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9 Myths & Facts about Lightning

True or False: You should stay indoors until 30 minutes after the last clap of thunder. If you answered 'true' give yourself a cookie, because you are correct! How about this one.... True or False: You can't get struck by lightning if you're inside a building. If you answered 'true', spit the cookie out, because you're wrong! To read more about these and 7 other lightning facts & myths, follow this jump to The Daily...
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Double Rainbow Freak Out--Video

YouTube user Hungrybear9562 had what one might call a religious experience when encountering a double rainbow earlier this year. It's possible he was high. Or he just really, really, REALLY loves rainbows and this one came at a time in his life when he needed a 'sign'. It was a pretty awesome rainbow but his reaction is more awesome--in a funny, slightly uncomfortable, enviable way.
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Green Camping Packing List

Going green and going camping go hand in hand. Which is why this list from Re-nest is tailor-made for the environmental Uncooped crowd.  Here are links to the products featured on the top row: Big Agnes Salt Creek 2 Tent, a backpacking tent made with mainly recycled components and fabrics, $350. Big Agnes Diversion Recycled Insulated Air Core Sleeping Pad, 100% recycled polyester shell, 100% recycled insulation and a recycled aluminum valve, $95. Marmot EcoPro...
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Vintage VW Beetle RV

The Web Urbanist has a great article about the 'car-house fad of the 1960's and 70's. The most famous of all was the VW Beetle RV conversion known as the Bugaroo or Minihome. A perfect companion to the  VW Beetle 5th wheel?? Via.
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Volkswagen's New Electric Bike

Volkswagen revealed its new concept bike at Auto China 1010. Dubbed the Bik.e, the electric 2 wheeler folds down to the size of a car's spare tire. The idea behind the car-trunk-totable bike is that it allows commuters who don't live close enough to walk or bike to work to drive, park and then ride the rest of the way. According to reports, VW will offer the Bik.e as an auto accessory.  Other important info:...
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Keep Calm and Ride On

'Keep Calm and Carry On'. That was the directive of a propaganda poster of the late 1930's that was to be disseminated by the Ministry of Information formed by the British Government in the event that the country was invaded by Germany. Since that didn't happen, it was never widely seen...until 60 years later. Now the poster has become iconic. Its sentiment has also been appropriated in some very clever ways. (Just choose your ride.)...
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Space: Imax 'Hubble 3D'

Yesterday the new Imax film released by NASA, Hubble 3D, premiered in select cities. The movie includes still 3-dimensional creations constructed with Hubble's images recorded in 2006. Above is just one breath-taking sample. To view the picture in a more impressive large format and to read more about the movie, click here. Check out the trailer below. Image Credit: NASA, G. Bacon, L. Frattare, Z. Levay, and F. Summers (STScI/AURA)
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1970 Airstream Restoration--From Start to Finish

Camperboy and I spotted a video series on You Tube last weekend, courtesy of the DIY Network's Classic Rides, and fell in love. Not with the show's presenter but with his project. It's been a dream of ours to buy a silver bullet like this (1970, 27 ft, Land Yacht) and renovate it, so when we started watching the first episode we were glued to the Mac for the following 9. That's right, in ten...
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Turning 2 PowerBooks into 1 Snowboard

A couple crazy guys took a drill to two Apple PowerBooks and turned them into a snowboard. While watching the video, I had that feeling you get when you think someone is talking about something/someone you love behind your back. Can anyone translate?? 
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Seven creatures that have become extinct in your lifetime.

We all know about the demise of the dinosaurs, but since that happened millions of years ago, the import of occasion seems a bit removed to our daily lives. Fast forward to 1989 when we said goodbye to the Golden Toad. (Photo: Charles H. Smith / U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service) In 1996 we said farewell to the Zanzibar Leopard. (Photo: Helle V. Goldman and Jon Winther-Hansen) In 2000 it was the Pyrenean Ibex.   ...
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