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BREAKING:The first piece of debris found was from the missing plane.

Officials confirm plane fragment found on Reunion Island is from missing MH370
Posted by Are_grits_groceries | Wed Aug 5, 2015, 02:09 PM (3 replies)

During WWII, the US planned to drop 1000s of bats with tiny bombs on Japan

Imagine: a quiet, tense night in the middle of wartime. A plane rips through the air above your city, rupturing the stillness. The bay doors open, and out whistles a bomb. It drops and drops. Everyone braces. But when it explodes, the city is filled not with the flash of impact, but with hundreds and hundreds of tiny, whirling bats.

This ridiculous vision—in which Japanese cities were destroyed by a giant bomb full of bats that were themselves carrying tinier bombs—was called Project X-Ray, and it was but a claw's breadth from becoming a reality.

A canister to hold 1000 bats with their tiny bombs

It took a dentist to come up with such a nightmarish plan. Like many Americans, Dr. Lytle S. Adams was incensed by the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, enough to turn his mind towards the war effort. Adams had just returned to his Pennsylvania home from a vacation in New Mexico, where, he remembered years later, he had been “tremendously impressed” by the Mexican Free-Tailed Bats that migrate through the state and roost by the millions in Carlsbad Caverns.

A bat with his tiny bomb

Adams read up on bats. He returned to Carlsbad Caverns and captured some of his own (it was a different time). Through study and observation, he realized that the little critters are war machines, perfectly calibrated for withstanding high altitudes, flying long distances, and carrying heavy loads—for example, timed bombs.
Much more: http://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/the-almost-perfect-world-war-ii-plot-to-bomb-japan-with-bats

Thankfully this plan got nixed. They thought enough of it to actually carry out tests though.
Posted by Are_grits_groceries | Wed Aug 5, 2015, 12:55 PM (19 replies)

A hack to break a car window quickly in an emergency:

Muh... Who knew? Good to know.
I watched people hammering away at a car window trying to get a kid out of a hot car.
Posted by Are_grits_groceries | Wed Aug 5, 2015, 01:48 AM (32 replies)

Americans have forgotten what we did to North Korea:

1950s, during the Korean War, the US dropped more bombs on North Korea than it had dropped in the entire Pacific theater during World War II. This carpet bombing, which included 32,000 tons of napalm, often deliberately targeted civilian as well as military targets, devastating the country far beyond what was necessary to fight the war. Whole cities were destroyed, with many thousands of innocent civilians killed, and many more left homeless and hungry.

I didn't know this bombing fact. We sure set it up for the hard-liners to take over.
What a hot mess we have made in that area of the world(not to mention others).
Posted by Are_grits_groceries | Tue Aug 4, 2015, 07:37 AM (10 replies)

A second piece of airplane debris has been found on Reunion Island. A door

#MH370 search: 'Second plane part' -- apparently a door -- found on Reunion Island. http://t.co/1f2Tv2tADI

The name of the place where the debris is being found is ironic and apt in a sad way.
Posted by Are_grits_groceries | Sun Aug 2, 2015, 08:21 AM (4 replies)

A piece of luggage has been found near the area where the piece of a plane appeared.

Picture of the suitcase found this morning at Saint-André ! (credit : @Linfore) #ReunionIsland
Posted by Are_grits_groceries | Thu Jul 30, 2015, 06:24 AM (5 replies)

With all the downer news, here is something to make you smile:

Posted by Are_grits_groceries | Wed Jul 29, 2015, 02:20 PM (3 replies)

Charon likely to get geographic names from Star Wars, Star Trek, Doctor Who, LOTR, Lovecraft, etc

Nerdiest.Worlds. Ever.

This month's New Horizons flyby of dwarf planet Pluto and its biggest moon Charon left a wealth of incredible data in its wake, with unforgettable pictures of geographic features such as the now famous giant "heart" on Pluto.

But the highly detailed pictures gave the New Horizons team a welcome problem: What do they call all those craters, plains and mountain ranges?

Now, thanks to maps the New Horizons team plans to submit to the International Astronomical Union (the official governing body for names of celestial objects), we know the answer.

Their names are drawn from movies, TV shows and books sure to gladden every geek's heart — including Star Wars, Star Trek, Doctor Who, Firefly, Alien, Lord of the Rings and the works of H.P. Lovecraft.

The New Horizons team actually asked for submissions from the public, and they were happy to oblige.

Pluto, according to IAU rules, must have its fictional names drawn from underworld mythology — so the NASA team offered the Cthulu regio (regio being a large area differentiated by its color) and the Balrog macula (dark spot), honoring Lovecraft's dark god and J.R.R. Tolkein's underground demons, respectively.
More: http://mashable.com/2015/07/28/pluto-charon-nasa-star-wars/

Love this! A
Cthulu region!
Posted by Are_grits_groceries | Wed Jul 29, 2015, 07:04 AM (4 replies)

Here is the info on the man who killed Cecil, the lion in Kenya.

"Walter Palmer, a dentist from Minnesota, is believed to have paid £35,000 to shoot and kill the much-loved lion with a bow and arrow. The animal was shot on July 1 in Hwange National Park. Two independent sources have confirmed the hunter's identity to the paper, which has also seen a copy of the relevant hunting permit."

I hope his life is hell!!!
Posted by Are_grits_groceries | Tue Jul 28, 2015, 09:33 AM (126 replies)

Just saw Donald Trump out campaigning:

Posted by Are_grits_groceries | Fri Jul 24, 2015, 05:48 AM (5 replies)
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