14 World-Changing Data Visualizations, From the Last 4 Centuries | This 1685 map depicts ocean currents as they were understood at the time. British Library | WIRED.comreblog
The Surreal Grandeur of San Francisco’s Little-Known Salt Fields | Crystallizer beds (Cargill Newark crystallizer beds, September 2005). Cris Benton | WIRED.comreblog
If you think that’s a little bit of stunt flying by a daredevil zeppelin pilot, think again — that shit is not intentional. That is what happens when you dock a zeppelin and it gets hit by a huge gust of wind.
That pic is from August 25, 1927, when the USS Los Angeles had a serious problem with wind gusts while it was moored at a New Jersey docking station. Before it could correct its orientation, the airship was picked up tail-first and wound up balancing vertically on the tip of the station. On the inside, it probably felt like The Poseidon Adventure.reblog
Every New Year’s, jokers on Facebook pose the same question — why don’t we have flying cars yet? What the hell are you waiting for, science? Well, you can all shut up, because it turns out we had flying cars as far back as 1947.
This is another one you need to really stop and look at. Are you seeing its Captain Hook hand? How about its huge, hexagonal robo-nipples? WHY DID IT NEED NIPPLES?!?
While we would love to pretend that this is Tony Stark’s grandfather Sir Augustus Leopold Stark and that this was his utterly terrifying crime-fighting suit, it is instead a man named Chester MacDuffee standing beside a diving suit he invented. It weighed about 550 pounds and wasn’t completely watertight, which meant that it came equipped with a pump to suck the water out as you struggled not to drown. Shit, what did you expect from pre-World War I diving gear?reblog
these were Percheron horses, specifically bred for the purpose of growing those ludicrous long-ass manesreblog
If you look closely, you might notice something strange about the direction this plane is flying. Skilled aeronauts should be able to pick it out fairly easily.
Apparently, a farmer was in the process of snapping a photograph of his buddy riding a tractor in 1962 when, by a billion-to-one chance, he accidentally took an interesting photo instead. That’s test pilot George Aird ejecting from his fighter jet as it was cruising a little too vertically for his comfort.
Aird survived, but not without injury — rather than landing on the pillow-like soft grass of the farmer’s field, he crashed Wile E. Coyote style through the roof of a nearby greenhouse and sustained several fractures.reblog
The Mildred, Gurnards Head, 1912, from Newport to London carrying slag.reblog