The 1940 census, a flying car, and fallen humanity

Posted by    |    April 3rd, 2012 at 7:00 am

1940 United States Census poster (Credit: US Census Bureau)

The 1940 census came online yesterday. The government website registered more than 22 million hits in four hours, and 37 million after eight hours.  The “virtual traffic jam” virtually paralyzed the site.  It is still leading Google Trends this morning.

Meanwhile, a flying car will make its debut at the New York International Auto Show in Manhattan this week.  The “Transition” can reach speeds of 90 mph on the ground and 115 mph in the air, and can fly up to 490 miles.  The flying car costs $279,000 and will go on sale by the end of the year.

From technology to nature: Robert Biggs was hiking in northern California when he came upon a mother bear and her two cubs.  After watching the black bears, he turned to leave when a mountain lion pounced on his backpack.  He is convinced he would have died “when a blur on my left side grabbed the lion by its throat–turns out it was the momma bear.”  The cat ran away, and the bear made eye contact with Biggs before returning to her young.  “I’m 100-percent sure it did want to save my life,” Biggs says.