Is this the hardest game on the internet? Photo courtesy of Flickr user jimmywayne

The State Highway Signs Quiz

Proceed to quiz   Most people, when they’re giving directions, describe all highways with the uncomplicated prefix “Route” (pronounced as root or rawte, according to taste). Take Route 85 for a few miles, then merge on Route 151, then south on Route 16….

On Digging In

On Digging In

“I think you can never really do something well unless you’re able to leave it and, you know, have a family and have a home, and have a place that you’re from that you’re really dug in, you know. I…

Passports

Passports

Yet another map in which Mississippi looks like the center of a black hole: See the full set of data here.

50 New States

We’ve written before about how a border–just an imaginary line–can change realities. Politically, especially. Back during election season, Andrew pointed out how those state lines can be skewed. Well, artist Neil Freeman has a novel solution: let’s just make all the states have…

The only time we’ll mention Grand Moff Tarkin

What happens when “a home’s corporeal reality is secondary to its value as an investment vehicle”? Well, for one thing, you get a lot of odd street names, the only way to keep up with rapid growth. Check out this…

“The Fifteen Beds of Our Honeymoon” & “I Want to Sleep in the Belly of a Dog in Idaho”

“The Fifteen Beds of Our Honeymoon” & “I Want to Sleep in the Belly of a Dog in Idaho”

The Fifteen Beds of Our Honeymoon Our bellies were full of beef at bedtime in Amarillo.    I don’t remember John Wayne’s bed at the Apache being particularly cozy, although I did sleep through the alarm, saying “I’ve seen enough…

Rawlins, Wyoming / Photo by Matt Hintsa

Finding Home in America, Part IV: Facing Home from L.A.-land

[Be sure to read parts 1, 2, and 3 first. – Editors] FACING west, from California’s shores,     Inquiring, tireless, seeking what is yet unfound,      I, a child, very old, over waves, towards the house of maternity, the…

Born Restless

Paired with my fascination with place is a fascination with movement: there is just so much of America–so much of the world–to see, and I don’t want to miss much of it. This is something we’ve covered a good bit…

Dig a Hole to China

My roommates and I were all just comparing our common belief from childhood that a hole dug straight down would take us to China. We decided to verify this belief, and a quick Google search unveiled this map. Now that…

Seeing Spaghetti Everywhere

Seeing Spaghetti Everywhere

I recently re-watched Sergio Leone’s spaghetti western Dollars Trilogy:  the classics A Fistful of Dollars (1964), For a Few Dollars More (1965), and The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966). These, of course, are the films that made Clint…