by Ron Callari
It’s been referred to as the ‘Cradle of Innovation’ in a time of transformation, where art has been replaced by Clouds, DaVinci’s by Zuckerberg’s, beauty by functionality and greed . . . well, by greed (some things never change.) But is the 21st Century’s Renaissance peaking, or will it live to Snapchat another day?
by M Dee Dubroff
Viktor and Rolf's spring/summer 2015 haute couture collection was inspired by the timeless oil paintings of tormented artist, Vincent Van Gogh. His colorful landscapes, still life and florals were the visual cues for this amazing dress collection. Read on to learn more.
As Old Man Winter grips the heart of North America tighter than Charlton Heston held his gun, we present this iconic image encompassing all that's cold and dreary from a motorist's point of view.
Not everyone gets their first car restored to original condition decades after they last drove it but then again, not everyone is Felipe VI, King of Spain.
I Want You... to buy these surplus US Army Humvees! The first DLA (Defense Logistics Agency) auction for some of the army's surplus Humvees brought in close to a million bucks. If you missed out, fear not: only 25 of the rough & rugged ex-army vehicles were sold leaving nearly 4,000 others eligible for the auction block.
When state-owned broadcast network China Central Television (CCTV) set out to record progress on the massive South-North Water Diversion Project, they did what anyone would do: equip a six-foot-tall inflatable rubber duck with a video camera and launch it into the nearest canal.
Iconic British luxury sports car manufacturer Aston Martin Lagonda Limited is celebrating its 60th year in Newport Pagnell, Buckinghamshire, in a unique and special way: by building a select edition of six Aston Martin Vanquish convertibles whose dashboard bezels are made from reclaimed pistons salvaged from historic Aston Martin sports cars.
by Laurie Kay Olson
The drinking horn has a long history throughout Europe, though it seems to be most readily associated with Vikings quenching their thirst in large quaffs. It seems that a new modern version designed for coffee is destined to make a comeback worldwide. It has been redesigned by a guy in Slovenia to serve the international obessesion with java and the need to make it as portable as possible. The result is the Goat Mug.
Porsche's innovative C88 sedan concept is a rolling case of “what might have been”. Designed in the mid-1990s yet still looking remarkably contemporary today, the C88 could have been “The Chinese VW Beetle” if only China's government had not withdrawn their support for the project.
How to celebrate the coming of Christmas in Xi'an, China's ancient capital and home of the famed Terracotta Army? For local bakers and confectioners, the answer is to cast about 300 miniature replicas of the First Emperor of the Qin dynasty's afterlife bodyguards in fine Belgian chocolate, then top each one with a marzipan Santa hat.
The Nissan Moco may be a successful Suzuki-based microcar now in its third generation but you can bet potential buyers of the Spanish-speaking persuasion won't elect to... pick it.
by Steve Levenstein
Shinshu Yawataya Togarashi KitKat is a limited edition flavor of the super-popular chocolate bar. Japan might not be known for its spicy foods but the traditional Togarashi powdered chili peppers infusing these curious KitKats' milk chocolate coating will educate snackers in a hurry.
by Steve Levenstein
Remember those plastic green army men you played with as a child? Takara Tomy has reinvented these classic toys with a neat twist: the eight soldiers in the upcoming Green Green Army series are animals, ranging from bazooka-toting gorillas to giant tortoise radio operators.
This weathered survivor of the former USSR's park ranger service might just be the former Soviet Union's first SUV... or Monster Car... or both! Designed to handle Russia's worst roads (and that's saying something), the rare GAZ M72 allowed Russians to drive where no Russian had driven before.
by Amber Leventry
Two Jewish parents, a company named Toy Vey!, and a lot of chutzpah bring you the Maccabee on the Mantel, a plush, smiling Maccabee soldier with an accompanying hard cover children’s book about Hanukkah. The idea was conceived by Abra Liberman-Garrett when she began to see her school-age children pine for the shiny and fun traditions of Christmas.