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Train vs. Tornado (Tornado wins)

The captions on this video explain everything, but because I want to fill up space and not seem like I’m wasting time, here’s the meat.  A Freight train traveling through the state of Illinois “accidentally” crossed paths with a F2 tornado.  I get that trains, especially freight trains, are very difficult to stop.  Though the weather is pretty easy to predict, at least a few miles out like this tornado was.  Surely the central command new something about possible weather issues ahead.  Though, then again, Tornadoes are spontaneous.  Perhaps it did just materialize out of nowhere and toss those train cars around like a toys.

Lesson to be learned here – nature is scary, don’t mess with it.

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Stuck in a Crevasse

Jamie Mullner was skiing in Switzerland when he fell into a crevasse in the ice.  Honestly, this is one of those things that terrifies me, even though I have no intention of ever skiing in the back country where this happens.  He does seem extremely calm throughout the whole ordeal, I wouldn’t be that’s for sure.

Anyway, there’s a nice video to get you all worked up for the coming Ski Season.

{F Stoppers}

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Anvil Shooting

Honestly, I’m not 100% sure how I found this video.  Once you watch it though you will realize why I posted it.  It’s frekin insane the sound that happens.  Who knew there was a world record for anvil shooting?

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The Gustav Gun

Admiring the Gustav Gun

World War 2 was the most devastating war in human history.  If we forget about the events that ended the war thousands of miles away, Germany, Europe and the rest of the combatants used plenty of conventional weapons to wreck havoc on each other for nearly 6 years.

The above shows Hitler and some generals admiring the massive Gustav Gun.  A weapon so large that it was mounted on rails.  It fired shells over 30 inches in diameter weighing 7 tons at a range of nearly 30 miles.  The main purpose was to utterly destroy the forts of the Maginot Line.  Though it was transported and used in Operation Barbarossa.

Unfortunately, it was destroyed by the Germans themselves in order to prevent it’s capture by those damned Commies towards the end of the war in 1945.  And while there have been more massively wide guns made, The Gustav remains the largest caliber rifle ever used in war time.

Check out this quick little video regarding some of the famous railroad guns:

https://youtu.be/oxykqgRodTc

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Little Boy

Little Boy

It’s the marking of the turning point of world history.  The United States of America showed the world that the power of the atom was within their hands, and with one plane, and one bomb, the devastated the town of Hiroshima.

This ultimatum unfortunately was not enough, and another bomb was necessary to end the war with Japan.

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Rocket Engine Underwater

When I was a kid I loved launching model rockets.  I spent many hours building them from kits, and wrapping paper tubes, and newspaper, and one even from a cardboard tube that a rug was in.  That was a fun one, we put an “F” type engine in it, there was so much black smoke it was crazy.

I’m not sure why, but this video experiment of igniting a model rocket engine which is fully submersed underwater is pretty ace.

I think my favorite parts are the beginning of ignition, when the bubble is pulsating out.  That’s pretty neat.  Someone who is an actual Rocket Scientists can tell me why it does that.  And the last bit, right when the parachute charge pops and bursts the glass.

{Speed Society}

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Running like Bourne

If you ever wanted to know what it’s like to run across rooftops like Jason Borune, then the above video is for you.

If you just want to watch a video of people free running and doing crazy interesting Parkour, then this video below is for you:

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Alternate History Thursday: 42nd Street

While 42nd Street doesn’t exactly cut Manhattan in half, it was the proverbial divide of the city.  Those in the north who were closer to the mainland were convinced that the government’s story was correct, there was nothing to fear, this was only a temporary glitch on the way towards a better world tomorrow.  As you go closer to the water, closer to downtown, closer to the financial district, and more importantly, closer to the World Trade Center, this view was shared less and less.  With all of the money, both virtual, and physical, that’s concentrated downtown, there was less convincing towards the government’s official story.

It did not take long before a power struggle started in lower Manhattan, particularly by the financial district, and the New York Federal Reserve.  You might be getting a Die Hard with a Vengeance vibe, and you’d be accurate in your prediction, however, it doesn’t happen this month.  The seeds are planted though, that’s what I’m telling you.

Because most of the gold held in the NYFR is foreign owned, it didn’t take long before each of the nations tried to reclaim their money, and bargaining power.  However, as trustworthy as those nations are, their representatives were not.  The first few withdrawals of gold were pretty standard, until word hit the owner nations when multiple withdrawal requests came through from one nation on the same day.  It was then that gold withdrawals were halted from the reserve.  As you can imagine, that didn’t go well with the sovereign nations.

The Federal Government ordered the reserve to release the gold, but by this time the Mayor of New York City, who fully believed in the global conspiracy theories regarding the event, was defiant.  Unfortunately, there was too many other real issues that the President had to worry about, and the National Guard was busy literally, putting out fires across the nation and trying to rebuild crumbling infrastructure to get the economy back up.

By June of 2001, the state of New York was more or less back in working order.  The less part being the five boroughs of New York City.  It wasn’t martial law that was declared, it was more like secession.  Not from The Union, but from the state of affairs of the world.  It wasn’t voted on, it wasn’t unanimous, but it was the new status quo.  A series of events has started to turn, and there is no turning back now.  Alliances are being built, while bridges are being burned.  New Yorkers would take it all in stride.  Just you wait an see.

As always, hit up after the break to watch the video while you read this post, it’s much better that way, trust me.

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Alternate History Thursday: Now What Indeed?

Yes, what to do now?  Panic had not ensued yet, though as the day wore on, people were loosing their patience.  A storm was on the horizon for January 03, and people didn’t know if it was still coming, or if it had been blown out to sea.  By 1pm, the Governor of New York declared a State of Emergency, though no one knew it.  The tunnels connecting Manhattan had to be closed and evacuated as the big computer controlled fans had stopped working hours before and deadly exhaust fumes were collecting in them.

Of the surrounding states, only Vermont and Pennsylvania had enacted the proper protections against the bugs.  That didn’t matter much however, as both states were in their own state of emergencies battling the borders.  This wasn’t the dark ages, and this is America after all.  Both states allowed their neighbors to come in for assistance, however, rations needed to be set up, and priority had to be established.

That winter storm that was on the horizon, it came with a vengeance. Twenty-seven inches of snow fell on New York City over the course of 17 hours.   In reality, this was a good thing because it kept most of the populace inside.  With NYC being an old city, much of the heat was powered by older steam boilers with not a computer in sight.  The gas lines to many of them came from private pipe-lines controlled by companies that hardened their systems from attack, and NY being the kind place it is, those without heat were welcome where it was plentiful.

By the end of the week, new equipment was finally distributed to enough people for accurate information to start to be spread.  The President of the United States of America had addressed the nation, and the world confirming the Y2K bug.  This was lucky confirmation to many, though some still felt that the government was hiding the real truth.

What could that real truth be?  Anything really.  However, I’ll let you know a spoiler, Y2K was a man-made bug, nothing alien, or divine, or ancient.  A modern, man-made catastrophe.  Now, was it an act of cyber-war that many were claiming?  That conveniently was not answered in any official capacity.  Even without the internet to fuel the flames, this admission was nothing more than a distraction claimed many.  They took it upon themselves to start a revolution.

I bet you can guess where this is going now…

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Glory Hole In Action

Remember that post years and years ago about The Glory Hole.  Yea, well, here it is in action.  All the rains that California has experienced in the last few months have filled up the Dam and the spillway is in full force.  Unlike the Oroville Dam, this one in Lake Berryessa is well within guidelines.  The drone footage is pretty neat, though, if you asked me, I think they should send a GoPro down the hole to see what it’s like.  I think that would be so ace.

Here’s a good overview of the Oroville Dam from a few weeks ago:

{NY Times}

I’m fairly certain this is the same Dam as from that original post, the photos look the same.  Unfortunately, the link no longer works.