Wednesday, April 16, 2014

1999 Ford SVT Contour for sale


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?



UNICEF Poo Party music video for India

Slightly NSFW, as they say "shit".

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Passat W8 with straight pipe exhaust

From the comment section of this Hooniverse post.

Captain Phillips, Black Hawk Down, and the state of Somalia

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.


Electric taxiing motors for planes

This is one of those simple and brilliant solutions where you go: Why didn't I think of that?

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Legacy of nuclear testing in Kazakhstan and Algeria

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

Aston Martin Lagonda shooting brake, the video

Putting out gas fire with nuclear explosion

Only in CCCP.


From Wikipedia:

Use of nuclear explosions

On Sep. 30, 1966 the Soviet Union in Urta-Bulak, an area about 80 kilometers from BukharaUzbekistan, 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.[25] 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).[26]

H/t to Jay.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

1993 Mercedes 300TE

Well? It's still available and the owner's other car is a W124 500E, so he's definitely an enthusiast.