Moments in History

A 1920s Selfie

Selfie Side

Selfies are all the rage these days. From duck-lipped sorority girls in the bathroom to world leaders, everybody is in on it. However, the selfie isn’t exactly new. Hit the jump to see the results of this selfie.

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Genius Innovators

The Plotclock Is Mesmerizing

[youtube width=”640″ height=”360″]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iOLFP90DneY[/youtube]

I can’t tell you how much time I’ve wasted just watching this video over and over.

Make your own Plotclock (in German, but with a link to an English page)!

Airborne Awesomosity

The Flying Veyron

Bugatti 100P

The 1930s were quite the time to be alive. The world was still reeling from the 1929 stock market crash and ensuing financial calamity. It was on the brink of war as Germany disregarded the Treat of Versailles and began militarizing, while to the south Italy was saber rattling because it wanted to be a world power again and not just “that country shaped like a boot”. In the middle of all this mayhem, and to some extent because of it, the airplane went from a slow, deadly device barely suitable for cropdusting to a specimen of motorized performance.

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Big Complicated Machines

The Amtrak Dock Vertical Lift Bridge

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I don’t envy bridge designers. Bridges which cross shipping lanes, particularly those with large cargo ships, can often be an exercise in trade-offs. A suspension bridge soaring well over the water surface would be the preferred bridge, but they also require significant amounts of land on either side of the river that may not be there or available. So, other types of bridges are built. One of those bridges is called a vertical lift bridge. The entire road bed lifts to allow shipping to pass underneath.

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Geeky Woodworking

That Moment When…

…you realize your entire childhood could have been much cooler.

[Image Credit: Epbot.com]

Airborne Awesomosity

And I’m free, I’m free fallin’

[youtube width=”640″ height=”360″]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dYw4meRWGd4[/youtube]

Hit play, grab a hold of something solid, and wonder at the spirit of insanity adventure that would compel a man such as Felix Baumgartner to do such a thing.

[Video Credit: GoPro]

Pushing Boundaries, Uncategorized

Forked-Tail Doctor Killer: The Beechcraft Bonanza

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At the end of WW2 men who had been trained by our nation’s military to fly wanted to continue flying as a hobby. As they found employment and disposable income they began buying aircraft. Two companies saw the coming general aviation boom and prepared for it. Cessna built their Model 195, which was basically a continuation of their pre-war designs. It had a high wing, tailwheel design a radial engine. Beechcraft, on the other hand, designed an all new plane with a metal low-wing, monoplane design using Continental’s E-185 horizontally opposed six cylinder engine, and retractable landing gear.

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Nibblers

Weather

It’s not easy being geeky.

[Image Credit: xkcd…who else?]

Nerd Artists

A New Map Of The Internet

We like maps here at Atomic Toasters, in case you haven’t noticed. We’ve featured maps of the internet before, which tend to focus on usage or download speeds. However, a couple artists have created a map of the “places” in the internet. Click on the lede photo for an uber-biggened version.

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Idiotic or Inspired?

Doubtful Cases of Death

The 1800s were a time of renaissance in the medical field. Anasthesia came into widespread use, the cleanliness of operating rooms was finally made a priority, germ theory replaced spontaneous generation theory or “the vapors”, and vaccines for a variety of plagues were developed. Despite this, determining if someone was dead or alive […]

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