Jason Cochran

Stuff you never knew you never knew

Archive for August, 2011

Aug

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Mount Rushmore souvenirs that don’t look like Mount Rushmore

Tweet Girl, you know it’s true. Mount Rushmore is empty-calorie patriotism, but it’s pretty. Local concerns overbuilt the amenities so much in the 1990s so that they’re still paying them off. Merely parking a car costs $11. Sculptor Gutzon Borglum took extreme care in rendering his four subjects accurately, but the piles of tourist junk […]

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Aug

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Minnesota State Fair: see all the foods on a stick

Tweet I visited the Minnesota State Fair in St. Paul and thinking of you, of course, I had my camera with me. I created this kind cool, kinda quiltlike portrait of what it’s like to go, with a special emphasis on all the many foods on a stick you can find there. And, oh yes, […]

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Aug

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Thrifty rental car requires your gas receipt now

Tweet When I rented a car at the Tulsa airport, I knew I was dealing with an officious company when I told the clerk my phone number and said she needed two. “I only use a mobile phone,” I lied. “We need two. It’s policy. In case you don’t return the car.” (“I could just […]

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Aug

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On the scene at the World’s Longest Yard Sale

I traveled to rural Tennessee to cover a uniquely American shopping experience: a yard sale, annually held over the first weekend in early August, that spans some 675 miles of one highway. It's called, not undeservedly, the World's Longest Yard Sale. We can feel comfortable that the Chinese are unlikely to covet this world record and swipe it from us, partly because they made most of the junk for sale at this one.

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Aug

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The Empire State Building’s nightly flash of gratitude

Whenever I get fed up with living in New York City, all I have to do is look up at the Empire State Building at night, and wait a few seconds for the flash.

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