As inhabitants of a routinely unfair class system, it’s only natural for us to want to live in luxury. We want the most expensive/overpriced food, drinks, services, and gizmos, attained at the expense of our hard-earned cash. Sometimes it’s nice to live a little above our income. However, sometimes we needlessly pay too much, and the less costly alternatives really wouldn’t be too much of a compromise. Here are the top 10 things we overpay for, assembled in no particular order. [Read more…]
A World Map Made of 3,000 Coins
“Money makes the world go round,” they say. “Money makes the world, full stop,” would be the reply of Perniclas Bedow, creator of a world of copper, gold and silver coins. Arranged by Swedish design studio Bedow, the piece is a world map made entirely out of over 3,000 coins from around the world: in a stroke of artistic genius, each continent was built using its own currency.
A 2009 project, it was arranged for use by Erik Penser Bankaktiebolag, a Swedish bank. One hopes that the bank’s security guards are keeping a close eye on Bedow’s stunning piece: anyone short on a bus fare may steal a bit of Ohio. Check out images of the project above and below, including some close-ups of the spare-change countries. See if you can spot which part of the world it is. [Read more…]
5 US Presidents Dropped Into Sticky Situations after Being Inaugurated
Everyone talks about being President of the United States one day, presumably because they like to think of themselves sitting in the Oval Office issuing Executive Orders for Free Pizza on Tuesdays and sending the military to bomb the house of the guy that gave you a swirly in 7th grade. What no one talks about, however, is just how hard the job of being in charge of 300 million people really is. For these five guys, it was harder than most, because they were dropped into a crap sandwich almost from the moment they were sworn in… [Read more…]
The Top 10 Greatest Speeches of the 20th Century
The 20th century was a great time period for speeches. There were many unbelievably extraordinary speeches delivered between 1900 and 2000 that will live through the ages. Some of the absolute best are listed below.
Lou Gehrig – July 4, 1939
Farewell to Baseball Speech
Baseball fans thought that Lou Gehrig’s career would never end. The slugger was called the Iron Horse because he was so durable and dedicated to baseball. [Read more…]