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  1. jaybones

    jaybones Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

    In 1942 German U-boats were sinking so much transatlantic shipping that ship builder (and later postwar automotive producer) approached Howard Hughes to design a cargo plane that would be safe from submarines.

    Due to wartime limits placed on aluminum it was decided to build it from wood. The plane was officially named the Hughes H4 Hercules, and wasn't completed until 1947, 2 years after the war ended. The remaining 499 planes were cancelled.

    Its lone flight with Hughes himself at the controls was supposed to have been a taxi test only but he kept adding power until it lifted off. Gained an altitude of 70 feet and was aloft for 1 minute. Hughes caught some criticism for the proof of concept demonstration, but by then it was a fait acompli, and easier to apologize than ask permission.

    It is the largest ever wooden airplane built. And after the flight was stored and maintained by a crew of 15 until Hughes' death in 19751
     
  2. Stratbats

    Stratbats Strat-Talker

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    Recently a film has come to light that many believe is the only image of Marcel Proust caught on film, he is doing about 70 mph down the steps of a church after attending a wedding...
     
  3. jaybones

    jaybones Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

    The reason we refer to problems as bugs goes back to the early days of computers. A moth had gotten inside one and shorted out the tubes giving an unforseen result.

    When it was found, and removed (debugged) the program worked.
     
  4. jaybones

    jaybones Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

    The reason we refer to problems as bugs goes back to the early days of computers. A moth had gotten inside one and shorted out the tubes giving an unforseen result.

    When it was found, and removed (debugged) the program worked.
     
  5. eclecticsynergy

    eclecticsynergy Strat-O-Master

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    Strawberries are the only fruits whose seeds grow on the outside.
     
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  6. omahaaudio

    omahaaudio Strat-O-Master

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    My other pinky FINGERS? How many do you have?
     
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  7. omahaaudio

    omahaaudio Strat-O-Master

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  8. open strings

    open strings New Member!

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    I have one other pinky finger. I was joking. I’m getting to where my jokes need more and more explanation
     
  9. jaybones

    jaybones Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

    Montana is the only state where neither person need be present to get married.

    Called a double proxy marriage the fee is $900.
     
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  10. jaybones

    jaybones Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

    The original name of HBO (Home Box Office) was The Green Channel.
     
  11. jaybones

    jaybones Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

    The original name for Nintendo's Mario was Jumpman.

    Texas is the only state that allows its residents to vote from outer space.
     
  12. jaybones

    jaybones Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

    In the 1925 silent comedy Gold Rush Charlie Chaplan portrays a snow bound prospector. Facing starvation he eats his shoes. A memorable scene the shoes were made of licorish.
     
  13. jaybones

    jaybones Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

    A jiffy is an actual unit of time, 1/100 of a second.

    On this date in 1859 Ellis Island closed after 60 years.
     
  14. circles

    circles Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

    A survey of funeral directors by found that the most requested song to play at funerals in the UK is "Always look on the bright side of life" by Monty Python. :)

    (Second was Sinatra's "My Way".)
     
  15. jaybones

    jaybones Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

    Today is Whoopi Goldberg's birthday.