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Scariest Bus Ride
This driver almost crashed a busload of students on a steep mountain road. Enough thrills here to spice up your day... and a happy ending.
The road itself could be added to our Most Dangerous Roads series!
Today's pictures & links:
The Klein Bottle: impossible one-sided object
The Klein Bottle is a surface with no distinct "inner" and "outer" sides. This is a "triple bottle" variety, on exhibit in The Science Museum in London.
Here are a couple of rather more simplified, hand-blown glass emulations (the wine "glass" on the right you can even purchase here) -
(images credit: Clifford Stoll and Grand-Illusions)
Check out more "Impossible objects" on this cool page.
Working Replica of Noah's Ark
Yes, it's the amazing Biblical Noah's Ark, lovingly replicated in Schagen, Netherlands. Built by Johan Huibers as a testament to his faith in the literal truth of the Bible, this ark is 150 cubits long, 30 cubits high and 20 cubits wide.
(image credit: Paul the Dane)
"Life-size models of giraffes, elephants, lions, crocodiles, zebras, bison and other animals greet visitors as they arrive in the main hold. Huibers did the work mostly with his own hands, using modern tools and with occasional help from his son Roy. Construction began in May 2005. Visitors on the first day were stunned how big it really is. There is enough space near the keel for a 50-seat film theater." See more images here.
Post it Note Daydream
Spend too much time in a cubicle, and you might start creating these trippy abstracts:
(image credit: David Gunter)
Ekranoplan + Shuttle
Cross-pollinate a Shuttle program with Russian obsession with ekranoplans (see proof of this obsession here) - and what would you get? You'll get freaking awesome (and largely not very practical) technological wonder, that's what - a thing of beauty to any geek and concept artist, and another reason to re-evaluate current options of getting into space.
These concepts were created in hopes to use the Earth's oceans for space launches: keep in mind that launching close to equator allows for 1.7 - 2 times heavier payload. The Sea-Launch project is already in full swing (facilitating vertical launches), however for the Shuttle-like horizontal launches and landings, Russian engineers propose to use a fleet of heavy ekranoplans... We have some more technical info, write to us if interested.
(image by G. F. Petrov, click to enlarge)
Mixed fresh links for today:
Alphabet Trucks - [very cool]
Snail Car! - [very strange auto]
Boeing 747 Hotel: inside and out, also drb post - [airplanes]
Book of the Future from 1974 - [futurism; lots of pics]
The Worst and Most Obnoxious Dictators (outside of Stalin) - [history]
Sea Forts Awesome Conversion - [architecture]
Gremlins invade other films - [crazy video]
Imperial Stormpacas - [fun video]
Gnarly, Huge Ironman Suit - [wow video]
Online Flea Market - [sponsored]
Surreal Paintings by Mihai Criste
Mihai Criste, Romania, has some very strange art ideas, a good update for our illusions and surreal art articles.
Politics can be stressful... here are the ways to unwind:
(image credit: www.worth1000)
(this one is a Photoshop job, too? I hope so)
The Best Pulp Art in the Universe
Back in 2007 this site opened a thread, inviting readers to submit their favorite (mostly SF) pulp cover art - and now this thread became nicely populated with gorgeous examples - like these:
(right image: modern art by Bradley W. Schenck)
Love is all around
Some romantic waterfalls come with built-in stepping stones:
This tomato could be Photoshop, of course, but you can easily make your own - your date will be either impressed or grossed out by your playing with the food.
Cool graffiti art from Russia
Get strong... working out in this gym. But don't kick the walls for goodness sake.
(art by Vitaly Rusakov)
Would like to know where this is...
Don't stare at it too long
Mesmerizing animated gif, found here. And another one.
(image credit: cyberchaos)
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