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Smarter Everyday’s Destin Sandlin always wanted to know what would happen when a baseball went supersonic, so he set to find out by building a massive cannon just for the task. It took a few tries to get everything just right, as you’ll see in the first test shot he fired the baseball at a much lower pressure, and without the evacuated barrel, yet still made a mark on the aluminum plate target. Unfortunately, the baseball also disintegrated. Read more for two videos, including a behind-the-scenes, and additional information.
Programmer Foone Turing is quite familiar with internet memes, especially the one where someone asks if a random device can run iD Software’s DOOM. So, he took it upon himself to demolish the challenge by getting a DOOM gameplay video running on a pregnancy test. Currently, the additional hardware needed to get the video playing is too large to fit inside the tester itself, but future revisions will change that. Why? Well, the existing CPU can’t be reprogrammed and the existing LCD can only show 4 things, so he had to replace both to make any changes. Read more for a video and additional information.
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When you think of semi-trucks, Lamborghini doesn’t normally pop into your head, but Fleet Logging decided to turn some well known supercar manufacturers into big rigs. Let’s just say that some of them look better than others, but all of them would most likely be able to compete with the Tesla Semi, which is still on track for a 2021 release. On a related note, did you know that there are differences between Europen and North American semi-trucks? That’s right, nearly all European models are cab over engine, while the majority of North American trucks are “conventional”. The former translates into shorter trucks with longer trailers within the legal maximum total length. Read more for additional pictures.
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It’s not everyday that you see a normal 1985 GMC Rally van on the road, much less one that appears to be driving upside-down and backward, that is unless…you’re talking about this one. Your eyes aren’t playing tricks, the body of the van was flipped horizontally and vertically over a base with a hidden set of wheels, so it appears to be sliding down the street on its roof, complete with spinning tires on top. Read more for two videos and additional information.
Manufactured between 2002-2004, the Enzo Ferrari (Type F140) is a 12 cylinder mid-engine sports car named after the company’s founder, Enzo Ferrari and developed using Formula One technology. Featuring a carbon-fiber body, F1-style automated-shift manual transmission, and carbon fiber-reinforced silicon carbide (C/SiC) ceramic composite disc brakes. CAR BROS knew purchasing a non-wrecked authentic Enzo Ferrari was out of the question, so they turned a Pontiac Fierro into the Fierri. Read more for two videos, additional pictures and information.
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Illusionist David Blaine completed his latest stunt on Wednesday by ascending nearly 25,000 feet over the Arizona desert while hanging from fifty-two massive helium balloons before parachuting safely back to the ground. This was actually an episode of his “Ascension” YouTube Originals series, and it gathered an audience of 770,000 live viewers. Read more for the condensed highlights as well as the full episode.
Photo credit: Living Big in a Tiny House
At first glance, you may think this is a decommissioned submarine sitting out in the forest, but upon closer inspection, you’ll realize that it’s actually a tiny house. Couple Keith and Jen created this yellow submarine-shaped tiny house in their very own backyard. The cylindrical shape is based on a small grain silo, which eventually turned into the creation that you see here. Read more for a video tour and additional information.
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The Honda Crosstour is not even close to being in the same league as a Lamborghini Urus, as its classified as a mid-size wagon, but one owner wanted to give it a touch of the Super Sport Utility Vehicle. What they ended up with? This strange monstrosity that was spotted in Palm Springs, California recently. An actual body kit might have looked halfway decent, but it appears as if all of the factory body panels were retained. with some added bits. Read more for another picture.
Supercars, hypercars, motorcycles, and even econo boxes are regular sights at Nordschleife, but rarely do you see any heavy machinery racing around the track. That all changed when Auto Motor und Sport had pro racing driver Christian Menzel drive a Claas Xerion 5000 VC tractor around the track. It’s powered by 12.8-liter six-cylinder engine generatig over 500 horsepower and 1,918 pound-feet of torque. Read more for the video and additional information.
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Its license plate is fittingly “HUGE BUG”, and rightfully so. A father and son duo took a 1959 Volkswagen Beetle and made it 40% larger. How so? It’s essentially a custom-built VW Beetle that rides atop the chassis of a 2010 Dodge Ram full-size pickup truck powered by a 5.7-liter Hemi V-8 engine up front. That’s right, it took 3,514 custom parts in the metal fabrication shop that he owns, including screws created from scratch because there were none that existed in their size. Read more for a video and additional information.