Honda claims lawn mower top speed record…

Ok, all you yard warriors… You think you have a fast lawn mower or wish you had a mower that moved out just a little bit faster?  Check this out…

Honda’s UK division has set a lawn mower top speed record at 116.57 mph.  Not with one of its showroom models, but a custom “Mean Mower” that’s powered by the 1.0-liter engine from a Honda motorcycle that makes it nearly seven times more powerful than the factory machine it’s based on.

It’s also been fitted with a six-speed transmission, racing seat, high performance ATV tires, the steering rack from a Morris Minor automobile and a fiberglass cutting deck to reduce weight.

It cuts grass, but not quite as fast. The blade is now powered by electric motors that allow it to be used up to 15 mph – twice as fast as the consumer version of the mower.

Being a functional grass cutter was a requirement to qualify for the Guinness-recognized world record, which was achieved on tarmac at a test track in Spain. The bag, however, is just for show and houses the fuel tank.

Sadly for those stuck on weekend chore duty, the “Mean Mower” is not heading to production.

As for the previous record holder, Georgia’s Bobby Cleveland, he tells FoxNews.com that he thinks what Honda did was great, but isn’t terribly impressed.

His points out that his souped-up 96.53 mph Snapper used only real lawnmower parts and that he set his record at a power-reducing altitude of 4,000 feet on the low traction surface of the Bonneville Salt Flats, and he’d like to see Honda do the same.

SOURCE – Foxnews.com

 

Launch code for US nukes was 00000000 for 20 years!

dohFriends, I have previously written about some close calls with our nukes.  It seems now that for two decades, all the Minuteman nuclear missiles in the US used the same eight-digit numeric passcode to enable their warheads: 00000000.

That fact, originally revealed in a column in 2004 by then-president of the Center for Defense Information Dr. Bruce G. Blair, a former US Air Force officer who manned Minuteman silos, was also mentioned in a paper by Steven M. Bellovin, a computer science professor at Columbia University who teaches security architecture. Both of these sources were cited this week in an article on the site Today I Found Out written by  Karl Smallwood, as well as in an article in the UK’s Daily Mail.

The codes, known as Permissive Action Links (PALs), were supposed to prevent the use of nuclear weapons—and the nuclear weapons under joint control with NATO countries in particular—without the authorization of the president of the United States. The need for such controls became clear during the 1963-1964 Cyprus crisis, when NATO members Turkey and Greece were reportedly seeking control of NATO nuclear weapons—to use on each other.

At least that’s the way it was supposed to work, following an executive order from President John F. Kennedy. But at the time of the Cuban Missile Crisis, more than half of the missiles in Europe, including those in Turkey, lacked PAL controls. And while Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara directly oversaw the installation of PALs on the US-based ICBM arsenal, US Strategic Command generals almost immediately had the PAL codes all reset to 00000000 to ensure that the missiles were ready for use regardless of whether the president was available to give authorization.  WTF?

SOURCE – Ars Technica

Widow Sleeps With Dead Husband’s Decomposing Corpse…

Friends, my ‘weird-$hit-o-meter’ kicked up a few notches when I read this… A woman had been sleeping next to her dead husband’s decomposed corpse for one year until authorities made the grisly discovery.  Damn! a year!  Apparently, 79-year-old “Marcel H.” from Liege, Belgium, died back in November 2012 of an asthma attack, according to Carters News Agency. His wife was so upset that she failed to report the death and continued to sleep with the body until Belgian authorities made the bizarre discovery.  They were led to the apartment because the landlord claimed the couple hadn’t paid their rent since last year. Neighbors never reported a bad smell. The body had mummified.  Nasty!, just nasty…

“A body can mummify in a dry, warm environment,” Philippe Boxho, pathologist at the Forensic Center of Liege told Carters. “It takes at least a week to reach such a state. In this case the body had rotten [sic] in the bed [and] his internal organs had melted and liquefied. … Even though the smell of human decay is quite specific, many people equate that smell to the smell of garbage and once the body has become rotten the smell does decrease significantly.”

You may have heard people say that ‘…you need to just let go…’; this is one of those times.  Put the dude in the ground for christ sake…

SOURCE – Huffington Post (GRAPHIC IMAGES)

Skydiving Planes Collide – Son!

This can't be good...

This can’t be good…

Two Wisconsin skydiving planes collided in mid-air as a helmet camera captured the scene.  Video of the incident, showing skydivers jumping in droves to safety on Saturday while one plane breaks apart in a fireball 12,000 feet above the ground.  It could have been worse – how ’bout 500 feet over an abandoned airfield in Gadsden, AL with swarming redneck armed with shotguns… Oh, wait… that’s another story.  Nine skydivers and two pilots were on board the two craft. All survived what could have been a fatal disaster.  Did I say Son?  Son!

“We were just a few seconds away from having a normal skydive when the trail plane came over the top of the lead aircraft and came down on top of it,” Mike Robinson, a skydiving instructor and safety supervisor, said. “It turned into a big flash fireball and the wing separated.”  Time to exit quick, fast and in a hurry!

Video shows chaos and panic during what was supposed to be the last dive of the day.  As two skydivers prepare to jump in a formation, another plane comes up from underneath them and the two aircraft collide. One man can be heard screaming “No!” as he jumps and tumbles through the air. The other skydivers follow suit.

“All of us knew we had a crash,” Robinson said. “The wing over our head was gone, so we just left.”

The divers opened their chutes and all landed safely. The pilot of the plane that caught on fire deployed an emergency parachute and glided safely to the ground as debris came crashing down.  The pilot of the second plane was able to safely land the aircraft despite damage to the propeller and wing.  The FAA is investigating the crash.

SOURCE – Huffington Post

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