After the continuing insanity of Amy Bishop as related by the media, I needed a bit of amusement. For your … mostly my … enjoyment: ‘Crazy Water’ and ‘Flying Mules’.
Popular Science is *still* running an ad for a ‘High Bond Angle Water’ machine, which will restore your water’s puny 104 degree bond angle to a mighty 114 degrees. With its natural vigor restored, your water will cure you of cancer and put oak in your penis, or so the ads assure me. I won’t bother saying this is crazy, you already know that, and other people have said it better. But, no joke, even the Yahoo Answers people all agree this is bat-shit crazy. When people who are talking about how best to deal with a child’s imaginary gay boyfriend are 100% lined up to say that your idea is insane … it’s time to wonder just how far outside the mainstream you have gotten.
The New Yorker has a story this week describing how in 1942 the US Army attempted to have twelve mules deploy by parachute. Six mules were actually ejected from the plane but did not survive the experience. One can only assume the other six staged a forced takeover in the confusion and demanded to go someplace sunny with lots of hay … more power to them!
As I understand the US Army, you can’t do anything without checking with someone higher up first. Certainly nothing involving aircraft, so at least two people had to have thought this had a non-zero chance of success. Just imagine the mules showing up for paratrooper school … Well, I always tell my recruits that a mule could do this job better than them … what the hell.
Apparently the Brits figured out how to actually do this … the trick is to not strap a parachute to a mule!
I refuse to believe that story.