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Let us not wait for the millionaires to give us this money.

The Statue of Liberty is a shining symbol of Franco-American amity, but the story of its pedestal is a tribute to the immigrants, workers, and children who raised and donated money to build it. 1n 1885 - 120, 000 of them donated more than $100,000 to build the pedestal for the statue - at that time sitting in parts in boxes on the island where it would eventually stand. [more inside]
posted by julen on Mar 3, 2015 - 16 comments

The Art That Time Forgot

Why does some cave art feature animals with multiple limbs and heads? French and Finnish researchers claim that prehistoric man was deliberately creating animated art, with the animals appearing to move in flickering torch or fire light.
posted by Wordshore on Sep 25, 2012 - 29 comments

Not like the Queen, but like John Hurt

"We thought we were hosts like the queen is at a posh garden party, when actually we're hosts in the way that John Hurt is in Alien." As the Olympics approach, the scandals, inconveniences, mistakes and problems keep mounting, ranging from the frustrating through the comic to the tragic. For your appreciation, a picture of the London Olympics 2012. [more inside]
posted by outlier on Jul 16, 2012 - 300 comments

Most epic troll ever.

Turkish football fans have probably kept many flare companies in business over the years, but when the Turkish FA banned flares from stadiums, their brand of pyromaniac fun seemed to be over. The fans of Super Lig club Eskisehirspor had other ideas, though. [more inside]
posted by Blasdelb on Mar 18, 2012 - 39 comments

Afraid of the dark?

The Torch, at 4100 lumens, may be the world's brightest handheld flashlight. It also lights fires. [more inside]
posted by quin on Jan 6, 2011 - 70 comments

Holy Toledo ...Torches!

U.S. Patent 1732708 "...relates to street torches, such as are commonly used for illuminating road obstructions." Starting in 1929, The Toledo Pressed Steel Co. manufactured millions of small, round kerosene-burning torches (sometimes called smudge pots) that look like cartoon bombs. [more inside]
posted by usonian on Jul 7, 2010 - 14 comments

"And so she and her friend and the wolves walk together around the base, quietly in the dark, the ice crystals floating in the air around them."

Olympic Flame Burns for Icy Relay
Canada is launching its countdown to the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics by boldly sending the Olympic flame farther north than it has ever gone before.
posted by kliuless on Nov 15, 2009 - 22 comments

Gotta light?

Protestor grabs the Olympic torch in London. (SLYTP)
posted by allkindsoftime on Apr 7, 2008 - 109 comments

That ain't Greek. Nuh-uh.

The Olympic torch is being welcomed this weekend in the UK as a symbol of the sporting spirit, uniting people around the world in peaceful competition. But the idea of lighting the torch at the ancient Olympian site in Greece and then running it through different countries has much darker origins. [more inside]
posted by flapjax at midnite on Apr 5, 2008 - 37 comments

If the public likes you, you're good.

Frank Morrison "Mickey" Spillane, 1918-2006. Author, actor, circus performer, comic book writer.
posted by Smart Dalek on Jul 18, 2006 - 23 comments

Worst toy ever.

"The Human Torch has no need for an 'All-Terrain Vehicle'- because the last time I checked, the Human Torch can f-ck-ng FLY." Why the Fantastic 4 Human Torch ATV (with Light-Up Headlights!) is the Worst Movie Tie-In Toy Ever.
posted by XQUZYPHYR on Jul 9, 2005 - 56 comments

Spoilers! Spoilers!

Spoilers! Spoilers! See, with the ceremony over, and 10 hours to go before the "official" coverage, NBC are still asking "Who will light the torch?" We know, idiots. Isn't this just a bit silly?
posted by holgate on Sep 15, 2000 - 13 comments

Newest Olympic Event: Torch Stealing!

Newest Olympic Event: Torch Stealing! "The Olympic torch relay survived another sabotage attempt Friday when a teen-ager tried to steal it from a torchbearer. "
posted by Outlawyr on Aug 25, 2000 - 0 comments

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