Cleaning out my bookmarks, part one:
Here's a bit of Kentucky legislature encouraging "purchase of a submarine to patrol the waters of the Commonwealth and search and destroy all casino riverboats.
An essay on the planned Nazi orbital solar mirror
, or "Sun Gun."
Building E, an evil artificial intelligence
There were several attempts to create flying platforms and "flying jeeps"
during the 50s and 60s. They didn't have much luck (although you can still see those flying platforms in MGS3).QUARK
was a short-lived sit-com sci-fi show from the 60s. Something of a Trek parody, I'd never heard of it before.The Old Man of the Lake
is a sun-bleached log that's been floating in Crater Lake for almost a century. I'd like to hang out there.The Phantom time hypothesis
states that the early middle ages never existed.The medical histories of American PresidentsPrinciples of the American Cargo Cult
, or why people are sheep.Houdini starred in the first motion picture to feature a robot
Two resources for would-be steampunk writers: a selection of 19th century vernacular
and a dictionary of Victorian London
A collection of several hypothetical planets
, including Vulcan and Planet X.
Various maps of Mars
What would happen to the people when their nation sinks into the sea? The might become a "ghost state
", with an entire population in exile.
There is a massive underdark ocean under Asia
. Ok, not really, but I like the concept.
The Aymara people of South America have a verbal and physical language that reverses the concept of time
, i.e. the past is to their front, the future is to their back.Derinkuyu is an underground city in Turkey
. Built around 1400, it has space for at least 10,000 people and could be cut off completely from the outside world.
Nearly a hundred displaced villagers live the troglodyte lifestyle in a massive cave in China
. They have a school, a hotel, and television. The buildings have no roofs.The Door to Hell
exists. Situated near Darvaz, Uzbekistan, it is a cavern filled with deadly gas that has been burning for 35 years. The constant fire keeps the poison from escaping.
An underground cave complex in Mexico may have inspired the Maya underworld
.The world's tallest log cabin
was built by a Russian gangster. It looks like an 8-year old's creation. He built it because he was lonely.Several sites
let you print out pop-culture cube origami.
A young girl in Mintlaw is dying from Cystinosis, which is crystallizing her healthy cells. Her eyes are turning to crystal.
There's a handful of folks who push the extremes of human endurance
. Swimming in arctic waters, breathing with a distinct lack of oxygen, these people are a genetic misstep away from eyebeams and retractable claws.
Speaking of weird human adaptations, human echolocaters
are amazing. I mean, there are blind people who mountain bike and skateboard, using only sound for navigation. And of course, other blind people manage to become nefarious hackers
, so there's that.
Astronomers find clouds of the Milky Way containing ethyl formate, i.e. the chemical that gives raspberries their flavor. So the galaxy might taste of raspberries,
which is neat.Time may have existed before the Big Bang
. Notable for mentioning that a newly-created infant universe would not expand and overwrite our own, because it would create new space
Constructing a new fictional language? Use the Language Construction Kit
. Trying to envision how future people talk? Use Futurese (JBR Precoglang)
All of WhiteChapel's REMAKE/REMODEL threads are excellent, but I find "Click Rush, the Gadget Man
" to be my favorite.
The alternate evolution exploration of alien world Snaiad
and the Speculative Dinosaur Project
The not-so-subtle spiritual themes of Jack Kirby's work
.The sacred books and traditions of the Yezidiz
, a sect of semi-gnostic "devil-worshipers" from Iraq. Think King Peacock in Top Ten.
Agabe, Eros, Philia, and Storge: The Greek words for love.Fighting Jack Churchil
l might be the most badass shoulder of WWII. Among other feats, he killed Nazis with a bow and arrows. Also a sword. Also bagpipes.Antarctica dream dollars
are currency from an antarctic utopia that never existed.Hell money
, featuring pictures of the Emperor of Hell, was invented by the Chinese to smooth economic transactions in their bureaucratic afterlife.
A collection of European anti-semitic legends
.The Code of the West