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Penny Paintings

Jacqueline Lou Skaggs made twelve tiny oil paintings not on canvas or wood, but pennies. This one, “Field of Sleeping Peasants,” is an homage to Pablo Picasso. You can view the rest at the link. Link -via Kottke

Teen Built Mobile Shower Business for Grimy Oil Workers

Photo: James MacPherson During the California Gold Rush in the mid 1800s, businesses like boardinghouses, saloons, clothing companies and laundry sprang up to serve the gold-seekers. Today, there’s another gold rush of sorts. This time it’s in North Dakota [...]

The Missing Links: Is Lake Erie Wrecking English?

Stickmen May Not Have Organs, But They Do Have Feelings The plight of the stickman doesn’t get nearly enough attention these days. Please be warned, his inevitable fate does produce a few NSFW phrases. * Dr. Seuss Was An Oil Man Before he created the beloved books you know him for, Dr. Seuss created ads for the [...]

Why Do All Dental Offices Smell the Same?

Eugenol, the active ingredient in clove oil, is the culprit. Clove oil has been used to numb toothache pain since Medieval times. The ancient Chinese also routinely chewed cloves to freshen their breath before talking to the emperor. Cloves are the unopened, dried buds of the myrtle tree. The bud oil is the premium product and [...]

Snake Oil Soap

Snake Oil Soap – $5.95 Gather round folks! Behold the Snake Oil soap from the NeatoShop. This little bar of soap contains real cobra oil. That’s right, cobra oil so you can cleanse yourself from top to bottom. It makes the perfect gift for those who believe in fast talking, quackery, and love using questionable products. Be [...]

World War I Centennial: Even Bigger Battleships

The First World War was an unprecedented catastrophe that killed millions and set the continent of Europe on the path to further calamity two decades later. But it didn’t come out of nowhere. With the centennial of the outbreak of hostilities coming up in 2014, Erik Sass will be looking back at the lead-up to [...]

Converting the VW Jetta to Run on Veggie Oil

Converting a car to run on biodiesel isn’t exactly new, but I’ve always been fascinated by such things. Think about it: deep fry your food, and then use the veggie oil to run your car. Plus, it makes your car smells [...]

Dietribes: Don’t Hold the Mayo, I Relish It!

• The origins of the word mayonnaise may be derived from mahonnaise, for the Spanish port of Mahon, where the French defeated the British in a 1756 naval battle. Others say it’s from the French verb manier “to mix or blend,” or from the Old French moyeu (egg yolk). Regardless, it seems the French are always [...]

The Aftermath of BP Oil Spill: Mutant Seafood

Two years after BP’s Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, fishermen are finding deformed fish and mutant shrimp in their seafood catch: Along with collapsing fisheries, signs of malignant impact on the [...]

Countries With No Natural Resources Are The Luckiest Countries

Should a country be considered lucky if it sits on top of vast oil reserves? Or have caves studded with gems or mountains of gold? Perhaps not. Columnist Thomas L. Friedman of The New York Times wrote an interesting [...]