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Wild, Wild Hearses

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For those of you interested in the exciting world of hearse production (I'm assuming that's a large portion of our audience), Japanese limo maker Lequois is planning to roll out a line of hybrid hearses based on the Toyota Prius. And while these extra green casket carriers promise to be environmentally friendly, at $80k a pop, they're not cheap. Or good looking. In any case, seeing the sketch made me curious about what other souped-up, modern hearses are on the market. Here are just a few that I found:

For the Monster Hearse Rally

If you're looking to jump over and crush a long string of average-sized hearses, or you're simply hoping to off-road it to the funeral, Jalopnik and Declubz have a couple of ideas for you.

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For Getting There Faster (Much Faster)

Apparently, hearse drag racing is pretty popular. Seems like a perfect premise for The Fast and The Furious 5.

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For the Motorcycle Enthusiast

Motorcycle hearses are surprisingly common. This UK site boasts all sorts of hearses made from Triumphs and Suzukis and Harleys. In fact, they'll even provide you with a trained and experienced British driver to escort your dearly departed to the service.

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For the Buddhist Funeral

Wikipedia's page on hearses showcases a number of beautiful rides, but I think this ornate Japanese hearse is probably my favorite. From other views online, it seems like these models are equally beautiful on the inside.

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For the Harold and Maude Tribute Funeral

While this car doesn't look quite as stylish as the one Harold zipped around in, George Ball & Son does have a fleet of Jaguar hearses and even Jaguar limos for your funereal needs.


For the Budget/DIY Funeral

I'm sure ReadyMade and Make Magazine have better tricks for doing this. Still, it seems to have served its purpose.


And One After My Own Heart

I simply wouldn't trust a hearse that you couldn't go camping in. Or one that doesn't have horns on the front. Thankfully, this "Koolabago" has both.


Of course, if you're legitimately interested in buying a hearse (they actually pop up on eBay occasionally), the hearse appreciation site Grim Rides features both a helpful FAQ, and a classified section.

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Little Baby's Ice Cream
Pizza and Cricket Cake Are Just Some of the Odd Flavors You'll Find at This Philadelphia Ice Cream Shop
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Little Baby's Ice Cream

Ice cream flavors can get pretty out-there, thanks to the growing number of creative scoop shops willing to take risks and broaden their customers’ horizons beyond chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry. Intrepid foodies can cool off with frozen treats that taste like horseradish, foie gras, and avocado, while Philadelphia's Little Baby’s Ice Cream is pushing the boundaries of taste with chilly offerings like everything bagel, Maryland BBQ, ranch, and cricket cake.

Cricket-flavored ice cream, created by Philadelphia-based Little Baby's Ice Cream
Little Baby's Ice Cream

Everything Bagel-flavored ice cream, created by Philadelphia-based Little Baby's Ice Cream
Little Baby's Ice Cream

As Lonely Planet News reports, Little Baby’s Ice Cream launched its first signature “oddball” ice cream—Earl Grey sriracha—in 2011. Since then, its rotating menu has only gotten quirkier. In addition to the aforementioned flavors, customers who swing by Little Baby’s this summer can even try pizza ice cream.

The store created the savory flavor in 2011, to celebrate neighborhood eatery Pizza Brain’s inclusion into Guinness World Records for its vast collection of pizza memorabilia. The savory, Italian-esque snack is made from ingredients like tomato, basil, oregano, salt, and garlic—and yes, it actually tastes like pizza, Little Baby’s co-owner Pete Angevine told Lonely Planet News.

Pizza-flavored ice cream, made by Philadelphia-based Little Baby's Ice Cream
Little Baby's Ice Cream

“Frequently, folks will see it on the menu and be incredulous, then be convinced to taste it, giggle, talk about how surprised they are that it really tastes just like pizza … and then order something else,” Angevine said. “That’s just fine. Just as often though, they’ll end up getting a pizza milkshake!”

Little Baby’s flagship location is in Philadelphia's East Kensington neighborhood, but customers can also sample their unconventional goods at additional outposts in West Philadelphia, Baltimore, and a pop-up stand in Washington, D.C.’s Union Market. Just make sure to bring along a sense of adventure, and to leave your preconceived notions of what ice cream should taste like at home.

[h/t Lonely Planet]

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Warby Parker
Warby Parker Is Giving Away Free Eclipse Glasses in August
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Warby Parker

When this year’s rare “all-American” total solar eclipse comes around on August 21, you’ll want to be prepared. Whether you’re chasing the eclipse to Kentucky or viewing it from your backyard, you’ll need a way to watch it safely. That means an eclipse filter over your telescope, or specially designed eclipse glasses.

For the latter, you can just show up at your nearest Warby Parker, and their eye experts will hand over a pair of eclipse glasses. The stores are giving out the free eye protectors throughout August. The company’s Nashville store is also having an eclipse party to view the celestial event on the day-of.

Get your glasses early, because you don’t want to miss out on this eclipse, which will cross the continental U.S. from Oregon to South Carolina. There are only so many total solar eclipses you’ll get to see in your lifetime, after all.


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