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White Elephant Technology

Off the Rails -- Part II

John Geoghegan | Posted 04.30.2013 | Technology
John Geoghegan

The Army Transportation Corps was impressed enough with R.G. LeTourneau's Sno-Freighter to order an upgrade. The result was the Logistics Cargo Carrier, or LCC-1, fondly referred to as the Sno-Train.

Admiral Byrd's Antarctic Snow Cruiser

John Geoghegan | Posted 01.26.2013 | Weird News
John Geoghegan

The trip attracted huge crowds and newspaper headlines along the way especially when a series of mishaps (including a slip off a too-narrow bridge) spurred speculation that Byrd's Snow Cruiser was a white elephant in disguise.

What Is White Elephant Technology?

John Geoghegan | Posted 12.23.2012 | Technology
John Geoghegan

The answer is simple. Any unusual invention (past or present) that fails to find a wider market acceptance despite its innovative nature qualifies is white elephant technology.