Amphibious Boat-Cars Make Their Way to Minnesota

James Bond-like amphibious boat-cars are real and they have found a new following in Minnesota, the great state of 10,000 lakes.

Amphicar in Minnesota lake

No seriously, amphibious cars have made their way back into popularity and can now be seen on a few Minnesota lakes. Only a few days ago at Bryant Lake in Minneapolis the new sci-fi cars made an appearance. As spectators watched, the cars drove right from the boat launch into the water. James Bond style!

Say goodbye to pulling your speed boat on a trailor behind your car. Now you can have an all in one boat-car! The official names of the vehicles are Amphicars. They may not be the most functional boats or cars, but they work as both! The cars were actually originally made in the 1960’s by Germany for purely recreational use. Just as they started to gain real popularity, the company that created them shut their doors forever.

Boat cars in Minneapolis

Actually, in Minnesota the Amphicars have resurfaced with quite a large following, considering their obscurity. However, a sense of humor helps when driving them. The weirdly rounded rear ends make them a unique site.

But watch out, these babies can get up to a roaring 7 miles an hour on water and 70 on land.  But how exactly do the boat-cars make the switch from land to water? The driver basically flips a simple switch that makes the doors air tight. Once the transmission is in neutral and the propellors under the back bumper kick on, its smooth sailing from there! The amphicar is steered using the wheel as the front wheels act as rudders.

Amphicar emerges from MN lake

And then when coming back into dry ground, the trick is to take the car out of neutral and hope the engine did not get, ahem, flooded. *Pun intented! With the rate of advancement of technology these days, the Amphicars are sure to keep evolving.

Let me know if you have ever rode in one, I’d love to hear what it’s like! They sure make a great conversation starter.

By Danielle Norgren

Credit: Star Tribune 


Soundset 2013, a Cold Minnesota Success | Concert Review

Over 28,000 music lovers turned out to make the 6th annual Minnneapolis hip hop festival, Soundset, another raging success. Rhymesayers knows how to put on a show, that’s for sure!

Soundset 2013 Atmosphere

Although ticket prices went up this year, that didn’t deter many from attending Soundset. In fact, this was the biggest turn out in the 6 year history of the Minnesota hip hop music concert.  Most people don’t think of Minneapolis being a huge hip hop scene, but this proves the state has both a large following and no shortage of amazing talent. Even though the weather cold/windy/awful, Minnesotans still showed we can put on a hellofa hip hop concert!

The Ryhmesayers hosted event featured 40 artists, including big name Snoop Dogg (or Lion, I’m not sure), Tech N9ne, Mac Miller, Atmosphere, and more. Sway from MTV even helped out, announcing the next acts on the main stage. P.O.S even showed up and killed it, giving his first concert in 5 months since having major kidney problems. P.O.S always has an amazing stage presence, and this was no exception. The Doomtree artist played plenty of hits off his latest album We Don’t Even Live Here and the crowd knew basically all of them. One song, Get Down, got everyone especially amped up to dance!

Soundset P.O.S

Soundset 2013 Tech N9ne

Another highlight was Tech N9ne, white face paint and all. I’ve seen him in concert once before at the Myth, and he is one hell of a performer. His Soundset appearance brought a slightly different hip hop genre to the mix, which was cool. He got the crowd extra pumped up and excited with his booming lyrics (although at times a little creepy…) and mosh pit encouragement. Mac Miller was also a crowd favorite, busting out many of his popular hits.

Personally though, I didn’t prefer Snoop Dogg at all. The Cali-based artists is old and was boring on stage. His back-up dances were more of a show than he was. He hardly rapped most of his lyrics and played too many songs he was only featured on for one verse, including California girls. Sorry Snoop, this is a MINNESOTA concert filled with home state pride. Thanks for reminding up we’re not in sunny and 90-degree Cali at the moment. He needed to rap more of his old school classic music many people know him for. But, I’ve never been a huge Snoop fan, so his less than stellar appearance didn’t disappoint me too much.

Soundset 2013 Snoop Dogg

Social media also played a fun part in Soundset. There was a giant screen capturing tweets and Instagram pictures that included #soundset. It was cool seeing how much fun everyone was having, plus figuring out with artists have a bigger following. The concert also featured a break dancing tent with great DJs and talented dancers.

But with all the success of Soundset 2013, there are still minor fixes they can work on for next year. For one, the cell phone service was Terrible! I know, when you get 28,000+ cellphones into once area, you’re bound to have slower service, but I basically had ZERO service the entire concert. This made it impossible to find lost friends, and share my amazing tweets with the rest of Sounset. (*ahem, if you want to see those amazing tweets, follow me at @dani_norgren).

Soundset 2013 Minneapolis Minnesota

The main stage also had sound issues during, Aesop Rock, P.O.S., and Mac Miller. This is not acceptable!! The sound basically cut out so you couldn’t even hear the artist rapping. This was extremely frustrated, especially because I am a huge P.O.S fan. The issues eventually got resolved, but not after sound major crowd disappointment.

And the next item, please have better weather next year! Please…

But all in all, Soundset 2013 was a raging success! I already can’t wait for next year. Keep up the Minnesota hip hop (local artist) pride!

But what did you think of the concert? Favorite artist… something missing? What are your thoughts? I’d love to hear!

By Danielle Norgren

Credits: Star Tribune | My own experience