Alternate History Thursday

This alternate history lesson will deal with another strangeness, rather than our main story.

In this alternate history, humans live underwater, actually, it’s not humans, but a human – dolphin hybrid that controls the world.  They’ve spent the last hundred thousand years evolving, on a 90% liquid water planet.

The Hudolphss, (as we call ourselves), are very learned in the sciences, and, just like their human cousins, they secretly hate everyone else.  Over the course of history, there have been 7 recorded wars between the tribes.  The most recent one saw the advent of new, nuclear weapons.  Above you can see a video of one of their tests, and hear what it would have sounded like to them under water.

The Hudolphss history is not all war and death, with the advent of nuclear technology, they finally set up permanent bases outside of the oceans.  Within 10 years they were into space, but they found it just as cold and lifeless as we currently do.

Jupiter is the 4th planet from the sun, our neighbor, and therefore much closer, making the moon Europa have liquid water, and much, much easier to get to.  They colonized that moon, and soon started out on a trans galactic flight.  They have yet to return with their findings…

The above video looks like it’s from Operation Crossroads, if the video caption is to be believed, and my extensive knowledge of US Nuclear tests is to be trusted (when is it not?)


DIY Knife


This is more an image post, then an actual post, since the original source of it is all one large image, I’m far too lazy right now to cut this up into individual photos, sorry, besides, this show’s the whole thing real nice doesn’t it?

DIY Knife

Also, this is the hard way to make a knife.  But the hard way is oftentimes the bad ass way.


K’Nex Skeeball

skee ball!

Over 28,000 pieces, over 1 year build time, more a feat of DIY engineering than anything else.  This is awesome. (I used to use that word a lot, but I’ve curtailed it recently, in this case, I mean it).

Instrucables user Shadowman39 really went all out to build this monster.  Everything in it is made using K’Nex, and everything is mechanical, yes, even the scoreboard.


inside the score

Wait, it get’s better, it’s coin operated.  AND, it only takes Quarters!

coin slot

Here’s a video of it in action:



Flying Chainsaws

Well, circular saws really, but who’s keeping score, it’s still a helicopter dangling a high speed wheel of death.  I’d almost be more terrified of one of these then of a black helicopter, almost.  The video speaks for itself, but in case you’re too lazy to watch it, and want to read, basically what happened is high voltage power lines over hilly, mountainous terrain were getting overgrown with trees, and it was too costly and time consuming to trim the trees from the ground, so an innovative company attached a series of circular saws to a pole and hung it from a helicopter.  Cause that looks soo much safer…


Shrink Coins

Shrunken Kennedy Half

All I have to say is Yeah Science.

Below you can watch as they shrink a quarter.  Even using a proper High Speed camera, they only got 4 frames of the process.  That’s freaking fast man.  The whole process works by sending tremendous amounts of current through a coil of copper in which the coin is placed.  The electricity causes a uniform magnetic field to push the metal together, and evenly shrink the coin.  Now, because of the various metals that coins are made of, some work better than others.  But all of them are awesome.

It gets better too.  If you put 2 coins in at the same time, they get attaracted together and form a crazy Georgia Peach dome like thing.

Georgia Peach Dome


And if you put square, or other non-round coins in, you get similarly cool shaped novelty items.  Take a look at the whole gallery of things, and learn some stuff about science along the way.



I Didn’t Steal this Car

screwdrver key



Nathan over at HAHA Bird has created probably the coolest car key ever.  He says he did it for practical purposes, I think he did it cause he wanted a legal excuse to jam a screwdriver into his ignition.

Either way, he has a detailed description of the process that all in all, looks like it will take you an afternoon.

cut off tip


First things first, you gotta cut the tip off of the screwdriver.  Well, actual first thing is to get a screwdriver that has some character to it.  That is, don’t go to Home Depot and buy one right now.  Go to a yard sale, or, if you can spare one, take something you’re not using anymore.

key slot

Then you gotta cut a slot into the shaft so that you can insert your key.  Also, it’s probably a good idea to round off the edges of the shaft so that you don’t stab yourself accidently.


inserted key

After that, insert your prepared key, and solder it together.

Some steps that I missed, but that Nathan doesn’t:

  • Make sure you do this with a spare key
  • You’ll probably have to grind down the key unless your hacksaw is exactly the same width as the key (not likely)
  • If you have one of those fancy cars with a microcip in the key fob, this won’t work as easily

He also seems to be concerned about the weight that’s resting on the ignition, and that if you hit a bump, you could totally ruin the tumblers of the lock.  I don’t know, I’ve seen people with massive keychains that put more weight then that screwdriver and not have problems.

That being said, try using a stubby screwdriver instead of a full sized.


Wooden Nest Bridge

nest bridge -1

There are all sorts of levels of insane associated with this bridge.

At first glance it just doesn’t look real.  Like a render, or a cartoon, just something that doesn’t exist in real life.  But it does. It’s an overpass in the town of Sneek in The Netherlands.

Apparently it’s the first wooden bridge in the world that can support the loads it does.

nest bridge 2

nest bridge 3

Oh, and in case you didn’t think it was really made of wood, and that was all just a veneer, here’s a cross section:

nest cross section

I gotta say, that is one of the most amazing looking bridges I’ve ever seen.  And I used to be a civil engineer, this was almost my job.



Ender’s Game

I have waited a decade to see this book become a movie.  I have followed it’s tale long and hard as new scripts were written, new casts speculated, new director, new producer, new everything.  But finally, after my 10 year wait (which is nothing compared to the 30 year’s it’s been in print), the film is being made.

To be honest, I’ve been skeptical, and concerned, especially after the original cast was announced.

Oh well.  I’m gonna keep an open mind.  Not because I think they will ever make the sequels to the movie, those are much less action packed, and mass marketable than the first, but because I want to enjoy the film, and that’s hopefully what I will do.


Meet Charlene

On second thought, as cool as the R/C F-16 is, and the R/C plane fights, Charlene might be just the thing I’m looking for.

Yes, after carfull review of the documentary, I think that’s just what I need…


Custom Pencils

No, custom sharpened pencils.

Yea, that’s what this guy does…It’s weird.