French Navy fighters and their pilots at play

The YouTube channel Chasse Embarquée hosts numerous videos of French Navy Rafale fighters aboard the aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle.  Here’s the latest in their series, released just a few days ago.  It contains some of the best air-to-air photography I’ve seen for a long time. Looks like French fighter pilots enjoy themselves just as much as any other nation’s. Peter

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Adventures with lawnmowers

At the end of last summer, our old lawnmower (a low-end Toro unit we bought when we moved here in 2016) blew its engine in fairly spectacular fashion:  a loud bang, a puff of white smoke, and a deafening silence thereafter.  Our local small engine repair shop said it was deader than the proverbial doornail.  I asked the mechanic’s advice on a replacement, and he said that none of the low-end machines were worth getting these days.  He pointed out that all their engines either came from China, or incorporated Chinese-made parts, and estimated that none of them had a

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Performance art with a real twist to it!

I had to laugh at the sad (?) news of an injury to a member of an Australian comedy team known as “Puppetry of the (male organ)“.  The actual word used has been censored due to the family-friendly nature of this blog. A member of the Puppetry of the ***** duo has suffered a testicle injury with a corkscrew during a performance. David Friend is the creator of the naked comedy group and hurt himself at a show at the Adelaide Fringe Festival on Wednesday night. Friend was doing an act known as ‘The Bulldog’ when he sat on a woman’s lap in

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Bowie knives – what’s the best low-cost, high-value version?

I’ve had an interesting e-mail exchange with a friend over the past few days.  He wants to buy a Bowie-style knife, but he’s budget-limited, and furthermore isn’t a knife expert or aficionado in any way.  He wanted advice;  but I’m not an expert in the field, so I was limited in what I could suggest. We tossed ideas back and forth for a while, and came up with two sets of criteria.  The first is for the best budget Bowie knife;  low-cost, but high value-for-money in terms of quality, functionality, etc.  We set an arbitrary limit of fifty dollars as a maximum price. 

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Not measuring up . .

Phil warns us that not all measuring tapes are created equal. I found it interesting that the Chinese tape (the bottom one) lined up perfectly with the 1″ squares on the measuring board, whereas the Taiwanese tape (the yellow one) didn’t.  I’d have expected the problem to be the other way around. At any rate, I’m going to check my tape measures against an accurate scale.  I suspect I may be unpleasantly surprised by some of them . . . Peter

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Inflation and your clothes (literally)

I’m still mind-boggled after reading this report. After London College of Fashion designer Harikrishnan unveiled his inflatable latex trousers that come in a variety of colours, people couldn’t help but make fun of the high fashion number. The quirky graduate collection featured billowing latex trousers which are tapered at the ankle. But folks in their droves took to Twitter to say it looked more like ‘swollen testicles’. Tough crowd. Clearly the essence of the piece was lost on the audience. There’s more at the link. Looks more like an inverted life-jacket to me.  Let’s call it a death-jacket.  Fall into the water

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Double “Heh!” – automotive edition

Yesterday both of these photographs were sent to me by readers.  I don’t know their origin, but they made me laugh. First, Toyota’s mid-size SUV is visually linked to a famous movie (click the image for a larger view): Next, modern motoring leads to a new musical conundrum: As long as the truck doesn’t have an open container of beer (another country music staple) in the cab . . . Peter

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OK, warbird fans, you can geek out now

A treasure trove of World War II-era aviation blueprints have been saved for posterity.  Warbird Digest reports: AirCorps Aviation of Bemidji, Minnesota has just announced that they have acquired a massive trove of original manufacturing drawings for North American Aviation (NAA) covering types such as the P-51, T-6, B-25 and P-82. Ken Jungeberg was the head of the Master Dimensions department at Columbus in 1988 when the factory closed its doors. When he heard that North American was planning to burn all the WWII era drawings in their archive, he knew he had to do something. He began writing letters and making calls to his superiors, advocating to save

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How much were can a werewolf wear if a werewolf could wear wolf?

The headline was inspired by a blog post and question from author Charles Stross, who poses a couple of intriguing questions. SERIOUS QUESTION for space geeks: The flight of Apollo 11. Postulate that Mike Collins is a werewolf. At what point during trans-Lunar injection does he go furry? And how many times during the mission profile is he forced to shapeshift by the light of the full Moon? ANOTHER SERIOUS SPACE QUESTION: A full Moon must subtend an angle of at least 0.5 degrees to trigger shapeshifting in werewolves. A werewolf is aboard a spaceship bound for Ganymede, largest moon of Jupiter.

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