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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 [...]

Top Quizzes of 2010: Mac or PC? (#16)

This week we’ll be counting down some of the top mental_floss quizzes of 2010. Enjoy! How well do you know one platform from the other? The history of these two giants in the computing world? Given a picture of one, would you know by sight alone if it’s a PC or Mac? Take the Quiz: Mac or [...]

New York City Now Offers Subway Service to Hogwarts

If you want to go to the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, you’ll have to board the train at Platform 9 3/4. Some prankster decided that New York City’s subway system should offer service to Hogwarts, and so put up a sticker for that platform on a sign at the 14th Street Union Square [...]

The Ultimate Moving Experience: Troll-A Gas Platform

What’s the largest thing you’ve ever moved? Your fridge? Imagine if you have to move something larger than all of the house stuff you’ve accumulated. Say, something like a the Troll-A gas platform: It stands almost 500 meters tall and weighs 656,000 tons – it’s one of the biggest man-made objects ever towed (it has now [...]

The FLIP Ship

Despite the many opportunities for research in the oceans, the surfaces of those seas tend to get rough. Ships being tossed around tend to do less research, so in 1962 the Office of Naval Research helped to develop the Floating Instrument Platform (FLIP). FLIP can be used in either a drifting or moored mode, based on [...]

Floating Stadium Marina Bay Singapore

Floating Stadium Marina Bay in Singapore The Float at Marina Bay, also known as Marina Bay Floating Platform (Chinese: 滨海湾浮动舞台), is the world’s largest floating stage. It is located on the waters of the Marina Reservoir, in Marina Bay, Singapore. Made entirely of steel, the floating platform on Marina Bay measures 120 metres long and 83 metres [...]