Saturday, August 30, 2014

Dr. Leonid Rogozov

In 1962 Dr. Rogozov was stationed with twelve other Soviet men at a research station in Antartica. He developed peritonitis from a perforated appendix.  The closest Soviet station was 1000 miles away.  With the assistance of a driver and a meteorologist he removed his own appendix after administering a dose of novocaine to his abdominal wall.

Additional details available here.

Friday, August 29, 2014


Penny, is a 1949 Cadillac that is covered with 38,295 pennies.  The Thompson family created the car 15 year ago and still enjoy it.  The work took six weeks.  Additional information here.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Dragonfly and dew

Additional images by David Chambon here.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Mini beach car

Another head scratcher from the collectable automobile world.  This 1962 Mini Beach Car sold at Bonhams' Monterey auction for $181,500.  Read more about this car here.

In March of last year I posted the result of a Fiat Jolly at auction that brought $110,000.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Cave of the Three Bridges

It only took millions of years of snow melt to form the Baatara Gorge Waterfall in Tannourine, Lebanon.  See additional images and information here.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

New gator record

Last September I posted information concerning record braking alligator catches that had recently been made (

On Saturday, August 16, 2014, a new record was set.  An alligator measuring 15 feet long and weighing 1011.5 lbs. was caught in the Alabama River near Camden, Alabama.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Trident Iceni Magna

The British automaker, Trident, has just introduced its new Iceni Magna supercar.  Powered by a 6.6 liter turbo charged diesel engine rated at 395 hp and 700 ft/lbs of torque.  It is able to reach a speed of 60 mph in 3.7 seconds as it rockets it way to a top speed of 190mph.  Because it can squeeze 53 miles out of a gallon of biodiesel it has a cruising range of 2000 miles.  The price is $161,000.

If the performance is lacking for your personal taste Trident will build their track model for you for an additional $50,000.  That car sports 660 hp and 1000 ft/lbs of torque.

Additional information on the Magna available here or visit the Trident website.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Donut shaped structure

This 33 story structure was recently completed in Guangzhou, China.  Additional information and images here.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Used bras

A worker in Beijing, China, is shown sorting bras at a recycling center.  It was recently discovered that a huge number of worn bras are being resold rather than being recycled for the manufacture of carpets.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Vase Rock, Taiwan

Georges Rousse

Georges Rousse does not use image manipulation to create his photos.  He paints on a glass panel and then photographs the result.  Visit his website or visit wikipedia for additional information.

Monday, August 11, 2014

No short cut

A driver in Zhejiang province, China, gets some help exiting his vehicle.

Sunday, August 10, 2014


An interesting group of photographs all based on the idea of reflections can be seen here.

Saturday, August 9, 2014


 Derek Mueller created a science channel on YouTube that has achieved critical acclaim.  It currently has some 160 uploads and 1.7 million subscribers.  It is known for uncovering and clearing up misconceptions people have about science.

Friday, August 8, 2014

Best seller

These T-shirts are sold at a Canadian Indian reservation.  In recent years the use of caricatures or slang terms for native Americans as team names has caused controversy.  Some say it is disrespectful and demeaning to use these slang names or to use a non-complementary caricature as a trademark.  The t-shirt example shows a sense of humor can be brought to the debate.

For those who do not know the Cleveland Indians are an American professional baseball team.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Paronella Park, Queensland, Austrailia

An interesting story is associated with this property that was built in the 1930's.  Read about it here.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Corvette prototype

1954 Corvette Corvair Fastback Coupe Motorama Prototype

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

888,246 Poppies

An installation was unveiled at the Tower of London today.  It will eventually contain 888,426 ceramic poppies- one for every British and Colonial soldier who died in WW1.

More images here.


Monday, August 4, 2014

Tunnel of Love

The Tunnel of Love surrounds an active rail link that delivers wood three times a day to a fiberboard factory in Klevan, Ukraine.

Friday, August 1, 2014

Gimme shelter

Located at over 12,500 feet on Mount Blanc this mountain "hut" can provide rather plush accommodations for up to 120 climbers on their way to the summit.