Second day out, Solar Impulse 2 breaks own world distance record


Click to enlargeSetting forth from Muscat to Ahmedabad

The Solar Impulse 2 solar-powered airplane may have only just begun its attempt at a round-the-world flight, but it’s already broken a world record. By traveling from Muscat, Oman to Ahmedabad, India, it broke the Solar Impulse team’s previous record for longest solar-powered straight distance flight between predeclared waypoints.

The 1,468-km Muscat to Ahmedabad flight was the second leg of the planned 5-month journey, which began this Monday in Abu Dhabi. Pilot Bertrand Piccard took the aircraft to an altitude of 8,534 meters and maintained a ground speed of about 185 km/h, landing in Ahmedabad this Tuesday at 11:25pm. He was in the air for a total of 13 hours and 20 minutes.

This latest record-breaking flight also reportedly marks the first time that a solar-powered aircraft has flown in Asia…

The team plans to spend the next four days in Ahmedabad before heading for Varanasi, India.

Bravo! It’s like early days in flight all over again. Including the bit about breaking your own records.

Don’t pee on the walls in Hamburg – they may pee back!

Hamburg’s St. Pauli is one of the world’s most famous red light districts. It attracts around 20 million visitors a year, but it’s also a bit smelly because, after a night on the tiles, a good number of those visitors urinate in public places. Now, in a fit of poetic justice, the walls of St. Pauli are being upgraded so they retaliate on micturators in kind.

Almost every major city has a problem with public urination, and party areas like St. Pauli can often seem so much like visiting the inside of a chamber pot. This is particularly distressing for the merchants and residents of the area who have to put up with the stains and smell of wee on a daily basis.

But now, according to Julia Staron of Interessengemeinschaft St Pauli – an interest group for companies and businesses based in St. Pauli – it’s “pee-back time.” Prohibitions and fines haven’t worked very well, so the local authorities are giving chemistry a try. Walls in the district were sprayed with Ultra-Ever Dry super-hydrophobic, oleophobic nano-coating, which is so water – and pee – repellant that urinating on a treated surface becomes a shoe-wetting, trouser-soaking exercise.

Har.

Although there are signs posted periodically, officials warn that some of the painted areas are deliberately left unsigned – just to keep you on your toes. So to speak.

Pic of the Day

Gripe water is a liquid given to infants with colic, gastrointestinal discomfort, teething pain, reflux and other stomach ailments. Its ingredients vary, and may include alcohol, a bicarbonate, ginger, dill, fennel and chamomile. It is typically given to an infant with a dropper in liquid form. Adults may also take gripe water for soothing intestinal pains, gas or other stomach ailments. There is no clinical evidence for the effectiveness of gripe water.

It boggles the mind that this advert from 1934 is representative of the understanding and knowledge of modern science demonstrated by a typical conservative Republican, nowadays.

I suspect the Tea Party-types in particular are a solid market for underwear with copper threads woven in to preserve the purity of precious bodily fluids.

Pitiful.

Dumb crook of the day

Joey Patterson

An Idaho fugitive was caught Saturday after he made a post on Facebook inviting friends to join him at batting practice in Boise.

KTVB TV station in Boise says…that Caldwell police officers showed up at the softball field after seeing the post on social media and arrested 22-year-old Joey Patterson.

He was wanted on a felony warrant for violating his probation on a fraud case out of Twin Falls. Patterson was booked into Canyon County Jail, where he is being held without bond.

Caldwell Police Sgt. Joey Hoadley says police often use social media to track down a fugitive. Hoadley says “even fugitives can’t keep from updating their Facebook status, and it leads to some great arrests.”

Har!

I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again. You don’t become a petty crook because you’re extra smart.