Saturday, September 29, 2012

Nazi-acquired Buddha statue came from space | Fox News

Nazi Buddha from Outer Space!
The "History" Channel is quivering with excitement.

Friday, September 28, 2012

There Will Be No Bacon Shortage


Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Sometimes, all you need is a headline...

Sometimes, all you need is a headline..
... and sometimes the headline is more than enough information.

Son of Comet Kohoutek ?

Coming to the night sky, the comet fifteen times brighter than the moon

from the article:

"If it lives up to predictions, it will be many times more spectacular than the last bright visitor, Comet McNaught"

... and if it fizzles like Kohoutek, it should be named Comet Came To Naught.



Worldwide bacon shortage 'unavoidable'

By Claudine Zap | The Sideshow – 14 hrs ago

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Yahoo! News - Bacon shortage allegedly coming in 2013



Is it pork-ageddon? Britain's National Pig Association has sounded the alarm that the world should brace for an "unavoidable" bacon and pork shortage next year.

The cause of the trouble is high pig-feed costs caused by what it describes in a press release as "the global failure of maize and soya harvests."

The organization notes that new data shows that pig herds are declining at a significant rate, not just in Britain, but around the world.



Tuesday, September 25, 2012

The Truth is out there...

Amazing Mind Reader... reveals his "Gift"
This video reveals the reality behind his magic

I like this picture! OUCH!

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Market and Muster Day: Sunday, September 23rd

WASHINGTON CROSSING, PA; All are invited to travel back in time, to experience the life of our founding fathers during Market and Muster Day!

Market & Muster Day is formerly known as Harvest Day and will occur on Sunday, September 23rd, 2012, from 10AM to 4PM. Witness colonial townspeople gather at their market place and soldiers assemble to drill. While the soldiers march and fire their muskets, historic crafters will be demonstrating and selling their wares.

Families will enjoy a wide array of activities including face painting, hayrides, a pie contest, and puppet shows. Please e-mail to register for the pie contest!Shop at our market and buy local produce, colonial baked goods, and other items.

Admission is $8.00 for adults, $4.00 for children ages 5-11, 5 and under free. This event will occur rain or shine.

Washington Crossing Historic Park commemorates the site of General George Washington's famous Delaware River crossing on Christmas Day 1776. The 500 acre park also includes the Thompson-Neely House, an 18th century farmhouse used as a hospital to care for sick and wounded Continental soldiers, and Bowman's Hill Tower, which offers panoramic views of the surrounding countryside. Recreational areas of the Park are available for picnicking, hiking and wildlife-watching.

Washington Crossing Historic Park is located at the intersection of Rtes. 32 and 532. Individuals with disabilities, who need special assistance or accommodations to participate in this program, or for additional information, please call 215-493-4076.

Proceeds benefit The Friends of Washington Crossing Historic Park, a non-profit organization. This program is sponsored by The Friends of Washington Crossing Park in partnership with the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012


FW: Talk Like A Pirate Day Links

Today is International Talk Like A Pirate Day

my friend Sam sent me some Pirate-Day related links

Sunday, September 16, 2012

where else would the "crunchy" come from?

Indiana Firm Recalls Chicken Strip Products That May Contain Foreign Materials 

Serenade Foods, Inc., a Milford, Ind., establishment, is recalling approximately 2,250 pounds of crunchy chicken strip products that may contain foreign materials—fragments of plastic. 

Free Toy Inside!
Some assembly required.


The Battle of the Clouds

September 16, 2012....

The Day of the Battle

The troops under Cornwallis set out at midnight but the going was slow. A British officer recorded in his journal that there was "frequent halting on account of the night being very dark." Cornwallis' column was headed toward White Horse Tavern. Knyphausen's column set out at dawn. Accompanied by General Howe, this column went up the Wilmington Pike toward the Boot Tavern. At Turk's Head, Howe splintered off another column. This column consisted of the Guards Brigade under Captain Matthew. It marched along the Pottstown Pike toward the Indian King Tavern. All three British columns were bellying up to bars.

Around 9 A.M., Washington learned of Howe's advance. Hoping perhaps to catch the enemy unprepared and strung out along their marching paths, he ordered his troops forward to meet the British. The Americans marched slightly south and formed a three-mile line that stretched from one bar, the Three Tuns Tavern, westward to another, the Boot Tavern. It seems only fitting that all the action was centered around bars — because the weather was about to pour.

The Battle of the Clouds commenced at about 1 P.M. when Washington ordered Count Casimir Pulaski, the recently appointed "Commander of the Horse" (Cavalry), to scout the British position and delay their advance. Cornwallis espied Pulaski and the 300 militia he was leading and sent the 1st Light Infantry charging at the Americans. The Americans "shamefully fled at the first fire" and delayed the enemy not at all. A dozen American casualties resulted from this encounter, while the British were "without the loss of a man."

The first meaningful encounter came when Generals Wayne and Maxwell, who had been detached forward to observe the enemies movement on the Chester-Dilworth Road, met Knyphausen's column near the Boot Tavern. Scouting ahead of Knyphausen's column were Hessian Jagers under Count Von Donop. These Hessians unexpectedly came upon the force led by Wayne and Maxwell who charged them. One observer recorded that Donop "was almost cut off," from Knyphausen, but extracted himself after skillfully executing some maneuvers to his left. He rejoined Knyphausen.

Grenadiers were sent to reinforce the Jagers. These units formed an advance line against Wayne and Maxwell, who had taken a position "on high ground among some cornfields." The Jagers, taking a page from the popular image of the Americans, were skilled in "irregular fighting." They fought from behind fences and in fields and woods. At the White Horse Tavern, they "had an opportunity to demonstrate to the enemy their superior marksmanship and their skill with the amusettes." After an intense exchange of fire, the Americans fell back into to a dense forest, "leaving behind a number of killed and wounded."

On a high ground just west of the White Horse Tavern, the British formed a line of battle. Washington was forced to withdraw to "a valley of soft wet ground, impassable for artillery." About this time, Matthew's troops pulled up on Knyphausen's left. They were unopposed and had a clear path into the exposed American flank. Washington, seeing he was in for trouble, ordered a withdrawl to higher ground. Now, the armies were set for a reprise of their Brandywine engagement just five days past. But things looked bleak for the Amercians.

All of a sudden rain began to pour in buckets.

Major Bauermeister would later describe the deluge in a letter: "It came down so hard that in a few moments we were drenched and sank in mud up to our calves."

Low clouds rolled through the valley and driving rain obscured the hilltops, hiding the combatants from each other. Powder was soaked; muskets sodden and useless. Tens of thousands of paper cartridges were ruined. General Henry Knox, commander of the American artillery recalled this as "a most terrible stroke to us." Not only could neither side fire a shot, but the British were even unable to make a bayonet charge. The wind and mud prevented it.

Washington retreated across the Schuylkill still keeping his army between the British and the supply cities.

Thus the Battle of the Clouds yielded few casualties. In the words of historian Edward Gifford, Jr., "It was the peace of God."

It was also another missed opportunity for Howe

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Original Lee's closes

A piece of my childhood is gone.
A delicious piece. 

The original Lee's Hoagie shop at 19th Street and Cheltenham Avenue in West Oak Lane - which dates back to the 1950s - has closed.

Partner Allan Lewin tells me that it changed ownership last year and was reflagged as Lee's at Cheltenham. But "when it wasn't running to the standard we needed it," Lee's corporate asked the new licensee to remove the "Lee's" name altogether. It closed.

Lewin says the building owner is trying to work a deal with Lee's to install a new operator.

The other Lee's locations are unaffected.


Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Haven't those people ever watched Star Trek?

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Remote-control tech turns cockroaches into beasts of burden - Future of Tech on

Scientists have outfitted a cockroach with a high-tech backpack that allows them to remotely control where it scurries.

While the concept may sound terrifying, anyone buried alive under rubble in an earthquake will shout for joy at the sight of one of these bugs. The shout will be relayed to rescue teams.

Search and rescue robots are already in use. Many were showcased during the 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan

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Friday, September 07, 2012

Classic chemistry

Toma et al. 2004, "{trans-1,4-Bis[(4-pyridyl)ethenyl]benzene}(2,2'-bipyridine)ruthenium(II) Complexes and Their Supramolecular Assemblies with β-Cyclodextrin," Inorg. Chem. 43:3521.

You don't have to be a chemist to appreciate the graphical abstract.

Palin complains Democrats attacked ‘little people like me’ at convention

"I think he diminished himself by even mentioning my name," Palin told Cavuto. "How does he even know my name? I mean, aren't these guys supposed to be these bigwig elites who don't waste their time on the little people like me?"


"How does he even know my name?" asked the former Governor of Alaska, Republican Party nominee for Vice President, Fox News pundit, and star of her own TV show. 

Thursday, September 06, 2012

Interesting sign


Cheetah robot 'beats Usain Bolt'

A robot called Cheetah achieves a speed faster than world record holder Usain Bolt.


Of course I welcome our new Silicon Overlords.
Can't outrun them.

Testosterone Drops in Dads Sharing Beds With Kids

science news item:

Testosterone Drops in Dads Sharing Beds With Kids


Nature's way of saying, "If you've run out of places for your kids to sleep, you don't need more kids."

Wednesday, September 05, 2012

Perfume of War: Iran Makes Musk to Conceal Troops


In one of the more bizarre military inventions from Iran, the U.S. arch-enemy has reportedly developed a perfume machine to hide troops during combat.


Wouldn't a shower be more sensible?

"Fools! I'll destroy them ALL!"

Quotes: Mad Scientist

"Now becomes the the past in an instant — and everyone will eventually die! Destiny triumphs over human knowledge and goes mad! That is the way of things! I spit upon this frail, crazed, world! I spit upon the Second Law of Thermodynamics!"
Professor Desty NovaBattle Angel Alita (aka Gunnm in Japan).

"You're all a bunch of hippies, what with your 'loafer walking' and your touchy-feeliness! What good is science if no one gets hurt?!?!"
Professor ChromedomeThe Tick.

"'Blasphemy'? Before what, 'God'? A God repulsed by the miserable humanity he created in his own image? I will not be shackled by the failures of your God. The only 'blasphemy' is to wallow in insignificance! I have taken the refuse of your God's failures, and I have triumphed!"
Herbert WestBride of Re-Animator.

"The man who believes that the secrets of the world are forever hidden lives in mystery and fear. Superstition will drag him down. The rain will erode the deeds of his life. But that man who sets himself the task of singling out the thread of order from the tapestry will by the decision alone have taken charge of the world and it is only by such taking charge that he will effect a way to dictate the terms of his own fate."
Judge HoldenBlood Meridian (not a Mad Scientist)

I know you're desperate, I really sympathize 
I see the morbid horror flicker in your eyes 
But rest assured I'm gonna help to ease your pain 
I'm gonna put a thousand tiny implants in your brain
Motorhead, "I'm the Doctor"

"Men have called me mad; but the question is not yet settled, whether madness is or is not the loftiest intelligence- whether much that is glorious- whether all that is profound- does not spring from disease of thought - from moods of mind exalted at the expense of the general intellect."
Edgar Allan PoeEleonora (also not a Mad Scientist)

"It worked! Hahahahaha! And they laughed at me back at university. Maybe it's because of the tutu..."
"When it came to getting weird things done, sane beat mad hands down."
Terry PratchettThief of Time

"Everyone's always in favor of saving Hitler's brain, but when you put it in the body of a great white shark, ooooh, suddenly you've gone too far!"
Professor Hubert J. FarnsworthFuturama

My Moon-based Death Ray 
Panics the people of Earth. 
Mock my theories now!
Andrew G. McCann

"I'm not a quack, I'm a mad scientist! There's a difference."
Dr. CockroachMonsters vs. Aliens

"[Milo] always did prefer mad science of academia."
"We hold life to be sacred, but we also know the foundation of life consists in a stream of codes not so different from the successive frames of a watchvid. Why then cannot we cut one code short here, and start another there? Is life so fragile that it can withstand no tampering? Does the sacred brook no improvement?"
Chairman Sheng-ji YangSid Meier's Alpha Centauri

"The point is, with the right amount of genius and a touch of perceived insanity, science can conquer anything."
Brainiac 5Legion of Three Worlds #4

Aperture Science: We do what we must because we can.
— Portal

Oh God, Lem, you're using science for no good. We took an oath we would try to do that less.
I'm a scientist Lem, I've been a threat to humanity, the environment, even Jupiter once. But never to a hot girl's boyfriend.
PhilBetter Off Ted

"There is no way in which the fully realised sentience of a machine could not be of benefit to us. As it is, the Machine Spirit is revered, yet in permanent bondage, its full potential shackled by petty fears. I seek to terminate this state of affairs."
Unknown Adeptus Mechanicus tech-priestWarhammer 40,000

"Isn't it worth the loss of a hand to have created the man of the future, the MACHINE-MAN?!"
Rotwangon his evil robot wife

Professor Ivo: You must be that "mad scientist" we're always hearing about...
T.O. Morrow: I'll have you know I studied mad science at Harvard, you oaf!
Both: Ha ha ha ha ha!
JLA #5

"When I get the vibe, it's like there's a party in my toolbox and Science is invited!"
Tigerlily JonesSkin Horse

"They called me crazy, insane, mad. Uwahahaaa! Well. I'll show them."
Really, why in the hell would you even get into mad science if you're not going to take over the world? Honestly, people, the sooner you realize that all scientists are evil and have them all killed, the safer you'll be, really.
"Yes Meredith, I've sent an elephant to hell. Science stuff, you wouldn't understand."
Dr. ZBino the Elephant

"I remember those nights, planning technologies that didn't exist yet, outsider science, futurist dreaming, half-magical. The things I could do outside the university setting, now that I didn't have to wait for the pompous fools at the college! I was building another science, my science, wild science, robots and lasers and disembodied brains. A science that buzzed and glowed; it wanted to do things. It could get up and walk, fly, fight, sprout garish glowing creations in the remotest parts of the world, domes and towers and architectural fever dreams. And it was angry. It was mad science."
— Doctor ImpossibleSoon I Will Be Invincible

Letting loose with a scream in the dead of night
As he's breaking new ground
Trying his best to unlock all the secrets
But he's not sure what he's found
Whoa, now, it's off to work he goes
In the name of science and all its wonders
Not long now till the ultimate experiment
He's breaking all the rules
He wants to cure all matter of imbalance
In this world of fools.
Men At Work'Dr. Heckyll & Mr. Jive'