If you missed out on Crockett and Tubbs' Ferrari Testarossa when it was offered by Mecum Auctions in 2015, here's another chance. The 1986 Testarossa used in the third, fourth and fifth seasons of "Miami Vice" is headed to the auction block again.Originally painted black, this example was repainted white at the request of "Miami Vice" producer Michael Mann so the car would be more visible in night shots. The Testarossa, of course, replaced the replica Ferrari 365 GTS/4 Spyder used by the liberally supervised detectives in the early seasons of the show, with the production team using two real Testarossas in addition to a fiberglass replica on a De Tomaso Pantera chassis for stunt shots. This is the early version of Ferrari's most '80s model with the single sideview mirror positioned high on the A-pillar. Add the giant car phone and this might be the most '80s car ever.The Testarossa, if you will recall from the poster you had on your wall, is powered by a 4.9-liter flat-12 good for 390 … [Read more...] about ‘Miami Vice’ Ferrari Testarossa is up for grabs again
John Adams, the first of the bunch. See more pictures of American presidents. Stock Montage/Getty Images It's a rare moment indeed that an American kid responds to the question, "What do you want to be when you grow up?" with "vice president!" Perhaps that's because the office, as historian Mark Hatfield wrote, is "the least understood, most ridiculed, and most often ignored constitutional office in the federal government" [source: Hatfield]. It makes sense; the vice presidency was originally a consolation prize given to the runner-up in the national election. State electors were asked to cast ballots for two candidates, and one of the candidates had to live outside of the elector's home state. This process assured that eventually a leader of national prominence would emerge as president; the person who came in second became vice president. More than two centuries later, the role of vice president is little more respected among the public than it was in the … [Read more...] about How the U.S. Vice President Works
William Rufus DeVane King was sworn in as the 13th vice president of the United States on March 24, 1853, while in Havana, Cuba. He was also the third U.S. vice president to die in office. Hulton Archive/Planet Observer/UIG/Getty Images He was a senator and a diplomat, but William Rufus DeVane King is probably best known as the 13th vice president of the United States. He was also the only person to hold high office who was sworn in while not on U.S. soil. So why did this United States vice president take his oath in Cuba? And what is it about his personal life that is still getting attention? The Making of a Vice President William Rufus DeVane King, shown in this circa-1852 portrait illustration, served, among other roles, as a U.S. senator, 1819-44 and 1848-53; minister to France, 1844-46; and as vice president of the United States in 1853. Stock Montage/Getty Images King, who became known as a "natural mediator," was born on April 7, 1786, in North Carolina to a … [Read more...] about The U.S. Vice President Who Took the Oath of Office In Cuba
If Vice President Mike Pence was to become president for any reason, how would his vice president be named? Justin Sullivan/Getty Images Any American schoolkid can tell you what happens when there's an unexpected vacancy in the Oval Office. If the president of the United States leaves office during his term — dies (it's happened eight times, four times through assassination), resigns (once, Richard Nixon), is incapacitated in some manner (never) or is removed from office (never) — his right-hand man, the vice president, slides over into the big chair. It's right there in Article II, Section 1, Clause 6 of the U.S. Constitution. But what happens when the veep's chair opens up, either because he's "promoted" to president or something happens to him while he's No. 2? (Note: Yes, all the male pronouns still apply as of this writing.) Those circumstances are provided for in the 25th Amendment to the Constitution, which was passed in 1967. Section 2 states: "Whenever there is … [Read more...] about How a U.S. Vice Presidential Vacancy Is Filled
Wikimedia Foundation hosted a Women's History Month edit-a-thon at its San Francisco office on March 17, 2012. Matthew (WMF)/CCA BY-SA 3.0 Wikipedia is the fifth-most popular website in the world. Millions depend on it for a quick overview of just about any topic under the sun. Anyone can write or edit for Wikipedia, which is both a strength and a weakness — especially in the area of gender. Only 16 percent of the people who create content and edit the online encyclopedia are women, according to a 2013 survey commissioned by Wikipedia, and the percentage was about the same in 2017, according to Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales. Wikipedia has gotten some bad press about this. New York Times articles have pointed out the whopping gender imbalance and at least one opinion piece called Wikipedia sexist toward women novelists. Other publications have pointed out racial bias. Researchers have published papers looking at the impact of so few women contributors and efforts have been … [Read more...] about Where Are the Women of Wikipedia?