Monday, August 27, 2007

random 18

Coffee: I drink my coffee black... preferably fair trade. However there is a whole culture around coffee drinks of various sorts... here's an illustrated coffee guide.

Cappuccino Coast: The day the Pacific was whipped up into an ocean of froth - Daily Mail
It was as if someone had poured tons of coffee and milk into the ocean, then switched on a giant blender.

Suddenly the shoreline north of Sydney were transformed into the Cappuccino Coast.

Foam swallowed an entire beach and half the nearby buildings, including the local lifeguards' centre, in a freak display of nature at Yamba in New South Wales.

Maps: I don't know whether to laugh or cringe at this video of Miss Tean South Carolina rambling on her response to the question: "Recent polls have shown that a fifth of Americans can't locate the US on a world map. Why do you think this is?" Out of that nonsensical response comes maps for us a new collection of interesting maps.

Orbitron: As a kid Ed "Big Daddy" Roth was one of my heros... the world's premier custom car designers. Now one of his long-lost custom cars has been found parked in front of an adult bookstore in Mexico. The amazing car, called the Orbitron, was apparently being used as a dumpster.

The Orbitron, immortalized in Tom Wolfe's 1963 essay on hot-rod culture, sported the signature Roth bubble-top, along with asymetrical bodywork and triclops colored headlights. The whereabouts of this unique Rothmobile had been unknown for many years following its purported disowning by the late Big Daddy himself, allegedly disgusted by its lukewarm reception on the show circuit. He believed that covering the shiny '55 Chevy engine was to partially to blame for its downfall. The interior featured a TV, Cragar steering wheel, Moon gas pedal, Hurst shifter and a Dixco tachometer. Ed got the idea to use the three primary colored headlights, so when they turned on and focused in one spot they would create a white beam.

links: boing boing; car domain; revolusjonkel rolf

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