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Was This The Plexiglass Car Of The Future In 1952?

If you’re a fan of olde-timey futuristic cars you may have seen the photo above pulsating through your streams this weekend. Is it really what people of 1952 thought cars of the future would look like? Not exactly. But it’s still really cool!


Flying SUX! The Weirdest Stories Behind Our Airport Codes

You see them everywhere: On highway signs, plane tickets, and even humblebraggy Twitter updates. Some are obvious and some make no sense. But what do these three-letter airport codes really mean?


Would You Take The Bus If It Earned You Free Credits For Tolls?

There’s a running joke in many American cities: The only way to make public transportation truly work would be to pay people to ride it. In Atlanta, that’s kind of what a new pilot program is doing. For certain transit trips, passengers can now earn $US2 — but they can only use the money to pay tolls on a nearby highway. Is this the best/worst idea to provide congestion relief?


Museum Giving Away Back To The Future Car

We’re still waiting on many of the futuristic technologies from Back to the Future: Part II. We don’t have Marty’s hoverboard, Doc’s electronic technology that puts you to sleep, or the government’s total weather control. But you might have a chance to win Doc Brown’s DeLorean — provided the Cubs win the World Series.


This Cartoon Perfectly Sums Up The Optimism Of 1950s Futurism

The December 28, 1959 issue of Life magazine featured this illustration of life in 1975. It’s over the top and cartoonish, of course, but it perfectly sums up all of the techno-optimism that was so prevalent in the late 1950s — the Golden Age of Futurism.


Welcome To The Rural Model Town That Wants To Build A Hyperloop Utopia

What do cities look like in the world of Hyperloop transit? Will supersonic travel turn our cities into vast, intermodal suburbs? And what about the edge towns that once bled into the country, fed by car travel — will they empty out and decay, eliminated by a new form of transportation that bypasses them?


Why Are These Massive Cargo Ships Trapped At 29 US Ports?

You’ve probably read about it, even if it didn’t really register. Something about a backlog. Something about unions. Imports and exports. Now the dispute that’s paralysing 29 ports on the US West Coast has the potential to affect all of us — and to empty the shelves in countless stores.


In 1976, Arthur C. Clarke Predicted The Dark Side Of Smartphones

Arthur C. Clarke made it his business to look into the future. And just like the dozens of prognosticators who would come before and after him, he got a few things right and a few things wrong.


Highway Sound Barriers Were First Proposed To Keep Movie Studios Quiet

Los Angeles is widely considered to be the home of the freeway. It’s also considered to be the home of the film industry. A fascinating story from Nate Berg over at Re-Form chronicles the way that two emerging forces which would come to define LA ended up making the sound of our ever-noisier roadways (somewhat) more tolerable for US residents everywhere.


What's Your Worst Holiday Travel Horror Story?

We all have one of those holiday travel stories. That time you got to the airport and realised you forgot to click the buy button. That time you stepped onto the train platform and the zipper on your suitcase broke sending all of your sweaters onto the tracks. That time you got on a bus and your carsick neighbour barfed on his shoes. Life is just a John Candy movie waiting to happen.


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