Here's a blast from the past in the form of a firefighting tank. You read that right, a Hungarian company strapped two MiG engines onto a Soviet tank to blow out the worst sort of raging oil-well fires. When the water is turned on, the six nozzles above the powerful turbine engines unleash an immense blast of water that mingles with the jet exhaust to become a ferocious spray of steam. The water moves at a maximum rate of 220-gallons of water a second. The fire is extinguished by severing the supply of oil to the flame. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos today, including one showing how to make your own mini RPG launcher at home.
A monowheel is basically a one-wheeled single-track vehicle similar to a unicycle. However, instead of sitting above the wheel, the rider sits either within it or next to it. The wheel is a ring, usually driven by smaller wheels pressing against its inner rim. Hand-cranked and pedal-powered monowheels were patented and built in the late 19th century; most built in the 20th century have been motorized. Some modern builders refer to these vehicles as monocycles, though that term is also sometimes used to describe motorized unicycles. Continue reading for more amazing colorized historical photos. Click here for a few bonus images.
Remember when a 33.6K modem could be picked up for $9.99, or a 200MHz AMD K6 computer package for $999.99? If not, this Black Friday Best Buy ad from 1999 should refresh your memory. Back then, the lines were even longer, since online shopping wasn't as prevalent yet, which meant local news stations lining right up with the customers to catch all of the madness on video. Continue reading for more fascinating images from around the web.
The original Tomorrowland debuted at Disneyland on July 17, 1955, with only several of its planned attractions open, due to budget cuts. The construction of the park was rushed, so this themed area was the last to be finished, and became something of a corporate showcase, despite Walt Disney's reluctance. Monsanto Company, American Motors, Richfield Oil, and Dutch Boy Paint were some of the many companies to open showcases in Tomorrowland in the first few years. One cost-cutting idea was to reuse the sets of the Nautilus from Disney's 1954 movie 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea as a walkthrough attraction. This remained open until 1966. Continue reading for more rare pictures of Disneyland's opening day in 1955. Click here for a few bonus "then and now" images.
Based on Chevrolet's 1984 C4 Corvette, the Bertone Ramarro, which means "green lizard" in Italian, modified the car's original mechanical component layout. The radiator and air-conditioning were moved to the rear, while the doors opened by sliding forwards. The entirely glazed greenhouse was the final design touch, and the interior was finished in leather resembling lizard skin. What really set this concept apart from the C4 was that rather than a stick, the driver changed gears by a switch on the dial. Continue reading for another video, more pictures and additional information. Click here to view a few bonus images.
The Chernobyl Disaster was a nuclear catastrophe that occurred on April 26, 1986 in the No.4 Light water graphite moderated reactor at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in the city of Pripyat. After six months of investigation, in December 1986, they discovered, with the help of a remote camera, an intensely radioactive mass in the basement of Unit Four. Measuring more than 2-meters wide and weighing hundreds of tons, they called it "the elephant's foot" for its wrinkled appearance. The mass was composed of sand, glass and a large amount of nuclear fuel that had escaped from the reactor. The concrete beneath the reactor was steaming hot, and was breached by solidified lava and spectacular unknown crystalline forms termed chernobylite. Continue reading for five more things you may not know about the Chernobyl Disaster. Click here for a few bonus images.
Released in 1981, the Osborne 1 was touted as the first mass-produced, microprocessor-based portable computer, running the CP/M operating system. Despite being noticeably bulkier compared to today's laptops, with a tiny 5" CRT monitor, it had a near-revolutionary impact on business professionals, as they were able to take their computer and data with them just about anywhere. This, along with a few other "luggables" were inspired by what was probably the first portable computer, the Xerox NoteTaker. Size wise, the computer could be compared to a portable sewing machine, just portable enough to be carried onto commercial aircraft. Continue reading for eighteen more interesting pictures from around the web.
Japan intended the Attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941 as a preventive action to keep the US Pacific Fleet from interfering with military actions the Empire of Japan planned in Southeast Asia against overseas territories of the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, and the United States. The following day, December 8, the United States declared war on Japan. Domestic support for non-interventionism, which had been fading since the Fall of France in 1940, disappeared. Clandestine support of the United Kingdom was replaced by active alliance. Continue reading for ten more amazing colorized historical photos.
The Willys M38 - a military version of the then-current civilian Jeep CJ-3A - is a 1/4 ton four-wheel drive utility truck made between 1949-1952, and it had a total production of more than 60,000 units. Unlike the civilian version, it boasts a reinforced frame / suspension, waterproof 24-volt electrical system, sealed vent system for the engine, transmission, transfer case, fuel system and brake system. It also has a windshield that can be folded flat for firing, while the body is equipped with a pintle hook for towing and lifting shackles front and rear. This 1951 Willys M38 Jeep model has been fully restored, powered by an inline four-cylinder engine, mated to a three-speed manual transmission. Other extras include: a 1950s phone, gas can, helmet, siren, and .50 / .30 caliber machine guns. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos today, including one of skydivers playing on the ultimate mega swing.
Here's something you don't see everyday, a 5MB hard drive being loaded onto a plane. The IBM 350 Disk File, invented by Reynold Johnson, was introduced in 1956 with the IBM 305 RAMAC computer. This drive had fifty 24-inch (0.6 m) platters, with a total capacity of five million 6-bit characters (3.75 megabytes). A single head assembly having two heads was used for access to all the platters, yielding an average access time of just under 1 second. Continue reading for more cool historical photos you may not have seen before.