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More Than Just a Bulletproof Limo: How the President Travels, and Why It Costs $2,614 per Minute

Did you know that the Presidential limousine travels with two pints of the POTUS’s blood type?

Over the years, the Secret Service has had to do the grim math of what procedures to have in place should there be an attack on the Presidential motorcade. This has led to a fascinating array of offensive capabilities, defensive countermeasures and tactical plans. The crazy logistics–which can get the President from the door of the White House to the UN building in New York City in just one hour–are staggering. First off, check out the features of the “more tank than car” Presidential limousine–and its 11 decoys:

The second video is even more interesting, and I’m a little disturbed that this information is public knowledge. This is the breakdown of the motorcade, detailing all of the specialty vehicles and their offensive/defensive roles, then goes into the Presidential aircraft:


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These are the only 9 coupes you can buy for less than $30,000

Surprisingly, there are only nine two-door coupes on the market in America that are available for less than $ 30,000 new. Here's a list.

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These are the only 9 coupes you can buy for less than $30,000

Surprisingly, there are only nine two-door coupes on the market in America that are available for less than $ 30,000 new. Here's a list.

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The 2017 Chevrolet Cruze Diesel has better highway mileage than Prius

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This year’s Chevrolet Cruze Diesel boosts its highway fuel efficiency to 52 mpg in the stick version, or two mpg better than the Prius’s highway mileage.

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The 2017 Chevrolet Cruze Diesel has better highway mileage than Prius originally appeared on Autoblog on Mon, 13 Feb 2017 18:15:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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The 2017 Chevrolet Cruze Diesel has better highway mileage than Prius

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This year’s Chevrolet Cruze Diesel boosts its highway fuel efficiency to 52 mpg in the stick version, or two mpg better than the Prius’s highway mileage.

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Elon Musk plays ‘Minecraft’ differently than you do

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Turns out Musk wasn’t kidding about The Boring Company.

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The Ford GT is faster than the Ferrari 458 Speciale and McLaren 675LT

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Plus, tidbits about the GT’s trick suspension.

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The Ford GT is faster than the Ferrari 458 Speciale and McLaren 675LT originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 25 Jan 2017 00:01:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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This Chinese Ice City Is Cooler Than a Tropical Vacation

Do you love the chill of winter like… a lot? If so, Harbin, China might be the place for you. Every year, starting on frigid January 5th, the northern town hosts a month-long display of shockingly large sculptures and palatial buildings all made from ice. 

Photo: Kim Kyung-Hoon

The Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival began in 1963 and despite the blistering cold it has gained increasing popularity over the years, with attendees and artists from around the world. The sculptures are inventive, detailed and massive. The buildings are large edifices built using blocks of ice two or three feet thick, cut straight from the Songhua River. At night they’re lit up like a bonkers skyline, or an out of focus still from Blade Runner. There are ice slides and mazes and all kinds of art that makes good use of the ice as a spectacle and an unusual construction material.

Photo: Kim Kyung-Hoon
Photo: Kim Kyung-Hoon

In addition to giant frigid sculptures, the event hosts winter swimming for bonkers people who find exposure to hideously cold water invigorating. 

Through western eyes it feels a bit like an inverted (and possibly less wasteful) Burning Man, and makes me wish I’d pursued professional snow fort design after all.


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This Chinese Ice City Is Cooler Than a Tropical Vacation

Do you love the chill of winter like… a lot? If so, Harbin, China might be the place for you. Every year, starting on frigid January 5th, the northern town hosts a month-long display of shockingly large sculptures and palatial buildings all made from ice. 

Photo: Kim Kyung-Hoon

The Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival began in 1963 and despite the blistering cold it has gained increasing popularity over the years, with attendees and artists from around the world. The sculptures are inventive, detailed and massive. The buildings are large edifices built using blocks of ice two or three feet thick, cut straight from the Songhua River. At night they’re lit up like a bonkers skyline, or an out of focus still from Blade Runner. There are ice slides and mazes and all kinds of art that makes good use of the ice as a spectacle and an unusual construction material.

Photo: Kim Kyung-Hoon
Photo: Kim Kyung-Hoon

In addition to giant frigid sculptures, the event hosts winter swimming for bonkers people who find exposure to hideously cold water invigorating. 

Through western eyes it feels a bit like an inverted (and possibly less wasteful) Burning Man, and makes me wish I’d pursued professional snow fort design after all.


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This Chinese Ice City Is Cooler Than a Tropical Vacation

Do you love the chill of winter like… a lot? If so, Harbin, China might be the place for you. Every year, starting on frigid January 5th, the northern town hosts a month-long display of shockingly large sculptures and palatial buildings all made from ice. 

Photo: Kim Kyung-Hoon

The Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival began in 1963 and despite the blistering cold it has gained increasing popularity over the years, with attendees and artists from around the world. The sculptures are inventive, detailed and massive. The buildings are large edifices built using blocks of ice two or three feet thick, cut straight from the Songhua River. At night they’re lit up like a bonkers skyline, or an out of focus still from Blade Runner. There are ice slides and mazes and all kinds of art that makes good use of the ice as a spectacle and an unusual construction material.

Photo: Kim Kyung-Hoon
Photo: Kim Kyung-Hoon

In addition to giant frigid sculptures, the event hosts winter swimming for bonkers people who find exposure to hideously cold water invigorating. 

Through western eyes it feels a bit like an inverted (and possibly less wasteful) Burning Man, and makes me wish I’d pursued professional snow fort design after all.


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Tesla misses 2016 delivery target by about 4,000 units, but builds more than ever

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Tesla’s Latest Autopilot May Avoid Highway Collisions Better Than Humans

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Tesla is making a big push into the world of automated vehicles, and the one aspect of the technology that all automated car companies have been working on is collision avoidance. Before automated […]

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Less stressful than a taxi: We ride in Hyundai’s Autonomous Ioniq Electric

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Our autonomous test run proved rather uneventful. And that’s a very good thing.

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Less stressful than a taxi: We ride in Hyundai’s Autonomous Ioniq Electric

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Our autonomous test run proved rather uneventful. And that’s a very good thing.

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A best-seller that’s better than ever | 2017 Honda CR-V First Drive

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How do you improve the best-selling crossover? Incrementally.

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Self Conscious of Your Thanksgiving Cooking Skills? You’re Probably Better Than a Drone

Thanksgiving is a time to prove your cooking skills to you friends and family—this can cause anxiety when you’ve either never cooked a Thanksgiving meal before or if you suffer from self doubt in the kitchen. Feeling like your cooking skills are a few tablespoons below average? Watch this drone struggle to cook a Thanksgiving meal. I promise you’ll feel a spike in confidence and will be ready to get cookin’ in no time.

This video is a clever promo video for Autel Robotics’ X-Star Premium Drone. Instead of getting straight to the amazing aerial footage the drone is capable of shooting, they (naturally) warm you up with veggie prep and pie making. While the drone’s propellers are surprisingly efficient at peeling potatoes and carrots, it lacks the precision to cut parsley and keep ingredients in one place while whipping together mashed potatoes—although, the four bowls to one drone ratio is quite amusing.

If you’re any better at cooking than the X-Star Premium Drone, have the self confidence in the kitchen you deserve. If you find yourself watching this wondering why we’re calling the drone out for struggling, you may want to invest in one before tomorrow…


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Self Conscious of Your Thanksgiving Cooking Skills? You’re Probably Better Than a Drone

Thanksgiving is a time to prove your cooking skills to you friends and family—this can cause anxiety when you’ve either never cooked a Thanksgiving meal before or if you suffer from self doubt in the kitchen. Feeling like your cooking skills are a few tablespoons below average? Watch this drone struggle to cook a Thanksgiving meal. I promise you’ll feel a spike in confidence and will be ready to get cookin’ in no time.

This video is a clever promo video for Autel Robotics’ X-Star Premium Drone. Instead of getting straight to the amazing aerial footage the drone is capable of shooting, they (naturally) warm you up with veggie prep and pie making. While the drone’s propellers are surprisingly efficient at peeling potatoes and carrots, it lacks the precision to cut parsley and keep ingredients in one place while whipping together a pie—although, the four bowls to one drone ratio is quite amusing.

If you’re any better at cooking than the X-Star Premium Drone, have the self confidence in the kitchen you deserve. If you find yourself watching this wondering why we’re calling the drone out for struggling, you may want to invest in one before tomorrow…


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