What is a derrick crane? (And the curious case of its name)

A two guy derrick

When most people hear the word ‘crane’, they tend to broadly define it as a device that’s able to lift things. While this is of course true, cranes come in a bewildering array of shapes, sizes and functionalities. There are also an equally bewildering number of terms used for the different types of crane types … Read more

What is the biggest truck in the world?

Belaz 75710 - The biggest truck in the world

It’s unlikely that you’ll ever see one of these monsters parked in your local truck. If you’re wondering what it is, it’s the BelAZ 75710 and it’s officially the biggest truck in the world. More about the BelAZ 75710 Made in Belarus, this enormous lorry is classed as a “haul truck” and belongs to the … Read more

Are Skeleton Keys Real / Legal?

Are skeleton keys real or legal?

Back in the olden days, most people had heard of a skeleton key but nowadays… not so much. In short, yes, skeleton keys are real and they do exist in various guises. The reason fewer people have heard of the term “skeleton key” in more modern times is that they’re simply not that effective anymore … Read more

Should I buy Bitcoin?

Richard Branson with one of his Bitcoins

Bitcoin, that crazy cryptocurrency that many people still haven’t heard of, is going bonkers. In UK terms, if you had bought just £100 of  Bitcoins 50 years ago when the price was 1 shilling and sixpence, you’d be a Ga-Jillionaire in today’s money. Apparently, Richard Branson bought 3 Bitcoins when he was 17 and he now owns … Read more