Lyndon B. Johnson’s Amphibious Car

Amphibious Car

Before the Vietnam War would pin the death-nail on his presidential legacy, LBJ managed to have quite a sense of humor. Seen here is LBJ’s amphibious car, which he would use at his Texas ranch to play pranks on guests. One stand out prank was taking his guests out for a spin, pretend to lose control of the vehicle as they approached the lake, and shout “The brakes don’t work! We’re going in! We’re going under!” The car would then enter the water where, as guests were trying to prevent their heart from popping out of their chests, Johnson would laugh.
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What We Love This Week, Volume XCVI

Japan End Of Life Illuminated Statues

Source: The Atlantic

Japan’s Booming Death Industry

With the highest proportion of elderly citizens in the world, death appears to be an emerging market in Japan. Over the next 50 years, Japan’s population is likely to shrink by approximately 30 million people, and savvy entrepreneurs want to squeeze every last drop of money out of these guys before they meet their maker. That translates to things like funeral business fairs, “end-of-life seminars”, high-tech indoor cemeteries that robotically retrieve loved ones’ tombstones, funeral portrait photo shoots and more.

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The 1977 New York Blackout: No Lights, No Food, But Lots Of Liquor

New York Blackout 1977

For two days in the middle of July, a black out grabbed New York by its sweaty throat only to aggravate existing economic and social fears. The culprit? An unforgiving combination of lightning strikes and faulty infrastructure. 4,000 people had to be evacuated from the subway system, with all major airports closed for about eight hours. Unsurprisingly, looters found great opportunity in the outage, and over 1,600 stores were damaged by looting and rioting.

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