Posted on 25/05/2007 at 14:07

Buried Plymouth Belvedere...

June 15th 1957, Tulsa, Oklahoma.
To celebrate the town's 50th anniversary, a brand new Plymouth Belvedere V8 Coupé Sport has been buried (!) in a concrete sarcophagus... The final goal being to unearth it 50 years later, right in time to celebrate the city's Centennial Anniversary!

That's how this car will be awaken from it's half-century sleep on next June 15th, i.e. in less than 3 weeks!

No one knows in which shape it will be... Everything had been done to keep it safe, but 50 years six feet under...
The Plymouth had been buried with many objects representing this era ; they even put a gasoline tank, just in case fuel had disappeared in 2007! (anyway, after 50 years, the Octane index will be so low, it won't even be usable!).

A contest had been set up : the population was asked for to guess the number of inhabitants of Tulsa in 2007. Their guesses were sealed on microfilm in the car... When it will be unearthed, their estimations will be compared to the actual figures, and the one who made the best guess will win the car! (uh, well, if he's still alive...)

So, rendezvous in three weeks from now, to know the final episode of this nice story...

For more information :
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Posted on 17/05/2007 at 21:18

Krugger.net

I'm originally not that fond of Harleys, apart from some rare exceptions...

And here is one of those exceptions, and not the least : Fred "Krugger" Bertrand (looks like his site is down currently), in Belgium, prepares HD/Buell based monsters, from which I love the neo-retro, or even fully vintage (yet high-tech!), style...
Go have a look at his gallery, especially his latest realization, a "Bonneville Lakester" monster, a pure engineering marvel...

By the way, yet another feature, for the excellent French magazine "Kustom Garage", which uses as a cover the latest creation from Krugger. Great lay-out, superb pictures, very well-written... If you've got any chance to read it, don't miss it!
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Posted on 25/04/2007 at 12:43

Modern Mechanix


Just a link today, to a blog that I visit quite often : Modern Mechanix.

This blog, updated daily, presents "futuristic innovations" of the past century, scanned out of magazines like Popular Science, Popular Mechanics, Mechanix Illustrated... You can find there jewels like the car above, and they're available in hi-resolution!

Thx aSa for the link...
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Posted on 24/04/2007 at 12:08

Lackadaisy...


I'm fond of comics books for a pretty long time now... We can find many cartoonists over the Internet, more or less talented... I follow Maliki on a regular basis, as well as the Lemur and Yoh, I like the Geek-ish under-culture of Megatokyo, I'm fan of the Arthur de Pins' style...

But I've found way better : Lackadaisy.

The action takes place in the US, in St Louis, in the 20's, during the prohibition. The scenario is good, there's a lot of references to the interwar years style, omnipresent humor, I love the Cajun accent of some characters... But moreover, bloody great drawings! Backgrounds and characters (have a closer look to faces' expressions), everything's just superb...
Looks a bit like BlackSad, but less dark.
Anyway, Lackadaisy, a pure marvel to discover. And read it from the beginning!
Great job, Tracy.
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Posted on 25/03/2007 at 16:58

Aquadom

How to decorate an elevator in a luxury hotel, with a 12.5 millions euros budget?


Here is the solution found by the Radisson in Berlin : a cylindric aquarium of 900.000 liters (i.e. 900 tons of salt water!), 11 meters diameter for 14 meters high (25 m. total with its bottom support), with 2.600 fishes of 56 different species inside, the elevator going up in the center of this cylinder. Two divers are employed full time to take care of the tank...


The walls are not made of glass, but of acrylic : the inner cylinder (the elevator cage) was brought on site as a single piece ; the outer wall was brought in four parts, chemically welded on site, without any trace of "welding" being visible. A bloody nice piece of engineering...

Want to learn more about the Aquadom and its construction? (impressive pictures inside!) :
Thanks Oliv' for the info...
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