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BenB (Forum Supporter)
BenB (Forum Supporter) HalfDork
6/29/21 8:54 p.m.
CJ (FS) said:
mtn said:
Adrian_Thompson (Forum Supporter) said:

In reply to Appleseed :

How did we get our hands on it? IS the story out there somewhere?

The Pilot, Koga, tried for a crash landing on an Alaskan island - there was a sub nearby the island he was crashing on to pick him up. He didn't realize that the ground wasn't firm, so instead of belly landing, he had his landing gear down which caught in the muck. Koga died in the crash, but since the plane was relatively intact, the other pilots did not know if he survived it or not so couldn't bring themselves to destroy the wreckage. The sub searched, but was driven off by a US Destroyer. 

Here is more detail if you are interested

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Akutan_Zero

There's also a good book about it, too: LINK

SaltyDog
SaltyDog HalfDork
6/29/21 9:24 p.m.

TIL, (Sunday, actually) that my great grandfather served in the Spanish- American war.

(For America)

I need to read more about the Spanish - American war.

bruceman
bruceman Reader
6/30/21 4:31 p.m.

My view of things is way different to my wifes

Toebra
Toebra Dork
7/1/21 5:33 p.m.
Wally (Forum Supporter) said:

In reply to Toebra :

I imagine it's not a story she likes to retell. After 9/11 I spent a lot of time shuttling MEs from around the country between the hotel they were  staying in and the morgue tents they had come to staff. I'm grateful that there are people that can and will do that job, and certain that I'm not one of them. The looks on their faces after a shift said more than their words could about the experience they were having. People like your wife are pretty rare and we're all better for them. 

We have been married 25 years and she never mentioned it until I said something about that building in Florida collapsing looked like OKC.  At that point the death toll was only 3.  She looked at the picture and said they were not going to pull any more live people out of that, then told me about her trip to Oklahoma.  All the volunteers stayed in the same place, and drank like fish every night.

Wally (Forum Supporter)
Wally (Forum Supporter) MegaDork
7/2/21 2:33 a.m.

In reply to Toebra :

I'm not at all surprised.  I was dating Jodi when 9/11 happened and she really only knew my brother and I worked a lot, not so much where or what.  I don't think my brother's wife has any idea that his guard unit did security at the site for weeks.  I probably shared more stories here than at home because she would just worry more than she already did. 

Appleseed
Appleseed MegaDork
7/2/21 3:18 a.m.
RevRico said:

Today I learned Drew Carey was a marine. Yes, that drew Carey that hosts wheel of fortune and had a decent to annoying sitcom in the 90s.

So was Bea Arthur. It explains a lot.

Pete. (l33t FS)
Pete. (l33t FS) MegaDork
7/4/21 11:51 a.m.

I was in 10th grade when I first heard about the horrors of the Guinea Worm as described by my biology teacher who had witnessed it during his years in the Peace Corps.

Feel free to see for yourself how it ravages a body. It's worth a Google, but not for the squimish.

There used to be 3-4 million every year.

Because of Jimmy Carter.....there were four cases in the world since Jan.
 

Thanks for your efforts in saving mankind from disgusting horror-worms, peanut man.

mtn
mtn MegaDork
7/4/21 3:14 p.m.

TIL, again, that the best way to make any frozen pizza is on the grill. So much better. 

GIRTHQUAKE
GIRTHQUAKE Dork
7/5/21 12:17 p.m.
Pete. (l33t FS) said:

I was in 10th grade when I first heard about the horrors of the Guinea Worm as described by my biology teacher who had witnessed it during his years in the Peace Corps.

Feel free to see for yourself how it ravages a body. It's worth a Google, but not for the squimish.

There used to be 3-4 million every year.

Because of Jimmy Carter.....there were four cases in the world since Jan.
 

Thanks for your efforts in saving mankind from disgusting horror-worms, peanut man.

Man, I know this is almost political, but...

berkeleyin Jimmy Carter, he's not the best president we ever had- I think he is just too good a person to ever have been- but goddamn if he's not one of the greatest human beings this nation has produced. Two species- two berkeleying species- have been annihilated off the face of the planet by him. How many people has he housed? No idea, he doesn't count. He's defeated cancer twice. Wanna meet him? Go to his church! Just go! There he berkeleyin' is! In a world of idiot outrage politics and whiny newscast dipsticks purposefully getting offended so they can be right/tamp down real offense, we have Jimmy Carter waking up at 5AM and going to work at 96 years old.

Jimmy Carter is America's cool grandpa who still gets speeding tickets. When that man speaks you WILL listen.

Pete. (l33t FS)
Pete. (l33t FS) MegaDork
7/5/21 12:23 p.m.

In reply to GIRTHQUAKE :

Right.  I don't care about politics - hell, I wasn't even alive for half of his term as President.  Don't care.  Just amazed that a parasite can be rendered almost extinct, without vaccination or other brute force methods, just education and clean water.

 

Still gets speeding tickets?  I thought once elected President you were banned from driving yourself for life.  I understand this is one of the major anti-perks of the job according to people who've had it.  (Unless that's a figure of speech - I'm still half asleep here)

NickD
NickD MegaDork
7/5/21 12:56 p.m.
Toebra said:
Wally (Forum Supporter) said:

In reply to Toebra :

I imagine it's not a story she likes to retell. After 9/11 I spent a lot of time shuttling MEs from around the country between the hotel they were  staying in and the morgue tents they had come to staff. I'm grateful that there are people that can and will do that job, and certain that I'm not one of them. The looks on their faces after a shift said more than their words could about the experience they were having. People like your wife are pretty rare and we're all better for them. 

We have been married 25 years and she never mentioned it until I said something about that building in Florida collapsing looked like OKC.  At that point the death toll was only 3.  She looked at the picture and said they were not going to pull any more live people out of that, then told me about her trip to Oklahoma.  All the volunteers stayed in the same place, and drank like fish every night.

My father recalls learning that my mother's father had marched through Hiroshima after we nuked it. My grandfather had done time as an airborne trooper in the Pacific Theater in the 11th Airborne, but never really said much about it. One day he was over visiting and my father was watching a WWII documentary and they were showing Hiroshima, and my grandfather said "That doesn't even begin to show what it was like." My father turned and looked at him and said "What are you talking about, Lloyd?" He said "I was there. I marched through there a couple weeks afterwards. You can't even begin to imagine what it looked like." And that was all he said about it. Most of his kids didn't even know about it. After the war, he then reenlisted with the 82nd Airborne and stayed in Japan another year as part of the occupation force. 

GIRTHQUAKE
GIRTHQUAKE Dork
7/5/21 3:18 p.m.

 NickD:

I have similar stories; comes with the whole EMS territory, but there's tales I don't tell my mom or sister because I know they'll start crying. Worst thing about PTSD is, it'll just appear out of nowhere like that. I had it with a child in mass organ failure after smelling peanut butter, and I had a moment once with a neighbor whom the 4th meant he'd think he was being shelled all night again.

Pete. (l33t FS) said:

In reply to GIRTHQUAKE :

Right.  I don't care about politics - hell, I wasn't even alive for half of his term as President.  Don't care.  Just amazed that a parasite can be rendered almost extinct, without vaccination or other brute force methods, just education and clean water.

 

Still gets speeding tickets?  I thought once elected President you were banned from driving yourself for life.  I understand this is one of the major anti-perks of the job according to people who've had it.  (Unless that's a figure of speech - I'm still half asleep here)

His work against it has also required more access to drinking water- Carter could seriously be in the same region of such titans like Norman Borlaug, figures who've effected and saved possibly millions to billions of lives in going after such foundations of health. I hope to march in those footsteps too; to me, that's being a real American.

Yeah, it's a figure of speech; he has drivers, and I remember Biden was complaining that one of the things he gave up on becoming president is he can no longer drive his C2.

Wally (Forum Supporter)
Wally (Forum Supporter) MegaDork
7/5/21 6:15 p.m.

In reply to GIRTHQUAKE :

PTSD is a motherberkeleyer.  
 

I have to agree Carter is probably one of the greatest people in our lifetime. The things he's done while remaining so humble is amazing.  We could use more like him. 

Woody (Forum Supportum)
Woody (Forum Supportum) GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
7/5/21 7:33 p.m.

In reply to Wally (Forum Supporter) :

He is our greatest former president. 

Duke
Duke MegaDork
7/5/21 8:26 p.m.

In reply to Woody (Forum Supportum) :

That's a polite and appropriate way to put it.

 

Appleseed
Appleseed MegaDork
7/5/21 10:14 p.m.

Regarding Carter, I think God has a soft spot for carpenters. 

wae
wae UberDork
7/9/21 12:43 p.m.

TIL: When the Rock Auto catalog lists "coated" brake rotors, they're referring to the hats.  Which apparently (TI-also-L) people look at and obsess over because... Uh, well, TI-didn't-L why....

The first now makes a whole lot more sense.  I always wondered why you'd pay for a coating that would come off during the bedding-in process.

The second doesn't at all. 

So I feel better about never having paid extra for "coated rotors".

Pete. (l33t FS)
Pete. (l33t FS) MegaDork
7/9/21 12:54 p.m.

In reply to wae :

Some rotors are coated on the friction surface, too!  It's strictly to prevent corrosion in storage.  It works a lot better than putting it in a bag with dessicant, and takes less time to prep for install than coating them with cosmoline or similar.

Pete. (l33t FS)
Pete. (l33t FS) MegaDork
7/9/21 9:41 p.m.

TIL that the taillights on a Mini Clubman make half a Union Jack.

 

That's pretty cool right there.

barefootskater (Shaun)
barefootskater (Shaun) PowerDork
7/9/21 9:50 p.m.
mtn said:

TIL, again, that the best way to make any frozen pizza is on the grill. So much better. 

As the guy with the new grill, this is very pertinent info. 

wheelsmithy (Joe-with-an-L)
wheelsmithy (Joe-with-an-L) GRM+ Memberand PowerDork
7/10/21 6:11 a.m.

TIL that Led Zeppelin should have been very successfully sued by Small Faces for plagiarism.

This is 1966,

 

Mr. Peabody
Mr. Peabody UltimaDork
7/10/21 7:33 a.m.

In reply to wheelsmithy (Joe-with-an-L) :

They were sued for that song and lost. But it was by Willie Dixon who originally wrote it in the early 60's. The above version is also a ripoff not originally credited to Dixon either.

Zeppelin are well known for stealing other people's music and claiming it as their own.

Pete. (l33t FS)
Pete. (l33t FS) MegaDork
7/10/21 7:47 a.m.

In reply to Mr. Peabody :

What I find amusing is when artists use someone else's song outright, and it becomes more popular than the original, to the point that nobody realizes that it's a cover.

Someone once called Quiet Riot the world's most successful cover band.  I have to disagree, I think that title belongs to Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, mostly because Joan Jett is God.

Mr. Peabody
Mr. Peabody UltimaDork
7/10/21 7:59 a.m.

That could go a long way to explaining my strong aversion to religion

Pete. (l33t FS) said:

In reply to Mr. Peabody :

What I find amusing is when artists use someone else's song outright, and it becomes more popular than the original, to the point that nobody realizes that it's a cover.

Which I bet is pretty common

wheelsmithy (Joe-with-an-L)
wheelsmithy (Joe-with-an-L) GRM+ Memberand PowerDork
7/10/21 8:26 a.m.

Well, that's an interesting conversation. All the greats (Presley, Cash, etc.) freely borrowed from one another, covering and what not. Music transformed from folklore to a business. Zep (who I LOVE), and those guys were just as things were really becoming contracts and business.

I was mostly referring to the startling similarity of Robert Plant's vocal performance to Steve Mariott's. Yes, they were both stealing from Willie Dixon.

"Every poet is a cannibal, every artist is a thief" -Bono

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