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    A 2-million-ton aircraft carrier made of ice

    In this episode of the Futility Closet podcast we’ll follow the strange history of the WWII project to construct a 2-million-ton aircraft carrier made of ice.

    In 1943 German submarines were devastating the merchant convoys carrying supplies to Britain. Unable to protect them with aircraft or conventional ships, the resource-strapped Royal Navy considered an outlandish solution: a 2-million-ton aircraft carrier made of ice.

    In this episode of the Futility Closet podcast we’ll follow the strange history of the project, which Winston Churchill initially praised as dazzling but which ended in ignominy at the bottom of a Canadian lake. We’ll also discover a love pledge hidden for 200 years in the heart of a Yorkshire tree and puzzle over the deaths of two men in a remote cabin.

    Hosted by Greg and Sharon Ross, Futility Closet is a celebration of the quirky and the curious, the thought-provoking and the simply amusing. This podcast is an audio companion to the popular website that catalogs more than 8,000 curiosities in history, language, mathematics, literature, philosophy, and art. In each episode we explore intriguing finds from our research, share listener contributions, and tackle an entertaining puzzle.

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    1. I thought they used pykrete for this, not ice.

    2. OK, OK... soggy sawdust then. smiley

      At least the headline didn't say "A 2-million-ton aircraft carrier made of WATER!"

    3. I know, I know. And checking up on this up now, it looks like they really did experiment with just ice at first.

      I'm just saying: If we start using pykrete and ice interchangeably, we have to start using blood and water interchangeably.

    4. It truly is futile, considering Mythbusters have already done an episode on it.

    5. They actually built a prototype, but abandoned it when the crew got cold feet.

    Continue the discussion bbs.boingboing.net

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