July 2019: Weird So Far

A bunch of big strange stuff happened recently around the world and it’s only the 3rd of July. On the 1st of July, up near the top of the world, 14 sailors died in a fire on a top secret Russian “nuclear powered” submarine in the Barents Sea. On July 1, a fire onboard a secretive Russian nuclear submarine killed 14 sailors before it was extinguished.  Via PopMech On July 2nd was a huge NATO anti-submarine exercise according to the Moscow Times. On Tuesday, NATO kicks off its annual anti-submarine exercise Dynamic Mongoose in the Norwegian Sea west of Andøya, … Continue reading July 2019: Weird So Far

What was the Caspian Sea Monster?

Long ago and far away lived a unique large fast mechanical monster of which you may have never heard. The Caspian Sea Monster was a huge 311 mph hover jet built by the Soviet Union. In 1967 the USA, using a satellite, discovered what looked like an aircraft, but oddly, the wings were too short. It had a Soviet Navy logo on it as well. Officially called the Ekranoplan, it was a huge vehicle developed in the Cold War from the 1960’s to the 1980’s. Part plane and part hover boat, it could fly just above the sea surface, floating … Continue reading What was the Caspian Sea Monster?

(Video) Flying Machines of the Future

A swarm of autonomous drones giving a light show in a building during a TED talk is mesmerizing and amazing to watch. It starts at around 8:18. Highly recommended. Autonomous systems expert Raffaello D’Andrea develops flying machines, and his latest projects are pushing the boundaries of autonomous flight — from a flying wing that can hover and recover from disturbance to an eight-propeller craft that’s ambivalent to orientation … to a swarm of tiny coordinated micro-quadcopters. Prepare to be dazzled by a dreamy, swirling array of flying machines as they dance like fireflies above the TED stage. This “athletic” drone … Continue reading (Video) Flying Machines of the Future

A Rare $204,000 Penny

A rare bronze penny sold for $204K recently, below the $1 million+ experts expected. This rare coin is the result of an accident, one of only about 10 to 20 minted in 1943 with copper metal amid US copper shortages that year. The U.S. Mint struck its first 100% copper one-cent coins—then the size of today’s half-dollars—in 1793, and there have been several changes to these coins since. During World War II there were copper shortages because copper was being used for shell casings and wire for the war. Thus, pennies minted were switched to zinc coated low-grade steel. These … Continue reading A Rare $204,000 Penny

US Army Seeks Biodegradable Bullets to Sprout Plants

While I’m on a California farm retreat from technology, I’m still scanning the airwaves a few times a week for the super weird stuff that you should know about. Here’s one I couldn’t pass up: bullets that sprout plants… after a few months. Not only are bullets a physical hazard, but they’re an environmental hazard, too. At US Army training facilities around the world, hundreds of thousands of spent shells litter proving grounds. Because there is no efficient way to clean up the shells, they’re left where they fall. But that’s a problem. The shells, which contain metal and other … Continue reading US Army Seeks Biodegradable Bullets to Sprout Plants

Putin: Russia Has Unstoppable Nuclear Powered Missiles

I’ve been trying to ignore world politics, but this post from March 1, 2018 on NPR is a bit too strange to pass up. Putin says Russia has nuclear powered missiles. The US has nuclear powered submarines and aircraft carriers, but not aircraft or missiles. The idea seems crazy because aren’t properly shielded reactors much too heavy to get off the ground? And what about accidents? Here are some details of the claim: In his annual state of the nation address on Thursday, Russian President Vladimir Putin unveiled a nuclear-powered, nuclear-armed cruise missile that he claimed could fly indefinitely and … Continue reading Putin: Russia Has Unstoppable Nuclear Powered Missiles

Entire Internet: Real-Time Network Overview

Strange but true, did you know there are web sites where you can see the overall status of the worldwide Internet? If you like the big picture, internettrafficreport.com could be useful for monitoring alien invasions, asteriod strikes, solar flare attacks and other large events that cause outages. Another tool for the overview is by Akamai. This one shows where the action is, where most of the Internet traffic is currently going on. This one could be useful for aliens who are invading the Earth and would like to take out our major communications. It is quite interesting to switch back … Continue reading Entire Internet: Real-Time Network Overview

Ballistic Missile Emergency Alert To People In Hawaii, 1/13/2018, 8:08 AM

It is nice to know there would be a warning in a missile attack, but what a doozy of false alarm, if it was that. Perhaps there really was a missile headed for Hawaii and we secretly shot it down? Hawaii residents and visitors received shocking mobile push alerts Saturda morning warning of an approaching missile and instructing people to seek shelter, but Hawaii’s Emergency Management Agency quickly stated the message was sent in error. “BALLISTIC MISSILE THREAT INBOUND TO HAWAII,” the message read. “SEEK IMMEDIATE SHELTER. THIS IS NOT A DRILL.” Shortly after, the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency informed … Continue reading Ballistic Missile Emergency Alert To People In Hawaii, 1/13/2018, 8:08 AM

Amazing Dancing Jet, Is It Real? Not Exactly.

In this impressive video you can see that the aerodynamic properties of this jet are irrelevant in hover mode. The wings are not being used to create lift. From this, it is clear that one could have any shape for a jet powered flying object. But is this what it seems? No. The caption for this on YouTube is incorrect in its claims: Published on Jul 20, 2016 Russian fighter plane doing a delicate solo dance at ground level. It is even more amazing when one realizes this is a deadly plane capable of supersonic speeds and dropping nuclear bombs … Continue reading Amazing Dancing Jet, Is It Real? Not Exactly.