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Initial D is a manga started in 1995 that ran until 2013, as well as an anime that began in 1998 and ended in 2014. It stars Takumi Fujiwara as a driving prodigy specializing in downhill runs and details his journey into the world of touge street racing. The series is a giant love letter to the AE86 as well as many late 80s/early and mid-90s Japanese sports cars. 

And like any successful manga/anime series, there have been plenty of games. It’s a formula that lends itself well in the right developers’ hands, and the quality of these games range from abysmal to terrific.

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anonymous asked:

im very okay with your answer being essay cause i mcfcukin like omnics too

I kept this ask in my inbox because I needed an excuse to talk more about omnics. And because I’m currently poking at a hole in the last pair of trousers I had that didn’t have holes, I want to talk about omnics wearing clothes.

Quite a few do it. Zenyatta has his trousers, that omnic from Sombra’s short has decided on a ridiculously hot tank top, others prefer to go without.

But there’s no real practical reason for them to wear clothes. Temperature regulation would become more of an issue with additional layers of fabric, threads might get stuck in the moveable parts.

And granted, I never had a practical reason to wear a modified gas mask decorated with pipe cleaners and did it anyway, but I’m not entirely sure omnics even go through a puberty equivalent and usually if you wear impractical stuff you combine it with the necessary things (for example, I almost always wore pants)

So what would be practical clothing for an omnic to wear?

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On 7 July 1941 a Wellington bomber of the Royal Air Force was making for home after striking the German city of Münster, in the Rhineland, when it was caught by a Bf 110 night fighter. The resulting damage sustained caused a fuel leak from the starboard wing, beginning a fire at the rear of the starboard engine. The crew made a hole in the fuselage and attempted to douse the flames with extinguishers and coffee from their flasks to no effect. They were left with little option but to abandon the aircraft until a 22-year-old James Allen Ward, a sergeant pilot from New Zealand, volunteered for a last ditch effort to put out the fire. What ensued is simply incredible.

Ward climbed out of the astrodome in the roof of the fuselage - there for celestial navigation and labelled ‘1.’ in the second photograph - with a fire axe in hand. Once out of the aircraft, he put on a parachute and cutting holes in the fabric skin of the Wellington for purchase made his way down onto the wing and across to the burning engine, all while the aircraft was in flight at as best a reduced speed as could be managed. Nearly blown from the wing by the  slipstream from the propeller a few feet ahead, he managed to extinguish the fire and by removing fabric from the area later starved another fire from material to burn. With difficulty he made it safely back into the aircraft, which limped home and made a successful landing.

Ward won the Victoria Cross for his phenomenal efforts, a rare case of doing so and surviving. Sadly however, he was killed on 15 September the same year, still just 22. Piloting another Wellington, his aircraft was hit by flak over Hamburg, Germany; two of the five crew survived. He is buried in the Commonwealth War Grave Cemetery in Hamburg.

The Schlörwagen - 1939

Nicknamed “Egg” or “Pillbug”, the Schlörwagen was a prototype aerodynamic rear-engine passenger vehicle developed by Karl Schlör (1911–1997) and presented to the public in 1939.

“Schlör, an engineer for Krauss Maffei of Munich, proposed an ultra-low drag coefficient body as early as 1936.Under Schlör’s supervision at the AVA (an Aerodynamic testing institute in Göttingen) a model was built. Subsequent wind tunnel tests yielded a drag coefficient of only 0.113, incredible then and still extremely impressive today. For a functioning model, a Mercedes-Benz 170H chassis, one of their few rear-engine designs, was used. The aluminum body was built by the Ludewig Brothers of Essen. Subsequent tests of the motorized model showed a slightly higher but still impressive drag coefficient of 0.186. A year later it was unveiled to the public at the 1939 Berlin Auto Show. The project was shelved with the onset of World War II and mass production was never realized. In 1942, the prototype was fitted with a captured soviet propeller engine. The whereabouts of the sole functioning model remain unknown.”


Glas Goggomobil T Sedan, 1955. A rear-engined German micro-car which was introduced in 1955 as the T250 with a 245cc 2 stroke 2 cylinder  engine. The engine was enlarged to 293cc (T300) and 392cc (T400).  It remained in production after BMW took over Glas in 1966, the final T series left the Dingolfing factory on 30 June 1969. It was not replaced