I don't think I ever knew this car existed. Apparently, it was supposed to be an M3 fighter. This example looks like it's in pretty decent shape and was well cared for. Anyone know more about this car?
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Sunday, April 13, 2014
For pure entertainment value, Captain Phillips is a fantastic movie. Plus, once again, we are the heroes! USA! USA! Half a million dead since 1991, but let's make a well-paid cargo ship captain from Vermont the protagonist.
Saturday, April 12, 2014
As cool as the civilian/peaceful use of nuclear explosions sounds, it has grave effects on people. As our Kazakh reader Sanchez points out, it has seriously harmed the people of his country, who had to endure hundreds of tests during the Soviet period. In fact, the first time I heard of "Kazakhstan" was freshman year in college (1992). My roommate's father, a South Korean oncologist, was opening a clinic in Kazakhstan to help cancer victims.
Friday, April 11, 2014
Only in CCCP.
Use of nuclear explosions
On Sep. 30, 1966 the Soviet Union in Urta-Bulak, an area about 80 kilometers from Bukhara, Uzbekistan, experienced blowouts on five natural gas wells. It was claimed in Komsomoloskaya Pravda that after years of burning uncontrollably they were able to stop them entirely. The Soviets lowered a specially made 30 kiloton nuclear bomb into a 6 kilometres (20,000 ft) borehole drilled 25 to 50 metres (82 to 164 ft) away from the original (rapidly leaking) well. A nuclear explosive was deemed necessary because conventional explosive both lacked the necessary power and would also require a great deal more space underground. When the bomb was set off, it proceeded to crush the original pipe that was carrying the gas from the deep reservoir to the surface, as well as to glassify all the surrounding rock. This caused the leak and fire at the surface to cease within approximately one minute of the explosion, and proved over the years to have been a permanent solution. A second attempt on a similar well was not as successful and other tests were for such experiments as oil extraction enhancement (Stavropol, 1969) and the creation of gas storage reservoirs (Orenburg, 1970).
H/t to Jay.