Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Rat loads - 22 magnum bullets to kill rats!

I don’t like killing critters but I love shooting at moving targets and I only want to scare them away!

I like this new 22 magnum shot ammo.

20 for $6.81 – 34 cents each

I can use these beauties in the the world’s most powerful pistol
Here is my Thompson Centerfire Contender, re-mounted with a 22 magnum barrel and scope:

Now I can dust the varmints and vermin without feeling guilty!

But the Thompson looks funny carrying it, since no holster fits it:

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Cardsharp - credit card sized knife!

Cardsharp! It’s the size of a credit card and fold into a knife: Cardsharp

Monday, July 25, 2011

Familiarity breeds contempt while rarity wins admiration!

My father was a manager and he believed that the old aggage "familiarity breeds contempt" is true, you should never become buddies with your employees. It’s super important never to fraternize with your underlings, and some organization (Large Corporations, the Military) have strict rules against "fraternization". I had never seen the full quote before, and it’s worthy managerial advice that is several thousand years old! “Familiarity breeds contempt, while rarity wins admiration.” Quoted from Apuleius, a Roman philosopher Stetch of Apuleius

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Google word usage history!

Check out the Google word usage "ngrams"! This is great fun, showing the frequency of words in the English language. Try typing in the "F" word and look back to the 1700's . . . . The problems is that the old English "s", looked like an "f":

Friday, July 22, 2011

Gas masks for Horses & Dogs

In WWI they had to make gas masks for soldiers, women, children and pets too. Check out these gas masks for horses and dogs:

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Lawsuit over stolen foot!

This is too weird, a Lawsuit over the theft of a severed foot! "The defendant in this case said she did not intend to cause the plaintiff any pain by stealing his foot, and that seems plausible since it wasn't attached at the time. The plaintiff was quite seriously injured in a 2008 crash on I-95 in Florida, and had to be airlifted to a hospital. About an hour later, the defendant, a firefighter/paramedic who had been called to the scene, found the foot in the wreckage."

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Twitter tweet sends child molester to prison!

We all know how Gilbert Gottfried (the voice of the quack behind the Aflac duck) got fired for a twitter comment: "I just split up with my girlfriend, but like the Japanese say, 'There'll be another one floating by any minute now.' " "Japan called me. They said 'maybe those jokes are a hit in the US, but over here, they're all sinking.' " "What do the Japanese have in common with @howardstern? They're both radio active." "Japan is really advanced. They don't go to the beach. The beach comes to them." Tweet and go to jail But now sex offenders are going to prison for twating . Jailed for using twitter

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Fun optical delusion:

The little dots of light create the illusion that the checkerboard lines are not rectilinear.

When the guy’s hat brim blocks the light dots, the checkerboards change perspective!

Monday, July 18, 2011

Ladybug playing with sprinkles!

At least, she looks like she is playing:

Saturday, July 16, 2011

PTSD as a weapon!

Audie Murphy had it all.

He was young, handsome, a movie star, not to mention that Murph was the most decorated hero in American History:

Audie Murphy: Movie star and America’s greatest hero

But there was a tragic downside for Audie, he suffered from “Battle Fatigue”, what we call PTSD today.

As the son of a 100% disabled veteran, I strongly support the Wounded Warriors Project and I spent weeks in VA hospitals back in the 1960’s and 1970’s talking to vets with “Battle Fatigue”.

I believe that PTSD is caused by alterations in brain chemistry.

PTSD happens during “near death“ experiences when the pituitary gland floods the brain with adrenaline.

Over time, adrenaline causes irreversible damage to the brain, triggering the schizophrenia and hyper vigilance that is associated with this debilitating condition.

PTSD as a weapon

PTSD is crippling, but it a batter fate than dying, and I wonder of using PTSD as a weapon might help end the War in Afghanistan sooner.

I was reading a NEWSWEEK article titled “shell shocked” and I was excited to know that the terrorists are suffering from PTSD just like the Americans.

PTSD can make enemy terrorists ineffective

Maybe America should change our battle focus from killing terrorists to disabling the enemy by giving them PTSD.


Friday, July 15, 2011

At last, an apology from Canada

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Two dogs eating in a diner!

Absolute genius!

This video is super-funny, we laughed until we cried:

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Family casualties in Iraq during WWII

I was suprized that casualties in Iraq were not limited to the 21st century:

My great Uncle, Major Leo Burns, a medical doctor, was killed in a battle at Basara Iraq, back during WWII:

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

My mother emigrated through Ellis Island!

I love!!!!

It saves hundreds of hours of scouring microfiche!

I found my mother Virginia G. Burleson (Griffiths) and my grandmother’s immigration records from Ellis Island in 1921!

My Dublin-born Mother emigrated to the United States through Ellis Island as an infant in 1921 after her father died at sea from an illness.

They sailed from Dublin to Liverpool to meet the Carmania and arrived at Ellis Island on the Cunard ship the SS Carmania on January 15th, 1921.

The Cunard ship "Carmania"

Their final destination was originally marked San Francisco California, but it was changed enroute to Philadelphia. In reality, they settled in Manhattan.

The record is a great genealogy record, and the immigration agent Americanized their names from Griffiths to Griffith!

Here is a copy of the actual manifesto that I've been searching for for more than 30 years, instantly available on! Amazing!

The emmigration through Ellis Island by Virginia Geraldine Burleson (Griffiths)

Monday, July 11, 2011

Video games of the 1960’s

It’s true; they had video games in the 1960’s.

They were not computerized, but it was state-of-the-art at the time!

My favorite toy was the “Jimmy Jet” a toy flight simulator that would actually fire plastic missiles!

The box was sexist, it said that Jimmy jet was “For BOYS only”!

“Jimmy Jet" was sold in supermarkets and made by Deluxe Reading, manufactured from 1963-1966.

Here is the TV ad . . .I HAD to get one of these! As I recall, I wore it out.

Saturday, July 09, 2011

Dog bears teeth with closed mouth

This is cute, wait to the end . . .

Dogs show their teeth as a sign of submission

Who ate the kitty treats?

Friday, July 08, 2011

Road kill squirrel recipe

There is nothing worse than letter good meat go to waste, it's a sin to waste food:

This readkill recipe works great on Roadkill squirrel but make sure that the squirrel is still warm.

WARNING: Discard any stiff squirrels with rigor mortis . . .

Roadkill is good eatin if it's not been dead too long . . .


2 Squirrels, cut up (or 1 wild possum when times is hard)
1/3 c All-purpose flour
1/2 ts Salt
1/8 ts Black pepper
1/8 ts Cayenne pepper ..
Vegetable oil
3 tb All-purpose flour
1 1/2 c Milk or chicken broth
Salt and pepper
Brown bouquet sauce.

Using a small plastic garbage bag, combine 1/3 cup flour, the salt, black pepper, and cayenne pepper; and shake to mix.

Skin, behead and disembowel your squirrel, adding the squirrel pieces and shake to coat.

Skin and behead your squirrels

In large skillet, heat 1/8 inch of oil for squirrel, or 1/4 inch of oil for rabbit, over medium-high heat until hot. Add coated meat; brown on all sides. Reduce heat; cover tightly. Cook over very low heat until tender, 35-45 minutes for squirrel, 20-25 minutes for a possum, turning pieces once.

Remove cover; cook 5 minutes longer to crisp. Transfer Kentucky fried squirrel meat to plate lined with paper towels. Set aside to keep warm.


Discard all but 3 tablespoons oil. Over medium heat, stir flour into reserved oil. Blend in milk. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until thicken and bubbly. Add salt and pepper to taste. Add bouquet sauce if darker color is desired.

Serve gravy with squirrel meat.

Thursday, July 07, 2011

Speak English!

I like these speak English posters

Wednesday, July 06, 2011

The Navy USS Bill Clinton Ship

The USS Regan aircraft carrier, impressive:

This is the USS Bill Clinton. It sucks as bad as its namesake:

Tuesday, July 05, 2011

Dog eating crayons creates colorful dog logs!

This fellow has discovered a cure for dog diaherra with the colorful side-effect of colorful dog logs:

Monday, July 04, 2011

Dog rides scooter!

Amusing and cute too!

Sunday, July 03, 2011

Speak English!

I like these speak English posters

Saturday, July 02, 2011

The cheapest homes in America!

Here is a list of America’s cheapest homes.

Only $300

Flint, Mich. - Year built: 1949 Size: 1,722 square feet

Friday, July 01, 2011

Eubetia bigaulae - you betcha, by golly!

This small brown moth whose official scientific name is Eubetia bigaulae.

It’s pronounced “you betcha, by golly.”