You’ve heard of Black Friday, the darkest day for American capitalism; Cyber Monday, where everyone gets out their latent shopping aggression online; now there’s even Grey Thursday, as retailers open on Thanksgiving Eve to get an edge on the competition. But, friends, have you heard of Brown Friday?
Fifteen years ago, the U.S. wasn’t just the top producer of the world’s corn, it was the corn market. As of today, it’s less than half. What happened?
The world imploded when it was discovered that Republican presidential hopeful Jeb! was selling a cheap plastic bowl for $75 (especially seeing as one could buy 24 of the same cheap plastic bowls for $36). But it’s not the most egregious product being sold by a candidate. Just in time for tonight’s debates, here are…
It’s that time of year again, when you find yourself driving furiously across state lines because your puritanical lawmakers don’t want you sparking up some Black Cats in your backyard. Before you go, check this list of the fireworks that are allowed near you.
Certain parts of the U.S. have teetered into decline. Places designed to bring joy are now rotting quietly, wrapped in weeds. Seph Lawless, an artist and chronicler of all things ruin-related, recently visited several of these abandoned amusement parks. He returned with some pretty creepy pictures. We’ve got a gallery.
These are the first full photos of the all-new 2016 Honda CRF1000L Africa Twin, perhaps the first bike to genuinely live up to the adventure motorcycle’s potential. Big dirt bike? Yep, and not much more.
Last September, I boarded a plane to Denmark. It was the start of a seven and a half month, round-the-world adventure. Yesterday at 10:05am, I landed at LAX. Man, this place is weird.
Damn, the Genius Bar is a bona fide mall hotspot. People love Apple's sterile, glassy retail stores so much, the expensive gadget hubs boost sales at malls by 10 percent.
There are over 250,000 rivers in the U.S., some subtly serene, others tremendously tumultuous. But in this visualization you can see them all—and the color shows which way their waters flow.
The decline in marriage in America is often blamed on a number of different factors: Cultural changes, economic strife, the rise of cohabitation... and now the easy availability of porn online is getting fingered.
All along America's open highways are the sight of rest stops—lonesome, and often odd, miniature roadside parks that dot the landscape. Photographer Ryann Ford is on a mission to document these architectural emblems.
Stanford's Linear Accelerator Laboratory operates the longest particle accelerator of its kind—it's produced groundbreaking work in particle physics over the decades, as well as several Nobel prizes. But surprisingly, it also played a major role in the early web: By hosting the first web site in the US. It wasn't much…
Among the few apocalypses worse than nuclear annihilation, asteroid impact has got to be near the top of the list—at least if Hollywood's depictions are any indication. Luckily, the American public has at least one agency defending it against errant space rocks: the exact same agency that's supposed to be protecting…
One of the most common subjects in the history of American photography is the West. It's a landscape fraught with potential cliche, but Lucas Foglia's project Frontcountry cuts through popular conceptions and shows the reality of a rapidly transforming area of our country.
Harrison Sanborn found a whole lot of beautiful aerial footage shot by his dad in the late 1980s—using an Arri IIC camera with Eastman Kodak 5247 film. He scanned it at 2K resolution and made this little piece "for fun." Looking at the Twin Towers still standing makes me sad and nostalgic.
As the physical embodiment of all things American, Uncle Sam has been used to represent the likes of freedom, Big Brother, consumerism, fetus-snatching, and everything in between. But just over 200 years ago, this anthropomorphized flag of a man was an actual, living human being—and a too-weak-to-enlist one, at that.
Shockingly, there are some instances where the US Navy's Phalanx Close-In Weapons System's (CIWS) red hot wall of 20mm tungsten isn't enough to neutralize incoming threats—like against fast moving anti-ship cruise missiles. For times like those, America's Navy relies on the Phalanx's bigger, badder, rocket-propelled…
A mere seven years (less than two presidential terms) after it was declared fit for combat operations—and then repeatedly grounded for operational issues—the F-22 Raptor has finally had its first taste of war in the skies over what used to be Syria but is now ISIS territory.
Nothing jumpstarts technological development like a good war. WWII gave us UAVs, WWI introduced tanks, and the French-Indian War produced a unique gun battery—more cannon flotilla than warship—the radeau.
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