Not-So-Serious Signals

Military signals have their purposeful side, but also their humor. We’re indebted to Captain Jack Broome of the Royal Navy for his 1955 book “Make A Signal!”, which not only chronicled historical naval battles in terms of the signals exchanged, but included a ‘scrap log’ of the more humorous variety. It was republished under the title “Make Another Signal” in 1973. Both books are long out of print, but can be purchased used – see here and here. Since I tend to look for the funnier side of life, I’d like to quote some of the more (in)famous signals that

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Have you ever seen a wolf fishing?

How cool is this??? These photographs were said to be taken “at Brooks Falls just upsteam from where the Brooks River flows into the Naknek Lake in the Katmai National Park“. I received them from a friend via e-mail, but I don’t know who owns the copyright. Since they’re circulating via e-mail I’m going to post them here, and I invite any copyright holder to notify me so that proper credit can be given. I didn’t know that wolves fished for salmon just as bears did! EDITED TO ADD: An Internet search has produced a couple of videos of wolves

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Monster Hunter International

Please allow me to plug a friend’s new book. Larry Correia is an online friend of many years standing. He’s just published his first book, Monster Hunter International. It’s a modern fantasy complete with monsters, guns, murder and mayhem – and a hefty dose of tongue-in-cheek humor and in-your-face hilarity. I had the privilege of reading early pre-publication versions of the manuscript, and I’ll be buying my own copy now that it’s in paper form. Click on the link in the paragraph above the picture for more information. Larry has his own blog, too – worth viewing. He’s got a

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Weekend Wings #1: The ‘Wooden Wonder’

I’m an aviation enthusiast (amongst other things) and now and again I’d like to introduce readers to some of the aircraft that have aroused my interest over the years. Today I’d like to talk about the ‘wooden wonder’, the De Havilland Mosquito of World War II. It was a truly remarkable aircraft in its versatility. Over its operational career it served as a fighter, fighter-bomber, maritime strike aircraft, gunship (armed with a 57mm. six-pounder anti-tank gun for shipping strikes), torpedo-carrier, reconnaissance aircraft, specialist target-marking aircraft (used by 617 Squadron, the famous ‘Dambusters’, among others), night fighter, intruder, specialist bomber (using

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Have they thought this one through?

I saw a headline yesterday that made me pause: “Monkeys To Get ‘Insane’ Laser Treatment“. It made me wonder, so I read further. It seems that “unemployed youths will be paid to sterilize wild monkeys in India with lasers after a series of attacks on humans”. The youths will be “provided training in capturing and (laser) sterilization by the experts”. Errrr . . . Ummmm . . . Guys, have you really thought this one through? Do you realize that you’re going to have “unemployed youths” (presumably teenagers) running around your cities and towns . . . Equipped with lasers

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Demotivators

I wonder how many readers have discovered the delights of Demotivators? They make wonderful presentations to those we want to tease a little (or a lot). I’ve sent a number of them from time to time. A few good examples are illustrated below. Check out the whole list at the link above. (And no, I’m not on their payroll and I don’t earn anything from their sales – I just appreciate a good idea.) Peter EDITED TO ADD: A big ‘Thank You’ to 308Mike in the Comments to this post. He provided the following link to a forum topic with

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Great moments in radio comedy

I’m sure many readers have heard of the British comedy ‘The Goon Show’, broadcast in the 1950’s on the BBC. It has many fans all over the world, and (along with others of its genre such as ‘Round The Horne’) was the inspiration for later comedy teams such as Monty Python. I’m delighted to find that one of the greatest clips from the Goons is on YouTube. It’s the immortal Bluebottle (the boy scout from Finchley) and Eccles (the doofus) discussing timekeeping. It takes place ‘in the ground-floor attic of a nearby clock-repairer’ (you work it out!). It’s totally zany

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The worst job in the world?

OK. I thought I’d heard of all the bad jobs in the world, but this one just blows my tiny mind. How would you like to be a sewage diver? No, let me rephrase that. A SEWAGE DIVER???!!!?!?!? I had no idea. A few quotes from the linked article, plus my responses: “I’ve done about 1000 hours of sewage diving. Working in a pit of sewage is very difficult; you can’t see anything for a start, so everything’s done by feel.” And why would you want to feel anything in that lot??? “You can walk through the sewage but not

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How (not) to hunt the skunk

This happened in 2003. I posted about it at the time in a forum to which I belong, but it aroused so much amusement that I thought it worth recycling and reworking for this blog. Living in North-Central Louisiana is rather fun. The local wildlife are convinced that they own the neighborhood. We’re just intruders on their territory. I’ve had an armadillo nest underneath my house, and other wildlife tries to do the same thing all around here. A family on my street had seen skunks wandering around and warned me to keep an eye out (my house, like theirs,

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Another good man leaves us

I’m sorry to have to report that George McDonald Fraser, famed author of the ‘Flashman’ novels and many other books, has died. Fraser was a truly superb raconteur, skilled with language and vocabulary to paint a picture in words that was almost unsurpassed by contemporary authors. I’m sad to think that we’ll hear no more of Harry Flashman, rogue, bully, cheat and all-round poltroon – but a hero nonetheless. What’s more, Fraser was a veteran of World War II. His memoir ‘Quartered Safe Out Here‘ is certainly on my list of the top ten veteran autobiographies to come out of

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