Flying Pieplates


The kind of look we’d like to get of UFOs:

What we really get:

Oh, well.

Note to UFO believers: Please don’ be hatin’ on me. Just havin’ some fun.

Gabrielle Drake as UFO’s Lt. Gay Ellis

UFO series at iMDB


Milky Way Galaxy is DOOMED!


Impending Galactic Crash Could Rip Open the Black Hole at the Milky Way’s Center

By Brandon Specktor, Senior Writer, Live Science

Simulation. Not really our galaxy being devoured. Not even our galaxy.
In this Hubble image, the Whirlpool Galaxy (M51a) and a companion (M51b) are merging. The two galaxies are similar in mass to the Milky Way and the Large Magellanic Cloud.
Credit: NASA, ESA, S. Beckwith (STScI) and the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)

…our home galaxy appears to be on a crash course with one of its nearest satellites, the spiral of stars known as the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC).

…could begin as soon as 2 billion years from now — roughly 2 billion to 3 billion years sooner than the long-anticipated collision between the Milky Way and its nearest cosmic neighbor, the Andromeda Galaxy. (Adjust your doomsday clocks accordingly.) …

…igniting once-dormant black holes, flinging stars quadrillions of miles out of orbit and staining the sky with crackling cosmic radiation.…



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Seventy Million Miles Away


NASA's Osiris-Rex spacecraft took the picture before going into orbit around asteroid Bennu. Earth appears as a white dot in the lower left, with the moon an even smaller dot but still clearly visible

In this photo, taken on New Year’s Eve by NASA’s Osiris-Rex spacecraft, the big white blob in the upper-right is the tiny asteroid Bennu, barely one-third of a mile across, and about 27 miles from the spacecraft.

Depending on your monitor, you may be able to see, in the lower-left, a small white dot. That’s earth. The tinier dot next to it is the moon. Seventy million miles away.

c/o Daily Mail

Below, one full rotation of the asteroid, taken from 50 miles away: Continue reading “Seventy Million Miles Away”

The Northwest Angle

It’s a geographic curiosity – a bit of US land at the top edge of Minnesota, disconnected from the rest of the state.

The Northwest Angle, known simply as the Angle by locals, and coextensive with Angle Township, is a part of northern Lake of the Woods County, Minnesota. Except for minor surveying errors, it is the only place in the United States outside Alaska that is north of the 49th parallel, which forms the border between the U.S. and Canada from the Northwest Angle westward to the Strait of Georgia (between the state of Washington and the province of British Columbia). The land area of the Angle is separated from the rest of Minnesota by Lake of the Woods, but shares a land border with Canada. It is one of the only six non-island locations in the 48 contiguous states that are practical exclaves of the U.S. It is the northernmost township in Minnesota and contains the northernmost point in the contiguous 48 states. The unincorporated community of Angle Inlet is located in the Northwest Angle.

Seventy percent of the land of the Angle is held in trust by the Red Lake Indian Reservation (Ojibwa).[1]

Although the Angle is listed as one of several distinct regions of Minnesota, its total population was 119 at the 2010 census.[2] The area is mostly water and the land is mostly forest.


Ms Goulet is happy her remote corner of the world is getting some attention and says she’s is proud to hail from the Northwest Angle.

She calls it “a conversation starter”.

“Even if you’re not a fantastically interesting person, you come from an interesting place, you have something interesting to say.”

BBC: Should the US hand over Minnesota’s Northwest Angle to Canada?

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Edward Gorey

I grew up with Dad’s collections of Charles Addams (“The Addams Family”) cartoons.

I early learned to appreciate the bizarre and drunken stylings of “Vip” (Virgil Parch)

and the macabre creations of Basil Wolverton.

Among other great graphic artists.

Edward Gorey stands high among this pantheon of pen and ink.


There’s something disturbing about his most innocent-seeming illustrations.

From the Macabre to the Meowvelous:
13 Facts About Artist Edward Gorey

The Edward Gorey House

The Edward Gorey House celebrates and preserves the life and works of Edward Gorey, an American author, illustrator, playwright, set and costume designer. In honor of his legacy, The House, owned and lived in by Gorey himself, displays his diverse and extraordinary talents and reflects his distinct personality.

108 best Edward Gorey Illustrations images on Pinterest

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h/t for inspiration to Bird Dog at Maggie’s Farm


Indonesia: Is the Anak Krakatau Volcano About to Blow? —


By Anirudh

…On 27th August, four enormous explosions took place at 05:30, 06:44, 10:02 and 10:41.Each explosion was accompanied by large tsunamis which were reported to be over 30 meters (98 feet) high in places.

The colossal fourth and final explosion of Krakatoa made the loudest sound ever recorded on the planet.

At the time of the eruption, Krakatoa came under Dutch East Indies. The Dutch authorities recorded a death toll of 36,417. However exact numbers are impossible to determine. Some estimates even putting the death toll at more the 120,000. 1883 Krakatoa eruption is one of the deadliest natural disasters of modern times.

Due to the rock, ash and pumice which were thrown to the atmosphere… With less sunlight, average Northern Hemisphere summer temperatures fell by as much as 1.2 °C (2.2 °F) the following year. Weather patterns continued to be chaotic till 1888.

Twelve Outhouses

Today’s random image-search topic:

Tidy and Inviting


Not so tidy, not so inviting


So, It’s By Design


This just looks too nice to be a real outhouse


This is the much more traditional style


Solid, and handsome. The cows won’t knock this one over.


Bonus points for minimalism


Location, location, location.


Design by Dr Seuss


The Ladies’ Room, I figure

Extra-fancy: includes fold-down bathtub.


Uhhh… no. I can just squat by this tree over here, thanks


She misses the old Sears Catalog