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12 Proposed U.S. States That Didn’t Make the Cut

The road to 50 states was littered with wannabes who couldn’t wait to declare themselves—but never quite got to full statehood. Here are 12 states that could have been. 1. Franklin Wikimedia Commons After the Revolutionary War, it became common for states to gift their westernmost lands to the newly-founded (but broke) American government to repackage and sell [...]

Watch People Buy Guns N’ Roses CDs and Tapes at Midnight in 1991

I just stumbled across this video and needed to share. This is how we acquired new music in 1991. Lines at midnight! Comically oversized CD packaging! Actual stores! According to the YouTube description, this footage was shot at DJ’s Record Shop in Superior, Wisconsin. Did you ever line up to be the first person in town with [...]

Ten Superior Psychopaths

Superior psychopaths? The only place psychopaths could be described that way would be in fiction. And so it is, since the only way we can enjoy a psychopath is when we know they can do no real harm. Pajiba has a list of those TV characters that fascinate us because there are no limits to [...]

Hell Hath No Yard Sale Like a Woman Scorned

That’s one way to clean the house: a woman in Superior, Wisconsin, decided to hold an "ex-husband" garage sale where she threw out all of her husband’s worldly possessions, including his car: Large signs reading [...]

The Jewish Engineer Behind Hitler’s Volkswagen

“QUANTUM SHOT” #765 Link – article by Paul Schilperoord Finally, the full story behind emergence of Volkswagen, “Hitler’s pet project” We welcome back our contributing writer Paul Schilperoord, whose book “The Extraordinary Life of Josef Ganz – The Jewish Engineer Behind Hitler’s Volkswagen” has just been released in the US and [...]

Move Over, Tiger Mother! Meet Panda Dad …

Move over, Tiger Mothers, there’s a new parental authority figure who offers a different idea of child-rearing than chaining your kids to the piano. Meet Alan Paul, who called himself Panda Dad: During our first weeks in Beijing, we attended a talent show at our children’s British school and watched Chinese students ascend the stage and [...]

Tiger Mom Meme

We’ve already posted twice about Amy Chua’s essay “Why Chinese Mothers Are Superior”, so is it any wonder that a new image meme has grown up around the backlash? Note: the image used in the generator is not Amy Chua; it’s a stock photo. Link -via Buzzfeed

Link Latte 149

#149 – Week of January 16, 2011 Car of Tomorrow – [hilarious video]Would you go to Mars… with no return? – [hundreds volunteer!]Extreme Chase Through the Websites – [great video]Audi Shark Concept Car – [automotive]Most Inspiring Spaceships – [concept art]What to do when you find something cool on the internet – [chart]Neat (Transforming) Unicycle – [video]Monsters [...]

Speed Fly

(vimeo link) Go skiing with a parasail down Mt. Superior in Utah! A helmetcam puts you in the action. I watched with my thoughts bouncing between “This is awesome!” and “This is where I get caught on a tree and crack my head open.” -via reddit

Magnificent Motorcycles, Part 2

“QUANTUM SHOT” #664Link – article by Simon Rose and Avi Abrams Behold! The Fearsome Knight on an Iron Horse… or rather, 500 Horses Earlier this year (see Part 1), we examined some of the cool, the fascinating, the unusual and the utterly weird designs for motorcycles that have appeared for over the last century or so. Here’s [...]