OPEN THREAD 20200330

Basically, all legal free speech is allowed. We will assist the authorities in dealing with illegal speech. You are each other’s moderators. Have fun. And don’t forget to MAGA at nuclear levels.

After going through the elements, we now enjoy a sequence of RANDOM somewhat pseudo-random topics that will be thrown out for investigation and commentary on each open thread. At some point, in a way something like composite numbers, I will accidentally hit a second occurrence of one of them – that’s just normal.

Have fun!

Citizen U

(a.k.a. W on the OTHER site)

Day 145 – The .30-30 Rifle and Cartridge

13 thoughts on “OPEN THREAD 20200330

  1. The Winchester Model 1894 is yet another firearm designed by John Moses Browning (PBUH) of Ogden, Utah. This was probably not developed in his 6700 square foot mansion that sold in 2011 for about $350,000 — that was built in 1900. This was likely developed in his prior home. It is a lever-action rifle originally chambered for the .32-40 Winchester and .38-55 Winchester black powder cartridges.

    It was licensed to the Winchester company while Sarah Winchester was building the infamous “Mystery House” a few blocks from where I live. (It was constructed and reconstructed from 1886-1922). https://winchestermysteryhouse.com/sarahs-story/ .

    One of the “big things” at the time was the development of “smokeless powder” or guncotton — nitrated cellulose. By weight, this was three times as explosive, and produced a small percentage of the smoke that black powder did. Of course, by modern measures, it smokes a whole lot……but was advertised as “smokeless”. And Winchester decided to market their 1895 30-30 cartridge with smokeless powder especially for that rifle.

    Winchester stopped making the rifle in 2006. They still make the ammo. And nobody uses the .32-40 Winchester and .38-55 Winchester black powder ammo any more.

    A couple of other fun links — Jules Verne’s “From the Earth to the Moon” was published in 1865 and made a big deal about the technical possibilities opened by using nitrocellulose — and original celluloid movie film had images printed on a nitrocellulose backing. This is why film reels were in metal film cans and kept in magazines — many cities would conduct annual demonstrations where a film reel was placed in the middle of a field, enough film unspooled to reach the edge of the field, and the end of the film lit.

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  2. Leading off with one that is just so strained, it gets a gold star for effort —

    An electrical engineer is wrongly accused of a crime.
    His name is Myto and he swears he did not kill anybody. However, all the evidence points to him. Of course, he gets 25 years in prison.

    When he gets to prison, he meets his bunkmate, Big Joel. Now, contrary to what you may think, Big Joel was not a rapist. In fact, he was the nicest man Myto had ever met. Big Joel helped him through his day, showing him where to eat, shower, and work out. Myto woke up every morning and had a Chocolate Brownie for breakfast. The only brownies the prison sold were from a strange company called Dria.

    Every night, however, Myto noticed something. The power always went out at exactly 9 PM. Being an electrical engineer, Myto decided to find out why this was the case. He asked his bunkmate, Big Joel why this happened. Big Joel shook his head and sighed. “Don’t know why it’s got to be this way. It just do. Power goes out every night at 9.” Myto was perplexed. He resolved to fix this issue using all his electrical engineering prowess. He realized that by using the strange brownies made by Dria, he could make a con brownie. He hid a very powerful battery that he stole from the guards and hooked it up to the wires of his cell. To his delight, the cell lit up!

    Of course, this didn’t sit well with the other prisoners. Why was Myto and Big Joel’s cell lighting up even after nine PM? One of the prisoners came up to Big Joel and asked him how the hell their cell was still lighting up. Big Joel promptly replied:

    Well, everyone knows Myto’s con Dria is the powerhouse of the cell

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      1. Funny, there were 10 comments before this one, and I would have thought that five others would have a much more warranted “YIKES!”…..still, I’ll take what I get…..

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  3. A man’s wife is in labor and they rush to the hospital around midday.

    When they get there, the doctors inform the Man that they have experimental machines to wirelessly transfer some of the pain of childbirth to the father of the child.

    Then man, being a tough guy, agrees to bear some of the burden for his wife.

    They start at the lowest setting of 1% because the doctors warn the man that child birthing is painful. No problem at 1% the man says, you can go higher.

    5%. Still nothing. 10%. The man still doesn’t feel anything and his wife is starting to get relief. 20%. Still nothing.

    He tells them to crank it up to 50%. The man still doesn’t feel any pain. His wife is really getting relief and the man asks the doctors to go to 100%. They warn him 100% of child labor pain for a man would quite certainly be fatal.

    He replies would do anything for his wife and he still hasn’t felt any pain. They crank it up to 100 and soon the baby is born and his wife is pain free!

    When they get home later that day they come home to a crime scene outside their home.

    They ask the Police officer what happened. He replied, “Earlier today a neighbor heard someone screaming in pain only to go outside to find your Postman Dead!

    “We are still investigating…”

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  4. Two old jews are sitting in a park and reading newspapers.

    One of them notices that the other’s paper is from a really antisemite organization and basically a pure antisemitic propaganda.

    “What the hell are you reading? Why don’t you read our jewish papers?”

    “You see, Chaim,” the other man says calmly, “When I read our newspapers all I see are pogroms, antisemitic hate crimes and it’s just depressing and scary…. Here, on the other hand,” he says while showing his friend the frontpage, “I’m apparently a masterminded banker, have millions in secret accounts and even rule the whole world!”

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  5. Two men, sentenced to die in the electric chair on the same day, were led down to the room in which they would meet their maker. The priest had given the last rites, the formal speech had been given by the warden, and a final prayer had been said among the participants.

    The Warden, turning to the first man, solemnly asked, “Son, do you have a last request?” To which the man replied, “Yes sir, I do. I love dance music. Could you please play The Macarena for me one last time?” “Certainly,” replied the warden.

    He turned to the other man and asked, “Well, what about you, son? What is your final request?” “Please,” said the condemned man, “kill me first.”

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