In 1986, Vancouver, British Columbia, hosted the World Exposition on Transportation and Communication, or commonly known as Expo 86. With transportation being one of the themes, McDonald's got in on the event with a floating restaurant called the Friendship 500. But a combination of local government, budgets, and too-big dreams lead to the McBarge being one of the most unique abandoned spaces in North America. Abandoned looks at the history and many attempted redemptions of the McBarge and its current state of decay.
If you think the Earth has it bad when it comes to meteorite impacts, be glad it isn't the Moon. January 21, 2019 saw a lunar eclipse across the night sky, and one very lucky photographer captured the moment a meteor slammed into the moon, made even more visible by the eclipse.
In 2019, Disney Theme Parks is set to open a new Star Wars experience. Inspired by the galaxy far, far away, the attraction will offer two rides, Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run and Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance which is being helmed as the biggest and most immersive attraction any Disney Park has ever seen. Galaxy's Edge is set to open this coming summer at California's Disneyland, followed by a fall debut at Walt Disney World in Florida.
Paris has been one of the world centers of education and culture since the 17th century. The City of Lights is home to some of the best of Medieval and modern architecture and the city's reputation as the center of art and fashion is second to none. This footage from the late 1800s and early 1900s shows Paris as it was, and creator Guy Jones has done some excellent work dubbing in sound to bring this black and white film to life.
One of the most successful businessmen in history, Pablo Escobar made billions bringing cocaine to the United States and the world. In Colombia, Escobar had a huge estate that was park home and part theme park, with exotic animals brought in from around the world. When Escobar was killed by Colombian authorities, the state seized the estate and distributed the animals to various zoos and reserves — except for the hippos, and now they're a problem.
Imad Khachan, owner of Chess Forum in New York City, didn't intend to run a chess shop — the last one in New York. He intended to get a Ph.D. in American literature and teach or write, but what we set out to do and what actually happens are rarely the same. A Lebanese refugee, Imad recalls coming to America, what it means to him, and what his store means to the community he calls home.
Made for athletes in search of a comfortable shoe to wear while traveling, the Vans UltraRange Rapidweld is one of the most versatile in the brand's arsenal. It's made with a new UltraCush Lite midsole compound for added comfort and durability. It also has LuxLiner sock-fit construction for a secure, comfy fit, fully breathable mesh with Rapidweld details, and synthetic, textile, and suede uppers. Each pair is finished using water-based inks and glues and a durable rubber reverse waffle lug outsole.
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Creators of some of the resilient workwear on earth, Taylor Stitch is ready to unveil their toughest pants to date. Made from a proprietary hemp blend that's more environmentally responsible, the pants are abrasion-resistant and four times stronger than cotton. They have angled front slash pockets for easy entry, double-knee reinforced construction, and a light stone wash finish for a broken-in feel. Each pair has just a touch of stretch and is constructed to soften with wear and move with you day in and day out no matter what you put them through.
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If you've ever wanted to get behind the controls of the best bucket of bolts in the galaxy and see if you can beat Han Solo's record-setting Kessel Run, you won't have to wait long to get your chance. Disney is bringing a new ride to its massive Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge theme park expansion called Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run. You and three others will get to man the Falcon in three different flight crew positions when it opens at Disneyland and Disney World in 2019.
Zombies, a nuclear apocalypse, environmental disaster, robot revolt — There are few safer places to spend the end of the world than a former ICBM silo. Somewhere in Kansas, a developer purchased a bunker that housed some of the most powerful nuclear weapons in the US arsenal. The concrete reinforced structures were made to withstand a nuclear attack and fire back, along with equipment to keep the soldiers stationed there alive. Now redeveloped into luxury doomsday bunkers, take a look at how the other half would live if the world as we know it came to an end.
Argentina boasts some of the most beautiful, rugged terrain in the world. The New York Times T Brand Studio flew to the South American country to visit three places that exemplify the culture and diverse landscapes of Argentina. Jujuy, the Iguazu National Park, and the capital city of Buenos Aires give a taste of Argentina from the outdoors to a blend of the traditional and modern.
The flight from Newark, New Jersey, to Singapore is the longest nonstop flight in the world. Spending 18 hours on a plane sounds like a nightmare — unless you have some handy tips to keep you fresh. The Wall Street Journal's travel correspondent Scott McCartney took the flight and has a load of suggestions that will help flying, even if it's not a day and a half.
Only a few countries in the world allow citizens to legally use marijuana — and Canada is joining the exclusive club. On October 17, 2018, marijuana will no longer be criminal, and a lot of people couldn't be happier. The Fire & Flower Cannabis Co. put together this little promo video to celebrate the occasion and what's sure to be a boom in business.
Currently, to travel along Norway's coast you'll have to take the E39 highway. The 683-mile route runs from Kristiansand in the south to Trondheim and with its seven different ferry connections, takes about 21 hours to complete. In an attempt to cut the travel in half, the Norwegian government plans to eliminate the need for ferries with increased tunnels and bridges while improving current roadway conditions. The project is estimated to cost 40 billion dollars making it the largest infrastructure project in the country's history.
K2 on the border of China and Pakistan is the second-tallest mountain in the world and one of the most dangerous — around one in every four of the people who reach the summit don't make it back. Polish skier Andrzej Bargiel successfully summited K2, and then skied back down over 28,000 feet, making him the first person in the world to do so.
At Minitaur Wunderland in Hamburg, Germany, you can visit 40 countries without going anywhere — along with the world's largest train set. Miniatur Wunderland has over 50,000 feet of track, a fully functioning international airport with planes that taxi, take off, and land, and dioramas of famous cities like Venice. Watch how an entire team keeps the trains running on time, from the model builders to mission control.
With its signature sophisticated, minimalist look, the Autobahn is undeniably part of the NOMOS family, but there's something about it that is more dynamic than the rest of the watches in the legendary brand's portfolio. That playful attitude is drawn from the designer's inspiration, created not only with the famous German highway in mind but also from the 22-minute Kraftwerk song of the same name. The theme is most evident on the dial — where smooth, rounded corners rise to the edge like a steep curve, only to dip at the recessed subdial just above the elongated 3-date window at the bottom — while a light gray luminous ring glows blue in low light, bringing to mind the dashboard of a car at night. It all sits beneath sapphire domed crystal, which is also found on the back of the watch, to showcase the in-house built caliber DUW6101 movement — used here for the first time with a date complication. Despite all the traffic, it remains quite thin and wears comfortably on the wrist and is finished with a waterproof blue-black textile strap tailor-made in France that features the NOMOS winged clasp that is polished by hand.
Case Diameter: 41mm / Case Height: 10.5mm / Weight: 2.32 oz / Water Resistance: 10 ATM / Glass: Domed Sapphire Crystal / Lug Width: 20mm
Movement: Automatic DUW 6101 / Movement Height: 3.6mm / Movement Diameter: 15 1/2 lines (35.2mm) / Power Reserve: up to 42 hours / Jewels: 27
Uncrate is an authorized dealer of NOMOS Glashütte timepieces, extending their full warranty with purchase.
You have plenty of options for backpacks, but most don't look as good and aren't built to last as long as this one. Available in premium black leather with nickel hardware or premium tan leather with gunmetal hardware, the Back Office is ready to serve daily and is also a fantastic carry-on option. The interior has a laptop sleeve with neoprene lining, while dedicated pockets for your smartphone and pens keep everything organized. Two spacious compartments and a mesh side pocket finish the exterior, making this pack as functional as it is fashionable.
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When you think of surfing destinations, you think California, Hawaii, Australia — not NYC's East River. But sometimes you can't get away to a surfer's paradise and just have to use what you got. Casey Neistat did just that when he got a group of friends together for some Independence Day powerboarding on one of the smelliest rivers in the US.
In Poland, the tallest, fastest roller coaster on the European Continent is open to the public. The Hyperion has a 262-foot, 85 degree drop into a tunnel, a splash zone, and hits a top speed of 87 MPH. If you want to catch it, swing by the Energylandia theme park.
Forget wine and beer — if you really want the taste of Budapest, there are three drinks you have to try — palinka, unicum and soda water. Palinka, known as firewater, is a fruit distillate developed to help the king through a bout of gout. Unicum is a liqueur made from a secret blend of over forty herbs and spices. And last, but not least, is the humble soda water — a staple of the city since the 1830s.
The flight from London-Heathrow Airport to San Fransico usually takes about 11 hours. Now you can experience the whole flight in under four minutes. Captain Dave Wallsworth and his British Airways crew fly an Airbus A380 nearly a quarter way around the world, chasing the sunrise from the UK to the United States.
In 1865, a Cuban cigar factory owner came up with the idea to have someone read to his workers as they rolled cigars, as an in-house education program. The idea caught on with other factories, and the tradition continues to this day.
You might be thinking this is the latest Studio Ghibli film but It's actually the new tourism video for Travel Oregon. Created by Wieden + Kennedy with animation from Psyop and Sun Creature Studio, the short film "Only Slightly Exaggerated" gives the state's most recognizable landmarks and events the anime treatment. The dreamy scenario is completed with a score performed by the Oregon Symphony.
It's the only continent on Earth that isn't naturally inhabited. A massive, brutal island, Antarctica didn't even see it's first human foot until the late 1800's. But now it boasts a population in the thousands and is claimed by several countries — although these claims aren' widely recognized. Wendover Productions looks at the politics of keeping humans alive in the harshest climate on Earth.
The 2018 winter has been one for the ages in the northeastern US. With temperatures regularly in the negative for weeks at a time, if it can freeze, it's frozen. Off the coast of North Falmouth, Massachusetts, something unexpected froze — a huge swath of the Atlantic Ocean.
It can't be detected, but this hum has driven people from being mildly annoyed to attempting suicide. In Taos, New Mexico, a small percentage of people hear what's come to be called the Taos Hum. Described as a low-frequency humming, the sound comes from nowhere and is often attributed to hearing disorders. But local legend has it the sound has a far more frightening source.
The Old Forge is just off the beaten path — way off. It holds the title of Britain's most remote pub and getting there is half the fun. By plane, boat, car, and train, Great Big Story shows what it takes to get the most far-off pint in the mainland UK.
The European Space Agency took a group of disabled children from five countries for the ride of their life. A converted Airbus A310 produces several seconds of true weightlessness during a serious of parabolic maneuvers. Along with the kids, several disabled adults got to ride along as well.
If you're looking for the oldest pub in the world, the best place to start would be in England. And while there are plenty of old pubs in the UK, finding out which one is the oldest isn't so easy — but it's a great excuse for a pub crawl.
It's a view of the Earth's just as mesmerizing as the view from outer space. Shot from aboard a massive container ship, this timelapse combines 80,000 photos over a 30 voyage across the Pacific Ocean and three of the business ports in the world, keeping the global supply chain connected.
Living on top of the world does strange things to people — just as the residents of Longyearbyen, the northernmost city on Earth. You don't want to be buried in Longyearbyen. The permafrost makes for shallow graves, and bodies sometimes come back up again. And as the Earth warms, the thawing permafrost is wreaking havoc, causing the Global Seed Vault to flood, and potentially releasing ancient pathogens into the atmosphere.