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Land Speed Record Vehicles, Part 2: Jet Propulsion 1960s-1980s

“QUANTUM SHOT” #786 Link – article by Simon Rose and Avi Abrams Need for Speed: The Fastest Men On Earth & Their “Rocket” Vehicles, 1960s-1980s In Part One of our look at land speed record vehicles here at Dark Roasted Blend, we featured the pioneers who steadily pushed top speeds [...]

The Stories Behind 5 Familiar Voices

Note: This article was originally published in 2008, before Brenna wrote a book and went on to big things at Mashable. Server migration week continues, so forgive us for reposting a few oldies/goodies. You may not recognize the names or faces, but the voices you know. They might tell you to stand clear of closing doors, [...]

Wallet Found After 40 Years

Rudolph R. Resta, 77, walked out of a wintry rain recently, through the revolving door of a largely empty Times Square office building, and into his distant past. He found his two sons, now in their 40s, when they were small enough to fit into the same lawn chair, side by side. He found his wife, [...]

Dropping a 1,169-Pound Pumpkin on a Car from 175 Feet Up

(Video Link) Utah’s largest pumpkin for the year, weighing in at 1,169 pounds, was dropped on an old Pontiac after being hefted up by a 175-foot crane: The pumpkin was grown by Matt McConkie from Mountain Green and it is calculated that the descent of the giant pumpkin reached a top speed of 67.1mph for 3.1 seconds [...]

The 10 Best Car Chases of the 70’s

The Golden Age of car chases in cinema came from a time before there were computer graphics, complex editing software and all the conveniences of modern movie making magic.  For those of you around back then, the 70’s were awesome. We had bell-bottoms, disco and the Pontiac Trans Am. We were also inundated with the 70’s [...]

Man Buried in His 1973 Pontiac Catalina

(YouTube Link) 90-year old Lonnie Holloway, of Saluda, South Carolina chose to be buried inside his old Pontiac Catalina. He was entombed with his collection of guns in the passenger seat and next to his wife (who was not in the car). Jerry Garnett writes in The New York Times: “He said, ‘They’re going to have me [...]

Vonnegut Reads “Breakfast of Champions,” 3 Years Before Publication

Now this is a find. The 92nd Street Y Podcast (iTunes link) presents a variety of interesting lectures that have taken place at, you guessed it, the 92nd Street Y in New York. (Note that the Y is not a YMCA — read more). Anyway, my point is they have this brilliant piece by Kurt [...]

On The Road: 5 Great Stops Along I-55

In our continuing coverage of flossy diversions along America’s roadways (you can read the first two posts here and here), this week we take a look at the northeast-running expanse of Interstate 55 between St. Louis and Chicago. Making up the eastern end of Route 66, this path connects two of this country’s largest cities, [...]