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RoAb #126 - Converting to Christiaanity

A radical new concept truck borrows design cues from a Soviet-era jetliner of all things.  A college professor nerds his way out of a traffic citation, find out how he did it.  And two of our esteemed panelists face off in another duel to the death in our VERSUS segment.

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Featuring: Colin Bird, Christiaan Conover, Craig Cole and Ben Sanders

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Show Notes

Can You Explain Why this Truck is Dancing on the Road? - Carscoop
If this van is a-rockin’ should you go a gawkin’? Too late to answer that one, cause apparently someone has already done the deed of videotaping a rockin’ and rollin’ commercial truck. If you watch the video, which was posted up on Carscoop, it first looks like the truck is probably carrying some sort of crazed experimented upon Great Ape or something, because the van is severely rocking back and forth. The video looks like it was taken in Europe some place... apparently Russia?... and it goes on for more than a minute. When you go to the youtube description, turns out the dancing truck is just suffering from some majorly shot engine mounts.

Note: I like some of the youtube comments including “Is the Hulk having sex in there” “This is how the Russian opposition is abducted” and “fat chicks in the back”

Never Get a Red Light Camera Ticket Again with This DIY GPS Hack
For those of you with a little bit of tech geek in your veins, this story’s right up your alley.  A tinkerin’ driver put together a GPS with some small programmable controllers and a LED, loaded a database of red lights and BOOM! he got himself a DIY red light camera notifier.  It looks pretty complicated to assemble, but it’s a pretty nifty way to stay aware of those darned cameras.  A simpler way to do this: use the red light camera notifier built into almost all GPS units.

Radical Innotruck showcases emerging transport technology
Tractor trailers are thirsty beasts, swilling hundreds of gallons of liquid dinosaur as they drag their heavy loads down the highway.  The aerodynamics of Mount Kilimanjaro doesn’t help in the fuel-economy department.  In an effort to improve the efficiency of these behemoths, people at the Technische Universität München -- Technical University of Munich -- have created a radical new design study called the Innotruck.  According to an article on, this electric vehicle serves as a testbed for a variety of technologies including drive-by-wire as well as car-to-car and car-to-infrastructure communication.  But that’s not why we picked up this story, au contraire mon fraire!  This thing has a crazy design!  Its front end looks like it came right off a Tupolev Tu-144 -- the Soviet Union’s rip-off of the Concorde supersonic airliner.  It also appears to steer through some sort of articulated carriage at the front end.  It’s pretty nuts.  The Innotruck debuts at the MobiliTec international trade show in Hannover, Germany later this month if you care to check it out in person.  And there you go, Mirko, that’s your assignment.  Go get the low-down on this for us.  We expect a full report!

Professor beats traffic ticket with physics paper
Think physics should be relegated to applied sciences only? THINK AGAIN!! It can also keep you out of the slammer, or at least get you out of a $400 traffic citation, if you’re any as convincing as physicist Dmitri Krioukov, from University of California. Krioukov received a moving violation for failure to stop at a stop sign, but retorted and appealed the ticket, stating that the officer was misled by three physical phenomena, including; that the officer was approximating the angular velocity of Krioukov, instead of his linear velocity – whatever that means!!!!… I’m just a journalists folks! Another reason Krioukov is certain that he braked was that he had a bad cold that day, and he sneezed really hard near the stop causing him to apply his brakes at the same time… OKAY. Despite how dubious that sounds, the physicist’ four-page paper was enough to convince the judge that the officer must have been “seeing things.”  Just goes to show you that physics is not only critical in the creation of the atom bomb, optics and the combustion engine, but also with making dumb people feel uncertain about what they’ve certainly seen with their own two eyes.

Watch This Teen's Amazing Pitch-Perfect Car Engine Impressions
As much as most sane people can’t stand reality talent shows, one Australian teenager has made his nation’s version a little more bearable.  His claim to fame: being able to replicate car sounds to an uncanny level of accuracy.  His vehicles run the gamut and it’s worth a listen, so let’s....take a listen.

Trying to Cross a Rotted Wooden Bridge with a Fully Loaded Semi Truck is a Very Bad Idea
What happens when you drive car over a wooden bridge?  Well, if you’re lucky and the structure is in good repair, nothing.  But what if you attempt the same feat with a loaded semi-truck and the span you’re crossing is rotten?  Well, you can predict the result.  The latter of these two scenarios is exactly what happened to one trucker down in Brazil.  The driver in question tried to cross a crumbling wooden bridge with his massive Volvo.  He almost made it across, but close isn’t nearly enough.  The trailer-portion of the rig broke through the punky planks and damn-near flipped over.  Fortunately the whole rig didn’t take a plunge.  It doesn’t look like anyone was hurt in this video we found on, egos notwithstanding.


Treasure trove of vintage warplanes discovered!

BMW 2002 Rat Rod - Autoholics

VERSUS - Earth Day Edition

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