Doofus Of The Day #316

Today’s Doofus is from Australia. “I hit my ear on the boom of my truck and broke the headset of my phone,” Mr Gardner told the Northern Territory News. “So I got some superglue and glued it back together – and that was … when my boss rang.” The truck driver said he usually had the phone’s headset in his ear most of the day. “I guess I didn’t think much of it when I put it back into my ear to talk to the boss. “I drove from Casuarina to Rapid Creek when I realised I had done something

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When sex meets snark!

I’m laughing aloud at a column by Suzanne Moore about the controversy erupting in Britain about the G-spot and its alleged existence (or otherwise). A few weeks ago we got the reassuring news from British scientists that the G-spot is a myth – but last week the French stealth-bombed us with the news it does exist. What’s worse is it’s up to women to find it ourselves. Of course. We really have little else to do. I know that being a French woman requires an enormous effort – that’s mainly why I am not one. All that grooming, only eating

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So much for rain in Southern California . . .

An expatriate British journalist living in Los Angeles, David Willis, is somewhat bemused by the reaction of the locals to the recent winter storms. Remember that song It Never Rains In Southern California? Ironically perhaps, it was written by an Englishman – Albert Hammond – who had yet to actually travel here when he came up with those words. True – it is not actually about the weather, but it has probably done more than any other ditty to uphold the image of Los Angeles as some sort of palm-fringed paradise with nary a cloud in the sky which –

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Remembering Mohandas Gandhi

I was pleased to see that part of the ashes of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, known as ‘Mahatma’ or ‘Great Soul’, were scattered yesterday in the harbor of Durban, South Africa. USA Today reports: Six decades after his death Saturday, some of Mohandas K. Gandhi’s ashes were scattered off the coast of South Africa, where he was confronted by racial discrimination during a 21-year sojourn and developed some of his philosophies of peaceful resistance. An early morning service in a harbor in the eastern city of Durban on the 62nd anniversary of Gandhi’s death included the laying of flowers and candles

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A new King of Beers is crowned

Last November I wrote about what was then the world’s strongest beer, a 64 proof product named (of all things!) ‘Tactical Nuclear Penguin‘. Its reign at the top of the strength charts has been short-lived. A German brewery, Schorschbräu, has outdone its Scottish rivals and produced an 80 proof beer – 40% alcohol by volume! The brewery describes its creation as follows: The currently Strongest Beer in the World: 40% Alcohol Available in 0.33 liter ceramic bottles, personally signed and hand-numbered by the Braumeister himself. Each bottle is sealed with wax by hand and comes in a wooden case with

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A Swiss Army Knife that’s 1,000 years older than Switzerland???

The Daily Mail reports: The world’s first ‘Swiss Army knife’ has been revealed – made 1,800 years before its modern counterpart. An intricately designed Roman implement, which dates back to 200 AD, it is made from silver but has an iron blade. It features a spoon, fork as well as a retractable spike, spatula and small tooth-pick. Experts believe the spike may have been used by the Romans to extract meat from snails. It is thought the spatula would have offered a means of poking cooking sauce out of narrow-necked bottles. The 3in x 6in (8cm x 15cm) knife was

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Sukhoi’s new stealth fighter

Today Sukhoi announced the first flight of their new PAK FA stealth fighter-bomber, intended as a competitor to the US F-22 Raptor. The prototype is known as the T-50. (Click the picture below for a much larger view.) A great deal of comment has already been heard from various sources, but a number of features stand out immediately. This is a much larger aircraft than the US F-22 Raptor. Two weapons bays are beneath the fuselage, with two much smaller bays beneath the inboard portion of the wings. That gives it a significantly greater internal armament capacity than the US

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One million visitors and counting!

I’m very happy to see that the millionth visitor to this blog arrived via a link from Lawdog’s blog shortly after 8 p.m. this evening. Since Lawdog’s my ‘blogfather’ (it was at his urging and encouragement that I began blogging), it’s entirely appropriate that my millionth visitor should come via his blog. I must admit, when I started blogging on January 1st, 2008, I didn’t expect to reach this milestone at all, much less in under 25 months on the Web! Still, I’m grateful that so many of you seem to enjoy my scribblings, and come back so often. Thanks

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Doofus Of The Day #315

Today’s Doofus is from Germany. A 76-year-old man trying to thaw out his car incinerated it instead when he decided to speed things up by putting a blow heater under the bonnet. Police said the man left the heater on next to the frozen windscreen washer tank and returned indoors. Shortly afterwards he heard two explosions and returned to find the car on fire. He alerted fire services, who arrived in time to prevent the flames destroying his house. Including charring of the building, total damages were estimated at £35,000. “He burned the vehicle out completely,” said a spokesman for

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Nuclear fusion gets closer to reality

The BBC reports: The controlled fusion of atoms – creating conditions like those in our Sun – has long been touted as a possible revolutionary energy source. However, there have been doubts about the use of powerful lasers for fusion energy because the “plasma” they create could interrupt the fusion. An article in Science showed the plasma is far less of a problem than expected. The report is based on the first experiments from the National Ignition Facility (Nif) in the US that used all 192 of its laser beams. Along the way, the experiments smashed the record for the

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