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“Untutored courage is useless in the face of educated bullets”*…


Photographer Sabine Pearlman has created a portfolio of cross-sections of bullets.  While all of them are deadly, they’re strikingly different, one to the next.  See them all at “Ammo.”

* George S. Patton


As we sign on with Gabrielle Giffords and James Brady, we might recall that it was on this date in 1914, that Robert H. Goddard, then age 31, was issued a U.S. patent, the first of the 214 he would obtain in his lifetime as a pioneering rocket scientist.  This inaugural patent was for a “Rocket Apparatus” (U.S. No. 1,102,653) which described the multi-stage rocket concept.  He received a patent for the the innovation that made him famous– a liquid-fueled rocket design (U.S. No. 1,103,503)– the following week.




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July 7, 2013 at 1:01 am

“Now, you can continue to protect your home and family even after you are gone”…


The craftsmen at Holy Smoke will take the cremated remains of a loved one and pack them into firearm ammunition:  one pound of human ash yields 250 shotgun shells, 100 rifle cartridges, or 250 pistol cartridges.  The company’s website avers…

The services provided by Holy Smoke are a fraction of the cost of what most funeral burial services cost – oftentimes saving families as much as 75% of traditional costs.

The ecological footprint caused by our service, as opposed to most of the current funeral interment methods, is virtually non-existent.

Now, you can continue to protect your home and family even after you are gone.

Or, as one of the company’s founders suggests in recounting how he conceived the service, one can use the remains to “share the death”:

My friend smiled and said “You know I’ve thought about this for some time and I want to be cremated. Then I want my ashes put into some turkey load shotgun shells and have someone that knows how to turkey hunt use the shotgun shells with my ashes to shoot a turkey. That way I will rest in peace knowing that the last thing that one turkey will see is me, screaming at him at about 900 feet per second.”

[TotH to Gizmodo]


As we aim for the afterlife, we might recall that it was on this date in 1939 that physicists Albert Einstein and Leó Szilárd wrote President Franklin D. Roosevelt, urging him to begin develop a nuclear weapon.  Their letter was delivered a couple of months later, and led to the formation of the Advisory Committee on Uranium (the “Briggs Uranium Committee”) and ultimately the Manhattan Project.

Einstein and Szilárd (source)


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