Does this Marie Antoinette automaton dream of mechanical cake?

David Roentgen was the 18th century's most celebrated cabinetmaker, famous for adding mechanical fittings and secret drawers to his ornate furniture. In 1784, he surprised his patron, France's King Louis XVI with this marvelous automaton of his queen, Marie Antoinette, playing the dulcimer. The mechanical… » 1/19/13 8:00am 1/19/13 8:00am

If Marie Antoinette had owned a personal helicopter, it might have…

In an alternate timeline where 18th-Century rulers ride about in custom-made vehicles, Marie Antoinette's Lilicoptère is a personal aerial transit device where function grossly follows form. Covered in pink feathers and encrusted with gems, the Lilicoptère would be a glamorous bauble in which to crash and burn. » 8/11/12 11:30am 8/11/12 11:30am