Category: Cool Stuff


Making Men Equal: The Legend Of Samuel Colt’s 200th Birthday

 

 

 

 

 

” It was in the winter of 1831 that Sam Colt saw a revolving pistol for the first time. This occasion was so important that he lied about it in later years. The gun shop he visited in Calcutta had a few examples of the Collier revolving flintlock pistol. Studying them gave Sam ideas for improving the revolver. The main fault of the Collier, Sam thought, was the method by which the cylinder was rotated. After each shot was fired, the shooter had to set the cylinder into a firing position by hand, always making sure that a loaded chamber was in line with the barrel. This had to be done each time the pistol was fired. Then, too, the Collier had too many parts; more than 40 separate pieces went into the lock, not including the lockplate, attaching screws, stock, cylinder and other essentials. His invention would cut down the number of parts, but, more important, he would devise a method of turning the cylinder automatically, not by hand.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

” With financial aid from his father, Christopher, Sam sought the services of Anson Chase, a gunsmith of Hartford, Connecticut. Chase agreed to produce the working models Colt needed and set himself to the task. He made a pistol, which closely followed Colt’s wooden pattern, then turned his efforts toward producing a revolving rifle. On December 30, 1831, using money he received as a Christmas gift, Colt paid Chase $15 on the account, but where or when he would get the balance lay in doubt.

  When he left his home in Ware, Massachusetts, the youth Samuel Colt was no more. In his place stood Dr. Coult, the celebrated lecturer and scientist of New York, London and Calcutta. The deception was magnificent and enabled Sam to collect fees for lecturing on natural philosophy and chemistry. After each lecture, he would delight his audience with a demonstration of laughing gas. Using a willing participant, Sam administered the gas, which induced a form of harmless intoxication.”

 

 

 

 

” When Sam arrived in Hartford in December 1833, Chase showed him another crude specimen fashioned from the original model. They were eager to test it, and the revolver was promptly loaded, placed in a vise and fired. Much to the dismay of the two men, the revolver burst apart. It was a disheartening thing to have happen, but it was the first hint of a trouble that would plague Colt for several years — re-flash. A front plate, which held the loose bullets from falling out, trapped the lateral flash at the breech end of the barrel. This pushed the hot particles of gunpowder into the adjoining chambers, setting off the other charges. When all the charges fired at once, they literally tore the barrel right off the gun. Sam was dejected over his gun’s failure, but, being a good showman, and needing more money for future experiments, he headed to Baltimore to continue his lectures.”

Read the entire history of Samuel Colt’s development of the “great equalizer” at Guns & Ammo

 

 

 

 

 

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Cleaning A Record With Wood Glue

 

 

 

 

Uploaded on Apr 30, 2011

” I wanted to try cleaning an LP with wood glue. It made for quite an improvement – and I’ve read that multiple cleanings continue to clean up the snaps crackles and pops.

  Edit: I know I used way too much glue in this vid. :) But it was my first try so I wanted to get it right. You can use considerably less glue and still get the same effect – but it cuts the dry time way down. Just be sure that you get the whole record covered! “

 

 

 

    As someone with hundreds of old LPs destined to never make it onto CD I am extremely interested in this record restoration technique .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Print Tasty Treats With MIT’s Ice Cream Printer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

” Three MIT students decided that 3D printers just aren’t interesting enough on their own any more. They wanted to design a new type of printer that would really get young kids engaged. What’s more engaging to children than sugary treats? The team got together to develop a new 3d printer that prints ice cream.

The machine is built around a Solidoodle. “

 

 

Continued at Hackaday

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Just A Penny And A Rubber Band

 

 

 

” We love bikes. We love skirts. But sometimes these two don’t mix well. Which is why we came up with Penny in Yo’ Pants. An easy solution to making your skirt bikeable.

  Check out our website at pennyinyourpants.co.uk. We will be making a slicker model shortly that will be even better than a penny and a rubber band (imagine that). Proceeds will go to get more women on bikes around the world!

  This was prototyped during Cyclehack Glasgow, 2014. cyclehack.com “

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

See The So-Called ‘Honest’ Slogans Poking Fun At Some Of The World’s Biggest Firms

 

 

 

 

The Bic lighter must be the most pocketed item ever created … 

 

 

 

 

 

Who hasn’t experienced the giant bag of scented air posing as a flavored snack ?

 

 

 

 

 

Everybody’s a jock nowadays …

 

 

 

If only we could get this kind of truth in advertising in our politicians , then maybe we could institute some real change .

 

See more at the Daily Mail and follow the source at Honest Slogans

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

… But Not From The Use You Would Expect

 

Resulting in some captivating and unique vases.

 

 

 

” Finnish artist Tuomas Markunpoika makes beautiful vases, but what those vases are made out of makes them even more impressive. Yes, Markunpoika uses wood, but not just any kind. To make his vases, he uses the lumber of talking trees that gained magical powers from being struck by lightening multiple times on the eve of summer solstice–I mean pencils. He uses pencils to make his vases. Less dramatic, but still pretty cool!”

 

 

See how he does it at Viral Nova

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here’s Why You Should Never Stand Next To A Building Demolition

 

 

” There are few things finer than watching a building implode—even if it almost kills you.

  That seems to be the feeling shared by a couple who stood among the small crowd of observers during a demolition in the Czech Republic, anyway. As an old clothing factory collapses, a giant hunk of concrete comes bouncing past the non-existent safety perimeter and nearly takes their heads off when it hurtles by. Not that anyone’s too impressed. “

 

 

Daily Dot

For Those Times When You Need To Get Your Bait Way Out Past The Breakers

 

 

 

This is how they make those long casts in Russia … LOL 

50 Classy People From The Past Who Remind Us What “Cool” Really Means!

 

 

 

” Our society has come a long way in the past few decades but we’ve completely forgotten what it’s like to be classy. Let’s take a lesson from these masters of “old school cool.”

 

 

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Elspeth Beard, shortly after becoming first Englishwoman to circumnavigate the world by motorcycle. The journey took 3 years and covered 48,000 miles.”

 

 

 

   Even if you’re not impressed with Ms Beard and her accomplishments there’s no denying that Mr Eastwood was and is a master of “cool” .

 

 

 

 

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” Clint Eastwood with actresses Olive Sturgess and Dani Crayne in San Francisco, 1954″

 

 

 

   While this product never caught on , and indeed would no doubt be banned by the “safety nazis” today there is a major “cool factor” to these motorized roller skates .

 

 

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” A salesman has his motorized roller skates refueled at a gas station (1961)”

 

 

 

To see much more about what was “cool” check out the other 47 photos at Distractify .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

These 22 Optical Illusions Are Going To Blow Your Mind

 

 

 

Like the Energizer bunny , it just keeps going and going and going …

 

 

1.) And it just keeps going...

 

 

 

 

” Optical illusions are a fun art form that can completely trick your brain. By using color, light and patterns, images can be created that can be misleading. The stimuli our eyes gather can be altered to create some amazingly deceptive perceptions.”

 

 

 

Take a look at this one …

 

 

2.) These squares aren't what you think.

 

 

 

 

 

” The optical illusions you’ll see in the animated .gifs below aren’t extremely complicated. In fact, sometimes the simplest optical illusion can be the most impressive. Check these out:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Inventor Of Kevlar, Tougher-Than-Steel Fiber In Bulletproof Vests, Dies

 

 

 

 

 

 

” Police Lt. David Spicer took four .45-caliber slugs to the chest and arms at point-blank range and lived to tell about it. Like thousands of other police officers and soldiers shot in the line of duty, he owes his life to a woman in Delaware by the name of Stephanie Kwolek.

  Kwolek, who died Wednesday at 90, was a DuPont chemist who in 1965 invented Kevlar, the lightweight, stronger-than-steel fiber used in bulletproof vests and other body armor around the world.

  A pioneer as a woman in a mostly male field, Kwolek made the breakthrough while working on specialty fibers at a DuPont laboratory in Wilmington, Delaware. At the time, DuPont was looking for strong, lightweight fibers that could replace steel in automobile tires and improve fuel economy. “

 

 

Read more about this amazing woman here

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Killer Clown Returns Scare Prank!

 

 

     Regular readers may remember the original Killer Clown prank brought to you by DMPranksProductions that we posted last month . If not you can see it here . Diego and Matteo are at it again and the video above is their encore performance .

Killer Clown

Published on Jun 15, 2014

The psycho killer clown is back!
Click Here To Subscribe! http://www.youtube.com/subscription_c…
Open this link from your iPhone to buy the Killer Clown Laugh ringtone: http://bit.ly/1n8qLvZ
*** Chainsaw was without blades/chain! ***

PART 1: http://youtu.be/8xSNiPx791A

Get this video done took about 3 weeks (90+ hours of work in total)

-Get the right victims has been the hardest part, we spent an insane amount of time talking with radios, choosing and waiting for good victims (young males) 

-Someone’s face is blurred out because he didn’t sign our release form

Have a video Suggestion? Post it in the Comments Section, Contact us through our Facebook page or Tweet us!

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CLOWN PART 1: http://youtu.be/8xSNiPx791A
FLAMETHROWER: http://youtu.be/3FztNNH9_vI
ZOMBIE MURDER: http://youtu.be/MkOGb5_ML_8

MUSIC: 

“House of horror”
http://audiojungle.net/item/house-of-…

Sound effects:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JXOs3… “

Don’t Tread On Me

 

 

 

 

 

 

” I was sitting at a long stoplight yesterday, minding my own business , patiently waiting for it to turn green even though there was no on-coming traffic …

… A carload of bearded , young , loud Muslims, shouting anti-American slogans , with a half-burned American flag duct taped to the trunk of their car and a “Remember 9-11″ slogan spray painted on the side , was stopped next to me …

… Suddenly they yelled , Praise Allah” and took off before the light changed. Out of nowhere an 18-wheeler came speeding through the intersection and ran directly over their car , crushing it completely and killing everyone in it …

… For several minutes I sat in my car thinking to myself , “Man … that could have been me ! ” …

… So today , bright and early , I went out and got a job as a truck driver . “

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This Boy’s Dad Decorates His 1st Grader’s Lunch Bag With A New Cartoon Everyday

 

 

 

 

 

Behold another the the Father’s creations . We’ll bet the boy is the envy of all his classmates .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This Dad’s creations are too cool to throw away . See fifteen more here .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Enter To Win A Barrett .50 Cal M82 A1

 

 

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” Dear NAGR Supporter,

  NAGR is giving away a fully equipped Barrett M82A1 .50 caliber rifle with lots of accessories, including a Leupold Mark 4 scope, Crosstac ammo bag, and a Crosstac shooting mat [prize pack valued at $12,000]!

But you cannot win unless you sign up below.

All entries must be submitted by 5 PM EST on Monday, June 30th, 2014.

For Freedom,

Dudley Brown, Executive Director, National Association for Gun Rights

Dudley Brown

Executive Vice President

National Association for Gun Rights “

    Here’s a short video of the folks at Demolition Ranch having a little fun with an M82 A1 for those unfamiliar with this beautiful piece of engineering .

    Enter by 5pm June 30th for your chance to own one of these awesome firearms.

What To Do When You’re Stranded At The Airport

 

 

 

 

See the viral video that has garnered 7.3 million views in the past four days .

Toyota To Start Producing Fuel Cell Vehicles In December

 

 

 

 

 

 

” Toyota’s hydrogen fuel cell vehicle will go into production ahead of schedule, with production planned for mid-December 2014.

  Sales will also begin “by the end of the year” reports Japan Times (via Autoblog), ahead of Toyota’s original on-sale date some time in 2015.

  No reason has been given for bringing the car forward, but it’s safe to assume Toyota’s development and testing is going smoothly so far – unusual in the alternative fuel vehicle market.

  Toyota first revealed its fuel-cell vehicle as the FCV-R concept in 2012. The concept was subsequently updated in 2013, and the car was revealed in testing camouflage earlier on this year.”

 

Christian Science Monitor

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So, A Wildfire Starts Burning Around You And It’s Terrifying, Sure. But It Also Makes For A Hell Of A Wedding Photo.

 

 

Seriously, Michael and April might not have been able to take their time, but they ended up with some mind-blowing wedding photos.Photo Credits: Josh Newton

 

 

 

 

” Michael and April Wolber had picked the perfect place for their wedding, Rock Springs Ranch in Oregon. They couldn’t wait for an idyllic outdoor wedding with all their friends and family.

  Except when their ceremony began on Saturday, firetrucks pulled up, warning the wedding party that the Two Bulls wildfire was heading straight for them at a dangerous pace.”

 

 

After they both said "I do," Michael, April, and their friends and family rushed off to their back-up location safely.

 

 

” So, as firefighters looked on, Michael and April rushed through their vows in half-time, racing to make sure they were able to have their dream wedding in their perfect place.

Josh Newton, the couple’s photographer, was snapping photos of the whole thing and ended up grabbing some absolutely incredible shots.”

 

 

See more of the connubial conflagration at Buzzfeed

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kid Writes The Best Letter From Camp EVER

 

 

 

” Last year, my eight year-old son went to summer camp. It was the first time he had been away from home for more than a night. An hour after I dropped him off, I missed him. By the time I went to bed, I found myself wandering into his bedroom, just to feel close to him.

  As the days passed, I wrote to him daily. Each hour dragged as I’d wait for the mailman, hoping for just one letter from him. By that point I missed him so much, I began to imagine what he might write.

  I fantasized I would receive a letter something like this:

Dear Mom,

  Thank you so much for letting me go to camp. I have learned so many cool things, like how to take a fish off the hook, tie sailing knots, and how to groom a horse. Thanks for packing sun screen. I’ve been out on the lake a lot, so it’s really come in handy. You think of everything! I’ve been drinking tons of water since it’s so hot. See? I do listen to all your good advice.

  The other boys in my cabin are really smart and nice. I’m making  lifelong friends I will cherish forever. We’ve had fun learning camp songs, playing cards, and catching frogs in our free time. During quiet time, I read the book you sent along. What a great selection! 

  Like you suggested, I’m trying a lot of new foods. You were right, the oatmeal at breakfast isn’t bad if I add raisins. And don’t worry, Mom, I’m using all the manners you’ve taught me over the years.

We’re camping under the stars tonight. I hope to see fireflies.

I love you,

W

xxoo

P.S. Tell my brothers I miss them! 

The next day I received an actual letter from him. It was just slightly different from what I imagined:”

 

 

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”  This year I’m sending a whole book of stamps to camp with him.

  Can’t wait to see what he writes!

  Liesl, publisher of the website Hairpin Turns Ahead, uses humor and humility to write about navigating life’s twists, turns, and inevitable changes.  A divorced mom of three, she has come to accept that even though her white-picket-fence dream life blew up in her face, it was probably the best thing to have happened. Follow Liesl on FacebookPinterest,and Twitter.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mandatory

 

 

 

 

 

 

Camel Tow – “We’ll snatch you out of a tight spot” 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Audi Needles A Rival, With Panache

 

 

 

 

” The 2014 24 Hours of Le Mans is just over a week away, and Audi presses all the right enthusiast buttons in this new video starring the R18 e-tron quattro and driver Dindo Capello as they take a little road trip to say hi to a rival.

It’s a lot of car porn. It’s a little trash talk. It’s pro-level hooning. And it’s all good.

You’ll never believe how excited for an event 58 seconds of video can make you.”

 

 

Road & Track

From Wimp.com Comes This Fetch Machine

 

 

 

” This Jack Russell terrier is happy to have an engineer for an owner, because that means it is able to play fetch even when no humans are around. This device allows the dog to load the launcher and fire it without human assistance.”

Man Stages Fake Murder In Front Of Google Street View Van

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

” A garage owner spotted one of those Google Street View vehicles and decided it was the perfect opportunity to stage a fake murder.  (Via Flickr / phossilBen Smith)

   with that garage owner, Dan Thompson. He explains how he created the scene.

” I whiffled into the garage, grabbed Gary, one of my mechanics, and a pickaxe handle. Came out, laid down in the street, and he stood over me, pretending to give me a leaf massage with the pickaxe handle.”

  The 56-year-old has since apologized.

  This was after someone finally spotted the image a year later and called the cops, likely fearing it was real, according to The Telegraph. “

 

More here

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Prototype 0 Reveals the Zonda 760 X

 

 

” If you were sad because you think that the Zonda production finished don’t worry. The Pagani Automobili is still building special Zondas for their customers. Probably you will see new cars also in the coming year. This time, Pagani produced a very particular car. Its name is Zonda X and it is a very close sister of the well known Zonda UNO. Even if the “760” logo is not present on the car I’m quite sure it features the same specs of the Zonda 760LM.”

 

   This video is not of the 760 X but is still a great intro to the world of Pagani automobiles and the Zonda model in particular .

 

 

 

Read more and view many pictures at Prototype 0

See also:

 

 

Pagani Zonda 760 X One-Off: Fortune Looking for Fame [Photo Gallery]

One Lap of the Web: New Zonda, Euro-spec Porsches and a Gordini R17

Pagani Zonda X: New Pictures and Details

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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