Category:
Engineering and Construction

The Giant Bible of 1917

Why, one hundred years later, can I find no extant traces of this massive Bible?



Original text here.



Original article here.



Posted By: Paul - Sat Sep 03, 2016 - Comments (8)
Category: Engineering and Construction, Excess, Overkill, Hyperbole and Too Much Is Not Enough, Religion, Books, 1910s

Giant Grocery Cart

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The Shopper Chopper is the world's largest shopping cart and you can hire it for events! Reminds me of the cart races in the movie Jackass!

Posted By: patty - Mon Jun 13, 2016 - Comments (2)
Category: Engineering and Construction, Enlargements, Miniatures, and Other Matters of Scale, Excess, Overkill, Hyperbole and Too Much Is Not Enough

All Aboard The Doggy Train


Those dogs are lucky to have such great humans taking care of them!

Posted By: patty - 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 - Fri Aug 22, 2014 - Comments (10)
Category: Engineering and Construction, Inventions, 1970s

By Chevy From Cuba to USA

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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.

Posted By: Paul - Fri Nov 29, 2013 - Comments (7)
Category: Dictators, Tyrants and Other Harsh Rulers, Engineering and Construction, Oceans and Maritime Pursuits, North America, Twenty-first Century, Trucks

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:

http://www.cnn.com/2013/11/11/tech/innovation/futuristic-water-recycling-shower-orbsys/index.html

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


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

Manhattan Super Terminal

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

Original article here.

Posted By: Paul - Tue Jun 04, 2013 - Comments (6)
Category: Engineering and Construction, Urban Life, Utopias and Dystopias, Transportation, 1930s

Follies of the Mad Men #182

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"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 - Mon May 14, 2012 - Comments (5)
Category: Business, Advertising, Products, Engineering and Construction, Technology, War, 1940s

Herb Bartlett

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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.)

Posted By: Paul - Wed Dec 07, 2011 - Comments (4)
Category: Eccentrics, Engineering and Construction, Inventions, Mad Scientists, Evil Geniuses, Insane Villains, Motor Vehicles, 1960s, 1970s

Scary Cliff Construction



Watch this fuller, foreign video, then get the English explanation here.

Posted By: Paul - Sun Jul 10, 2011 - Comments (2)
Category: Engineering and Construction, Asia




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