The Hughes H-4 Hercules (also known as the "Spruce Goose"; registration NX37602) is a prototype heavy strategic airlift military transport aircraft designed and built by the Hughes Aircraft Company. Intended as a transatlantic flight transport for use duringWorld War II, it was not completed in time to be used in the war. The aircraft made only one brief flight on November 2, 1947, and the project never advanced beyond the single example produced. Built from wood because of wartime restrictions on the use of aluminium and concerns about weight, it was nicknamed by critics the "Spruce Goose", although it was made almost entirely of birch. The Hercules is the largest flying boat ever built and has the largest wingspan of any aircraft in history. It is on display, and remains in good condition at the Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum inMcMinnville, Oregon, United States.
Alan J was first and correct with:
Jim from CA, retired to ID, said:
Stephen F wrote:
The Spruce Goose was made of Birch. Aside from both spruce and birch being trees, they have nothing else in common. Who did that?
Heading out on a much-needed vacation, so participation will be spotty the next couple of weeks. Play nice, people.
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CBS begins the night with a FRESH'NCIS', followed by a FRESH'NCIS: The 3rd One', then a FRESH'Limitless'.
On a RERUNStephen Colbert (from 9/16/15) are Kevin Spacey, Carol Burnett, Willie Nelson, and John Mellencamp.
On a RERUNJames Corden, OBE, (from 8/20/15 Ben Kingsley, Bill Hader, and Zac Efron.
NBC starts the night with a FRESH'Best Time Ever With Neil Patrick Harris', followed by a FRESH'The Voice', then a FRESH'Chicago Fire'.
On a RERUNJimmy Fallon (from 9/16/15) are Hillary Clinton, Dakota Johnson, and Fetty Wap.
On a RERUNSeth Meyers (from 9/10/15) are Neil Patrick Harris, Mayor Bill DeBlasio, Panic! At the Disco, and Abe Laboriel Jr.
On a RERUNCarson 'The Scab' Daly (from 9/16/15) are Jake McDorman, Faith No More, and Gerald "Slink" Johnson.
ABC opens the night with the chestnut 'It's The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown', followed by 'Toy Story Of TERROR!', then a FRESH'Marvel's Agents Of SHIELD', followed by a RERUN'Shark Tank'.
Scheduled on a FRESHJimmy Kimmel are Jay Z, Donald Trump (R-Pendejo), and music from "TIDAL X: 1020".
The CW has a FRESH'The Flash', followed by a FRESH'iZombie'.
Faux has a FRESH'Grandfathered', followed by a FRESH'The Grinder', then a FRESH'Scream Queens'.
MY has 'TMZ (Not So) Live', followed by 'Hollywood Today (Not So) Live'.
A&E has 2 hours of old 'Storage Wars', followed by a FRESH'Storage Wars', then another FRESH'Storage Wars', followed by a FRESH'Storage Wars: Miami', then another FRESH'Storage Wars: Miami'.
AMC offers the movie 'Tremors', followed by the movie 'Tremors II: Aftershocks', then the movie 'Tremors 3: Back To Perfection'.
[6:00AM] Top Gear - Season 3 - Episode 5
[7:00AM] Top Gear - Season 3 - Episode 6
[8:00AM] Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares UK - Season 4 - Ep 5 - The Curry Lounge
[9:00AM] Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares US - Season 4 - Ep 10 - Zeke's
[10:00AM] Doctor Who - Season 2 - Ep 4 - The Girl In The Fireplace
[11:00AM] Doctor Who - Season 2 - Ep 5 - Rise Of The Cybermen
[12:00PM] Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 1 - Ep 5 - The Last Outpost
[1:00PM] Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 1 - Ep 6 - Where No One Has Gone Before
[2:00PM] Planet Earth: Life-Ep 5 - Birds
[3:00PM] Planet Earth: Life-Ep 6 - Insects
[4:00PM] Man vs. Wild - Season 5 - Ep 5 - Northern Australia
[5:00PM] Man vs. Wild - Season 5 - Ep 6 - Mojave
[6:00PM] Man vs. Wild - Season 5 - Ep 7 - Fan vs. Wild
[7:00PM] Man vs. Wild - Season 5 - Ep 8 - Behind the Wild
[8:00PM] Man vs. Wild - Season 5 - Ep 9 - Cape Wrath Scotland
[9:00PM] Man vs. Wild - Season 5 - Ep 10 - Norway: Edge of Survival
[10:00PM] Man vs. Wild - Season 6 - Ep 1 - Arizona
[11:00PM] Man vs. Wild - Season 6 - Ep 2 - Borneo Jungle
[12:00AM] Man vs. Wild - Season 5 - Ep 3 - Georgia Eastern Europe
[1:00AM] Man vs. Wild - Season 5 - Ep 6 - Mojave
[2:00AM] Man vs. Wild - Season 5 - Ep 9 - Cape Wrath Scotland
[3:00AM] Man vs. Wild - Season 5 - Ep 10 - Norway: Edge of Survival
[4:00AM] Man vs. Wild - Season 6 - Ep 1 - Arizona
[5:00AM] Man vs. Wild - Season 6 - Ep 2 - Borneo Jungle (ALL TIMES EST)
Bravo has 'Below Deck', 'Real Housewives Of OC', followed by a FRESH'Below Deck', then a FRESH'The People's Couch', followed by a FRESH'Watch What Happens Live'.
Comedy Central has 'Drunk History', followed by 2½ hours of old 'Tosh.0', then a FRESH'Tosh.0', followed by a FRESH'Drunk History'.
Scheduled on a FRESHThe Daily Show is Judah Friedlander.
Scheduled on a FRESH@Midnight are Doug Benson, Tony Hinchcliffe, Esther Povitsky.
FX has the movie 'Captain Phillips', followed by a FRESH 2-hour 'The Bastard Executioner'.
[6:00AM] TITAN A.E.
[8:00AM] STAR TREK V: THE FINAL FRONTIER
[10:30AM] STAR TREK VI: THE UNDISCOVERED COUNTRY
[1:00PM] STAR TREK GENERATIONS
[3:45PM] STAR TREK: INSURRECTION
[6:00PM] THAT '70S SHOW -MOON OVER POINT PLACE
[6:30PM] THAT '70S SHOW -REEFER MADNESS
[7:00PM] THAT '70S SHOW -RED SEES RED
[7:30PM] THAT '70S SHOW -HYDE'S FATHER
[8:00PM] THAT '70S SHOW -TOO OLD TO TRICK OR TREAT, TOO YOUNG TO DIE
[8:30PM] THAT '70S SHOW -ROLLER DISCO
[9:00PM] THAT '70S SHOW -ERIC'S PANTIES
[9:30PM] THAT '70S SHOW -BABY FEVER
[10:00PM] THAT '70S SHOW -JACKIE BAGS HYDE
[10:30PM] THAT '70S SHOW -HYDE'S CHRISTMAS RAGER
[11:00PM] LETHAL WEAPON 3
[1:45AM] LETHAL WEAPON 4
[4:30AM] THAT '70S SHOW -BABY FEVER
[5:00AM] THAT '70S SHOW -JACKIE BAGS HYDE
[5:30AM] THAT '70S SHOW -HYDE'S CHRISTMAS RAGER (ALL TIMES EST)
[6:30AM] The Natural
[12:30PM] Cinderella Man
[3:30PM] Saturday Night Fever
[6:00PM] The Outsiders
[8:00PM] A Few Good Men
[11:00PM] Good Will Hunting
[5:00AM] Buried (ALL TIMES EST)
SyFy has the movie 'Men In Black II', followed by a FRESH'Face Off', and another 'Face Off'.
Scheduled on a FRESHConan are Zachary Levi, Gabrielle Union, and Marian Hill.
Comedian Dave Chappelle arrives with his wife Elaine and daughter Sonal for the Mark Twain prize for Humor honoring Eddie Murphy at the Kennedy Center in Washington October 18, 2015.
Photo by Joshua Roberts
PBS' popular "Finding Your Roots" series, temporarily shelved after an episode omitted references to the slaveholding past of Ben Affleck's ancestor at the actor's request, will return to public television for its third season in January.
The show has hired a new fact-checker and two new genealogists as part of its reforms, said the network's Beth Hoppe on Monday. PBS had suspended the series after determining that the show's producers violated standards by allowing Affleck undue influence on its content and failing to inform the network of his request.
"It has become a more transparent process and a more rigorous process," Hoppe said, "but essentially at its core these are personal stories about people who are finding out about their histories. That hasn't changed."
"Finding Your Roots," which is hosted and written by Henry Louis Gates, Jr., returns on Jan. 5. Julianne Moore, Keenen Ivory Wayans, Sen. John McCain and television producers Norman Lear and Shonda Rhimes are among the 28 new celebrities whose backgrounds are traced.
The head of an international medical charity whose hospital in northern Afghanistan was destroyed in a U.S. airstrike says the "extensive, quite precise destruction" of the bombing raid casts doubt on American military assertions that it was a mistake.
The Oct. 3 attack on the compound in Kunduz city, which killed at least 22 patients and hospital staff, should be investigated as a possible war crime, said Christopher Stokes, general director of Doctors Without Borders, which is also known by its French abbreviation MSF.
The trauma hospital was bombed during a firefight between Taliban and government troops, as U.S. advisers were helping Afghan forces retake the city after the insurgents overran it and seized control on Sept. 28. Afghan authorities say they are now largely back in control of Kunduz.
U.S. President Barack Obama has apologized for the attack, and the commander of U.S. and NATO troops in Afghanistan, Gen. John F. Campbell, said it was a mistake. He said the strike had been called in by Afghan forces, but has not explained exactly how it happened or who granted final approval. Internal military investigations are underway, with preliminary results expected in coming days.
According to Associated Press reporting, American special operations analysts were scrutinizing the Afghan hospital days before it was destroyed because they believed it was being used by a Pakistani operative to coordinate Taliban activity. The analysts knew it was a medical facility, according to a former intelligence official who is familiar with some of the documents describing the site.
Forget scanning electron microscopes, high-speed centrifuges and computer-controlled telescopes - some of the coolest science tools ever made are totally analog, incredibly old and available for purchase as part of a new online auction.
Hosted by Christie's auction house in London, the Seven Centuries of Science sale features some of the coolest scientific instruments from the 14th century onward. The online-only auction opened for bidding yesterday (Oct. 15) and lasts until Oct. 29.
The oldest artifact to hit the auction block is a horary quadrant - an instrument used to measure the time of day by calculating the altitude of the sun. It's expected to sell for at least $77,000, according to Christie's.
Other mathematical devices up for auction are a bit more mechanical than the Fuller and McFarlane instruments. For example, the first-ever commercially successful calculator, the Thomas de Colmar arithmometer, looks like a bunch of little knobs and gears tucked inside a quaint wooden box. The clunky machine may not seem as high-tech as modern calculators, but it was revolutionary when it first became commercially available in the mid-19th century. One contemporary review of the device raved that it could calculate the multiplication of eight-figure sums by eight-figure sums in less than 18 seconds.
Only 60 or so Thomas de Colmar arithmometers are known to still exist, and this one is expected to sell for at least $7,700, according to Christie's. But that sum pales in comparison to the $93,000 minimum bid that could be thrown down for a rare Enigma machine, which is also up for auction. Forces in Nazi Germany once used the machine to send and decode clandestine messages. A similar Enigma machine recently sold at auction for about $233,000.
Amazon is suing more than 1,000 people for advertising their services writing fake reviews for as little as $5 as it seeks to crack down on bogus reviews on its site.
The complaint filed in King County Superior Court in Seattle marks the latest effort by the online powerhouse to crack down on fraud on its site. Online shoppers are increasingly reliant on consumer-generated reviews on everything on Uber rides to hotel rooms to buying iPhone cases on Amazon. About 45 per cent of consumers consider product reviews when weighing an online purchase, compared to 31 per cent of consumers that consider product information, according to Forrester Research.
So retailers have tried to crack down on paid-for bogus reviews in a variety of ways. In April, Amazon sued several sites that offered to produce reviews. In the current litigation, the company is going after writers of the reviews themselves who have accounts on freelance marketplace Fiverr.com. They don't name them in the complaint because they're working to determine their identities.
Amazon says the writers of the fake reviews are liable for breach of contract because they violated Amazon's terms of service.
In the first withdrawal from a "doomsday" seed vault in the Arctic, thousands of seeds that were originally kept in war-stricken Syria have been safely delivered to Morocco and Lebanon, officials said Monday.
Gene banks and organizations around the world have deposited about 860,000 samples of seeds at the Global Seed Vault in Norway's Svalbard archipelago to back up their own collections in case of man-made or natural calamities.
Since the facility, sometimes known as a "doomsday vault," opened eight years ago, this is the first time that seeds have been withdrawn.
In secret shipments last month, about 38,000 seed samples including wheat, barley, lentil and chickpea were sent from Norway to research stations in Morocco and Lebanon operated by the International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas, or ICARDA. The center is located in Aleppo but is no longer able to make full use of its facilities due to the war in Syria.
Nearly two-thirds of the specimens withdrawn last month are unique varieties of ancient crops from across the Middle East and Africa.
An actor staging a historical gunfight in the Old West town of Tombstone and a bystander were shot with live rounds during a show that was supposed to use blanks, leading officials to call for the re-enactments popular with tourists to be put on hold.
The shooting happened Sunday afternoon as two performers from the Tombstone Vigilante group re-enacted a gunfight in the 19th century mining town made famous by Wyatt Earp, Doc Holliday and the O.K. Corral.
One of the actor's guns fired live rounds, hitting a fellow member of the group, the Tombstone Marshal's Office said. Ken Curtis fell to the ground and was flown to a hospital in Tucson, where he underwent surgery to remove the bullet. At least two bullets struck nearby businesses, with one hitting a female bystander, whose condition was not immediately known.
Tombstone authorities called it an unprecedented event. The marshal's office says Mayor Dusty Escapule advised the Tombstone Vigilante group to suspend future gunfight skits as the investigation plays out.
Italian actor/director Roberto Benigni is flanked by Italian House Speaker Laura Boldrini as he arrives to take part in the conference 'Il Dante di Benigni' in Apiro, Italy, 18 October 2015.
Photo by Ballarini
If you are fascinated by World War II secrets, treasures and ghosts, then Ksiaz Castle is the place for you.
The breathtaking site sits on a wooded hilltop in the city of Walbrzych, in southwestern Poland. The area drew worldwide attention recently, when two explorers announced they had located a secret tunnel that they say hides a wartime armored train with a precious load. The news revived a local legend of a train laden with gold and valuables that the Nazis reportedly hid from the Red Army in the mountains in 1945.
The authorities are taking steps to verify the explorers' claim, but the former coal mining center of Walbrzych (known as Waldenburg in its German era) and the castle are already the richer for the tourists and reporters whose numbers soared after the news of the alleged find broke.
Even without the gold train story, visitors will enjoy the beauty of the Owl Mountains in the Sudeten Range, the area's rich and dramatic history and a visit to the magnificent Ksiaz Castle. The castle was seized by the Nazis in 1941 as a future residence for Hitler. Many of the historic interiors were torn down in a misconceived drive for modesty. The Nazis then began to build a bunker some 50 meters (165 feet) beneath the castle to protect Hitler from Allied bombs.
Female elephant Mo Mo eats a cake made of fruits, vegetables and sugar canes during a ceremony to mark her 62nd birthday at the Yangon Zoological Gardens Sunday, Oct. 18, 2015 in Yangon, Myanmar Burma. The pachyderm originally from Myanmar's Burma's eastern Kayah state was brought to the zoo in 1961 when she was seven-year-old. Mo Mo is one of the most popular animals at the more than 100-year-old zoo and she entertains children by her weekly performances.
Photo by Khin Maung Win
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