Cosmic Debris

Aircraft Mechanic, Navy vet (Aviation), Musician, Metal head, Amateur Artist

Last update
2020-11-26 18:16:15

    Agatha Christie with a dog-restraining device, ca. 1940.

    Humans domesticated dogs thousands of years ago, but it took until the 1940s for someone to create this mechanical monstrosity: An extendable arm to restrain man’s best friend. It’s the quintessential invention that we didn’t need because Mary Delaney had patented the idea for a dog leash some 40 years earlier in 1908. The contraption is both bulky and flawed. The dog’s ribs would get squished by the pincher-like restrainer and, depending on the dog’s size, it would be difficult to contain the animal. For the sake of the dog and its owner, hope this dog restraint failed to make it past the prototype stage.

    (BIPS/Getty Images)


    Perfect for those occasions when you need to smash your dogs guts

    Pogo Moose Incident - Fairbanks, Alaska. Crews were laying new power cables which were strung on the ground for miles. The moose are rutting right now and very agitated. He was thrashing around and got his antlers stuck in the cables. When the men (miles away) began pulling the lines up with their big equipment, the moose went up with them. They noticed excess tension in the lines and went searching for the problem. He was still alive when they lowered him to the ground. He was a huge 60 inch bull and slightly teed off!



         ….the USS Constellation (FFG 62)-class guided-missile frigate….

              …..with up to 20 versatile warships planned….

                   …..by the United States Navy and Congress….

    The USSConstellation (FFG-62)-class frigate program, previously known as the FFG(X) program, is a Navy initiative to build a class of 20 guided-missile frigates (FFGs).

    The United States Congress funded the procurement of the first FFG-62 class ship in FY2020 at a cost of $1.3 billion. The Navy’s proposed FY2021 budget requests $1.1 billion for the procurement of the second FFG-62 class ship. The Navy estimates that subsequent ships in the class will cost roughly $940 million each.

    The versatile frigates will be able to operate independently or as part of an aircraft carrier strike group. It’s a multi-mission small surface combatant designed to conduct anti-air warfare (AAW), anti-surface warfare (ASUW), anti-submarine warfare (ASW), and electromagnetic warfare (EMW) operations.

    The ships are expected to begin entering the active Fleet in the late 2020s….and throughout the 2030s. These small, but very capable, warships will fill an important gap as the somewhat star-crossed Independence-class and Freedom-class littoral combat ships are phased out from Fleet service.


    >>Top image: artist’s conception


    Like a slightly scaled down F-100 frigate.


    Well, I think this will be the 4th iteration of the Constellation in the fleet. Interesting they went from an aircraft carrier to a whole class of frigates this time. It originally entered the fleet in 1797 as a 38 gun frigate, then a sloop of war and then an aircraft carrier and now back to a frigate.


    October 1965, CDR Clarence W. Stoddard, Jr., Executive Officer of VA-25 “Fist of the Fleet”, flying an A-1H Skyraider, NE/572 “Paper Tiger II” from Carrier Air Wing Two aboard USS Midway carried a special bomb to the North Vietnamese in commemoration of the 6-millionth pound of ordnance dropped. This bomb was unique because of the type… It was a toilet!


    Sometimes I miss being in the Navy lol


    Never have bananas been so helpless as in this 1970s monstrosity. Originally published in McCall’s Great American Recipe Card Collection from 1973, this oddity finally marries bananas to ham, with a slathering of lemon juice, mustard and hollandaise sauce for a piping-hot, potassium-rich nightmare straight out of the oven.

    Ham and Bananas Hollandaise is a dish perfectly attached to the era in which it was invented, as America was staring down its bicentennial and was feeling insecure thanks to the Vietnam War quagmire and ever-present gas shortages.

    This dish and others during that same time like Crown Roast of Frankfurters, Hot Tuna and Egg Buns and Spaghetti-O Jello, was the culinary equivalent to mid-life crisis—super embarrassing for everyone except the poor soul locked in the deeply emotional turmoil of advancing age. Now, Ham and Bananas Hollandaise only resides in old, sticky recipe books and in the haunted memories of your grandparents as a misguided attempt to impress dinner party guests.

    Go here for the recipe


    My god....what kind of eldritch horror is this??