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13 Vintage Photos Of Hurricanes And Their Aftermath

As Hurricane Sandy makes landfall on the East Coast, here’s a look back at other dramatic hurricanes in American history. Galveston, Texas Hurricane, September 1900 This hurricane was the deadliest in U.S. history—the estimated death toll was 8000 (to compare, 1800 people died during Hurricane Katrina). Damage to a church. The hurricane, which had a storm [...]

Monks Sued For the Rights to Sell Coffin

After Hurricane Katrina put St. Joseph Abbey of Louisiana in financial hardship, the monks decided to parlay their woodworking skills into making and selling coffins. But before they could even sold a single casket, St. [...]

This Cat Loves Boozing It Up

  Mr. Wu is the resident cat at The Cajun Boy in New Orleans. As it turns out, he didn’t start out being a bar cat. In fact, no one knows about his back story. After Hurricane Katrina, Mr. Wu just wandered into the bar, where he was a served some cream, and the kitty just [...]

11 Stunning Cakes That Look Exactly Like Other Foods

Sometimes there is more to a dinner plate than meets the eye. In some cases, what looks like a regular meal is actually a cake with some clever, camouflaging decoration. Here are ten cakes that look like something much more nutritious… or at least like something different. 1. A Frosty Bucket of Beer When cake decorator Rouvelee [...]

Hurricane Story

The day hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans, photographer Jennifer Shaw was giving birth to her son in Alabama, where she and her husband had taken refuge after evacuating the city. Two months later, she returned to the devastation in NoLa. In the photography project Hurricane Story, she staged scenes from her experience using plastic toys [...]

The Late Movies: Eyewitnesses to Disaster

This week’s Late Movies is a bit more serious than usual. I’ve been really interested lately in how the ubiquity of cameras — in phones, in iPods, small enough to tuck into a shirt pocket — have changed the way we see the world. It’s removed part of the filter of “mainstream journalism” through which [...]

Librarians Doing the “Thriller” Dance

In her new book This Book Is Overdue!: How Librarians and Cybrarians Can Save Us All, Marilyn Johnson explores the relevance of librarians in the technological age. She also makes them seem like the coolest people on earth. In one chapter, she notes that readers wouldn’t believe how many videos of librarians dancing to Michael [...]

Famous Dogs Adopted From Shelters or The Streets

October is Adopt A Shelter Dog month and since I can’t adopt a new pup (my loving ex-shelter dog is sitting right beside me as I write this) I opted to do the next best thing and help promote the celebration. What better way to bring attention to the great qualities of shelter pets than [...]

World’s Oldest Workers and Occupations

Asylum blog has a pretty nifty post about 10 really old dudes and their jobs. For example: Oldest cop: Manuel Curry, 84Sadly, Sergeant Major Manuel Curry died earlier this summer. But he did so as America’s oldest active duty police officer, having spent 63 years patrolling New Orleans — no picnic. In fact, Curry gained acclaim [...]

Israel’s Richest Woman Can “See The Future”

Businesswoman Shari Arison, who happens to be Israel’s richest citizen worth some $2.7 billion by Forbes’ most recent estimate), has revealed a secret: she can see the future! This is much bigger than a parlor trick. In her new book published this summer in Israel, the 51-year-old Miami native says she felt the Indonesian tsunami sweeping [...]