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The Traditional Peppermint Pig

In Saratoga Springs, New York, it’s time to ship out the traditional peppermint pigs. It’s hard to pinpoint where the tradition actually started, but pigs have always been symbolic of prosperity. In upstate New York, the pig made it into the rituals surrounding Christmas. Now Mike Fitzgerald, owner of Saratoga Sweets, is scrambling to fill [...]

Miami Vice

(vimeo link) Cosmic neon animation illustrates the music video for the song “Miami Vice” by Fancy Mike. If you remember the ’80s TV cop series Miami Vice at all, you probably remember it in neon colors. Video by Alexandre Louvenaz. -via Andrew Sulllivan

The Tatra T87: Streamlined, Fast and Mostly Unknown

“QUANTUM SHOT” #800 Link – article by Mike Gulett Designed to resemble the German Graf Zeppelin dirigibles We wrote about Tatra’s streamlined cars before (also see other aerodynamically shaped cars in our older article). We received quite a good response, asking us to continue this series. Today we feature The [...]

A Wonderfully Nerdy Marriage Proposal at the National Book Festival

Like most 20-somethings using social media, my Facebook newsfeed often features “Jane Doe is now engaged to John Smith” posts, with requisite thumbs-up, squeals of glee from friends, and photos of the engagement rings. Last weekend brought a round of several new proposals, but one in particular caught my eye—it was so unique and so [...]

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 [...]

Jump Man

(YouTube link) Mike took a picture of himself every day for five years to bring you this awesome video of his changing appearance. Somehow I get the feeling this involved way more pictures than we’ll ever see. -via The Daily What

11 Game-Inspired Cakes

We’ve featured cakes based on video games before, but for those who prefer to play their games in the real world against non-virtual friends, here are 11 great tribute desserts. 1. Dungeons & Dragons Adorned with gold coins and two twenty-sided dice, this dragon would be the perfect complement to any epic D&D session. The gorgeous birthday [...]

Go! Go! Watch These Animated Power Rangers Shorts!

(YouTube Link) These awesome, and really short, animated shorts are by Power Rangers fan Mike McCraw, and they look like the perfect way to start off a sweet new animated series! Seriously, I wasn’t a big fan of the Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers TV show (I prefer Ultraman or Guyver), but I would definitely watch an animated [...]

Music History #3: “Yes! We Have No Bananas”

Editor’s Note: This is the third installment of Bill DeMain’s new column, where he explores the real historical events that inspired various songs. “Music History” appears twice a month. “Yes! We Have No Bananas” Written by Frank Silver and Irving Cohn (1922) Originally sung by Eddie Cantor The Music The story goes that one day in 1922, songwriting duo Frank [...]

Steampunk Da Vinci Cupcake

Hold on to your monocle and top hat, Steampunk lovers! Mike’s Amazing Cakes baked up this idea of bringing Leonardo da Vinci’s drawings into cupcake form, sprinkled with a little steampunk magic. Between the Pages blog [...]