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Most Epic Engine Rebuild

Link Scroll down for today’s pictures & links. Most Epic Engine Rebuild The guy who made this awesome stop-motion animation called it “11 Months, 3000 pictures and a lot of coffee” (dark roasted coffee, we’re sure). He stripped down an old engine and completely rebuilt it, all the while taking pictures. The music is “In The Hall Of [...]

Four Years Before Women Had the Right to Vote, Jeannette Rankin Was Elected to Congress

In 1916, four years before the Constitution recognized her right to vote, Jeannette Rankin was elected to Congress. While women had not achieved suffrage across the U.S. yet, there were no laws barring them from holding office in the Capitol. So Rankin, with her belief that “men and women are like right and left hands; it [...]

Traffic in Ho Chi Minh City

(vimeo link) Thirty-five years after Saigon changed it name, Ho Chi Minh City is a busy, modern metropolis. Rob Whitworth produced this time-lapse video. Everyone who has visited Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam knows part of the magic (love it or hate it) is in the traffic. Ever since I first set foot in HCMC I have [...]

11 Broadway Musicals Featuring Characters in the U.S. Military

Not only have the men and women of the United States Armed Forces served their country, they have also served as inspiration for the Great White Way. 1. Carmelina (1979) This was the story of a single mother who told everyone in her small Italian town that the father of her teenage daughter was an American soldier [...]

Best Street Foods From Around the World

Ah, lunch time! Forget fancy restaurants and fast food joints – the good stuff’s on the street. If you’re adventurous (and have cast-iron stomach), Lonely Planet has got the list of the best street food in the world. Take this one, for instance: Bánh Mi, Ho Chi Minh City, VietnamAs you cruise the elegant French colonial vestiges [...]

Ear Picking

Photo: LiiPo Ching/Mercury News Forget luxurious shampoos, relaxing shaves, and facial treatments at spas. These beauty treatments don’t come close to the Vietnamese art of ear picking: “It brings a lot of happiness,” said Silicon Valley resident Nguyen Tuong Tam, who always heads to a hot toc upon arriving in this city, also known as Saigon. He [...]

The Opium Museum

The Opium Museum is, at the heart, about the trade in rare antiques, since opium smoking paraphernalia was outlawed. Still, there are pages and pages of the history of opium and its use in countries all over the world, with many historical photographs. Beginning in the 18th century, opium accompanied the Chinese diaspora: first to the [...]