Category:
Motor Vehicles

Bikes and Cars



Here is a "how-to" video for stopping those annoying and sanctimonious bike riders.

Posted By: Paul - Tue Sep 21, 2010 - Comments (36)
Category: Accidents, Bicycles and Other Human-powered Vehicles, Motor Vehicles, PSA’s

Station Wagon or Limousine?

There was an article in my local paper recently about a man who was loaning his unique car to film-makers. The article didn't include any pictures, however, so I went online to see what made the car so original. I admit that I am not much into cars, even though I love the television show Top Gear. But I know weirdness when I see it, and this car definitely qualifies. This is the 1969 Checker Aerobus (pictured). As you can see, it has four doors on each side. Back then they called it a station wagon, but it is now classified as a limousine. The Checker Motors Corporation is more famously known for manufacturing the iconic taxi cab. The Wikipedia article can tell you more (and it's worth reading).

Posted By: Nethie - Sun Aug 22, 2010 - Comments (9)
Category: History, Mass Transit, Motor Vehicles, Cars, Transportation, 1960s

Follies of the Mad Men #112



Tires? What tires? You mean they were trying to sell tires? Never saw them....

Posted By: Paul - Mon Jun 28, 2010 - Comments (4)
Category: Business, Advertising, Products, Motor Vehicles, Sex Symbols, Russia

Gasoline-powered Wheelchair

Posted By: Paul - Wed Apr 21, 2010 - Comments (4)
Category: Disabilities, Inventions, Motor Vehicles

It’s A Bird! It’s A Plane! It’s A… Hovercraft?!

With all this talk of ground-effect craft on WU recently, perhaps you feel like owning one, and not just a rusting cold-war relic either. Well now you can as self-taught New Zealand mechanic Rudy Heeman has decided to sell the pride and joy it took him 10 years to build, a flying hovercraft.

At low speeds the vehicle behaves much as any hovercraft would, covering most surfaces with the usual ease, but over 70 km/h the craft's detachable lightweight wings kick in and it takes to the air. But despite being surprisingly nimble in flight, Heeman's invention, called the "WIG", doesn't require a pilot's license to fly (in New Zealand at least) since like all hovercraft it is classed as a marine vehicle. Video in the link (Sky News).

Posted By: Dumbfounded - Mon Mar 15, 2010 - Comments (9)
Category: Flight, Inventions, Motor Vehicles

Last Date



The future "Mr. Bewitched" commits teen-i-cide!

Posted By: Paul - Tue Mar 09, 2010 - Comments (4)
Category: Accidents, Motor Vehicles, Teenagers, 1940s

A Little Light Weirdness – 9

Technology
First up, apologies if this post contains more typos than usual, I'm sending it from my new ultra-small netbook and I'm still getting used to its itty-bitty keyboard. Which brings me nicely to my first story. That according to a survey for satellite channel SKY-HD, British consumers waste £52 billion a year on hi-tech features they don't use. For example, half of the people polled did not know their high definition television also required a hi-def signal source such as a blu-ray player or HD satellite receiver – like the ones sold by SKY-HD perhaps (Telegraph).

And it's not just the the British, military officials in Russia recently discovered 100 front-line battletanks parked and forgotten by the side of the road near Yekaterinburg in the Urals. Locals say the tanks, which were unguarded and unlocked, have been there for several months and lack only ammunition and the all important starter keys (Reuters).

Someone who might have had a use for those tanks were guests at a wedding in New Delhi in India recently. The Hindu ceremony was somewhat marred when an elephant hired for the event went on a rampage after becoming aroused by the smell of a nearby female in heat. The amorous pachyderm then proceeded to crush 20 limousines, smash through a nearby mall and mount a truck before it could be tranquilised (Orange).

Also losing it this week was the man on the RyanAir flight who found he had won 10,000 euros on a scratchcard he bought on the budget flight from Poland to the UK. Furious that the airline had not seen fit to equip all their planes with the requisite amount of cash onboard, hence he could not be given his prize there and then as he demanded, the unnamed passenger ate the winning card rather than wait to claim it at his destination (BBC News).



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Posted By: Dumbfounded - Sun Mar 07, 2010 - Comments (7)
Category: Armageddon and Apocalypses, Awards, Prizes, Competitions and Contests, Ceremonies, Weddings, Destruction, Disasters, Government, Law, Lawsuits, Military, Motor Vehicles, Technology, Goofs and Screw-ups

Runaway Snowmobile

Posted By: Paul - Sat Feb 27, 2010 - Comments (5)
Category: Motor Vehicles, Stupidity

Stop Driving Us Crazy



A race of intelligent Christian Martian cars come to Earth to teach us driver safety-- Nah, nothing weird here!

Posted By: Paul - Wed Dec 30, 2009 - Comments (1)
Category: Aliens, Motor Vehicles, PSA’s, 1950s

Follies of the Mad Men #81



Was there ever really a time and a land filled with singing pump jockeys and winking signage?

Posted By: Paul - Mon Dec 28, 2009 - Comments (1)
Category: Business, Advertising, Products, Motor Vehicles, 1950s

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