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Crescent Shaped Air Traffic Control Tower in Abu Dhabi

Photo: Michael Renner/Flickr All large airports have Air Traffic Control (ATC) towers, and most of them, well, look just like any ol’ air traffic control towers. But it [...]

Monstrous, Angelic, Unusual Bridge Sculptures

“QUANTUM SHOT” #801 Link – article by Simon Rose and Avi Abrams Monstrous, Angelic or Just Plain Weird – Unusual Bridge Sculptures, Part One There are bridges in every country, all over the world, each one serving a very functional purpose, so it’s nice to know that some of the [...]

Lumberjacks Sitting On Top of a Precariously Stacked Pile of Logs

Photo: MSCUA, University of Washington Libraries. Photo Coll 516 Back when old growth timber was plentiful and lives were cheap, this photograph of a 1932 logging crew in the Pacific Northwest showed how lumberjacks [...]

Up, Up and Away: Building an Airship House

“QUANTUM SHOT” #794 Link – article by Avi Abrams H. G. Wells and Jules Verne Would Approve Luke William Grove (originally from Brighton, United Kingdom) is currently building a floating “airship” house in Perpignan, France. This is not a humble abode, tied to Mother Earth with no hope of ever [...]

Most Dangerous Roads in the World, Part 7

“QUANTUM SHOT” #793 Link – article by Avi Abrams Crazy Routes in India and Tibet Today we present another (long-overdue) installment in our popular series The World’s Most Dangerous Roads, and we have to shudder showing you these vertigo-inducing images (although some hardened drivers may say “oh, shucks, it’s nothing [...]

Upside Down & Other Weird Houses

“QUANTUM SHOT” #787 Link – article by M. Christian & Avi Abrams “- And He Built a Crooked House -” Emily Dickinson said it perfectly: “Where thou art, that is home.” But some very creative people, have taken that idea to wonderful extremes by building homes that aren’t just [...]

Land Speed Record Vehicles, Part 2: Jet Propulsion 1960s-1980s

“QUANTUM SHOT” #786 Link – article by Simon Rose and Avi Abrams Need for Speed: The Fastest Men On Earth & Their “Rocket” Vehicles, 1960s-1980s In Part One of our look at land speed record vehicles here at Dark Roasted Blend, we featured the pioneers who steadily pushed top speeds [...]

Most Extravagant Bus Ever Built

“QUANTUM SHOT” #779 Link – article by Avi Abrams Citroen U55 Cityrama Currus: Parisian spaceship from the 1950s! When we are considering which bus design could be called “the strangest ever built in history”, then this hyperfuturistic double-decker bus certainly comes right on top. People at the time wondered if this [...]

Rare & Wonderful 1950s Space Art

“QUANTUM SHOT” #778 Link – article by Avi Abrams This Art Truly Makes “The Ether Vibrate” It’s been some time since our last Retrofuture Space Art update, and today we are going to treat you to the rarest of the rare, the most spectacular 1950s space art that we could unearth [...]

History of the Tailsitter Airplanes

“QUANTUM SHOT” #202(rev) Link – article by Erlend Aaseth and Avi Abrams A vertical takeoff, level flight and a tail landing – first VTOL concepts These flying wonders, so called “Tailsitter” airplanes, are truly remarkable pieces of aviation history: mainly designed in the late 1940s and early 1950s, they were essentially [...]