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AMERICAN PICKERS Inspires 62 Year-Old Man to Build Car that Runs on Whiskey, Prefers Maker’s Mark

He ran a snarky crew off his property then proceeded to build a car powered by liquid awesome. Mr Nilsson, you are our hero of the week.

1) First you have the idea.

The idea of doing something with an old still came to him last October, after he had some unusual visitors. The cast of a TV show, American Pickers, Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz, came to try and purchase some of his items for the show. While they did manager to grab an older oil can from Mr. Nilsson, after making a disparaging crack about the use of his still, they were gently encouraged to leave his property, with the help of a fire arm. After a hasty retreat by the crew, Mr. Nilsson began to think about what he could do with that old still.

2) Then you do something about it.

The visit did motivate Nilsson. “After I’d run them off, I kept thinking about what they kept saying to me, ‘what are you going to do with all this stuff, you might as well sell it to us’. Well that left me pondering. Folks around these parts do a lot of pondering, so it wasn’t really nothing new for me as I ponder about something almost everyday. But this time my pondering gave me an idea, watch Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.”

Inspired and motivated by the film, Nilsson spent the next 6 months, in his workshop turning his one-time still and collection of junk into a whiskey sipping motor vehicle. “The car will run on almost any bourbon, but she really purrs on Maker’s Mark” said Nilsson.

The Daily Blam reports that Nissan has made a deal with Nilsson to make a consumer version of the car to be released into the wild in 2014.

Ah, the power of ingenuity.

Now. We need an idea.

via physorg, The Daily Load

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Good Morning, Rat Racers: Control Your Delicious Coffee’s Temperature with Coffee Joulies

Seriously, we need several packs of these.

Coffee Joulies work with your coffee to achieve two goals. First, they absorb extra thermal energy in your coffee when it’s served too hot, cooling it down to a drinkable temperature three times faster than normal. Next, they release that stored energy back into your coffee keeping it in the right temperature range twice as long.

As of this posting 10 days remain to back this awesome invention on Kickstarter.

Official site!/coffeejoulies
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Super Soaker Inventor Creates JTEC, Viable Solar Energy Heat Engine

The Nutshell:

Mild-mannered and bespectacled, Johnson opened his presentation by describing the idea behind the JTEC. The device, he explained, would split hydrogen atoms into protons and electrons, and in so doing would convert heat into electricity. Most radically, it would do so without the help of any moving parts. Johnson planned to tell his audience that the JTEC could produce electricity so efficiently that it might make solar power competitive with coal, and perhaps at last fulfill the promise of renewable solar energy.

Check out Logan Ward’s article on The Atlantic for the full story.

via gizmodo, the atlantic

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