Monthly Archives: May 2013

Triple-nested Klein bottle

Here’s glassblower Alan Bennett’s astounding triple-nested Klein bottle, a beautiful thing:

A single surface model made by Alan Bennett in Bedford, United Kingdom. It consists of three Klein bottles set inside each other to produce, when cut, three pairs of single-twist Mobius strips. A Klein bottle has no edges, no outside or inside and cannot be properly constructed in three dimensions.

Klein bottle, 1995. (via Neatorama)

(Image: Science Museum/Science & Society Picture Library)


By: Boing Boing
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Plant Your Victory Gardens!

As spring arrives, many of us begin to plant our vegetable gardens. Our cold weather crops–peas, spinach, and carrots–are already in the ground and we’re dreaming of ripe tomatoes.

During World War I, many citizens planted Victory Gardens, vegetable, fruit and herb gardens, at homes and parks. These were designed to reduce the pressure on the food supply while boosting morale. The National War Garden Commission, organized in 1917, launched this war garden movement as well as a poster campaign encouraging the planting of these gardens.

The Anne S.K. Brown Military Collection is fortunate to own a number of posters promoting Victory Gardens.
War Gardens Over the Top” shows a young boy with a hoe chasing fleeing ripe vegetables. The drawing is by Maginel Wright Barney, a children’s book illustrator and younger sister of architect Frank Lloyd Wright.


Anniversary of LZ-8 Accident: May 16, 1911

On this day in 1911 the DELAG airliner LZ-8 (Deutschland) was destroyed in an accident.

Hugo Eckener was in command of an airship for the first time and LZ-8 had barely left its hangar when it was pulled away from its ground crew by a gust of wind.  The ship smashed against the roof of the hangar, but the passengers and crew escaped without injury by climbing down a long fire ladder.  The ship itself was a total loss.

LZ-8 Deutschland Accident - May 16, 1911

The day’s gusty wind conditions made the flight ill-advised from the start and the wreck of LZ-8 contributed to the extreme caution for which Hugo Eckener became famous.  Eckener learned an important lesson from the accident, and he was determined never again to sacrifice safety to accomodate pressure from passengers, the public, the government, or any other source.


Artwork by Ernest Normand, Lord Leighton,
Jeff Jones, W.T. Benda, Leyendecker, Howard Pyle,
Arthur Rackham, Maxfield Parrish, Waterhouse,
Tom Canty, Mcintosh, St John, Barry Smith,
Brom, Alan Lee, Mucha, Sarah, Stillwell,
E.S. Green, N. C. Wyeth, McGinnis & others!

By: The Golden Age
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