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Re: Abdul's official "The past is a foreign country" thread.

Witness wrote:
Umm ...

Isn't the allusion to Samson destroying the temple of the Philistines? Do you think that is what they meant?
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Re: Abdul's official "The past is a foreign country" thread.

The throw ring on the left is sadly ironic.
Naval losses for June 1944 included 24 warships and 35 merchantmen or auxiliaries sunk, and a further 120 vessels damaged.

Over 425,000 Allied and German troops were killed, wounded or went missing during the Battle of Normandy. This figure includes over 209,000 Allied casualties, with nearly 37,000 dead amongst the ground forces and a further 16,714 deaths amongst the Allied air forces. Of the Allied casualties, 83,045 were from 21st Army Group (British, Canadian and Polish ground forces), 125,847 from the US ground forces. The losses of the German forces during the Battle of Normandy can only be estimated. Roughly 200,000 German troops were killed or wounded. The Allies also captured 200,000 prisoners of war (not included in the 425,000 total, above). During the fighting around the Falaise Pocket (August 1944) alone, the Germans suffered losses of around 90,000, including prisoners.

Today, twenty-seven war cemeteries hold the remains of over 110,000 dead from both sides: 77,866 German, 9386 American, 17,769 British, 5002 Canadian and 650 Poles.
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Re: Abdul's official "The past is a foreign country" thread.

The Nazis didn't like his view of the war very much. (I'll try to find a good repro of his famous war triptych.)

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Re: Abdul's official "The past is a foreign country" thread.

Coal miners, Belgium, ca. 1900.

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The flash of light you saw in the sky was not a UFO. Swamp gas from a weather balloon was trapped in a thermal pocket and reflected the light from Venus.

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Re: Abdul's official "The past is a foreign country" thread.

Fucking pagers. Damn. I remember those fucking things well enough.
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Re: Abdul's official "The past is a foreign country" thread.

Found it:

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sparks wrote:Fucking pagers. Damn. I remember those fucking things well enough.
Oh yeah. I recall once a woman asked me of I was a Doctor. Obviously my well educated, well tanned and extremely good looking appearance could have led to this question. Along with my appearing to have a lot of money and my taste in beach attire.

I wasn't sure if a lie or the truth would serve best, so I went with "Dr Feelgood", which turned out to be the best possible answer.
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sparks wrote:Fucking pagers. Damn. I remember those fucking things well enough.
Oh yeah. I recall once a woman asked me of I was a Doctor. Obviously my well educated, well tanned and extremely good looking appearance could have led to this question. Along with my appearing to have a lot of money and my taste in beach attire.

I wasn't sure if a lie or the truth would serve best, so I went with "Dr Feelgood", which turned out to be the best possible answer.
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You never know what's going to happen

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The flash of light you saw in the sky was not a UFO. Swamp gas from a weather balloon was trapped in a thermal pocket and reflected the light from Venus.

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Re: Abdul's official "The past is a foreign country" thread.

The flash of light you saw in the sky was not a UFO. Swamp gas from a weather balloon was trapped in a thermal pocket and reflected the light from Venus.

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Re: Abdul's official "The past is a foreign country" thread.

ed wrote:
Witness wrote:
Umm ...

Isn't the allusion to Samson destroying the temple of the Philistines? Do you think that is what they meant?
Been passing this entry by from ed for some time now and it finally hit my tiny Earth mind--

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The Big Boy locomotives weighed more than one million pounds and were 132 feet, 9 inches long. Stood on its end, one would be the equivalent of a 13-story building. Each one cost approximately $265,000 to build, or about$4.4 million in today’s money. In the railroad world, the Big Boys were known as 4-8-8-4 articulated type locomotives. That designation meant the locomotive had four wheels in front, two sets of eight driving wheels (the large wheels connected to the pistons that make the locomotive move) in the middle, and four trailing wheels, all underneath one enormous boiler.

Union Pacific purchased 25 of the Big Boys between 1941 and 1944. According to Trains Magazine, the steam engines were originally going to be named “Wasatch,” after the mountains they were built to carry freight over, but in 1941, an American Locomotive Company shop worker wrote “Big Boy” in chalk on the front of the locomotive and the name stuck. Below the steam engine’s new name, the unknown laborer also scratched a “V,” a popular symbol for victory during World War II, a conflict in which the Big Boy locomotives would soon play a pivotal role.
They are restoring a Big Boy, getting it back into working condition.

Now, six decades after the last Big Boy was taken off the rails, the Union Pacific is rebuilding one of the famous locomotives in honor of the upcoming sesquicentennial celebration of the first Transcontinental Railroad. It’s a project so ambitious that Ed Dickens Jr, a Union Pacific steam locomotive engineer and the man leading the rebuild, has likened it to resurrecting a Tyrannosaurus rex.
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She's a beauty.
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http://douglas-self.com/MUSEUM/LOCOLOCO ... ssrefr.htm
STALIN'S ENGINE: THE AA20-1. 1934
This notorious design was built at Lugansk Works, emerging in December 1934. [1] It became famous as the largest non-articulated locomotive in Europe, and in particular for having the most coupled axles in the world. A few countries produced 12-coupled designs, but nobody else tried 14. It was intended for heavy haulage on light (78 lb/yd) rails, with a modest loading of 20 tons per axle, on the Moscow-Donbass route. (The "20" in AA-20 refers to 20 tonnes per axle) It successfully made a publicity trip to Moscow in Jan 1935, but never entered service. No details are available of trial runs.

[1] Bell, writing in 1946, states that construction began as a 2-14-4 at the Krupp works in Essen, to a Soviet design, but was then transferred to Lugansk, where a leading bogie replaced the pony truck.

In (unsuccessful) attempts to get the AA-20 round curves, the middle three axles had flangeless wheels, and universal joints were include in the coupling rods between first and second, and sixth and seventh, axles.

It was clear, though never publicly admitted, that the AA20 was a complete disaster. It spread the track, wrecked every set of points it passed over, and derailed almost every time it moved. Steaming was poor, and the locomotive too powerful for existing couplings and too long for existing turntables. It was totally unusable.

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