“Terribly sorry to bother you, old chap, but there seems to be a bomb in my basement . . . “

That’s the approach taken by this British family, anyway. A father who found an unexploded German bomb in his cellar waited until the next morning to call the police because he “did not want to wake up the neighbours”. Stephen Sin, 44, was mid-way through a clean when he stumbled across the 1930s incendiary device. He and his wife, Janice, eventually reported the discovery to the police – but only after a night’s sleep and a morning of errands. Mr Sin, a civil servant from Crystal Palace, south London, said: “We knew that this was going to happen, where literally

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RA-CISSSS! . . . jumps the shark?

The perpetually offended SJW’s who see racism behind (and often in front, to either side and on top of) every bush have claimed a new ‘victory’. “Dat Boi” is an Internet meme that sprung up randomly, as so many memes do, about two months ago. It’s a low-resolution frog riding a unicycle, with the caption “Here come dat boi!” Don’t try to overthink it. It’s (supposedly) funny because it’s silly and random. A frog, retro low-res graphics, a unicycle, and slang for “that boy.” If you insist on knowing more, there’s no shortage of Dat Boi explanatory articles. But really,

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So, what sex/gender/thingumajig are you anyway?

In the light of our recent discussions about transgender bathroom usage, I did a bit of research.  Some of it was serious.  Some of it, typified by this 4chan graphic representation of sexual preference/orientation/whatever, is less so.  Click the image for a larger view.  (A tip o’ the hat to Claire Wolfe for the link.) There’s only one way to describe that chart, courtesy of Sir Walter Scott: Oh, what a tangled web we weave When first we practise to deceive! (Self-deception being the first and most predominant, of course . . . ) Peter

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Charges? Hell, I’d buy him a beer . . .

I note with displeasure that a New York man is facing charges for defending his wife against the attack of a career criminal. Bronx cabby Mamadou ­Diallo was looking for a parking spot outside his building when he got a call from his wife that filled him with shock and fury. She said a stranger had just tried to rape her in their apartment — and was still upstairs. Diallo grabbed a tire iron and did what most husbands in the same situation would do: He rushed to his wife’s aid and then bludgeoned the pervert. The attack killed career

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If you want better and more secure Internet passwords . . .

. . . but don’t want the complications, security hassles or expense of a password manager program, there’s a simple and very effective way to get them. Go to the Norton IdentitySafe Password Generator, enter the details it asks for, and click the ‘Generate Passwords’ button.  I’d suggest a minimum password length of 12 characters for greater security.  When the list appears, copy and paste it into a word processor document, then save it on your hard drive or print it out.  You can generate up to 50 passwords at a time;  for more than that, run the Generator more

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An interesting training aircraft

I recently came across this video of the prototype Russian KB SAT SR-10 forward-swept-wing training aircraft.  It shows the plane making a series of touch-and-go landings and takeoffs.  The smoke trail from the 1960’s-vintage turbojet engine fitted to the prototype is clearly visible;  production aircraft (if it reaches that stage) are expected to be fitted with a more modern, more economical turbofan engine. What’s particularly interesting is that this is a private venture aircraft, not sponsored by the Russian government.  It’s intended as an ab initio trainer, taking student pilots from their first flight through mid-level aerobatic training, before they

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Doofus Of The Day #909

Today’s award goes to several embarrassed members of Japan’s Ground Self-Defense Force. Japan’s military officials may be feeling a bit sheepish after their troops accidentally fired dozens of live rounds at one another during a military exercise – though no one was hit by the stray bullets. Nine members of the country’s Ground Self-Defence Force (GSDF) reportedly shot as many as 79 live rounds at one another during the military drill in northernmost Hokkaido after mistakenly loading assault rifles with the wrong ammunition. Two people sustained minor injuries – a sergeant in his 30s and a leading private in his

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