July 2012

Post image for The Most Astounding Fact About The Universe By Neil DeGrasse Tyson.

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Post image for Military Anecdote Day. Even A Bullet To The Chest Couldn’t Stop Teddy Roosevelt From Delivering A Speech.

In 1913, Theodore Roosevelt was campaigning in Milwaukee, Wisconsin when a crazed anarchist shop keeper, John Schrank sought him out. They were in front of the Gilpatrick Hotel when Chrank fired a .32 directly at Roosevelt’s heart. The round was stopped by a steel glasses case and a 50 page manuscript and thus inflicted only […]

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Someone Found And Posted The Actual Engineer Logs For The Apollo 11 Lunar Module.

July 29, 2012

          As you look through these, you will see if you can read the manuscripts, that the lunar modules were basically duct taped together battery powered toys. The ability to regulate current the way we do know simply did not exist as an exact science. And so circuit boards were constantly […]

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The V-173 Became The XF5U, Or Flying Flapjack. America’s First Near VTOL Plane.

July 27, 2012

V-173 Flying Flapjack   . The V-173 Or Flying Flapjack  . The V-173 Or Flying Flapjack.  . Engineer Charles Zimmerman was wondering why the entire plane could not be a wing. He was faced with drag problems at the tip end of small stubby wings created by high aspect wing ratio configuration. So he had […]

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Sherman Alexander Hemsley, United States Air Force Veteran, Passes.

July 26, 2012

  Sherman Alexander Hemsley (February 1, 1938 – July 24, 2012) was an actor who appeared in All In The Family, The Jeffersons, and did Voice Over work on animated features as well. He served for four years in the United States Air Force. He was 74.   Source: Wikipedia Related Posts:Dresden Was Our Guernica.The Bell […]

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The Absolutely, Utterly Amazing Paintings Of The Alamo By Veteran And Artist Mark Lemon.

July 25, 2012

  I don’t know exactly where to start with Mark Lemon. He is a hybrid being, half artist/articulate historian – half Captain America. In 1978 Mark Lemon graduated the University of Georgia with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design. A year later he swore out an oath to the flag and committed to […]

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The Amazing International Expressions Of Welcome And Hope And Peace Inscribed On the Apollo Goodwill Disc.

July 24, 2012

    In 1969, just weeks before the launch of historic Apollo 11, NASA commissioned a silicon disc inscribed with the greetings from leaders across the world to be included in the launch payload of the Apollo 11. Below are some of the greetings. They are so hopeful and heartfelt, especially given that the world […]

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The Apollo Goodwill Disc.

July 23, 2012

    I found this on Flickr and on Boingboing. The US flag that was planted on the moon was on a base that contained a silicon disc filled with information. A calling card as it were in case someone else ever came across us. It was designed to last thousands of years, perhaps after […]

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The Sanders Roe SR.A1 Or “Squirt”. A Fighter That Didn’t Need A Carrier.

July 22, 2012

    The SR.A1 was a prototype jet powered sea plane/fighter. The idea was to use the ocean itself around British military assets, particularly in the Pacific, as away to launch air defense or reconnaissance flights when carriers were unavailable. In May of 1944 the three prototypes were commissioned. They mimicked the fuselage of a […]

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Viking Shields.

July 21, 2012

Viking Shields were mostly wood. Literature tells us that Linden wood was used but archeological evidence suggests fur, alder and poplar were used. These did not split and had fibers that resisted penetration. Viking shields ranged in size on the large end at 48 inches across and on the short end at 36 inches across. […]

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43 Years Ago Today, We Went To The Moon.

July 20, 2012

  It seems so amazing that we actually made it to and from another heavenly body. It seems even stranger to be making this post on a computer with tens of millions times more processing power than the onboard flight computer of the Saturn Rocket that made it there. Yet, we could no more go […]

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Napoleon’s Mistress.

July 19, 2012

  The Battle of Eylau was one of those victories for the Grande Armee that a commander might prefer not to boast about. Rules of engagement for the 15th through the 19th centuries generally gave the win to who ever stayed on the battlefield, a call not unlike a tie that goes to the runner […]

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The Roman Emperors Weren’t Warring With Other Nations, They Were Warring With Themselves.

July 18, 2012

  In the first century AD politics roiled hotly through Rome. Around 42 BC, the Roman Senate, the wake of the murder of Julius Caesar, declared that Caesar had been a God; and so it was partly by divine imprimatur that Octavian, Caesar’s adopted son, and Mark Anthony and Marcus Aemilius Lepidus were appointed as […]

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The Astonishing Casualty Count Of The Firebombing Of Tokyo.

July 17, 2012

  March 9th, 1945, wave after wave of US B-29 Super Fortress bombers lay down 2000 tons of incendiary ordinance on Tokyo over the next two days. Some 16 square miles in and around the Imperial Palace in Tokyo. Launching out of Saipan and Tinian Islands in the Marriannas, the B-29s would be stripped of […]

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Military Hydrofoil Development.

July 16, 2012

  In the 1960’s, suddenly the hydrofoil seemed like a fertile area to explore in naval technology. Seafaring nations across the world began development on the hydrofoils all at the same time. Boeing and the United States Navy developed Patrol Hydrofoil Missileship (PHM). Or as the writer of Dark Roast Blend refers to it, a […]

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Did The Germans Fly A Manned Rocket In The 1930s?

July 15, 2012

  October 29th, 1933, the London Sunday Referee reported that in Rugen, a small Baltic coastal town near Germany, a man landed safely after flying in a rocket six miles into the atmosphere. This of course would make Germany the first successful testing agent of manned rocket powered flight. The flight itself was done under […]

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Capitalism Midwifed The Boer War.

July 14, 2012

  By the end of the 19th century, European powers some ascendant and some on the wane, all made a mad dash to occupy or otherwise replevin some significant holding in Africa. By the end of the 19th century there was hardly any space left to plant another European flag. Portugal had already controlled the […]

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Nazis Funded War Effort With Stolen Jewish Money.

July 12, 2012

  “Nearly 120 billion Reich marks – over £12 billion at the time – was plundered from German Jews by laws and looting….The official study commissioned by the ministry examined the years from 1933 to 1945. Hans-Peter Ullmann, a Cologne history professor, said the tax authorities under the Nazis actively worked to “destroy Jews financially” […]

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The Three Waves. Why Ninth And Tenth Century Europe Sucked.

July 10, 2012

There are some stubborn romantic notions of Kings ensconced in cozy castles, in repose by vast fireplaces, the air thick with the scents and sounds of feasts warming in brick ovens tucked near ornate halls. Chicken fat spitting and roiling on hot coals, minstrels strumming ancient tunes, and wine. Some of this was in fact […]

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Before He Was In McHale’s Navy, He Was In The Real Navy. Chief Petty Officer Ernest Borgnine Passes.

July 8, 2012

  Ernest Borgnine, (January 24, 1917 – July 8, 2012) a graduate of James Hillhouse High School in New Haven Connecticutt, 18  year old Ernest Borgnine joined the United States Navy six years before Pearl Harbor. He served as a Gunners Mate 1st class aboard the destroyer USS Lamberton (DD-119). Borgnine was awarded the American Defense […]

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