|More adept at winning hearts and minds than reproducing. Source|
That's right. On April 16, 1972, Beijing delivered two adorable diplomats to the National Zoo -- the first in a series of pambassadors who would grace our fair city over the subsequent decades.
Over the years, China's practice of loaning pandas to friendly nations in order to bolster international relations has had its fans and critics, but I think we can all agree that pandas are adorable.
And speaking of things we can all agree on, rockets are awesome. Especially this one:
|Go on. Try to persuade me this isn't totally rad. Source|
I love that somebody knows how to strap a rocket onto the back of a 747. I love that somebody knows how to take it off. And I really, really, really love that somebody knows how to fly a 747 with a rocket riding piggyback. That is a really specific skill set.
We'll file this one under American Ingenuity with cross-references to Whimsy and General Badassery.