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Vacation of a Lifetime

Monday, November 2nd, 2015

For a generation of roadside fans, the movie “National Lampoon’s Vacation” (1983) defined the horror and wonder of the American road trip.

Florida Forbids: Anthropomorphic Alligators

Monday, April 21st, 2014

We were gator-fighting riled when we first read of one of the new April 2014 “rule tweaks” by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

2014: Giant Pegasus And Revolutionary Robots

Tuesday, December 31st, 2013

Aside from the 50th anniversary of the New York World’s Fair and the enshrinement of the Flying Paper Boy of the Guadalupes, what do we have to look forward to in 2014?

Some National Museums Beyond National Bickering

Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013

Fear not, nervous roadsiders. No matter what the politicians in Washington do to the federal government, the National Yo-Yo Museum will remain open.

East Coast Cicadas: Attractions They Couldn’t See In 1996

Monday, June 3rd, 2013

Bug scientists tell us that this is the summer of the 17-Year Cicadas. From North Carolina to Connecticut, an estimated 30 billion of these big, noisy insects will crawl out of the ground — where they’ve been since 1996 — swarm, mate, and die.

Is My Museum Lying To Me?

Saturday, January 26th, 2013

The Chicago Sun-Times has published a muckraking report suggesting that the Lincoln stovepipe hat currently displayed in the Lincoln Museum in Springfield, Illinois, may not be Abe’s at all.

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