Collections and clarifications

The Covert History of the American Condom, via MeFi. The excellent Collector’s Weekly site also has a history of barbed wire: “Right now I have 280,” he says. “I’m trying to keep my collection below 300 because I can only display that much in my office. Anything more than that I have to put in a box and hide somewhere. If I can’t display it, I don’t want it.” See also the Devil’s Rope Museum in Texas / the above image was originally from a Benetton Advert.

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Other things. What would Paris look like when 1 meter underwater? City Breaths links to 5.46am – Paris Underwater, a film by ArtefactoryLab / Combo, a short film by David Ellis and Blu / yet more Alcor, this time courtesy of GQ from 2003 (via MeFi) / Lego space rovers by Halfbeak / a short history of Russian Suprematism.

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The UAZ is a Russian utility truck, available in a variety of configurations and still manufactured today. Malaysia Campervan points us towards a series of camper van conversions for a vehicle known as the ‘bread loaf’ / the site also links to the amazing Saab 92H from 1963, ‘a caravan combined with the running gears of a car to become Sweden’s first campervan’/ how fast were the world’s tallest buildings constructed? In centimeters per day.

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We wonder how the 92h would fare in current classification. After our mention a few days ago of how Europeans finally have more cars than the Americans, a commenter pops up to say that ‘The Carnegie report is Just. Plain. Wrong‘. Why? ‘Because Carnegie used the European definition of passenger vehicles (which the World Bank uses as well), it assumes that anything that looks like a truck must be for commercial use… not for passenger use (primarily). If one adds back in all those SUVs, minivans, and pickups, we add 100,000,000 more vehicles and the US fleet/parc hits 240,000,000.’ The confusion arises from the fact that in Europe, barely any SUVs were built on light truck chassis and therefore classified as a commercial vehicle. From the outset, a European SUV – e.g. the 1970 Range Rover – has always been seen as a passenger car. We’d be surprised if minivans and pick-ups are included in the European totals, but happy to be proved wrong.

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