A spectacular helicopter accident

A helicopter was helping to string Christmas lights in New Zealand when it got too close to some cables. A different view of the crash may be seen in this video report, which I can’t embed here, along with an interview with the pilot (who, amazingly, survived with only minor scrapes and bruises). I don’t know if New Zealand celebrates Thanksgiving or not, but that pilot certainly has something to be thankful for! Peter

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This gives me warm fuzzies!

I’m awestruck by the craftsmanship and sense of adventure displayed by Petersen Engineering of England. They’ve come up with a modern variation on the famous Bentley Speed Six. Vintage Bentley Speed Six (image courtesy of Wikipedia) However, this one’s much larger than the Bentleys that inspired it – more than 50% longer, for a start! It’s powered by a twelve-cylinder Rolls-Royce Meteor engine, with twice as many cylinders, more than four times the capacity and almost four times the power of the Bentley Speed Six’s engine. The Meteor is a derivative of the Rolls-Royce Merlin aircraft engine, which was immortalized

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Undefeated food, Part 1

To honor the Thanksgiving weekend and its traditional over-indulgence, over the next few days I’ll be highlighting restaurant offerings that have never yet been consumed in their entirety by any challenger. Let’s begin with the Inferno Bowl from Nitally’s Thai-Mex Cuisine of St. Petersburg, Florida. According to CNBC: The soup is served in a 48 ounce bowl and includes no less than 12 different peppers from around the world. Although the mix changes with the season, it always includes bhut jolokia (also known as the “ghost chili”). The chilies themselves comprise about 16 ounces of the soup. The restaurant uses

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A sad end to a great plane’s career

Regular readers will recall the two part Weekend Wings article I wrote on the General Dynamics F-111 Aardvark strike aircraft. The last of them were retired by the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) last year. A Royal Australian Air Force F-111 strike aircraft Now comes the news that most of the RAAF’s F-111’s have been buried in a landfill. I know it was the cheapest way to dispose of them, but it’s still a wrench to see such magnificent aircraft bulldozed under like that. Here’s an Australian news report. A sad end indeed . . . Peter

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How they made penguins fly

I’m sure many readers are aware of the BBC’s 2007 advertisement (released, of course, on April Fools Day!) showing flying penguins. It was developed to advertise the corporation’s (then-new) BBC Player software, allowing viewers to stream TV programs to their computers. In case you missed it, here it is. I was intrigued to find this ‘how they did it’ background look at the advertisement. Here’s how they made it. Looks like a lot of work went into it – but the result was pretty convincing. Peter

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Doofus Of The Day #548

Today’s award goes to an unnamed manager in a supermarket in England. A chef was stunned to find she was almost banned from buying two limes from a supermarket – because they could be classed as a weapon. Marisa Zoccolan, 31, popped into the new Asda supermarket close to her home in Wallsend, North Tyneside, to pick up some groceries, including the citrus fruits. But when she tried to pay for them at the self-service checkout, the message ‘amount exceeded, authorisation required’ flashed up. An assistant then came over and told her that more than one lime was deemed a

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A church on the move!

I was intrigued to find these photographs at Dark Roasted Blend. They show a church being moved from the village of Hoyersdorf, in the Bornu region of south-eastern Germany (an area that was once part of the former East Germany, if I recall correctly). The church was built in 1258, making it the oldest Saxon-era church in the area. It seems a seam of lignite was discovered beneath the church, and in order to exploit it, the buildings on the site had to be demolished – or moved. The Dutch firm Mammoet, with its specialized heavy-lift vehicles, was selected to

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A dog behind the wheel???

From reader Snoggeramus in Australia comes the link to this report. SALES assistant Phil Newton could not believe his eyes when he saw a dog driving a 20-tonne, double-decker bus through Darwin’s industrial zone. “I thought, ‘What the … ‘!” he said. “This was weird, even for the Territory.” Mr Newton, 30, said the dog was sitting in the driver’s seat with its paws on the steering wheel. He chased after the runaway bus, leapt through an open window and rammed on the handbrake. “It ran for a couple of hundred metres, swerved across the road, went up on the

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