Think and Pray the Weak Away

Boys will be boys and boys need their toys. But once boys reach a certain age, they’ll want to replace their Hot Wheels with some hot wheels, their Action Man with a real-life Barbie, and their sticks and stones with firearms. It’s the American Way. Thanks to America’s liberal gun laws, over 10,000 of its weaker residents are rooted out …

There Ain’t No Such Thing as a Free Car

Italian media tycoon Silvio Berlusconi began his political career in 1993, as leader of the Forza Italia party, and in 1994 he became Italy’s Prime Minister. No. In actual fact, Berlusconi had already dipped his big toe in the pool of Italian politics ten years earlier, in 1983. To ensure his election in 1984, he promised that every Italian who …

The Great Equalizer

For decades, starting in 1933, Guyatone was a moderately successful Japanese manufacturer of electric guitars and various guitar paraphernalia. Their biggest seller was the Volume Box: an effects pedal that allowed electric-guitar players to change the volume of their instrument on stage -since the sound man never got it right. The Volume Box was an oblong metal box with a …