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December 19, 2010

The day Niagara Falls ran dry

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"Newly discovered photos show the moment the iconic waterfall came to a standstill."

From the Mail Online : "On June 12, 1969, U.S. engineers diverted the flow of the Niagara River away from the American side of the falls."

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"Two rockslides from the plate of the falls, in 1931 and 1954,

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had caused a large amount of rock to collect at the base."

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"The U.S. Army Corp of Engineers studied the riverbed and mechanically bolted and strengthened a number of faults to delay the gradual erosion of the American Falls."

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"In order to stop the Niagara River running over the American Falls, engineers constructed a dam consisting of 27,800 tons of rock, stopping the water for the first time in 12,000 years."

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"The temporary dam can be seen in the top right of the photograph above."

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"A completely dry Niagara Falls has never been seen before or since the six months in 1969 when U.S. engineers set about restructuring the American side of the twin landmark."

"The photos above only recently came to light when Russ Glasson found them in a shoebox in his in-laws Connecticut garage."

The team of engineers "blew up their temporary dam on November, 25, 1969 and six million cubic feet of water once again thundered over the falls every minute."

December 19, 2010 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Mosaic Ruby

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"Stick small items like makeup brushes or your razor inside to clear off your sink top. Taut elastic bands holds things tightly in place and make them easy to find when you're in a hurry."

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Powder-coated steel with self-adhesive backing.

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White, Red or Black.

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5.9" x 5.9" (15 x 15 cm).

$28.

 

December 19, 2010 at 03:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Snowmobiles of Kirov — Episode 3

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"The motive power of this monster

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comes from a modified cultivator motor."

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"This man is a fan of winter fishing

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and just needed some means

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to get to the best fishing sites."

[via English Russia and snowmobile.ru]

December 19, 2010 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Atomic Pocket Watch

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From the website: "This is the only pocket watch that maintains its unerring accuracy from the radio clock transmitter in Fort Collins, Colorado. Providing accurate time across the entire lower 48 United States, the watch's radio receiver synchronizes with NIST-F1, the United States' atomic clock which will never gain or lose a second in 60 million years."

"The case is made from surgical-grade stainless steel; the watch face uses analog hours and minute hands with an LCD that shows date and seconds (a press of a button alternates between date and seconds). The 14" stainless steel chain terminates in a lobster-clasp."

2"Ø x 0.5"D.

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$99.95.

[via Retro ThingThe Red Ferret Journal and Richard Kashdan]

December 19, 2010 at 01:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (4) | TrackBack

Helpful Hints from joeeze: Spreading cold butter

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"Want butter for toast but forgot to leave it out to soften? A vegetable peeler will cut a thin ribbon that's easy to spread."

[via Cecelia Rooney of Point Pleasant, New Jersey, in the "Quick Tips" feature of the January & February 2011 issue of Cook's Illustrated]

December 19, 2010 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

DNA Eye Chart

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"This eye chart contains just the letters for the four bases of DNA: A, T, G, and C. It's perfect for a biology classroom or genetics lab."

$9.99.

December 19, 2010 at 11:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Infographic: Apple's App Store Visualized

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[via Fast Company and App of the Day]

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Ultimate 5-in-1 Geek Pen

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• Pen

• Stylus

• UV light

• Red laser pointer

• Flexible LED light

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$9.99.

December 19, 2010 at 09:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

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