Thundercycle

When you’ve got a genuine Russian tank engine lying around, how can you resist repurposing it? And really, tanks are so lumbering and oafish, and with the price of gas nowadays… something a little more sleek and maneuverable is obviously called for.

This giant motorcycle took the team of welders and mechanics at the Harzer Bike Schmiede in Zilly, Germany, almost a year to craft. It is 17′-4″ long, and 7′-6″ tall, and weighs four-and-a-half tons. 1.8 tons of that is the tank engine itself. The Guinness Book of World Records has just confirmed it is the heaviest motorcycle ever (though interestingly, there is no mention of the size dimensions breaking any records.) They are still hoping to obtain a special license to actually drive it on the road.

[Image and description found here.]

Russian All-Purpose Hybrid Vehicle

That’s probably a VW Golf  spliced onto a modified Russian GAZ 69 Goat.

[Found here.]

Nightmare Fish

Posted on Twitter and Instagram by Russian deep-sea fisherman Роман Федорцов with this description: “Моряк… Политика-политикой, а рыбу ловить надо… Сейчас в море.”

Roman Fedortsov @ rfedortsov
Sailor ... Politics is politics, and we need to catch fish ... Now at sea.

[More here and/or here.]

Saturday Matinee – Russian Love Bugs, Romanian Finger Flute, Buddy Guy & Stevie Ray Vaughan

Love Bugs in 1912 Moscow. [via]

„Digi Fonful” ieste un instrument muzical inventat de Ştefan Popescu, fost concurent la „Românii au talent .În ciuda numelui, instrumentul nu are nicio componentă digitală. Digi Fonful, care seamănă cu un fluier, este făcut să cânte cu ajutorul unui deget introdus într-un capăt al intrumentului şi al aerului suflat printr-un orificiu.În clipul de mai sus îl puteţi vedea pe cel mai mare „virtuoz” al Digi Fonfului, Ştefan Popescu, în acţiune.

Well, duh. [via]

Buddy Guy from February 2015, pushing 80 years at the time of that interview. He always looked like he had fun playing, as he did in this 1989 vid with Stevie Ray Vaughan:

That wraps it up for this edition of the Saturday Matinee. Have a great weekend, and we’ll have more fun tomorrow.

The .Gif Friday Post No. 403 – Cat Ballet, Pub Pup & Russian Water Park

Cats and Noise
Beer Dog
Russian Water Park

[Found here, here and here.]

Saturday Matinee – Santigold, Ленинград & Rod Piazza

Santigold’s “Lights Out” vid has some cool retro patterns.

Great WTF video: Ленинград — Рыба. Russian/Punk/Dixieland by a band named Leningrad, titled “Fish Of My Dreams.” English lyrics translation here. [h/t Bunkessa].

Hot Rod Piazza.

With that, we’re out for the weekend. Have a great weekend, folks. See you tomorrow.

Leapin’ Lizards!

Sky Lizard A

Sky Lizard

THAT’S NOT A PHOTOSHOP. The lizard’s big as a Buick, and it’s going after a transformer.

[Found in here. Word of caution – It’s a Russian website, and they don’t police their internet for viruses very well. I think it’s clean, but you can acquire some nasties if you’re not careful.]

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