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Oregon to California in 5 Minutes (Time Lapse)

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Matt Haughey, founder of MetaFilter, decided to drive from his home in Oregon to Berkeley, California. The fun part is that he stuck a camera on his windshield and shot time lapse video of the nine-hour drive. In this video he shows the journey with occasional annotations in the lower right ("Gorgeous Fall color through Southern Oregon"). Half the fun for me was seeing the various drive-throughs he encountered along the way -- but the other half was seeing how the terrain changes and the road straightens out as the drive progresses.

Haughey does, of course, pull off at the rest stop in Weed, California. A wise choice for any west coast trek (no, seriously -- that's a smart midpoint to take a break!). Enjoy:

Another fun way to view this: instead of watching the road, watch the sky. You can watch the clouds drifting. Congratulations, you just drove 615 miles! Haughey has posted more videos like this, experimenting with his GoPro camera.

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This Gas Station Chain Serves Some of the Best Fried Chicken in the Country
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Sometimes finding a truly unforgettable meal means venturing outside your comfort zone. That’s the case at the Royal Farms gas station chain in the mid-Atlantic U.S., where restaurant-quality chicken, biscuits, and potato wedges are served at the same venue where drivers fill up their tanks.

As CBS Baltimore reports, Royal Farms was recently named a gas station restaurant worth a detour by Food & Wine magazine. With locations in Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, and Pennsylvania, the chain is best known for its "fresh, never frozen" pressure-cooked chicken that’s hand-breaded in a signature spice blend. Another popular menu item is the "western fries"—potato wedges that have been breaded and fried.

As the manager of one Royal Farms in Maryland told CBS Baltimore, his counter sees around 2000 customers for lunch every day. The store is one of at least 178 that have opened in the U.S. since the chain was founded in 1959. More locations, including gas stations in New Jersey, are coming soon.

Royal Farms joins Indian cuisine, barbecue, and Spanish wine and tapas on Food & Wine's list of top gas station eats. For more unexpected places serving noteworthy grub, including a post office, a Honda dealership, and a laundromat, check out our list of the strangest restaurant spots in America.

[h/t CBS Baltimore]

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Adult-Sized Little Tikes-Inspired Car Spotted in UK
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Remember scooting around town in your red and yellow Little Tikes toy car? The fun plastic vehicle offered accessible mobility like a tricycle, but with the sophistication of a real car. It was never meant to be driven outside of the cul-de-sac, but what if there was a grown-up version that could be taken out on the road?

Mechanic John Bitmead and his brother Geoff of Attitude Autos created just that back in 2015, with an oversized spin on the classic kid wheels. It's road-legal and fully functional, looking somewhat similar to a Smart Car (but way cooler). The car was adapted from a Daewoo Matiz and took 16 weeks to make. Despite its small size, it can go up to 70 miles per hour.

This nostalgic creation eventually wound up on eBay for bids of at least £21,500 (roughly $33,000). It only had 5000 miles on it. Sadly, it seems the vehicle went unsold. But Bitmead doesn't appear to be finished with his unique customs. His Instagram page features a post-apocalyptic roadster with a bright pink Hello Kitty paint job. If you live in the UK, perhaps one day you'll see the two racing during your morning commute.

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