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Crawfish boats… crawfish, are like tiny lobsters, that live in swamps, marshes, and ponds and are trapped like minnows.

December 12th, 2017 by admin


These little crafts, heirs to the old Cajun swamp-going boats but with the benefit of generations of creativity and modern materials, are constructed both to glide along the top of a flooded field and to ride easily along dry roads, even going along the side of the highway toward the next crawfish field. No two of these boats are exactly alike because they’re not mass-produced in factories. Instead, they’re just made in the area where they’re needed by a handful of men who know how to build machines.

An engine operates a hydraulic pump and motor to propel a metal wheel that extends beyond the boat. Metal cleats are welded to the wheel, which is mounted to the rear to push the boat in shallow water. The hydraulic steering can be operated with foot pedals, leaving the driver’s hands free to empty and rebait traps.


there is even a good book about them

The Amazing Crawfish Boat chronicles the development of an amphibious boat that transformed the Louisiana prairies into alternating fields of aquaculture and agriculture. In seeking to understand how such a machine came into being, John Laudun describes the ideas and traditions that have long been a part of the Louisiana landscape and how they converged at a particular moment in time to create a new economic opportunity for both the rice farmers who used them and the fabricators who made them.

https://soundcloud.com/johnlaudun/sets/the-amazing-crawfish-boat
https://www.amazon.com/Amazing-Crawfish-Folklore-Studies-Multicultural/dp/1496804201
http://thewandererschuckandkate.blogspot.com/2011/04/cajun-tale.html

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Crawfish boats… crawfish, are like tiny lobsters, that live in swamps, marshes, and ponds and are trapped like minnows.

Coffee and donuts video of the morning, how manufacturing line workers are at the verge of getting exoskeletons to lower fatigue and increase stamina, and make work easier and less likely to cause repetitive strain injuries

December 11th, 2017 by admin

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Coffee and donuts video of the morning, how manufacturing line workers are at the verge of getting exoskeletons to lower fatigue and increase stamina, and make work easier and less likely to cause repetitive strain injuries

the oldest known model D just sold for $185,000

December 11th, 2017 by admin

This tractor, Sn. 30404, was the 4th built and is the oldest example known to exist. I

The tractor has been in the long time collection of Ted Spoelstra of Forks, Washington. He had searched this tractor out several decades ago and performed a detailed restoration to preserve it’s historical importance.

https://bid.aumannauctions.com/view-auctions/catalog/id/13701/lot/2022019/

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keep the dream alive, if any kid tells some other kid what they "can’t do" point out how almost nothing can’t be done, especially in the Western hemisphere, that’s why we’re North AmeriCANs and South AmeriCANs

December 10th, 2017 by admin

A 10-year-old girl got to fly a plane for the first time last week, thanks to UPS’s Wishes Delivered campaign, https://wishesdelivered.ups.com/

Taylor is going to be a UPS pilot: She knows this, and you should, too.

“When she was about 5, we took her to the Mall of America, and she got to fly in a plane, and she just knew that’s what she wanted to do with her life,” her mem said. “She was just amazed by it.”

She had taken Taylor to a Girls in Aviation day at Bowman Field, and the UPS Wishes Delivered crew was there, filming and scouting for a candidate, and they chose Taylor.

Wishes Delivered fulfills the dreams of children in various ways. In the past, a young boy who had a special relationship with a driver, was given a custom-made UPS package truck to drive around his neighborhood. The team once delivered snow to children in Texas who had never experienced snow before.

Felix Ocano, being interviewed outside Michigan City in June 1962. Ocana started his journey towards Ottawa from Ecuador in May of 1960 in the vintage car he rebuilt and has repaired many times during his long journey

December 9th, 2017 by admin

https://www.flickr.com/photos/69559277@N04/15625344956/

After building a 1924 Model T Ford from spare parts and driving it from Quito, Ecuador, in two years, Felix Ocana arrived in Detroit Monday to learn more about automobiles.

Ocana, a 41-year-old mechanic from Pasto, Colombia, was writing a book on the evolution of the automobile in America. Detroit the “automobile capital of the world” was the high point of his research tour, he said.

getting a ticket in Indiana for driving too slow in 1962, the minimum on the tollroad was 40 mph

http://hipe.historicimages.com/images/RSE/RSE46400.jpg

and the internet seems to have nothing else about Felix’s long trip. Damn it.

Pedal car repairman, in a shop at Springfield, Massachusetts, during the 1950’s.

December 8th, 2017 by admin

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Sure people buy and sell cars for profit, but how many people with enough celebrity status who actually raise the value by owning a car, sell them BECAUSE they added value? Well, John Cena, movie actor, former wrestler, just did, after a month of owning a 2017 Ford GT, and Ford is sueing for breach of contract, Ford wanted to get rich from him owning it, instead of him doing that

December 8th, 2017 by admin

Cena sold this custom 2017 GT less than a month after taking ownership of the car — in violation of a contract he signed promising to hold onto the car for at least two years.

Ford has sued him in US District Court in Detroit, seeking $75,000 in damages, and the profit Cena made from flipping the car

this war time ’41 GMC Radio Truck is about as rare as you can get in the COE world. And the buy it now is 9k, and it’s in Santa Clara Ca (thanks Case!)

December 6th, 2017 by admin

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this war time ’41 GMC Radio Truck is about as rare as you can get in the COE world. And the buy it now is 9k, and it’s in Santa Clara Ca (thanks Case!)

a mangled pile of bicycles in China, from the south-eastern city of Xiamen, with thousands of bikes from each of the top three bike sharing companies, Mobike, Ofo and the now-defunct Bluegogo.

December 6th, 2017 by admin

The large number of cycles on Chinese streets have led to scenes of clogged sidewalks no longer fit for pedestrians and piles of mangled bikes that have been illegally parked.

But the scene in Xiamen appears to be one of the largest amalgamations of discarded bicycles, with trucks unloading bikes from around the city.

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/nov/25/chinas-bike-share-graveyard-a-monument-to-industrys-arrogance

China’s third largest bike sharing company, Bluegogo, has reportedly run into financial trouble, amid a wave of busts and consolidations in an industry that took the country by storm this year.

Bluegogo burned through 600m yuan (£68m) in investor funding in the year since it was founded by its youthful CEO Li Gang, deploying 700,000 bikes across cities in China.

At least three other bike sharing companies have also gone bust in recent months, although Bluegogo is by far the largest.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/nov/17/anger-as-chinese-bike-sharing-firm-shuts-up-office-with-riders-deposits

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a mangled pile of bicycles in China, from the south-eastern city of Xiamen, with thousands of bikes from each of the top three bike sharing companies, Mobike, Ofo and the now-defunct Bluegogo.

incredible colorized photos of the first 2 decades of racing cars

December 5th, 2017 by admin

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incredible colorized photos of the first 2 decades of racing cars