A Russian submarine in Providence, Rhode Island, is on its way to the scrap yard. “It was on eBay for $1.4 million and got no takers,” said Ed Sciaba, who runs Rhode Island Recycled Metals. “If you guys wanted to buy it, we’d be happy to sell it to you.” We said no, reluctantly. The […]
Is the American Dream running out of time? Downtown merchants across the country are saying “No!” by erecting over-sized, fake, olde-timey clocks. Pole-mounted timepieces, according to the Christian Science Monitor, are elevating shopping districts above their rivals in neighboring towns (at least until those towns get their own clocks). One businessman told the Monitor, “The […]
Poor President Garfield. He was in office only six months in 1881 when he was cut down by an assassin’s bullet. And then his monument got torn apart and turned into a fireplace. It’s not the big Garfield monument in Cleveland, Ohio. That’s still there. The monument-turned-fireplace monument was built in a hot, dry canyon […]
After the dinosaurs were wiped out, paleontology got pretty boring — except for the mammoths. These ambulatory haystacks are the superstars of the Pliocene epoch. They are the one mammal that every roadside zoo would like to have, even though they’re extinct. La Brea Tar Pits, Los Angeles, CA That hasn’t stopped people from wanting […]
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