Go Bulletproof

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If you’re a businessperson traveling to dangerous regions–or you are, perhaps, a tuxedo-wearing superspy–you probably want to stay safe and stylish at the same time. That’s a tall order, but it’s one that can be met with a few pieces of bulletproof clothing that provide protection from being shot at, stabbed, or even assaulted by hand. Here are a few items that might even get Q Branch’s grudging approval.

They say clothes make the man, so there’s no reason to sacrifice looking good for personal safety. Garrison Bespoke is a tailor in Toronto who will produce a suit to your personal specifications, including making it bulletproof. The suit is lined with lightweight sheets of the carbon nanotube material found in some body armor, which can reportedly stop .22, 9mm, and .45 caliber rounds.

The nanotubes harden when a ballistic round hits them, preventing the bullet from penetrating the suit. Of course, the impact of the bullet will probably give you at least some nasty bruises, and possibly some broken bones or internal injuries. But at least you won’t have to find a tailor to fix your bullet-hole-ridden duds–which is good, since the suit runs around $20,000.

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For colder climes, you might want bulletproof clothing that’s both protective and warm. That’s where Bulletblocker’s $1200 bulletproof topcoat comes in. The outside is a mix of wool and cashmere, but inside is a removable liner made of Kevlar, which the company says is rated to stop 9mm, .45 caliber, 357 and 44 Magnum, and even hollow-point rounds. And, as you can see, it looks great with a fedora (not bulletproof).

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MTS MULTI-THREAT SHIELD

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We can’t all afford a bulletproof suit, so for the cost-conscious business traveler, consider accessorizing with the $899 MTS Multi-Threat Shield. It looks like an ordinary attache case, but quickly unfolds into a three-foot tall Kevlar shield that can block bullets, knives, and even physical attacks. Granted, it weighs 8 pounds, which might be a bit heavier than your average bag, and it won’t actually hold your laptop. But it protects against handguns, shotguns, and submachine guns. With an optional armor plate slotted into a front pocket, it can even block a high-powered rifle.

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Tailors at Garrison’s Bespoke in Toronto have lined a vest and suit jacket with several ultrathin sheets of carbon nanotubes: a state-of-the-art puncture-proof and bullet-resistant material.

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The Holden Hurricane

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The Holden Hurricane is a two-seat concept car built by Holden in 1969. The Hurricane was one of the most advanced vehicles for its time, with Holden describing it as a research vehicle, allowing them “to study design trends, propulsion systems and other long range developments”.

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The Hurricane stood at just 990 millimetres (39 in) tall and was powered by a mid-mounted high-compression 4.2 litre Holden V8 engine, producing 193 kilowatts (259 hp). The Hurricane did not feature conventional doors; instead, a hydraulically powered canopy swung forwards over the front wheels and the seats rose up and titled forward. Other features included Pathfinder, which used magnetic signals built into the road to guide the driver. It also contained digital instrument displays, automatic temperature control air conditioning called Comfortron, an auto-seek radio function and a rear-view camera, which consisted of a wide angle camera in the rear bumper connected to a closed-circuit television (CCTV) screen in the centre console.

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The car was found by Corey Egan in 1988 in the Holden training centre. He was originally going to restore it. Instead, the managers decided to restore it after they got it out and cleaned it up. Forty-two years after the Holden Hurricane’s debut in 1969, the car has now been fully rebuilt and restored following the original design by Holden Design. Restoration began in 2006 and was finished in 2011, with the newly restored Hurricane first displayed in October 2011 at the Motorclassica classic car show in Melbourne.

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Holden, formally known as General Motors Holden, is an Australian automobile importer and a former automobile manufacturer with its headquarters in Port Melbourne, Victoria. The company was founded in 1856 as a saddlery manufacturer in South Australia. In 1908 it moved into the automotive field, becoming a subsidiary of the United States-based General Motors (GM) in 1931, when the company was renamed General Motors-Holden’s Ltd. It was renamed Holden Ltd in 1998, and General Motors Holden in 2005.

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The Elevator Women

The elevator in the building at work has a recorded voice of a women telling the riders which floor they have landed on. The voice also advises that the car is going up, or going down. Very helpful stuff.

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The voice is soothing and reaffirms that you are in a civilized setting. I began wondering if that women, whose voice is used, receives royalties every time she talks in the elevator? If she does she must be rich!

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Town in Iceland Paints 3D Zebra Crosswalk To Slow Down Speeding Cars

In the small fishing town of Ísafjörður, Iceland, an exciting development in road safety has just popped up – almost literally. A new pedestrian crossing has been painted that appears to be 3D by way of a cleverly-detailed optical illusion.

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Not only does the innovative design give foot-travelers the feeling of walking on air, it also gets the attention of drivers, who will be sure to slow down their speed once they spot the seemingly floating ‘zebra stripes.’ Icelandic environmental commissioner Ralf Trylla called for its placement in Ísafjörður after seeing a similar project being carried out in New Delhi, India. With the help of street painting company Vegmálun GÍH, his vision became a reality.

Scroll down to see photos of the fascinating installment taken by Ágúst G. Atlason of Gústi Productions, and let us know if you’d like to see one of these crosswalks in your own city.

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