Weird Universe

Engineering and Construction

All Aboard The Doggy Train

Those dogs are lucky to have such great humans taking care of them!
Posted By: patty | Date: Fri Oct 02, 2015 | Comments (1)
Category: Animals, Elderly and Seniors, Engineering and Construction, Dogs

Home heating with beer cans

Back in the late 1970s, Bill Tolle of Woodlawn, Ohio figured out a way to use empty beer cans to heat his home in the winter. Basically he made a solar heater, with the empty cans trapping the sun's heat. But the beer can angle perked the media's interest.

Posted By: Alex | Date: Fri Aug 22, 2014 | Comments (10)
Category: Engineering and Construction, Inventions, 1970's

By Chevy From Cuba to USA


With the recent migrant tragedies at sea around the globe, we must always recall one of the great refugee success stories: turning an old Detroit truck into an ocean-going vessel.

More photos here.

Full story here.

Recycled Water Shower

Use the same water for weeks?

This shower recycles, purifies and then reheats the same water over and over again -- saving water and electricity. Designers claim this shower will use up to 30 times less water and a fraction of the electricity. Since the water is already warm, it needs to be reheated less than cold water. Users would save thousands in energy costs.

Here's the link to the story:

Developers are thinking of expanding this technology to car washes, washing machines, and other water intensive uses. Water parks?

Posted By: gdanea | Date: Fri Nov 15, 2013 | Comments (10)
Category: Engineering and Construction

Manhattan Super Terminal


If only this gargantuan structure had actually been built! What a different world we would have inhabited....

Original article here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Tue Jun 04, 2013 | Comments (6)
Category: Engineering and Construction, Urban Life, Utopias and Dystopias, Transportation, 1930's

Follies of the Mad Men #182


"World War II was won by superior American staples. We're not saying that just because we make and sell them."

The personal bonus: Bostitch is a company from my home state of Rhode Island.

Original ad here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Mon May 14, 2012 | Comments (5)
Category: Business, Advertising, Products, Engineering and Construction, Technology, War, 1940's

Herb Bartlett

[Click above image to enlarge]


Let us all hail the great American tradition of amateur inventors, personified today by the forgotten Herb Bartlett, whose love for hovercraft extended to making his plans available to the youth of the USA, contacted through his ad in Boys' Life magazine

Original ad here. (Scroll down a bit.)

Scary Cliff Construction

Watch this fuller, foreign video, then get the English explanation here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Sun Jul 10, 2011 | Comments (2)
Category: Engineering and Construction, Asia
Page 1 of 1 pages
Custom Search

weird universe thumbnail

This page has been viewed 39795778 times.
All original content in posts is Copyright © 2008 by the author of the post, either Alex Boese ("Alex"), Paul Di Filippo ("Paul"), or Chuck Shepherd ("Chuck"). All rights reserved. The banner illustration at the top of this page is Copyright © 2008 by Rick Altergott.