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Aug 032009
 

Daniel Lewis

Recently, CARS (Car Allowance Rebate System) has sent out step-by-step directions on how to disable a “clunker”:

“Engine Disablement Procedures for the CARS Program
THIS PROCEDURE IS NOT TO BE USED BY THE VEHICLE OWNER

Perform the following procedure to disable the vehicle engine.

1. Obtain solution of 40% sodium silicate/60% water. (The Sodium Silicate (SiO2/Na2O) must have a weight ratio of 3.0 or greater.)
2. Drain engine oil for environmentally appropriate disposal.
3. Install the oil drain plug.
4. Since the procedure is intended to render the engine inoperative, drive or move the vehicle to the desired area for disablement.
5. Pour enough solution in the engine through the oil fill for the oil pump to circulate the solution throughout the engine. Start by adding 2 quarts of the solution, which should be sufficient in most cases.

CAUTION: Wear goggles and gloves. Appropriate protective clothing should be worn to prevent silicate solution from coming into contact with the skin.

6. Replace the oil fill cap.
7. Start the engine.
8. Run engine at approximately 2000 rpm (for safety reasons do not operate at high rpm) until the engine stops. (Typically the engine will operate for 3 to 7 minutes. As the solution starts to affect engine operation, the operator will have to apply more
throttle to keep the engine at 2000 rpm.)
9. Allow the engine to cool for at least 1 hour.
10. With the battery at full charge or with auxiliary power to provide the power of a fully charged battery, attempt to start the engine.
11. If the engine will not operate at idle, the procedure is complete.
12. If the engine will operate at idle, repeat steps 7 through 11 until the engine will no longer idle.
13. Attach a label to the engine that legibly states the following:

This engine is from a vehicle that is part of the Car Allowance Rebate System (CARS). It has significant internal damage caused by operating the engine with a sodium silicate solution (liquid glass) instead of oil.

14. File this document in the file for the new vehicle purchase. ” Cars.gov

Which doesnt sound that harsh at all, until you watch the video:

That must be what a dying Transformer sounds like. Wait a minute, could this be part of a storyline in the next Transformers movie? I hope not, the car sounds terrible.

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Jul 312009
 

Daniel Lewis

Apparently, this kid wanted to get out of church so badly that he stole is parents’ Dodge Intrepid and drove it all the way home (while be pursued by police). Despite missing out on church service, we suspect “someone” was still looking out for him.

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Jul 292009
 

Daniel Lewis

Manhattan Bridge

Manhattan Bridge

For those of you who may have slept through science class in grade school, this may be terrifying. To me, it’s an awesome way of showing great science in action. Since I am not the greatest teacher of this stuff in the world, I will let PBS explain it to you:

Bridge Basics

Bridge Basics

“Suspension Bridge: Forces
In all suspension bridges, the roadway hangs from massive steel cables, which are draped over two towers and secured into solid concrete blocks, called anchorages, on both ends of the bridge. The cars push down on the roadway, but because the roadway is suspended, the cables transfer the load into compression in the two towers. The two towers support most of the bridge’s weight.” PBS.org

And now, here is a video showing the Manhattan Bridge in action:

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May 082009
 

Check out this awesome video of Lamborghini’s Super Trofeo GTR at Autodromo Nazionale Monza in Italy. Here are some quick facts about this Lamborghini Gallardo LP 560-4 modified for the track:

Cost: ~$260,000.00 USD
Weight: ~2800 lbs.
Engine: 5.2 Liter V10
Horsepower: 570

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Apr 202009
 

Daniel Lewis

This past weekend, Michael Bay released a new teaser for Transformers 2: Revenge of the Fallen. The movie is scheduled to be released on June 24th, 2009. I hope it is as good as the first Transformers movie, but history tells us that sequels usually fall short.

PS. Does Megan Fox’s club thumb lower her hotness ranking?

Megan's Thumb

Apr 122009
 

Daniel Lewis

Imagine this. A silver Scion xB blasting down a highway at over 100mph – we are pretending, afterall. It drives into the dirt, pulls off a figure eight, and then the driver steps out of the car and ghost rides the whip!

This has all the makings of a hip-hop inspired Scion xB commercial, right? WRONG!

This sequence of events is actually the details of what a crazy woman did while evading an arrest from the police in Lake Forest, CA!

And here is the Benny Hill version, for your viewing pleasure:

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