When you start an online romance with a prison inmate you never know who, or what, you’re going to be dealing with when they finally get released and you meet face-to-face for the first time. Some may be even crazier and more dangerous than you thought, while others simply got caught up with the wrong crowd and aren’t really bad at heart.
In Ben Aston’s comedic short Dinner and a Movie we see two people who met through a prison dating website seeing each other in person for the first time, and let’s just say he’s not quite what she expected when she started writing letters to a con. (Barely NSFW due to language)
The Opus 500 is also known as the Exposition Organ, because it was played at the worlds fair in San Francisco in 1915. It was the seventh-largest organ in the world. What do you do with such a large, valuable, and heavy antique? To those who heard it in its heyday, it was a wondrous thing to behold.
Back then, thousands of people a day attending the Panama-Pacific International Exposition applauded its soaring crescendos and rib-rattling swells. Today, the organ’s 7,500 pipes and countless other parts sit silent and in pieces, packed into boxes and crates spread across 3,600 square feet of concrete, basement floor—in some places, the crates are stacked 12 feet high. To prepare a new site for the instrument, move it, put the thing back together again, and then tune it could cost upwards of $2 million, assuming, of course, you could find a home for the finished instrument. So far, no one has.
That may be about to change. Although details are still under wraps, members of a group known as the Friends of the Exposition Organ have told us that after years of looking, they may have finally found a new home for Opus 500.
Collectors Weekly gives us the story of the organ, not only in its finest hours, but also what happened to the Opus 500 after the fair. It involves earthquakes, politics, architecture, and a small group of people who want to restore it to its former glory. Included is a video of the organ being played.
The Professor was a good-looking but nerdy academic, an exaggerated stereotype of the man of capacious intelligence with little or no social awareness. Occasionally approached romantically by Ginger (and guest stars, including Zsa Zsa Gabor), he remained chaste and unaffected.
But he was pretty much the only character on the show who possessed anything resembling actual knowledge, and he was forever inventing methods to increase the castaways’ chance of rescue. Still, among the show’s many lapses of logic was the fact — often noted by Mr. Johnson in interviews — that although the Professor could build a shortwave radio out of a coconut shell, he couldn’t figure out how to patch a hole in a boat hull.
Professor Roy Hinkley was not his only role. Johnson appeared in movies beginning in 1952, and played in many Westerns both in film and on TV -usually as the villain. He also appeared in time-traveling episodes of The Twilight Zone twice.
What many fans do not know was that during World War II, Johnson was an Air Force Captain and flew 44 bombing missions. He was awarded many combat medals, and earned a Purple Heart after a plane crash. Johnson was 89 years old. -via Metafilter
Here’s a story of remarkably skilled piloting. On Sept. 29, 1940, two Avro Anson training aircraft of the Royal Australian Air Force took off from a base near Wagga Wagga, New South Wales. During their flight, they collided. But rather than crashing or even just bouncing off each other, the two planes got stuck together.
Leading Aircraftman Leonard Fuller remained in the top plane while the three other crewmen from his plane and the one below him bailed out. LAC Fuller didn’t want his country to lose the expensive aircraft, so he decided to land them.
It was even crazier than it sounds. Fuller’s aircraft had lost its engine, but he did have control over its ailerons and flaps. The aircraft below him still had its engine, which had been conveniently left running. The Futility Closet describes this amazing stunt:
After the crew of the lower plane had bailed out, along with his own navigator, Fuller flew an additional five miles and made an emergency landing in a paddock, where he slid 200 yards to a safe stop. “I did everything we’ve been told to do in a forced landing,” he told air accident inspector Arthur Murphy. “Land as close as possible to habitation or a farmhouse and, if possible, land into the wind. I did all that. There’s the farmhouse, and I did a couple of circuits and landed into the wind. She was pretty heavy on the controls, though.”
Fuller thus saving his country £40,000 worth of equipment. His own plane was repaired and returned to service.
The Doctor has been through...well, a bunch of incarnations. The enumeration really gets confusing, what with the War Doctor being thrown into the middle. And then there's Peter Cushing playing the Doctor in two films. Counting the Doctor gets very wibbly-wobbly.
Anyway, here are the first and last lines of the incarnations of the Doctor that we know so far and are considered canonical. More or less.
Joey Prusak, 19, works at a Dairy Queen restaurant in Hopkins, Minnesota. In September, a blind man purchased a meal at the counter. While paying, he accidentally dropped a 20-dollar bill on the floor. The woman standing behind him in line snatched it and put it in her pocket.
Prusak approached the woman and asked her to give it back. She refused and began cussing at him. He told her to leave, which she did, while keeping the money. Later Prusak spoke with the blind customer and handed him a 20-dollar bill from his own pocket.
All of this might have passed by without further attention but for an email that another customer sent to Dairy Queen’s management. She described the incident, which promptly went viral.
Since then, Prusak has gotten a lot of positive attention, including an invitation from Warren Buffett to attend a shareholders meeting of his company, Berkshire Hathaway. Berkshire Hathaway owns Dairy Queen.
Metal casting can involve a lot of expensive equipment, scorching heat and a lot of know-how, or you can simply do what artist Max Lamb does and bring your supplies to the local beach in Cornwall, England and cast stuff in the sand.
Max uses primitive sand casting techniques, essentially making a mold by digging out the shape in sand then pouring molten pewter into the sand mold to get his finished product, which has a shape and texture co-created by Nature.
His simple, whimsical works hearken back to a time when the end result didn’t have to look like it was computer generated, and casting in metal wasn’t seen as an archaic discipline.
When Yamato the Golden Retriever heard a siren, he had to sing along. Although he has a great voice and an interesting tune, singing to sirens in itself isn't all that impressive; after all, when a vehicle blaring a siren goes by in my town, every dog in the neighborhood joins in. But when I heard Yamato sing, I rcognized that I'd heard that song before! He's doing a fair imitation of the singing horse on the far right in this internet classic.
As an experiment, Cracked writer Alli Reed composed a fictitious but truly awful online dating profile. Her goal was to to create a persona that was truly despicable and that no one would ever consider dating:
In making this profile, I made sure my creation touched on every major facet of being truly horrible: mean, spoiled, lazy, racist, manipulative, and willfully ignorant, and I threw in a little gold digging just for funzies. I maintain that there is not a human on this planet who would read this profile and think, "Yes, I'd like to spend any amount of the fleeting time I'm given on my journey around the sun getting to know this person."
As you can see, she put a lot of thought into how truly offensive she could be. Her persona, aaroncarterfan, is despicable. She openly brags of engaging in paternity fraud and harassing homeless people.
But within a day, she received 150 responses from interested men. In their online conversations, she did her best to convey the impression that aaroncarterfan would be the worst possible girlfriend. She was unsuccessful. You can read them here.
Police arrested a woman in Readington Township, New Jersey for drunk driving. They took her back to the police station. She called a friend to come pick her up.
When that friend arrived, police discovered that she was drunk, too. She had driven to the station, so they arrested and cited her.
Now the two ladies summoned a third friend to pick them up from jail. When he arrived at the station, police noticed that he, too, was drunk and had driven to the station. So they arrested and cited him.
Eventually, a sober friend drove to the police station and took all three drunks home.