Russia's postwar GAZ-M20 was the symbol of Soviet postwar prosperity (a potato in every pot, and all that). According to Wikipedia it was dubbed Pobeda, or "victory," and is best remembered as the first car in the USSR with turn signals, electric wipers (not the mechanical kind connected to the drivetrain, as was used formerly), an electric heater and an AM radio. Now among the classics, M20s — like this one — are often customized by people like Chip Fooski and Boydchik Codding . [Thanks to Mark for the tip.] New Old Car Remake: Pobeda [English Russia] Related:'This is a Tough Car for a Tough Guy.' Russian BRDM Gets Blinged [internal] Advertisement … [Read more...] about In Soviet Russia, Pobeda Customizes You!
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When you can climb walls and swing between buildings, do you really need a car? In 1974 Marvel’s writers thought Spider-Man did, so they gave him a dune buggy that he could use to sit in New York traffic for hours. As weird as it was, it’s a memorable piece of Marvel history, so Hot Wheels is bringing it back as one of this year’s San Diego Comic-Con exclusives. Advertisement Available on the Comic-Con show floor for $15, the 1:64-scale Spider-Mobile features real rubber tires and hubcaps emblazoned with Spider-Man’s face. But fans of the superhero might not find exactly what they were expecting once they open the collectible’s packaging. One out of every five Spider-Mobiles will instead be a Deadpool-customized variant of the vehicle called the Dead-Buggy, complete with merc-with-a-mouth hubcaps. The toy’s packaging will even come vandalized with Deadpool artwork, and a letter from Wade Winston Wilson explaining why you’re better off with … [Read more...] about Spider-Man’s Ridiculous Spider-Mobile Returns as Hot Wheels’ Comic-Con Exclusive
You know, in school and in newspapers, the experts warn you about all the dangers of global warming: melting ice caps, rising sea levels, more destructive hurricanes. All bad stuff! What they don’t tell you is that when it gets to be around 120-degrees, the sidewalk gets so hot, it can fry a puppy paw instantly. Can you imagine the horror these poor pups are facing?! They’re not the only ones dealing with some undeniably extreme consequences of the historic heatwave tearing through the Southwest right now. In Tucson, the forecast predicts that the Arizona town is about to experience the hottest seven-day stretch in its history, with highs soaring north of 110-degrees for an entire week. According to the National Weather Service, Phoenix tied its high temperature record of 118-degree on Tuesday. Guess when the last time the city saw a temperature that high was? June 20, 2016. And when it’s this hot for long stretches of days, everybody suffers. Advertisement … [Read more...] about It’s So Hot in Arizona Right Now, Puppy Feet Are Frying
In recent years, various car washes in Southern California’s San Fernando Valley have joined forces with local food pop-ups to serve a new type of customer: hungry ones. In particular, these customers come for the hot chicken sandwiches that have enjoyed a spike in popularity in Los Angeles. The business idea is so simple I’m actually kind of mad I didn’t think of it first. Sure, many chicken sandwich shops take the traditional route and open up a physical restaurant, but others went for a more entrepreneurial route. They, according to this LAist story, inhabit car wash parking lots typically after the car wash closes. Advertisement The relationship is quite symbiotic, the outlet points out: Poultry peddlers get a visible, reasonably safe spot (with parking) to sell their wares. Car wash owners earn a little extra money from a space that would otherwise sit dormant at night. It’s a well worn path. Taquerias — like Leo’s Taco Truck at the corner … [Read more...] about San Fernando Valley Car Washes Have Been Taken Over By Hot Chicken Sandwiches
According to speculation by Ezra Gottheil of Technology Business Research, Apple will announce a netbook at Macworld. His vision is one of a computer platform supporting the App Store: [The device] will provide Web access, email, media playing, and essential applications at a single low price. Computer beginners will be able to start using it quickly and easily. Users will have fewer questions, problems, conflicts and security breaches, as the device will be less intimidating than both PCs and Macs. As with the iPhone, iTunes and the App Store will offer an array of content, applications and games. As with the iPhone, the software can be rebuilt from the App Store. With an optional online backup service, the entire device can be restored…. Because all applications are delivered through the iTunes App Store, Apple will maintain sustained relationships with users, making it easier to upsell and cross-sell to existing customers. Advertisement It's an interesting, be it … [Read more...] about Analyst Hot for Apple Netbook at Macworld