MD-80 dangerous William Lawrence Sr Omnibit 6-11-18

Is the MD-80 dangerous? The McDonnell Douglas jetliner has been involved in crashes causing 1,1446 deaths since it first flew in 1979. Pretty scary, until you realize it’s competitors the Boeing 737 and the Airbus A320 had crashes involving 4,862 and 1,393 deaths respectively. The 737 first flew in 1966 and the A320 in 1987. Did you know that there is a half-million people in the air at any one time?

MD-80 dangerous William Lawrence Sr Omnibit 6-11-18

MD-80 dangerous William Lawrence Sr Omnibit 6-11-18

How hot are LED bulbs William Lawrence Sr Omnibit 6-9-18

How hot are LED bulbs? You won’t burn your fingers on most of them. The tip of a 13W one is about 110F. Your fingers don’t burn until the temp hits 131F.

For what it’s worth, the tip of a 60W incandescent bulb is 357 F and the tip of an 24W CF bulb is 183 F.

How hot are LED bulbs William Lawrence Sr Omnibit 6-9-18

How hot are LED bulbs William Lawrence Sr Omnibit 6-9-18

Mulberry Harbor William Lawrence Sr Omnibit 6-6-18

The artificial Mulberry Harbor built at Gold Beach after the Invasion of Normandy was used for six months to land 2.5 million men, 500,000 vehicles and 4 million tons of supplies.

Mulberry Harbor William Lawrence Sr Omnibit 6-6-18

Mulberry Harbor

Hals-und beinbruch William Lawrence Sr Omnibit 6-2-18

Why is “break a leg” a wish for good luck among theater folk? It comes from the German phrase  hals-und beinbruch which means “neck and leg break” which means good luck.

That very well may have been a corruption of the Hebrew hatzlakha u-brakha meaning “success and blessing” which came to Germany via Yiddish. How did it end up in American entertainment? A lot of theater folk in early 20th century America were German-speaking immigrant Jews.

hals-und beinbruch William Lawrence Sr Omnibit 6-2-18

Why is "break a leg" a wish for good luck among theater folk? It comes from the German phrase  hals-und beinbruch which means "neck and leg break" which means good luck. That very well may have been a corruption

Francisco Macias Nguema William Lawrence Sr Omnibit 5-30-18

Francisco Macias Nguema was a very bad man. He was the first leader of Equatorial Guinea after it obtained independence from Spain in 1968. On Christmas Eve 1975, he had 150 opponents killed in a soccer stadium by soldiers dressed as Santa Claus while playing the Mary Hopkin’s song “Those Were the Days”.

He was overthrown and executed in 1979.

Nguema used hallucinogenic drugs and was quite insane. He murdered the director of his Central Bank and buried the entire national treasury under his bed which was in a bamboo hut in the village of his birth.

Francisco Macias Nguema William Lawrence Sr Omnibit 5-30-18

Francisco Macias Nguema