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June 20, 2014

Moving the first ever Tu-144 supersonic airliner body through the streets of Moscow in 1968

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From English Russia:

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"When the first ever version of the Tu-144 supersonic airliner was conceived, they didn't build it all together in one factory."

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"They built the fuselage in one place — inside Moscow City — and then decided to move it to Zhukovski City where it could be supplemented with all other parts and systems."

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"To move such a thing out of the Moscow research center through the city streets they had to build specially-built trolleys that could negotiate the streets as back in 1968, they didn't have a ready-made means of transportation for this task."

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"These are a few photos of this event."

I wonder how long it took for photos — both space-based and terrestrially obtained — to arrive at C.I.A. headquarters.

June 20, 2014 at 08:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1)

Teapot

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Designed by Barcelona-based Maia Ming Fong.

Matte black porcelain with glossy white lid.

Stainless steel filter fitted inside.

€55.

June 20, 2014 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1)

Experts' Experts: The best way to add motor oil

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From the June 2014 issue of Popular Mechanics: "It seems counterintuitive, but the best way to pour motor oil is to turn the container so that its opening is on top. In this position, the profile of the neck lets air smoothly replace the exiting oil for a steady pour. Flip it over and the air forces its way in, creating the 'glugging' that sloshes oil all over the engine bay."

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June 20, 2014 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (5)

Bubble Wrap Suit

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From the website: "Try wearing it to work. Made of real bubble wrap with elastic waistband and Velcro closure on jacket. One size fits most adults."

$24.95.

June 20, 2014 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (1)

The Writing of Stones (19)

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June 20, 2014 at 04:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (1)

Seam Ripper

Seam-ripper

Reviewed by M.B.Davidson in Cool Tools as follows: "I recently realized that many people are unaware of seam rippers. You can buy one for under five bucks. Use it to remove an old hem before sewing a new one, remove a scratchy label, disassembe thrift shop clothing to repurpose the fabric, open a seam to tailor clothing. Easier and faster than nail scissors. I don't sew a lot, but I use a seam ripper pretty often."

$2.27.

June 20, 2014 at 12:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

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