The perils of cheap knives and swords

As part of writing the next Western novel in my Ames Archives series, I’m devoting a lot of attention to knives and their use in the Old West.  There were plenty of cheap ones, but also a surprising number of higher-quality, custom-made fighting blades.  I won’t spoil the book by revealing too much, but it will cover the subject in some depth. As part of it, I’ve been talking with Sven, the knifemaker who made a custom Damascus steel knife for Miss D. a couple of years ago.  He’s going to help me make a very authentic replica of a

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Doofus Of The Day #1,010

Today’s award goes to a meth-befuddled motorist in Florida. A man was arrested Sunday after asking a Florida Highway Patrol trooper if he could run away from the scene of a crash, saying he could get the trooper more meth than he had found in his car. Scott Ecklund, 32, was arrested on charges of methamphetamine possession and driving with a suspended license. He was arrested earlier this month and accused of crashing a Chevrolet truck into a house in Winter Park and claiming to be an FBI agent with an AR-style rifle, police said at the time. . .

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Big airport OOPS!

An Asiana Airlines Airbus A330 airliner got too close to a Turkish Airlines Airbus A321 at Istanbul Airport yesterday.  I don’t know why the Turkish Airlines plane was so far back in its parking position.  It doesn’t look like it was being pushed back after loading passengers. You can read more about the collision here. I wonder how long both jets will spend in the body & fender shop? Peter

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When spectators get too close to the action

Sometimes people get too close to rally cars – or vice versa.  Here’s a collection of several such incidents.  I particularly liked the car that drove across two different vineyards, and took down a power pole.  Spectacular, that! It’s no wonder rallying – serious rallying, that is, not the enthusiastic amateur version I used to enjoy – is now a multi-million-dollar undertaking.  The mechanics’ and parts bills alone must be out of this world! Peter

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Just goes to show… you never know what might happen next

A Texas police officer is extremely lucky to be alive after arriving to investigate a SUV that crashed into a house.  Watch what happens as he walks up. It seems the SUV severed a gas line, which blew up the house as the officer walked up.  Here’s a more detailed news report. I bet that officer’s suddenly-increased pulse rate blew out his fitness monitor! Peter

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