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Archive for January 16, 2015

The 140-kiloton Chagan nuclear test, Soviet Union; January 15, 1965

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The 1965 Chagan nuclear explosion was part of Russia’s Nuclear Explosions for the National Economy program. The idea was to use nuclear explosions for peaceful civil engineering projects. The 140 kiloton explosion created a 100 metes (328 ft) deep lake and dammed a nearby river.

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Motorcycle Chariot, New South Wales, Australia; ca.1936

How were there three Mad Max movies without one of these making an appearance in any of them?


More Info:

  • Original footage of an Australian police chariot race 1941, in single chariot driver style as the photo (at 0:27): 

First original publications I can find are in the 1920’s, though the motorcycles had a rider and a passenger in the chariot.

  • Motorcycle Chariot Racing, August 7, 1925 (London, England, UK):

    Original caption: A new and novel sport in the form of chariot racing has been introduced in England by F. Mockford of the Sydenham and District Motorcycle Gymkhana at the Crystal Palace, London. The right side of the picture looks right enough, and so does the left, when each is considered separately, but the two together is enough to make the ancient Romans turn in their graves. Credit: Bettmann/CORBIS

  • Here is a short clip of original footage from the above race at Crystal Palace, 1925; (the chariots are first seen at 0:28): 

[…] The program of police events include chariot races, motorcycle football, mass physical drills, exhibitions by the mounted squad, and “Fighting Crime,” which will be presented by the detective bureau.

  • Chariot of 1938 Ben Hur Drawn by Four Motorcycles: 6Qa3Vrt