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  1. Hook

    Hook Professional Daydreamer

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    raspabalsa Brain stuck BogoMipping

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    I don't understand why the Voynich Mansucript is still considered an unsolved mystery. It was cracked some time ago:

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  3. RickAgresta

    RickAgresta Peanut, leader of the Peanutty Forces

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    Gator Wanders on to Air Force Base Runway in Latest Incident of Animals vs. Planes

    When a large alligator ambled onto the runway early Tuesday morning at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Florida, crews went into action and used a front-end loader to move him back to the water.

    "Your friendly, #TeamMacDill gator - preparing for take-off," the base quipped on its official facebook page.

    The animal might have been looking for a hot date - it's gator mating season in Florida and males tend to wander in search of love. Or he might have just ended up in the wrong place at the wrong time, like the 11-foot gator that was struck and killed by a small private airplane landing at Orlando Executive Airport in 2017.

    Or the 450-pound seal that crews at the airport in the Alaskan city of Utqiaġvik (formerly Barrow) had to clear a from the runway, also in 2017.

    Or any of the other wildlife that sometimes shows up on runways across the U.S. - from bear cubs to turtles, coyotes, moose and horses.

    Flying birds are the biggest wildlife threat to aircraft, and that comes into play even more for military pilots who often fly at lower altitudes while training or practicing maneuvers like touch and go landings.

    Just last week an F35 stealth fighter was hit by a bird while taking off from a military base in Iwakuni, Japan. No one was injured, but the military classified the incident as a "Class A" mishap, meaning the plane sustained at least $2 million in damage, the Marine Corps Times reported.

    In April, an Air Force F-16 struck a hawk while landing on the runway at Holloman Air Force Base in New Mexico, according to the Marine Corps Times report.

    Four U.S. airmen were killed in 2014 when a flock of geese flew into the windshield the HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter they were flying in the United Kingdom.

    In all, birds were responsible for 8% of major military aviation incidents in the Air Force and Navy from 2011 to 2017, the Military Times reported last year, causing more than $246 million in damage.

    The military investigates every incident to help prevent future mishaps.

    “When a bird strike occurs, the remains are sent to the Smithsonian where they classify the bird and determine how it was struck,” 2nd Lt. Jasmine Manning told the Marine Corps Times.

    Most larger airports, commercial or military, have plans in place to deal with wayward wildlife. Both the Air Force and the Navy have Bird/Wildlife Aircraft Strike Hazard teams, known as BASH, whose job it is to mitigate the risk of animals to aircraft. But the military is struggling with budget cuts that have made it harder to purchase radar and other systems to detect wildlife on or near runways, specifically birds, the Military Times reported.

    Such radar systems can cost as much as $450,000.

    “It always comes down to funding. Who can afford it?” Dan Sullivan, the Air Force’s wildlife biologist and BASH chief, told the newspaper. “(But) when you look at the big picture when it comes to loss because of wildlife, that’s not a lot of money at all.”

    “When a bird strike occurs, the remains are sent to the Smithsonian where they classify the bird and determine how it was struck,” 2nd Lt. Jasmine Manning told Marine Corps Times in an emailed statement.

    Many bases and civilian airports alike turn to more old-school methods of shooing birds and other wildlife away from runways, like shooting cannons or nonlethal pyrotechnics. Some also go for a softer approach by limiting food, water and shelter sources for animals near runways.

    The military could use more emerging technologies in the future, according to the Times report, including drones that look and fly like predatory birds.

    Or in the case of an alligator on a runway, sometimes all you need are a little ingenuity and the keys to a front-end loader.
     
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  4. EdmundDantes

    EdmundDantes Mobile Deity

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    I hope someone points this wonderful girl to Anne McCaffrey's Dragonriders series. All about psychically communing with dragons.
     
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    jigwashere Life is a circus!

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    Massachusetts man says someone broke into his home ... and cleaned it
    The intruder made all the beds, neatly stacked his son's stuffed animals and left an origami rose on the toilet paper.



    May 23, 2019, 12:50 PM CDT
    By Minyvonne Burke

    It was a clean getaway.

    A Massachusetts father came home to find that someone had broken into his house. But nothing was missing.


    Instead of stealing, the intruder or intruders cleaned the house.

    Nate Roman, 44, of Marlborough, said he had returned home with his 5-year-old son on May 15 when the little boy noticed that the back door was open.

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    The intruders left an Origami rose on Nate Roman's toilet paper after cleaning his house.Nate Roman
    “Nothing was damaged, nothing was taken … just arranged in a really creepy way," Roman told NBC News in a phone interview Thursday.

    Roman said as he inspected the house, he smelled bleach and other cleaning solvents and could tell that the place had been tidied up.

    His son's room, which they had left messy that morning, was immaculate, with the bed made and stuffed animals neatly arranged. The toilet paper in his bathroom had been adorned with "this very neatly folded rose," he said.

    Roman said every room had been cleaned, except for the kitchen.

    “I was immediately worried that someone was in the house,” he said.

    Confused and not sure what to make of the situation, he called the police.

    A Marlborough Police Department spokesman told NBC News on Thursday that officers had no leads or suspects in the case.

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    Roman believes the intruders may have been house cleaning workers who went to the wrong homeNate Roman
    Roman said he believes someone working for a house-cleaning service may have confused his home for another. He said his alarm did not go off because he forgot to turn it on. He also thinks he forgot to lock his back door that day.

    While the incident left him a little shaken, Roman said it was a reminder for him to double-check that his doors are locked.
     
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    lelisa13p Your Super Moderator Super Moderator

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    THIS NEEDS TO HAPPEN TO ME!!! :newpalm:
     
  7. jigwashere

    jigwashere Life is a circus!

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    I just imagined NetBrakr swooping in with about a million little netb's. Everything blurred and buzzed for a minute, and when scene cleared there was NetBrakr, posing in front of the pristine home of lelisa13p. NetBrakr even shaved his head for the occasion, ala Mr. Clean. :D

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    lelisa13p Your Super Moderator Super Moderator

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    HAHAHAHAHA! :vbgrin:

    I pictured something more like a whole platoon of self-driving mops, buckets, brooms and dusters like the cleanup scenes in Walt Disney's Fantasia - The Sorcerer's Apprentice. Your version is much more creatively personalized. :thumbsup:
     
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    Hook Professional Daydreamer

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    scjjtt A Former Palm User

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    Who has $ to do something like that & possibility destroy a new phone?

    I saw in person a OnePlus 7 last night in person - I'll share about it in a new thread!

    Sent from my LG v10 using Tapatalk
     
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