Airplane fly forever William Lawrence Sr Omnibit 11-15-19

Can an airplane fly forever? Luminati Aerospace of Calverton, N.Y. thinks so. It says it has developed algorithms and autopilots that enable its aircraft to harvest wind gusts and fly in v-formations like geese. It thinks that might do the trick.

Airplane fly forever William Lawrence Sr Omnibit 11-15-19
Airplane fly forever William Lawrence Sr Omnibit 11-15-19

Homer Simpson William Lawrence Sr Omnibit 11-14-19

Homer Simpson with his large hands is a major character in Nathanael West’s classic novel Day of the Locust. What’s particularly strange about it is that the novel was written in 1939 and has nothing to do with Springfield.

Homer Simpson William Lawrence Sr Omnibit 11-14-19
Homer Simpson William Lawrence Sr Omnibit 11-14-19

Erno Goldfinger William Lawrence Sr Omnibit 11-12-19

Many might know that Ian Fleming used the name of a Philadelphia ornithologist for his super spy James Bond. Less might know that he used the name of Erno Goldfinger, a British real estate developer, for his super villain Auric Goldfinger.

The real James Bond was fine with Fleming’s choice. Erno, well, not so much. He took it to court.

Fleming just said that he’d change the name to Gold(something else) and Erno dropped the matter. Fleming’s publisher paid Goldfinger’s legal costs though and gave him six free copies of the book. He should have asked they be autographed.

Erno Goldfinger William Lawrence Sr Omnibit 11-12-19
Erno Goldfinger William Lawrence Sr Omnibit 11-12-19

License plate read 111118 William Lawrence Sr Omnibit 11-11-19

The assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife Sophia in Sarajevo in 1914 started World War I. Their car’s license plate read 111118. Some can read that as Nov. 11, 1918. That would be the date the war ended.

License plate read 111118 William Lawrence Sr Omnibit 11-11-19
license plate read 111118. Some can read that as Nov. 11, 1918. That would be the date the war ended.

5.7 million Soviets captured William Lawrence Sr Omnibit 11-9-19

The Soviet Union took 3 million Germans and other Axis soldiers as prisoners of war during World War II. While Soviets said 381,000 died in captivity, a West German government commission says it was a million. Pretty mean of the Soviets but remember that of the of 5.7 million Soviets captured by the Nazis, 3.3 million died in captivity.

5.7 million Soviets captured William Lawrence Sr Omnibit 11-9-19
 5.7 million Soviets captured by the Nazis, 3.3 million died in captivity.

South Koreans eat acorns William Lawrence Sr Omnibit 11-8-19

Here’s something squirrelly: South Koreans eat acorns. A lot of them. The country imports 9,000 tons a year from China. The government has had to pass strict laws against gathering them in forests. Violators face a five year prison sentence.

South Koreans eat acorns William Lawrence Sr Omnibit 11-8-19
South Koreans eat acorns William Lawrence Sr Omnibit 11-8-19
That’s nuts.

Literary hoaxes William Lawrence Sr Omnibit 11-7-19

Theodore Sturgeon, the noted writer of science fiction and literary hoaxes, gets his name from his stepfather William Dickie Sturgeon who was a professor at Drexel University.

Besides SF, Sturgeon collaborated with Jean “A Christmas Story” Shepherd on I Libertine, which was a noted hoax on the book industry in 1956.

Shepherd made up the title and began talking about it on his radio show. His listeners started asking booksellers for it. The hoax became real when publisher Ian Ballantine hired Sturgeon to write it up based on Shepherd’s notes.

The real rub? I Libertine is fairly accurate historical fiction concerning the life of  Elizabeth Chudleigh.

Sturgeon motto was “ask the next question.” He represented it with the symbol a Q with an arrow through it. He signed his name with it and wore it around his neck for his last 15 years.

Literary hoaxes William Lawrence Sr Omnibit 11-7-19
Literary hoaxes William Lawrence Sr Omnibit 11-7-19