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  1. 9 shot in a .40 or .40 in a .45 I went to my club range one day to do some shooting. I noticed Hackathorn at the other end so I went down to say hello. As we were talking, I noticed a .40 blown out the same way and I mentioned " I wonder who this belonged to ". He said, " That one is mine ". He fired it and just did a malfunction drill as he saw a new hole in the target. Then a while later he had another one and investigated a bit more. He said " Some of my friends salted by ammo box of .45's with a handful of .40's." With friends like that. . . I won't tell him you called him an idiot.
  2. Evidently a FL gator is tougher. https://www.local10.com/news/florida/2020/11/13/bump-in-the-night-florida-driver-hits-gator-on-us-1/ " Need any more evidence that it’s Friday the 13th in the year 2020? A driver in Central Florida ran over a gator on U.S. 1 overnight. Luckily, the driver and the alligator are OK, and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is finding the gator a “safer place to roam,” police in the city of Cocoa say. "
  3. We had something we called the " Aerospce Lift Station " or ALS for short. It was a 200 gallon tank on the bottom floor of the three story high control center about 80 feet underground. The top floor of CC was the kitchen, bedroon and shower and toilet. The middle floor was the area that was always manned - that's where the launch key switches were. The ALS pump was on a float level switch that would turn on and pump crap topside to a holding pond - yes, it was called the turd farm - for bio-remediation. Think uncovered septic tank. When the tank was empty the float switch would tell the pump to turn off and then wait until it filled again and repeat the process. There was a one way valve in the main pump out line to stop " stuff " from siphoning back down. One night on alert about 4:00 AM in the morning I and the MFT heard a big hammer and shudder and the beams all rattled dust off the beams raining down on us. We looked at each other and said, " WTF ? " We looked around but could not see anything on the second level, but could not check any where else upstairs or downstairs because of the two man policy. This happened more times through the morning but we still could not determine what was going on. Finally I smelled something bad and looked at the enlisted guy. He looked at me and said , " I didn't do that ; I thought you did. " We had to get the other two crew member up early to check what was going on. When the got down to the third level, they saw what the problem was. Evidently the check valve had failed in the ALS pipeline pumping out to the turd farm. The high level would make in the tank, stuff gets pumped out, low level switch hits and turns off the pump, with no check valve now it siphons back down to fill the tank again , spins the pump backwards and turns the pump on and then the process repeats ad infinitum. The noise and vibration we were hearing was water hammer from the pump starting against a full head. By the time they had found it ,the water hammer had blown out some pump and pipe seals and brown " stuff " was spraying everywhere. That was when we noticed the " smell ". We blocked everything in and closed the "Plumbing Shutdown " -usually only used in a wartime footing. We called it in and got people coming out to clean/fix it up, but luckily the other crew showed up for relief and we got to leave. We beat feet as fast as we could. It must have been hell for those guys for a few days; it still smelled a week later, but nowhere near as bad,
  4. I wondered who would jump on that.
  5. esp. during a hurricane or flood. https://nypost.com/2020/11/12/florida-man-electrocuted-in-home-during-tropical-storm-eta/ " A Florida man died after being electrocuted while walking through water at his home during Tropical Storm Eta, police said. Bradenton Beach police Sgt. Lenard Diaz said the unidentified man was wading through water flooding his home around 5:40 p.m. Wednesday, apparently unaware that there was an appliance running at the time, news station WFLA reported. " I guess I am shocked a breaker didn't trip.
  6. The company I used to work for invented Amdro. For a while until it got copied, it was pretty effective against fireants; a delayed toxic that killed the queen later so the queen didn't get the hint when all the worker ants go tits up all around her. The worker ants evidently don't feed the queen any food they bring back until they make sure nobody dies from eating it. We also invented " Cyalumes ".
  7. Well, you gotta give them points for creativity.
  8. Another story from Brian Shul in " Sled Driver "; how slow can the SR-71 fly. https://theaviationgeekclub.com/story-behind-famed-sr-71-blackbird-super-low-knife-edge-pass/
  9. Biggest differences between the A-12 and the SR was the dual seating on the SR on the left vs. the single seat in the A-12 on the right.
  10. And one of the cooler things about it was the start cart. https://www.456fis.org/STARTER_CARTS.htm " The AG330 starter cart was developed exclusively for the Lockheed Blackbird family's Pratt & Whitney J58 turbojet engines. The cart used two Buick Wildcat V-8 racing engines, each of 425 cubic inch displacement. Together the engines produced over 600 horsepower and were tied to a common gear box to deliver torque through the vertical starter drive shaft to the J-58s. The aircraft engines had to be spooled up to at least 3,200 rpm for starting and ignition. "
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