Before he became famous as the head coach of the Miami Heat, coach Erik Spoelstra was just a lowly video coordinator as seen above. The position originally wasn’t even guaranteed beyond that initial summer in 1995 when he started working in this role.

Two years later he was promoted to assistant coach/video coordinator. Then in 1999 he became an assistant coach/advance scout. He ascended to the top coaching position in April 2008 and also became the first ever Asian American to do so in not just the NBA but also of all four major American sports (football, baseball, basketball and hockey).

The dude also clearly found the fountain of youth at some point.

Also, in case any of you reading this is under the age of 21, what Spoelstra is posing with in this photo is something called VHS cassettes.

The $91,500 T-Shirt

Maybe someday when our civilization goes by the way of the Roman Empire, historians will point to this $91,500 t-shirt by Hermes as the beginning of the end.


From the Archives

Accompanying a March 23, 1958 article in the New York Times pondering the then rapidly approaching reality of putting people in space was the above photo of a pilot…and a cat.

The picture’s caption: “A kitten floats out of the hand of Capt. Druey P. Parks, inside an F-94C jet plane at 25,000 feet. The speed of the plane, flying a calculated arc, counterbalances the pull of the weighlessness that a space man will experience.”

There you have it. Science. With a cat.

On the Internet, Nobody Knows You’re a Dog


In the July 5, 1993 issue of The New Yorker, there on the upper right corner on page 61 was an amusing single panel cartoon by Peter Steiner. A lot of the New Yorker single panel cartoons are amusing and often quite clever, however none of them would quite beat Peter’s for its cultural impact and legacy as the magazine’s most popular cartoon. Here’s a follow-up conversation with the cartoonist about what he’s been up to since those early days of the Internet.

International Camping Festival

These photos are from this year’s International Camping Festival held on Mount Wugongshan in the Jiangxi province of China and attracted over 15,000 camping enthusiasts.

Medicinal Alcohol

Seen here is a US government issued prescription form that permitted doctors to prescribe “medicinal alcohol” to their patients during Prohibition, although it was mainly bogus and a way for some physicians and pharmacists to make some extra money. It’s all about the side hustle, kids.

Dear Mr. Cox


In 1974 attorney Dale O. Cox, a season ticket holder of the Cleveland Browns sent the above complaint and giving notice to his team.

The reply below sent by the Browns’ 28-year-old general counsel, James Bailey is the best thing ever.

The Cleveland Browns would finish the season that year 4-10. Also both attorneys turned out to be graduates of University of Michigan Law School.