A happy video to start your day

I love this video! It’s of an elderly lady who’s been driving the same car for over half a million miles and several decades. Note how she always bought ‘lifetime guarantee’ spare parts, and has benefited from free replacements ever since! I hope I’m as spry when I’m her age! Thanks to Marc D. for e-mailing the link. Peter

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A rather unique scarecrow!

It seems a Chinese farmer has invented a unique form of that ancient technology, the scarecrow. A peanut farmer claims to have discovered the perfect way to keep birds off his plants – by flashing them with a pair of large white breasts. Farmer Wing Fu said: “I had tried everything else. If I fired a gun in the air they were always back minutes later – then I used the scarecrow but they weren’t worried and just sat on the scarecrow’s head to survey which peanuts they were going to eat.” He said he had come up with the

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Whales are even more amazing than we thought

An article in the Daily Mail by the author of a new book on whales makes some rather extraordinary, but soundly-argued claims about whales and their abilities. Here’s an excerpt. We find whales and dolphins endlessly fascinating not only for their innate beauty, but because we know them to be intelligent creatures. And the more we learn about them, the more marvellous and intriguing they become. Experiments conducted around the world have shown that they cannot only respond to spoken commands, but (almost uniquely among the animal kingdom) can recognise themselves in a mirror, and even in pictures held up

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El Capitan does it again!

El Capitan, the fiendish mind behind Baboon Pirates, has come up with something new. The Organic, Holistic Path To Natural Bowel Cleansing! So, a high-fiber diet got you a bit constipooted? There you sit, brokenheated… Came to s*** and only farted? One too many slices of extra-cheese pizza and a heaping bowl of Grapenuts, and now your colon feels like the Hoover Dam? Relax!! At HamFisted Plumbing, Dental Supply and Homeopathic Health Spa, we have the solution you need! For the solution, click here and prepare to laugh. Hint: it involves bacon-flavored lube! Breda, don’t read any further, whatever you

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For those bored with mere guns and knives

Need a new form of self-defense? Bored with guns? Knives lost their cutting edge? You should get in touch with Urban Armory. Here are a few of their suggestions for that certain something you’ve always wanted. Regrettably, their spelling and grammar aren’t always up to speed, but I’ll leave them verbatim. First, a working flame-thrower: This is a US GI COMPLETE flame thrower set up our last one comes complete uncut and ready to roast, with instructional DVD on how to use with a New made wand updated so you do not need to find those old matches on the

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Doofus Of The Day #248

Today’s doofus is from Oregon. An Albany, Ore., man was cleaning out a deceased relative’s home in Eastern Oregon when he discovered what he thought was a bomb, police said. So he put it in his vehicle and drove it back to Albany, where he delivered it Friday to his hometown police station. The Albany Police Department closed its station lobby, called the state bomb squad, notified the Linn County sheriff’s office next door and blocked the station parking lot off with cones. Police did not evacuate. The bomb squad arrived, decided it was indeed a bomb and took it

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Some magnificent photography!

The volcano of Krakatoa in Indonesia, which erupted in such devastating fashion back in 1883, killing an estimated 35,000 people around the world, is doing it again. The Daily Mail reports: The ticking time-bomb can be seen spewing ash into the Indonesian sky between Java and Sumatra where it lies on the Sunda Strait. Lava can also be seen trickling down the side of the new slopes that have quickly grown to a towering 360 metres. It now measures half of the size of the original mound that ended so many lives. Marco said: ‘These volcanos repeat explosions like that

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US Special Forces air support – back to basics?

I’m intrigued by a program currently under way in the US Special Forces, examining whether a simple propeller-driven strike aircraft, such as were used in World War II and Korea (and, to a lesser extent, in Vietnam) might be a viable option for certain operational environments. Defense Tech reports: In a move that harkens back to the days of recycled World War II torpedo bombers sheep-dipped as close air support planes, the Navy intends to field a limited number of turbo-prop attack planes outfitted with the most modern surveillance, tracking and weapons systems to help special ops forces keep track

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Saving money in these hard times

I’m sure there are many of us who are tightening our belts, economically speaking, and trying to spend less in these difficult times. One way to save a whole lot of money is to look at refurbished equipment, rather than brand-new. I’ve done this for years, and on average find that I spend less than half the price of new equipment to buy something just as good. After all, a factory-refurbished item has been through the manufacturer’s test procedures twice, not just once. It’s more likely to be trouble-free than a new item! Case in point: a camera I’ve just

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Let’s expand this idea!

I note that New York City is providing free tickets to the homeless to return to their places of origin – provided they promise never to come back. It’s not heartless: they make sure that there’s a family member or friend to accommodate them, and that they won’t be dumped on the streets once they get there. If this works so well that NYC is willing to invest its dollars in it, how about expanding it to deal with our illegal immigration problem? If illegals volunteer to return to their homelands, and undertake never to return (and we have some

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