Doofus Of The Day #43

Our nameless hero had his friends film this incident. Note that he acted voluntarily and of his own free will. (I don’t say that he did so in his right mind, because after watching this clip, I doubt very much whether he has a right mind!) Amazingly, he walked away with only a broken rib. What’s that old saying about God looking after fools and horses? Peter

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What happened to the Four Rules?

From Yahoo! News: CARCASSONNE, France (AFP) – – French officials were probing Monday an incident that left 17 people injured, including a child in critical condition, when soldiers used live rounds in a weekend visitors day display. Fifteen civilians, including five children, and two soldiers were injured on Sunday when members of a marines parachute regiment demonstrated a hostage liberation exercise to visitors at their barracks outside the southwestern city of Carcassonne, regional officials said. Four of the 17 were seriously injured, two critically, but doctors said early Monday that the condition of the worst injured had stabilised. Hospitals in

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Weekend Wings #22: The Berlin Airlift

This week saw the 60th anniversary of the Berlin Airlift, which began on June 26th, 1948. It was originally envisaged that it would be needed for only a few weeks, but due to Soviet intransigence and Western determination, it continued until September 30th, 1949. The story of the Berlin Airlift is well known, and I don’t propose to go into the political, social and economic dimensions. Those interested can read about them at the link above, and there are many other Web sites devoted to the crisis: a quick search will find hundreds. What I’d like to do in this

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A vegetative state may not be so vegetative any more

I’m intrigued to read of a new method of communicating with brain-damaged persons, using brain scans. BRAIN-scanning technology could allow doctors to read the intentions of patients who are unable to communicate via speech or gesture, with profound implications for emotionally charged debates about euthanasia and the way in which severely brain-damaged patients are treated. The development was presented by British researchers at a meeting of the Organisation for Human Brain Mapping held in Melbourne recently. Researchers used brain-imaging technology, called functional magnetic resonance imaging, to measure activity in different parts of the brains of 16 healthy subjects. Each person

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Now why hasn’t anyone thought of this before?

An Australian company, Island Sky, has come up with an idea for a water-making machine that’s positively brilliant. The two key elements involved in making water from the air are: humidity and temperature. Island Sky® Water-Making Machines stand uniquely apart from other water generating appliances thanks to their revolutionary patented technology that draws more water from the air than any system on the market. Island Sky® technology transforms available air humidity into great tasting drinking water by using vapor compression that increases the dynamics of condensing water vapor. Island Sky Water-Making Machines continuously simulates the “dew point” allowing water to

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Gay Pride weekend

This weekend will see Gay Pride parades held all over the world, in an attempt by those who choose and/or support this lifestyle to persuade the rest of us that it’s ‘normal’, ‘natural’ and ‘mainstream’. They’re lying, of course. By dictionary definition (look up normal and abnormal, natural and unnatural for yourself) homosexuality is neither normal nor natural. It’s clearly abnormal and unnatural. As for being ‘mainstream’, when most studies indicate that homosexuals form anywhere from 2% to 7% of the population (usually nearer the lower end of that proportion), it’s clearly anything but, given that 93% to 98% of

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Another of the world’s worst jobs?

Within days of beginning this blog, I wrote about what must be one of the worst jobs in the world – the sewage diver. Now, from Norway, comes a job that may rival it. Researchers in Oslo and Tromsø plan to analyze sewage this autumn, in an effort to determine alcohol consumption among residents. They don’t seem to trust Norwegians’ own admissions of how much they drink. Newspaper VG reported Thursday that state agencies are prepared to pay NOK 4 million on the unusual research project, which will eventually extend to the mountain holiday spot of Hemsedal and all large

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When the price of the gift isn’t important

Following my report about the Bruichladdich Distillery earlier this week, I note with interest that another famous Highland distillery, The Macallan, has a rather special one-of-a-kind offer through Harrods. For a mere $110,000 or so, you can be the proud owner of this: The oak case is hand-crafted by Viscount Linley, to give it that aristocratic touch. It contains six bespoke Linley crystal tumblers, a cigar humidor, and six bottles of rare Macallan single malt whisky, of assorted vintages, ranging from seventy-one years old to a mere youngster of thirty-eight. If the price seems high, bear in mind that The

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Human ovulation captured on camera

This is fascinating! A Belgian specialist, Dr. Jacques Donnez, spotted ovulation in progress during a routine operation. He was able to capture it on film – the first time this has ever been done. From the upper left, viewing clockwise, we see the ovum emerge slowly from the ovary. Click the picture to enlarge it. It amazes me to think that each and every one of us began in this form, a tiny ovum in our mother, an even tinier sperm in our father. At almost the same time, two more Belgian specialists, Stephan Gordts and Ivo Brosens, have captured

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Congratulations to Lawdog!

In his usual modest, shy, retiring sort of way, Lawdog hasn’t said a word about this: but I note that earlier this month, he recorded his millionth visitor. He must have done so at almost the same time as Tamara, whom we congratulated on June 5th for reaching the same milestone. Well done, good buddy, and thanks for the example and encouragement! I don’t know how many ‘blog-children’ you have out there, but I’m one of them. If you ever hold a party for those of us who’ve followed your example, it’s going to need a rather large venue! I’m

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