William Shatner to Drive Futuristic Supercycle Across America

Once you’ve beaten the Kobayashi Maru, designing a motorcycle is really no big deal.

Image courtesy of Rivet Motors

In news so awesome, I’m tempted to believe it’s some kind of hoax, William Shatner, popular spoken word artist and America’s favorite drunken grandpa, has started a futuristic motorcycle company, and will be piloting a prototype of its first design across the United States.

Shatner? I hardly know her. Photo by Keith McDuffee via Flickr

Shatner will be pairing with custom bike shop American Wrench to form Rivet Motors, which will realize the octogenarian Star Trek alum’s vision of what they call “a machine as distinguished and iconic as the man himself.” (As if that was possible). To this end, Shatner wielded a strong hand in the cycle’s design, challenging his team (mere human craftsmen) to keep up with his revolutionary, fifth-dimensional ideas for “the cycle of the future.” In a promotional video on the American Wrench site, we get a glimpse into the inner workings of the collaboration, watching ol’ Captain K. blow some minds insisting that the Rivet seat two people and be covered with some kind of canopy. Ever tasteful, he demurs at the suggestion of flamethrowers.


The three-wheeled, V8 “landjet” is a bullet, sleek and phallic and low to the ground. Nobody needed it—hell, I’ll bet no one particularly even wanted it—but this badass tricycle was an American inevitability. As soon as someone uttered the words “William Shatner should design a motorcycle,” the idea forcefully demanded its way into existence, clawing past Leonard Nimoy’s George-Foreman-Grill knockoff and Nichelle Nichols’ line of home archery sets to pierce the semi-permeable membrane that exists between reality and the world of cockamamie ideas. And yet, somehow, whether anybody needed another ultra-expensive toy or not, I’ll be damned if that crazy machine doesn’t look like an incredibly fun way to travel.

The Rivet will be available early this summer, and Shatner will personally drive the first model from Chicago, where American Wrench is headquartered, to Los Angeles. “I’ve been across this country on my thumb, in sports cars, in trucks, with a dog, with a family,” Shatner says in the promo clip. “But I’ve never been across the country in a motorcycle. I want to do that, and I’m going to do that on this new Rivet motorcycle. Why don’t you come along with me?”

via David Leavitt / Twitter

Anyone who has ever worked in retail knows that the worst thing about the job, right after the pay, are the unreasonable cheapskates who "want to talk to your manager" to get some money off an item.

They think that throwing a tantrum will save them a few bucks and don't care if they completely embarrass themselves in the process. Sometimes that involves belittling the poor employee who's just trying to get through their day with an ounce of dignity.

Twitter is rallying around a gal named Tori who works at a Target in Massachusetts after she was tweet-shamed by irate chapekate, journalist, and Twitter troll, David Leavitt.

Keep Reading

Childbirth is the number one reason American women visit the hospital, and it ain't cheap. In fact, it's getting more and more expensive. A new study published in Health Affairs found that the cost of having a baby with employer-sponsored health insurance increased by almost 50% in the past seven years.

The study evaluated "trends in cost-sharing for maternity care for women with employer-based health insurance plans, before and after the Affordable Care Act," which was signed into law in 2010. The study looked at over 657,061 women enrolled in large employer-sponsored health insurance plans who delivered babies between 2008 and 2015, as these plans tend to cover more than plans purchased by small businesses or individuals.

Keep Reading

A meteorite crashed into Earth nearly 800,000 years ago. The meteor was 1.2 miles wide, and the impact was so big, it covered 10% of the planet with debris. However, scientists haven't been able to find the impact site for over a century. That is, until now. A study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences journal believes the crash site has been located.

Tektites, which are essentially rocks that have been liquefied from the heat of the impact and then cooled to form glass, help scientists spot the original impact site of a meteor. Upon impact, melted material is thrown into the atmosphere, then falls back to the ground. Even if the original crater has disappeared due to erosion or is hidden by a shift in tectonic plates, tektites give the spot away. Tektites between 750,000 to 35.5 million years old have been found in every continent except Antarctica.

Keep Reading