Ouch!

This happened a few months ago, but I’ve only just seen the report.  I found myself wincing as I watched, and crossing my legs, too! I’m glad he’s recovered from his injury. I had to laugh at the young man’s comment that he’d never been closer to his father than when he stitched up the injury! Peter

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Doofus Of The Day #1,060

Today’s award goes to the pilot of a Airbus A330 airliner of Thai Airways.  It clipped a Gulfstream IV corporate aircraft with its wing at the airport in Vientiane, Laos the other day.  The results were catastrophic for the smaller plane. The much larger airliner suffered only minor damage to its wing, and will be repaired before resuming scheduled flights;  but with damage like that, I daresay the Gulfstream is a write-off.  It certainly can’t be flown anywhere for repairs, and I doubt that a minor third-world airport can handle what’s needed, even if parts and equipment were flown in. Used Gulfstream IV aircraft appear to

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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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The damage road brine causes to your car

I’m obliged to Eric Peters for reminding us about the damage that road brine does to our vehicles. Last week, there was a rumor of snow. The possibility – 60 percent chance – of “up to an inch” that never materialized resulted in a hosing down of every road with a salty brine carried by huge tanker trucks … The sign on the back of the truck reads: Pre-Storm Treatment. . . . This liquid brine – which appears to have replaced the solid salt scattered on roads when it snows and while it’s snowing – is a guaranteed rust-enhancer. You literally

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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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Evolution in action?

I found this over at Chief Nose Wetter’s place yesterday: I resemble that most recent “evolved” man a little too closely for comfort!  (Looks down ruefully at expansive belly . . . ) How about you? Peter

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No, it doesn’t figure

The BBC points out that the so-called “gambler’s fallacy” has never worked, and never will.  It’s a mathematical calculation that many don’t understand. … a reasoning flaw called the “gambler’s fallacy” [is] a worryingly common error that can derail many of our professional decisions, from a goalkeeper’s responses to penalty shootouts in football to stock market investments and even judicial rulings on new asylum cases. To find out if you fall for the gambler’s fallacy, imagine you are tossing a (fair) coin and you get the following sequence: Heads, Heads, Tails, Tails, Tails, Tails, Tails, Tails, Tails, Tails, Tails, Tails. What’s the

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Bloomberg on agriculture – it’s all bull

Presidential hopeful Michael Bloomberg is in hot water over some comments he made on agriculture back in 2016. Perhaps the best response comes from cartoonist Gary Varvel, in an image that’s already gone viral.  (Clickit to biggit.) I love it!  Kudos to Mr. Varvel for perfectly capturing the inane insanity of the cocooned world of technology, trying to talk to the real world outside its air-conditioned buildings.  What’s more, using the charging bull statue on Wall Street as his model was a stroke of inspired genius!  So much for money in politics . . . Peter

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I can see how this may backfire spectacularly . . .

The new US Space Force is looking for a descriptive name for its members. The U.S. Space Force is looking for feedback from U.S. military space professionals on what Space Force members should be called – similar to how the Air Force refers to its members as ‘Airmen’ or the Army refers to its members as ‘Soldiers’. Given the significance a name has to the identity and culture of an organization, the Space Force is taking a deliberate approach to ensure Space Force member titles and ranks appropriately convey the nature of the newest Armed Forces branch and the domain in which

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I can see how this may backfire spectacularly . . .

The new US Space Force is looking for a descriptive name for its members. The U.S. Space Force is looking for feedback from U.S. military space professionals on what Space Force members should be called – similar to how the Air Force refers to its members as ‘Airmen’ or the Army refers to its members as ‘Soldiers’. Given the significance a name has to the identity and culture of an organization, the Space Force is taking a deliberate approach to ensure Space Force member titles and ranks appropriately convey the nature of the newest Armed Forces branch and the domain in which

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