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Legendary Monsters of Asia

Every country has eerie tales of monsters from hundreds, or even thousands, of years ago. There are many such stories from Asia; here are a few of those monsters you might want to tell the kids about the next time you have a campfire on a dark and spooky night. 1. Penanggalan The Penanggalan is a Malaysian [...]

Pushed to the Limit

In 1952, Air Force Captain James Robinson Risner and his wingman 1st Lieutenant Joe Logan chased enemy MiGs across Korea into Chinese territory. After the battle, Logan’s plane was disabled and leaking oil and fuel. Instead of bailing out to be captured, Risner used his plane to push Logan’s plane along! With jet acedom and hours [...]

A Dark Knight BatPod Made Out Of Scrap Metal Parts

An industrious biker/Dark Knight fan built this sweet looking, and fully functional, BatPod motorcycle out of scrap metal and spare parts, so now he gets to ride around his town in Vietnam looking like a boss. All together this badass Batman bike cost creator Tung Lam a mere $480 bucks to build! I guess you don’t [...]

Khakis: A Heat Stroke of Genius

The following is an article from the book Uncle John’s Bathroom Reader Salutes the Armed Forces. The British Army’s fancy scarlet tunic looked sharp, but was agonizingly uncomfortable in the heat. The soldier’s warm-weather option was a dazzling white uniform -spiffy but impractical for daily use. How to solve the problem? JUST WILD ABOUT HARRY Legend has it [...]

PTSD: A Very Modern Trauma

We’ve been familiar with the term Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder since the Vietnam War. The diagnosis of PTSD revolves around the presence of trauma and symptoms that include “intrusive memories, hyper-arousal, and avoidance of reminders or emotional numbing.” Most of us figured it was a modern name for a condition once called shell shock, battle fatigue, [...]

11 Memories of Not-So-Modern Medicine

Medicines and medical practices have come a long way. Here are some items that have vanished from medicine cabinets in the last few decades. 1. Mercurochrome Most folks over the age of 30 have never heard of this topical antiseptic. But many of us Boomers begged mom to daub our cuts and scrapes with the relatively painless [...]

11 Eye-Opening NASA Wakeup Calls

NASA has been waking up astronauts using music since the Apollo Program. Sometimes those wakeup calls get pretty weird. 1. STS-111 – “I Got You Babe” from Groundhog Day On June 19, 2002, the crew of the Space Shuttle Endeavour awoke to a tinny rendition of “I Got You Babe” by Sonny and Cher, taken [...]

The Fish With a Penis On Its Head

A newly discovered fish in the Mekong River in Vietnam has a, how shall we say this, unique male anatomy: its penis is on its head. And the weirdness doesn’t stop there: Male priapiumfish don’t have a penis like humans and other mammals. [...]

Vietnam Minorities Convert to Christianity Because Jesus Is Cheaper

Photo: David Boyle/Phnom Penh Post The Jarai minority of Vietnam is converting to Christianity, but they’re not motivated by eternal salvation? No, they’re choosing Jesus because, well, he’s cheaper: In the village in O’Yadav district’s [...]

Personalized Zippo Lighters from the Vietnam War

The indomitable Zippo lighter was an essential tool for American soldiers during the Vietnam War. Many soldiers engraved messages, patterns and symbols into theirs. You can view a gallery of examples at the link. Content warning: foul language. Link -via Nag on the Lake | Photo: Cowan’s Auctions