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The Missing Links: I’ll Trade You My Ichiro Card For Your Balloon Boy

A Happy Little Remix Recently, Lucas Reilly wrote an awesome article explaining what became of all of the wonderful mountains and rivers and pine trees Bob Ross painted over the years. Now, PBS itself is serving up a bit of happy little entertainment with this Bob Ross remix: * Own the Balloon Boy’s Balloon Remember Balloon Boy? Now you [...]

Most Epic Engine Rebuild

Link Scroll down for today’s pictures & links. Most Epic Engine Rebuild The guy who made this awesome stop-motion animation called it “11 Months, 3000 pictures and a lot of coffee” (dark roasted coffee, we’re sure). He stripped down an old engine and completely rebuilt it, all the while taking pictures. The music is “In The Hall Of [...]

Armchair Field Trip: Iowa’s Stonehenge

Have you ever wanted to speed across a bridge that’s half a mile long and 13 stories in the air, pretending you’re in Tron? Yeah, me too. Good news: the next time you’re in Madrid, Iowa, you totally can. But before we get to Tron, we have to go back a few years. Hundreds of years [...]

Rise Above My Fears

It took me a while to get this juggling image by South African urban artist ABOVE, who wrote: it might sound weird to most people but similar to a burglar waiting and observing a spot for a future hit, [...]

The Historical Gift Guide: 15 of the Greatest Gifts in the History of Presents

Do you have a pal who always leaves you scratching your head when it comes to gifts? Perhaps something in our Historical Gift Guide will sound like the perfect present for the person in your life who has everything—everything except a 69-carat diamond, an eagle made of beer can tabs, and fire. 1. For Friends Abroad: [...]

The Late Movies: Guess The Theme XXVI

It’s Thursday night, which means it’s time for GUESS THE THEME! We had some trouble with the last installment, which I’m reposting here (I don’t think anyone got it…it was incredibly tough!) Once again, all the clips below have something in common. Can you guess what it is?  Leave your answers in the comments. The Eagles – [...]

Six Seriously Spooky Cemetery Stories

It’s that time of year, when we look to graveyards for tales that scare the Dickens out of us. Ghosts, unexplained phenomena, and even vampires figure in these stories of graveyards from all over. 1. Silver Cliff Cemetery Silver Cliff Cemetery in Colorado took its name from the nearby mining town of Silver Cliff, which was named [...]

Welcome to Bubbleland: Life on a Strange Little Chunk of Kentucky

For most of its journey from Minnesota to the Gulf of Mexico, the Mississippi River takes a pretty direct path. Sure, it zigs east here and zags west there, but nothing too crazy. Around Kentucky, though, the river’s course gets a little convoluted. It turns north before heading south again in several places. These detours [...]

The Top Ten Places for Chocolate

Excerpted from the book Food Journeys of a Lifetime, NatGeo Traveler’s new food section brings us a list of the best places in the world to find chocolate -or should that be the places in the world to find the best chocolate? Either way, it’s mouth-watering time. For example, you should know where to get [...]

The Newspaper Hoax that Shook the World

The following is an article from Uncle John’s Giant 10th Anniversary Bathroom Reader. The media’s power to “create” news has become a hot topic in recent years. But it’s nothing new. This true story, from a book called The Fabulous Rogues, by Alexander Klein, is an example of what’s been going on for at least a [...]