Doofus Of The Day #1,013

One has to feel sympathy for today’s award winner, a restaurant owner in China.  He meant well, and his idea was good – it just wasn’t properly executed. An all-you-can-eat restaurant has racked up thousands of pounds worth of debt and been forced to close because diners ate so much food. Chinese restaurant Jiamener was open for less than a month despite having more than 500 customers a day. The owner was offering a $25 loyalty card, which is about £19, for unlimited food for a month. Unsurprisingly customers took full advantage of this incredible offer, and the restaurant was

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The “Russia! Russia!” court case is getting entertaining

The mainstream media appear to be ignoring this, but if you read the latest developments in the US District Court in Washington D.C., I’d say Special Counsel Robert Mueller and his legal team are trying to fight their way out of a box while the walls are closing in on them . . . and it’s all their fault. First, some background. On February 16, 2018, Special Counsel Robert Mueller obtained a federal indictment of 13 Russian nationals and 3 Russian companies for conspiring to wage “information warfare” by “impairing, obstructing, and defeating the lawful functions of the United States

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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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The value of cash on hand is proved yet again

I’ve written before about the need to have a “cash stash” for emergencies.  As far as I’m concerned, that also means carrying with me enough cash for a day-to-day emergency like paying in cash for something I’m buying, in case the power goes out and card machines stop working.  I try to keep a couple of hundred dollars in my wallet, just in case. It looks as if that would come in very handy across Europe right now. Millions of people have been left unable to pay for goods and services in shops, petrol stations and railway stations across Britain

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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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Doofus Of The Day #1,012

Today’s award goes to the person who asked this question concerning the volcanic eruptions currently going on in Hawaii. The USGS responded to one Twitter user who asked, “Is it safe to roast marshmallows over volcanic vents? Assuming you had a long enough stick, that is? Or would the resulting marshmallows be poisonous?” . . . The USGS responded: Erm… we’re going to have to say no, that’s not safe. (Please don’t try!) If the vent is emitting a lot of SO2 or H2S, they would taste BAD. And if you add sulfuric acid (in vog, for example) to sugar, you

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Doofus Of The Day #1,011

Today’s award goes to a felon in Florida. A Lake City man was jailed after he reported that his son had stolen his rifle. The problem? The man, James Denson, is a convicted felon who is not allowed to own a rifle, the Lake City Police said in a press release. There’s more at the link. Uh-huh.  Before you call the cops to report a crime, make sure you’re not implicating yourself in the same crime! Peter

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