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World's Most Infamous Soap Box Derby Car

"If 14-year-old James Gronen had built his car for the Soap Box Derby today, he might have been hailed by some as a Mark Zuckerberg of mobile innovation, a kid who refused to lose, who dared to rewrite the rules to win.

Unfortunately, he built his car in 1973, and all he got for it was decades of infamy.

James's car, designed to cheat, was innocently sponsored by the Jaycees of Boulder, Colorado. Hidden in its nose was an electromagnet that yanked the car forward when the metal starting gate fell, providing an unorthodox competitive edge and sending the car hurtling down the hillside track to a national championship victory."

""It was most creative; an ingenious way to win," he conceded; clearly wrong, yet it celebrated the Derby's encouragement of teamwork between adults and children (James had help from his uncle), and it highlighted the Derby's dream to spur development in science, technology, engineering, and math. "You could say it was the coolest car," said Joe, with the same kind of dark fascination we find in gangsters and lawbreakers."

Whole article here:
http://www.roadsideamerica.com/story/38674?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+roadsideamerica+%28RoadsideAmerica.com%29

The car just went on display at the All-American Soap Box Derby Hall of Fame and Museum at Derby Downs in Ohio.

Disney's Flordia Adventure! from Ruben Bolling's "Tom the Dancing Bug."

Guess what I saw flying over SE DC today?

The army's new surveillance blimp as described here:
http://www.democraticunderground.com/?com=view_post&forum=1002&pid=3331129


I was at the Nats game for a ridiculous 12:30 start (Summer camp day). It appeared between the Capitol and Booz Allen Hamilton's building (of course!) in the 4th inning and then again (further east) during the 8th inning. Most people around me thought it was a prankster and didn't believe me when I stated the Army is building hi-tech blimps.

Sorry. no pic of it in DC, my phone is an antique.

McBudget Advice for Fast Food Employees

From Brian McFadden:

Derf on the "Sex with pool items guy"



Good point, Derf.

Jen Sorensen (Slowpoke) won the 2013 RFK Journalism Award for Political Cartooning

She blogged: "Known informally as “the poor people’s Pulitzer,” this award is especially thrilling because you learn of it through a phone call from Ethel Kennedy herself. I happened to be in a flooring store trying to find something to replace an ugly carpet in my house when the call came. Let’s just say Ethel Kennedy was one of the last people I expected to be at the other end of that unrecognizable phone number. Afterward, I completely lost my ability to focus on carpets.

The award is due in part to my comic for Kaiser Health News, "

Four part comic is here, if you've never seen it. Click on the dots at the bottom to switch to the next page.

http://www.kaiserhealthnews.org/cartoons/2012/june/open-letter-to-supreme-court-cartoon.aspx

Congrats, Jen.

"An Immigrant's Story" from Tom the Dancing Bug

Urine Analyzing Toilets Warn Clubgoers Against Drunk Driving

Zouk is one of the hottest clubs in South East Asia, and in an attempt to help the government in Singapore reduce cases of drunk driving, has developed a urinal that can tell how much you’ve had to drink.

The process starts when you hand over your keys to the club’s valet, who instead of the usual parking coupon, hands you an RFID (Radio Frequency Identification Device) tag instead.

All of the urinals are able to detect this tag when you go to use them – they are also able to detect how much you’ve had to drink using urine analysis.

During a two-week period, over 573 drunk drivers were detected, out of which 342 opted to leave their cars at the club and have somebody else take them home.

Whole article at:

http://www.psfk.com/2013/07/urine-analyzing-toilets.html

Johnny Privilege - The Privileged White Adventurer!

From Brian McFadden:

Liev Schreiber to Host PBS' History of Superheroes

He may be heating up our screens as Ray Donovan now, but a few years ago, Liev Schreiber was eating up the scenery as Sabretooth in X-Men Origins: Wolverine. And it's that kind of geek cred — matched with one of the greatest speaking voices on the planet — that makes Schreiber the perfect pick to host and narrate PBS' upcoming comic-book history program Superheroes: A Never-Ending Battle.

Filled with classic backstories, rarely seen illustrations, and in-depth commentary from legendary comics contributors and icons, the three-part docuseries from Emmy-winning filmmaker Michael Kantor (Make 'Em Laugh: The Funny Business of America) won't debut until Oct. 8 at 9/8c.

Whole article by Damian Holbrook here:
http://www.tvguide.com/news/liev-schreiber-host-pbs-history-superheroes-1067899.aspx
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