Suitcases like I’ve never seen before

I had to smile when reading an article at Laughing Squid about a new self-contained kitchen-in-a-suitcase. There’s also a desk (with chair) in a suitcase: And even a bed-in-a-suitcase: I’m not sure how practical they all are, but full marks to the designer for fitting everything into so small a space.  The prices, however, are outrageous! Peter

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I think they’ve left out something . . .

I had to shake my head when reading an article headlined: Birth Control Pills Recalled Due To Glitch That Could Cause Pregnancy Um . . . the pills may be packaged wrongly, as the article says, but that won’t cause pregnancy.  As far as I know, a man – or, at the very least, the male reproductive apparatus and its biological byproducts – is also a necessary part of the process. Peter

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How not to do it yourself

Two of my regular cartoon reads had overlapping themes yesterday, and both made me laugh.  I thought you might enjoy them, too.  Click each image to be taken to a larger version at their Web pages.  (Note, too, the mouse-over text at the second page.) First, The Whiteboard discusses how to repair something not worth repairing. Next, XKCD provides a handy (?) repair flowchart. 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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An often overlooked but very useful self-defense tool

The good, old-fashioned police truncheon (often called a baton, nightstick or billy club in the USA) was no slouch at quieting restless individuals.  It has a rich and storied history, sometimes favorable, sometimes notorious, usually depending on which side of the truncheon the historian was standing at the time. The Truth About Knives has brought us a couple of historic videos of how to use this implement.  Recommended viewing. I have one handy near the front door, just in case of need.  Oh – you ask where you can get them?  Modern substitutes are freely available at low cost, both

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A big boy and his (VERY) big toys

I had to laugh at this “little big rig”, which I noticed at IOTWReport.com.  The initial video, in .GIF format, is silent. Intrigued, I looked for more information, and found this video on YouTube.  It’s clearly of the same vehicle. Apparently it was built by Walt Moss Trucking in Wisconsin.  You can read more about the project here.  Mr. Moss has produced several other highly modified vehicles using trucks and truck parts. Fun stuff!  Thanks to Mr. Moss for brightening up my day with his ingenuity. Peter

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Amazon reviews by scientists?

The Washington Post reports: Last month, John Birch left a four-star review on Amazon for a tea strainer, which his son had purchased to separate ants for a zoology experiment. No big deal. The review sat quietly on the site until this week, when other scientists found it, shared it and instantly started a Twitter trend. We lay-folk have long known that scientists use common objects for strange reasons — see NASA researchers sending rubber ducks into a glacier to track ocean currents, or environmental scientists floating tampons down streams to find pollution. But until now, we may not have

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Losers by any other name . . . are still losers

I must have lived a sheltered existence.  I had no idea that the so-called ‘incel subculture‘ was a thing, until this week’s terror attack in Toronto, and this article. Hours before Alek Minassian drove a rented van onto a crowd in Toronto and killed 10 people, police say, a Facebook account linked to him announced, “The Incel Rebellion has already begun!” It praised “Supreme Gentleman Elliot Rodger,” a 22-year-old who killed six people in a stabbing-and-shooting spree in 2014. “Incel,” or “involuntarily celibate,” isn’t so much a movement as a label used by a group of people drawn together by

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