Doofus Of The Day #798

Today’s award goes to the inventor of a dubious typeface. Peeing in public: Many have witnessed it, many more have done the dirty deed. And now there’s a bold design tribute to the dishonorable act—a drippy font modeled after urine stains on a wall. “The Art of Peeing” was created by 23-year-old Aravindan Thirunavukarasu using photos of real micturition dribbles. “Those pictures on my website are real pictures which I took after I peed on the wall,” emails the New Yorker. “My source of the pee was to drink a lot of gallons of water and I was on a

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Quote of the day: Ebola edition

I belong to an e-mail list of very well-trained and -experienced shooters.  One of them, a doctor by profession, described some research he’d been doing into the Ebola virus.  He concluded: There has been some research into this, and it is suspected that the Ebola, rabies, and influenza virus can mix.  This resultant Virus From Hell is thought to be the cause of PMS.  Consider yourselves warned. Even Miss D. had to cackle at that one . . . Peter

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In Memoriam: Colonel Jack Broughton

Colonel Jacksel M. Broughton, one of the most famous and controversial airmen of the Vietnam War, has died.  In its obituary, the New York Times wrote: Col. Jack Broughton flew more than 200 jet-fighter missions in the Korean and Vietnam Wars and received the Air Force Cross, his service’s highest award for valor after the Medal of Honor. He led the Air Force’s Thunderbirds in acrobatics that thrilled air show spectators in the mid-1950s and piloted nearly 50 types of military aircraft. But in June 1967, he faced a possible prison term when the Air Force accused him of covering

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Ammo SCORE!

I see that, slowly but surely, .22 Long Rifle ammo is making its way back to the market in sufficient quantities to satisfy demand.  It’s still hard to find the good stuff, but yesterday at my local dealer I walked in just in time for his delivery.  Reese got in 20 boxes (2,000 rounds) of CCI MiniMag, and sold me the lot at a very reasonable price – only a dollar per box higher than I was paying before the ammo drought began.  I didn’t argue;  in fact, I told him that if he can find more at that price,

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Doofus Of The Day #797

Today’s award goes to two idiots in New Zealand. It may have seemed like a good idea at the time, but a team of West Aucklanders who used ingenuity over common sense to shift a fridge now have the police on their trail. The group were spotted driving in Titirangi towards Glen Eden on Friday afternoon. A large fridge was perched on the roof of a two-door Nissan and to keep it in place, one man stood on the boot [for US readers, ‘boot’ = trunk] holding it down as another drove. The bizarre move was captured on camera by

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“What I hate about hotel rooms”

That’s the title of a very funny article in the Telegraph.  Here’s an excerpt. The do’s and don’ts of my perfect hotel room would be as follows. Perhaps you’d let us know yours, and then the hotel trade would surely take notice. DON’T add further cushions. It already takes me 20 minutes to move them all off the bed on to the armchairs before I retire. Any more, and they’re going out the window. DO install room lighting systems comprehensible to, say, the average university graduate. This means a switch by the door to work a central light, plus switches

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Back from the dead – and a lot more deadly

Regular readers may remember that back in 2012, I put up a post about a new Indonesian trimaran patrol craft.  The first in class was launched, then burned to the waterline only a few weeks later.  There’s video of the fire in my earlier article. It seems the manufacturers haven’t been mourning during the intervening years – they’ve been hard at work.  Today Ares published a very interesting article about where the design has been going.  Here’s an excerpt. In the competition for the most futuristic looking vessel at the Euronaval show being held this week in Paris I would

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A different way to advertise a car’s safety features

I’m not sure how effective this advertisement is.  It’s for the latest model of the Nissan Note (more commonly known as the Versa Note in the USA).  To advertise the car’s safety features, they put it in the middle of a supersize Zorb and rolled it down a hill. Personally, I’d have offered a bonus to any volunteers among the advertising crew who were willing to go down the hill inside the car . . . it would have made the ad that much more interesting! Peter

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