Morph is the world’s first folding wheelchair wheel. When in the open position, the wheel takes up 22 liters of space. But when folded, it only occupies 12 liters of space. The folded wheel is small enough to fit into an easily carry-able bag, and at 7.5 pounds each they are light enough to be carried by most people.
The Atlantic’s Alexis Madrigal got baby catalogs in the mail before telling anyone he and his wife were expecting.
Marketing Genetics is a data company based in Nebraska. They gather up data that companies share with each other about purchasing behavior and sell it to other companies that are looking for certain types of customers. They’ve got a database of 100 million people and more than a billion transactions (most of those from the last couple of years)
So to reference a tradition begun by the illustrious Melody Kramer when she was in this hot seat, our #bestthingallweek was — without question — the arrival of our new intern, Molly Seavy-Nesper. In chorus, all together now: Hi, Molly.
We asked Molly to find a way to bid you all a lovely Memorial Day Weekend and here this very useful (and educational!) chart of literary and cinematic cocktails was her pleasure because, well, cocktails! Movies! Literature!
Drink up. We’re out.
via Pop Chart Lab
Our week was great because we
Frenchman’s Flat, Nevada - Atomic Cannon Test - History’s first atomic artillery shell fired from the Army’s new 280-mm artillery gun. Hundreds of high ranking Armed Forces officers and members of Congress are present. The fireball ascending, 05/23/1953
(Ed. note - Although the caption provided with the photo states 5/23/1953, most records indicate this test occurred on May 25, 1953.)
— David Tran, owner of Huy Fong Foods, maker of the original Sriracha hot sauce.
A wrapped juvenile camel rides between packs on a camel’s back in Western Australia, December 1916.
Photograph by C. P. Scott, National Geographic
From The Washington Post:
In 2002, the U.S. military had just two kinds of camouflage uniforms. One was green, for the woods. The other was brown, for the desert.
Then things got strange.
Today, there is one camouflage pattern just for Marines in the desert. There is another just for Navy personnel in the desert. The Army has its own “universal” camouflage pattern, which is designed to work anywhere. It also has another one just for Afghanistan, where the first one doesn’t work.
The Atlantic looks at the I.S.S.’s perfect storm of social media and Cmdr. Chris Hadfield:
Hadfield also had … Chris Hadfield. He was the right guy at the right time — and in, wow, the right place: He’s a natural performer who seemed truly excited to share his sublime stage with the rest of us. But his performances were intimate rather than epic: He subtly rejected the aura of distant heroism we normally associate with space flyers. Instead, he was nerdy. He was excited. He was delightfully, winkily mustachioed. He was your dad, or your uncle, or your mentor, the kind of guy who probably gets a little choked up when he makes toasts at weddings. Which is to say: He is quirky and real, and he made a point of putting those facts to use. He took all the corporate logic of social media — the ethos of the “personal brand,” the edict of “conversation rather than presentation” — and applied it, seamlessly, to his life in space.
Hadfield may have garnered more than 20 million views on YouTube and nearly a million followers on Twitter; but you had the sense, always, that his feeds, full of pictures and poetry and stuff about Canada, was essentially the diary he would have kept even if nobody else could have seen it.
constructed out of mud, cement-covered MDF and coiled aluminum a series of photographs capture the state of deterioration of abandoned star wars film sets.The post abandoned star wars film sets in the tunisian desert by ra di martino appeared firs…
Something’s up in Provo, Utah and it weighs around seven million pounds. It’s the 112-year-old exterior of the Provo Tabernacle that was severely damaged in a 2010 fire but has since been saved by the LDS church so it can be converted into a templ…