Harley Davidson's new electric motorcycle at the company's research facility in Wauwatosa, WI
Sunday, June 29, 2014
Fifty years ago three hunters were found dead in their campsite in Oregon. No evidence of foul play was found. The only odd thing was there was a rough skinned newt in their coffee pot.
In the 1960's a biologist (Butch Brodie) read the story and became curious. When disturbed the newt bends its head back and reveals a bright yellow belly. Bright colors are often associated with poisonous animals and Brodie wondered if the newt might be toxic.
Brodie found that the newt produces the chemical tetrodotoxin which blocks signals in the nervous system leading to a quick death. There is no conclusive evidence that the newt in the coffee pot was responsible for the deaths of the three hunters, but chances are it was in fact the cause. The small newt carries enough toxin to kill dozens of people- it is 10,000 times more deadly than cyanide.
Read the article here.
Saturday, June 28, 2014
This one off concept car was created by Aston Martin during World War II. This car was scheduled to be offered yesterday at Bonhams Goodwood Festival of Speed auction, but I was unable to find it in the posted results. It was expected to bring in excess of $1.5 million.
Thursday, June 26, 2014
Wednesday, June 25, 2014
This mural is the largest artwork in the Netherlands. It is located in the De Markthal market in Rotterdam. Created by Arno Coenen it consists of 4000 "tiles" onto which digital images will be projected of the produce offered at the market. The market is scheduled to open in October.
A 360 degree panarama image is here.
Tuesday, June 24, 2014
Monday, June 23, 2014
This thirty foot tall statue of Marilyn Monroe has ended up at a trash collecting company in Guigang, China. Several Chinese artists labored over two years to complete it and it was on display outside a business center in the city for only six months before being discarded for unknown reasons.
Sunday, June 22, 2014
Saturday, June 21, 2014
Holding their pose would have to be extremely difficult. One has to wonder how long a work like this takes? I posted a similar work here last month.
Jesse at justacarguy posted this image from stunningpicture. There are a lot of great images to be seen at both sites.
Thursday, June 19, 2014
Tuesday, June 17, 2014
Sunday, June 15, 2014
Friday, June 13, 2014
The world's tallest waterslide drops you through a tunnel where you reach speeds of up to 65mph. Then you ascend five stories before you drop back down an additional 50 feet. How tall is it? 168 feet 7 inches. Tall enough for Guinness to certify it as the tallest in the world.
Four people are strapped into each "raft". The travel channel will air a program highlighting the construction of the waterslide on June 29th- the same day it is scheduled to open to the public. Look for it on the season premiere of Xtreme Waterparks.
Wednesday, June 11, 2014
Tuesday, June 10, 2014
Monday, June 9, 2014
In 1966 Don Wetzel attached two GE jet engines to the top of a commuter car and reached 183 mph on a straight section of Ohio railroad track. Don was an engineer for New York Central. He set a world record for a self-propelled train and was recognized by Guinness World Records. The record stands to this day.