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Your favorite star of yore…

Rides a Bike.

Whoever that star is…¬† many, many others at Rides a Bike.¬† (Readers interested in emulation of the most stylish sort, click here for Public Bikes and here for the Public blog.)

As we jingle our bells, we might recall that this is an anniversary with multiple significance for other forms of transportation…

This is the birthday (1743) of John Fitch– who, though little remembered– created serviceable steamboats before Robert Fulton did.


It was on this date in 1954 that the first atomic submarine, the U.S.S. Nautilus, was launched at Groton, Connecticut.


Then, on this date in 1970 the first wide-body jet went into service, when a Pan American Airways Boeing 747 flew its virgin flight between from New York’s John F. Kennedy Airport and Heathrow Airport in London, England.


And on this date in 1976, the supersonic Concorde, developed in a joint venture between the French and the English, was put into service; the first two Concordes with commercial passengers simultaneously¬† left London’s Heathrow Airport (for Bahrain) and Orly Airport outside Paris (for Rio de Janeiro via Senegal).


Shaken, not stirred…

Altoids tins are the “universal container,” repurposed into paperclip holders, sewing sets, survival kits– and now, from Instructables,¬† something genuinely useful: a portable emergency martini…


FURTHER TO “Hands Up!…” (and “Comply With Me”): airport security cartoons from The New Yorker


As we realize that we can streamline even further by simply eliminating the vermouth altogether, we might recall that it was on this date in 1942 that Rick (Humphrey Bogart) was first publicly heard to utter the famous words “of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world, she walks into mine” in the premiere screening of Casablanca.

Later, he delivers an even more famous line– “Here’s looking at you, kid”– that’s not in the draft screenplays at all, but has been attributed to something Bogart said to Ingrid Bergman (Ilsa) as he taught her poker between takes.

They’ll always have Paris… (source)

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