A Collaborative Investigation

This photograph of a liquor store was taken in Minneapolis in 1939, and recently posted to Shorpy. Interesting, but... what is that futuristic thing sticking up out of the car parked in front?

The first comment on the picture identified the car as a new 1939 Mercury, and the second commenter asked about the flashy antenna. It didn't take long for someone to find another car with the same gadget, and another to find an advertisement for the exact radio and antenna. This kind of collaboration and information sharing is one of the things that makes the internet so addicting. Link -Thanks, Marilyn Terrell!

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With the obvious side-effect of being a completely unregulated agency producing potentially fallacious information. The internet also provides fertile soil for confirming biases. If you want to be a complete narcissist or machiavellian, you can set up your own blog and banish anyone who disagrees with you.
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Several years ago a I was part of a collaborative site that used online baseball stats to figure out the days old baseball card photos were taken. Using stadium clues, weather, players on base or on deck in the background, we often were able to pinpoint the exact at-bat when the phot was taken. I thought this was pretty cool.
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