Weekend Open Thread

| November 25, 2022

Hoping that everybody’s Thanksgiving dinner, and the rest of their holiday, was enjoyable. If you have leftovers still, use the water spraying trick to get the “fresh from the oven” taste. Enjoy the rest of the weekend!

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Second….DAMN IT!!

just a short and curly….

Have a lovely weekend all.


Last edited 1 year ago by ChipNASA

yeah buddy

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Mrs. GB and I are fighting a bug. Staying indoors, sleeping a lot, eating occasionally.

Nonetheless, y’all have a great weekend, and stay healthy.


Two fingers sippin’ whisky, juice of half a lemon, tablespoon or so of honey. Zap in the microwave 10-15 seconds. Sip, inhale, relax.
Won’t cure ya but you won’t care.

e. conboy

Sorry, Hope this passes soon.


BAM BAM BAM BAM FIRE MISSION FIRE MISSION FIRE MISSION A Time on Target QUAD 4 Battalion Fire by the Battery Fire Mission for the King Of Battle…THE King of First. Gun Bunnies RULE. FOUR in a Row of EARNED NEVER AWARDED FIRSTs on the Vaunted TAH Open Thread…with a 2fer on the Highly Coveted Friday Weekend Open Thread. WOT, MOT, HOT, and repeat WOT. A plethora of snacky stuff including, but not limited to, grilled porked chops, biscotti, pizza, hot wings, Peanut Butter Pie, and naturally, full access to the well stocked Top Shelf Class VI Supplies. Have the use of my Zippo to light these Ybor City Cuban Rounds.

I dedicate and present this Honor to our very own OAM in appreciation of who she is and what she means to us all.

Only Army Mom

I gratefully and humbly accept this dedication as this is the closest I’m likely to ever get to claiming a HOT, MOT or WOT First.

I swear, my intentions and interest are there each week, but my schedule never allows me to even come close. But that’s okay, the jockeying and bragging crack me up each week.

Commissioner Wretched

Damn if the Gun Bunny didn’t get FIRST again! In his honor, then, here’s your day-after-Thanksgiving trivia. Enjoy! Also, note that most papers carrying this silly stuff do so before Thursday.

Why did the British suppress everything about a famous surgeon after his death in 1865?
By Commissioner Wretched

Thanksgiving is this week.

This is not news to any of us, but if you know a turkey, you might want to convince that fellow to hide.

Come to think of it, that may explain why I’m getting so much advice like that.

With the holiday coming Thursday, I want to wish you and all of yours a wonderful Thanksgiving. May you get all you want, and enjoy all you get.

Spend time with your families and make it a safe holiday. And read on for some trivia you can share at the dinner table!

Commissioner Wretched

Did you know …

… a sizeable amount of the world’s fresh water is held in glaciers and ice sheets? The U.S. Geological Service has estimated that up to 69% of the world’s supply of fresh water is frozen in glaciers in the Northern Hemisphere and ice sheets in Antarctica. (Water, water, everywhere … and plenty of ice, too.)

… new parents get very little sleep? If you’ve had kids, you already know that. But a study showed that a new baby costs parents about 750 hours of sleep in the first year. (And you’ll spend 750 years trying to catch up on that sleep, too.)

Commissioner Wretched

… only one basketball coach in the history of the University of Kansas has a career losing record? That one coach was Dr. James Naismith (1861-1939), who just so happened to invent the game of basketball. His record as the (obviously) first basketball coach of the Jayhawks is a less-than-inspiring 55-60 over his nine-year term. (I’m sure there’s a meaning in the man who invented the game not having a winning record, but I don’t want to spend the time trying to find it.)

… nine-banded armadillos always have quadruplets? They’re all identical, too. (I’m not sure how you’d tell the difference anyway.)

… it is against the law in Switzerland to mow your lawn on a Sunday? You also cannot drop glass bottles and cans into public recycling bins. It’s too noisy, and the Swiss love their quiet Sundays. (Don’t we all?)

… the word “phonetic” is not phonetic? (‘Nuff said.)

Hack Stone

As to (see what Hack did there?) phonetic, reminds Hack when he does an auto sort on his spreadsheets alphanumerically, why do the numbers come first?

Commissioner Wretched

… a famous British army surgeon had his works suppressed for over a century? Dr. James Barry (1789-1865) graduated from school at age 22 and became one of the most distinguished surgeons in the British Army. In Africa, Barry performed one of the first successful caesarian section births in which both mother and baby survived. Barry was named Inspector General of Hospitals for Canada in 1857 and made numerous improvements for the treatment of the poor. But after Barry died of dysentery in 1865, the British Army shut down all access to anything Barry had done – because Barry wasn’t who everyone thought he was. In fact, Barry wasn’t even a “he.” Barry was actually Margaret Ann Bulkley, who had spent her entire life disguised as a man.

Commissioner Wretched

… the human nervous system is fast? It really is. How fast? Messages from the brain move at a speed of 300 feet per second. Since most people are between five and seven feet tall, that means the messages move like lightning. (And sometimes they feel like lightning, too.)

… a mummy was usually a guest at an Egyptian banquet? When the priests of ancient Egypt held a banquet, huge amounts of food were prepared for the guests. But before the meal began, a large mummy was carried into the feasting chamber and propped up at the table. The reason? So all in attendance could see it, as a reminder that even while people enjoyed their pleasures, death was always near. (You have to admire the subtlety of that.)


The brain messaging speed is impressive. 300 fps is ~ 3/10,000,000th the speed of light. I’m glad I can’t think quicker than 300 fps.

Commissioner Wretched

… professional hockey’s major trophy is named after a man who never played the game? The Stanley Cup, the season-long goal of all National Hockey League teams, was named after Sir Frederick Arthur Stanley (1841-1908), who served as Governor General of Canada from 1888 to 1893. Stanley was a huge fan of hockey, even though he never played the game. He presented a trophy to be contested by the best amateur hockey teams in Canada, and that amateur association became the National Hockey League in 1917. (We all have to be remembered for something, don’t we?)

… a famous writer of spy novels also wrote a children’s book? Ian Fleming (1908-1964), creator of James Bond, Agent 007, was also the author of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Fleming based the book on bedtime stories he told to his son Caspar (1952-1975). The book served as the inspiration for the 1968 movie of the same name. (“Bang. Chitty Bang. Shaken, not stirred.”)

Hack Stone

And not many people know that the automobile in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is now in possession of a Vice President of a proud but humble woman owned business that sells software to the federal government formerly located in Bethesda Maryland, and it is his sole source of transportation.

President Elect Toxic Deplorable Racist SAH Neande

I have a copy of that book….stored somewhere. First edition? Need to find it.
The Disneyfied song-and-dance version sucked. Nothing against Dick van Dyke. This was a case of a mismatched book vs script & actor.
Yeah, the term “Disneyfied” is not a compliment.

Commissioner Wretched

… a signer of the Declaration of Independence freed his slave the day he signed it? William Whipple (1730-1785) was one of the New Hampshire delegates to sign the Declaration of Independence, and upon doing so, he freed his sole slave Prince Whipple (1750-1796). William Whipple felt he could not in good conscience fight for freedom while at the same time hold another man in bondage.

… the creator of a series of children’s horror novels used to write jokes? R.L. Stine (born 1943), whose series of Goosebumps teen horror novels has enthralled millions of young readers, got his start in writing by creating jokes for the inside wrappers of Bazooka™ bubble gum. (The scary jokes, of course.)

Hack Stone

The only Bazooka Joe comic strip Hack Stone found amusing.

Bazooka Joe and another individual are involved in an automobile collision.

Bazillion Joe: What do we do?

Other Guy: We exchange names.

Bazooka Joe: But I like my name.

They don’t write them like that anymore.

Commissioner Wretched

… an engineer has developed what may be the safest method of air travel? Volodymyr Tatarenko (born 1939), a retired Ukrainian engineer, has designed an airplane which has a detachable passenger cabin. In the event of an in-flight emergency, the passenger cabin can be detached from the fuselage of the aircraft and descend to Earth on parachutes. (Now that’s an idea whose time has come!)

Now … you know!


Another fine job, CW. Baby Girl and her soccer mom buds sent some coin of the realm to the Zon 4 yours tomes. Trivia and sci-fi

Commissioner Wretched

I am indeed honored, King! Please let me know how they like ’em. And thank them for me!


I would imagine that the jettison hardware would add a huge amount of weight to it. It would probably be cheaper to just put chutes on the jets that can be deployed should something go awry during the flight. They are doing that with small personal planes now.

Green Thumb

This is, what, the third open thread in as many days?

But that’s cool.

Is gives me another opportunity to point out that The False Commander “Phony” Phil Monkress (CEO of All-Points Logistics based in Merritt Island, Florida) works balls in the hall with a man named Paul-mer (of the ballsack) while avoiding calls seeking clarification of his highly questionable and potentially felonious Native American, Navy SEAL and Law Enforcement claims.

All the while Lori Benton looks on…..


Yes, yes, yes, yes, and YES! But there is this…A certain Benasty wannabe lawer pile-it is still maintaining a minus 6’ AGL.


That was fun. Next.


Never fails to bring a tear my eye and a smile to my Irish heart!


Don’t forget Lemmy!


Mrs. GB watched over my shoulder.
Walked away shaking her head.


If you are going to sling Dropkick than go with the spirit of us who like a wee dram now and again.


Never saw it before. That was cute.

Hack Stone

Hack Stone would have checked in earlier, but it is Black Friday, so he and Psaul of The Ballsack were at the River Road exit of the Capital Beltway selling outdated and overpriced Red Hat Software to motorists. We made zero sales, but Psaul found a dead raccoon on the shoulder of the road, so we dined al fresco.


What? No ballsack action behind the dumpsters at the truckstop?


And y’all know easily-butthurt Leftists:


Please don’t get run over in a shopping stampede. Ain’t no way to go out of this world.

All Black Friday Lives Matter.

jeff LPH 3 63-66

In between 26th and 28th


AW1 Rod reminds us 10 December is coming.

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It’s as if AW1 didn’t get the op-order…

A Proud Infidel®™

Top Thirty and Guess what? Yes, I award myself Honorary First once again.


Daisy Cutter

I identify with being first, therefore appropriate it.

My preferred pronouns are “me” and “I.”


Besig, tie your aunt into a chair and make her watch “2000 Miles.”


Effing auto correct—“Mules,” dammit. These Apple Progs!


Holy cow, only 41 comments which makes me the forty twooth poster here !!!
It ain’t first, but it proves that my Black Friday Birthday made it through yet another trip around the beautiful Star we call the Sun.
Happy Birthday to me !!!
I doubt anyone here will be singing it to me so I figgered, oh what the Hell.

e. conboy

Happy Birthday! 🎂

Hack Stone