wacky bicycle designs

Specialized Venom line:
"It's one of the first bikes in the world to have no rear hub. The rear wheel has a special magnetically polarized rim that is suspended inside the frame, where it floats inside a magnetic suspension field. You've already figured out what that means. Fewer moving parts, less friction, more speed! As an added plus, the magnetic suspension field cushions your ride. The drive train is also based on a magnetic principle, so powering the pedals creates incredible speed in no time."

Update: hoax.

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Boom: A semi truck exploded on Highway 6 while carrying 35,000 pounds of explosives. At least 19 people were injured in Wednesday's blast, which also left a crater in the asphalt, 30-feet-deep. The truck was "pretty much vaporized" in the explosion, Royce said. "The entire road is gone, shoulder to shoulder, there's no asphalt left."

[...] After being knocked off the motorcycle, he said he looked up "at a mushroom cloud of fire, and shrapnel just starts falling down." "The shrapnel is hitting the forest, and crackling like bacon."

Update: Better pictures here:

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ballistic camera

Ballistic camera: "In the near future, a soldier who needs a quick look over the next hill will be able to aim his rifle skyward, fire a grenade-sized reconnaissance device and instantly receive imagery on his pocket computer," writes Defense News' Barbara Opall-Rome. Grunts just fire the disposable "ballistic cameras" from "standard-issue M203 grenade launchers attached to M16 or other assault rifles," and then wait for the pictures to come back, 8 seconds and 600 meters later.

"Sean Hannity (631) 673-8003"

Indie rockers force Hannity to change number

A few weeks ago, we introduced you to Brooklyn indie agit-popsters Kids Against Combs, who'd just finished an album that used the private phone number of Fox News loudmouth Sean Hannity as its title.

Sean Hannity (631) 673-8003 was set to be released on July 21 by 10-34 Records. But, according to a press release sent out last week by the band, Kids Against Combs and 10-34 were issued papers on July 15 from Hannity's attorneys, "threatening to sue both parties if they proceeded with releasing an album named after Hannity's home phone number and containing the political pundit's home address in the CD's liner notes." (The digits, meanwhile, are now disconnected; "changed to an unlisted number," says the recording.)

[...] Luckily, the band had freshly printed copies of the album for sale, sans home address and retitled The Album Formerly Known As Sean Hannity's Phone Number ... Currently Sean Hannity Is a Democracy Subverting Douche Bag.

Despite the fact that 66 percent of our Style and Usage Panel prefer that "douchebag" be written as a compound word, they're in unanimous agreement that the new title works just as well.