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Flossie Aims Almost At Hawaii

CNN.com

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Hurricane Flossie is barreling toward the “big island” of Hawaii packing dangerous winds, pounding surf and potentially flooding rain.

A video from the international space station shows Hurricane Flossie swirling in the Pacific Ocean.
At 11 a.m. in Hawaii (5 p.m. ET), Flossie, with maximum sustained winds of about 105 mph, was about 165 miles south of Hilo and 340 miles southeast of Honolulu, which is on the island of Oahu.

The hurricane was moving west-northwest about 10 mph, according to the Central Pacific Hurricane Center in Honolulu.

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I lived for a while where these things came through. Don’t miss them a bit. Scary stuff.

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August 14, 2007 Posted by | weather | Comments Off on Flossie Aims Almost At Hawaii

Does it seem drafty to you?

Aero-News Network:
As the saying goes… when you hear hoofbeats, they’re probably coming from horses, and not zebras. And when you come across a strange object that apparently fell from the sky, it’s probably not an alien spaceship… but rather from a commercial airliner.

Such was the case this weekend, as Hilary Loewenstein walked her two dogs in a Maryland park, and saw a strange metal object near the path.

“I was like, ‘Oh my God! I saw aliens! Aliens are here!’ And I thought, ‘How exciting!”‘ Loewenstein told The Washington Post.

Alas, the 25-pound chunk of metal wasn’t an alien spaceship… but rather the landing gear door off a CRJ700 flying from Hartford, CT to Washington DC Saturday morning. The object landed near soccer fields, but no one was hurt.

“We were all very lucky,” said Loewenstein. “It’s so amazing that this piece of airplane didn’t fall onto the zillions of houses right behind it.”

FAA spokeswoman Laura Brown said the agency planned to recover the debris Monday, and investigate why the jet shed the part.

“Various things fall off airplanes from time to time, but it’s fairly unusual to have one of these landing-gear doors fall off,” Brown said. “Airplanes are designed not to shed parts.”

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How comforting.

August 14, 2007 Posted by | Airplanes | Comments Off on Does it seem drafty to you?

Row, row, row, row, row, row your boat [Repeat]

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After weeks of weather-related delays, a British woman set out on Sunday morning from northern California in a bid to become the first female to cross the Pacific solo in a rowboat.

Unfavorable weather forced Roz Savage, 38, to depart from Saint George, a small port near the Oregon border, rather than San Francisco as planned.

“She had a breakfast of cornflakes and plenty of coffee,” Nicole Bilodeau, her spokesperson told AFP. “She was very zen, not nervous at all.”

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It’s not the first time she has done something like this. In 2006 she rowed the Atlantic solo.

August 14, 2007 Posted by | People | Comments Off on Row, row, row, row, row, row your boat [Repeat]

Well, at least it gets your attention

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The federal government has enlisted a group of exploding frogs in a new public service ad unveiled Monday that encourages motorists to check their tires in hot weather to make sure they’re properly inflated.

The 30-second TV spot from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration features a narrator with a British accent describing the “perilous journey” that frogs face crossing the road, especially on a hot day. It then shows what appear to be eight frogs exploding in a puff of smoke and fire on hot asphalt.

August 14, 2007 Posted by | animals, Strange | Comments Off on Well, at least it gets your attention

Monkey lock picker on the loose…again

The Clarion-Ledger- Real Mississippi

monkeyoliver.jpegOliver [left], the monkey that freed himself about two weeks ago from the Tupelo [Miss.] Buffalo Park and Zoo, is on the loose again. Park manager Kirk Nemecheck and other employees noticed the white-faced capuchin’s cage open and lock on the ground around 8:30 a.m. Monday.

Oliver and another capuchin named Baby were wandering nearby. Workers easily captured Baby, but Oliver fled the park headed in the direction of the Tupelo Country Club, Nemecheck said.

“This is the craziest thing I have ever seen,” Nemecheck said. “I have heard of chimps and orangutans that can pick locks. I’ve also heard a guy who swears his raccoon can pick a lock, but I’ve never heard of a monkey who can pick a lock.”

August 14, 2007 Posted by | animals | Comments Off on Monkey lock picker on the loose…again

She should have stuck with tea

Ananova
A teenage waitress was rushed to hospital suffering an overdose – after drinking seven double-espressos.

Jasmine Willis, 17, drank the coffees to stay awake during a shift at her dad’s cafe in Stanley, Co Durham, reports the Guardian. “My nerves were all over the place,” she said. “I was crying in front of the customers and had tears streaming down my face. I was drenched and burning up and hyperventilating. I was having palpitations, my heart was beating so fast and I think I was going into shock.”

In the end, Jasmine had to be sent home. But after being despatched by her father, Gary, her condition worsened. The teenager developed a fever and was unable to breathe properly and had to be admitted to the University Hospital of North Durham.

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It’s called caffeine poisoning, dear.

Oh, yeah. She recovered and is fine.

August 14, 2007 Posted by | Dumb Stuff | 1 Comment

If you go into the woods today you’re in for a big surprise…

Ananova
An Australian man has told how he spent a week up a tree in a crocodile-infested swamp and lived to tell the tale. David George, a Cape York stockman, was finally rescued by helicopter in the bush near Coen, in the remote far north of Queensland.

“Every night I was stalked by two crocs who would sit at the bottom of the tree staring up at me,” Mr George told local paper The Courier-Mail. “I’d yell out at them, ‘I’m not falling out of this tree for you bastards’.”

Dazed and bleeding after a tumble from his horse, Mr George found himself in the heart of a swamp – and then fell straight into a crocodile nest.

“I couldn’t go back, it was too far and too dangerous, so I headed to the nearest high ground and stayed there, hoping someone would come and find me before the crocs did,” he said.

August 14, 2007 Posted by | animals | Comments Off on If you go into the woods today you’re in for a big surprise…