Gathered here are the Oppositelock posts that people have put a good deal of effort into writing from the last 24 hours. Today it includes seeing the stars from a 747SP, wrecking a truck, protests in Brazil and more.

I've said it before, I'll say it again: I have a cool job. My company is really a group of universities and we operate a lot of scientific sites. Probably the jewel in the crown is the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA). SOFIA is a 10-ton telescope mounted on a former United Airlines 747. In the video, you get a pretty good idea of what this vehicle can do. The engineering behind it and the science it produces are truly staggering.

My first road-legal vehicle is/was a 1987 Dodge Dakota with an automatic, rear wheel drive, and a V6. With no weight over the rear end and a fair amount of low end torque, it was a hoot to blast around on dirt roads. Well, up until I overcooked it.

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I just happened to come across this little story, which I thought I had to share since we were discussing asshat parking anyway. So what do we have here, let's analyse this picture for a second. We have three parked cars, a white 208, a silver MK V Golf and a black Fiesta, all parked not exactly where they should be. And then there's the modern equivalent of pandora's box, a mugbook feed. So what happened?

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This weekend, I drove a brand new, 2014 Chevrolet Impala LTZ (this is the only trim level shipping to dealers at the moment at least in my area). Let's call this an abbreviated review because I am at work and would prefer not to get fired. Full Disclosure: Chevrolet didn't want me to drive this car. At all. I can't afford it. I wouldn't buy it if I could (based solely on price) and I'm not a large car buyer. I did not get wined or dined. No perks. Just a couple of dollars for fuel and the car. That's all I needed.

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As many may know, I live in Brazil. I moved to São Paulo in 2010 and live here since then. It's a wonderful place and it's impossible not to be part of it. Enjoy what it has to offer and join its culture.

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Yesterday we learned that Ford would bring back buttons to their infotainment systems. The world cheered, I did not. Unlike most of the media, who spend a few days with a car, I’ve had the joy of living with MyFord Touch for almost a full year. I can promise you this; the problem has never been a lack of buttons.

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It has come to my attention that every single person on this site believes that driver training; specifically the licensing procedures in America are in dire need of reform. So...let’s reform it. The image is a rough idea (thank you for the muse Gran Turismo) of what a multi-tiered driver’s license might look like in America if it were developed by enthusiasts (or video gamers, I guess).

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To continue from my last post on the topic, here are some more interesting cars that I managed to find for sale. Just as before, I'm only posting cars that are currently physically in Poland. I was also trying to avoid insanely expensive stuff and keep American cars to a minimum (I'll make a separate compilation of those).

As always, If I've missed something and you would like me to include it, let me know.

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Fun Discussions

There were several posts that asked questions and sparked some good discussion over the the last day. Take a peek and chime in on some of them listed below:

Just the #tips

Honourable Mentions

These posts have already been shared with Jalopnik directly but deserve to be mentioned again because they were first posted in Oppositelock: