This Retro Futuristic Train Actually Existed


Designed by Henry Dreyfuss, these trains (named “Mercury”) connected cities in the Midwest from 1936 to 1959.

It’s remarkable how something so dated can still look so cutting edge and futuristic. Seeing this photo makes me think I’m getting a glimpse into some parallel universe where this sleek and metallic aesthetic became the prevailing and dominant design principle.

Adding to Bucket List


I just want to get to a place in my life where I can wear this because it’s Monday and I’ve checked everything else off the bucket list.

Choose Your Own Twitter Adventure

This is genius: A choose your own adventure that you can play within Twitter. Watch the gif and then click the @leonsintro2 link to get started.

Marvel at This Date


Today, October 21, 2015 marks the day that an impish Marty McFly arrived in the DeLorean in “Back to the Future II.”

Marvel celebrates this date with this timely comic featuring Deadpool, our favorite fourth wall breaking antihero.

Well done, Marvel. Well. Done.

Vikings’ Donut Club


This is great: The players on the Minnesota Vikings have a vibrant “secret” club devoted to donuts (and some camaraderie building along the way) with a governing executive board and strict rules of procedures, as well as a healthy bit of strategy at the individual level:

Before taking a bite, players must celebrate with a toast, touching donuts together like champagne glasses. “What I’ll do is I always try to toast with somebody who has a big chocolate one so I can get some chocolate onto my cinnamon twist,” Greenway says. “Or you always see someone with a nice powder, or a cream filling and you can kind of dip into that. It’s a strategic thing.”

Greenway is a genius.

Back to the Behind the Scenes

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Some behind the scene photos and concept art for one of the greatest movies ever, Back to the Future II. In the above photo Michael J. Fox poses with his three stand-ins: From left, photo double Kevin Holloway, stand-in Robert Bennett, and stunt double Charlie Croughwell.

Semi-related, don’t miss this big wheel version of the DeLorean.

Then and Now: One Times Square



Some things change and yet some things never change. I love that New York City has Times Square, but as a resident it’s truly awful. Little known fact, but the city government requires that all buildings and signage in this area be brightly and garishly lit with some precise rules.

There shall be a minimum of one #illuminated sign# with a #surface area# of not less than 1,000 square feet for each 50 linear feet, or part thereof, of #street# frontage.

And what about all the costumed chaos? That’s permitted by this old document.