It’s a duckling stampede!

Here’s what happens when a Chinese duck farm released 5,000 ducklings, all three to five days old, for their first encounter with water.  Apparently it’s done to get them used to exercise and improve their muscles. Of course, they’re ultimately going to end up on dinner plates across China, so they may as well enjoy the water while they can! Peter

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“The 39 steps to being a modern gentleman”

According to Country Life magazine in the UK, a gentleman’s traits include such gems as: Is aware that facial hair is temporary, but a tattoo is permanent Possesses at least one well-made dark suit, one tweed suit and a dinner jacket Avoids lilac socks and polishes his shoes Breaks a relationship face to face Arrives at a meeting five minutes before the agreed time Can undo a bra with one hand Knows the difference between Glenfiddich and Glenda Jackson Would never own a Chihuahua Can tie his own bow tie Demonstrates that making love is neither a race nor a

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Pure adrenaline on two wheels

Here’s a magnificent video of Guy Martin, riding a Suzuki, chasing Michael Dunlop, riding a BMW, during the Superbike race at the Isle of Man TT in 2014.  They’re hitting speeds of up to 200 mph on the straights. Watch it in full-screen mode for the best results. Pure adrenaline! Peter

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Permanent unemployment?

It looks like Europe may be heading that way.  The Telegraph reports: Defined as being out of work for more than a year, long-term unemployment is a dangerous development that keeps economists awake at night. It is rising despite the euro’s recent revival in fortunes. In Europe, around 15pc of unemployed people have not had a job for more than four years. This gradual loss in valuable skills needed to re-enter the workforce, leads to a phenomenon economists have dubbed “hysteresis“. This is when periods of prolonged unemployment can become permanent. . . . Hysteresis is a sclerotic process that

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Doofus Of The Day #861

Today’s award goes to an aircraft tug operator in Mexico City. An Interjet Sukhoi Superjet 100 hit an airbridge at Mexico City International airport on 25 October while being towed. Photos posted on Twitter show damage to the aircraft’s nose after it was wedged under an airbridge. There’s more at the link. How, precisely, does one tow a bloody great airliner smack into the side of an airbridge?  It’s not as if either of them was too small to be noticed, is it? As Miss D. said when she saw the picture, “That won’t buff out . . . “

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What happens when you overload a small plane?

This. A tip o’ the hat to Daily Timewaster for the link.  The plane was apparently flying out of Bethel, Alaska, about a month ago, ferrying moose hunters. Miss D. is an Alaskan pilot, as many of you already know. I’m waiting for her caustic remarks when she sees this video clip.  It’s obvious from the very shallow climb rate that the plane was way too heavy.  It basically flew straight into the trees because it couldn’t climb fast enough to get above them.  The occupants were very lucky indeed to walk away from that. Peter

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Doofus Of The Day #860

Today’s award goes to a Texas college student.  PJ Media reports: Jessica Jin, a University of Texas student with the clarity of mind and purpose that only a college student could possess, thinks it is just wrong that in 2016 she will be able to carry a handgun to class but will have to leave her dildo back at the dorm. So she’s organizing a protest for August 2016 during which students can show they share her belief by strapping a dildo to their book bags, their belts, wherever they chose, and brazenly carrying their sex toys into class, sitting

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Speaking of security . . .

I was amazed to read about the modern security measures of the super-rich.  The Evening Standard reports: Heyrick Bond Gunning … is one of a new breed of salesmen. He’s selling building and contents protection, but not the kind you’re used to. As the managing director of security firm Salamanca Risk Management, he sells a guarantee that you and your family will never again be bothered by anyone or anything you don’t want to be bothered by. Business is booming because billionaires are a paranoid bunch. Take one who recently moved to Mayfair. ‘He wanted everything, from protection from cyber

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