The devil’s in the details – naval edition

The old idiom “The devil’s in the details” has, in my experience, been proven true time and time again.  The “big picture” may look fine and dandy, but there’s always something, some little detail that’s escaped attention, that can screw it up to a fare-thee-well. The Norwegian Navy learned that the hard way last year, when its frigate Helge Ingstad collided with another vessel, and subsequently sank.   (Above image courtesy of Wikipedia)   The subsequent inquiry revealed that after the collision, the watertight compartments of the frigate functioned as intended . . . except for one crucial detail. While there was some uncertainty as to

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It depends how you look at life

I was somewhat taken aback by a British survey claiming that four out of ten people were unhappy about life choices they’d made. According to a survey of 2,000 British adults commissioned by UK charity consortium Remember A Charity, four out of ten people regret how they have lived their lives so far. Spending too much time at work and not traveling enough were among respondents’ biggest regrets. Other common regrets among those surveyed included neglecting their health and not spending enough time with their family. Many wished they had been a better parent to their children. All of that regret seems

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Doofus Of The Day #1,046

Today’s award goes to the Patrouille Suisse, the aerobatic display team of the Swiss Air Force, for this mistake. A rather unusual as well as bit embarrassing “incident” occurred to the the Swiss Air Force’s “Patrouille Suisse” Display Team on Saturday Jul. 6, 2019: the team’s jets were scheduled to fly over Langenbruck, in northwestern Switzerland, south of Basel, where the commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the death of Swiss aviation pioneer Oskar Bider was held, but they flew over Mümliswil, missing the target by about 6 km (about 3¾ miles). “Unfortunate circumstances” were the root cause of the mistake according to a spokesman of

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Getting his priorities straight . . . sort of

I giggled at this edition of “The Whiteboard“.  Click the image to be taken to the cartoon’s Web page for a larger view. If you aren’t already setting aside time in your day to read that comic strip, may I suggest you do so? It’s a lot of fun. I’ve known people with exactly that attitude.  As a matter of fact, many military veterans exemplify it! Peter

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That must have been interesting!

Courtesy of Phil at Bustedknuckles, we find this photograph.  (Clickit to biggit.) Getting that fire hydrant stuck in there must have been . . . adventurous!  Also, note how it’s chewing up the tread on both tires.  Both – perhaps all four, both inner and both outer tires – are going to have to be replaced. I hate to think what might happen if the driver didn’t notice that, and tried to drive on.  The explosion of all four tires, which would be almost inevitable within yards, could cause very serious damage to vehicles – not to mention injury to their occupants

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Clearly, this wasn’t designed by a cat owner

It seems that Charmin is developing an outsize toilet paper roll, so that users won’t have to change it for up to a month. However, as any cat owner will tell you, the feline species appears to take delight in unwinding a toilet paper roll. I should think cats will find that monster roll absolutely irresistible.  Their owners might have to spend the next couple of days in a hotel room, while a cleanup service de-TP’s their entire home! I suspect this is going to have unintended consequences . . . Peter

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My heart’s on fire, but it ain’t for Elvira

How many of you remember this song?  Here’s a 15-second excerpt. Turns out that a heart can literally be on fire . . . but Elvira had nothing to do with this one. … the patient, a 60-year-old man, was in surgery last year for the repair of a tear in the inner layer of the aorta wall in the chest, according to the European Society of Anaesthesiology. But the patient’s chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, known as COPD, meant he had air-filled blisters, which doctors punctured, leading to a leak. Doctors worried that the man would suffer a respiratory attack, and decided to

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For once, just for once, I agree with Ann Coulter

I generally don’t sit well with Ann Coulter’s strident, almost harpy-like commentary on this country and its politics.  She may be right about many things, but her way of presenting her views is off-putting in the extreme.  Nevertheless, I’ll give credit where credit is due;  and I think her recent column about immigration and its implications is spot-on. (Bold, underlined text is my emphasis.) Can we have a quick reality check and acknowledge that what is happening to America is a million times worse than what’s happening in Europe and is of much greater consequence? Conservatives regularly point to the mass migration

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THIS IS WHY YOU GO SLOWLY, AND LOOK BOTH WAYS!!!

A Midland sheriff’s deputy found out the hard way that, no matter how urgent the call you’re on, you need to look both ways before storming over a level crossing.  A tip o’ the hat to reader Glen W. for sending me the link. According to a news report, the deputy behind the wheel was “taken to the hospital with minor injuries including bruising throughout his body”.  I think he’s amazingly lucky not to have suffered anything more serious – and I bet he won’t go through a level crossing like that again! Peter

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Looks like a classic – and fatal – case of pilot error

Readers will recall the crash of an Aeroflot Sukhoi Superjet 100 aircraft in Moscow several days ago.  Surveillance video has been released that shows the aircraft trying to land.  It bounces and porpoises several times, in what looks like an abominable display of pilot mishandling, before touching down so hard that it collapses the landing gear.  That started a fire that burned out the rear half of the aircraft, killing 41 of those on board. Look in the upper right-hand corner of the video to see the plane touch down. And here’s how it ended up.  WARNING:  Some of the scenes in the

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