James Bond’s Lotus Espirit Submarine

James Bond's Lotus Espirit submarine car prop

The Lotus Espirit submarine car prop from the James Bond film The Spy Who Loved Me was recently bought at an auction for $920,167 by Elon Musk, the CEO of Tesla Motors.

Since a different car was used for driving shots, this prop does not actually function as a car. It is a wet submersible, meaning that the interior fills with water. The driver and passengers are required to use scuba gear. Musk was fascinated as a child by the apparent transformation of the car in the Bond film. He plans to put a Tesla electric powertrain in the vehicle and make it transform so it works exactly as Hollywood special effects depicted.

James Bond's Lotus Espirit submarine car

James Bond's Lotus Espirit submarine car

James Bond's Lotus Espirit submarine car

James Bond's Lotus Espirit submarine car

The Lotus Espirit submersible prop disappeared after filming. It was discovered in a storage unit in 1989 by a Long Island contractor who purchased the unit for $100.

World’s First Pregnant Sword Swallower

Thrill Kill Jill of the Lucky Daredevil Thrillshow - The world's first pregnant sword swallower

Thrill Kill Jill of the Lucky Daredevil Thrillshow became the world’s first pregnant sword swallower in 2011. During her pregnancy Jill and her husband Tyler Fyre continued to perform. She swallowed swords, danced with snakes, and played human target for Tyler’s knife-throwing act.

Though he isn’t dodging the tips of swords anymore, little Hank Lightning continues to be a part of the family business.

Spooky Vinyl: Halloween Horrors

Halloween Horrors album cover art 1977

The nostalgic cover art for the 1977 Halloween Horrors album caught my attention online several years ago. When I stumbled across the album by accident at a resale shop one day, it was impossible to pass up.

The art was painted by Gary Meyer, with green, dripping titles by Joe Spencer. The front cover depicts a decrepit old mansion and cemetery during a storm, while witches huddle around a bubbling cauldron on the back.

The front cover sets the scene for The Story of Halloween on Side A, which includes the familiar voices of Michael Bell, who voiced Duke in the original 1980s G.I. Joe series, and Peter Cullen, the unmistakable voice of Optimus Prime from Transformers. The story is about a man who experiences unspeakable horrors at a mansion he inherits called Elm Hall on All Hallow’s Eve.

Halloween Horrors album back cover art

Side B of the Halloween Horrors album is The Sounds of Halloween, devoted to creepy sounds, including cackling witches, breaking glass, creaking iron gate, breathing monsters, flyer saucers and more.

Giant Killer Asian Hornets

Giant killer Asian hornets

These giant Asian hornets have been responsible for at least 42 deaths, and 1,675 have been injured in the Shaanxi province of China since July. The venom of the Vespa mandarinia destroys red blood cells, which can lead to kidney failure and death.

They are known to chase people for hundreds of meters and stinging their victims as many as two hundred times.

Giant Squid Found on Beach

The carcass of a mythical giant squid was found on a beach in Spain almost fully intact. It measured 30 feet long and weighed in at 400 pounds.