Post Turtle

While suturing a cut on the hand of a 75 year old rancher, who’s hand was caught in the gate while working cattle, the doctor struck up a conversation with the old man. Eventually the topic got around to Obama and his role as our president.
The old rancher said, ‘Well, ya know, Obama is a ‘Post Turtle”.
Not being familiar with the term, the doctor asked him, what a ‘post turtle’ was.
The old rancher said, ‘When you’re driving down a country road and you come across a fence post with a turtle balanced on top, that’s a ‘post turtle’.
The old rancher saw the puzzled look on the doctor’s face so he continued to explain. ‘You know he didn’t get up there by himself, he doesn’t belong up there, he doesn’t know what to do while he’s up there, he’s elevated beyond his ability to function, and you just wonder what kind of dummy put him up there to begin with’.

Kids’ Science Experiments

Should kids be allowed to do Science experiments? What level of responsibility should we allow children to undertake when it comes to Science experiments?

Kids Science Experiments are full of easy, fun and exciting hands-on experiments that will help you answer a lot of questions asked by your children. There exists a site with simple, safe and easy to follow science experiments and science projects that can be achieved with everyday materials and recycled items found around the house. Help make learning fun and easy by trying some of these science experiments with your kid’s.

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#138Week of July 28, 2010

Immerse Yourself in 1908[hi-res urban scene]
Fantastic “Blue Holes” Caves in Bahamas, also[photos]
Rollercoaster City: Exciting![must-see video ad]
Conquering 5642m Elbrus Mountain, Plus 2 Meters![real photo]
Fake Ancient Coins Comparisons, Forgery Art?[fascinating]
Hell’s Half Acre, Wyoming[nature, travel]
Strange Horizontal “Tornado” Cloud[extreme weather]
This Is What a 1,000-MPH Car Looks Like, hmm, well…[auto]
Gorgeous, Nostalgic 8-bit Graphics
World’s Strongest Ale (in Dead Animal Bottles)[weird]
Beautiful and Rare Paper Money Collection[vintage]
Dangerous Suitcase Stickers[weird, design]
Vertigo: High Rise Balancing Act, Chicago 1955[pics, scroll down]
Creative Ice Cube Trays Ideas[design]
Octopuses, or Octopi?[surprizingly neat video]
Nara Dreamland: Abandoned Park, more[Japan exploration]
The Deepest Swimming Pool in the World[pics, scroll down]
Photoshop Used as a “Time Machine”[pics, scroll down]
Awesome Russian Churches Photography, example
Electric Butterfly in a Jar[Japanese geek art]
Banksy-Inpired: Russian Graffiti by Sharik[pics, scroll down]
Restored Footage to “Metropolis” (1927)[great news]
Japanese Green Tea Ad: Truly Bizarre[fun video]
Ant Drinking from a Drop of Water[cute video]
The Highliner: Totally Extreme Tightrope Walking[wow video]
Good Times and Dancing from 1965[Shindig video]
Fantastic Magic Trick: Weird Awakening[wow video]
Become a fan of the Loaded Questions board game![a chance to win $$]
(Hungry) Carnivorous Flowers and Plants[compilation]


Schizophrenic Episode Simulation

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Schizophrenic Episode Simulation

Hearing voices… hidden threats… conspiracies, surreal effects… This video allows viewers to walk in the shoes of a schizophrenic person, and is designed by Janssen, a pharmaceutical company. Warning: extreme hallucinations!


Today’s pictures & links:

Awesome Ice Rock Structures

“Close Encounters of the Ice Kind”? This weird ice-covered cliffs are Manpupuner Rock Formations located in North Ural Mountains, Russia:

(image credit: Sergei Makurin)

You can see official images of these rocks here, or look at the gallery of Sergei Makurin for more atmospheric shots.

(images credit: Sergei Makurin)


These Are Truly Inspired Machines

We covered some gorgeous and unique motorcycles before, but this custom bike is something else and entirely roadworthy, despite looking like some hypothetical 3D render job (or unused Akira concept art):

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1930 Henderson Custom is another extraordinary motorcycle – this time designed in Art Deco style (more info and images). Check out these wicked blades in the back:

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I Am Not Afraid!

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Mixed fresh links for today:

The Biggest Star, in Comparison[awesome picture]
BioShock Photo Shoot: Spectacular Slideshow[steampunk set]
Fortified Towers of Kaiping[travel, weird]
Autistic Girl Expresses Profound Intelligence[fascinating]
A House Made of Meat?[wow architecture]
Everything You Need to Know About Starcraft Phenomenon[chart]
The Apollo Astronauts’ Fascinating Insurance Covers[space]
Translate it to Death using Google[funny site]
Most Intelligent Bird: Uses a Hook[wow video]
Stop-Motion Walk Across America[wow video]
Train Lays Its Own Track, Train Destroys Track[wow video]
Cows & Cows & Cows[surreal video]
New Online Games Hub at NationalGeographic[games]


Surreal and Unexpected in Paintings by Amy Guidry

Great addition to Surreal Art Update: wonderfully twisted paintings by Amy Guidry:

(images credit: Amy Guidry)



(Victorian Post Card)


The Dark Side of Tetris

If you ever wondered what goes on before the appearance of these chopped pieces on your screen, here is your chance:

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Art of the Catacomb

Denise Rouleau and Mark D Roberts view mummies in a curious way. They are repugnant and at the same time captivating. “The framework for the catacombs consists mainly of vintage type-face cases which are disassembled and reworked into unique pieces of architecture to house the mummy figures.” There is also an eerie video about their work.

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This exhibition might remind you of the existence of Paris Catacombs where nearly six million unmarked skeletal remains line the tunnels for miles…


Strange Tank Monster

This picture is somewhat of a mystery. Wojciech K. writes to us: “I’ve found (without any information and details) this picture of a tank based hoover/blower. Some people suggested that it’s a mobile fog/smoke generator. I personally think that this may be for blowing water onto burning oil wells.” Any other ideas?

(sent in by Wojciech K.)

Check out more strange tanks in our popular series.

UPDATE: This is “Progrev (Warming Up) – T”, Russian mine-sweep tank with a jet engine from the aircraft! Blew the soil to open mines. It was tested (successfully) in Afghanistan. More info (in Russian), via.
(special thanks to Stranger_NN for information)


One Really Profound Infographic

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How Lucky Are You? – See the original here.


From Bad to Worse


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Adorable Micro Cars, Part 3

Link – article by Avi Abrams

World’s Smallest Vehicles: Some Are Ugly, Some Are Cute, All Are Fondly Remembered

As today’s economy continues to shake and stagger, most people find themselves in the “savings” and “fuel efficiency” mode when it comes to cars – and so the idea of small, easy to park and to maintain micro cars remains popular. Plus even from purely design and vintage collector’s viewpoint, these cars can possess more cuteness and nostalgia factor than your favorite childhood toys. Just like a well-worn toy teddy bear, they are extremely cuddly and adorable.

Some of these models provoke immediate “love it” or “hate it” response… Enjoy this collection and do not miss Part 1 and Part 2 of this popular series.

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Allard Clipper, Great Britain, 1954

This car looked simply fantastic. Two kids could ride in the trunk (see image below). It had hree Wheels. And it came complete with the pilot’s goggles (just kidding). So you ready to hunt it down? Well, “it is believed that only about twenty such cars were made before the project came to an end, and only two examples are known to survive, one in a German museum and one in England.” (more info):

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Want a small pickup truck? Austin A-35 fits the bill:

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Italian Vespa company made not only the famous scooters, but also cars (1958):

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Hungary produced many cute/ugly models of micro cars in the 1950s. Here is Alba Regia (left) and Balaton (right), 1956:

(bottom left: 1954 prototype Uttoro; bottom right: Alba Regia)

Is this car frowning? is it grumpy? “Balaton”, again:

How many people fit in the car on the left? You must be kidding me:

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For a more exhaustive look at all Hungarian micro-car models, click here.

Variations of Goggomobile, Spain:

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De Carlo 200 Minicar from Argentina looks exactly like a toy plastic car:

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Dinarg D-200, also from Argentina, has somewhat haughty and slightly stuck-up demeanor. This model is from 1962:

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NSU Prinz I, II, III and 30 – from Argentina:

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NSU Prinz 4 shown below is better known to Russian people as the “New Zaporozhetz” ZAZ-966 – another example of “swiped” design by Soviet automakers:

(left: NSU, via – right: ZAZ, Russia)

NSU Wankel Spider sported some pleasant lines, even though it was really tiny:

Marathon Corsair had style, too:

Here is a little grey mouse: German Fuldamobile S2 (more info

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More Fuldamobiles, including an interesting Attica, produced under license in Greece:

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German Champion 400, 1953 – more info – also was a convertible:

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Another German fascinating micro car is Tempo (making Matador and Hanseat micro-trucks since 1924). These cars are quite collectible and rare nowadays:

(more info, image via)

1960 Berkely T-60 three-wheeled convertible:

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Very attractive Crosley convertible from 1947:

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There was Crosley station wagon, Crosley “Scorpion”, 1952:

… and even Crosley Little Chief fire truck (1950):

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What about today?

Speaking of modern small and micro cars, this example from Lancia, Italy, looks pretty inviting and classy:

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Nissan Figaro from 1991 had some sophisticated roof retraction mechanism:

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On the DIY front, here is a bizarre recent one called Moonbeam, which will give you 100mpg – more info

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Rarities of the micro kind

Scootmobile and Meyra oddities (any info on these?):

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(Skoda in Prague Airport, image via)

1975 Mini-Comtesse and 1979 Mini-Comtesse Break, France:

Microbe! and Alta 200 from Greece:

Another mini-car? truck? scooter? from Greece: Delta Minitriadi, 1968 (left) and Mitsuoka BUBU Shuttle 50 from Japan (right):

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Here is a microcar starring in one Soviet movie… and a green bubble car, blown to some frightening proportions:

(originals unknown)

Then there were micro cars, small concept cars and hot rods that defied characterization. Some of them were designed by George Barris (known as the King of Kustomizers), or Ed Roth, and looked like something from Hot Wheels back catalog:

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(“Orbitron”, by Ed Roth, more info)

And we can’t forget the sinister “Hannibal” car from the 1965 movie “The Great Race”, full of James Bond-worthy tricky gadgetry:

Small Cars in Vintage Rally Competitions

Ideally suited for narrow European roads… and immensely photogenic:

(model of Simca 1000 Rallye 2, Rali de Monte Carlo 1973, via)

(Mini at Monte Carlo Rally, via)

Racing micro-cars seems like fun – more info:

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Amazingly, even with three articles in this series, we did not cover all microcar models… One good source for collectors is Microcar Club page and Wiki’s List of Microcars by country of origin. Also of interest is Minutia – MicroCars Club Magazine. Stay tuned from more coverage of unique vintage automobiles.

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Don’t Miss the Fist Part of This Series ->

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World’s Strongest Drinks & Strange Liquor

Link – article by Simon Rose

From Baby Mouse Wine… to Large Spiders & Snakes in Alcohol – All Ready to Drink!

We had such a great response to our 2009 article on unusual beer flavours from different corners of the globe, so here’s a sample of some of the more unusual and occasionally bizarre alcoholic beverages from around the world.

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Just about every culture in the world has a traditional alcoholic drink made from the plants and other ingredients that could be found locally and some of these beverages are very old indeed.

Mead, often referred to as honey wine, can range from mild ale to strong wine in terms of its alcohol content. The origins of mead are lost in the mists of time, but it appears in the history of cultures throughout Europe, Africa and Asia. Some regard mead as the ancestor of all fermented drinks.

(Polish Mead, images via 1, 2)

Moutai, commonly referred to as China’s national liquor, was first made in China over 800 years ago:

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Chicha, a drink derived from maize in several South American countries is one of the oldest beverages on the planet. Chicha has probably been around for thousands of years, and was consumed by the Inca, but today traditionally prepared chicha is only produced in a handful of small towns and few villages in Peru, Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador and Costa Rica.

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Although maize is most commonly associated with chicha, throughout the Andes the word can also refer to numerous fermented drinks, made from other types of grains or fruit. Another old drink is pulque, a traditional Mexican alcoholic beverage made from the fermented juice of the maguey plant. The drink was has a long history and this monkey pulque jar dates from the Aztec period:

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A popular drink in Central Asia, kumis was first mentioned by Herodotus in the fifth century BC. A fermented drink made from mare’s milk, Kumis is a mild beverage, only containing up 2.5% alcohol:

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If alcohol mixed with horse milk isn’t exactly to your taste, how about breakfast in a bottle of booze? Bakon Vodka, produced by Black Rock Spirits of Seattle is indeed flavoured with bacon (below left). Or how about vodka with chillis (below right)?

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Here is an interesting “Aunt Sonya” (Kosher?) Vodka from Russia, and a pickle-ready feast with a “Birch Porch” vodka:

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As well as bacon as an ingredient in liquor, meat has featured for many years in bottles of Mezcal from Mexico. The worm is actually the larva of one of the moths that live on the agave plant. No one is sure where the tradition of adding the worm to the bottle came from, but it is possible that it serves to prove that the alcohol content is high enough to preserve the worm in a pickled condition.

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Lizard wine from China might not sound too appealing, but apparently tastes a little like brandy, improves eyesight and as a bonus can protect against evil spirits (below left).

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Another wine with supposed medicinal qualities, helping with everything from coughs and colds to liver disorders, is baby mouse wine from Korea (above right). Yes, it really does contain newborn baby mice, which are drowned in rice wine, before the bizarre mixture is stored somewhere dry and dark for up to a year before it is considered drinkable.

Just like baby mouse wine, snake liquors from South East Asia are also considered cures for a variety of ailments, including impotence, back and muscle pain and hair loss (below left). These drinks usually contain highly poisonous snakes, such as cobras (below right):

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If snakes aren’t really for you, how about scorpions and spiders? This distilled rice grain vodka from Thailand, complete with a farm raised scorpion, is banana flavoured and sweetened with sugar cane (below left).

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This Thai rice whiskey contains a large non-venomous spider (above right) and is apparently an acquired taste. Or how about this Mekong River Eel Wine from Laos? -

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If you prefer your liquor devoid of creatures of any kind, Bau Da Vietnamese rice whiskey is made from plain boiled rice and comes in this rather attractive container (above right).

The World’s Strongest Drinks

In terms of sheer alcohol content, Everclear is considered the world’s strongest drink. A grain alcohol, Everclear can contain 95 % or 75.5 % alcohol or 190 and 151 proof respectively. Vodka tends to be 40 % alcohol or 80 proofs. Drinkers rarely consume Everclear on its own and it is usually only used as an ingredient in cocktails:

Bacardi 151 (above right) has an alcohol content of 75.5% or 151-proof and is also used in cocktails. The spirit is flammable and used in flaming drinks such as B-52’s. Bacardi also really do use a flame arrester on the bottle.

Raicilla is often called Mexican Moonshine and is usually more than 100 proof. It is generally known as a homegrown version of tequila or other similar Mexican drinks, but has begun to be produced commercially in recent years.

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Absinthe is another highly alcoholic beverage, with an alcohol content of between 45% and 74%. An anise-flavoured spirit derived from herbs, Absinthe is usually green, but can also be colourless. Because of its strength it is usually diluted with water. Absinthe originated in Switzerland and became very popular in late nineteenth and early twentieth Paris among artists and writers, who were all thought to be fans of ‘the green fairy’, as the drink was often known. Absinthe spoons originated at that time, used to dissolve a sugar cube in a glass of absinthe to sweeten it and take away some of the bitterness. Such spoons, some of which had logos or brand names on them, are now collector’s items:

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By 1915, absinthe had been banned in many countries as an addictive drug, mostly due to presence of small amounts of thujone, blamed for the harmful effects of drinking absinthe. However, there appears to be scant evidence that absinthe is any more dangerous than other spirits. In the 1990’s, several European countries began making absinthe again. Here are a few examples of absinthe from the Czech Republic, which often have a high alcohol content and there’s even a cannabis flavoured brand.

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If you’re interested in sampling any of these mind boggling strong drinks, or indeed any of the above weird concoctions, maybe your drink could be served in a bottle like this one, which is possibly especially designed for taking shots:

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Here is a flask disguised as binoculars… to see double, or doubly clear? (order it here):

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So there you are, a look at the weird, the wonderful, the unusual and the plain bizarre liquors of the world. Cheers!

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Drink responsibly. You know.

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Simon Rose is the author of science fiction and fantasy novels for children, including The Alchemist’s Portrait, The Sorcerer’s Letterbox, The Clone Conspiracy, The Emerald Curse, The Heretic’s Tomb and The Doomsday Mask.

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Vintage Bibliomysteries: Books Can Be Fatal!

Link – article by ‘betweenthelines’

Books, Bookstores and Libraries That Are Out to Get You

Do you know that there is a certain sub-genre (sub-sub-genre?) of murder mysteries concerned with the world of authors, manuscripts, rare and deadly books – with the emphasis on deadly books?. Typically, they feature an indefatigable hero leaping around libraries in a race against time, unearthing cyphers, ancient manuscripts and clues hidden in old books.

Thrillers like this belong to a popular sub-genre called bibliomysteries, and as the name suggests, they all concern some sort of bookish skull-duggery. Book lovers love them but if you’re tempted to read one here are a few words of warning. Books can be fatal, as this eager reader is about to discover:

The Book With The Iron Clasps (left), The Book of Death on the right

This deadly tome is called ‘The Book with The Iron Clasps’ and its story lies in the novel of the same name. Written by Angus B. Reach in 1848, it’s the first-ever detective novel (!) and it’s illustrated by George Cruikshank. It may well be a cracking read but don’t try to open it – the Borgias have poisoned the pages. It’s just the first of many books best kept under lock and key…

The bad news is that some books have plain it got it in for you and in fact there are thousands of dangerous books lurking on the shelves. Spotting them should be no trouble – there’s no need to crack a code with a title like “The Book of Death”…

Unfortunately as with all the best thrillers there’s a twist to the tale – readers are not the only ones at risk. Budding authors are told to ‘write about what you know’ but few of them realize just how dangerous writing can be. Bibliomysteries have a habit of biting the hand that writes them:

Sometimes these hapless hacks are cut off mid-sentence long before getting the work to the publisher in the first place. Manuscripts that threaten to expose the truth about the perils of the page are ruthlessly brought to a full stop:

By now even the bravest bibliophile will be glancing at their bookcase wondering if their next read might be their last. Look out for those shelves, by the way – more than one bibliomystery starts with a body under a pile of books. (Did they fall or were they pushed?) I’d choose a short book next if I were you and even then you might not get to the last chapter to find out whodunnit:

Is nowhere safe? Surely the library can provide some sanctuary? Hah! That, gentle reader, is just what they want you to think! Libraries are full of books which makes them the deadliest places of all:

As for bookshops, well, there’s nowhere better to spend a quiet five minutes but from now on it might be better to just cross over to the other side of the street. Used bookstores are dying by the dozen but this is ridiculous:

Things are obviously worse than anyone suspected. Let’s play safe and just accept that books are best avoided:

Is nobody safe? It might be better to ask an expert. What about that most – ahem – noble, upright, sainted individual, the book collector?

Oh well. Maybe it’s better to just wait for the film to come out. And look on the bright side – you probably won’t be able to get your hands on any of these bibliomysteries in the first place. Look what happened to the guy I got them from:

I write about old books for the UK’s leading book collecting magazine, Book and Magazine Collector, under the byline ‘betweenthelines’. I’ve collected bibliomysteries for the last ten years. Apart from the first the ones above date from 1904 to 1959 and are a mixture of American and British titles and editions. Collecting mystery stories by theme is fun and relatively inexpensive and I’ll write more about this soon. In the meantime you can read about plenty of other interesting old books on my website, Please join me each Sunday evening for the book of the week.

Be careful while outside some sinister bookshops, too… Even if you escape the clutches of “fatal” books, you can still fall victim to a store’s drain pipe:

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Link Latte 137

#137Week of July 15, 2010

Stunning: the Last Atlantis Launch[video from multiple cameras]
Astronauts Drinking Coffee in Space[cool video]
Vintage U.S. National Parks Posters
Awesome: Analog monitor covered with glass beads[cool art]
Bowling Ball Lumbering[interesting]
Steam Fire Engine, see it large[wow photo]
Weird Sky: UFO-like Satellite Launch[wow video]
Some Incredible Feats of Human Brain[infographic]
The Submarine House[weird architecture]
Stop-Motion iPhone 4 Disassembly[geek video]
Graphite Artist: Miniature Sculptures on Pencil Tips[art]
Ten Unique Telephone Booths[design, weird]
The Knitting Clock Knits a Scarf a Year[geek tech]
Another Great and Regular Compilation of Links[cool site]
The Bendable Bike[simple, great idea]
F-18 Coming Out of Hyperspace[wow pics]
Jim makes awesome pancakes for his daughter[food art]
Kodachrome Curtains, more[design]
Rectified Flowers: Unwrapping Flower Panoramas, info[art]
Couch Cushion Architecture; A Critical Analysis[not what you'd expect]
Lo-Res Sculptures of Everything[cool project, click gallery]
Jumping Tanks: Neat Demonstration[wow video]
Another Great Time Lapse Video of Tokyo[cool video]
Urban Surfing Across the Puddle[wow video]
Great collection of “Driven By Fun” video ads by VW[videos]
Great Dance Routine: James Cagney and Bob Hope[fun video]
Skydiving Out My Front Door[wow video]
Some Really Bizarre Laws (possibly still enforced)[compilation]


Mouse vs. Concrete

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Mouse vs. Concrete

Dramatic, some may say epic video of poor mouse’s escape from the clutches of concrete… made for Centraal Beheer Insurances (Netherlands). Watch other brilliant video ads for the same Dutch client, featuring Bill Clinton, or some poor guy at the picnic.


Today’s pictures & links:

Dubai Skyline Today and in the (Dubious) Future

Perhaps the best picture of today’s Dubai skyline that we’ve seen:

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And the projected one for the future (if not for the economic woes, of course):

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The Mushroom

Vintage creativity, unleashed… A postcard from 1905:

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The Stone House

Flintstones lived here… in the Fafe Mountains, Portugal? – here are Google Maps coordinates:

(image credit: Feliciano Guimaraes)

Here is a video of this fairy tale house’ interiors, and more info

Flintstones car has also survived through the ages:

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Strange and Previously Unknown Deep-sea Creatures

National Geographic presents some neat photographs of New Species, “Living Fossils” Found in Atlantic. Here is a rare basket star, for example (see more here):

(image credit: David Shale, National Geographic)


Mixed fresh links for today:

Overgrown Desolation: Gagra, Once Splendid Russian Resort[wow pics]
Innovative Products from the Past that Never Were[interesting]
Offshore Oil Strike Family Game![so weird]
How-To: Watermelon Carving[cool video]
Vintage Coupons: Victorian Art[collection]
Hottest Gadgets of the 60s, 70s, 80s[overview]
Crowd Sourcing Archeological Expedition to Mongolia[cool project]
Kong Kong Reactions[funny video ad]
Tornado Forming over Billings, Montana[wow video]
Wedding Photography Disaster[fun video]
Beautiful and Horrible Sound The Turbine Makes[wow video]
Painting with Water[wow video]


Cosmic Trains

As sort of an afterthought to our article about cool Japanese Trains, here is a truly neat retro-future-styled train, which would make a great 1950s toy (remember Flash Gordon?):

(images credit: Andrew)


Quite unthinkable today… only mildly amusing in 1910:

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No One Suspects the Bird

Bird-shaped traffic “spy” camera is only one of the many unique and somewhat wacky ideas that ATOHMS (Thomas Valcke) presents on his site:

(images credit: Thomas Valcke)


Don’t do this to your pet, even if you are an inventor:

…even for the sake of “walking out the dog”. A Poochmobile from 1939:

(image via ModernMechanix)

Check out other weird things done to dogs in the name of technological progress here.


What a Thought… Leviathan with Teeth!

Remember our article about Prehistoric Super Crocs? Turns out, the creatures in the abyss possessed even more frightening set of teeth, eating fellow whales for breakfast – more info

(images credit: C. Letenneur, Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle, Paris, France (left), G. Bianucci, Universitá di Pisa (right), via)


Elephant on Skis

A Stunt Elephant, Honky Tonk Freeway, Sarasota, Florida… More info about this dubious entertainment can be found here, together with a video.

(photo credit: Mary Ellen Mark)


Canvas Earth… Great Photoshop

This quite memorable stone fish was made for the Worth1000 “Canvas Earth” contest, by afeldman:

(image credit: Worth1000)


All Shook Up

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Report from Holland will give you cold chills

I received this from a friend of mine who lives in Switzerland. I

thought you might be interested. Not a positive read however! Kay

It’s getting scarier every day! At the bottom of this click on europenews

and read what Obama supposedly told the Egyptian foreign minister about his

being Muslim. Are you ready to wear a headscarf and veil?

This young Dutch member of Parliament gave this speech in the U.S.


This Will Give You Cold Chills!

Geert Wilders is a Dutch Member of Parliament.

In a generation or two, the US will ask itself: Who lost Europe ?’

Here is the speech of Geert Wilders, Chairman, Party for Freedom, the

Netherlands , at the Four Seasons, New York , introducing an Alliance of Patriots and announcing the Facing Jihad Conference in Jerusalem .

Dear friends,

Thank you very much for inviting me.

I come to America with a mission. All is not well in the old world.

There is a tremendous danger looming, and it is very difficult to be optimistic. We might be in the final stages of the Islamization of Europe.

This not only is a clear and present danger to the future of Europe itself, it is a threat to America and the sheer survival of the West. The United States as the last bastion of Western civilization, facing an Islamic Europe.

First I will describe the situation on the ground in Europe . Then, I

will say a few things about Islam. To close I will tell you about a meeting in Jerusalem .

The Europe you know is changing.

You have probably seen the landmarks. But in all of these cities,

sometimes a few blocks away from your tourist destination, there is another world. It is the world of the parallel society created by Muslim mass-migration.

All throughout Europe a new reality is rising: entire Muslim

neighborhoods where very few indigenous people reside or are even seen.

And if they are, they might regret it. This goes for the police as well.

It’s the world of head scarves, where women walk around in figureless tents, with baby strollers and a group of children. Their husbands, or slaveholders if you prefer, walk three steps ahead. With mosques on many street corners. The shops have signs you and I cannot read. You will be hard-pressed to find any economic activity. These are Muslim ghettos controlled by religious fanatics. These are Muslim neighborhoods, and they are mushrooming in every city across Europe . These are the building-blocks for territorial control of increasingly larger portions of Europe , street by street, neighborhood by neighborhood, city by city.

There are now thousands of mosques throughout Europe . With larger

congregations than there are in churches. And in every European city there are plans to build super-mosques that will dwarf every church in the region. Clearly, the signal is: we rule.

Many European cities are already one-quarter Muslim: just take


, Marseille and Malmo in Sweden . In many cities the majority of the

under-18 population is Muslim. Paris is now surrounded by a ring of

Muslim neighborhoods. Mohammed is the most popular name among boys in many cities.

In some elementary schools in Amsterdam the farm can no longer be

mentioned, because that would also mean mentioning the pig, and that would be an insult to Muslims.

Many state schools in Belgium and Denmark only serve halal food to all

pupils. In once-tolerant Amsterdam gays are beaten up almost exclusively by Muslims. Non-Muslim women routinely hear ‘whore, whore’. Satellite dishes are not pointed to local TV stations, but to stations in the country of origin.

In France school teachers are advised to avoid authors deemed


to Muslims, including Voltaire and Diderot; the same is increasingly true of Darwin . The history of the Holocaust can no longer be taught because of Muslim sensitivity.

In England sharia courts are now officially part of the British legal

system. Many neighborhoods in France are no-go areas for women without head scarves. Last week a man almost died after being beaten up by Muslims in Brussels , because he was drinking during the Ramadan.

Jews are fleeing France in record numbers, on the run for the worst


of anti-Semitism since World War II. French is now commonly spoken on the streets of Tel Aviv and Netanya , Israel . I could go on forever with stories like this. Stories about Islamization.

A total of fifty-four million Muslims now live in Europe . San Diego

University recently calculated that a staggering 25 percent of the population in Europe will be Muslim just 12 years from now. Bernhard Lewis has predicted a Muslim majority by the end of this century.

Now these are just numbers. And the numbers would not be threatening


the Muslim-immigrants had a strong desire to assimilate. But there are few signs of that. The Pew Research Center reported that half of French Muslims see their loyalty to Islam as greater than their loyalty to France . One-third of French Muslims do not object to suicide attacks. The British Centre for Social Cohesion reported that one-third of British Muslim students are in favor of a worldwide caliphate. Muslims demand what they call ‘respect’. And this is how we give them respect. We have Muslim official state holidays.

The Christian-Democratic attorney general is willing to accept sharia


the Netherlands if there is a Muslim majority. We have cabinet members with passports from Morocco and Turkey .

Muslim demands are supported by unlawful behavior, ranging from petty

crimes and random violence, for example against ambulance workers and bus

drivers, to small-scale riots. Paris has seen its uprising in the

low-income suburbs, the banlieus. I call the perpetrators ‘settlers’.

Because that is what they are. They do not come to integrate into our societies; they come to integrate our society into their Dar-al-Islam.

Therefore, they are settlers.

Much of this street violence I mentioned is directed exclusively


non-Muslims, forcing many native people to leave their neighborhoods, their cities, their countries. Moreover, Muslims are now a swing vote not to be ignored.

The second thing you need to know is the importance of Mohammed the

prophet. His behavior is an example to all Muslims and cannot be criticized. Now, if Mohammed had been a man of peace, let us say like Ghandi and Mother Theresa wrapped in one, there would be no problem. But Mohammed was a warlord, a mass murderer, a pedophile, and had several marriages – at the same time. Islamic tradition tells us how he fought in battles, how he had his enemies murdered and even had prisoners of war executed. Mohammed himself slaughtered the Jewish tribe of Banu Qurayza.

If it is good for Islam, it is good. If it is bad for Islam, it is bad.

Let no one fool you about Islam being a religion. Sure, it has a god,

and a here-after, and 72 virgins. But in its essence Islam is a political ideology. It is a system that lays down detailed rules for society and the life of every person. Islam wants to dictate every aspect of life. Islam means ‘submission’. Islam is not compatible with freedom and democracy, because what it strives for is sharia. If you want to compare Islam to anything, compare it to communism or national-socialism, these are all totalitarian ideologies.

Now you know why Winston Churchill called Islam ‘the most retrograde

force in the world’, and why he compared Mein Kampf to the Quran. The public has wholeheartedly accepted the Palestinian narrative, and sees Israel as the aggressor. I have lived in this country and visited it dozens of times. I support Israel . First, because it is the Jewish homeland after two thousand years of exile up to and including Auschwitz, second because it is a democracy, and third because Israel is our first line of defense.

This tiny country is situated on the fault line of jihad, frustrating

Islam’s territorial advance. Israel is facing the front lines of jihad,

like Kashmir, Kosovo, the Philippines , Southern Thailand, Darfur in Sudan

, Lebanon , and Aceh in Indonesia . Israel is simply in the way. The

same way West-Berlin was during the Cold War.

The war against Israel is not a war against Israel . It is a war


the West. It is jihad. Israel is simply receiving the blows that are

meant for all of us. If there would have been no Israel , Islamic imperialism would have found other venues to release its energy and its desire for conquest. Thanks to Israeli parents who send their children to the army and lay awake at night, parents in Europe and America can sleep well and dream, unaware of the dangers looming.

Many in Europe argue in favor of abandoning Israel in order to address

the grievances of our Muslim minorities. But if Israel were, God forbid, to go down, it would not bring any solace to the West It would not mean our Muslim minorities would all of a sudden change their behavior, and accept our values. On the contrary, the end of Israel would give enormous encouragement to the forces of Islam. They would, and rightly so, see the demise of Israel as proof that the West is weak, and doomed. The end of Israel would not mean the end of our problems with Islam, but only the beginning. It would mean the start of the final battle for world domination. If they can get Israel , they can get everything. So-called journalists volunteer to label any and all critics of Islamization as a ‘right-wing extremists’ or ‘racists’. In my country, the Netherlands , 60 percent of the population now sees the mass immigration of Muslims as the number one

policy mistake since World War II. And another 60 percent sees Islam


the biggest threat. Yet there is a greater danger than terrorist attacks, the scenario of America as the last man standing. The lights may go out in Europe faster than you can imagine. An Islamic Europe means a Europe without freedom and democracy, an economic wasteland, an intellectual nightmare, and a loss of military might for America – as its allies will turn into enemies, enemies with atomic bombs. With an Islamic Europe, it would be up to America alone to preserve the heritage of Rome , Athens and Jerusalem .

Dear friends, liberty is the most precious of gifts. My generation


had to fight for this freedom, it was offered to us on a silver platter, by people who fought for it with their lives. All throughout Europe , American cemeteries remind us of the young boys who never made it home, and whose memory we cherish. My generation does not own this freedom; we are merely its custodians. We can only hand over this hard won liberty to Europe ‘s children in the same state in which it was offered to us. We cannot strike a deal with mullahs and imams. Future generations would never forgive us. We cannot squander our liberties. We simply do not have the right to do so.

We have to take the necessary action now to stop this Islamic


from destroying the free world that we know.

Please take the time to read and understand what is written here,


send it to every free person that you know, it is so very important.