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Mars Curiosity Rover’s Gears – Made in the USA

In this video, we learn about the Forest City Gear factory in Rockford, Illinois where all the gears and other moving parts for the Curiosity rover were made. “Anything that moves on the rover, any of the actuators, any of the gears — we cut all the gears that did that,” says Jeff Hallberg. [...]

8 Famous People With Purple Hearts

Most of you already know that Purple Hearts are medals awarded to soldiers who have been injured by the enemy while serving in the U.S. Military (or posthumously to those killed in combat), but you might not know that these famous figures have received the medal. 1. Charles Bronson Getty Images You know Charles Bronson for his roles [...]

Why Do Fake Phone Numbers Start With 555?

As soon as an actor in a movie or TV show starts rattling off a phone number, every viewer knows what the first three digits will be: 5-5-5. How did “555” become the convention for fake phone numbers, and are there any real 555 numbers? Let’s dial up some answers. Why do TV and movies need [...]

RIP Stephen J. Cannell

(YouTube link) TV writer and producer Stephen J. Cannell has died as a result of melanoma. He was 69. Cannell created (or co-created) dozens of TV series in the 1970s, ’80s and ’90s, including The Rockford Files, The A-Team, 21 Jump Street, Silk Stalkings, The Commish, Hardcastle And McCormick, Baa Baa Black Sheep, and Baretta. He [...]

Three Great Music Venues

Bank of America Pavilion The Bank of America Pavilion is a ten thousand seater basketball arena and as well as being able to see sport there you can also get to see any number of mind-blowing bands. They have quite a variety of bands playing this month and next, including Heaven and Hell and the Flaming [...]