Artists, architects, and tactical slight of hand helped American forces win WWII.
World War II marked one of the darkest times in American history. A global struggle strung across continents – the world at large, was on the brink of complete decimation for better part of a decade. However, amongst all the darkness, this war also provided one of the most creative deceptions to ever be successfully deployed: America’s Ghost Army.
Inspired by the successful deception created by their allied British troops in the Battle of El Alamein, the US Army formed a special unit of their own, the 23rd Special Headquarters. Assigned to carry out strategic operations that would provide the illusion of large American forces, the 23rd was created to out wit the enemy not out muscle them.
The Pittsburg Windmill fought 299 bouts in his time—and he won most of them.
Harry Greb, on the left.
Boxing was once one of America’s most popular sports. But while its popularity has declined, with now only one or two bouts per year with mainstream appeal, an age old boxing debate lives on: who is the greatest boxer to ever live?
You’ve likely heard the usual suspects: Ali, Sugar Ray Robinson, Tyson (in his prime), maybe even a vote or two for Floyd Mayweather. One name you’ve likely never heard, though, may be more interesting than the whole lot.
From Bill Murray to Hozier, these Diversions + Tunes are worth a look.
1. BILL MURRAY'S REDDIT AMA: On his own awesomeness: "Nothing prepared me for being this awesome." / Mental Floss
2. REMEMBERING ABERCROMBIE & FITCH: A look back to when you would have actually wanted to shop there. / A CONTINUOUS LEAN
Photographer Corey Rich captures the true essence of outdoor sports.
Corey Rich is the one of the most respected and admired adventure sports photographers in the United States. For more than twenty years he has helped to expand the visual awareness and admiration of some of the world’s most alluring outdoor adventure sports.
He was first inspired to use a camera when he was a teenager. He would take photos of his climb in hopes of capturing the essence of the experience. He quickly realized that it took a lot to match the quality of the image with the story you were trying to tell.
Nine extreme winter activities (snowkiting, anyone?) to make your season complete.
Winter can be tough. Like really tough. Below freezing temps and ice covered everything can leave you rather uninspired to leave the comfort of your couch. We know your pain, so we thought we should provide a little inspiration to turn this season around.
We've compiled a list of winter adventures that are not only bucket list worthy, but damn near life changing. If you're not considering at least a couple of these activities, it's time to step outside and shake off the winter sulk.
An Adventure Finalist takes to the Mississippi to fulfill a childhood dream.
When I returned home after college, I found the life motto I had written out as a fourteen-year-old boy still taped above my bed – “AVDE ALIQVID DIGNVM” or “Dare Something Worthy.” It was summer, and my brother and I, who had spent years joking about a trip downriver, knew that the time was now.
We set out planning a trip down the Mississippi River, from Minneapolis to New Orleans. We purchased an old pontoon deck (nicknamed Ol’ Fuss’n’Feathers) and rebuilt it as a fortified raft designed by our buddy Peter Middleton (and re-christened The Spirit of the Storm). And then, at the end of June, we cast off.
The epic adventure of uncovering the greatest military general in history.
Patrick Hunt isn't the sort of academic who spends all of his time in the lecture hall or library. The Stanford archaeologist’s favored element is the high-altitude air of the Alps, where he pursues his lifelong passion ("Some would call it an obsession," he concedes) for all things Hannibal.
Why the fascination? “More than anything else, it’s his boldness balanced by such brilliant tactics,” Hunt tells Huckberry. The story is also a classic tragedy. “He’s a guy who won almost every battle but couldn’t win the war.”
A New York City escape made of wood and glass—with an emphasis on the latter.
When you grow up in the Northeast, you kind of forget that anything exists outside of a city. Bedroom communities aside, it's hard to get from Boston or New York into something that can reasonably be called "the countryside." When you do, however, you'll find that it was completely worth the trip.
The multiple award winning LM Guest House is such a place. Located in Dutchess County, NY, his prefab house was put up in just two days and has not a whiff of mass production about it. If anything, it looks less like a house and more like a stylish and contemporary library. It's minimalist modern aesthetic and its size (2,000 square feet) both mean that there's a good chance it's even nicer than your regular house.
Re-sharpening the claws of one of America’s greatest revolutionaries.
An original series where we unearth the story and style behind iconic men.
A man who won't die for something is not fit to live. - Martin Luther King, Jr.
Martin Luther King Jr.’s been declawed. He’s been glossed. And in all the history books, we’re getting a version of King that to his contemporaries, they may have not recognized. So in anticipation of MLK Day, we wanted to give one of America’s most subversive activists his rightful due.
Say hello to our little friend—the AT Black Knight Transformer multicopter.
The AT Black Knight Transformer is no bull. From El Segundo’s Advance Tactics, it’s the world’s first "road-able vertical takeoff and landing" aircraft (VTOL). In other words, it’s a truck that’s able to drive on (and off) the road, and also takeoff and land, vertically. Or as we’d like to put it—an SUV with heli-skills.
AT wanted to make this beast as versatile as possible, and—if you can’t tell by the general vibe of the Black Knight—AT does what it wants. The eight rotors (four on each side) fold out for flight, are stowed for driving in tight spots, and tilt forward for higher speeds. And for more aquatic demands, the modular automobile bottom can be replaced with a boat hull or amphibious hull (so you can have it all).
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