Fifteen Years Ago, An Amateur Astronomer Found An Asteroid That Somebody Had Painted White

It came from outer space or Earth
Asteroid and/or Alien Spaceship

Technically rockets are automobiles, so this belongs here. On September 3rd 2002 an amateur astronomer named Bill Yeung did what amateur astronomer Bill Yeung does best: he found an asteroid orbiting earth that nobody had found yet. Excited to claim the discovery, he named it J002E3 presumably because Spacey McSpace Face was already taken, but something was amiss. For one, nobody had noticed it before, which was odd given its size. Also, it seemed to be painted white. [Continue Reading]

How To Use Nitrous Oxide Without Blowing Up Your Engine

Whip-It!

Engineering is easy; just make an educated guess and then add an appropriate safety factor. If you’re 50% sure a car will tow 4,000 pounds, call it a 2,000 pound tow capacity and ship it. Be sure to put a sticker on that says “Maximum towing capacity: 2,000 pounds.” Disclaimers are a great way to limit your liability.

Disclaimer: Do not design things this way, it is not how engineering is actually done. [Continue Reading]

Put Motorcycle Engines Into Cars

Motorcycle engine in a car

A hot rod is, by a definition I just made up, a small vehicle with large vehicle parts. Years ago, someone figured out that you could take the engine out of a truck and put it in a roadster, and bam! Fast car. This modification has spanned the history of the automobile, from a hundred years ago in the California deserts to any one of a thousand LS engine swaps happening as you read this.  [Continue Reading]

My Doctor Told Me I Needed A Cane, So I Made One With Stuff In My Garage

When confronted with the opportunity to buy something for twenty dollars, I always think “I bet I could build that for free,” and then proceed to spend a hundred dollars in tools so that I can build it for free. Then I spend twenty dollars on beer to celebrate the money I saved. So when my doctor said “You’ll need to buy a walking cane,” I thought, Buy? I have a pile of metal and a welder. So I bought twenty dollars of beer and got to work. [Continue Reading]