|From the Sacramento Bee,
September 28, 2007
Mad man cuts house
HILLSBORO, Ohio - A man angry that he
wasn't going to be sold a house is accused of using a power saw to turn
the abode into a convertible.
Rodney Rogers apparently thought an
acquaintance was going to build a house and sell it to him, and he was
living in it while it was being completed, Highland County Sheriff
Ronald Ward said Wednesday.
After the acquaintance refused to
complete the sale, Rogers made a lateral cut through the walls and
siding at about chest level, authorities said.
He cut all the way around the house,
Only one thing was keeping the top half
of the house in place on the bottom half.
"Gravity," Ward said.
The owners had not estimated the dollar
value of the damage, Ward said.
What does yellow taste like? Ewww....
convergassure n. & v. forms - Referring to the near
inevitability of observed entities arriving at the same place at the
- Pedestrian Factor - If there are
pedestrians anywhere in the general vicinity, then they will be
exactly in one's way, not just nearby.
- Bouncing debris on the highway
will impact your vehicle.
- A seen bug will hit your
helmet facemask. Or, a seen stone will hit your
- If you are biking, driving or
boating, and there's a single hazard in the whole area, you have a
high likelyhood of hitting it.
Malconvergence is a
subset of convergassurance.
The film "Repo Man" has a discussion where it's pointed out that there
is a "Lattice of Coincidence" overlaying everything. Yes, I'll buy that.
|Jon Stewart's statement acknowledging that HE is the
source of the war on Christmas:
"I will not rest until every year families gather to spend December 25th
together at Osama's homo-bortion pot and commie jiz-porium."
|The Five Stages of Acquisition
|According to a recent poll, 30%
think the English language is deteriorating and 70% think it ain't.
"It ain't what ya don't know that hurts ya. What
really puts a hurtin' on ya is what ya knows for sure, that just ain't
so." -- Uncle Remus
- General Motors' customers
- Harley Davidson fans
Acceleration: a perspective
- One Top Fuel dragster outfitted with a 500
cubic-inch Hemi engine makes more horsepower (8,000 HP) than the
first 4 rows at NASCAR's Daytona 500... ( Aaarrgh !! )
- Under full throttle, a dragster engine will
consume 11.2 gallons of nitro methane per second; a fully loaded
Boeing 747 consumes jet fuel at the same rate but with 25% less
energy being produced.
- A stock Dodge Hemi V8 engine cannot produce
enough power to merely drive the dragster's supercharger.
- With 3000 CFM of air being rammed in by the
supercharger on overdrive, the fuel mixture is compressed into a
near-solid form before ignition. Cylinders run on the verge of
hydraulic lockup at full throttle.
- At the stoichiometric 1.7:1 air/fuel mixture
for nitro methane the flame front temperature measures 7050 degrees
- Nitro methane burns yellow. The spectacular
white flame seen above the stacks at night is raw burning hydrogen,
dissociated from atmospheric water vapor by the searing exhaust
- Dual magnetos supply 44 amps to each spark
plug. Which is typically the output of an electric arc welder in
- Spark plug electrodes are totally consumed
during a pass.
- After 1/2 way thru the run, the engine is
'dieseling' from compression and the glow of the exhaust valves at
1400 degrees F. The engine can only be shut down by cutting the fuel
- If spark momentarily fails early in the run,
unburned nitro builds up in the affected cylinders and then explodes
with enough force sufficient to blow the cylinder heads off the
block in pieces or split the block in half!
- Dragsters reach over 300 MPH +... before you
have completed reading this sentence.
In order to exceed 300 MPH in 4.5 seconds, a dragster must
accelerate an average of over 4 G's. In order to reach 200 MPH well
before reaching half-track, at launch the acceleration approaches 8
The redline is actually quite high at 9500 RPM.
THE BOTTOM LINE: Assuming all the equipment is paid for, the pit
crew is working for free, & NOTHING BLOWS UP, each run will cost an
estimated $1000 per second.
0 to 100 MPH in .8 seconds (the first 60 feet of the run)
0 to 200 MPH in 2.2 seconds (the first 350 feet of the run)
6 g-forces at the starting line (nothing accelerates faster on land)
6 negative g-forces upon deployment of twin 'chutes at 300 MPH
An NHRA Top Fuel Dragster accelerates quicker than any other land
vehicle on earth . . quicker than a jet fighter plane . . . quicker
than the space shuttle....or snapping your fingers !!
The current Top Fuel dragster elapsed time record is 4.420 seconds
for the quarter-mile (2004, Doug Kalitta). The top speed record is
337.58 MPH as measured over the last 66' of the run (2005, Tony
So, in summary...Let's now put this all into perspective:
Imagine this....You are driving a new $140,000 Lingenfelter
twin-turbo powered Corvette Z-06. Over a mile up the road, a Top
Fuel dragster is staged & ready to 'launch' down a quarter-mile
strip as you pass.
You have the advantage of a flying start. You run the 'Vette hard,
on up through the gears and blast across the starting line, and pass
the dragster at an honest 200 MPH.... The 'tree' goes green for both
of you at that exact moment.
The dragster departs & starts after you. You keep your foot buried
hard to the floor, and suddenly you hear an incredibly brutally
screaming whine that sears and pummels your eardrums & within a mere
3 seconds the dragster effortlessly catches & passes you.
He beats you to the finish line, a quarter-mile away from where you
just passed him. Think about it - from a standing start, the
dragster had spotted you 200 MPH....and it not only caught, but
nearly blasted you off the planet when he passed you within a mere
1320 foot long race !!!
That my friends.....is acceleration
|My answer to the plastic fish
patriot is someone who protects his country from flag-waving morons.