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Dutchman Takes Flight With Custom-made Wings
2012-03-21 12:14:16

Jarno Smeets, a Dutch mechanical engineer, might just have earned the nickname the Birdman of the Hague. This “flying Dutchman,” hasn´t so much reinvented the wheel, but rather reinvented the way man can fly. With his own custom-built “Human Birdwings” and making use of an HTC Wildfire S and a Wii Remote he´s been able to recreate the flapping motion that allows birds to take flight. While his flight only lasted about a minute and flew just 100 meters, it...


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monteith
  • A large punch-bowl of the eighteenth century, usually of silver and with a movable rim, and decorated with flutings and a scalloped edge. It was also used for cooling and carrying wine-glasses.
  • A kind of cotton handkerchief having white spots on a colored ground, the spots being produced by a chemical which discharges the color.
This word is possibly named after Monteith (Monteigh), 'an eccentric 17th-century Scotsman who wore a cloak scalloped at the hem.'
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