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Deck of Cards Features History-Making American Women

When Hillary Clinton accepted the Democratic nomination for president last week, her speech included these lines: "In America, if you can dream it, you should be able to build it. And we will help you balance family and work. And you know what, if fighting for affordable childcare and paid family leave is playing the ‘woman card,’ then deal me in!"

It’s not the first time she’s responded to charges of playing the "woman card," and in fact, the language surrounding the issue has become so well known that the Clinton campaign even sells a shirt reading "Deal me in." Now the figurative has become literal. A 54-card deck of playing cards featuring Clinton along with 14 other pioneering women is available for purchase. The set is called "The Woman Card[s]."

The project began as a Kickstarter and is a collaboration between Iowa-based siblings Zach and Zebby Wahls. The pair far exceeded their original $5000 goal—earning a whopping $150,000 with nearly 10,000 decks ordered. Those decks are now being shipped, and if you missed the Kickstarter, fear not: you can preorder one for arrival later this month.

Women like Amelia Earhart, Beyonce, Harriet Tubman, Clara Barton, and Ruth Bader Ginsburg are depicted in all their glory across each of the suits, with Clinton serving as the ace in the deck, and Betty White and Ellen DeGeneres occupying the apt joker roles. The portraits were hand-drawn by Zebby, who is graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Iowa later this year.

If games aren’t your thing, you can also get your favorite card in an 18 inch by 24 inch premium print, or a 22 inch by 26 inch uncut sheet featuring all The Woman Cards—those are a limited set so you’ll need to act fast to secure one.

All images courtesy of Zach Wahls. 

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This Snow Sculpture of a Car Was So Convincing Cops Tried to Write It a Ticket
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Winter is a frustrating time to be on the road, but one artist in Montreal has found a way to make the best of it. As CBS affiliate WGCL-TV reports, his snow sculpture of a DeLorean DMC-12 was so convincing that even the police were fooled.

Simon Laprise of L.S.D Laprise Simon Designs assembled the prank car using snow outside his home in Montreal. He positioned it so it appeared to be parked along the side of the road, and with the weather Montreal has been having lately, a car buried under snow wasn’t an unusual sight.

A police officer spotted the car and was prepared to write it a ticket before noticing it wasn’t what it seemed. He called in backup to confirm that the car wasn’t a car at all.

Instead of getting mad, the officers shared a good laugh over it. “You made our night hahahahaha :)" they wrote on a fake ticket left on the snow sculpture.

The masterpiece was plowed over the next morning, but you can appreciate Laprise’s handiwork in the photos below.

Snow sculpture.

Snow sculpture of car.

Snow sculpture of car.

Note written in French.

[h/t WGCL-TV]

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This 1940 Film on Road Maps Will Make You Appreciate Map Apps Like Never Before
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In the modern era, we take for granted having constantly updated, largely accurate maps of just about every road in the world at our fingertips. If you need to find your way through a city or across a country, Google Maps has your back. You no longer have to go out and buy a paper map.

But to appreciate just what a monstrous task making road maps and keeping them updated was in decades past, take a look at this vintage short film, "Caught Mapping," spotted at the Internet Archive by National Geographic.

The 1940 film, produced by the educational and promotional company Jam Handy Organization (which created films for corporations like Chevrolet), spotlights the difficult task of producing and revising maps to keep up with new road construction and repair.

The film is a major booster of the mapmaking industry, and those involved in it come off as near-miracle workers. The process of updating maps involved sending scouts out into the field to drive along every road and note conditions, compare the roads against topographical maps, and confirm mileage figures. Then, those scouts reported back to the draughtsmen responsible for producing revised maps every two weeks. The draughtsmen updated the data on road closures and other changes.

Once those maps were printed, they were "ready to give folks a good steer," as the film's narrator puts it, quietly determining the success of any road trip in the country.

"Presto! and right at their fingertips, modern motorists can have [information] on any road they wish to take." A modern marvel, really.

[h/t National Geographic]

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