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  • Rick started a thread about it.

    http://forums.firehouse.com/showthread.php?t=81837

    I heard it on the radio this morning too.

    How f**king sad is that.
    September 11th - Never Forget

    I respect firefighters and emergency workers worldwide. Thank you for what you do.

    Sheri
    IACOJ CRUSTY CONVENTION CHAIR
    Honorary Flatlander

    RAY WAS HERE FIRST

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    • May 28, 2006 -- Marjorie Thompson became annoyed by a sheriff's helicopter hovering over her house and decided a good response would be to start firing bottle rockets at it. Bad idea. Thompson, 44, of Orlando, Fla., was caught as she launched one of the rockets, and is facing felony charges of shooting a deadly missile at an aircraft.
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      • May 31, 2006 -- An Ohio inventor is looking for investors to finish a prototype of his latest creation - a cordless jump-rope. After being awarded official Patent No. 7037243 earlier this month, Lester Clancy, 52, of Mansfield, says he can finally develop the idea that has been kicking around in his head since 1998. With just two handles, jumpers have to pretend to go over the rope. What makes the invention work are mobile weights inside that simulate the feel of a rope moving, Clancy said.
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        Charleston 9
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        • KEY WEST, Fla. (AP) -- A man wearing a purple women's bathing suit and carrying a flare gun was arrested after he told a bartender he was going to "get rid of all the dirt bags in Key West," authorities said. Jeffrey C. Anderson, 55, was charged with carrying a concealed firearm Monday after he brandished the flare gun, which was under a skirt he was wearing, Key West police spokeswoman Christie Phillips said. The bartender, who was not identified, was working in the downstairs bar of The Bull and Whistle, a popular Key West watering hole located on Duval Street. "She reported she had seen a man, later identified as Anderson, dancing in the street showing tourists his private parts, and asking people for money when they took his picture," the news release said. The bartender said Anderson then approached her, telling her he was going to get rid of the city's "dirt bags" before displaying the gun, police said. Police quickly located Anderson and found an orange 12-gauge flare gun in his possession, Phillips said. He was transported to the Monroe County detention center. It was not clear if he had a lawyer.
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          FF. Vincent Morello Ladder 35
          FF. Michael Roberts Ladder 35 *
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          Charleston 9
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          • Duck ala ronge anyone?

            Duck X-Ray Reveals 'Alien Head'

            POSTED: 6:14 pm EDT May 27, 2006
            UPDATED: 6:33 pm EDT May 27, 2006

            CORDELIA, Calif. -- Researchers in California claim to have a duck X-ray showing what appears to be an “alien creature” in the bird's stomach.

            The International Bird Rescue Research Center in Cordelia plans to raise funds with the X-ray.

            The bird came in with a broken wing. But when assistant manager Marie Travers radiographed the duck, she was stunned to see a very clear image of what supposedly looked like the face, or head, of an extraterrestrial.

            Unfortunately, the duck died of its injuries.

            Initial reports from the center claimed the cause of the supposed alien face was never determined. Necropsy results are pending.

            It may all sound like a lot of quackery, but the center has come up with a way to turn its close encounter into a fundraiser for the center. It will auction off the X-ray on eBay.
            If you don't do it RIGHT today, when will you have time to do it over? (Hall of Fame basketball player/coach John Wooden)

            "I may be slow, but my work is poor." Chief Dave Balding, MVFD

            "Its not Rocket Science. Just use a LITTLE imagination." (Me)

            Get it up. Get it on. Get it done!

            impossible solved cotidie. miracles postulo viginti - quattuor hora animadverto

            IACOJ member: Cheers, Play safe y'all.

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            • June 3, 2006 -- British officials tried to uphold high standards when it came to filling the post of hangman. Documents from Britain's National Archives reveal that, in 1938, the officials rejected applicants who were chatty, morally dubious or morbid. The country's longest-serving hangman, Thomas Pierrepoint, held the job for 37 years and executed more than 300 people you goto love the Brits
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              FF. Steve Mercado Engine 40 *
              FF. Kevin Bracken Engine 40 *
              FF. Vincent Morello Ladder 35
              FF. Michael Roberts Ladder 35 *
              FF. Michael Lynch Engine 40
              FF. Michael Dauria Engine 40

              Charleston 9
              "If my job was easy a cop would be doing it."
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              • Our jobs are safe

                You gotta lown Darwin for this one. The stupid gene is a resilient little bugger.
                Get your daily fill of those idiots that keep us employed @
                www.darwinawards.com

                These are awards given to those who ensure the survival of the human race by removing themselves from the genepool in spectacular and stupid ways - often fire insipred.

                an example from this years awards follows

                14 May 2001, New York) A woman was found burned to death, her body still on fire on a grassy area adjacent to her home in Rome. A lighter and a melted gas can were discovered nearby. After months of investigation, police turned up no evidence of foul play, and believe her demise was due to her habit of dousing anthills with gasoline while she smoked cigarettes.

                DARWIN AWARD (17 April 2006, England) There's always someone who thinks that good advice doesn't apply to them. For example, if advised by a doctor that you are to be covered wtih a flammable material, and the one thing you must not do is go near a naked flame, most people would be able to take this advice onboard, and not strike a match until the flammable material smeared on your body had been taken off.
                However, Phillip, 60, decided he knew better. He was in hospital for the treatment of a skin disease, which consisted of being covered with a paraffin-based cream. He was warned that the cream was flammable and that he definitely shouldn't smoke. But Phillip couldn't live without his cigarettes.

                Smoking was not permitted in the ward, but Phillip took this setback in stride, and sneaked out onto a fire escape. Once he was in his little hiding place, he lit up... ahh. Everything went well as he got his nicotine fix; things went downhill only after he finished his cigarette, and ground out the butt with his heel.

                Unfortunately, the paraffin skin cream had been absorbed by his clothing. As he stamped out the butt, it lit the fumes coming off his pyjamas. The resulting inferno treated his skin ailment, and left him with first-degree burns over 70% of his body. Despite excellent emergency treatment, he died in the intensive care unit.

                Using the Darwin checklist:

                1.Reproduction -- if he has children, he's not having any more.
                2.Excellence -- this is one that I'll remember.
                3.Self-Selection -- he was warned that paraffin and flames don't mix.
                4.Maturity -- At 60 I'd guess he was old enough to make his own decisions.
                5.Veracity -- All the major news carriers in the UK had the story.

                This ticks all the boxes, and though I feel sorry for the family, I think that it acts as a warning that if a doctor tells you not to smoke, there's probably a very good reason.

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                • June 4, 2006 -- Lending new meaning to the 1977 comedy title "High Anxiety," a pilot discovered a 41/2-foot snake peering out at him from the instrument panel of his Piper Cherokee - at 3,000 feet. "Nothing in the manuals described anything like this," said Monty Coles, who grabbed the snake with one hand while guiding the plane to a safe landing with the other.
                  ALL GAVE SOME BUT SOME GAVE ALL
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                  FF. Steve Mercado Engine 40 *
                  FF. Kevin Bracken Engine 40 *
                  FF. Vincent Morello Ladder 35
                  FF. Michael Roberts Ladder 35 *
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                  Charleston 9
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                  • I've been told that advanced science would appear to be magic.

                    Originally posted by NYSmokey
                    Scientists ponder invisibility cloak
                    By ANDREW BRIDGES, Associated Press Writer
                    Thu May 25, 2:09 PM ET

                    WASHINGTON - Imagine an invisibility cloak that works just like the one Harry Potter inherited from his father.

                    Researchers in England and the United States think they know how to do that. They are laying out the blueprint and calling for help in developing the exotic materials needed to build a cloak.

                    The keys are special manmade materials, unlike any in nature or the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. These materials are intended to steer light and other forms of electromagnetic radiation around an object, rendering it as invisible as something tucked into a hole in space.

                    "Is it science fiction? Well, it's theory and that already is not science fiction. It's theoretically possible to do all these Harry Potter things, but what's standing in the way is our engineering capabilities," said John Pendry, a physicist at the Imperial College London.

                    Details of the study, which Pendry co-wrote, appear in Thursday's online edition of the journal Science.

                    Scientists not involved in the work said it presents a solid case for making invisibility an attainable goal.

                    "This is very interesting science and a very interesting idea and it is supported on a great mathematical and physical basis," said Nader Engheta, a professor of electrical and systems engineering at the University of Pennsylvania. Engheta has done his own work on invisibility using novel materials called metamaterials.

                    Pendry and his co-authors also propose using metamaterials because they can be tuned to bend electromagnetic radiation — radio waves and visible light, for example — in any direction.

                    A cloak made of those materials, with a structure designed down to the submicroscopic scale, would neither reflect light nor cast a shadow.

                    Instead, like a river streaming around a smooth boulder, light and all other forms of electromagnetic radiation would strike the cloak and simply flow around it, continuing on as if it never bumped up against an obstacle. That would give an onlooker the apparent ability to peer right through the cloak, with everything tucked inside concealed from view.

                    "Yes, you could actually make someone invisible as long as someone wears a cloak made of this material," said Patanjali Parimi, a Northeastern University physicist and design engineer at Chelton Microwave Corp. in Bolton, Mass. Parimi was not involved in the research.

                    Such a cloak does not exist, but early versions that could mask microwaves and other forms of electromagnetic radiation could be as close as 18 months away, Pendry said. He said the study was "an invitation to come and play with these new ideas."

                    "We will have a cloak after not too long," he said.

                    The Pentagon's Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency supported the research, given the obvious military applications of such stealthy technology.

                    While Harry Potter could wear his cloak to skulk around Hogwarts, a real-world version probably would not be something just to be thrown on, Pendry said.

                    "To be realistic, it's going to be fairly thick. Cloak is a misnomer. 'Shield' might be more appropriate," he said.


                    Imagine the possibilities
                    I am a highly trained professional and can find my :: expletive deleted:: with either hand in various light conditions.

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                    • (7 March 2005, Vietnam) Nguyen, 21, had been drinking with friends in Hanoi, when he pulled out an old detonator he had found. It was about six centimeters long and eight centimeters in diameter, with two wires hanging out. Because it was old and rusty, Nguyen said, it couldn't explode. His friends disagreed.

                      To prove his point, Nguyen put the detonator in his mouth and asked his friend to plug the dangling wires into a 220-volt electrical receptacle.

                      Turns out Nyugen was wrong!

                      The victim had little time to reflect on his mistaken, or whether 220 volts alone could have been fatal. According to police, "the explosion blew out his cheeks and smashed all his teeth." He died on the way to the hospital.

                      I've seen this on a couple levels.

                      I knew a guy who found a blasting cap and not only hooked it up wrong (two wires to cap and one to battery, one to BOOM!) but did it on a friend of mine's gas stove.

                      I've also heard of (and saw one photo) combat engineers crimping caps with tehir teeth and going too high. results in an interesting injury.
                      I am a highly trained professional and can find my :: expletive deleted:: with either hand in various light conditions.

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                      • June 5, 2006 -- With 6-6-6 - June 6, 2006 - ringing in tomorrow, bookies of all sorts are cashing in. BetUS.com gives Earth a better-than-sporting chance of being around on June 7. At 100,000-to-1 odds, if you bet the maximum $500 that the planet will survive and it does, you win half a penny. But a $100 bet that the apocalypse is upon us stands to net a cool $10 million. The downside, of course, is that the "lucky" gamblers might have a devil of a time collecting
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                        FF. Steve Mercado Engine 40 *
                        FF. Kevin Bracken Engine 40 *
                        FF. Vincent Morello Ladder 35
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                        FF. Michael Lynch Engine 40
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                        • I was thinking about the "Longest Drive" thing, but then decided that they did not specify "on Earth".

                          Space Walkers Don't Have Time For Golf Stunt

                          POSTED: 2:29 pm EDT June 2, 2006

                          CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- The crew of the international space station was back inside Friday after a 6½ hour spacewalk.

                          American flight engineer Jeff Williams and Russian commander Pavel Vinogradov extended their venture so they could replace a video camera on the orbiting outpost.

                          They earlier completed a half-dozen maintenance jobs.

                          That work left little time for playing around. Plans were scratched for Vinogradov to whack a golf ball into orbit for the longest drive in history.

                          A Canadian golf club manufacturer paid Russia's space agency an undisclosed amount to have him hit the gold-plated golf ball into space, but the stunt was postponed until later in the year.

                          Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press.


                          Interesting he was going to use a Canadian Club. Being a Russian, I wonder if he likes Canadian Whiskey?
                          If you don't do it RIGHT today, when will you have time to do it over? (Hall of Fame basketball player/coach John Wooden)

                          "I may be slow, but my work is poor." Chief Dave Balding, MVFD

                          "Its not Rocket Science. Just use a LITTLE imagination." (Me)

                          Get it up. Get it on. Get it done!

                          impossible solved cotidie. miracles postulo viginti - quattuor hora animadverto

                          IACOJ member: Cheers, Play safe y'all.

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                          • June 6, 2006 -- Talk about a half-baked getaway.
                            A young man caught shoplifting a package of Pop-Tarts in a Salt Lake City convenience store last week lost his shirt struggling with a clerk and fled after punching her in the stomach. But he didn't get far. He was hit by a pickup truck in the store parking lot, got up and resumed running - right into the path of a minivan. He got up again and limped away - into the waiting arms of cops.


                            6-6-6
                            ALL GAVE SOME BUT SOME GAVE ALL
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                            FF. Kevin Bracken Engine 40 *
                            FF. Vincent Morello Ladder 35
                            FF. Michael Roberts Ladder 35 *
                            FF. Michael Lynch Engine 40
                            FF. Michael Dauria Engine 40

                            Charleston 9
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                            • Keeping with the 6-6-6 theme

                              Moms-to-be delay births on June 6, 2006
                              By VERENA DOBNIK, Associated Press Writer

                              NEW YORK - Around the country, some superstitious mothers-to-be took steps Tuesday to make sure their babies were not born on the most bedeviling of dates, 6-6-6.

                              In New York, "people are canceling left and right because of what today represents," said Liza Washington, an administrative assistant at Children's Hospital of the New York-Presbyterian Medical Center. More than a dozen deliveries were postponed because of 666, which is said to be the "Number of the Beast" in the Book of Revelation.

                              Julie Haley, 33, of Reading, Mass., went into labor Monday. As of Tuesday afternoon, she still had not given birth.

                              "We were going to try to get it out before midnight or I was going to keep my legs closed," she said. "I don't want her to have that stigma for the rest of her life. When she gets older, her friends would say that anything bad would be because of her birthdate."

                              A Chicago obstetrician, Dr. Scott Pierce, performed a C-section on Monday on a woman who didn't want her son to be teased about his birthday and called names like Damien from the movie "The Omen," about a sinister boy who turns out to be the Antichrist. A remake of the classic horror film was released on Tuesday.

                              Pierce, who works at two Chicago-area hospitals, said he and his colleagues canceled any deliveries scheduled for Tuesday. But he added, "I'll do nothing that is ethically not indicated."

                              Pierce said that in general, about 25 percent of all births involve C-sections whose timing can be controlled "give or take a day." And about 30 percent of births are natural, but labor is artificially induced, allowing the timing to be controlled as well.

                              In Wichita, Kan., a woman suddenly realized that her delivery date was June 6, and asked her doctor to delay the birth, said Dr. James Whiddon of the obstetrics and gynecology department at Wichita Clinic.

                              Another baby was born early because of 666.

                              Tabitha Unternahrer of Wayland, Iowa, was supposed to have a C-section on Tuesday but called her doctor and had the date moved up. Her daughter, Taryn Reney, was born May 31.

                              "About two weeks ago I realized the date and called and told them it had to be moved," said Unternahrer, whose decision was triggered by a dream about complications in childbirth.

                              Rebecca Zerkin scheduled her baby girl's birth by C-section for the sixth day of the sixth month of the sixth year — on purpose.

                              "I did it because June 5 is my birthday and I wanted us to each have our own birthday," said the 35-year-old teacher, still on painkillers as she held her five-hour-old infant at Manhattan's St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center. As for the superstition, "I couldn't care less. The date is easy to remember."

                              Jill Haub, born on June 6, 1966, celebrated her 40th birthday on Tuesday. She is a mother of two boys and teaches sixth-graders in Yukon, Okla.

                              "When I tell people my birthday, the ones who are really brave give me the look and say, `That's scary!'" said Haub, a practicing Christian. "And I say, `Actually, I have an extra 6 — born on 6-6-66 — so that's four sixes. I'm good, not evil.'"
                              Tom

                              Never Forget 9-11-2001

                              Stay safe out there!

                              IACOJ Member

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                              • Don't know about anyone else, but if I could have "picked" a date, 6-6-6 would have been it.

                                Consider this: yes, there would be a lot of teasing to take, but imagine the possibilities of what you could get away with ..........
                                If you don't do it RIGHT today, when will you have time to do it over? (Hall of Fame basketball player/coach John Wooden)

                                "I may be slow, but my work is poor." Chief Dave Balding, MVFD

                                "Its not Rocket Science. Just use a LITTLE imagination." (Me)

                                Get it up. Get it on. Get it done!

                                impossible solved cotidie. miracles postulo viginti - quattuor hora animadverto

                                IACOJ member: Cheers, Play safe y'all.

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