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10 Bizarre Coloring Books for Adults

Psst! Got any crayons? You’ll want a box when you see how much fun adults can have with coloring books designed just for those of a certain age. And please try to stay within the lines. 1. The Lowrider Coloring Book The Lowrider Coloring Book contains illustrations of the most popular cars used in lowrider culture. Just [...]

Stanley the Train and Other Toys Launched into Space

You may have seen Stanley’s ascent to the stratosphere already, animated with appropriate reactions as Thomas’ buddy travels 18 miles into the sky then plummets back to the ground. (Ron Fugelseth’s train-launching project is “probably the coolest thing a dad can do,” according to Gizmodo. I’m inclined to agree.) But Stanley wasn’t the first toy [...]

Here’s Your Jetpack

Jetpacks have long been a staple of American futurism: we believe that soon, just down the line a bit, we’ll be able to strap on a jet-powered backpack and fly to work. But, decade after decade, no jetpacks. At least not at my house. The “Where’s My Jetpack?” notion is such [...]

The Missing Links: Baby Diets Have Changed a Lot Since the ’50s

A Nice Cool Bottle of 7UP. A Baby Bottle of 7UP, That Is. “For 7Up is so pure, so wholesome, you can even give it to babies and feel good about it.” Oh, 1950s advertising, you’re the worst. * Going Beyond Chess Have you ever played any of these 10 super-involved strategy games? * Another College Class [...]

14 Essential Talking Points About The Berenstain Bears

With 300-plus titles in print and more than 260 million books sold, the Berenstain Bears are bound to come up in conversation. Here’s how to steer a predictable discussion about teamwork and manners to one on sex and panda discrimination. 1. Creators Stanley Berenstain and Janice Grant grew up in the same neighborhood in West Philadelphia, [...]

Making “The Shining”

Now here’s something special: a 35-minute documentary by Vivian Kubrick (who was then 17 years old) about the making of The Shining. Vivian was Stanley’s daughter, and this documentary shows tons of behind-the-scenes material, as she follows actors through sets, performs interviews, and generally gives us a look at the creative process. Early on, we [...]

10 Technology Prizes That Propelled Us Forward

Sometimes, people just need a little added incentive. Here are 10 technology-related prizes that helped move us forward. 1. Orteig Prize In 1919, French-born, New York City hotelier Raymond Orteig offered a $25,000 prize to the first pilot who made a solo flight across the Atlantic Ocean. For years, pilots gave it a shot and many [...]

The 30 year old ‘adult baby’

30-year-old Stanley Thornton sleeps in a crib, drinks from a bottle being fed to him by his room-mate. It might sound strange, but Stanley suffers fro…

Hooked on Tonics

Snake Oils, Hangover Cures, and Other Questionable Medicine THE DOCTOR IS IN (THE BARN) Folk medicine in Ireland used to rely heavily on the belief that you could magically transfer an illness from a person to an animal (usually a pig or a donkey). These “transference cures” were especially popular for treating mumps and whooping cough, and [...]

The Quick 10: 10 Places to Stay if You’re Looking for a Scare

Looking for a last-minute Halloween getaway? Then this is the Q10 for you. I’m all talk when it comes to sharing a room overnight with visitors who have long since left the here-and-now – I have a feeling that I would stop just short of booking a room at any of these 10 places. How [...]