Monthly Archives: January 2015

RIP A. A. Milne

Alan Alexander Milne, also known as A. A. Milne, was a British author, best known for his books about the teddy bear, Winnie-the-Pooh, and for various children’s poems. Milne was a noted writer, primarily as a playwright, before the huge success of Pooh overshadowed all his previous work.

A. A. Milne

Alan Alexander Milne (January 18, 1882 – January 31, 1956)

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RIP Arthur Rankin, Jr.

Arthur Gardner Rankin, Jr. (July 19, 1924 – January 30, 2014) was an American director, producer and writer, who mostly worked in animation. A part of Rankin/Bass Productions with his partner Jules Bass, he created stop-motion animation features such as Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer and the 1977 cartoon animation of The Hobbit. He is credited on over 1,000 television programs.

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NFL Size Over Time

NFL Size Over Time

In Remembrance – Space Shuttle Challenger & Crew

On January 28, 1986, the Space Shuttle Challenger disintegrated 73 seconds into its flight after an O-ring seal in its right solid rocket booster (SRB) failed at liftoff.  All seven astronauts on board were lost.

Challenger STS-51 at Launch

Challenger launches on its final mission, STS-51.

Challenger STS-51 Crew

The crew of STS-51. Front row, from left to right: Smith, Scobee, and McNair. Back row, from left to right: Onizuka, McAuliffe, Jarvis, and Resnik.

Challenger STS-51 Mission Patch

STS-51 mission patch.

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That's Gonna Leave a Mark!

Lion with tire

Lion with Tire



Happy Birthday, Ray Stevens

Ray Stevens (born Harold Ray Ragsdale) is an American country music and pop singer-songwriter known for his novelty songs. His two most-popular songs are “Everything Is Beautiful” and “The Streak”.

Ray Stevens

Harold Ray Ragsdale (January 24, 1939 – )

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AH-64 vs Dragon

The Smithsonian Channel just uploaded this very silly but pretty cool animation of an hypothetical battle between a mighty dragon and an AH-64 Apache helicopter. Who do you think it will win, the mythical fire-breathing creature or one of the most lethal machines created by men?

Notice Anything Different?

Notice Anything Different

Hardest OCD Decision of My Life

Hardest OCD Decision

Happy Birthday, Benny Hill

Alfred Hawthorn Hill, better known as Benny Hill, was a prolific English comic, actor & singer, best known for his television program, The Benny Hill Show. Since its debut in 1955 his television show has been sold to over 140 countries worldwide, with viewership in the billions.

Benny Hill

Alfred Hawthorn Hill (January 21, 1924 – April 20, 1992)

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No Liquid Blue for you

Ford Liquid Blue

The three Ford performance cars that dropped in Detroit yesterday — the Ford GT, the Mustang GT350R, and the 2017 Raptor — all had one thing in common: a very lovely shade of blue paint. Want it on your Fiesta ST? You can’t have it. Sorry.

Road & Track states that this color, known as Liquid Blue and the designated color of the Ford Performance lineup, is not a production paint color.

Ford explained to that “Liquid Blue” is a show-car color only, and that it’s actually multiple layers of paint on the display cars. Now, Ford also said that in the past, special show colors have made the transition to the production-car palette, but right now Liquid Blue isn’t in the running.

2017 Ford F-150 Raptor

The ultimate off-road runner is back, with the all-new 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor. A twin-turbo Ecoboost V6 engine. A 10-speed transmission. And it’s six inches wider than the standard model.

Ford’s not saying how much power the new Raptor has, but only that the turbo V6 will have “more” than the last generation’s 411-horsepower, 434-lb.-ft. 6.2-liter V8. But the story of the Raptor was never really about the power, as lots of things have power. It was about sheer mind-boggling off-road speed capability.

To help out with that, it’s got a new steel frame underneath the aluminum body tech it shares with all new Ford F-150s, helping it save more than 500 pounds of heavy metal. It’s got even beefier FOX Racing shocks, presumably to help it stop cracking under the most extreme pressures. And it’s got more suspension travel, too.

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2015 Ford Shelby GT350R Mustang

Here’s what we know so far: that wonderful flat plane crank V8 with at least 500 horsepower and 400 pound-feet of torque; Ford’s first ever magnetic ride suspension; 130 pounds lighter than the GT350; and no air conditioning or a rear seat.

2015 Shelby GTR 350 2015_shelby_gt350_2

Eagle Talons

Eagle Talons

Happy Birthday, Edgar Allan Poe

Edgar Allan Poe was an American poet, short story writer, editor, critic and one of the leaders of the American Romantic Movement. Best known for his tales of the macabre, Poe was one of the early American practitioners of the short story and a progenitor of detective fiction and crime fiction. He is also credited with contributing to narrative forms of the emergent science fiction genre.

Edgar Allan Poe

Edgar Allan Poe (January 19, 1809 – October 7, 1849)

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_/”””\_ – You won’t believe this!

See my little drawing in the subject?  Now, imagine that was all that was left of your full size Chevy Silverado:

Read the whole story at (no really, go read it!)

Ford GT: You’ve seen it, now HEAR it!

RIP “Curly”

Jerome "Curly" Howard

Curly Howard (October 22, 1903 – January 18, 1952)

Jerome Lester “Jerry” Horwitz, better known by his stage name Curly Howard, was an American comedian, part of the “3 Stooges.”

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