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(Jalopnik)   The first self-propelled vehicle of any type was built by a Flemish priest in China -- almost 450 years ago   (jalopnik.com) divider line 25
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2013-03-11 09:25:38 PM  
Ok that's just too cool!
 
2013-03-11 09:34:12 PM  
I thought Flander's car was a Geo?
 
2013-03-11 09:40:37 PM  
In case anyone doubted the awesome of Jesuits.
 
2013-03-11 09:44:44 PM  
I doubt the article author when he says it would have ran.

Still, great design and grasp of function for it's age.
 
2013-03-11 10:02:53 PM  
Of course whatever he did was shat upon by whoever was riding the VW Horse of the time.
 
2013-03-11 10:03:37 PM  
That steering doesn't look too effective. I'd assume that if it was ever actually built that would have been quickly identified as a problem and fixed.

And the Emperor had to be pretty dumb to hold a contest where the second place guy was to be killed, or even exiled. You'd have to assume that even the second placed guy would have been pretty good, why not keep them both around and had healthy competition between them? The other guy might even have been able to fix the steering.
 
2013-03-11 10:07:47 PM  

Flint Ironstag: And the Emperor had to be pretty dumb to hold a contest where the second place guy was to be killed, or even exiled.


It's China. The top 10 guys are all equally good, and all of them are planning to kill on another anyway to vy for power. They'd kill you, too, given half a chance.

Contests where the loser was banished just sped up the process and kept blood off the floorboards.
 
2013-03-11 10:49:59 PM  
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2013-03-11 10:56:25 PM  
Couldn't the priest afford decongestant?
 
2013-03-11 11:14:01 PM  

Flint Ironstag: And the Emperor had to be pretty dumb to hold a contest where the second place guy was to be killed, or even exiled.


Keep in mind that placing value on human life is strictly cultural.

A Chinese friend of mine once told me about how cricket fighting contests are a tradition in China. His words, and I quote: "A winning cricket is considered more valuable than a human life."
 
2013-03-11 11:27:39 PM  
Verbiest sounded like a real action hero.
 
2013-03-11 11:34:18 PM  
It was a toy. Wind up toys pre-date this.
 
2013-03-11 11:43:08 PM  
Dutch-speaking Belgian Jesuit...Satan would shoot coffee out of his nose when this guy showed up in Hell.
 
2013-03-12 12:07:10 AM  
"Oh," said the Emperor, closing his eyes, "look at the birds, look at the birds!"
 
2013-03-12 12:11:29 AM  
Who cares? It never caught on so it doesn't qualify.
 
2013-03-12 12:44:00 AM  
Make a working replica?

Somebody do it.
 
2013-03-12 01:27:46 AM  
He's a Loon.

and I'm sure with a 3-d printer, this could be replicated on the mars. Well before the 500yr ago anniversary.
 
2013-03-12 01:49:13 AM  
I am very thankful that I cannot be described by the adjective "phlegmish".
 
2013-03-12 03:23:30 AM  

netgamer7k: Make a working replica?

Somebody do it.


Grab some bamboo or cardboard, the drive-train from a toy car, a ceramic bowl, some coal, and a pyrex flask in the appropriate shape from a chemical supply store and do it yourself.

You can't make one of these in a size sufficient to propel a human at any speed without a significantly more finely-tuned design (and something significantly stronger than glass for your boiler) for a number of reasons mostly related to square-cube scaling, but you should be able to put one together about the size of an RC car with almost no expertise at all.  If you really want one.

Torion!: He's a Loon.

and I'm sure with a 3-d printer, this could be replicated on the mars. Well before the 500yr ago anniversary.


Is the 3-d printer thing some kind of running joke now?  Because if you're serious fine automated machining is hardly necessary for what you're proposing, the difficult step in the case of Mars is getting water for the boiler.  A boiler's just a big tin can, shipping one of those over to Mars has already been done quite a few times.
 
2013-03-12 03:59:33 AM  
 
2013-03-12 04:37:36 AM  

Jim_Callahan: Is the 3-d printer thing some kind of running joke now?


Of course. Every story is about 3-D printers like using a technology for it's intended purpose is the same as progressing technology in general.
 
2013-03-12 08:13:04 AM  
China to claim worldwide ownership of all car patents in 3.... 2..... 1.....
 
2013-03-12 09:22:12 AM  

Fizpez: China to claim worldwide ownership of all car patents in 3.... 2..... 1.....


Hey, it's only a billion people descended from one of the oldest civilizations in the world, not Microsoft!
 
2013-03-12 11:32:31 AM  

SpdrJay: Couldn't the priest afford decongestant?


Bwahahaha!
 
2013-03-12 11:36:43 AM  

TheOther: Dutch-speaking Belgian Jesuit...Satan would shoot coffee out of his nose when this guy showed up in Hell.


Anybody know or have links to info on migration from flanders in his time?

Have a "kinnaird" ancestor that showed up in scotland about this time...

Really rusty on european history and initial google searches must have been incorrect...
 
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