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Here's How You Test An Unsinkable Boat Here's How You Test An Unsinkable Boat

The Thunder Child, built by a company called Safehaven Marine, is meant to be nearly unsinkable. That means it’s not supposed to go down, even if it completely capsizes. And there’s only one real way to test that. You gotta flip it and see what happens.

Dyson's Plan To Build Three Electric Cars From Scratch Is Nuts And Just Might Work Dyson's Plan To Build Three Electric Cars From Scratch Is Nuts And Just Might Work

Dyson is mostly known as a prominent manufacturer of vacuum cleaners and hand dryers, and that’s fine. But in September it announced it wanted to get into the electric car business, and it had $2.8 billion with which to do it. Now the Financial Times has got more details on how it plans to do it, and how it just might…

 

Now that’s what I call a shitty situation.

The B-2 Bomber Is Getting Ready For Retirement The B-2 Bomber Is Getting Ready For Retirement

Hey, wanna feel old? The B-2 bomber, that sleek paragon of stealth smoothness that still looks like it’s from the future, is getting ready for retirement.

General Motors Might Dump Its Sagging South Korea Operation Next General Motors Might Dump Its Sagging South Korea Operation Next

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How The Hubris Of Man Turned The New York City Subway Into Wet Trash How The Hubris Of Man Turned The New York City Subway Into Wet Trash

The New York City subway is inundated with 13 million - 13 MILLION – gallons of water a day. Every day. Every dry day. If it’s raining, it’s full of even more water. And it turns out a big part of that is because our great forefathers before us had absolutely zero clue what they were doing.

The Combination Of Freezing Rain And Cars Makes Your Biggest Fantasy Come True The Combination Of Freezing Rain And Cars Makes Your Biggest Fantasy Come True

Listen, it’s okay. You can admit. Your biggest childhood fantasy. You know the one. I know the one. We’ve all had that one. You always dreamed of having the singular, awesome ability to punch straight through glass like a total BAMF. Apparently, with just a bit of freezing rain and your car window, dreams can come…

The New York City Subway's Latest Bright Idea Is Already Screwed The New York City Subway's Latest Bright Idea Is Already Screwed

The New York City subway, it’s widely acknowledged, is terrible compared to what it used to be. The basics—rails, signals, the system itself—are all fundamentally broken. Nevertheless, New York state Governor Andrew Cuomo plows on with massively overdone capital projects. And his shining centerpiece is broken, too.

This Is The Fascinating Way Lexus Created Its Absurdly Blue Wonder Paint This Is The Fascinating Way Lexus Created Its Absurdly Blue Wonder Paint

“Structural blue does not contain any blue material. It looks blue only because of the interference of light.” So begins the explanation of how Lexus created a color known only as “Structural Blue.” It’s almost like a zen koan, and I’m still not sure I understand it.

The Falcon Heavy's Boosters' Landings Made Twin Triple Sonic Booms And They're Loud As Hell The Falcon Heavy's Boosters' Landings Made Twin Triple Sonic Booms And They're Loud As Hell

While there may now be a car in space, and the core of the Falcon Heavy rocket that launched it may be a bit worse for the wear, the twin Falcon 9-based boosters that helped make it all happen are safe and sound back on Earth. And not only did they look good, they made two big bangs doing it.

Tears For Fears – 'Pale Shelter' Tears For Fears – 'Pale Shelter'

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Elon Musk Actually Shot A Tesla Roadster Into Space Elon Musk Actually Shot A Tesla Roadster Into Space

He did it. Holy shit he did it. Elon Musk, the One True Star Boy, launched a fucking car into space.

The Philippines Just Flattened A Whole Bunch Of Smuggled Cars With A Bulldozer The Philippines Just Flattened A Whole Bunch Of Smuggled Cars With A Bulldozer

The Philippines has had a bit of a problem with people smuggling cars into the country without paying taxes. So to make a point, it just crushed a whole bunch of confiscated cars by driving over them with a bulldozer.

Here's Where That Ram Ad Really Got Martin Luther King Jr. Wrong Here's Where That Ram Ad Really Got Martin Luther King Jr. Wrong

Ram debuted an ad at the Super Bowl last night featuring the appropriated words of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. If you haven’t seen it, it was bad and dumb, and has been derided pretty much across the board. But it’s not just the use of King’s words to sell trucks that got it wrong—it’s what the rest of…

This Is What It's Like Inside The Loudest Plane In The World This Is What It's Like Inside The Loudest Plane In The World

The Russian Tu-95 ‘Bear’ isn’t just a relic of the Cold War, with the potential for a nuclear payload capable of untold devastation. It’s eight contra-rotating propellers also enable to it hold the reputation of the current Loudest Plane In The World. This is what it’s like inside.

We're The Staff Of Jalopnik, Let's Chat We're The Staff Of Jalopnik, Let's Chat

It’s the Friday afternoon after our best month of all time. It’s time to rest on some god damn laurels.

The First Car Ever Built Was Incredibly Annoying To Start The First Car Ever Built Was Incredibly Annoying To Start

The easiest car in the world to start is a Tesla. Hop in with the key in your pocket, push the brake pedal, and away you go. But this is about the opposite of that. This is about the first car ever made, the 1886 Benz Patent Motorwagen, and just getting it going would make me claw my own eyeballs out.

The Alfa Romeo Giulia Sounds Unreasonably Good With An Aftermarket Exhaust The Alfa Romeo Giulia Sounds Unreasonably Good With An Aftermarket Exhaust

The Alfa Romeo Giulia is simultaneously one of the best and worst cars currently on sale. But a new way has been discovered to make it even bester. Yes, BESTER. All it needs is an aftermarket exhaust.

Believe in the Honda City Turbo II. It believes in you.

Tears For Fears – 'Mad World' Tears For Fears – 'Mad World'

Traffic sucks, so why not start your morning off with some music? You provide the toast and we’ll provide the jams.

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