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Antique Steam Shovel Still Going Strong

This Erie Steam Shovel Type B was built in 1925. It’s not ready to retire yet. Here it is moving dirt at the International Plowing Match in Teeswater, Ontario in 2008. Link -via New Jovian Thunderbolt

Walk This Way: The History of the Moving Sidewalk

Authors like H.G. Wells, Isaac Asimov, and Robert Heinlein have long envisioned a future where the automobile gives way to massive, high-speed moving walkways. Some of them merely zoom commuters around cities, while others, like Heinlein’s “mechanized roads,” could take people from Cleveland all the way to Cincinnati. The moving sidewalk is familiar to travelers in [...]

Gorilla Gets Pet Bunny Rabbit

Samantha is a 47-year-old western lowland gorilla who lives at the Erie Zoo. Her gorilla partner died in 2005, and zoo officials believe she is too old to confront another new gorilla. But to keep her from loneliness, they found her a companion in a young Dutch rabbit named Panda. “To have something sharing their space [...]

The Late Movies: Red Pandas

A video of a red panda trying to reach a doorknob charmed everyone who saw it this week. Red pandas are possibly the cutest animal on earth. Let’s take a good look at these little balls of fluff. Red Pandas Can’t Jump The little jumping panda’s name is Yuta. He lives in Japan. * The Red Panda Hop Jonathan “Song-A-Day” [...]