Scale Model of the US Government

February 9, 2016 at 3:52 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

From a display at Cotton Ginning Days in Dallas, NC. It is powered by a 1920’s vintage hit and miss engine, and doesn’t do anything except make noise and lots of lost motions.

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THE NEWS

Odd news from around the world

Airline fears photography: “A man claims that Virgin Australia staff called the police after he took a photo of a line of people waiting for assistance at Melbourne Airport. Richard Lipp, a photographer, said that he was on board a plane heading to Byron Bay in northern New South Wales, when his flight was turned back to Melbourne due to bad weather. When the plane arrived back at Melbourne Airport, the photographer said that around 200 passengers had to queue for assistance to get accommodation and new flights. ‘When I took a photo to document this fact for Virgin head office, I was confronted, bullied and then had the Federal Police called because I wouldn’t delete a photo of the general area with people’s backs turned to me,’ Mr Lipp said. The photographer said that he was confronted by a Virgin ground crew member soon after taking the photo. The photographer then inserted more footage of ground crew asking him to delete the photo into his video.”

Lack of sleep makes us more likely to own up to things we HAVEN’T done: “A staggering 25 per cent of wrongful convictions in the US are said to have been made using false confessions. Law enforcement officers have been known to deprive suspects of sleep while they carry out their investigations, and now a study has found a link between tiredness and fake statements. Researchers have found that people are more likely to own up to something they haven’t done if they’re lacking in sleep, than those who are fully rested. They examined whether the likelihood of a false confession is increased by sleep deprivation, which interferes with the ability to anticipate the consequences of one’s actions.”

Florida man ‘tosses a three foot alligator through Wendy’s drive-thru window’: “An alligator was thrown through the drive-thru window of a Florida Wendy’s much to the horror of staff. The suspect, identified as 23-year-old Joshua James, was picking up his order at the window of the Royal Palm Beach location before grabbing a three-and-a-half foot alligator from the back of his truck. After receiving his drink he allegedly tossed the reptile through the window while the server was turned around, according to a Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Incident report. A photo from the incident shows the alligator looking out from a corner of the kitchen of the fast-food restaurant. Surveillance video led to his arrest. James has been charged with aggravated assault and unlawful possession and transportation of an alligator.”

The megamouth fish: Giant ‘oar-like’ mouth of Rhinconichthys allowed it to scoop up vast quantities of plankton: “It is one of the oddest looking fish ever seen. An international team of scientists have discovered two new plankton-eating fossil fish species of the genus called Rhinconichthys from the oceans of the Cretaceous Period, about 92 million years ago, when dinosaurs roamed the planet. Measuring about 6.5 feet long, it feasted on plankton using its giant ‘oar like’ mouth from the oceans of the Cretaceous Period, about 92 million years ago, when dinosaurs roamed the planet. Rhinconichthys belongs to an extinct bony fish group called pachycormids, which contains the largest bony fish ever to have lived. According to Shimada, one pair of bones called hyomandibulae formed a massive oar-shaped lever to protrude and swing the jaws open extra wide, like a parachute, in order to receive more plankton-rich water into its mouth, similar to the way many sharks open their mouth.”

Giant rabbit: “This is the monster-sized rabbit who is on the look-out for a loving new home in Scotland. The continental giant rabbit – appropriately named Atlas – could no longer be taken care of by his former owner. And staff at the SPCA’s centre in Glasgow have taken the seven-month-old in until they can find him a new home. Anna O’Donnell, the centre’s manager, thinks Atlas will be a great pet for any potential owner. She said: ‘Atlas is already about the size of a westie [west highland terrier] and is still young with some growing to do. ‘He is a very friendly rabbit who loves attention and getting cuddles. ‘Atlas is also an inquisitive boy who makes everyone laugh with his mischievous character.’ She added: ‘We are looking for a specific home for Atlas due to his breed and size. A standard rabbit hutch won’t do so his new owner will need plenty of space for him.”

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