Shortages or not, be thankful for your toilet paper!

If you’re running low on TP, be thankful you still have some, and don’t have to use an old sailor’s method.  The always interesting Old Salt Blog reports: Sailors in the Age of Sail used tow-rags. What is a tow-rag? As can be seen in the video below, close to the ship’s head — the toilets in the bow or “head” of the ship — there was a long rope ending in a short rag that hung over the side into the water. After using the head, the sailor could then clean his backside with the wet rag then drop the

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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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Be careful what you wish for

I had to laugh at a suggestion from an Australian economist concerning the run on toilet paper supplies in that country, thanks to the coronavirus epidemic.  There really does seem to be a panic about it there, as this video from an Aldi store in Sydney demonstrates. Alfredo Paloyo offers his views, including this suggestion. There are two other solutions. The first is for the government to step in as guarantor. In 2008, for example, the market crash engendered by the subprime mortgage crisis left multiple Australian banks vulnerable to depositor runs. In response, the Australian government announced a guarantee scheme

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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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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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He’s going to need more than a defroster

Being from Alaska, Miss D. gets more than a little angry when she sees people driving around in cars from which they’ve not swept the snow and ice, so that it flies off at speed and hits the vehicles around them.  Apparently, in the frozen north, the cops ticket drivers who do that – which sounds like a good idea to me. I thought about it after finding this picture on MeWe: Look at that compressed rear suspension! I’d love to know what all that snow weighs . . . Peter

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If you’ve got more money than sense . .

and you enjoy the John Wick movie franchise, Big Daddy Unlimited has a deal for you.  It calls this “The Continental Safe BDU“, and it contains an example of what appears to be every gun used by the main character in those movies so far.  (Click the image for a larger view.) It even contains a hidden bar, if you’re inclined to mix alcohol and firearms (never a good idea!).  All this can be yours for a mere $100,000 . . . and, what’s more, they’re only planning to build ten of them (if they can find that many suckers who

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Gonad gastronomy?

I missed it at the time, but it seems an inaugural Texas Testicle Festival was held in Fredericksburg in mid-January. The Best of Texas wants you to know that a poor turkey has lost his testicles for you to enjoy. The organization, which hosts festivals around Texas, said in a Facebook post not to let the turkey’s testes be wasted in vain at its first Texas Testicle Festival from noon to 8 p.m. Saturday in Bankersmith Hall in Fredericksburg. Testicles from calves, lambs, roosters, turkeys and other animals are considered delicacies in other parts of the world. And that’s what the festival

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How is it possible that California can’t provide a record of what it’s spent???

This simply boggles my mind.  Bold, underlined text is my emphasis. Just a few of the serious financial problems facing California include unfunded public employee pension promises, a potential state credit downgrade, an unprecedented homeless crisis, and a net out-migration of 912,000 residents since 2010. One easy step California can take is to join every other state in the union and open up its state checkbook for review. Allowing citizens, journalists, watchdogs, academics, and public policy experts to review state spending would help the state get its fiscal house in order. Unfortunately, last fall, California State Controller Betty Yee (pictured) rejected

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