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Dogbutt on the City of New Orleans

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Dogbutt reminded me about the time we drove to Centralia, Illinois, and jumped aboard the City of New Orleans, headed south. At Memphis, a fraternity joined the trip and settled in the club car for a night of partyin’ and bobbin’ in their coolers for cold Buds. “The conductor came through our car,” Dogbutt recalled. “Said they was lookin’ fer …

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Scariest Cave Names Ever

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Caves are fissures where evil seeps. They’re named by people who are scared shitless. In Texas, don’t stumble into Toad Frog Falling Floor Fissure, Left In a Lurch Cave, Coon Crap Cave, Putrid Pit, and Big Mutha Caverns. Georgians tiptoe around Dead Dog Pit, Miss Ing Pit, Not Dan’s Birthday Pit, and Missing Evan Well. In Alabama, try to avoid …

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Rafting the Mississippi

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  It isn’t a big raft. In terms of cubits, it’s a two-by-four. But it has a big back yard, a mile wide and 1800 miles long. And it became the summer palace for a big thinker who has no problem translating big thoughts into action. Justus McLarty spent almost a year in the driest of dry docks, building his …

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Save the Planet

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These regal creatures once numbered a billion, back when Edgar Winter first sang “Save the Planet.” Now their numbers are down to 30 million. Damn, Edgar, is anybody listening?

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