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All that gray hair doesn’t mean you’re defenseless

A good whack “upside the head” with a frying pan and a poke with a pitchfork was too much for a home invasion style robber who lost teeth from the smack with the pan and fled, bleeding from pitchfork wounds, only to be caught a short time later by police in Jacksonville.

Did I mention that the pan/pitchfork wielder is 81?

via Northwest Florida Daily News.

April 16, 2011 Posted by | Dumb Crook, hero | Comments Off on All that gray hair doesn’t mean you’re defenseless

Only one of the original 29 Navajo Code Talkers left

Navajo Code Talkers, Saipan, June 1944

Image via Wikipedia

One of the last two living members of the World War 2 Navajo Code Talkers, Lloyd Oliver, has died in Arizona. Originally there were 29 code talkers (although hundreds more from various tribes would join them before the end of the war) who communicated coded intelligence for the US armed forces in their native Navajo tongue. Thousands of messages were sent error free by these men to the complete confusion of the enemy code breakers and their work contributed immensely to the successful outcome of the war.

A moment of silence in Mr. Oliver’s memory is in order.


From Wikipedia: Code talking, however, was pioneered by Choctaw Indians serving in the U.S. Army during World War I. These soldiers are referred to as Choctaw Code Talkers. Other Native American code talkers were deployed by the United States Army during World War II, including Cherokee, Choctaw, Lakota[1] Meskwaki, and Comanche soldiers.

March 19, 2011 Posted by | hero | Comments Off on Only one of the original 29 Navajo Code Talkers left

You like loud? I’ll give you loud.

A Waterloo [Iowa] man faces a disorderly conduct charge after he retaliated against noisy neighbors by blasting an air horn in their direction.

Carl Herold said he got tired of the “hippie tunes” constantly coming from across the street. The 62-year-old bought an air horn from an old dump truck last week, pointed it at his neighbor’s house, connected it to an air compressor for power and started tooting away.

via The Des Moines Register.

August 3, 2010 Posted by | cool stuff, hero | | Comments Off on You like loud? I’ll give you loud.

Go with God, Dick. Goodbye to one of the world’s last free men

Known as the “Salmon River Caveman,” Richard Zimmerman lived an essentially 19th century lifestyle, a digital-age anachronism who never owned a telephone or a television and lived almost entirely off the land.

“He was in his home at the caves at the end, and it was his wish to die there,” said Connie Fitte, who lived across the river. “He was the epitome of the free spirit.”

…He was the last of Idaho’s river-canyon loners that date back to Territorial days. They are a unique group that until the 1980s included canyon contemporaries with names like Beaver Dick, Cougar Dave and Wheelbarrow Annie, “Buckskin Bill” (real name Sylvan Hart) and “Free Press Frances” Wisner. Fiercely independent loners, they lived eccentric lives on their own terms and made the state more interesting just by being here.

More via Idaho Statesman.

April 24, 2010 Posted by | hero, People | , | Comments Off on Go with God, Dick. Goodbye to one of the world’s last free men

“Boy, 7, raises £80,000 for Haiti” Small boy, big results.

A seven-year-old boy from London who hoped to raise £500 for Haiti by a sponsored bike ride ended up raising more than £80,000.

Charlie Simpson, from Fulham, cycled five miles around South Park near his home to raise funds for Unicef’s earthquake appeal.

His call for support touched the hearts of people around the world after he put a message on the JustGiving website, reports the BBC.

via Ananova – Boy, 7, raises £80,000 for Haiti.

January 25, 2010 Posted by | Great Things, hero | | Comments Off on “Boy, 7, raises £80,000 for Haiti” Small boy, big results.

Last British WW1 veteran has died and another era closes

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Times were certainly different back in the days of World War I. Stealth bombers, mobile communications, terrorists and satellite navigation systems were all a long way off yet.

The battles were in the trenches – and they were brutal.

Harry Patch, Britain’s last survivor of the trenches of World War I, was a reluctant soldier who became a powerful eyewitness to the horror of war, and a symbol of a lost generation.

Patch, who died last night (NZ time) at 111, was wounded in 1917 in the Battle of Passchendaele, which he remembered as “mud, mud and more mud mixed together with blood.”

via Last British WW1 veteran dies – World – NZ Herald News.

July 26, 2009 Posted by | hero | , | Comments Off on Last British WW1 veteran has died and another era closes

Founding member of the RAF and WWI veteran dies aged 113

Henry Allingham, the world’s oldest man and one of the last surviving World War I servicemen, has died at the age of 113, his care home has said.

Mr Allingham served with the Royal Naval Air Service in WWI, later transferring to the Royal Air Force at the time of its creation.


July 18, 2009 Posted by | hero | , | Comments Off on Founding member of the RAF and WWI veteran dies aged 113

Anonymous Santa


A “secret Santa” left hundreds of presents outside a church in Sterling Virginia Sunday morning, including the hope that the gifts would bring Christmas joy to children in this difficult economic time.

Rev. Wayne Snead found the pile of toys when he arrived Sunday morning, along with a note saying that the toys should go to less-fortunate children in these rough economic times.

via MyFox Washington DC

December 15, 2008 Posted by | hero, Holidays | , , | Comments Off on Anonymous Santa

Tuskegee Airman, Lt. Colonel Howard Lee Baugh has died

Link to FOXNews.com

Lieutenant Colonel Howard Lee Baugh, one of the original Tuskegee Airmen, has died. Baugh died Saturday at a suburban Richmond hospital after a brief illness. He was 88.

The Prince George County resident enlisted in the Army in 1942 and joined the all-black fighter group that trained at the Tuskegee Institute in Alabama.

Baugh flew 135 combat missions as part of the 332nd Fighter Group’s 99th Fighter Squadron in Sicily, Italy, during World War II. During his career, he won the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Air Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters, the Air Force Commendation Medal and the Air Force Outstanding Unit Award. In 2004, he was awarded the French Legion of Honor.


Rest in Peace, Colonel Baugh…And thank you.

August 25, 2008 Posted by | hero | , , | 2 Comments

Way to go, Doc!

More at BBC NEWS | Health

A baby dying from kidney failure was saved when her doctor designed and built her a dialysis machine from scratch in his garage. Millie Kelly was too small for conventional NHS machines, so Dr Malcolm Coulthard and a colleague constructed a scaled-down version.

Two years later, her mother Rebecca says she is “fit as a fiddle”.

She, and Dr Coulthard, from Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary, now want the machine to be available to others.

August 5, 2008 Posted by | cool stuff, hero, Medical | , | Comments Off on Way to go, Doc!

You want fries with that?

A fish and chip shop owner has doused a would-be robber with batter to thwart an attempted robbery at Victor Harbour, south of Adelaide.

Police say a man armed with a sawn-off shotgun tried to rob the fish and chip shop yesterday evening. The would-be thief demanded cash but the shop owner threw hot oil and fish batter at him.

“The hot oil missed but the batter hit the offender and he fled empty-handed,” a police spokeswoman said.


July 28, 2007 Posted by | Crime, hero | Comments Off on You want fries with that?

Well, at least the pilot solved the problem

A Qatar sheikh held up a British Airways flight at Milan’s Linate airport for nearly three hours after discovering three of his female relatives had been seated next to men they did not know.

When none of the other business class passengers agreed to swap seats, the sheikh, a member of Qatar’s ruling family, went to the pilot, who had already started the engine, to complain, an airport official said. But the pilot ordered him and his travelling companions, the three women, two men, a cook and a servant, off the plane.

The London-bound flight took off nearly three hours behind schedule on Thursday evening and around 50 of the 115 passengers missed connecting flights.


July 28, 2007 Posted by | hero | 1 Comment