Alan Townsend

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Learn More Than You Ever Wanted To Know About the C5 Corvette

This hour-long documentary holds the answers to the burning questions you've had since 1997.<p>Your humble author was in middle school when the C5-generation Corvette dropped like an alien spaceship crash-landing on Earth. Out with the old, in with the <i>new, new, new!</i> I once botched together with my …

All You Need to Make Barbecue Sauce Is This Formula

Cheaper, tastier, better: It's time to learn how to make homemade barbecue sauce.<p>A good sauce can save your backyard barbecue from charred yard bird to chicken wings so good, you could charge for 'em. The problem is that most store-bought barbecue sauces just aren't that stellar. They're …

BBQ

DIY Outdoor Wood Bench

This is a little labor intensive, but the result is beautiful. If you're interested in a bit of a challenge and want to revamp your outdoor space on …

10 insanely awesome incredible edible egg hacks

Did you know May is National Egg Month?<p>Eggs may be one of the world's most versatile foods and they are a protein powerhouse, chock full of essential vitamins and minerals.<p>Whether you like 'em poached, roasted, hard boiled, fried, or scrambled, there's always a new egg dish to try.<p>But perfecting …

This Is the Best Way to Improve Every Part of Your Life

You don’t celebrate enough.<p>I’m not talking about just having fun for the sake of having fun. Plenty of scientific research shows that celebrating is …

Photos: These 1970s brutalist buildings in Serbia look like Star Wars spaceships

Mirko Nahmijas has lived in Belgrade his whole life, but looking through the lens of his Canon 6Dhas helped him see the futuristic buildings looming over his city with new eyes.<p>“When you’re born here you never appreciate it,” he says. “You never notice the buildings.”<p>Nahmijas started shooting …

Architecture

Chiles Rellenos (Mexican-Style Cheese-Stuffed Chilies) Recipe

Chiles rellenos—Mexican-style stuffed and fried peppers in a roasted-tomato salsa—was one of the very first dishes I learned how to cook, using the method that my dad taught me. It mostly involved cans. I'm pretty sure that the only reason we used canned chilies back then is that it wasn't possible …

How to become luckier, according to science

Ever had a run of bad luck? It feels like the world is actively conspiring against you.<p>Ever wonder if you can improve your luck? And I don't mean …

Let a Drift Champion Explain How to Align Your Car for the Perfect Drift

Camber, caster, toe, track width. Chris Forsberg and Engineering Explained answer all the alignment questions you were too embarrassed to ask.<p>Understanding the technicalities of car alignment can seem like a dark art. Camber, caster and toe adjustments all work in concert, and a single adjustment …

6 Undeniable Facts About Cannabis (That Some People Are Still Denying)

Cannabis policy has a hard time shaking off its roots in the culture wars. Since the action around non-medical legalization action so far has largely been through voter initiatives rather than conventional legislation, the argument takes place mostly in sound-bites rather than policy memos. Most …

Here's How To Eat For Better Workout Results

Because housing a bag of cheese puffs after your run is apparently not the most productive strategy.

These Are 14 of AMG's Most Interesting and Unusual Cars

AMG has applied its magic to nearly every type of car imaginable and the results are fascinating, if sometimes totally bizarre.<p>The cars that come from legendary Mercedes tuner AMG are some of our favorites in the world. AMG has applied its magic to nearly every type of car imaginable and the …

20 Recipes So Good No One Will Have to Tell You to Eat Your Spinach

What do Popeye and the Catherine de Medici, the queen of France have in common? They both loved their spinach and would be thrilled that March 26th …

Healthy Eating

Porsche Racer Shows You How to Set a Perfect Driving Position

Even if you already know, this is an excellent review.<p>If you want to drive fast, especially on track, your seating position is of chief importance. But not everyone knows how to achieve an ideal position, and it's not necessarily the most intuitive thing to figure out. For those in that camp, …

An ultra-rare Ferrari-beating 1960's Ford is for sale and it could fetch millions

The estimated sale price is $3.2 million to $3.4 million.<p>Consider it a bargain — a 1968 GT40 with some serious racing and Steve McQueen film heritage sold in 2012 for $11 million, making it the most expensive American car ever sold at auction.<p>One of only 31 original road cars, and with just 3,200 …

Crisp Hoi An Pancakes

4 Servings<p>These hot and crunchy filled crepes are known as banh xeo in Vietnam.<p>May 2014Print<p>Ingredients<p>batter<p>1 cup rice flour<p>½ teaspoon ground turmeric<p>½ teaspoon kosher salt<p>Assembly<p>5 tablespoons (or more) vegetable oil, divided<p>4 oz. small shrimp, peeled, deveined<p>Kosher salt and freshly ground black …

Recipes

Running on Full: The North Carolina Historic Barbecue Trail

I’m darn near giddy about this trip. A pilgrimage to binge on barbecue is — pardon the overused phrase — an item on my bucket list. I’m the kind of …

The 5 Best Indie Distilleries in Scotland

Big is almost always bad in the current consumer culture, particularly when it comes to food and drinks. We want local, natural and small batch; we …

The Right Way to Freeze Basically Everything

We talked to a culinary school professor about how to freeze any food like a pro.<p>Preserving is getting a lot of attention right now: throw a stick and you’re bound to hit a 10 dollar jar of artisan pickles or a jam made from berries you've never heard of before. But the easiest—and most direct—way …

Comfort Food

How To Cold Smoke Cheese

This piece originally appeared on Fix.com.<p>Typical barbecue smoking involves heat, with the most common temperatures ranging from 225 to 250 degrees …

Smoked Armadillo Eggs

Start up smoker and get it up to 250F. You could use many different types of wood for this, although I usually use hickory, pecan, or apple.<p>Cut the …

Here's Why Formula One Engineering Is Invading Supermarket Aisles

They suck airplanes up into the sky. They help race cars speed around tight corners. And now airfoils are coming to the fridge aisle.<p>Researchers at …

10 Car Museums to Visit On Your Next Vacation

Bored after Christmas? Pay a visit to one of these ten automotive museums.<p>Bored after the holidays? Pay a visit to one of these ten excellent automotive museums.

Chevrolet Corvette

13 Painting Secrets the Pros Won't Tell You

Each painter has slightly different methods and preferences, but these are the tricks the pros really rely on.<p>Painting is no easy feat — whether you're changing the color of an entire room, or just updating a piece of furniture — but as long as you follow these trade secrets, you'll be able to …

Home Improvement

Explore 30 of Chicago's whiskey secrets

Chicago is a whiskey town. We like it neat, on the rocks or mixed into an expertly crafted cocktail. Most of all, we like finding places around the …

People around the world are eating banana peels because they know something that Westerners do not

If you live in the US, you're probably used to tossing banana peels in the trash. But people in other countries, including India, have been taking advantage of their nutritional benefits for decades.<p>While a banana's flesh is soft and sweet, the skin is thick, fibrous, and slightly bitter. To eat …

The Billionaire Koch Brothers Teach the Poor How to Be Poor

The bros know all about coupons.<p>Friends, are you having trouble being poor?<p>Not the confusing, soul-deadening, unrelieved burden of poverty but, rather, are you having trouble with the fundamentals of being poor? No matter, the Koch Brothers and their political operat…er…charitable and education …

Army's awesome helmets for the Navy game, with different military insignia for each position

Both Army and Navy will wear helmets with looks that emphasize how many different groups of people come together to form what both institutions embody.<p>Remember seeing those astoundingly badass helmets Navy will wear Saturday afternoon against Army, the ones with the hand-painted war ships custom …

7 Date Colognes Guaranteed To Impress Any Potential Lover

If your Tinder pickup line was an absolute trailblazer and you’ve got a time and date on the books, it stands to reason that your pre-date groundwork …

Big Blue: 1958 Chevrolet Apache 3100 NAPCO 4x4

This 1958 Chevrolet Apache 3100 (chassis 3A58W1069454) is a rare NAPCO-converted 4×4 step side variant. NAPCO was an independent company that offered …