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Zombie Cupcakes

Ray Basile of Zombie Wagon made zombie cupcakes for the opening of his zombie art exhibit. Then he posted the step-by-step instructions so you can make your own for a birthday party, Halloween party, or just because you like zombie cupcakes! Link

Phrase Origins: The Real McCoy and On The Wagon

We use these hackneyed expressions all the time (hence the hackneyed element), but where do they come from? I’m reviving the Weekend Word Wrap feature from years ago to take a look at a couple each week or so. First up, The Real McCoy. The Real McCoy Our version is actually a variation of the original Scottish [...]

What, Exactly, is a “Radio Flyer”?

Most people don’t get through childhood without a ride or two in a Radio Flyer. But how did a little red wagon become known as a Radio Flyer and what does the Statue of Liberty have to do with it? To figure out the story behind one of America’s classic childhood toys, we have to [...]

Corvette Station Wagon

On the coolness scale, the Corvette station wagon lies between the Ferrari station wagon and the Ford Mustang station wagon. According to a Craigslist ad, which has several more pictures, this 1974 custom ‘vette is on sale for $4,995 in Conroe, Texas. Link via Jalopnik

Ford Mustang Station Wagon

Ford never offered the Mustang as a station wagon, but that didn’t stop car modders from creating their own: The story goes that in 1966 Italian coach builder Intermeccanica built a Mustang station wagon for advertiser Barney Clark and designer Bob Cumberford which showed up in many car magazines of the day. Supposedly Ford had a [...]

Save the words: a campaign to keep endangered words from going extinct

There are around 60,000 words in the English language, but today almost everything we say and write is communicated using only about 7,000 of them. Every year, hundreds of underused and forgotten words are dropped from the dictionary. Once hard-working and meaningful words are dying a death of lonely neglect just because we choose to [...]

Giant, Driveable Radio Flyer Wagon

Fred Geller and Judy Foster of Anchorage, Alaska, needed a retirement project. They settled on building a giant version of the classic Radio Flyer toy wagon. It’s built on the chassis of a 1976 Mazda pickup truck, so it can move under its own power. Fred Keller and Judy Foster worked on the car for [...]