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Very first phone book up for auction

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The only known edition of the world's first telephone directory — the first phone book — is up for auction, reports Discovery News:
The 20-page directory was issued in November of 1878, just two years after Alexander Graham Bell

BoltBus fleet has free Wi-Fi, power in every seat

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A new bus service called "BoltBus" offers free Wi-Fi an power outlets in all its vehicles. I just looked up the rate from New York to Boston (my most typical bus trip) and it's twice as much as the Chinatown…

Aga Four Oven Cooker skips whiz-bang for cast iron badassery

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This "Four Oven Cooker" from Aga is made from cast iron, covered in "three coats of vitreous enamel" in fourteen different colors, weights 1,290 pounds, and must be installed by a certified fitter. It's available in an electric model, but…

Video soporific: Cornelius music video

I could try to muster some connection between the all-white, claymation effects of this new music video from Cornelius and, I dunno, eastern design aesthetics, but that'd be a stretch. How about this: I just really like it. Enjoy your…

Grand Theft Auto IV thoughts

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When taking a cab a couple of nights ago up the west side of Manhattan, I realized that after a couple of weeks of playing Grand Theft Auto IV I had begun to conflate my internal model of New York…

Virtual worlds to visit before you die

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Check out Tom Chick's new games-writing gig at Sci-Fi, Fidgit. Among the first entries is a virtual edition of places you must visit before you die...
Paris, Rome, Fiji, the Taj Majal? Pshaw. Yeah, sure, the graphics are

Cricket folding, portable laptop stand

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The Cricket laptop stand is portable, folding up into the little eight-inch cudgel you see at right. A fine solution for mobile computing if you spend time at the tiny desk they give you in hotel rooms. I don't. I…

Silly helmet covers for barbarian bikers

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Martin at "Silly Helmet Covers" will sell you one of these stylish additions to your open face motorcycle helmet for just $44, shipped. (Helmet not included, of course.) Product Page [SillyHelmetCovers.com]…

Trail camera company offers million-dollar bounty for pictures of bigfoot

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Bushnell, making of outdoor optical equipment like binoculars and infrared-triggered trail cams, has offered a $1,000,000 prize for a verifiable picture of Bigfoot taken with their hardware, reports Loren Coleman.
Bushnell Corporation (also known as Bushnell and Bushnell Outdoor Products)

Totem shower brings bathroom luxury to the ... yard?

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Who will buy Waterdesign's Totem SHT FO 2000 outdoor shower system? It's beautifully technological–with a price to match–so it's not like it's just going to get dunked in the dust outside improperly-equipped trailers. BornRich's baroque description of it is just…