Carl Pettit is a writer and editor with interests ranging from international relations and political humor to the arts and modern media.
Grilling Tips — 8 Ways to Master Your Summer Barbecue
As the weather heats up, it’s time to head outside, light up the grill - or throw some wood into your fire pit, if you have one - and start cooking some great food the old-fashioned way: over an open flame.
5 Cold War-Era Communist Cars That Are Weirdly Cool-Looking
Not long ago, you couldn't buy a Western car in Russia or the Eastern Bloc. That led to some wild, innovative styling by Soviet car designers. Here's a look at five models we'd love to get our hands on.
10 Best Dog Breeds For Single Guys
When you're a single dude -- no matter how popular you are with the ladies -- there will always be downtime. When your female companions are busy with work, need to head home, do some wash, or are just sick of being referred to as “friends with benefits,” you may find yourself a little lonely. If you won’t “put a ring on it” as Beyonce advises, you might want to consider adopting one of man’s truest of friends—a dog.
Seville’s Massive Gothic Cathedral — Go Here
For well-traveled souls who’ve seen one too many European cathedrals in their lifetime, it can be easy to dismiss them as old news. The massive Catedral de Santa María de la Sede in Seville, Spain isn’t just another old church, though. It happens to be the largest Gothic cathedral on the planet, and the third largest church in the world. If you're a fan of impressive architecture, this one is hard
Go Here: Nap Time on China’s Great Wall
Once upon a time, the rulers of China, especially the Ming Dynasty emperors, decided to build a very big and very long wall, in order to keep the Manchurian and Mongolian raiders at bay. Maybe you’ve heard of this “Great Wall of China?” It’s kind of well known.
Go Here: Kashmir’s Houseboat Paradise in India
Kashmir, for those of you who may be unaware, is more than a kickass Led Zeppelin song. Back in the day, Kashmir, and more specifically Dal Lake, located in the lush mountain city of Srinagar, in Northern India, was a Shangri-La of sorts for the Mughal rulers (Muslim descendants of the Mongolian warrior, Genghis Khan) of India, and later on, the British Raj (colonial government).
Go Here: The Salt Hotel in Bolivia
Salt, salt and more salt everywhere, as far as the eye can see. If Pablo Escobar had ever happened upon the vast salt flats of La Salar de Uyuni in Bolivia, while he was still alive and on a coked up rampage, he could have easily mistaken the seemingly endless and eerily beautiful salt vistas here for his own personal heaven, caked over with an endless supply of Bolivian marching powder.
Before You Die: Dive Into the Great Blue Hole in Belize
Everyone wants to amaze their friends now and again, making them jealous of your adventure-filled life. You could post photos of you and your parents sitting camelback in front of the pyramids in Egypt, or maybe make your pals sit through a video of you riding a zipline across a tropical canyon somewhere. But hey, we’ve all done that, right? Let's kick it up a notch.
10 Risky Foods For Brave Souls
While some foods pose a risk to human beings simply because they affront our sense of decorum, or force our gag reflex into working overtime, other dishes can literally stop our hearts and send us to the grave, if prepared incorrectly No one should have to die just because they chose the wrong dish, or the wrong chef. ...
The 10 Deadliest Animals on Earth
Man is widely considered to be the deadliest animal on the planet, mostly because it's hard to match the killing power of our guns and nuclear bombs. Even so, there are plenty of lethal predators out there that are more than willing to take us on and, if fortune favors these creates in battle, rip a chunk out of our flesh, or even end our lives.
10 High Adrenaline Jobs Looking For Recruits
There are a lot of wild jobs out there for the adventurous set. Sure, you could aspire to the lofty position of astronaut or Air Force Raptor pilot, but there aren’t many slots open in those exclusive fields. Down here on earth, or at least closer to the ground, you can find some pretty crazy jobs that offer up a steady stream of action, as well as heaps of potential adrenaline rushes...
Best American Muscle Cars of 2013
Towards the end of the last century, the muscle car was something of a dying breed, but this iconic expression of steel, power and American might has made an impressive comeback, despite the always rising prices of gasoline.
Dodge Charger SRT8 — Best New American Muscle Cars
The Dodge Charger SRT8 is a very muscular car. It even looks mean, like it’s just spoiling for a fight. Luckily, it has the power to back up its intentions. The Charger feature an impressive 6.4-liter V8 engine, great breaking capability, and for the safety inclined (probably not you, if this is the type of car you adore), lots of safety features, which come in the forms of various airbags and r
Ford Mustang Boss 302 — Best New American Muscle Cars
If you like to race, and love muscle cars, then the 2013 Ford Mustang Boss 302 (available in street legal and racing version) is one hunk of molded automotive power that you should consider buying. For the uninitiated, it’s like a regular Mustang on steroids...
Ford Falcon GT — Best New American Muscle Cars
Okay, so strictly speaking, the Ford Falcon isn’t a car manufactured for the American market, but it’s still made by an Americana company. If the Ford Falcon was good enough for Mad Max in the film The Road Warrior, who are we to knock it...
Dodge Viper — Best New American Muscle Cars
The Dodge Viper has undergone a lot of interesting changes during the course of its life. This two-seat coupe got its start back in the early 1990s, and has run through several generations of design. The beautiful, and powerful 2013 Dodge Viper makes use of an 8...
Chevy Corvette ZR1 — Best New American Muscle Cars
To some purists, the Chevy Corvette ZR1 might be more of a sports car than an unadulterated muscle car, but for those of us who remember our "hip" neighbor, or the local Don Juan cruising around in a classic Corvette (usually with a hot girl by his side), this is one vehicle that packs a nostalgia-inducing wallop...
Dodge Challenger SRT8 — Best New American Muscle Cars
The 2013 Dodge Challenger is an exceptionally elegant muscle car, if such a comparison can be made. This car comes with a sturdy V6 engine that will get you moving down the street with 375 horsepower, yet somehow manages to be a fairly fuel efficient vehicle (for a muscle car, that is) at the same time...
Chevy Camaro ZL1 — Best New American Muscle Cars
Back in the day, the cool kids in high school used to drive Camaros, or at least their dads’ Camaros. These days, if you want to be one of the ‘cool kids,’ you can opt for the standard Camaro Coupe, which costs less than $25,000 dollars...
Ford Shelby GT500 — Best New American Muscle Cars
What’s not to like about the 2013 Ford Shelby GT500? This is one classic muscle car that has been updated for the 21st century. With a 5.4-liter V8 engine that will give you more than 650 horsepower (which means a lot of bang for your not-exactly-bargain basement priced buck), you’ll never be lacking for torque...