Google used to be called WHAT? — The original names of 23 iconic brands

August 16, 2014 | 6 comments

Before it was Pepsi, it was Brad’s Drink. Instead of telling people to “BackRub that,” we tell them to “Google it.” Going to Peter’s Super Submarines for lunch? No, you aren’t. Though you can go to Subway if you really want to.

Here is a fun list of 23 major brands that used to go by another name…

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22 of the most iconic game controllers of the past 30 years photographed in one man’s hands

July 29, 2014 | No comments

Art Director Javier Laspiur’s series Controllers documents classic game controllers of the past 30 years…

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Laspiur’s series is simple — each portrait is a photo of a controller along with its name or system and the year in which Laspiur first played that game.

In addition to the GIF above, we’ve included photos of each of the 22 game controllers below…

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The evolution of World Cup soccer balls from primitive to bizarre [20 pictures]

July 15, 2014 | 1 comment

The FIFA World Cup began in 1930 with as much controversy and enthusiasm as there is today surrounding the quadrennial event. Uruguay and Argentina faced one another in the first final match 84 years ago but couldn’t agree on a ball to use. FIFA gave Argentina the right to select the ball for the first half of the match, while Uruguay chose the ball for the second half…

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Since those first rudimentary balls were used, the soccer balls — or footballs for many of you — have changed significantly.

These photos show the soccer ball used for every World Cup final, documenting the intriguing evolution of the world’s most popular sport…

1934, Italy

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See the original draft of Bob Dylan’s “Like a Rolling Stone” that just sold for $2 million [5 pics]

June 25, 2014 | 1 comment

In 1965, a 24-year-old Bob Dylan sat down at the Roger Smith Hotel in Washington, grabbed some stationery from the desk drawer, and scrawled what would become the last original draft of his iconic song “Like a Rolling Stone.”

Later Dylan would unsentimentally sell these sheafs of paper to an acquaintance he knew outside of music without thinking much about it. And now, many years later, that anonymous collector is cashing in. At a recent Sotheby’s auction the four pieces of paper went for more than 2 million dollars, nearly doubling the previous rock-manuscript record of $1.2M brought in by John Lennon’s “A Day in the Life” back in 2010.

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Here is a closer look at each of the sheets. While the song is clearly near its final form, you can see that he was still experimenting with a lot of lyrics that ended up scrapped…

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D-Day vet recalls fighting in actual “Saving Private Ryan” battle, shares how he’s moved on

June 6, 2014 | No comments

93-year-old Thomas Blakey is one of the paratroopers who was dropped behind enemy lines and tasked with taking a bridge from German forces in a battle that was later dramatized in Saving Private Ryan.

In this fascinating interview, Blakey recounts the battle from 70 years ago as if it happened yesterday. He also describes how coming to the National World War II Museum 14 years ago helped him finally move on from war images that haunted him for decades…

93-year-old former paratrooper repeats his jump into Normandy 70 years later

June 6, 2014 | 1 comment

American Jim “Pee Wee” Martin was a 23-year-old paratrooper when he was dropped behind enemy lines on June 6, 1944. Reflecting on that experience, he says,

Everybody’s scared all the time. Anybody who tells you he isn’t is full of crap. But you just do what you have to do regardless of it, that’s the difference.

70 years later, he returned to Normandy to reconnect with other nonagenarians who fought alongside him and revisit the ground where he’d made history.

But Martin wasn’t content to stay on the ground. The humble veteran who’s embarrassed by the adulation people have showered on him returned to the air, donning a jumpsuit and taking one last jump from a plane.

When asked why he did it, Martin said,

A little bit of ego because I’m 93 and I can still do it. And also I just wanted to show all the people that you don’t have to sit and die just because you get old.

CNN met up with this fascinating man and filmed his jump for this brief segment that’s well worth your time…

Here’s the 66-word speech Eisenhower would have given if D-day had been a failure

June 6, 2014 | No comments

Plans for the 1944 Normandy landings began in 1943. Over the course of that year of preparation, much thought certainly went into all the different possible outcomes, but it wasn’t until the day before the largest seaborne invasion in history, that General Eisenhower took a moment to jot down what he would say if, despite everything, it all failed.

At the end of the scrawled, 66-word, hypothetical speech, he holds himself accountable for the horrors that the use of this paper would have meant…

If any blame or fault attaches to the attempt it is mine alone.

(A complete transcription is below.)

In Case of Failure - Eisenhower's unused D-day speech

The speech reads…

Our landings in the Cherbourg-Havre area have failed to gain a satisfactory foothold and I have withdrawn the troops. My decision to attack at this time and place was based upon the best information available. The troops, the air and the Navy did all that Bravery and devotion to duty could do. If any blame or fault attaches to the attempt it is mine alone. [By mistake, he dated the speech July 5 rather than June 5.]

We can be grateful that this note is an obscure piece in the national archives and does not represent a moment that ever actually took place.

D-Day photos from 1944 and photos of vacationers at the exact same locations today [28 pics]

June 5, 2014 | 21 comments

June 6, 1944, marked a turning point in World War II as Allied troops stormed the beaches of Normandy, forcing the end of the German occupation of France.

To mark this Friday’s 70th anniversary of D-Day, Reuters photographer Chris Helgren compiled a number of photos from that fateful day and took his own photographs from the exact same locations.

It’s sobering to compare the heavy events of that day 70 years ago with the casual vacationers relaxing there today, enjoying a lifestyle that’s enabled by those who sacrificed their lives on the same land…

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