You may know of Rube Goldberg from his fanasmic inventions and great cartoons. I would venture to say that he is certainly so famous as to be in-famous, with his name attached to a certain type of device. Here is a nice little film, an advertising piece for Chevrolet, disguised as educational television, where Mr. Goldberg himself explains perpetual motion machines. Then he talks about the “virtually unlimited source of power” from fossil fuels!
“Many of the younger generation know my name in a vague way and connect it with grotesque inventions, but don’t believe that I ever existed as a person. They think I am a nonperson, just a name that signifies a tangled web of pipes or wires or strings that suggest machinery. My name to them is like a spiral staircase, veal cutlets, barber’s itch—terms that give you an immediate picture of what they mean.” – Goldberg in his book Inventions: The Legendary Works (A) of America’s (B) Most Honored (C) Cartoonist
Continue reading What a Rube
Yesterday, we here at Atomic Toasters were saddened to learn of the death of former astronaut and damn awesome person, Sally Ride. She was 61 and lost a battle with pancreatic cancer. That’s how her life came to an end, but not how we will remember her. No, her life is way too rich to let that be how it is defined.
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“Each of these first rockets was like a beloved woman for us. We were in love with every rocket, we desperately wanted it to blast off successfully. We would give our hearts and souls to see it flying.”
Continue reading From Behind a Veil of Secrecy
Last week we celebrated US Naval Aviation’s 100th birthday, and Monday we featured a neat pic of the ex-USS Enterprise (CV-6) steaming into 1945 New York City after WWII.
Today thanks to a tip by Toasters & Hooniverse regular commenter Justin Eddings, we offer an entirely new twist on the theme.
Behold this mind-bogglingly awesome 1/72 scale replica of the current USS Enterprise, CVN-65.
Scratch built by madman Gabriel Suranyi, this work of art stands 16 feet long, 5 feet wide and 4 feet tall and represents 19 YEARS (as of 2007) of his hard work. It is so exact in fact, that a flat-top sailor would instantly recognize any of the close-up photos. Indeed, the replica represents the USS Enterprise along with the embarked Air-Wing 11 during the ships’ actual 1989 cruise. Continue reading Now That’s Incredible
Ron Toomer with his loops
Every once in a great while a man comes along that dabbles in a bit of everything. Ron Toomer was such a man. Ron lost his battle with cancer Monday at the age of 81. Leaving behind his wife of 54 years and his 4 children. Some of you are scratching your head and wondering who the hell this guy is. When this is done, you’ll either go “Oh yeah .. that guy.” Or you’ll learn something new about someone who deserved much more credit.
Continue reading Ron Toomer Had one Hell of a Ride
This is Albert Szent-Györgyi. You probably haven’t heard of him (unless you clicked on Google’s doodle today). He’s the man credited with discovery of Vitamin C and citric acid. But there’s much more to his story.
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Caesar Augustus. Although historians now suspect he was not actually made of marble.
Yesterday a commenter on an obscure website called “Reddit” posed a question on the self.AskReddit forum which was pointed out to us by the semi-legendary Ben Wojzilla. The author then proceeded to answer it in one of the most intricate [...]
Roald Amundsen. Kids these days would say, “Who?” To which I would shake my head, down my scotch, then kick them off my lawn. To geeks, however, we should be envious of him.
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Among a stand of trees near Newbury, OH sits a little collection of junked aircraft. Walter Soplata, the son of Czech immigrants, began buying surplus aircraft in 1947 while working at a company in Cleveland that scraps such aircraft. He is a true Toasterhead because he couldn’t bear the thought of these magnficent machines being dismantled and reprocessed into pop cans and carabiners. So, he started buying the rarest ones and transporting them to his back yard.
Continue reading The Soplata Airplane Sanctuary