Yeah, actually it’s a thing:
Attention aspiring ufologists: July 2 is World UFO Day.
It’s a day to raise awareness of what some think are extraterrestrial visits to our planet. The day roughly corresponds to the date of perhaps the most well-known UFO story.
In July 1947, debris was discovered on a ranch northwest of Roswell, N.M., that some think came from an alien spacecraft. Eye witnesses claimed they saw alien bodies at the crash site.
An initial statement from the Air Force said a “flying saucer” had crashed. Later the service said the debris came from a weather balloon.
Judging by the fact that I was alone in the theater at the time, I think I was the only person to see the movie, Hanger 18.
Police Lt. David Spicer took four .45-caliber slugs to the chest and arms at point-blank range and lived to tell about it. Like thousands of other police officers and soldiers shot in the line of duty, he owes his life to a woman in Delaware by the name of Stephanie Kwolek.
Kwolek, who died Wednesday at 90, was a DuPont Co. chemist who in 1965 invented Kevlar, the lightweight, stronger-than-steel fiber used in bulletproof vests and other body armor around the world.
A pioneer as a woman in a heavily male field, Kwolek made the breakthrough while working on specialty fibers at a DuPont laboratory in Wilmington. At the time, DuPont was looking for strong, lightweight fibers that could replace steel in automobile tires and improve fuel economy.
Details about how she came upon her discovery are at the link.
Having your gun license picture taken while wearing a colander on your head is frowned upon in Australia.
Authorities showed up at his house, took the license and his four firearms, and demanded he see a psychologist. Eventually he got his guns back but they made him retake the license photo. It’s the aluminum hat conspiracy.
That for alternative content — mostly humorous — ‘friend’ me on Facebook. There’s a lot there that I don’t put up as public posts, only as friend posts.
Ten-years-ago, I asked Alphecca readers to come up with satiric newspaper stories showing how modern journalists and ‘thinkers’ might treat our entry into World War II, and D-Day. Many readers and bloggers responded and I put it all together as a 3-page special site. I’d forgotten about it until earlier today when I was meandering through my online host files. If you’d like, see for yourself here. I haven’t edited it at all in all these years. Navigation is located at the bottom of each page.
From Arlington National Cemetery, final resting place for many of our fallen heroes:
Tomb of the Unknown Soldier:
Instead of the sale at a big box store, why not take your children to the local monument honoring your town’s war dead? Most towns have one and spending a few minutes there in silent prayer to say, “Thanks,” wouldn’t interrupt your day much.
And, at the barbecue, leave a place setting for the spirit or ghost of a soldier.
This picture was taken a few minutes ago at a friend’s house. His son took this wolf in Canada. Weight: 124lbs. Length: 7′ nose-to-tail. Taxidermist did a terrific job and it’s mounted sort-of in leaping position:
They want to change the culture of gun owners, not just the laws they must obey. Iâm sure you can imagine other communities that would not react with warmth if you appeared one day and announced, âHi, Iâm here to change your culture!â Iâm sure most of these progressive gun control advocates think that one of historyâs greatest crimes was the way that European colonists changed and in some cases eradicated the cultures of native peoplesâŚ but in the here and now, they see absolutely nothing wrong with going forth, encountering people who live differently from them, and declaring, âthese savages have to be civilized!â
Read the whole thing.
…I put up alternate content (less guns, more humor) at my Facebook page. Some is public, some not. Just “friend me” to see it all.
Subaru really does have some spiffy commercials. Too bad they don’t show them here in the U.S.
Not sure why, but my arthritis (hands) is really bad this morning. Too painful to work the keyboard. Talk amongst yourselves.
Growing up in the early sixties, everyone in my home played his two 10-inch LP’s at least once a week. His weird humorous songs were so bizarre that, not yet into my teens, I thought I was listening to something clandestine — except that my parents loved him, too. Anyway, of late there’s been several articles about Lehrer (who is still alive, BTW) including this excellent one at BuzzFeed.
He’s also seemingly unconcerned about protecting his work — now, or after his death, as detailed at TechDirt:
While Lehrer has made startlingly little effort to ensure a future for his work, a handful of superfans have filled in the gap. One is Erik Meyn, a Norwegian who manages the Tom Lehrer Wisdom Channel on YouTube, a feed of performance videos and playlists that has received more than 10 million views since 2007. Meyn originally posted content to the channel without Lehrerâs permission and called him from overseas in December 2008 to apologize, a conversation he later posted on the âTom Lehrer!â Facebook page. An excerpt:
TL: Well, you see, Iâm fine with that channel.
EM: Youâre very kind. But my question is: Who in your family will take care of your copyright and your songs in the distant future?
TL: I donât have a family.
EM: OK, but what do you think will happen to the channel and your songs? And if you have someone who will act on your behalf, could you give them my name in case theyâd want the channel taken down?
TL: Yes, but thereâs no need to remove that channel.
EM: I was just wondering what will happen in the future, because youâre certainly going to continue to sell records.
TL: Well, I donât need to make money after Iâm dead. These things will be taken care of.
EM: I feel like I gave away some of your songs to public domain without even asking you, and that wasnât very nice of me.
TL: But Iâm fine with that, you know.
For those of you who are not acquainted with Tom Lehrer, here are a few of his works. Keep in mind that he wrote and performed these in the 50’s and 60’s:
One by one, five police officers took the witness stand at the Skokie courthouse late last month for what would typically be a routine hearing on whether evidence in a drug case was properly obtained.
But in a “Perry Mason” moment rarely seen inside an actual courtroom, the inquiry took a surprising turn when the suspect’s lawyer played a police video that contradicted the sworn testimony of the five officers â three from Chicago and two from Glenview, a furious judge found.
Cook County Circuit Judge Catherine Haberkorn suppressed the search and arrest, leading prosecutors to quickly dismiss the felony charges. All five officers were later stripped of their police powers and put on desk duty pending internal investigations. And the state’s attorney’s office is looking into possible criminal violations, according to spokeswoman Sally Daly.
Details of the case, and video, at the link. Is there anyone in Chicago that ISN’T corrupt?
The home, now listed for $295,000, was the location of Dahmerâs first murder in 1978. He killed, dismembered, and scattered the remains of Steven M. Hicks around the 1.5-acre property. Dahmer would later take the lives of 16 more victims. Newkirk wrote in her letter, âDahmerâs old house gives us a way to evoke sympathy for these victims and to suggest that a life-affirming diet can change everything.â It is unclear what Ms. Newkirk meant by âeverything.â
Zoning inspector and administrator Bill Funk explained that the group would, âhave a lot of hurdles to jump,â because the house is located in a Bath Township residential zone where businesses are not allowed. However, PETA spokesperson Lindsay Rajt asserts that they are serious about the proposal and they have even thought of a name and a possible menu for their future restaurant. Theyâre planning on calling the restaurant, Eat For Life: Home Cooking, and they intend to offer vegan dishes at a cost of $10 or less.
They’ve even got a a cover for their menu:
Oh, wait, that’s not it. This is it here:
So much material, so little time. Finger food that won’t cost you an arm and a leg. Guess who’s for dinner? Better than Rocky Mountain oysters! Breast or thigh? Full rack or half-rack of ribs? How’s the leg-of-Lynn today? Bonnie AppĂŠtit . . .
Italians? Not so much:
A US weapons firm that turned Michelangelo’s most famous masterpiece - the David statue - into a gun-toting musketeer have come shot down [sic] by officials in Italy, with the country’s culture minister calling the move ‘offensive and illegal’.
Illinois-based weapon manufacturer ArmaLite used the iconic image of David in a new advertising campaign, manipulating the statue to make it appear to be holding a $3,300 AR-50A1 rifle.
But the move has outraged Dario Franceschini, Italy’s minister of culture, who said he is pursuing legal action to have ArmaLite withdraw the campaign.
In the last several weeks, I’ve received dozens of emails demanding that I “vacate the premises.”
Okay, in all seriousness, do the mutants who send these virus laden emails really think that people are so stupid that they will believe this shit, or open the attachment? Do they really think that FedEx sends “failure of delivery” emails to people? Or, that I actually believe that I have some long-lost crown-prince in Nigeria?
And yet, since they keep sending these bogus emails out, it must mean that some idiots in this country actually take them seriously, or are so computer inexperienced that they open the attachments.
PT Barnum was right.
Actually, now that I ponder upon it, I shouldn’t be so surprised; Obama was re-elected.
Georgia lawmakers on Tuesday voted to allow bars and churches to decide for themselves whether to let gun owners carry weapons into their buildings.
The measure heads for the state Senate after the members of Georgia’s House of Representatives approved the legislation with a 119-56 vote, according to the chamber’s Twitter account.
He owns two high-tech companies. Here’s part of his resume:
The companiesâExcellatron Solid State and Johnson Electro Mechanical Systemsâhave become leading developers of technology for ceramic solid state batteries and lithium air batteries, which have potential applications for electric motor vehicles.
Johnson is also developing thin film batteries for cell phones and aerospace applications. And he has developed a system that has potential applications in solar power plants and ocean thermal power generation.
Johnson graduated from Tuskegee University in 1973 with a bachelorâs degree in mechanical engineering. Two years later, he obtained a masterâs in nuclear engineering.
Following graduation, Johnson joined the U.S. Air Force and was assigned to the Strategic Air Command, where he helped develop the Stealth Bomber program. He also worked as a systems engineer for the Galileo mission to Jupiter and the Cassini mission to Saturn.
And if all of that isn’t impressive enough, he invented the Super-Soaker Water Gun.
If you live near Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio — I wish I was! — and you’re free tomorrow afternoon:
Lonnie Johnson is scheduled to give a talk, âInspiring a culture of innovation, entrepreneurship and excellence,â at 2 p.m. Feb. 19 in 112 Oelman Hall. Johnsonâs lecture is free and open to the public.
Lonnie Johnson is the type of entrepreneur that young people need to hear. He didn’t sit around waiting for the government to give him money, he made his own way in the world.
Okay, no I didn’t. But, in the Netherlands, there’s a tug boat named after this site.
I’m honored, and I really am sure they named it after this gun-nut site and not after some boring star in the Southern Hemisphere.