Wednesday, October 29, 2014

A couple of old timers

Bill Whitwam has the oldest working vacuum cleaner in Britain.  He inherited the 1929 Hoover Senior from his parents in the 1950's.  It is estimated that the Hoover has vacuumed 224 acres in its 85 year history with 80 year old Bill at the helm much of that time.  He has never had to buy a replacement part for it but occasionally he rewires it.  I think it is safe to say they don't make them like they used to.

Sweden wants your trash

Monday, October 27, 2014

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Anthony Howe's kinetic sculpture

Additional examples of Howe's work shown here.

Friday, October 24, 2014

National Aquatics Centre, Beijing

The National Aquatics Centre was built for the 2008 Summer Olympics.  After the Olympics half of the interior was turned into a water park that opened in August, 2010.

Google Images  has additional pictures of the structure.  Wikipedia has additional information.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

It's a Saab....

Based on a 60's Saab 92 this vehicle never went into production.  Additional photos and information are here.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Eagle over Paris

Initially I was skeptical of this actually being recorded with a camera strapped to the back of an eagle, but in fact it is.  A video providing a little more background on the project can be viewed here.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Dutch bridge

Easy Rider revisited

The Captain America chopper from the 1969 movie Easy Rider was sold at auction last weekend for $1.35M.

The sale was not without controversy surrounding the bike's authenticity.  Apparently there are two bikes that have been sold as the real deal- both have been authenticated by Dan Haggerty who restored them.  Haggerty is an actor (Grizzly Adams) who had a small part in Easy Rider.  Haggerty admits he authenticated and sold two bikes, but only one was genuine and that was the one that crossed the block last weekend.  See more of the story.

Edit:  Hemmings blog has some additional information on this unusual chain of events here.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Ohio Amish barn raising

Ten hours of work compressed into three and a half minutes of video.

Practice crash

Swiss rider Thomas Luthi crashes in practice prior to yesterday's Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Bad idea

An outlet that will accept non-grounded plugs around its perimeter.  Seems like a good way to overload a circuit as well as a devil-may-care attitude towards polarity.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Visualizing a Ferrari through Speed

Fabian Oefner is an artist who decided to depict the speed of a 2015 Ferrari California T by filming cascading colored paints blown towards the car at speeds up to 150mph,

See more images and an additional video at MyModernMet.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

1951 Reyonnah

Jesse "justacarguy" had a post on micro cars the other day (click here to view it).  One in particular caught my eye.

The Reyonnah is a French cutie from 1951.  Its trick was that you were able to narrow the stance of the front wheels to enable it to be parked in a slot designated for motorcycles.  The car lacked a way to lock the wheels in that position so that it could be moved around without collapsing when trying to push it into a parking space.  Additional information at wikipedia.

If you would like to view more micro cars go to  That amazing collection was sold at auction in February 2013 and the museum is now closed.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Oh, Pretty Woman

50 years ago this week Roy Orbison's Oh, Pretty Woman was at the top of the charts

Motorcycle chariot races

New South Wales 1936

Thursday, October 9, 2014

King Vulture

Native to the jungles of Central and South America

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Kenworth deck and a half bus

Somewhere around 1935- additional information here.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014


New bike lock design.  Seatylock is on KickStarter... see the video.

Friday, October 3, 2014

Dirty work

Cleaning the sewers in Old Dhaka, Bangladesh means a lot of up-close and personal effort.