The Flying Luxury Hotel

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This is not a Blimp. It’s a sort of flying Queen Mary 2 that could change the way you think about air travel. It’s the Aeroscraft, and when it’s completed, it will ferry pampered passengers across continents and oceans as they stroll leisurely about the one-acre cabin or relax in their well-appointed staterooms.

Unlike its dirigible ancestors, the Aeroscraft is not lighter than air. Its 14 million cubic feet of helium hoist only two thirds of the craft’s weight. The rigid and surprisingly aerodynamic body—driven by huge rearward propellers—generates enough additional lift to keep the behemoth and its 400-ton payload aloft while cruising. During takeoff and landing, six turbofan jet engines push the ship up or ease its descent.

(Thanks Jabberwocky)

Mail Call

One of the things about having a link blog with a variety of topics that come up in a Google search is that you get email from the media asking for more info on certain posts.

I am currently working on a new daytime television talk show to be hosted by Food Network Queen Rachael Ray. It is set to air in September 2006. We are looking to do a segment on the worst gifts that people have ever received. While doing research on this topic, I came upon your website and I noticed some interesting stories posted on the worst gifts ever received. These types of stories are exactly what we are looking for.

I was hoping you might be able to help me out by passing on my information to the people who made submissions on your website. We would need people that would be interested in attending a taping of the show and sharing their story with Racheal Ray. You can find more info. about the show at rachaelrayshow.com.

Any letters, photos, and videos (VHS or DVD) can be sent to:
note *(photos/ videos will not be returned)

Attention: Paul Imbro
c/o King World Productions
222 east 44th st. 4th fl.
New York, NY 10017

pimbro@kingworld.com

I think he’s talking about this post from December 2004 when I received a rubberband ball as a gift from a fellow coworker. If you want a chance to be on Rachel Ray’s by sharing a story of a horrible gift you received, now’s your chance. It wouldn’t be the first time one of the readers of this blog made it on television.

Proposal to Implant Tracking Chips in Immigrants

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Oh boy.

Scott Silverman, Chairman of the Board of VeriChip Corporation, has proposed implanting the company’s RFID tracking tags in immigrant and guest workers. He made the statement on national television earlier this week.

Silverman was being interviewed on “Fox & Friends.” Responding to the Bush administration’s call to know “who is in our country and why they are here,” he proposed using VeriChip RFID implants to register workers at the border, and then verify their identities in the workplace. He added, “We have talked to many people in Washington about using it….”

Woman Hit By Lightning While Praying

From WSBTV.com:

DAPHNE, Ala. — Worried about the safety of her family during a stormy Memorial Day trip to the beach, Clara Jean Brown stood in her kitchen and prayed for their safe return as a strong thunderstorm rumbled through Baldwin County, Alabama.

But while she prayed, lightning suddenly exploded, blowing through the linoleum and leaving a blackened area on the concrete. Brown wound up on the floor, dazed and disoriented by the blast but otherwise uninjured.

This is my favorite part of the story:

She said ‘Amen’ and the room was engulfed in a huge ball of fire. The 65-year-old Brown said she is blessed to be alive.

No, the people whose houses were not blown to smithereens by the wrath of God are blessed. A blast of lightning that throws you to the floor is God telling you to STFU with the praying every minute.

(Thanks James)