As the world’s largest automaker, Toyota is quite well-known for land vehicles, including SUVs like the 4Runner and Land Cruiser. Lesser known is the corporation’s marine arm, which sells several car-inspired boats in the Japanese market. The latest is the Ponam-31, a “sports utility cruiser” that puts a rather elegant cabin atop a hull that skips across the water by way of dual Land Cruiser engines.
The complete GizMagazine post is here.
The Scuttlefish is reporting:
Burials at sea are far from uncommon within the armed forces–they’re free, in fact–but hardly are they ever so elaborate as this.
United States Coast Guard Veteran and Norwegian immigrant Andrew Haines spent 10 years building models of Viking ships based on blueprints his cousin had sent from across the pond in Norway. That may seem a long time to spend building ship models, but take a look at the elaborate lapstrake (the hull structure), and the perfect symmetry of the vessel pictured above. Then consider that Mr. Haines constructed alone with only one hand, after a 1975 boating accident which took his arm and ended his career as a commercial fisherman.
The complete Scuttlefish post by Owen James Burke is here.
Neatorama is reporting:
While doing research for my post about Russia’s naval fleet on the vanishing Aral Sea, I encountered evidence that Uzbekistan has at least two active warships.
This is remarkable. Although a few landlocked nations maintain navies, Uzbekistan is not only landlocked, but doubly landlocked. That means that Uzbekistan is completely surrounded by landlocked nations. It and Liechtenstein are the only two such nations in the world.
The complete Neatorama post by John Farrier is here.