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Old 08-07-2016, 10:23 AM   #1301
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But I'm guessing you wouldn't bat an eye at "Where is he from?"

I've also heard "where he is?", even "where he be?", as well as "where he at?", omitting the verb entirely.
"Where is he from?" asks a completely different question from "where is he". Why would I bat an eye at that?
But are all those examples of poor grammar over a century old too?
It just struck me as odd as if I read a two hundred old poem using Valley Girl speech.
But while interesting, I don't see how the story counts as Weird.
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Old 08-07-2016, 03:21 PM   #1302
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Pictures surface from a mysterious ballet performance on the set of the 1950 film "Destination Moon."

http://www.atlasobscura.com/articles...us-moon-ballet

It's not in the script, and one one connected to the film recalls any dancers being hired.
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Old 08-13-2016, 12:14 PM   #1303
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A rocket-assisted Hercules C-130 existed. It was meant to be capable of landing in the space of a soccer stadium, to rescue the hostages during the Iran crisis.

It failed in a test, but only because of a timing error in the firing of the rockets. With more training the concept is probably... difficult, but viable.

http://imgur.com/gallery/jZHPs
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Old 08-15-2016, 12:40 PM   #1304
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A rocket-assisted Hercules C-130 existed. It was meant to be capable of landing in the space of a soccer stadium, to rescue the hostages during the Iran crisis.

It failed in a test, but only because of a timing error in the firing of the rockets. With more training the concept is probably... difficult, but viable.

http://imgur.com/gallery/jZHPs
Okay, that's one of the more awesome things I've ever seen.

I bet you could pull something like that off, today, with better computerized timing and modern rocketry.

The dust-off would be one hell of a kick in the pants, though.
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Old 08-19-2016, 03:06 AM   #1305
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Some staff at Cern decided to relive their undergraduate days by staging a mock human sacrifice in front of the statue of Shiva. I can't think how that could go wrong ... https://www.theguardian.com/science/...ists-suspected
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Old 08-19-2016, 03:55 AM   #1306
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The Scream Awards have a category for Most Memorable Mutilation.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2009_S...ble_Mutilation
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Old 08-19-2016, 03:56 AM   #1307
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Robot Slavery can begin, robots can now be made to feel pain
Simpsons did it.
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Old 08-19-2016, 05:31 AM   #1308
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They built a supersonic bomber. And named it after gigolos.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Convair_B-58_Hustler
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Old 08-19-2016, 12:46 PM   #1309
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They built a supersonic bomber. And named it after gigolos.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Convair_B-58_Hustler
Supposedly the US Air Force wanted to name the B-1B bomber the Excalibur, until learning that this was a popular brand of condom, and finally settled on the name Lancer, which aircrews donít like and donít use. Aircrews call the B-1 the "Bone"...
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Old 08-19-2016, 05:42 PM   #1310
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Supposedly the US Air Force wanted to name the B-1B bomber the Excalibur, until learning that this was a popular brand of condom, and finally settled on the name Lancer, which aircrews donít like and donít use. Aircrews call the B-1 the "Bone"...
I like Hustler. It lets me imagine that the Pentagon is a rocking place with deliciously decadent parties. You know, a place where it's been 1975 for more than forty years.

I could be wrong, but that's my head-canon.
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