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Buyers Say Nyet To Soviet Sub

Saturday, February 28th, 2009

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 […]

Roadside News: Feb. 26, 2009

Thursday, February 26th, 2009

Night Vision Stonehenge – AZ | JFK Death Window Dispute – TX | Tub o’ Art – TX | Tesla Lab Museum? – NY

Tick Tock Tick Tock

Tuesday, February 24th, 2009

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 […]

Where Are President Garfield’s Rocks?

Saturday, February 21st, 2009

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 […]

Roadside News: Feb. 21, 2009

Saturday, February 21st, 2009

Hard Rock Park | Wind Power in the Wild West | Carver Plans to Age Indian Heads | Commando Frogmen Memorial

Mammoths: Big, Hairy, Popular, Dead

Thursday, February 19th, 2009

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. That hasn’t stopped people from wanting to look at replica mammoths.  There’s a […]

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