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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 [...]

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 [...]

Precariously Leaning Towers of the World

“QUANTUM SHOT” #772 Link – article by Simon Rose and Avi Abrams The World’s Other Leaning Towers (apart from the one in Pisa) Many people are familiar with the Leaning Tower of Pisa, one of the most famous buildings in the world. Construction began on the Tower in 1173 and took place in three [...]

Cute Vintage Ice Cream Trucks

“QUANTUM SHOT” #748Link – article by Simon Rose and Avi Abrams “Stop Me & Buy Some!”… “Often licked, never beaten!”… Ah, ice cream trucks. What great memories they represent from so many people’s childhood years! The sound of those distinctive tunes and melodic chimes are still guaranteed to send shivers down the spine even today. (images credit: [...]

The Other Space Race

“QUANTUM SHOT” #744Link – article by Simon Rose and Avi Abrams Active Space Programs in Iran, Brazil, India, Japan, China, Israel… is it going to get crowded even without USA or Russia? Back in the early sixties, John F. Kennedy declared America’s intention of putting a man on the Moon, a dream that was fulfilled with the [...]

Vintage Arcade Machines Showcase

“QUANTUM SHOT” #702Link – article by Simon Rose and Avi Abrams Get this vintage arcade fix – if you are lucky enough to locate them Well before the advent of the modern video game, and even before Space Invaders, Pacman and Pong, arcade games existed for us to entertain ourselves and to spend our money on. (left: [...]

Unusual Musical Instruments, Part Two

“QUANTUM SHOT” #694Link – article by Simon Rose and Avi Abrams Some Odd, Forgotten and Bizarre Instruments from Around the World Also Read Part 1 Most of us are familiar with pianos, guitars, drums, the wind and percussion instruments that make up many orchestras, plus many others. However, considering the multitude of different cultures that exist on our [...]

Ship Figureheads: Symbols of the Sea

“QUANTUM SHOT” #672Link – article by Simon Rose and Avi Abrams The art of glorious (or frightening) “hood ornaments” for ships The elaborate decorative wooden carvings known as figureheads were found on the prow of ships built between the sixteenth and nineteenth centuries. Many depicted human females or animals, but other designs could be found as well. [...]

Amazing Automatons: Ancient Robots & Victorian Androids

“QUANTUM SHOT” #667Link – article by Simon Rose and Avi Abrams Industrious Little Creatures, Full of Gears and Wonder When we say that today’s rapidly changing technology is set to transform the way we live in unimaginable ways, we should remember that people thought much the same thing in earlier centuries – whether in the time of [...]

Magnificent Motorcycles, Part 2

“QUANTUM SHOT” #664Link – article by Simon Rose and Avi Abrams Behold! The Fearsome Knight on an Iron Horse… or rather, 500 Horses Earlier this year (see Part 1), we examined some of the cool, the fascinating, the unusual and the utterly weird designs for motorcycles that have appeared for over the last century or so. Here’s [...]