Star Trek’s Scotty’s Ashes Sent to Space (Video)

James Doohan, 1997

James Doohan, 1997 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Actor James Doohan who played engineer Scotty in the original Star Trek series died in 2005, but his ashes has finally been sent into space. A California company launched a rocket carrying not only Scotty’s ashes but over 300 other peoples ashes as well. It is the first commercial spacecraft to ever go to the International Space Station. The spacecraft is taking supplies to the Space Station, and bringing cargo back to Earth.

If you would like to read more about this flight, I found an article in
The Telegraph

James Doohan stared in a lot of different roles, he was born in Vancouver, British Columbia, and he was very good with different accents even as a child. During the Second World War he joined the Royal Canadian Artillery.

Other shows Scotty has appeared in:

All of the above videos are on You Tube and are only a few minutes in length.

There has been three attempts to get Scotty’s ashes into outer space, they all failed. On one attempt his ashes were found on a hillside in New Mexico after the rocket exploded.
I found an article about this from 2008 in The Telegraph.

But finally his ashes are again on a spacecraft.

This time he has finally made it.

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Burial/News (Weekend Jokes)

Burial

An elderly spinster called the lawyer’s office and told the receptionist she wanted to see the lawyer about having a will prepared.  

The receptionist suggested they set up an appointment for a convenient time for the spinster to come into the office. The woman replied, “You must understand, I’ve lived alone all my life, I rarely see anyone, and I don’t like to go out. Would it be possible for the lawyer to come to my house?”  

The receptionist checked with the attorney who agreed and he went to the spinster’s home for the meeting to discuss her estate and the will.  

The lawyer’s first question was, “Would you please tell me what you have in assets and how you’d like them to be distributed under your will?”  

She replied, “Besides the furniture and accessories you see here, I have $40,000 in my savings account at the bank.”  

“Tell me,” the lawyer asked, “how would you like the $40,000 to be distributed?”  

The spinster said, “Well, as I’ve told you, I’ve lived a reclusive life, people have hardly ever noticed me, so I’d like them to notice when I pass on. I’d like to provide $35,000 for my funeral.”  

The lawyer remarked, “Well, for $35,000 you will be able to have a funeral that will certainly be noticed and will leave a lasting impression on anyone who may not have taken much note of you! But tell me,” he continued, what would you like to do with the remaining $5,000?”  

The spinster replied, “As you know, I’ve never married, I’ve lived alone almost my entire life, and in fact I’ve never slept with a man.   I’d like you to use the $5,000 to arrange for a man to sleep with me.”

“This is a very unusual request,” the lawyer said, adding, “but I’ll see what I can do to arrange it and get back to you.”  

That evening, the lawyer was at home telling his wife about the eccentric spinster and her weird request. After thinking about how much she could do around the house with $5,000, and with a bit of coaxing, she got her husband to agree to provide the service himself.  

She said, “I’ll drive you over tomorrow morning, and wait in the car until you’re finished.”

 The next morning, she drove him to the spinster’s house and waited while he went into the house. She waited for over an hour, but her husband didn’t come out. So she blew the car horn.   Shortly, the upstairs bedroom window opened, the lawyer stuck his head out and yelled, “Pick me up tomorrow, she’s going to let the County bury her!”

  • Before you criticize someone, you should walk a mile in their shoes. That way, when you criticize them, you’re a mile away and you have their shoes.  
  • Don’t be irreplaceable; if you can’t be replaced, you can’t be promoted.
  • I just got lost in thought. It was unfamiliar territory.
  • Don’t drink and drive. You might hit a bump and spill your drink.
  • If you tell the truth you don’t have to remember anything

Bad News

A man was summoned to his attorney’s office. “Do you want the bad news first or the terrible news?” the lawyer said.  

“Give me the bad news first.” “Your wife found a picture worth a million dollars.”  

“That’s the bad news?” laughed the man. “I can’t wait to hear the terrible news.”   The terrible news is…

“The picture is of you and your secretary!”

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New 4D Rollercoaster: Dinoconda China (Video)

This new 4D rollercoaster ride in China seems the ultimate for those that do love to ride rollercoasters. Your seat is hanging over the edge of the tracks, you are going backwards, so you can’t see where you are going, and you are constantly spinning at angles of 360 degrees in two rotations.

When going downhill you reach speeds of up to 126 km/h or just over 78 miles per hour, some of the drops are nearly 90 degrees.
The ride is 1058 meters or 3,471 feet long and 79 meters or 259 feet wide. The ride is called Dinoconda and is in Changzhou’s Global Dinosaur Town.

People are comparing this to another 4D rollercoaster which is in Japan called Eejanaika, the two are very similar, but this one in China has 6 cars per train and apparently has an extra zero-gravity roll as well.
It will be interesting when this one in China does open to the public and for those lucky enough to have been on both will be able to say which one gives out the best thrills.

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“No Touch” Touch Screen: Leap Motion (Video)

From You Tube:
Say goodbye to your mouse.
Leap represents an entirely new way to interact with your computers. It’s more accurate than a mouse, as reliable as a keyboard and more sensitive than a touchscreen. For the first time, you can control a computer in three dimensions with your natural hand and finger movements.

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Whale Watching Season: Australia (Pictures/Video)

Our whale watching season has started here in Australia. The Whales start arriving from late May or early June right through to November. The whales migrate north from the Antarctic to the warmer waters of Australia. The whales that you are most likely to see are southern right whales and the humpback whales.

Australian whale migration. Map: New South Wales National Parks and Wildlife.

The humpback whale doesn’t seem to worry too much about boats or people and seem to frolic and play more. Whales can be seen from a lot of different areas around Australia, but this post is about the whales on the East Coast of Australia.

Two humpback whales breaching non stop for a good hour or so just off the heads. (Sydney) At one point there was a group of 20 kayakers in the mix as well getting a great view. Pic:Jonas Liebschner http://www.whalewatchingsydney.com.au
(from The Telegraph picture gallery)

Over the last week, a lot of humpback whales have been seen in Sydney Harbour, breaching and just playing around on their journey to further up north along the East Coast. There is nothing more magical, exciting than seeing a whale breach, the sheer size of the whales is just extraordinary.

Whales at Jervis Bay. A boat, following a calf and mother a bit too closely, didn’t realise there was a male on the scene until the two adults jumped clear out of the water about 10m off his port side. Picture: Purchase Andrew (from The Telegraph picture gallery)

Of course every year, everyone is on the lookout for Migaloo. For those that do not know Migaloo is a white humpback whale, that we see every year on the East Coast, and what a majestic whale. Migaloo is male and was first spotted in 1991 off the coast of Northern New South Wales, and has been seen every year. He has not been seen yet this year, but he does normally arrive late June or early July, one year he was not seen till August.

Baby white whale spotted with its mother in the ocean just off Botany Bay. Picture: Damian Shaw  (from The Telegraph picture gallery)

Last year we had a lovely surprise, as a new white baby whale was spotted. At first everyone thought that maybe Migaloo may have been the father of this beautiful whale, but it turned out that wasn’t the case. The mother was not spotted at the same time, but a couple of weeks after the first sighting, Mum was seen with the baby, and this year Mum and our white baby have already arrived on the East Coast. As far as I know this new baby has not yet been named.

See more great photos from The Telegraph picture gallery.

 

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Last Chance in our Lifetime: Venus Travels Across Sun (Video)

Venus is due to take a trip across the sun, and you will be able to see this phenomenon in Australia as well as other parts of the world.
On June 5 the world’s Western Hemisphere:  North America, north-western South America, Hawaii, Greenland/Iceland the transit of Venus will start in the afternoon.
On June 6 the world’s Eastern Hemisphere:  Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia and New Zealand the transit of Venus will be first seen at sunrise.
Depending on the area you are living, you will either see the beginning of the transit or the end; this phenomenon should be in your areas newspapers (hopefully) so check for exact times in your area.

English: The first observed Transit of the Pla...

English: The first observed Transit of the Planet Venus predicted & observed by Jeremiah Horrocks, 24th November 1639. Portrait held in the collection of Astley Hall Museum and Art Gallery Chorley and the property of Chorley Council. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This phenomenon is known as the Transit of Venus, and will not happen again until December 2117 and again in December 2125. The transit always happens in pairs, and the last transit was in 2004, so this year 2012 is the end of the pair in our lifetime.

Venus transits the face of the Sun on 2004-06-...

Venus transits the face of the Sun on 2004-06-08. Here, the black drop effect is visible. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Unlike our Solar Eclipse that we recently had, the transit of Venus is only a small dot passing the sun. Venus is only a small celestial body and the sun much larger, so it only appears as a small dot. It is also recommended that the same sun filters as was used to watch the Solar Eclipse be used to watch this phenomenon as well.

Rare antique: Astronomical clock  Photo: Mick Tsikas
(from the Sydney Morning Herald)

I was very surprised to learn that in 1769, the Royal Society in Britain of Longitude commissioned a clockmaker to make 5 astronomical regulators, and we seem to have one of those clocks here in Australia. The actual history of this clock is unknown, but it is identical to the one used by Captain Cook, who took one of these clocks to Tahiti to view the 1769 transit of Venus.
There is a very good article about this clock in the Sydney Morning Herald if you would like to learn more.

Venus Tablet of Ammisaduqa. Neo-Assyrian period.

Venus Tablet of Ammisaduqa. Neo-Assyrian period.
(Photo credit: Wikipedia)

There is a lot of history associated with the transit of Venus, way too much to do in a post. So I have just included a couple of great photos from Wikipedia from the history and if you would like to learn more I think the best article about the history of the transit is in Wikipedia. There are also some very good links in the article as well, and it also seems the easiest to read.

 

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I’m Still Here

Sorry I haven’t been around in the blogosphere for the last week, but I have not been well, I have been pretty sick with a very nasty cold, and am only now starting to feel a bit better. I’m sorry I haven’t been to anyone’s blog, I haven’t been on the computer much at all, I played a few card games yesterday, I like playing hearts, spades, and solitaire every now and then, I usually just play with the computer as a partner.

I’m hoping to be able to get back to reading everyone’s posts next week, and I would like to Thank everyone that have sent me e-mails wondering why I have not been around, so many wonderful people in the blogosphere that have never met me, I really was very humbled about your concern.

I apologise for not having any jokes this weekend, as soon as I finish my morning cuppa, I am going back to bed. I don’t know if I will be back on the computer today to answer any comments, so I will Thank You all in advance, and also to those that have taken the time to read this post and only had time to click onto the like button.

“The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the grandest intention.” ~Oscar Wilde

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Fishing 2 (Weekend Jokes)

Priest Goes Fishing

An Irish priest loved to fly fish, it was an obsession of his. So far this year the weather had been so bad that he hadn’t had a chance to get his beloved waders on and his favorite flies out of their box. Strangely though, every Sunday the weather had been good, but of course Sunday is the day he has to go to work.

The weather forecast was good again for the coming Sunday so he called a fellow priest claiming to have lost his voice and be in bed with the flu. He asked him to take over his sermon. The fly fishing priest drove fifty miles to a river near the coast so that no one would recognize him.

An angel up in Heaven was keeping watch and saw what the priest was doing. He told God who agreed that he would do something about it.

With the first cast of his line a huge fish mouth gulped down the fly. For over an hour the priest ran up and down the river bank fighting the fish. At the end when he finally landed the monster size fish it turned out to be a world record Salmon.

Confused the angel asked God, “Why did you let him catch that huge fish? I thought you were going to teach him a lesson.
“God replied” I did. Who do you think he’s going to tell?”

One day a man came home and was greeted by his wife dressed in a lace nightie.

“Tie me up,” she purred, “and you can do anything you want.”

So, he tied her up and went fishing.

Pleasure is where you find it

Fishing rule 1: The least experienced fisherman always catches the biggest fish.
Fishing rule 2: The worse your line is tangled, the better the fishing is around you.
Fishing rule 3: Fishing will do a lot for a man but it won’t make him truthful.

License

A man and his buddy were fishing when the game warden came up and said, “Okay guys let’s see your licenses.”

The man dropped his fishing pole and started running. the warden was in hot pursuit. After a quarter of a mile the man stopped and let the warden catch him. “Okay now I’ve got ya,” said the warden.

“Got me what?” said the man.

“Fishing without a license, ” said the warden.

 “Oh I have a fishing license.” said the man.
 
“Why did you run?” questioned the warden.

“It’s my buddy who didn’t have one.”

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Aussie Mermaid (Video)

Hanna Fraser 36, from Byron Bay in New South Wales Australia, has always been fascinated with mermaids, when she was 9 she watched the movie “Splash” and decided to make her own mermaid tail.
She is now a mermaid model, actress and performer, and swims with a lot of marine life. Hannah has the ability to hold her breath and dive to depths of 45 feet, without any diving gear.

Hanna Fraser answers some Frequently Asked Questions

Hanna Mermaid official website

There are some very beautiful photos and a small article about Hanna in the
Daily Mail UK.

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Emu Walks into Hotel: Western Australia (Video)

The Australian Emu is a large flightless bird, like the ostrich or cassowary. The emu is just about all over Australia, and is very common, they love food, and even if you are in a wildlife sanctuary or a zoo if the emu sees you carrying a bag with food it will hound you until it gets it.

                                                  Emu (photo wikimedia commons)

They have very soft brown feathers, and reach a height of 2 metres or 6.6 ft. Emus are very fast and they do travel long distances with no effort at all. They can sprint at 50 km/h or 31 mph, and their long legs can take strides of up to 275 centimetres or 9.02 ft. Their diet consists of a variety of plants and insects, but they ingest, stones, glass, metal and grind food in the digestive system. Emus can swim and they will also sit in water on very hot days. They do not sleep continuously at night but in short stints sitting down.

Emu (Dromaius novaehollandiae) at Lone Pine Ko...

Emu (Dromaius novaehollandiae) at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, Brisbane, Australia.(Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Like the Australian cassowary they use their claws as weapons, and their legs are among the strongest of any animal, they can easily rip metal wire fences, they have great eyesight, and hearing, there is no way to sneak up on an emu.

Emu feet

Emu feet (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Now that you know a bit about the emu, can you imagine one of these birds walking into a hotel? Well this particular hotel is in Denham Western Australia, the hotel is called Shark Bay Hotel. Apparently this has happened before at this hotel, but this is the first time the emu has been caught on camera. Well he strides in, has a look around does his business (poops) and wanders out. :shock:

There is a very small article about this in News.com.au, and it is well worth the click to have a read I’m sure you will have a laugh. :)

Thankfully, the incident was caught on CCTV, but all the emu left behind was his inconsiderate mess – and it took three people to clean it up before dinner service.
But would he be welcomed back into the pub?
“As long as it has money for a drink!” he said.

I am so very glad I do not work there, that would of been pretty messy to clean up. :)


*I thought I would put this video in as well, just for a bit of a laugh. :)


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