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9 of the World’s Most Ridiculously Secure Safes and Vaults

1. Fort Knox Plan on breaking into Fort Knox? First, climb the four surrounding fences—two of which are electric—and then sneak past the armed sentinels lining the perimeter. Be sure to avoid the video cameras. Don’t waste time trying to blast through the granite walls—they are four feet thick and held together by 750 tons of [...]

How to Get Your Face on a Postage Stamp

Follow these five surefire steps and you’ll be stuck to the corner of envelopes in no time! Step #1: KICK THE BUCKET This is the hard part. According to the U.S. Postal Service, no living person can appear on an official stamp. No exceptions! (Clearly, the Postal Service is in the Elvis-is-dead camp). Step #2: BE PATIENT Don’t expect [...]

Extremely Narrow Buildings in Japan

Real estate development in densely-populated Japan can be expensive, so some architects have made good use of very narrow lots. Pictured above is one such project in Nagasaki. You can view several other very narrow buildings at the link. Link via Super Punch | Photo by Flickr user Sergio in Nagasaki used under Creative Commons license

The Pearl Harbor Spy, Part II

The following is an article from Uncle John’s Heavy Duty Bathroom Reader. From Uncle John’s Dustbin of History, here’s the final installment of our story about the person most responsible for making Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941 as devastating as it was. Part one is in this post. BEFORE THE STORM On the evening of Saturday, [...]

13 Essential Talking Points for the Earthquake Enthusiast

1. The first recorded earthquake was in China in 1177 B.C.E. 2. China is also the birthplace of the seismograph. Built in 132 C.E. by a man named Cheng Heng, it consisted of eight metal dragons holding eight carved balls over eight frog figurines. If an earthquake made the ground vibrate, the dragon facing the quake’s [...]

The Quick 10: 10 More Celebrity Veterans

A couple of years ago on Veterans Day, we listed 10 celebrities who stopped what they were doing in the middle of a successful showbiz career to serve their country. We had a lot of mentions of other celebrities who also served before they were famous, and we thought today would be a good day [...]

History of the U.S.: Matthew Perry Causes Chaos in Japan

Matthew Perry – the Commodore, not the Friend, caused a bit of a ruckus when he visited Japan in 1853. Prior to that, Japan’s seclusion laws kept them pretty much sealed off from the rest of the world. Perry had instructions from President Millard Fillmore, though, and he wasn’t about to be scared off by [...]