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PostPosted: Mon Sep 02, 2013 4:12 pm    Post subject: Skyscraper melts car. True story. Reply with quote

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-23930675

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A new London skyscraper dubbed the "Walkie Talkie" has been blamed for reflecting light which melted parts of a car parked on a nearby street.

Martin Lindsay parked his Jaguar on Eastcheap, in the City of London, on Thursday afternoon.

When he returned about two hours later, he found parts of his car - including the wing mirror and badge - had melted.

Mr Lindsay said he "could not believe" the damage. The developers have apologised and paid for repairs.

The 37-storey skyscraper at 20 Fenchurch Street, which has been nicknamed the "Walkie Talkie" because of its shape, is currently under construction.

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 02, 2013 4:16 pm    Post subject: Re: Skyscraper melts car. True story. Reply with quote

Parabolic mirror effect. Either that or Uri Geller farted when he walked passed the car.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 02, 2013 4:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

:lol: :lol: :lol: awesome

Imagine a whole city like that!
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 02, 2013 4:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Stupid car manu not having a representative env spec and using cheap moulding materials. How many times gas this occurred...
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 02, 2013 4:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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"I was walking down the road and saw a photographer taking photos and asked, 'what's happening?'

"The photographer asked me 'have you seen that car? The owner won't be happy.'

"I said: 'I am the owner. Crikey, that's awful.'"


Good thing somebody noticed this. There might have been a rash of unexplained "spontaneous human combustion". :lol:

Hard to believe nobody foresaw this problem. Giant reflective parabola; what could go wrong.

Now they're going to have to come up with some kind of a diffraction grating or something they can put over the glass. I wonder if some kind of coating could be used.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 02, 2013 4:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Back when I enrolled at the school of architecture, you had to pass exam to get in, among other things, math :) That was back when they still used drawing boards :)
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 02, 2013 5:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

pffft, british/indian cars :lol:
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 02, 2013 6:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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pffft, british/indian cars :lol:

He's lucky it didn't burst into flame.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 03, 2013 4:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

the hot spot today was 91.3C - there is a video now

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-23944679
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 03, 2013 4:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Take advantage of this and put some solar panels there.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 03, 2013 6:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bigun wrote:
Take advantage of this and put some solar panels there.
supposedly it only happens 2 hours a day and a few days a year though
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 03, 2013 6:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

cokehabit wrote:
Bigun wrote:
Take advantage of this and put some solar panels there.
supposedly it only happens 2 hours a day and a few days a year though


whenever it neither rains nor is foggy?
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 03, 2013 6:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

energyman76b wrote:
cokehabit wrote:
Bigun wrote:
Take advantage of this and put some solar panels there.
supposedly it only happens 2 hours a day and a few days a year though


whenever it neither rains nor is foggy?
This year has been lovely, I've had 4 German friends in my hometown and mdeininger and his wife are in London if you want proof
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 03, 2013 7:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

cokehabit wrote:
energyman76b wrote:
cokehabit wrote:
Bigun wrote:
Take advantage of this and put some solar panels there.
supposedly it only happens 2 hours a day and a few days a year though


whenever it neither rains nor is foggy?
This year has been lovely, I've had 4 German friends in my hometown and mdeininger and his wife are in London if you want proof


no thanks, 'lovely' means you don't need a boat to cross the street. And poor mdeininger... already been brainwashed. *sigh*
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 03, 2013 8:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

no, days like this
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 03, 2013 8:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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no, days like this


Is that Bodiam ?
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 03, 2013 8:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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This year has been too bloody hot


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cokehabit wrote:
no, days like this


yes, France can be quite lovely occaisionally.
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cokehabit wrote:
no, days like this


Is that Bodiam ?
yeah! How do you know?
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cokehabit wrote:
John-Boy wrote:
cokehabit wrote:
no, days like this


Is that Bodiam ?
yeah! How do you know?


It's pretty unique as a moated castle - well castle in it's loosest possible sense, as it's more a home than a fort.

Bit like Crack de Chevalier appears to be a bloody solid lump of rock and recognisable.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 03, 2013 9:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Finally found the predecessor, the original Death Ray. I'm pretty sure it was posted here, but I didn't find it.
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John-Boy wrote:
cokehabit wrote:
John-Boy wrote:
cokehabit wrote:
no, days like this


Is that Bodiam ?
yeah! How do you know?


It's pretty unique as a moated castle - well castle in it's loosest possible sense, as it's more a home than a fort.

Bit like Crack de Chevalier appears to be a bloody solid lump of rock and recognisable.
Have you seen the HUGE koi carp in the moat? The place is full of it!
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 03, 2013 9:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

cokehabit wrote:
no, days like this

Yeah, you can tell how often that happens by the way that chick looks like she was just taken off the slab of a morgue. :lol:

She's like one of the Gremlins: "Bright Light! Bright Light!"

Edit: I hope it's not your sister or something. :P
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BoneKracker wrote:
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no, days like this

Yeah, you can tell how often that happens by the way that chick looks like she was just taken off the slab of a morgue. :lol:

She's like one of the Gremlins: "Bright Light! Bright Light!"

Edit: I hope it's not your sister or something. :P
no, she's from Germany :P
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 03, 2013 9:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Must be nocturnal.
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