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Don’t Throw Anything Out Tomorrow!

explosion-firework-new-year-s-eve-december-31-SMALLSo here it is – the end of another year. As part of his work, a friend did some looking around for some safety tips as well as some New Year traditions of interest.


While staying safe on the road must be a high priority for New Year’s Eve revelers, it’s certainly not the only safety issue that you may confront as you ring in the New Year. However, with a little care and foresight, you can protect yourself from some of the more common New Year’s risks. Follow the tips below, and your biggest challenge on New Year’s Eve may be remembering all the words to “Auld Lang Syne.”

Partying – Ensure you have a designated driver for the night . . . even better, make arrangements to stay where you are celebrating New Year’s Eve. You may be in fine condition, but you don’t know about the driver next to you or around the corner.

Champagne Corks – You can avoid eye injuries and broken windows if you follow the advice of the American Academy of
Ophthalmology and remember the number 45. That is, you should chill your champagne to at least 45°F, as this will make the cork less likely to pop out unexpectedly, and you should hold the bottle at a 45-degree angle, pointing it away from yourself and others. Then, after removing the wire hood, place a towel over the top of the bottle and grasp the cork. With the bottle in one hand, slowly twist the cork, applying gentle upward pressure. When you feel the cork about to pop out, reverse pressure to a slight downward tilt. If all goes well, you’ll have a cork in one hand, a full bottle in the other, and no injuries in sight.

Fireworks – When it comes to explosives, follow the same rules on New Year’s Eve that you would any other time of the year: Leave it to the experts. The best way to enjoy fireworks is to watch a public exhibition from a safe distance. If you feel you must light your own fireworks never allow children to handle or light any kind of fireworks.

Firearms – It is a tradition for some to shoot firearms up in the air. This is a very bad idea, especially in populated areas as “what goes up, must come down. In 2002 for example, a 9-year-old boy was killed while celebrating Independence Day in Buena Park near Los Angeles from a stray bullet shot into the air.

Here are some traditions that people observe to ring in the New Year:

Kissing at midnight: We kiss those dearest to us at midnight not only to share a moment of celebration with our favorite people, but also to ensure those affections and ties will continue throughout the next twelve months. To fail to smooch our significant others at the stroke of twelve would be to set the stage for a year of coldness.
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Space Debris 1957 – 2015.

We are speechless on how much debris is in space that we as humans put there. Some / most / all will eventually be sucked back toward earth and burn up in the atmosphere, but that will take time.

Almost 20,000 pieces of space debris are currently orbiting the Earth. This visualisation, created by Dr Stuart Grey, lecturer at University College London and part of the Space Geodesy and Navigation Laboratory, shows how the amount of space debris increased from 1957 to 2015, using data on the precise location of each piece of junk ( from https://www.space-track.org ).




Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Logo History (1917-2015).

This is the type of thing that we know happens but are never sure of the history.

Obviously the logo of MGM has changed over the years, but by how much? Also, who had the job of making the lion growl? Imagine explaining that to your wife.

“Yeah honey, it’s a great gig. I make the lion roar while some guys stick a mic and a camera on his face! Cage? We don’t need no stinkin’ cage!”

▸ Movies featured in this video:
Polly of the Circus, Wild Oranges, He Who Gets Slapped, White Shadows in the South Seas, Star Night at the Cocoanut Grove, Quo Vadis, The Cobweb, Lust for Life, The Wings of Eagles, Raintree County, Poltergeist, Rocky 4 and Skyfall.
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Ain’t This The Truth.

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Courtesy of Safely Endangered.



“Safe Space.”

Another gem from A. F. Branco.

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(image courtesy of AF Branco at Cimically Incorrect.)


NASA Spacesuit Development.

NASA takes you on the journey engineers go through to make a spacesuit. What challenges must be overcome to build a spacesuit capable of withstanding the heat, cold and the extreme environment of space? Learn about the accomplishments achieved by humans working in space, and discover two new prototype spacesuits, the PXS and the Z-2, as NASA continues to build on a 50 year legacy of spacesuits and prepares the next generation of explorers for the Journey to Mars.

Bring Out The Bagpipes!

Somewhere over in Scotland it is alleged that a member of the Islamic faith was yelling using a bullhorn to broadcast what might be considered “hateful” words here in the US. Scotland and much of Europe makes the mere utterance of such messages to be illegal. So while in the US the person might be confronted by police for the volume at which he is broadcasting his message, in Europe he can be confronted and even arrested for the content of what he is saying.

It is unclear whether the people in the area are offended by the content or the volume of what the guy is saying, but in retaliation they launch one of the most singular, destructive, horrible weapons against the speaker.

They pull out bagpipes.

It is somewhat funny to watch the singular bagpiper walk out to the street playing as he goes along. We once heard a comedian describe bagpipes as “playing a kazoo through a vacuum cleaner.” He may have been right. It seems that enjoying the “pipes” is an acquired taste (much like haggis) but in this case, it was effective.





“I Dunna Tink Dat Word Means What You Tink It Means.”

One of the great lines from the movie “The Princess Bride” is when Indigo Montoya responds to Vizzini:

Vizzini: HE DIDN’T FALL? INCONCEIVABLE.
Inigo Montoya: You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.

Hillary Clinton doesn’t understand the meaning of the word “average” or doesn’t understand basic math. Maybe a little of both.

“This school district and these schools throughout Iowa are doing a better than average job,” Clinton told the crowd. “Now, I wouldn’t keep any school open that wasn’t doing a better than average job. If a school’s not doing a good job, then you know it may not be good for the kids.

“But when you have a district that’s doing a good job it seems kind of counterproductive to impose financial burdens on it.”

It appears Hillary doesn’t understand the meaning of the word “average.”
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