A sad bit of irony

November 30, 2013

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If you are into cars you probably know the
name Paul Walker from the “Fast and Furious”
movies. If you aren’t into cars, the movies
involved street racing.

Walker was killed earlier today when the
Porsche he was a passenger in crashed and
burst into flames in Valencia, California.

They were attending a charity event for
for his ‘Reach Out Worldwide’ organization.
Both Walker and the driver were killed.
Paul Walker was 40 years old.

He was working on another sequel in the
movie franchise at the time of his death.
We don’t know if racing was involved in
the crash.

crash

Go here for more pictures and
information. The picture above came from
the site.

Reminds one of James Dean, a sad day indeed.
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Little known facts

November 30, 2013

Since we have survived another Thanksgiving
we got to thinking about the answers to the
questions people never ask.

Since we had said answers left over from an
email a friend sent, we thought it would
be a good idea to share them.

Like, do you get confused over which Coke
sinks and which one floats? Worry no more.

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Ever wondered how loud it would get if every
shrimp snapped their claws at the same time?
Got you covered.

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How many times have we sat around the kitchen
table and asked “when did the last widow of
a Civil War veteran die?” Here’s the answer.

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And we’ll help put an end to all your
sleepless nights wondering about how crowded
Texas would be if the entire population of
our earth lived there.

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This one might be good to stump someone on
trivia night.

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And how many times have we talked about
insect wings?

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Of course wings remind us of a dream we once
had about giant mutant flying ants. This is
a little tamer.

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Will end with a baboon fact we didn’t know
about, learned at one point, and quickly forgot
until we looked at this picture again.

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And there are some useless facts, little
known oddities, and informational tidbits
you can do without. Don’t know about you,
but we feel smarter.
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Trains, cars, trucks and tractors

November 29, 2013

On Fridays we think of cars and other shiny
things, but today will be a little different.
We are going all video with the shiny things,
worthless facts, and useless trivia you don’t
care to know.

We will answer questions that have plagued
mankind since the beginning of the industrial
era.

This video answered a question we had been
pondering over for years; How do you avoid
getting hit by a train?

People seem to think accessories that are
available on our vehicles today are new while
some go back decades. This video from the 50s
show that decades take on self-parking cars.

Lets go back to 1953 and the very first NHRA
National event. The short video sure put a
smile on our face.

From Australia comes the World’s Toughest
Hilux. It is one mean little truck.

What happens when you pit an 850 horsepower
John Deere diesel-powered pulling tractor
against an 18 horsepower stream tractor?

If you like the rumble of open headers, here
are some Gassers at the Greer Dragway from
last August.

Think your spade bit is too slow and leaves
a rough edge? Bosch, and Home Depot may have
an answer for your problem.

Now if these questions come up at a party
you will have the answers. And Happy Birthday
Kenny!

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Happy Thanksgiving!

November 28, 2013

We want to wish everyone a very Happy Thanksgiving.

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Things you don’t need to know

November 27, 2013

A friend sent us an email about oddities
we probably don’t know about. We thank the
friend for sharing and the person who put
it together for doing so.

That said, here are some things you probably
didn’t know.

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We don’t know that these are all true,
but now you know.
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They are not crooks

November 26, 2013

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With the holidays almost upon us, the emails
about charities and how much does or does not
go to the cause will be sent.

You know, the ones that say the CEO of UNICEF
gets $1,200,000 per year plus use of a Rolls
Royce while only 14 cents of every dollar
donated goes to the cause.

And to donate to charities like the Salvation
Army because their Commissioner only makes
$13,000 per year while 96% of donated money
goes to the cause.

Let’s look at these and others using the IRS
efficiency method. This refers to the
percentage of the total budget/expenses that
a non-profit spends on providing charitable
programs or services.

American Red Cross:
the email said 39% of income goes to goods or
services, yet the IRS efficiency rating is
92%.

American Legion:
the email states the American Legion
Commander receives no salary, while the IRS
gives the group a 55% efficiency rating.

March of Dimes:
the email claims only a dime out of every
dollar goes towards goods or services, but
the IRS gives them a 64.6% efficiency rating.

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital:
the email claims 100% of donations goes to
their cause, the IRS gives them an efficiency
rating of 70.3%

And the charity that got the lowest rating?
Hold on to your hat, it was the Vietnam
Veterans of America with an efficiency rating
of 25%.

You can check these, and more, here.

So our advice would be to ignore the email
ratings, disregard the IRS rating, and give
to the charity that you believe in.
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Looking at cars that never were

November 25, 2013

Let’s hop on the FuturLiner bus and take an
online cruise to a virtual car show like no
other.

GM_FuturLiner

GM first started using the FuturLiners in
the 1940s to promote their Parade of Progress.
The Parade of Progress was started again in
1953.

Although the FuturLiner was built for GM we
will look at different makes also. The only
thing these cars have in common is that none
of them made it into production.

So here are some cars you may not have seen
for your consideration.

We’ll start with the 1951 Buick LeSabre.

51 LeSabre

Seen a 1952 Chrysler D’Elegance before?

D'Elegance

Or an unkown year Mecury D524?

D524

In 1953 Ford showed this X-100.

X-100

A 1954 DeSoto Adventurer II.

Adventurer

A 1955 Lincoln Futura.

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A 1956 Oldsmobile Golden Rocket.

rocket

The 1957 Chrysler Diablo.

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The very strange-looking 1958 Ford X-2000.

x-2000

The 1959 Cadillac Cyclone is another strange
one.

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And to end with something different, how
about a video from the 1920’s that tries
to predict what the future will look like.

I’m glad the prediction for the year 2000
was so far off. I can’t see me wearing a
crown and a robe with a utility belt.

Who says the 50’s were boring?
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