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Compact Living

Sunday, 16 November 2014

Compact Living

[Found here, via here. Nice legs btw.]

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Summer to Winter in 4 Hours.

Tuesday, 11 November 2014

Summer to Winter in Four Hours

Boulder Colorado 10 November 2014.

[Found here.]

Hot Links – Now With 10% Less MSG

Sunday, 9 November 2014

Robert Goddard Patent 1914

A happy dog in a pile of leaves [via].

Dog puzzle.

What a hurricane sounds like: Hurricane Ike 2008 [via].

“Hey, yinz. Stillers ain’t jagoffs. We gotcha tear-bull talls, yah.”  This long linguistic analysis of Pittsburghese is missing one thing: audio examples of the dialect [via].

It’s also come to my attention that the Pittsburgh “yinzer” accent was voted the most annoying dialect in the Nation, and I disagree. The New York accent that pronounces the word “all” as “ohl” is worse than the Southern California accent (made famous in Zappa’s “Valley Girl“) that inflects statements into questions?

Shipwrecks.

Amazing wood carving.

Sparkling bat poop [via].

Robert Goddard’s 1914 Patent for a liquid-fueled rocket. Consider that in 1914 we barely knew how to design airplanes. In those days, the fuel gauge was a pocket watch hung on a nail.
[Top image from here.]

2014 Midterm Elections – Bunk’s Voting Guide

Tuesday, 4 November 2014

VOTE BUNK

This 2014 Midterm Election is easy. Vote the socialists/fascists out, and if you’re confused or undecided about the Propositions, vote NO by default. If you haven’t done your homework by now, abstain, because you’ll only be betting on the color of the jockey’s tunic and not the horse the jockey rides, and that’s a poor way to voice your opinion.

On the other hand, this is very important stuff. If you don’t vote, you have no reason to complain when you find out that you’ve been screwed by the very same people you trusted, and that’s what voting is all about.

P.S. If you don’t know what fascism is, Google “Mussolini” and decide for yourself whether or not the Obama Administration is practicing the same damnable policies. [Hint: They are.]

P.P.S. Oh, and here’s ShaNaNa’s 1972 classic do-wop The Vote Song from back before they morphed into Weenieville: “Oh, dahlin’, I promise, that if ah am elected, yes, I would do anathang thatchawant, anathang thatcha hot might desire, I would give to you. Yes, yes…”

A Small Motor-Driven Machine To Which Can Be Attached Various Implements

Sunday, 2 November 2014

Hair Drying Device 1923

[Popular Science, 1923. Found here.]

Hello Grubby

Sunday, 26 October 2014

Grubby
According to the source of that image, this happy guy was discovered after someone cut down a cherry tree, and one of the commenters believed it to be the larva of some type of long-horned beetle. Beetles come in all shapes and sizes, and the Xixuthrus Heros is one of the largest.

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[Bottom image (with an interesting story) found in here. Related posts here and here.]

 

“My Uncle Found a Halloween Costume of Himself.”

Sunday, 19 October 2014

Halloween Costume FAIL

[Found here.]

Cute Puppies

Sunday, 5 October 2014

The World’s Ugliest Dog Contest celebrates its 25th anniversary today [21 June 2013] at the Sonoma-Marin Fair in Petaluma, California. Twenty-five plus “beauty challenged dogs are foregoing their usual beauty regimens in preparation.”

[Images and description found at the Ugliest Dog Contest Contenders. Note that all of them are members of the breed the missus refers to as “Kikmi Dogs.”]

Tension and Compression

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Tension & Compression

A demonstration of the mathematical principles of the original Forth Bridge in Scotland performed at Imperial College in 1887. The central ‘weight’ is Kaichi Watanabe, one of the first Japanese engineers to study in the UK, while Sir John Fowler and Benjamin Baker provide the supports.

Long-span structural engineering illustrated. Note that weight is not the problem with this truss, but uplift is, hence the weights at the extreme ends of the truss. Tension is transferred from the exterior weights through the arms of the two men near the ends of the span, while compression struts keep this structure from collapsing under the dead weight of Mr. Watanabe.  Note also that without the weight provided by Mr. Watanabe, this structure collapses (unless Messrs. Fowler and Baker scooch over and hold hands).

[Found here.]

This Is Sand

Monday, 8 September 2014

Sand x250

Sand magnified 250x. Any small sample of sand may be traced to it’s global location by its mix. For example, the more purple the sand is the more likely that the sample was taken from the Purple Islands.
TRUE.

[Found here.]


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