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  • October 16, 2013

    Is This Your Jeep?

    By Steven Hill

    In the market for a hunting buggy, a project vehicle, or (perish the thought) a character-building experience for your teenage daughter? Then the Enid, Okla., Craigslist has got a deal for you: A 1997 Jeep Cherokee that comes with crank mirrors, a pinhole radiator leak and the best used-car ad ever written.  

  • July 18, 2013

    Good Gear Quick Look: Grate Chef Grill Wipes

    By Slaton L. White

    Here’s a simple, yet very effective, grilling tool that can help keep your elk burgers or salmon fillets from sticking to the grill.

    All you do is pull a disposable wipe from the re-sealable package, set the grill heat to low, and slap the patch on. Place a grill brush over the patch and begin. As you scour away the burned residue, you’re also leaving behind a non-stick coating (similar to high-temperature commercial cooking oil).

  • September 12, 2012

    NY Bookstore to Auction Ernest Hemingway's Fishing Bag

    By Chad Love

    It was an old fishing bag that had been fished much in the Gulf Stream but had gone many years without carrying gear. In the first few years a man had carried it. But after many years without carrying gear the bag's current owner had told the bag that it was salao, and would be sold at auction. For damn big bucks.

    Yes, that's right. Ernest Hemingway's fishing bag is for sale. It was a good bag. It served him well. You should buy it. It will be expensive.

    From this story (via Midcurrent) on classicdriver.com:
    Now dedicated fans of the Nobel Prize-winning novelist Ernest Hemingway have the chance to own a peculiar piece of literary history – a fishing bag that accompanied the great American author on his adventures at sea is set to cross the auction block at Bonhams in New York next month...

  • May 15, 2012

    Sage Wins Small Company Business Award

    By Martin Leung

    Sage Manufacturing, the company behind some of world's finest fly rods, was recently dubbed Seattle Business magazine's Manufacturer of the Year, Small Company.

    From this press release:
    The May issue of Seattle Business features the awards for 2012 and is the culmination of the publication’s Washington Manufacturing Awards. Each year Seattle Business honors companies whose work results in growing or advancing the manufacturing sector in the state. During an awards ceremony on Thursday night, April 26th, six winners were chosen in different categories. Representatives of roughly 270 manufacturing companies located in the state attended the event.


  • September 30, 2011

    Review: Jeep 2012 Wrangler Rubicon 4x4

    By Slaton L. White

    How do you redesign an icon?

    Carefully. Very carefully.

    Just ask the guy responsible for the Wrangler YJ, which replaced the beloved (but slow-selling) CJ in the late 1980s. All in all, not a bad vehicle, but it was vilified for having square, instead of round, headlights.

    Small beer? Not to the hard-core Jeep fan. Jeep engineers learned the lesson, and though the current model desperately needed an upgrade--especially a more powerful but fuel-efficient engine--designers knew they couldn’t change the shape or alter its iconic look in any substantial way. In other words, it had to have round headlamps, as well as the seven-slot grille, to carry on the hallowed Willys tradition.

  • September 23, 2011

    Review: Chevrolet Silverado 2500 4WD Crew Cab

    By Slaton L. White

    Ten years ago I went on a week-long salmon safari in Alaska, living out of a slide-in camper in a Silverado equipped with a Duramax 6.6-liter V8 turbo diesel. It was an epic adventure, and looking at my old notes I see I raved about the truck’s performance. “Moved well from a dead stop. Quiet, even at full throttle. MPG: averaged between 11 to 14 mpg.”

    A lot has happened to GM since then. After teetering on the brink of insolvency for years, it finally plunged into bankruptcy two years ago. What many people don’t know was that the company came perilously close to Chapter 11 in the 1990s. But they got a stay of execution. Know why? The Silverado. It was just about the only GM product people wanted to buy...and they bought enough of them to help keep the company afloat.

    The Silverado was good then...and it’s good now.

    I can say that after logging 900 miles in one recently. The 2500 4WD Crew Cab is a stout build, and boasts a maximum towing rating of 17,000 pounds. That means that when you drive it without a trailer or with an empty bed, it’s a bit rough. But when you get some weight on those rear wheels, it tames down nicely.

  • August 11, 2011

    The World's Biggest Fishing Lure

    By Chad Love

    --Chad Love

    Ever have one of those "we're gonna need a bigger boat" moments? Well then, here's the lure to go with it...

    From this story in the Destin (FL) Log:
    It’s official: The world’s largest fishing lure is hanging up at the Village of Baytowne Wharf marina. Mark and Mary Ellen Davis, owners of the S.S. Spitfire Mercantile bait and tackle shop at the Baytowne marina, and a team of family and friends designed and built the massive lure over a 10-month period. Dubbed the Flatliner, it measures in at 10 feet, 10 inches tall and a whopping 355.2 pounds. Sandestin hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the lure Wednesday morning.

    “(People) have flocked in for pictures,” said Mary Ellen Davis. “It’s been incredible. I really thought it was going to be kids, and it’s been grown men hanging on it, literally hugging it, taking pictures. “It’s just very exciting,” she added. “It’s something we can look up to, something to show our kids.” Amanda Mochan, an adjudicator for Guinness World Records, came in from New York to certify the lure as the world’s largest, which is a new category for Guinness.

  • April 19, 2011

    A Bug Spray You Can Drink? CDC Promotes Grapefruit Extract "Nootkatone"

    By Chad Love

    This must be a good year for insect repellant research. First it was a new type of pre-treated clothing. Now researchers at the Centers For Disease Control say they're working on a new all-natural insect repellant made from a citrus extract.From this story on NPR.
    "...the CDC is pushing hard to develop a completely natural insect repellent made from a chemical called nootkatone, which is found in Alaska yellow cedar trees and citrus fruit. (CDC researcher Marc Dolan) says nootkatone "is nongreasy, dries very quickly, and it has a very pleasant, citrus-y grapefruit odor to it." He recently demonstrated its effectiveness as a mosquito repellent, rubbing some on his hand and then sticking it into a cage containing 50 hungry mosquitoes. When he holds the treated hand near mosquitoes, they try to get away in the opposite direction as fast as they can. Even after five minutes, Dolan has no bites on his nootkatone-treated hand.

  • April 4, 2011

    Study: Pre-Treated Clothing May Work Better Than Insect Repellent

    By Chad Love

    Spring is here, which means bloodsuckers and biters aren't far behind. But a new study conducted by the University of North Carolina suggests that pre-treated insect-repelling clothing is more effective at keeping bugs at bay than traditional bug sprays.

    From this story (hat tip to T. Edward Nickens for the find) on Fibre2Fashion.com: 
    A pilot study conducted by researchers at The University of North Carolina Gillings School of Global Public Health shows that a group of state water quality employees who wore clothing treated with a long-lasting insect repellent were bitten by ticks substantially less often than were their colleagues who used insect spray repellents and other preventive measures. The study, released March 11, in the peer-reviewed journal, Vector-Borne and Zoonotic Diseases, reported that the incidence of tick attachments was reduced by 93 percent among workers wearing Insect Shield Repellent Apparel, compared to workers in similar environments who used spray repellents or other tick bite prevention methods.

  • March 4, 2011

    Found: 12,000-Year-Old American Fishing Tackle

    By Chad Love

    --Chad Love

    There's vintage fishing tackle, and then there's really vintage fishing tackle...

    From this story on newscientist.com
    A treasure trove of finely crafted fishing spearheads from 12,000 years ago has been discovered on the Channel Islands of California. They are a clue to the lifestyles of some of the earliest American settlers, and suggest that two separate cultures lived in North America at the time: one, the well-known Clovis culture, lived inland and feasted on mammoths, mastodons and other mammals; the other was a coastal culture with a taste for seafood.

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