FIVE SNIPPETS

1. June 2006, 21:22 | by WD Milner | Full Article |

I was housecleaning parts of an older version of my website and came a cross five short blurb type things that are pretty small to post by themselves so here they are as a small smörgasbörd of readings.

CF-105 Avro Arrow

CF-105 Avro Arrow One of the greatest achievements of the Canadian aerospace industry, and the finest all-weather fighter in the world when it was built, the Avro Arrow became the victim of political machinations between the governments of the day in Canada and the United States as well as certain corporate interests. Many of its features, capabilities and technologies (unique in the 1950's) can be seen today implemented in various U.S. built combat aircraft. Superior in its day, and a contender even now by specifications and performance, the project was assasinated on February 20, 1959, a day come to be known in Canada as Black Friday, by order of Canada's thirteenth Prime Minister, John G. Diefenbaker. Rumours have persisted since the destruction of the original aircraft that one was not destroyed. Recent declassified documents would tend to support these rumours, and indeed it is possible that not one, but two of these aircraft still exist, carefully hidden away.

Ancient Mystery

rotas opera tenet arepo sator For those who like puzzles and word games, as well as those who like mysteries, and those with a hobby of old languages - I present one of the oldest word/letter conundrums of all time. The letter square at the right has been found from the Middle East to the British Isles carved on walls, doors, pillars, churches, gravestones, amphoras, etc. It has been found in the ruins of Hurculineum and Pompeii. It dates back to at least 79 AD and has had dozens of explainations, translations and theories as to its origins and meanings - none of them conclusive. Most do however agree that the alphabet and language are Latin and is likely related somehow to the Knights Templar (though this seems unlikely as the Templars weren’t founded until 1118 AD). It is an acrostic, a palindrome - it can be read forward or backward, up or down, left to right or right to left, or in a circle. I present it here for your perusal, edification, and mystification.

The Essential Doughnut

donut Fried dough has been around for a millenia. Archaelogists have found petrified fried cakes dating back to prehistoric times. According to many food historians though, the familiar hole-in-the-middle doughnut was invented on June 22, 1847, by sea captain Hanson Gregory. He enjoye his mother's deep-fried dough, but the centers often remained heavy adn undercooked. One story holds that, to solve this problem, Mrs. Gregory put hazelnuts or walnuts in the centers (hence the name "dough-nut"). Captain Gregory didn't like nuts, so he poked them out and instructed his ship's cook to prepare all doughnuts with holes in the center. According to another story, the captain was holding a doughnut and needed to steer his ship. He speared the pastry on one of the spokes of the wheel, which punched out the hole and the modern doughnut was born.

Who invented :-)?

The"smiley" was created September 19, 1982 by computer science professor Scott E. Fahlman. In an online posting, he suggested that the character string :-), when read sideways, could indicate that a comment was not to be taken seriously. Kevin MacKenzie probably fabricated the first smiley emoticon in a 1979 e-mail. His plain -) was supposed to mean "toungue in cheek" but sadly his brainchild was forgotten.

Found floating through cyberspace

A major research institution recently announced the discovery of the heaviest element yet known to science, tentatively named "Administratium". Administratium has one neutron, 12 assistant neutrons, 75 deputy assistant neutrons and 111 assistant deputy neutrons, giving it an atomic mass of 312. These 312 particles are held together by a force called morons, which are surrounded by vast quantities of peons.

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Keywords: a.v. roe,arrow,CF-105,avro,sator,rotas,opera,tenet,templar,doughnut,donut,smiley,emoticon

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