Brewster’s Millions and Iceberg Towing

In the 1985 Richard Pryor film, Brewster’s Millions, Brewster invests in a hair-brain scheme to move and iceberg from the North Pole to a more sun parched area of the world. I always thought this was just a clever joke created by the writers of the film, but as it turns out this mania to tow or move icebergs was a real thing.

In a 1978 issue of Popular Mechanics, they dedicated a whole page to Iceberg towing and then would return to the subject in 1982 to demonstrate this clever bubble-powered iceberg mover. Here is a quick illustrative image of just how this marvel of engineering was going to work and I presume make Montgomery Brewster even more money.


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