Paint Gun Tiger Tank


Roughly the size of a small car, Foster’s tank can reach speeds of around 20 mph with its three-cylinder diesel engine. Just like the real thing, the tank runs on treads and has a 360-degree cannon powered by compressed air from a scuba tank.

Its camouflaged plywood exterior has become a curious fixture at Foster’s Theta Xi fraternity house, where it is often parked next to a shed with a sign that reads “Panzer parking. Violators will be totaled.”

A builder and tinkerer since he made his first tree house at age 9, the Annapolis, Md., native came up with his first designs for the tank when he was 14.

Vest Test: 1923

From Shorpy:

September 13, 1923. Washington, D.C. “W.H. Murphy of the Protective Garment Corp. of New York stood less than ten feet from [Frederick County, Md.] Deputy Sheriff Charles W. Smith in police headquarters Wednesday and let the deputy fire a .38 caliber revolver straight at his chest. When the bullet hit, Murphy never batted an eye.

(via PCL Linkdump)

Jesus Appears in a Spoon

Journalism at its finest

MARSHALL COUNTY, Kentucky – People can buy just about anything on the Internet these days, but it takes something very unusual to make headlines.

It takes something special for it to sell for a whole lot of money.

However, one Marshall County, Kentucky man says he has something you’ll take a second look at and might even want to buy. It’s a spoon featuring a divine image.

JW Davis says this image has people talking.

“I have a spoon with the image of Jesus Christ on it,” said Davis.

That’s right, Jesus Christ.

Davis says look closely and you’ll see the robe, the beard and the eyes.

“And he appears to be looking up” exclaims Davis.

The spoon is now for sale on eBay but Davis doesn’t have a clue how much it may go for.

Mimosa pudica ‘The Sensitive Plant’

I’ve been growing this unusual plant for a couple of months. The Sensitive plant (Mimosa pudica L.) is a creeping annual or perennial herb often grown for its curiosity value: the compound leaves fold inward and droop when touched, re-opening within minutes. Mimosa pudica is native to Brazil, but is now a pantropical weed. Other names given to this curious plant are TickleMe Plant, Humble plant, Shame plant, Sleeping grass, Prayer Plant, Touch-me-not, Makahiya (Philippines, meaning “shy”), Mori Vivi (West Indies), mate-loi (false death) (Tonga). The Chinese name for this plant translates to “shyness grass”. The species epithet, pudica, is Latin for “bashful” or “shrinking”. Because of its curious nature and easy procreation. Its Sinhala name is Nidikumba, where ‘nidi’ means ‘sleep’.

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Daily Dose of Ingersoll


When the clergy are caught, they give a different meaning to
the words and say the world was not made in seven days. They say
“good whiles” — “epochs.”

And in this same Confession of Faith and in this creed they
say that the Lord’s day is holy — every seventh day. Suppose you
lived near the North Pole where the day is three months long. Then
which day would you keep? If you could get to the South Pole you
could prevent Sunday from ever overtaking you. You could walk
around the other way faster than the world could revolve. How would
you keep Sunday then? Suppose we invent something that can go one
thousand miles an hour? We can chase Sunday clear around the globe.
Is there anything that can be more perfectly absurd than that a
space of time can be holy? You might as well talk about a virtuous
vacuum. We are now told that the Bible is not a scientific book,
and that after all we cannot depend on what God said four thousand
years ago — that his ways are not as our ways — that we must
accept without evidence, and believe without understanding.

Robert Green Ingersoll – “Orthodoxy”(1884)