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Is it a Buoy or is it a Ship? The Navy’s Oldest and Oddest Research Vessel

Thursday 01.09.2014 , Posted by
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If you just saw the image above, you might guess that the navy repurposed the front of a ship for the top of a buoy, or as many people have done, mistake it for a capsized ocean transport ship… the truth however, is far more interesting. You are looking at the US Navy’s oldest and most unusual research vessel. Appropriately called FLIP (Floating Instrument Platform), the 355ft long spoon-shaped ship is the world’s only vessel that can operate both horizontally and vertically. The ship performs its 28 minute transformation when 700 tons of seawater are pumped into the ‘handle’ of the ship causing it to lower into the water and the bow to rise. [Read more...]

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Currency Art: Taken From the Pockets of the Military

Monday 04.09.2012 , Posted by

Sometimes life creates art inspiration in strange ways. For artist Chad Person, the inspiration for his humorously titled series TaxCut came in the form of a failing soldier in his digital photography class. Person relates on his website how, when he found out the soldier would have to repay his $400 course tuition grant to the military for his failure, the artist saw an opportunity to make sure the military couldn’t assign the funds elsewhere, like buying more weapons. [Read more...]

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The Power of Music: An Inspiring Story from WWII

Tuesday 03.08.2011 , Posted by

This is the most moving thing I’ve heard all week. Jack Leroy Tueller, at age 90, recounts a remarkable experience he had in WWII while waiting out a German sniper. It makes one believe in the power of music, of story and of humanity. We hope it makes your week too.

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Groovy French Pod Car

Tuesday 01.11.2011 , Posted by


“Honey, I’m taking the Bubble Mobile to the disco!” This wacky concept car from 1970s France was called l’Automodule. Designed by engineer Jean Pierre Ponthieu, the vehicle was equipped with a small two-stroke engine, a hydraulic transmission and electronic controls. It was capable of turning on a single point and changing its ground clearance… perfect for dodging kids in the parking lot! [Read more...]

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War: Business as Usual

Saturday 01.01.2011 , Posted by


The crew over at The Vice Guide to Everything hit up a trade show in Amman Jordan… no, not featuring comic books or new futuristic cars… but guns, missiles, bombs, and armored cars. Men in suits hock the latest in high tech weaponry to members of the military from all around the world. People are cordial, then head home to get back to fighting one another. Welcome to The Business of War.
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