This Abandoned Town in Tennessee Will Make You Want to Go Exploring, Too

Oct 7, 2014 By Megan Berman 0

Nestled about a mile into the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Tennessee, hidden away from the world, lies an abandoned town.

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Built almost 100 years ago, there are houses, a fountain, and even a hotel — The Wonderland Club. The hotel closed in 1992, and the last lease for any of the houses expired in 2001.

Now the remaining structures stand empty and unused…

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Photographer Jordan Liles stumbled across the ghost town last year, and documents his findings in the video “Tennessee Wonderland”…

Was Bob Dylan joking when he invited Michael Bolton over? It’s a funny story, regardless…

Oct 1, 2014 By Abraham 0

In a collaboration as laughable as it is unlikely, Bob Dylan and Michael Bolton got together about 25 years ago to write a song. Their day-long writing session resulted in “Steel Bars,” which was one of the singles from Bolton’s 1991 “Time, Love, & Tenderness,” which you may know as the album with his version of “When a Man Loves a Woman.”

Here Michael Bolton shares his experience of working with Bob Dylan. Bolton’s amusing reminiscence of their hours together comes complete with a spot-on voice impression and some cute cartoons…

These drawings are typewritten, not drawn. But the amazing thing is the artist himself…

Sep 29, 2014 By Megan Berman 0

If you want to see incredible skill and dedication despite severe physical limitations, look no further than artis Paul Smith.

As a child he was diagnosed with severe spastic cerebral palsy — but that never kept him from pursuing his love of art. Although Paul’s condition made him unable to hold a paintbrush or pen, or even speak and eat, he became a phenomenon in the art world.

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How? By creating beautiful images…with a typewriter.

Paul used both hands to create his art—the left to steady the right, which pressed the keys. And since he wasn’t able to press two at once, he locked the shift key down and created his art using only 10 characters…

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The mystery of a wedding photo found at Ground Zero finally solved 13 years later

Sep 17, 2014 By Megan Berman 0

Every year on September 11th, Elisabeth Stringer Keefe posts the crumpled photo of a wedding party found at Ground Zero on social media, hoping to find its owner, alive and well.

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In a testament to the power of social media, this year after Keefe tweeted the photograph, it was retweeted 58,000 times and even got its own Reddit page. Elisabeth was hopeful, telling Boston Magazine:

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1943 letter invites young man to play for the NFL, but he’ll need to bring his own shoes

Sep 14, 2014 By Abraham 0

In April 1943, a strapping 23-year-old Harold Gutke was invited to play for the New York Giants, or the New York Football Giants, as they were called then. The letter he received acknowledges the likelihood that he would be drafted, but lets him know he can make $150 a game if he’s available.

But he’ll have to provide his own shoes…

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In fact, Mr. Gutke did end up being drafted so he didn’t have the chance to become a football star. After serving in the Navy, he came home, had a family (one of whom would post this letter many years later), and coached high school football and track for 35 years.

On 9/11 US fighter jets took off on a suicide mission. Meet the pilot willing to give her life…

Sep 11, 2014 By Megan Berman 2

In September 2001, Heather “Lucky” Penney was a young, inexperienced F-16 pilot with the 121st Fighter Squadron of the D.C. Air National Guard. As the first female pilot in her squadron, it was a dream come true; her father had served as a fighter pilot in Vietnam, so when Congress opened up combat aviation to women, she was the first in line:

I signed up immediately. I wanted to be a fighter pilot like my dad.

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But on that fateful Tuesday morning thirteen years ago, 26-year-old Lt. Penney was called upon to make the greatest sacrifice of her life…bring down United Airlines flight 93, no matter what. Even knowing that the pilot for one of the planes could be her own father, Penney was prepared to take them down —

We had to protect the airspace any way we could.

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Sister and brother reunited after 60 years, thanks to Facebook and a blurry photo

Sep 5, 2014 By Megan Berman 1

In 1954, Siblings Allan Healey and Margaret Mitchell were separated from each other because their parents divorced. The family split up when Margaret remained with their mother in Scotland, and Allan went with their father to live in England.

But last week, a lifelong dream for both of them finally came true. They were reunited…after 60 years.  And all because of their simultaneous searches for each other on Facebook.

Years after the family’s sad separation, Allan attempted to find his sister, but due to data protection laws, he hit a wall and was discouraged by his lack of progress. He decided to give it one last try and turned to Facebook, but he couldn’t find her…because she’s not on Facebook.

In a last ditch effort, he posted this photo of the siblings — likely the last one of them all together before they were split up…

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

Aug 16, 2014 By Joey White 6

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

Jul 29, 2014 By Joey White 0

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]

Jul 15, 2014 By Joey White 1

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…

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