laejoh writes "Many of you are probably not familiar with his story, but in 1941, this man, together with his friend Leon Divoy, sneaked into a German base in occupied Belgium to steal an old sabotaged airplane and fly it to the UK to join the RAF. In RAF service he flew 375 missions, shot down 4 enemy fighters and damaged 5 others." Link to Original Source top
Man builds fully-functional Boeing 737 flight simulator in his son's bedroom
laejoh writes "An aeroplane enthusiast has taken his obsession a step further than most after using his son’s bedroom to build a Boeing 737 flight simulator that exactly mimics the real thing.
Laurent Aigon, 40, from Lacanau in France, has spent the last five years collecting and buying components from around the world with best friend and fellow enthusiast (obviously) Jean-Paul Dupuy.
The pair spent thousands of euros on internet orders for bits and pieces to construct the simulator – which is so realistic that the Institute of Aircraft Maintenance at Bordeaux-Merignac Airport asked him to give a lecture on his achievement.
Mr Aigon has since schooled himself in all the procedures for take off and landing and says he is able to fly his ‘plane’ just like a real-life pilot." Link to Original Source top
laejoh writes "NASA's Deep Space Network personnel sent commands to the Voyager 2 spacecraft Nov. 4 to switch to the backup set of thrusters that controls the roll of the spacecraft. Confirmation was received today november the 7th that the spacecraft accepted the commands." Link to Original Source top
laejoh writes "As of the April-May 2010 issue, the magazine "The Beaver" will be renamed Canada's History. The stated reasons are that the name has become so associated with the sexual euphemism that online material by the magazine using its name in the header is being blocked by spam filters. Use of the word 'beaver' on the internet has taken on an identity that nobody could have perceived in 1920." Link to Original Source top
laejoh writes "Monty Python's 'Dead Parrot sketch' — which featured John Cleese — is some 1,600 years old.
A classic scholar has proved the point, by unearthing a Greek version of the world-famous piece.
A comedy duo called Hierocles and Philagrius told the original version, only rather than a parrot they used a slave.
It concerns a man who complains to his friend that he was sold a slave who dies in his service.
His companion replies: "When he was with me, he never did any such thing!"
The joke was discovered in a collection of 265 jokes called Philogelos: The Laugh Addict, which dates from the fourth century AD.
Hierocles had gone to meet his maker, and Philagrius had certainly ceased to be, long before John Cleese and Michael Palin reinvented the yarn in 1969." Link to Original Source top
laejoh writes "http://fitnathemovie.com/ has been suspended while Network Solutions is investigating
whether the site's content is in violation of the Network Solutions
Acceptable Use Policy.
Fitna is an upcoming film by Dutch politician Geert Wilders. The movie will offer a critical view on the world of Islam and the Qur'an. The name comes from the Arabic word Fitna which is used to describe "disagreement and division among people", or a "test of faith in times of trial".
Network Solutions has received a number of complaints
regarding this site that are under investigation.
Wilders has stated that he will try to get the film on the Internet before the end of March 2008. A news article on Reuters has stated that the movie has an expected release date of March 28." top
laejoh writes "A LIFETIME supply of beer is being offered in New Zealand for the return of a stolen laptop. The laptop contains designs, creative work, contact details and financial information and was stolen from Rotorua's Croucher Brewing Company this week. The owners of the brewing company are offering free beer to whoever dobs in the person responsible." top
laejoh writes "If you've ever tried Astroglide, you know it's some of the slipperiest stuff ever made.
Astroglide suffered a data breach this week. People who ordered the company's products from their Web site from 2003 to the present may have had their names and email and shipping addresses published on the Internet." top
laejoh writes "BBC reported yesterday that the cast and creators of Monty Python musical Spamalot gathered in Trafalgar Square to set a new record for the world's largest coconut orchestra.
The cast and creators led 5,567 people "clip-clopping" in time to the Python classic Always Look On The Bright Side of Life for the Guinness World Records (GWR) attempt.
I wonder were the coconuts came from!" top
laejoh writes "The BBC reports about Net safety day today. Efforts to make the net less risky for children are being marked by the fourth Internet Safety Day on 6 February. Events are being held in 31 nations and a blogathon will record activities held as far apart as Australia and Canada. I didn't notice and it was by watching the BBC website that I learned about this day. Bad marketing?" top