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The World’s Poorest President

If you think that politicians are all glamorous and such, you haven’t met Jose Mujica, the president of Uruguay who lives in a ramshackle farm and donates almost all of his pay. He’s the [...]

4 Cases of All-Star Voter Fraud

When Major League Baseball announced its All-Star rosters, there was the usual brief outburst of indignation about how certain players got left off of the Midsummer Classic squads. As usual, these fierce, ultimately trivial debates lasted for around 36 hours. At least these snubbed players weren’t the victims of voter fraud, though. Although the [...]

History of the Tailsitter Airplanes

“QUANTUM SHOT” #202(rev) Link – article by Erlend Aaseth and Avi Abrams A vertical takeoff, level flight and a tail landing – first VTOL concepts These flying wonders, so called “Tailsitter” airplanes, are truly remarkable pieces of aviation history: mainly designed in the late 1940s and early 1950s, they were essentially [...]

The 12 Times NHL Goalies Scored Goals Themselves

ADAM HUNGER/Reuters/Landov New Jersey Devils goalie Martin Brodeur, who has helped lead his team to the Stanley Cup Finals, is part of an exclusive club. Brodeur is one of 10 goalies who has scored a goal in an NHL game and one of two goalies who has scored twice. Here’s the complete list. 1. Billy Smith, 1979 Smith, [...]

Combination Pistol/Knife Owned by the President of Peru

José Balta’s reign as President of Peru ended with an assassin’s bullet on July 26, 1872. So perhaps this was a fitting weapon for him to own during a dangerous age. The French gunmaker Lefaucheux, Casimer & Eugene made this unique knife that includes a pinfire revolver in the handle. It fires six 7.65 mm [...]

More Space Balls!

Yet another myterious space ball fell down from space, this time in Brazil: Residents of the village of Riacho dos Pocos were the first to have seen the space ball. Jose Valdir Mendes said that he had heard [...]

America’s Most Miserable Cities

Feeling miserable today? Maybe you live in Miami, Florida. The city – famous for mega-million mansions and South Beach clubs – has just gotten the unenviable title of America’s Most Miserable City. Forbes Magazine [...]

Martin Luther King, Jr. Murals

Camilo José Vergara takes photographs of street art. A popular subject for the art he finds is Martin Luther King, Jr. who appears in murals in city after city. Smithsonian has a dozen of Vergara’s pictures of these MLK installations, with some information about each one. The mural pictured here depicts the 1963 “I Have [...]

Stunning Miniature Wonderland

LinkScroll down for today’s pictures & links. Stunning Miniature Wonderland Miniatur Wunderland in Hamburg, Germany. This is not “tilt-shift” effect; these are real, incredibly detailed and meticulously put-together models: whole cities, working airports, including the largest model railway / railroad in the world: Link Today’s pictures & links: Mind-Bending Cityscape (“City in the Sky” by unknown Japanese artist, via, click to [...]

The Dark Tower: Found!

“QUANTUM SHOT” #736Link – article by Avi Abrams The Ultimate Black Obelisk That Nature Has Made (in Sao Tome) Maybe you’ve read Stephen King’s huge fantasy epic “The Dark Tower”, or perhaps the Tower of Mordor from “The Lord of the Rings” more readily comes to mind? In any case, you’ll be surprised to find the fantastic [...]