Bag of Randomness for Thursday, March 16, 2017

  • I hear NBC’s ‘This Is Us’ is a great television show, but I’m at a point in my life where I can no longer watch emotional television or movies because it hits me too hard. When I was younger and didn’t have much perspective or experienced a lot of perils of life, it was easy to watch that sort of stuff. Now, I just can’t bring myself to do it.
  • A fan recently sent Dirk Nowitzki a potato.
  • After watching ‘The Americans’ on the DVR last night, this image popped up on the screen. My first thought was, what is former ‘Daily Show’ correspondent Aasif Mandvi doing on WFAA?

    That’s not Mandvi but reporter Jobin Panicker.  Isn’t “Panicker” a funny name for a reporter? Anyways, here’s a picture of Aasif Mandvi.
  • Buzzfeed – Disney Princess Bikinis
  • GIF – Jedi with a GoPro
  • GIF – Don’t stop petting

  • On last’s night’s ‘Modern Family’ Haily got “the Barnicle” put on her car. I’ve never seen such a thing, but it’s an alternative to a carboot. Per TechCrunch:

    • The Barnacle is a bright yellow 20-pound piece of plastic that sticks to the windshield with 750 pounds of force. The parking enforcement officer only has to pump the device a half dozen times to stick the two giant suction cups to the glass. He sets the alarm and tracking system using the keypad built into the device. If you come to your Barnacled car and try to drive away anyway, a high-pitched alarm will sound.
    • I’ll also like to state this is a clear case of hidden paid advertisement. #PlayfullyTrolling
  • He Got a Bad Grade. So, He Got the Constitution Amended. Now He’s Getting the Credit He Deserves.
    • This story involves the 27th Amendment. He received a “C” on his paper as a college sophomore in 1982, and 35 years later he got the professor to sign a form to officially change the grade to an “A+”.
    • Most people would have just taken the grade and left it at that. Gregory is not most people. “So I thought right then and there, ‘I’m going to get that thing ratified.’”
    • “In light of the student’s heroic efforts to prove the professor and T.A. wrong in their assessment of his term paper, Mr. Watson deserves A+. Goodness, he certainly proved he knew how to work the Constitution and what it meant and how to be politically active,” she says. It still has to be stamped by some people at UT, but when it is, 35 years after Gregory wrote his paper, he’ll finally get that C changed to an A.
  • Texas woman in midst of modeling shoot when struck by train
  • Substitute teacher hid box of wine in purse, police say
  • Regarding optics, I think the top of this article has a tremendous picture of President Trump speaking to a crowd with Air Force One in the background – Trump Force One Is Ready for TakeoffAfter decades in the sky, the president’s fleet is finally getting an upgrade—unless the new passenger-in-chief adds turbulence.
    • Some tidbits:
      • Presidents weren’t even allowed in helicopters until 1956. After a Camp David evacuation drill, during which President Dwight Eisenhower’s limousine got stuck behind a truck on a winding road, the Secret Service relented on its long-standing safety objection to single-engine helicopters. The next year the Air Force procured two small, bubble-nosed Bells, similar to those seen in the opening sequence of M*A*S*H. Eisenhower took precisely one flight. It was another evacuation drill, this time in July, and he baked as the cramped cockpit’s canopy absorbed the full power of the Washington sun. When it came time that fall to take another helicopter, Eisenhower asked for a large Marine transport aircraft—and the tradition of the Marines flying the commander-in-chief was born. One of the first things they did was install an air conditioner.
      • The U.S. is the only country that provides its chief executive with helicopters around the world. That is, when heads of state of other countries go abroad and need a vertical lift, they often rely on the hosts’ equipment. When the U.S. president goes overseas, he brings his own helicopters—often in flights of three, to serve as backups, fly staff, and function as decoys for would-be assassins.
      • As dreamed up, the new Marine One could fly more people farther, faster, and at a higher level of performance than any other executive helicopter on the planet. The idea was to create a true Oval Office in the sky, with videoconferencing, a galley, and a flushing toilet, as well as heavy armor and protection from nuclear, biological, and chemical weapons. Eisenhower would have approved of the climate control: The cabin had to remain between 68F and 76F, whether the outside temperature was -5 or 100.
  • Into the woods: how one man survived alone in the wilderness for 27 years
    • At the age of 20, Christopher Knight parked his car on a remote trail in Maine and walked away with only the most basic supplies. He had no plan. His chief motivation was to avoid contact with people. This is his story
  • Snow in coming!
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One Response to Bag of Randomness for Thursday, March 16, 2017

  1. RPM says:

    Peter Brady walked into the woods? No wonder his career is dead.

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