The Unofficial State Cars Of America

We Americans definitely love our cars, and people are quick to tell you about which makes and models are their favs, with the exact reasons why, when the subject comes up.

Some states have even become synonymous with a specific make or model, like Texas and massive Cadillacs or Oregon and Subaru wagons, but do these automotive stereotypes ring true?

The car nuts at Popular Mechanics were curious about this question of state oriented car sales, so they turned to auto analyst Tom Libby from IHS Automotive for some real world facts and figures.

Here's how Tom determined which car suited each state the most:

Libby pulled data about the make and model of every car sold in the U.S., and calculated the popularity of each by percentage using registration data. Then, he did the same at the state level, and compared each state to the national average.

Tom's data showed the sterotypes rarely match up with the sales figures, but it proved that Texans still love their Cadillacs, only nowadays they prefer the massive Escalade EXT.

See The 50 Unofficial State Cars of America here


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12 Back-to-School Facts About Welcome Back, Kotter

Back in 1975, ABC designed a sitcom around a standup comedian named Gabe Kaplan. He had no acting experience at all. He was to play an inner-city high school teacher to a gang of slackers. Where did that idea come from? From Kaplan’s own experience.

1. THE SERIES WAS INSPIRED BY GABE KAPLAN’S STAND-UP ROUTINE.

Kaplan was a star player on his high school baseball team and dreamed of someday playing in the major leagues. When he tanked at the San Francisco Giants’ spring training camp, he headed back east and took a job as a bellman at a resort hotel in Lakewood, New Jersey. After watching the touring comedians who performed there for a few months, he decided to take a stab at stand-up. He eventually developed a routine based on his experiences in a remedial class at Brooklyn’s New Utrecht High School and took his act on the road. Fellow Brooklynite Alan Sacks, who was working in Los Angeles as the producer of Chico and the Man, caught Kaplan’s performance at The Comedy Store at the urging of Freddie Prinze, and a TV sitcom pitch was born.

2. ANY RESEMBLANCE TO REAL PERSONS WAS STRICTLY INTENTIONAL.

Vinnie Barbarino (originally called “Eddie Barbarini” in the pilot script) was a combination of two real-life people: Kaplan’s fellow Sweathog Eddie Lecarri, and a tough kid named Joey Caluchi that Alan Sacks knew in junior high school. Freddie “Furdy” Peyton inspired Freddie “Boom Boom” Washington, and “Epstein the Animal” (as he was known at Kaplan’s alma mater) was transformed into the half Puerto Rican Juan Epstein at the suggestion of ABC’s then-head of programming, Michael Eisner. Only Arnold Horshack’s character retained his real-life counterpart’s name … although the original Arnold was so obnoxious that by the fourth grade, according to Kaplan, even the teachers began calling him “Arnold Horsesh**.”

So that was the genesis of Welcome Back, Kotter. You’ll find out much more, like casting decisions and the rise and fall of the series, in a trivia list at mental_floss.


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Magician Proposes to His Girlfriend with a Magic Trick


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Neil Henry, a magician in London, wants his seemingly magical relationship with his girlfriend to become permanent. So he performed a magic trick in which he ate a can of alphabet pasta, then pulled letters out of his mouth that spell words.

For this performance of that trick, he asked for a volunteer from the audience, then volunteered his girlfriend, Charlie Gardner. When it came time to pull the letters out of his mouth, they spelled "Marry me?"

Content warning: a bit of foul language from the future bride when she realizes what's happening.

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Fifteen Incredible Images of Insects Up Close

Bluebottle Maggot

Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) allows for the photographing of objects the details of which can't be observed with the naked eye. The FEI corporation, among other things, manufactures electron microscopes and runs a competition each year to find the best SEM images.

This excellent grouping of 15 photos is a selection of SEM photographs of insects and arachnids. Visit the link to see more photos like the one above, which makes a maggot look like something out of a Tim Burton movie.

For more great SEM shots, the range of which extends far beyond the scope of insects, visit the FEI corporation's Flicker account. 


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Kid Trips At Museum, Breaks His Fall With A Painting Worth $1.5 Million

Kids can be troublemakers and mischievous little imps, but sometimes they're blamed for mishaps that aren't their fault.

A 12-year-old boy was visiting an art museum in Taiwan when he tripped, like clumsy kids are prone to do, and thankfully he wasn't seriously hurt because he broke his fall...with a painting by Paolo Porpora worth $1.5 million.

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Luckily, the kid isn't going to be charged for damaging the painting, as the CCTV clearly shows that it was an unfortunate accident, but the painting is permanently damaged so the museum will be paying the price for their foolish oversight.

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A Guide to Eating at Disney World

Across all the parks and hotels of Walt Disney World in Florida, there are 449 places to eat. How in the world will you find what you want and make the most of your time and money? You rely on the advice of people who’ve been there. Eater sent three bloggers to Disney World to investigate all those restaurants and report back.

Eating at the Harambe Market in the Africa section of Disney's Animal Kingdom park, with its pastel walls, quirky hand-painted signs, and sluggish ceiling fans, is about as close to Kenya as many Disney visitors are going to get. Walking out of the blazing heat into the windowless, almost freezing Biergarten buffet in Epcot — complete with a fake evening sky, iron lampposts, and a four-piece polka band — is the Germanic oasis you didn't know you so very much needed. And Danny Meyer wishes he had staffers as committed and empathetic and well-meaning as the (often unionized) waiters, bartenders, ice cream scoopers, and maitre d's that staff Disney's 400-plus joints. By sheer force of will, they will make sure you have a good experience, regardless of whether or not the food's good.

Which is a good segue into the bad news. The food quality at Disney World can often be as mediocre as you might expect for a resort serving 50,000 people a day. Flavors tend toward sweet — in cocktails, in desserts, in allegedly savory items — and accessible. That's great at the ice cream parlor, not so much at the bar or the Chinese restaurant. With some exceptions, the children's menu options trend toward the fried and carb-heavy. Many of the international cuisines represented in the World Showcase are dumbed down, or executed poorly. Prices are often high. The restaurant in the America pavilion is an embarrassment to our nation.  

That’s from The State of Disney Dining, which is an introduction to a massive library of 24 articles in The Eater Guide to Surviving Disney World. They cover subjects like authenticity in international foods, the best cocktails, the best coffee, and several ways to plan your Disney World meals ahead of time. -via Digg  

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Get Ready to Scream When You Watch Rats Crawling Through Toilets

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There are a lot of urban legends out there that aren't true -particularly when it comes to rats. Sometimes though, these stories are all too true. If you've ever heard rumors of rats crawling up through the sewers and into your toilet, you might have hoped they were some of those mythical tales like rats the size of poodles. Unfortunately, it's actual an all too common for rats to come into homes through the toilet.

Here's an all new reason to always leave your seat down and always look down before you sit down on the can.

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High School Parking Spaces

At a high school in Robinson, Texas, students are assigned parking spaces, and seniors get the privilege of painting theirs. Redditor andrewalmond10 shows us a picture of his favorite space. What a great idea! My daughter has an assigned space, and would probably pay extra for the opportunity to personalize it.  

The discussion at reddit includes many city dwellers who marvel at high schools that have student parking lots, and non-Americans who marvel at students driving to school at all. Outside of big cities, the U.S. is quite spread out, and mass transit is dismal or nonexistent. That goes for school buses, too, as budgets can’t keep up with the number of students. And you don’t have to be rich to let your child drive a car -a vehicle that doesn’t have to last more than a year or two can be had cheaply, and can pay for itself in gas and time saved over ferrying kids to school and back. How did your high school handle student parking?   

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What If Daniel Was Actually The Bully In The Karate Kid?

The Karate Kid seems like a straightforward feel good movie about an underdog overcoming obstacles, an uplifting story meant to inspire kids to never give up and, when in doubt, let loose with a crane kick.

But one fan theory shows that Daniel LaRusso may not have been the victim at all, and audiences may owe Johnny Lawrence a big apology.

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Director and film editor J. Matthew Turner analyzed The Karate Kid and found Danny's behavior less heroic and more like a kid doing the bidding of the demon sorcerer Miyagi.

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“Pop Goes the Weasel”: What Does It Really Mean?

Neatorama presents a guest post from actor, comedian, and voiceover artist Eddie Deezen. Visit Eddie at his website.

Half a pound of tupenny rice,
Half a pound of treacle.
That’s the way the money goes,
Pop! goes the weasel.

Up and down the city road,
In and out of the Eagle.
That's the way the money goes,
Pop! goes the weasel.

Every night when I get home
The monkey's on the table,
Take a stick and knock it off,
Pop! goes the weasel.

A penny for a ball of thread
Another for a needle
That's the way the money goes,
Pop goes the weasel.

The above are the lyrics to the famous nursery rhyme "Pop Goes the Weasel.”

I’ve always liked the song, mainly because it is featured in the Three Stooges short Punch Drunks (1934). The basic plot revolves around Curly getting super-human strength every time he hears the tune "Pop Goes the Weasel.” Because of my great love for the Three Stooges, hearing "Pop Goes the Weasel" always evokes a happy feeling in my heart.

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Guy Loses Phone In River, Phone Starts Posting To Facebook Two Weeks Later

Losing your phone is a real drag, but there's always the off chance someone will find and return your phone so you hang on to a sliver of hope.

But when you drop your phone in a river you pretty much assume it's gone forever, or that when it is found it will be battered and useless.

That's what Nathan Buhler assumed when he dropped his phone in the Bow River, until his phone started posting pics to Nathan's Facebook account two weeks later.

Turns out Calgary's No. 1 Fire-station firefighters found Nathan's phone and decided to have some fun with it while they looked for its owner, staging a bunch of hilarious pics showing Nathan's phone having the time of its life.

And now that Nathan's phone has gone on a grand adventure it doesn't want to go back to its boring old life, which is understandable because how many smartphones can say they've driven a fire truck?

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A Lad Insane - Discography Of The Dastardly


A Lad Insane by Kgullholmen

They declared him a lad insane, called him crazy and said his mind was somewhere far above the moon, but he knew the pieces of his mental puzzle still fit together perfectly. He preferred to be called the Joker, but would have accepted Ziggy Jokerdust or the Blue Jean Joker when he was in a sort of denim mood. His sanity was only questioned by those who weren't familiar with his particular brand of genius, but ask Bruce Wayne if that lad in the clown white is insane and he'll tell you- don't let him fool you, for the Joker only laughs to throw heroes off his trail, and one day he hopes to be known as the man who sold the world...

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Kids Try Dark Chocolate

Hey, sweetie, want some chocolate? These kids are expecting the sweet milk chocolate they’ve always had, but this is dark chocolate. The kind grownups eat, without so much milk and sugar. In slow motion, you can see the shock, disappointment, and near panic in their eyes.

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Once they get a bite, we adults don’t have to hide our chocolate stash from the youngsters any more. This is an ad from Splendid Chocolates of Quebec. It’s hard to see how this will sell more chocolate, but it’s awfully cute. -via Buzzfeed

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The Evolution of Magazine Covers

The covers of some magazines stay the same for a hundred years, while others change drastically, even when they seem the same from month-to-month. Vogue went from art to fashion models to celebrities. Cosmopolitan went from literature to sex. Karen X. Cheng and Jerry Gabra put together a gallery and analysis of the cover art of some familiar and long-lived magazines. Looking through them, you have to wonder why National Geographic only started using photos on the covers in the 1960s, and why GQ took until the ‘90s to figure out they should put a woman on their covers. Meanwhile, there’s one magazine using the same style covers now as it did 100 years ago. See them all at Medium.


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Princess Stuff

When a kid knows what she wants, she can get pretty stubborn. When a kid doesn’t know what she want, she’ll take forever to make up her mind. This kid, in the latest from Fowl Language Comics, knows exactly what she wants.

But this isn’t the end of the story. Check out the bonus panel for the real punch line. -via Geeks Are Sexy

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Storytime Rocking Chair

When Hal Taylor's third child was born, he was left with a dilemma: he didn't have enough lap space to read books to all of his kids at once. Since he was a woodworker who made rocking chairs, he designed the StoryTime Rocking Chair as a solution. Now he sells them, too. He makes each one by hand. They're priced at $7,000-7,500.

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Quick, Mom’s Coming!

Facebook member Itsjudytime has twin girls. They like to talk and play with each other in their cribs, and Mom keeps an eye on them through a baby monitor. Babies don’t understand remote monitoring yet. Watch what happens when Mom talks to them through the monitor!

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They already think they can fool Mom at this age. Mom has a few tricks up her sleeve, too, like a viral video she can show for years to come. -via Buzzfeed

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The Swiss Army Machete: A Zombie Defense Multi-Tool

Over the years, Instructables member seamster has brought us many playful toys, such as a Where the Wild Things Are headpiece, a model duck made of duct tape, and a homemade pinball machine. But he's done playing around. He can't afford to. When the dead rise, he will be ready for them. No matter where he goes, he'll be prepared to fight the undead with this massive custom Swiss Army-type knife. It has a machete, an adjustable wrench, a pipe wrench, an auger, and a hatchet. 

Strangely missing: a toothpick. That's commonly available on Swiss Army knives and always helpful.


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Remember When You Loved Star Wars?

Target’s new Star Wars ad has no movie clips at all (okay, one tiny one), but will still get you excited about the December premiere of Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens. It relies on nostalgia, with clips of kids (and grownups) all joyously indulging in Star Wars glee.  

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What’s this all about? Well, it doesn’t say in the ad at all, but the new toys and other merchandise accompanying The Force Awakens will arrive in Target stores September 4th. That gives us all plenty of time to clear the stores of Christmas gifts before the movie even opens. That way, it won’t matter a bit whether the film is any good or not. Still, no matter how you feel about merchandising, enjoy the video for what it is.  -via Time


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Photographer Visits China's Abandoned Amusement Parks

China's economic boom created an urban development boom, and all kinds of structures started popping up across the country as hope for the urbanized future loomed.

This development boom proved to be somewhat illusory, so many of these half-built structures have been left to rot by their owners, sad reminders of development dreams past.

One of the saddest kinds of scrapped project structures is the abandoned amusement park, where the promise of familial happiness has gone to die.

Photographer Stefano Cerio visited some of China's most famous abandoned amusement parks, including Wonderland Amusement Park, for his photographic series Chinese Fun.

Chinese Fun plays out like an eerie tour of the park, with Stefano playing tour guide and showing off all the wonderful buildings and attractions that are now nothing more than a collection of crusty curiosities.

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10 Strange Secret Societies That You’ve Probably Never Heard Of

Sure, you’ve heard of some “secret” societies, like the Illuminati, Skull and Bones, Rosicrucians, and Freemasons. Those aren't really all that secret anymore. But there are plenty of others, some so esoteric that they are rarely mentioned outside their own circle. One only came to light in the past few years from a coded text that was finally translated when a linguist and a computer programmer joined forces.

What they found were the long-lost rituals of a group known as the Great Enlightened Society of Oculists. In the mid 18th century, the esoteric organisation appeared to be made up of ophthalmologists who were performing ground-breaking work in the field of eyesight. They were experimenting with the likes of eye surgeries and cataract removals. At least, that’s how they presented themselves to the public, or even to church and state.

The Great Enlightened Society of Oculists also used the eye as a symbol of knowledge; they seemed to be experts in the eye and gatekeepers to the knowledge that lay beyond it. And while much of the text, even when translated, is still full of code and double-speak, experts were able to make educated guesses as to what was going on behind closed doors.

Find out what that document was about, plus the stories of quite a few other secret societies, at Urban Ghosts.  


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The World's First Beer Jelly

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When she ran out of fruit to make into jelly, Nancy Warner of Vermont decided to make beer jelly. To her knowledge, she's the only person to develop and method to make sweet jellies from beer. Each flavor from Potlicker Kitchen is made from just three ingredients: beer, cane sugar, and citrus pectin. Warner spoke to the tabloid The Mirror:

“I set about making a jelly with all beer, no fruit. I have made all of my own recipes and can find no record of anyone else make a pure beer jelly before I did.

“I make beer jelly much the way I would make fruit jelly, but instead of kid juice (like fruit juice), I use adult juice.

“Each jar of jelly is approximately half full of beer or wine, but, for better or worse, the jelly is non alcoholic.

“The alcohol is removed during cooking and by dilution of sugar.

“There are only three ingredients - beer, cane sugar and citrus pectin. Because there is no added fruit or flavours, it tastes like a sweet version of the beer it is made with.

“You can actually taste the hop and malt characteristics of each flavour of jelly.

-via Oddity Central

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Who Are You? - Android Antagonism


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All kinds of people were flocking to that galaxy far, far away these days, and apparently so were their androids. 3PO was used to being the smartest and most app friendly droid in the Outer Rim, but along came a little green android with promises of unlimited apps and stronger signals. Even R2 warmed up to the new star of the droid world, and the two began to plot a war against that rolling BB droid that everyone was so in love with...

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Mythbusters Recreates Walter White’s Final Booby Trap

Stop reading now if you are still avoiding spoilers for the final episode of the TV show Breaking Bad. The rest of us well remember Walter White’s remote-control oscillating machine gun hidden in the trunk of his car. If you want to refresh your memory, that scene is on YouTube.

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Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman wondered if they could recreate that trick in real life. So they recruited Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan as a witness and tackled the project for Mythbusters. -via Laughing Squid


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A Photographic Glimpse Into The Lives Of Tokyo's Teens

Thanks to reality shows we know more than we probably should about being a teenager in America, but what's it like to be a teen growing up in Tokyo?

The best way to discover that unknown world is to follow teens around with a camera all day and night and see what they get up to.

But a video camera will only cause them to ham it up, so according to 22-year-old photographer Yuko Kusano you should just take snapshots instead.

Yuko shoots pics of young folks in the wild, her lens taking in the action rather than intruding on the scene, and the fact that many of the subjects are Yuko's friends means her photos are candid rather than canned, albeit with a bit of flair.

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Cell Phone and Selfie Fails

There’s many a slip ’twixt the expensive handheld device and the pavement, as these clips from Fail Army show us. You’ve probably seen at least some of them before, but they are funny enough to justify another peek.

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Fail Army put this compilation together to promote their new phone app. Many of the people featured will have to purchase a new phone before they can use it. One grandmother is not interested at all, and would prefer chocolate, thank you. Contains NSFW language. -via Daily Picks and Flicks 


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Check Out This Amazing Transforming Optimus Prime Cake

Russell Munro's son asked for a Transformers cake for his birthday. Munro went much, much further. This Optimus Prime cake transforms accurately from vehicle to biped mode while quoting a famous line from the 1986 Transformers movie. This video shows how it works internally. A 3d printed frame for the cake moves on servos with the touch of a button.


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An Online Exploration Of Second Life's Virtual College Campuses

When the massively multiplayer online gaming trend was in full swing in the early to mid 00s a game called Second Life appeared with promises of “a 3d virtual world where you can be whoever you'd like and build and sell whatever you can imagine”.

However, most MMO players found Second Life's virtual world to be a bit too much like real life, which is exactly what those few remaining SL "residents" are looking for- a virtual life to live in addition to their own.

This realism even drew the attention of various colleges and universities, who built virtual campuses in Second Life hoping to take higher education where it had never gone before.

Fusion's Patrick Hogan took a trip into Second Life to see what's left of these virtual campuses, and his findings don't hold out much hope for the avatar based collegiate experience.

Read "We Took A Tour Of The Abandoned College Campuses Of Second Life" here


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31 Amazing Facts about Household Items

You should be able to relate to this episode of the mental_floss List Show, because they are about things we all have, or had at one time. Can you imagine using a vacuum cleaner to dry your hair? Razors are older than you think, and toothbrushes are newer than you’d think.

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Oh yeah, and tinfoil hats may have some real benefit, we're just not sure what. But you don’t have one of those. There’s a lot more to learn about in this video!


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