Diamond Encrusted Everything!!


We live in an age of habitual line-steppers and one-uppers.  Bigger, better, more, crazier, more creative, so on and so forth.  Despite what my tone may suggest, most of the time the result is pretty freaking awesome.  Recent history gives us a few cases in point: The renewed battle to build the world’s tallest skyscraper between the US, China, Dubai; The space race between the US and the Soviets; and the pissing contest between Paul Allen, Larry Ellison and other billionaires to build the world’s coolest/largest yacht.  The topic of this post is no different – some habitual line steppers have really outdone themselves here.  So without further ado, we give to you the five most over-the-top diamond encrusted items in the world (as if diamond encrusted anything wasn’t over the top already…)

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Maybe the Funniest “News” Article I Have Ever Read


This will be you after reading this story. Especially if you try reading it aloud to someone.

I am just passing this along because tears were literally dripping down my cheeks trying to read this out loud to someone the other night.  I apologize if anyone is offended by the somewhat lewd content, but it is just too funny to keep to myself.  Apparently, a man in Delaware never watches TV or completely ignores Cialis/Viagra commercials, and was thus completely unaware that erections lasting longer than 4 hours are a problem… so he finally got the clue after 8 months.  After 8 freaking months of being at full salute, he decided something was up and that it was time to pony up for a lawsuit.

It’s so hilarious and yet so stupid, even great fiction writers would not make this up.  Do yourself a favor and read on…

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The $1.5 Million Vacation


For many of us, the dream vacation may consist of a few weeks on a private island, a trek across Northern Europe, or climbing the Andes to gaze upon ancient Incan ruins. But what if you could do all of this in one vacation? One company can make it happen for only $1.5 million and two years of your time.

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US Presidents by the Numbers


Happy Presidents’ Day America! On every third monday in February, we take time (sometimes a full day if you’re lucky) to relax and appreciate the great – and not so great – men who have led our country through the good times and the bad. This day was originally a federal holiday in honor of George Washington’s birthday, until President Nixon declared that it should recognize all US Presidents. So in honor of this day, and because we here at *AT* love all things presidential, here are some fun facts about some statistical records among the leaders of the free world.

For reference, check out this list of US Presidents to refresh your mindgrapes.

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FedEx Is Faster Than the Internet


The internet is a ridiculous thing. In twenty years, it has become as widely used as the toothbrush and has totally revolutionized the way individuals and societies react. It is also growing at an astounding rate, which begs the question: how big is it? Unfortunately, that information is extremely difficult to estimate with any degree of certainty; however, we do know approximately how much data is exchanged every second over the interwebs. The funny thing is, despite how ridiculously fast things on the internet are getting, FedEx can still transfer data faster. Prepare for some astronomical math.

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Largest Weapons of War – USS Theodore Roosevelt


One of the lesser-known trademarks of Abraham Lincoln is how deeply involved he was in the Civil War that was occurring during his time in office. Every President must attend to the politics and economics behind a war effort, but few have ever been so committed to the actual execution of the war as President Lincoln. One of the most famous anecdotes about his administration was that he would spend many hours of every day in the telegraph room at the War Department, working in seclusion while waiting for news from the battlefield. This series, Abe’s War Room, pays tribute to those efforts.

If there is one thing about military weapons that has become clear over the last 100 years, it is that bigger is better. And while conventional military thought has moved in the direction of lethality and efficiency, this has not stopped the major military powers of the world from building absurdly large vehicles and weapons pretty much because they can. Follow the break to read about the largest warship ever.

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The King of All Bombs


On October 31st, 1961, the Soviet Union activated the most physically powerful device ever made by man: a gigantic thermonuclear bomb known as the “Tsar Bomba”, or King Bomb in Russian. It was by far the most powerful nuclear weapon ever designed and tested, and resulted in the largest artificial explosion in human history.

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