21 Sep 2009
Shamelessly ganked from Spin the Cat…
Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the good folks there decided to do an offset head-on crash test of a 2009 Chevrolet Malibu and a 1959 Chevrolet Bel Air:
Wow. All I can say is wow.
If you didn’t stick around to the end of the video, it says: “The engineers at the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety determined that the driver of the Malibu might have sustained an injury to the left leg–the driver of the Bel Air would have been killed instantly.”
More information on this remarkable video can be found here, and here, in the form of two New York Times articles.
Oddly, I could find no information about this test on the IIHS website itself. Strange.
Tags: Cool links
15 Sep 2009
…then you must really be a jackass.
President Obama calls Kanye West a jackass
Of course, I thought West was a fucking asshole long before Obama did.
Tags: Cool links, Politics
22 Aug 2009
Once upon a time, I had a crazy dream: to go out into the desert, procure, convert, and live in a retired Boeing 747.
Yup. That’s right. a 747.
Think about it: 1,800+ square feet of living-space under air. The vast cargo hold becomes a huge basement. The upper deck becomes one sweet den. Up to six bedrooms. And since the thing was designed to ply the friendly skies at 40,000 feet at .85 Mach for hundreds of thousands of miles, virtually indestructible (not to mention termite-proof).
Complemnts of Greenacres comes a link that makes me want to cry:
This is a retired Boeing 747 hat some folks in Sweden have turned into a hotel. An honest-to-goodness hotel.
Doesn’t seem like such a crazy dream now, does it?
Tags: Aviation, Cool links, hopes and dreams