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The Original USS Enterprise

Believe it or not -tomorrow will mark 45 years since we first saw the USS Enterprise. The original Star Trek series premiered on NBC September 8th, 1966. I case you’ve ever wondered who ended up with the starship we saw in the opening credits, it’s in good hands at the Smithsonian Institution. The model’s principal designer, [...]

7 Groundbreaking Specialty Acts

Imagine that you had one very specific talent -something unusual, that people would normally never encounter in their everyday lives. Could you make a living doing it? Maybe, if you were willing to put the necessary time, effort, and imagination into your act. After all, if Joseph Pujol could make a living by farting, anything [...]

Jingle Bells in Space

The National Air and Space Museum, a part of the Smithsonian Institution, keeps these very special jingle bells as a part of history. These bells are part of the harmonica and bell set carried by astronauts Walter “Wally” Schirra and Tom Stafford aboard Gemini 6 in December of 1965. The mission was to test the docking [...]

Prices Slashed in NASA’s Space Shuttle Sale

NASA is shutting down the space shuttle program and so is trying to sell off its remaining merchandise at increasingly low prices. It’s already slashed the price for a (pre-owned) shuttle from $42 million to $28.8 million: When the National Aeronautics and Space Administration in December 2008 put out the call seeking buyers at museums, schools [...]

The Late Movies: Julia Child

My girlfriend and I recently watched Julie and Julia (my pick, not hers) and, honestly, I could have done without the Julie half of the equation. I’m a cook and a blogger, so I didn’t really need an hour of Amy Adams acting out a variation of my life and all the chopping, typing and [...]