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Indian scientists are to put one of the world’s hottest chilli powders into hand grenades. They say the devices will be used to control rioters and in counter-insurgency operations.

Defence researchers say the idea is to replace explosives in small hand grenades with a certain variety of red chilli to immobilise people without killing them, reports the BBC.

The chilli, known as Bhut Jolokia, is said to be 1,000 times hotter than commonly used kitchen chilli.

via Ananova – Hot chilli grenades.

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June 26, 2009 Posted by | Scary | Comments Off on Hot stuff

Let’s have another little look at those plans, shall we?

It’s going to be tough getting this manhole cover off.

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Via Fail Blog

June 26, 2009 Posted by | Dumb Bureaucrats, Dumb Stuff | | Comments Off on Let’s have another little look at those plans, shall we?

Royal Fruitcakes

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George III of Great Britain and Ireland was being driven through Windsor Great Park when he ordered his carriage driver to stop. The King got out, walked over to an oak tree, shook hands with one of its branches and talked to it for several minutes. He thought he was talking to the King of Prussia.

Princess Alexandra of Bavaria was convinced that as a child she had swallowed a full-size grand piano. Nothing could ever shake her from this belief.

There’s more at  Our Strange World.

June 26, 2009 Posted by | crazy, Strange | , | Comments Off on Royal Fruitcakes

Not bad for a machine with a 90 day warranty

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Spirit remains stationary on the west side of Home Plate in the location called “Troy”. The rover continues to be busy with an ambitious observation campaign employing both remote sensing and in-situ (contact) science with the robotic arm (instrument deployment device, IDD).

The soil disturbed by the rover’s embedding has been the subject of extensive science investigation. Five out of the past seven sols have involved using the instruments on the end of the robotic arm to collect images and composition spectra of five distinct targets.

More via Spirit Undertaking More Soil Investigation.

June 26, 2009 Posted by | Astronomy, NASA, Robots, space | , | Comments Off on Not bad for a machine with a 90 day warranty

Assault with a deadly weapon Cheeto

“A…couple arrested on domestic assault charges Sunday had an unusual choice of alleged weaponry — Cheetos.

Warrents filed by Cpl. Kevin Roddy, of the Bedford County Sheriff’s Department, stated he responded to a call at a home on Pass Road, where 40-year-old James Earl Taylor and Mary S. Childers, 44, were allegedly involved in an argument.

According to Roddy’s report, the pair became “involved in a verbal altercation” with each other “at which time Cheetos potato chips were used in the assault.”

via jhn brssndn

June 26, 2009 Posted by | Dumb Stuff | Comments Off on Assault with a deadly weapon Cheeto