Duck, cover, and pray. Off-Ramp for August 16, 2014

Aqualillies

Dive into a synchronized swimming renaissance with Aqualillies

A few years ago, synchronized swimming seemed like a lost art, but now synchronized swimmers are surfacing in everything from fashion ads to music videos.

LA City Archive: How LA prepped for nuclear war in the 1950s

Inside Box B-2196 in the Los Angeles City Archive, you’ll find how the city prepared citizens for the worst disaster of all — nuclear attack.
Matt the Mattress - Mattress Tracker
Will it go to a landfill? An unlicensed refurbish? The house of a person who really, really wants a mattress? We'll have that here, and more updates.
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Los Angeles had America's first Wrigley Field

Built in 1925, the first Wrigley Field was a perfectly symmetrical ballpark on the corner of 42nd Place and Avalon Boulevard in South Central L.A.
Fallout Shelter Valley
"... the bomb shelter is an absolute time capsule: still stocked with old magazines, bunks, sleeping bags and medications. I told them to keep it in case of imminent Zombie Apocalypse. You're more than welcome to visit..."
Clancy Imislund Midnight Mission
Since 1974, Clancy Imislund has been the managing director for Skid Row's Midnight Mission. But in 1958, Imislund was homeless, jobless and too sick to sell a pint of blood.
It was the 1960s, and Kaufman's job for Litton was to determine the effect of a nuclear blast on equipment. Of course this means he well knew its effect on humans, so it's no wonder he built a shelter in the backyard of his home.
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From the archive, John Rabe talks with iconic printmaker David Weidman. You may not know his name, but his style is immediately recognizable. Weidman died Wednesday at 93.
Morrison's new project, "The Multiversity," has been in the works for almost a decade and explores big idea metacommentary on the DC Comics universe and our own world.
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The mysterious mannequins of North Hollywood Toyota

Collin Friesen looks at the backstory of the mannequins that greet you from a NoHo Toyota dealership, and KPCC's Maya Sugarman takes their portraits.
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