So much for emotional support animals

Considering our recent discussion of emotional support animals (ESA’s), I couldn’t help laughing at yesterday’s Pearls Before Swine comic strip.  Click the image for a larger version at the comic’s Web page. I still think the best ESA story I’ve ever heard of comes from the boss of Dreadnaught Industries here in Texas.  He registered a longhorn steer as his emotional support animal!  I’d pay money to watch the reactions of airline employees as he tried to take that on board a plane with him . . . Peter

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A very carefully chosen acronym?

It is to laugh . . . The US Army is testing something called MEHEL, standing for “Mobile Expeditionary High Energy Laser”.  Here’s a video explaining it. I suspect the word “Expeditionary” was hurriedly added to the title . . . after someone realized that without it, the obvious acronym would be MOHEL. Peter

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A punked coat of arms

An e-mail from a list of which I’m a member alerted me to the coat of arms of Sir Christopher Frayling, British writer on popular culture, who’s particularly well known for his study of the so-called “spaghetti westerns” of Sergio Leone, and similar movies.  That led to an interesting discussion with the College of Arms, as Wikipedia reports: In 2001, he was awarded a knighthood for “Services to Art and Design Education” and chose as his motto “PERGE SCELUS MIHI DIEM PERFICIAS”, which can be translated as “Proceed, varlet, and let the day be rendered perfect for my benefit”. That

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An earworm – and now an eyeworm too

I wonder how many of you remember the old earworm tune “Popcorn” from 1969?  I’m most familiar with this 1972 recording by Hot Butter. While idly browsing through YouTube the other day, I found that “Popcorn” had been borrowed by the Crazy Frog people.  (You remember their signature tune, don’t you?  Believe it or not, it now has over one billion views on YouTube!)  They turned it into a music video.  I giggled. Peter

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Low humor, high flying

I try to keep this a family-friendly blog, but sometimes something otherwise inappropriate just hits my funnybone.  This is one such time. Wirecutter posted this picture a few days ago.  Note the aircraft registration code. I immediately thought it was a Photoshop fake.  I mean, really, what bureaucrat is going to allow an aircraft registration like that?  Little did I know.  It turns out there really was a German aircraft with the registration code D-ILDO.  It wasn’t the aircraft in the picture – that, I’m pretty sure, is a Photoshop fake.  It was a Dornier Do 228 twin-engined short takeoff

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