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Man Advertised on Billboard to Get a Job

Bennett Olson was unemployed and desparate for a job, so he decided to do a bit of creative advertising to get hired: In April, Olson paid $300 for an 8-second time slot on an electronic [...]

Roach, R.I.P.

He was a fine bug: a devoted family man with over two hundred children. His loss was a shock to us all. The Carmichael Collective in Minneapolis marked the passing of this roach by setting up a little memorial to him where they found his body on the sidewalk. It’s one of several bug memorials that [...]

A Zamboni on the Freeway?

(Video Link) It looks like an ice resurfacer, but this is actually Daniel Bourgeois’s heavily modified 1984 Chevrolet truck. This street legal vehicle can ferry you and eleven of your friends in style in the Minneapolis, Minnesota area. Think: prom date. Photo Gallery -via Jalopnik

Go the F*** to the Library

Each week Miss Kathleen provides links to a variety of stories about libraries, authors, and books. If there’s something noteworthy going on in your local library, leave us a comment! How did I NOT know about this website? The name really says it all: Go the F*** to the Library. Go already, to the library and [...]

The Origins of 11 Big Box Stores

Saturday may be for small businesses, but Black Friday is all about the big box stores. Here’s a look at the origins of 11 big stores that are probably promising big savings (and long lines) this weekend. 1. Best Buy © Best Buy/St. Paul Business Journal, Michael Maloney/San Francisco Chronicle/Corbis Richard Schulze opened his first Sound of Music [...]

The 2011 Zombie Invasion Schedule

Zombies make their appearances here and there all through the year, but you will see more of them this month. Between World Zombie Day on October 8 and Halloween on October 31, the nation and even the world will be crawling with zombies. If you are a zombie (or want to be one), find out [...]

Human Hamster Wheel Powers a Text Message Printer

What do you get when you invite a bunch of hackers for a few days of creating fun things? How about a human-sized hamster wheel that powers a text message printer? The cool creation by 1.21 Jigawatts (presumably a Back to the Future fan) from Minneapolis, MN, won first prize of the 2011 Red Bull Creation [...]

10 Performers Who Died Onstage

Whether it was a lackluster crowd or weak material, performers love trading stories about the night they absolutely died while doing their shtick. Here are 10 examples of performers that actually did die onstage. On the bright side, they did shuffle off the mortal coil while doing the thing they loved. 1. Lee Morgan On February 19, [...]

A Collaborative Investigation

This photograph of a liquor store was taken in Minneapolis in 1939, and recently posted to Shorpy. Interesting, but… what is that futuristic thing sticking up out of the car parked in front? The first comment on the picture identified the car as a new 1939 Mercury, and the second commenter asked about the flashy antenna. [...]