World’s Oldest Toy Train

A rudimentary model of Stephenson’s Rocket that was made by a father for his son after seeing it chug past their home has emerged as the oldest toy train in the world. The simple wooden toy was hand-crafted out of scraps of wood by the loving dad who whittled them into the shape of the legendary steam locomotive. Made from sight in the late 1820s or early 1830s, the model is almost as old as the first real locomotives. On the Antiques Roadshow to be broadcast this Sunday, expert Paul Atterbury described it as ‘extraordinary.’ He said: ‘It’s incredibly crude and it’s made of re-used components. ‘It’s old bits and pieces knocked together to please a child, and it looks like a locomotive of the 1820-1830 period.” w/ photos

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Going Gorillas!

“A while ago the good people at Werribee Open Range Zoo let us try out their unfinished Gorilla enclosure… Well now it’s finished and from November 7 there will be some even realer Gorilla’s in there. Go and check ‘em out! (They’re probably not as good at golf as us).” — hamishandy

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How To Start A Beehive

“I’ve been curious about starting my own hive for a few years now. I do hope what I learned on my visit inspires you to start your own apiary… it’s a scary time for our bees considering just how important they are to our global food system. We need more bees!… Meredith May is one of the main beekeepers over at the Chronicle and she gave us a do-it-yourself tour of their rooftop beehive… Now, let’s start beekeeping!” w/ photos

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Warriors Of Goja

“Anyone else feel bad for the people having to clean up? LMFAO!” — junglemage

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Sticky Goo On Turnpike Disables Over 150 Cars

A flood of gooey black muck dropped from a tanker truck disabled about 150 cars and damaged an unknown number of other vehicles along a nearly 40-mile stretch of the Pennsylvania Turnpike, officials said. A leaking valve on a tanker spread driveway sealant over the eastbound lanes of a long stretch of the Turnpike between New Castle and the Oakmont Service Plaza on Tuesday night, Turnpike spokesman Bill Capone said. Turnpike operations officials on Wednesday said 150 or more cars were disabled when the sticky goo covered their tires and wheels. Some state police and turnpike maintenance vehicles had to be towed away after getting stuck in the tar-like substance, according to the turnpike operations center. Traffic was moving normally by Wednesday morning, but the sticky mess had already hindered the travel plans of some motorists traveling for the Thanksgiving holiday.” w/ photo + video

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Top 10 Internet Memes That Became Commercials

“Just when we thought the Rebecca Black meme had finally gone the way of All Your Base, it’s back — in the form of a Kohl’s commercial encouraging us to shop on Black Friday, no less. Over the weekend, we saw the ad just about every time we turned on our TV, to our great despair. The ordeal got us thinking about the big business of Internet memes, which are turning up more and more often in mainstream advertisements. After the jump, we look at Antoine Dodson, Honey Badger, and many more online celebrities who became pitchmen.” w/ videos

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