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Santa Spans The Globe To Deliver Fantasy Sleighs

When thoughts turn to Santa Claus, Frosty, and Rudolph, boys and girls begin dreaming of fantasy sleighs. Not the ones with reindeer or Clydesdales — the ones with blown engines, swift acceleration, crystal jewelry, and private cabins. We’d be very,…

A case of "tire cord" and "tread surface" of all-season tires (via Ken T1381 on Wikimedia)

Baby, It’s Cold Outside: Winter Tires Are Better Than All-Season Tires In Extreme Temperatures

You’re all set for winter – or are you? Last century, drivers kept two sets of tires on hand: snow tires for winter and regular tires for the rest of the year. The reasons were simple: snow tires had extra…

Volkswagen Plant, Wolfsburg, Germany (photo by Richard Bartz)

Volkswagen Uses A Variation On The “Gay Panic” Defense To Blame The U.S. For Dieselgate

In courtroom cases involving gay-bashings and murders of LGBT individuals, defense attorneys often trot out “gay panic” or “trans panic” to justify their clients’ actions. The typical scenario goes something like this: allegedly straight dude is at a bar, gay…

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After Numerous Rejections, Sergio Marchionne & Fiat Chrysler Finally Swipe Left On General Motors

Back in May, the New York Times revealed that Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne was desperate to hook up with with General Motors — so desperate that he sent his rival a completely unsolicited merger proposal. Via email. Which went directly to…

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Pop Quiz: Which State Lets You Drive While Drinking & Watching A DVD?

Is it legal for me to drive while pregnant? Will I get ticketed if my car is missing its front bumper? Is it okay to drive barefoot? If you’ve ever started a Google search with, “Can I drive…”, you’re in…

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Happy Thanksgiving, Y’All: Eat Well & Celebrate Air Fresheners

To our American readers: happy Thanksgiving! To all others: happy Independence Day (Albania, Barbados, Mauritania, Panama), National Day (Benin, Poland), or St. Andrew’s Day (Scotland). We’re taking off the rest of this week to enjoy the stress and strain of…

HRC Corporate Equality Index 2016

HRC Equality Index: Ford, General Motors, Nissan, Tesla, Toyota, Volkswagen Earn Perfect Scores

The Human Rights Campaign has just released its 2016 Corporate Equality Index, which grades companies across the U.S. on their LGBT-friendliness. The good news is that HRC changed some of its scoring criteria this go-round, raising expectations for employers. And…

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This Is What Autonomous Cars See

Looks a lot like the videogame Rez to me. (If any of you get that reference, I’ll be really happy.) From Fast Company: Most of the autonomous vehicles being built today—by Google, BMW, Ford, and others—navigate the roads using a scanning…

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Parallel Park It Like A Boss: In A MINI Cooper, In Reverse, With A 270-Degree Spin [Video]

Somehow, we missed the fact that yesterday was Guinness World Records Day. We totally would’ve sent flowers. Stunt driver Alastair Moffatt, however, was fully aware of the day’s significance. He took part in the festivities by parallel parking a MINI Cooper like…

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Humpday Podcast: Atari Founder Says Human-Controlled Cars Will Be Outlawed In 20 Years & UPS Will Follow Uber Model

Last Friday, USA Today’s “Tech Deep Dive” podcast had a sit-down with Nolan Bushnell, the man who founded both Atari and Chuck E. Cheese. Basically, he created the 1980s. As a visionary, Bushnell’s exactly the kind of person you want to ask about the…