The Bobby Darin “Dream Car”

1960….

When fins were in… what, a blind spot!!!

                                             

Therefore they made the rear roof all glass

 

The 1960 DiDia 150 was a luxury, custom-designed iconic, handmade car also known as the “Dream Car” forever associated with its second owner, singer Bobby Darin. The car was designed by Andrew Di Dia,  a clothing designer, who Bobby Darin had met whilst on tour in Detroit in 1957.  Darin telling Di Dia at the time that he would purchase the car if he ever “hit it big”.  For seven years, from 1953 to 1960 the DiDia 150 was hand-built by four workers, at a cost of $93,647.29  but sold to Darin in 1961 at a cost of over $150,000 (1.5 million today). ] At the time the car was listed as most expensive ‘custom-made’ car in the world by the Guinness Book of Records. ] The body was hand-formed by Ron Clark  and constructed by Bob Kaiser from Clark Kaiser Customs.

 

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Its metallic red paint was made with 30 coats of ground diamonds

for sparkle.

Built in Detroit, Michigan, clothing designer Andrew ‘Andy’ Di Dia designed  this “unrestrained and unconventional” automobile.  Only one example was ever built.

 

 

The normal V8 engine is located at the front with  an engine displacement of 365/427.  It has a rear-wheel drive, the body and chassis is hand-formed from 064 aluminum with a 125-inch wheelbase alloy tube frame.

 

 

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It has a glass cockpit in back, a squared steering wheel and thermostatically controlled air conditioning system.  

 

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The interior is rust colored in contrast to the ruby paintwork.

The design included the first backseat-mounted radio speakers and hidden windshield wipers,  that started themselves when it rained.  Other features include retractable headlamps, rear indicators that swivel as the car turns, ‘floating’ bumpers and a trunk that was hinged from the driver’s side.  Each of the four bucket seats have their own thermostatically controlled air conditioning, individual cigarette lighters and ashtrays, as well as a radio speaker.  The original engine, a Cadillac V8, was later replaced by a 427 high-performance by Ford when it was taken on the show circuit.

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Darin drove his wife, Sandra Dee, in the car to the 34th Academy Awards  in 1961.

When Bobby drove the car to the Academy Awards, Andrew Di Dia and Steve Blauner followed behind him in a limousine. The car had two fans and a switch that you had to turn on. Bobby didn’t realize, so it heated up. All the magazines said the car caught fire but it didn’t.

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Di Dia toured the car around the country, when Darin wasn’t using it for public appearances. After publicity and film use, Darin donated his “Dream Car” to the St Louis Museum of Transportation in 1970 where it remains.

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This is  Andrew Di Dia  the car designer.

OLD GUY IN A CONVERTIBLE


This had me in stitches. It’s one of those “candid camera” things.
Check out the looks on the faces of the young girls.

Turn Up The Sound and

Listen To The Classic Song .. “Only You”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ItXKGyO6cRA

QUIZ FOR MY VERY BRIGHT FRIENDS

 

There are only nine questions. This is a quiz for people who know a lot!
I found out in a hurry that I didn’t. These are not trick questions.
They are straight questions with straight answers.

1. Name the one sport in which neither the spectators nor the participants know the score or the leader until the contest ends.

2. What famous North American landmark is constantly moving backward?

3 Of all vegetables, only two can live to produce on their own for several growing seasons. All other vegetables must be replanted every year. What are the only two perennial vegetables?

4. What fruit has its seeds on the outside?

5. In many liquor stores, you can buy pear brandy, with a real pear inside the bottle. The pear is whole and ripe, and the bottle is genuine; it hasn’t been cut in any way. How did the pear get inside the bottle?

6. Only three words in standard English begin with the letters ‘ dw’ and they are all common words. Name two of them.

7. There are 14 punctuation marks in English grammar. Can you name at least half of them?

8. Name the only vegetable or fruit that is never sold frozen, canned, processed, cooked, or in any other form except fresh.

9. Name 6 or more things that you can wear on your feet beginning with the letter ‘S.’

Answers To Quiz:

1 The one sport in which neither the spectators nor the participants know the score or the leader until the contest ends: Boxing.

2 North American landmark constantly moving backward: Niagara Falls .. The rim is worn down about two and a half feet each year because of the millions of gallons of water that rush over it every minute.

3 Only two vegetables that can live to produce on their own for several growing seasons: Asparagus and rhubarb.

4 The fruit with its seeds on the outside:Strawberry.

5 How did the pear get inside the brandy bottle? It grew inside the bottle. The bottles are placed over pear buds when they are small, and are wired in place on the tree. The bottle is left in place for the entire growing season. When the pears are ripe, they are snipped off at the stems.

6 Three English words beginning with dw: Dwarf, dwell and dwindle…

7 Fourteen punctuation marks in English grammar: Period, comma, colon, semicolon, dash, hyphen, apostrophe, question mark, exclamation point, quotation mark, brackets, parenthesis, braces, and ellipses.

8 The only vegetable or fruit never sold frozen, canned, processed, cooked, or in any other form but fresh: Lettuce.

9 Six or more things you can wear on your feet beginning with ‘S’:Shoes, socks, sandals, sneakers, slippers, skis, skates, snowshoes, stockings, stilts.

PLEASE DO YOUR PART; Today is National Mental Health Day.
You can do your part by remembering to
 send this e-mail to at least one genius challenged person.Okay, my job’s done!

Don’t send it back to me. I’ve already failed it once

Some unique graveyards‏

1. Aircraft Boneyard , USA
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The 309th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group (AMARG), often called The Boneyard
is located near Davis Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson , Arizona . For those of you that have
never seen it, it’s difficult to comprehend the size of it.
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The number of aircraft stored there and the precision in the way they are parked is impressive. Another important fact is that they are all capable of being returned to service if the need ever arises.
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AMARG is a controlled-access site, and is off-limits to anyone not employed there without the
proper clearance. The only access for non-cleared individuals is via a bus tour which is conducted
by the nearby Pima Air & Space Museum . Bus tours are Monday through Friday only. Both the
museum and the Bone Yard are very popular attractions in the Arizona desert.
2. Ship Graveyard , Mauritania
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The city of Nouadhibouis the second largest city in Mauritania and serves as the country’s
Commercial center. It is famous for being the location of one of the largest ship graveyard in
the world. Hundreds of rusting ships can be seen all around, in the water and on beaches.
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One of the most commonly read explanation for that situation is that Mauritanian harbor officers
were taking bribes and allowing ships to be discarded in the harbor and around the bay. This
phenomenon started in the 80′s after the nationalization of the Mauritanian fishing industry,
numerous uneconomical ships were simply abandoned there.
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The city of Nouadhibou is one of the poorest locations in the world. Right over these phantom
beaches there are people living inside the huge merchant boats.

3. Train Cemetery , Bolivia
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One of the major tourist attractions of southwestern Bolivia is an antique train cemetery. It is located
3 km (1.9 MI) outside Uyuni and is connected to it by the old train tracks. The town served in the past
as a distribution hub for the trains carrying minerals on their way to the Pacific Ocean ports.
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The train lines were built by British engineers who arrived near the end of the 19th century and
formed a sizable community in Uyuni. The rail construction started in 1888 and ended in 1892.
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The trains were mostly used by the mining companies. In the 1940s, the mining industry collapsed,
partly due to the mineral depletion. Many trains were abandoned thereby producing the train
cemetery. There are talks to build a museum out of the cemetery.

4. Vozdvizhenka Aircraft Graveyard , Russia
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Littered with at least 18 gutted Tupolev Tu-22M Backfires of the 444th Heavy Bomber Regiment,
Vozdvizhenka air base resembles a post-apocalyptic landscape. Entering this barren place, located
near Ussuriysk in the Primorsky Krai region of Far East Russia, 60 miles (95 km) north of
Vladivostok and 40 miles (65 km) from the Chinese border, is like taking a step back in time.
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The 444th Regiment was disbanded in 2009, with some aircraft transferred to the Belaya Air Base
and others dismantled (removed engines, equipment, and with holes cut in the fuselage).
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The aircraft carcasses are awaiting final metal cutting. Currently based at the airfield is the
aviation commandant of Khurba airbase and the 322 Aircraft Repair Factory.

5. Anchor Graveyard , Portugal
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Among the dunes of Tavira island, in Portugal , there’s an impressive anchor graveyard called the
Cemitério das Âncoras. It was built in remembrence of the glorious tradition of tuna fishing with large
nets fixed with these anchors, a fishing technique already invented by the Phoenicians.
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Tavira used to be a place devoted to the tuna fishing. They built up this anchor graveyard to
remember those who had to quit their occupation when the big fish abandoned the coasts.

6. Soviet Tank Graveyard , Afghanistan
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On the outskirts of Kabul , Afghanistan there’s a massive collection of abandoned Soviet battle
Vehicles left behind after the failure of a massive eastern bloc military occupation of the
country in the 1970’s and 1980’s.
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The Soviets left in a hurry and couldn’t be bothered to find a way to get broken-down tanks back
home, so now they sit, partially stripped and covered in graffiti.
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Afghanistan has few recycling facilities, so this cemetery of tanks will likely remain where it is
for many more years as a reminder of the Russian invasion.

7. Submarine Graveyard , Russia
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The area around Nezametnaya Cove, close to the town of Gadzhiyevo , in Murmansk Oblast on
the Kola Peninsula , is a cemetery where is located a lot of old Russian submarines. After serving
their duty underwater, the submarines were brought to this restricted-access zone in the 1970s
and then forgotten.
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Locals said that some of the old submarines were used for target practice in military exercises and
often sunk, an employment of the old “out of sight, out of mind” strategy. Others were simply left in
the bay to rust and rot, floating to the surface like so many whale carcasses.

8. Moynaq Ship Graveyard , Uzbekistan
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Moynaq is a city in northern Karakalpakstan in western Uzbekistan . Home to only a few thousand
residents at most, Moynoq’s population has been declining precipitously since the 1980s due
to the recession of the Aral Sea .
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Once a bustling fishing community and Uzbekistan ‘s only port city with tens of thousands of
residents, Moynoq is now a shadow of its former self, dozens of kilometers from the rapidly
receding shoreline of the Aral Sea .
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For travelers the main reason to visit Moynaq is to see the ship graveyard, a collection of
rusting hulks that were once the town’s fishing fleet. It’s an image that perfectly illustrates
the disaster – once proud vessels beached in a sandy desert.
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Unfortunately there aren’t many left, as scrap metal companies made short work of them
before the tourism authorities forbade it. In one final kick for a local population already downed,
the money didn’t go  to the people who owned the boats; it was divided up between the scrap
companies and government officials.
9. Taxi Graveyard , China
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Thousands of scrapped taxis are abandoned in a yard in the center of Chongqing , China . Traffic
congestion and pollution have worsened dramatically in Chinese cities because the country’s
long-running economic expansion has allowed increasing numbers of consumers to make big-ticket
purchases such as cars, which means many no longer have to rely on taxis or public transportation.

10. Phone Booth Graveyard , UK
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This phone booth graveyard is located between Ripon and Thirsk, near the village of Carlton
Miniott, UK. There are located hundreds of disused telephone booths.
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Decommissioned old red booths are systematically replaced by new modern booths, and
deposited in one site near this English village.

Amazingly talented artist!‏

Amazing talent!
 
 
A skill like woodworking takes years and thousands of hours to become more than just a proficient at, but this man invested that time to be a certifiable master.
His name is Randall Rosenthal and he has talent that can result in mind-bending illusions.
The project in the gallery below all started with three pieces of white pine he glued together. What he turned that block of wood into is so cool.
He glued the pieces of pine together as a base.
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Once the adhesive cured, he was ready to begin carving the block.
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He slowly whittled it down into an interesting shape.
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It wasn’t uniform.
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The edges were jagged. What could it be?
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Hmm….
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This is where the project began looking like the final project: a cardboard box.
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By chipping away at the block of wood and hollowing out different sections, he was able to create the illusion that it was a box containing something.
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He spent hours carefully carving the sides to give the illusion of corrugated cardboard.
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The effect was incredible.
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He took a break from the hours of carving to begin adding paint to the piece.
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He carefully painted what was to be inside of the box: stacks of money.
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Not only is Randall a gifted woodworker, but his painting skills are incredible as well.
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After being painstakingly careful painting the bills and their details, he began slowly adding color to the cardboard.
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Since “cardboard” isn’t something you can paint on in one sitting, he had to add light, washed out layers over and over.
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Stunning.
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He was able to carve something with so much depth and texture out of a simple block of wood.
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The finished product, “Old Money,” is incredibly realistic.
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No matter how long I stare at this, I can’t be convinced that it’s NOT a box of money.
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A Japanese TV station interviewed Randall because of this incredible work.
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Old Money was such a hit, he is being commissioned to make a second box.
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The finished product, a real wood carving and a fake cardboard box, is an awesome illusion. No matter how long I stare at Old Money, it just looks like a cardboard box.

Source: sawmillcreek.org

Card Trick – Unbelievable!‏

You just won’t believe what you’re seeing with this one:

Watch as Australian magician James Galea pulls off one of the most  sophisticated card tricks ever seen.

With a single deck of cards, split several times, he tells a  story:

 

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PDG1mDCfoBo

Where is God?

Two little boys, ages 3 and 5, are excessively mischievous.
They are always getting into trouble and their parents know if any mischief occurs in their town, the two boys are probably involved.
The boys’ mother heard that a preacher in town had been successful in disciplining children, so she asked if he would speak with her boys.
The preacher agreed, but he asked to see them individually.
The mother sent the 3 year old in the morning, with the older boy to see the preacher in the afternoon.
The preacher, a huge man with a deep booming voice, sat the younger boy down and asked him sternly,
“Do you know where God is, son?”
The boy’s mouth dropped open, but he made no response, sitting there wide-eyed with his mouth hanging open.
So the preacher repeated the question in an even sterner tone,
“Where is God?!
Again, the boy made no attempt to answer.
The preacher raised his voice even more and shook his finger in the boy’s face and bellowed, “WHERE IS GOD?!”
The boy screamed & bolted from the room, ran directly home & dove into his closet, slamming the door behind him.
When his older brother found him in the closet, he asked,
“What happened?”
The younger brother, gasping for breath, replied,
“We are in BIG trouble this time!”
“GOD is missing, and they think WE did it!”

Where Do Old Bumper Cars Go?

 

The ones in Coney Island and Rockaway Park back in the 20’s thru to the 50;s ran on electric .
Had a pole on the back going to a metal electrical charged overhead plate.

THESE ARE 

Remember driving the bumper cars at amusement parks or a fair, don’t you? They were so much fun…..

Well now, what do you do with old Bumper Cars?



(and check out the license plates!)

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Yes, you read that right; these little beasties are street legal.


They run on either Kawasaki or Honda motorcycle engines and co-opt vintage bumper car bodies into the most awesome form of mini-car we’ve seen in too long. There are seven of these little monsters floating around California and they’re all the creation of one man, Tom Wright, a builder in the outskirts of San Diego who figured the leftovers of the Long Beach Pike amusement park needed a more dignified end than the trash heap.


They were originally powered by two cylinder Harley Davidson
Motorcycle engines but they rattled like heck because of the two cylinder
Vibration , so Tom replaces them with four cylinder Honda or Kawasaki 750′s
And a couple have been measured as capable of 160 MPH, which is terrifyingly fast in machines with such a short wheelbase.


By the way, they are almost indestructible in accidents!

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