Sunday, June 26, 2011

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Here is an interesting bit of history for you. They have just rotated and set the Civil War Confederate sub upright for the first time since in sank in 1864. It was found laying on its side at a 45% angle when it was discovered 11 years ago. Conservationists carefully suspended it in slings in that same position while attempting the conservation of the hull. They are now at a point where they have finally righted it and can examine the hidden part of the hull for clues as to what caused it to sink with all hands.

The CSS Hunley was the first submarine in history to successfully attack and sink and enemy vessel (the Union ship, USS Hustonic). When found the crew were still at their stations and appeared to have died from lack of oxygen. There are several theories about the sinking, the most accepted is that the concussion from the explosion in the Hustonic may have knocked the crew out and caused the submarine to sink.


The First Lady is a driving force in getting us all to eat healthy foods, but she is apparently human too. While answering questions on her trip to South Africa one young person asked what her favorite food is, the anti-obesity champion answered -French Fries.


Here is a bizarre story from Mediaite. Fagilyu Mukhametzyanov, a Russian woman died…at her own funeral. According to the story, Mukhametzyanov was incorrectly declared dead at a hospital in Kazan. She woke up to find herself surrounded by mourners and being prepared for burial. This caused such a fright that she ended up having a heart attack.


Tourists got a show that was a little too real. More than 100 people attended a show staged by the Dakota Wild Bunch re-enactors, who perform several times a week in Hill City, a tourist town in the Black Hills. One of the participants in a mock Old West gun battle in South Dakota fired live ammunition instead of using blanks, wounding three tourists. The ammunition shattered a 65-year-old Minnesota woman's fibula, a bone in the lower leg. A 48-year-old Pennsylvania man and a 52-year-old Nebraska man were also wounded.


No surprise here. A mobile phone of Usama bin Laden's trusted courier recovered in the U.S. raid last month that killed both men in Pakistan contained contacts to a militant group that is a longtime asset of Pakistan's intelligence agency and furthers the suspicion that Bin Laden was being helped and/or protected by people in Pakistan’s Intelligence Service. –With allies like that, who needs enemies?

Live Long and Prosper.....

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