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Remember the Airbus that got its nose knocked off at Charlotte?

They got it fixed.


They spent two hours test-flying it in the Charlotte area on March 17, and flew it to Amarillo on March 18.

Very old, still funny: Prop 8 - The Musical

This isn't the first time Tom Cotton's been caught being un-American


"Rep. Tom Cotton (R-obviously) on (Feb. 22, 2013) offered legislative language that would 'automatically' punish family members of people who violate U.S. sanctions against Iran, levying sentences of up to 20 years in prison.


"Cotton also seeks to punish any family member of those people, 'to include a spouse and any relative to the third degree,' including 'parents, children, aunts, uncles, nephews, nieces...' Cotton said.


"After some back-and-forth with Grayson and Royce, Cotton relented and withdrew the amendment."

Have you tried Einstein's Impossible Riddle?

Einstein wrote the following riddle. He said that 98% of the world could not solve it. But several NIEHS scientists were able to solve it, and they said it's not all that hard if you pay attention and are very patient. Give it a try:

There are 5 houses in 5 different colors in a row. In each house lives a person with a different nationality. The 5 owners drink a certain type of beverage, smoke a certain brand of cigar, and keep a certain pet. No owners have the same pet, smoke the same brand of cigar, or drink the same beverage. Other facts:
1. The Brit lives in the red house.
2. The Swede keeps dogs as pets.
3. The Dane drinks tea.
4. The green house is on the immediate left of the white house.
5. The green house's owner drinks coffee.
6. The owner who smokes Pall Mall rears birds.
7. The owner of the yellow house smokes Dunhill.
8. The owner living in the center house drinks milk.
9. The Norwegian lives in the first house.
10. The owner who smokes Blends lives next to the one who keeps cats.
11. The owner who keeps the horse lives next to the one who smokes Dunhill.
12. The owner who smokes Bluemasters drinks beer.
13. The German smokes Prince.
14. The Norwegian lives next to the blue house.
15. The owner who smokes Blends lives next to the one who drinks water.

The question is: WHO OWNS THE FISH?

(I tried this last night. This is actually pretty easy if you make five columns each containing:

List of Nationalities
List of House Colors
List of Beverages
List of Cigars
List of Pets

Then as you deduce each fact, cross off the ones that don't pertain...you can start by crossing "Norwegian" off every column but the first and the other four nationalities from the first column.)


Hey 12s! Marshawn Lynch signed a 2-year contract extension today


Four of Seattle's most critical players - Russell Wilson, Lynch, Richard Sherman and Kam Chancellor - will be back in 2015. August can't come soon enough.

Dumbass of the Month: Robbed three banks within 10 days of being released from prison


Our candidate for immortality is Ricky Allen Fisher.

Mr. Fisher robbed a bank in 2007. He got arrested and sent to federal prison for 77 months.

On May 6, 2014, he was released from prison and caught the Greyhound Bus to Boise, Idaho, where he met friend Jennifer Balfe.
On May 9, they drove to Ontario, Oregon, where he robbed the Chase Bank of $1600.
On May 14, they went back to Ontario where he robbed the U.S. Bank of $1334.
On May 16, they traveled to Cottonwood, Idaho, where he robbed the U.S. Bank of $2324.

They then went to the Clearwater River Lodge in Lewiston, where they began drinking and gambling heavily. The cops were already on the lookout for his ass, and picked the two of them up shortly after they got to Lewiston.

On Tuesday he was sent back to the federal hoosegow for 99 months.

Idaho won't be a "Christian state" after all


According to the article, "at least two-thirds" of the Kootenai County Republican Central Committee voted to kill the motion.

I didn't know clown cars were made out of rubber until this year

Got new used tripod and lens, and have a request

I am getting ready for my Fall Foliage Trip - lots of planning, money-accumulating, planning, replanning...anyway, I decided to use my state tax return to buy a decent travel tripod and a wide-angle lens for my Mamiya 645. I ordered it Sunday, and it's here now.

The tripod is a MeFoto Backpacker. MeFoto sells these neat little Benro-made folding tripods that have black legs with colored accents so they look cool. This is a very good tripod. It is metal everywhere you'd want it to be metal. It has good-quality rubber on all the knobs and locks. Finish is anodized. Its head-mounting bolt has the standard 3/8"-16 thread and the quick-release plate is Arca-Swiss compatible, so you can easily get more plates for your other fifteen cameras and can also replace the head easily if need be. (It's a very nice head so you probably won't want to change it.) The leg locks are twist-lock not lever-lock; I didn't take a leg apart to see how hard it would be to clean sand out of it, but it shouldn't be that bad - the guy who invented this thing seems to have known what he was doing. There's a cute little retractable hook on it to hang a sandbag for extra stability. Its stated capacity is 4 kg. I haven't done extensive testing, but I did run it up all the way and stick a 6-pound Mamiya on it, and it was surprisingly shake-free. And it's purple! Or red, blue, aqua, black, silver or any of the other sixteen colors it comes in. They even give you this adorable shoulder bag to put it in. It has no spikes on the legs, which is fine by me because spikes on tripod legs are as useless as Republican campaign promises. If you don't like twist-lock legs or ballheads this tripod isn't for you; otherwise, you want one. There are two versions - aluminum legs for around $130, or carbon fiber legs for twice that. I'm not sure how overloaded you'd have to be to want the carbon fiber one, because the aluminum one doesn't weigh very much.

The lens is a "Mamiya 645 45mm f2.8C Compact Lens." Since not even MamiyaLeaf's own website admits this lens exists and there aren't any reviews of it online, this may be the Internet's introduction to the little beast. I will write a full review of it after I've had a chance to go out and put a few rolls of film on it, but these are first impressions:

When the lens is mounted on your camera, it sticks out a bit over two inches. The front element is close to being spherical; the front of the glass is REAL close to the front of the filter threads, so a UV/haze filter should be considered an absolute necessity here. (It requires 67mm filters).

Mamiya had two generations of M645 lenses: "C" and "N." As far as anyone can tell, "C" means Coated and "N" means New. The lens formula on the N lenses is supposedly improved and the coatings are slightly better, but Mamiya has always made exceptional glass; whether you get a C or an N lens, you will get good pictures.

There is no plastic in this lens. Everything that is not the rubber grip rings is either aluminum, brass or stainless steel. My specimen shows signs of being mounted frequently; since this is a pro lens, that's good - it means it was doing what it was purchased for.

The focusing range is 1.5 feet to infinity; the focusing action is silky smooth. Apertures are from 1/2.8 to 1/22; off the camera this ring also turns smoothly. (On the camera is a different story; the ring turns a gear that reports aperture to the automatic-exposure prism, and that always feels like you're cranking a lawn mower by hand.)

Until I get some images out of this lens I can't give a full endorsement, but I like what I see.

Now for the request: The new fad is to buy Mamiya 645 lenses and adapt them to DSLRs. Quit doing that shit. Our lenses are corrected for medium format film and won't perform properly on your camera. Our lenses don't work with your autofocus and auto aperture systems so using them on your camera is a grade-A pain in the ass. And you using medium-format lenses on non-medium-format bodies means there's now a shortage of them. It's not our fault Nikon and Canon have cheapened up their new glass to the point it's not worth buying. There are TONS of classic Nikon and Canon lenses on the market that'll work better for you than ours ever will.

I present the funniest cooking website I've found


Now get your ass in the kitchen and cook some of this motherfucking shit up.
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