocks, I thought, “Great, now they automated a lazy summer human pastime.” But you can control this robot to skip rocks for you through the internet! It’s an ad campaign from Sun Valley, Idaho, that runs only through Friday, and only during daylight hours. Link [...]

The Missing Links: Fantastic Non-Fiction Names

Taking Lincoln Liberties Let’s get a few things straight about our 16th president. Abe Lincoln was never abducted by two time-traveling California teenagers for a school report. He was never actually a vampire hunter. And he did not, as a new novel imagines, survive the assassination attempt on his life and get impeached. Here are some cool [...]

The Ambiguous Origins of the Hokey Pokey

“You put your right foot in, You put your right foot out, You put your right foot in, And you shake it all about. You do the Hokey Pokey, And you turn it all around, That’s what it’s all about…” No other song seems to symbolize a good time for people and bring smiles to their faces to quite the same extent [...]

The Meat from This Grill Will Blow You Away

Welding students at Sandpoint High School in Sandpoint, Idaho made this amazing grill that looks like a Smith & Wesson Model 500 revolver. The students built the 15-foot rig using materials donated by a local gun shop. Be sure to wear eye and ear protection before lighting it up. Link -via Walyou | Photo: Craziest Gadgets P.S. [...]

Dietribes: Don’t Hold the Mayo, I Relish It!

• The origins of the word mayonnaise may be derived from mahonnaise, for the Spanish port of Mahon, where the French defeated the British in a 1756 naval battle. Others say it’s from the French verb manier “to mix or blend,” or from the Old French moyeu (egg yolk). Regardless, it seems the French are always [...]

Santa Claus Playing "Jingle Bells" with a Handgun

(Video Link) Well, of course. Did you think that he was going to use an alphorn? Those things take up too much room in a sleigh. The tune becomes more recognizable about halfway through the video. -via View from North Central Idaho