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A Freelancer’s Christmas Greeting

(YouTube link) Floyd Hayes’ Christmas video greeting illustrates what the holiday is like for his company. ‘Tis the season for agencies to send out holiday videos in a thinly veiled attempt to get new business. Here’s my attempt. May your holidays be a break from the perpetual grind of quiet desperation. -Thanks, Floyd!

Combination Flashlight/Handgun, c.1922

Many modern handguns come with rails for mounting accessories, including lights. This object, patented by S.P. Cottrell & Son, is an early attempt to provide both illumination and protection. It’s a .22-caliber 7-shot revolver built onto a heavy flashlight. The trigger is folded along the bottom. Link -via Pocket Pistols, Historic Firearms & Curiosities | Photo: Gregg [...]

DNA could unlock ‘Elephant Man’ mystery

Scientists are planning to extract DNA from Joseph Merrick’s skeleton in an attempt to diagnose him. It has been over a century since Merrick died age…

Teaching a Baby to Laugh

You can always find videos of adorably cute and sometimes funny kids at NeatoBambino. This one features a father who means well, but his attempt to teach the baby to laugh backfires in a big way. Link

The Late Movies: Free, Full-Length Classic Movies on YouTube

As part of YouTube’s entry into the online movie-streaming business, it has created something called OpenFlix — a collection currently boasting 670 free, full-length movies. As far as I can tell, they’re all public domain films — but some are classics, and worth a look. They all have ads at the beginning and periodically throughout [...]

Should the Navy have sunk the Bismarck?

Its one of the great British triumps of WW2, but did the German crew attempt to surrender ? The son of one of the sailors who witnessed the ship’s dem…

Hawking warns of alien invasion threat

Stephen Hawking has said that any attempt to contact extraterrestrial life could be dangerous. In his new book “First Contact”, Marc Kaufman cites Haw…

Russian moon recording released

The recording details Russia’s attempt to land a spacecraft on the moon hours before Apollo 11. In July 1969 the Soviet lunar spacecraft Luna 15 was i…

Unexploded Landmines? Call for the HeroRATS

You might be forgiven for thinking that the first day of April has come early but, yes, rats are being used to locate unexploded mines in an attempt to ease the issue of discarded military ordnance scattered across the globe.  And they are pretty good at their job too. The Giant Pouched Rats used in this [...]

Earhart’s Final Resting Place Found?

Theories (some as kooky as being abducted by aliens or assuming another identity) have been swirling for years about the fates of Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan, who disappeared during an attempt to fly around the world in 1937. And now, researchers may have found the final resting place for the missing aviators: Legendary aviatrix Amelia [...]