Ok, I’m in Love!!

Anyone familiar with guns knows of the classic American pistol, the 45 cal. M1911 & the M1911A1. It’s still one of the most widely known and loved pistols, used in The Korean, Vietnam and both World Wars. John M. Browning designed the firearm which was the standard-issue side arm for the United States armed forces from 1911 to 1985.

The Colt pistol was formally adopted by the Army on March 29, 1911, thus gaining its designation, M1911 (Model 1911). It was adopted by the Navy and United States Marine Corps in 1913.

Originally manufactured only by Colt, demand for the firearm in the first World War saw the expansion of manufacture to the government-owned Springfield Armory.

Battlefield experience in the First World War led to some small external changes, completed in 1924. The new version received a modified type classification, M1911A1.

The differences in the M1911 and the upgraded M1911A1 were minor and consisted of a shorter trigger, cutouts in the frame behind the trigger, an arched mainspring housing, a longer grip safety spur,to prevent hammer bite, a wider front sight, a shorter spur on the hammer, and simplified grip checkering by eliminating the “Double Diamond” reliefs. You can spot the differences in the above picture. The internal components were all interchangable.

By the way, hammer bite describes the action of an external hammer pinching or poking the web of the operator’s shooting hand between the thumb and fore-finger when the gun is fired. Some handguns prone to this are the M1911 pistol and the Browning Hi-Power. It can be quite painful.

So how could a classic handgun such as this be improved upon?

Just Watch!

Oh the Irony

Isn’t It Ironic?  

The food stamp program, part of the Department of Agriculture, is pleased to be distributing the greatest amount of food stamps ever. 

Meanwhile, the Park Service, also part of the Department of Agriculture, asks us,

“Please do not feed the animals because the animals may grow dependent and not learn to take care of themselves.”

Joke du Jour

A farm boy accidentally overturned his wagonload of corn.

The farmer who lived nearby heard the noise and yelled over to the boy, “Hey Willis forget your troubles. Come in and visit with us. I’ll help you get the wagon up later.”

 
“That’s mighty nice of you,” Willis answered, “but I don’t think Pa would like me to.”
“Aw come on boy,” the farmer insisted.

“Well okay,” the boy finally agreed, and added, “but Pa won’t like it.”

After a hearty dinner, Willis thanked his host. “I feel a lot better now, but I know Pa is going to be real upset.”
“Don’t be foolish!” the neighbor said with a smile. “By the way, where is he?”

“Under the wagon.”

For the Person who has Everything!

Bet you don’t have one of these? Bet you’ll want one? I know I do. How cool is this?

Could this be the best ever use for a deceased jellyfish? A bright spark has found an ingenious use for the corpses of the sea creatures: making them into glow-in-the-dark lamps.

In Tennesee, ‘The Amazing Jellyfish (theamazingjellyfish.com)’ take the bioluminescent bodies of creatures that have died of natural causes and encase them in resin, thus preserving not just their bodies, but also their incredible glow-in-the-dark properties.

Thanks to the phosphur proteins in their bodies – part of the defence mechanism that they use to frighten predators – jellyfish absorb light naturally, and emit it with an ethereal blueish glow when under darkened conditions.

How it Works

After a jellyfish dies, the firm freeze its body using liquid nitrogen, which they then set in crystalline resin – a special sort of epoxy that can withstand working at ultra low temperatures – creating a cast of the body, which is set in an ovoid mould shaped like the resulting lamp.

No extra light is needed – the natural radiance the jellyfish emit in a darkened room has been absorbed during the daylight hours.

However, some of the lamps come with a special base that can add an eerie glow to the jellyfish so that it can also be used as a more traditional light.

For the squeamish, it is worth pointing out that the transparent resin, crystalline epoxy, is strong and shatterproof, so will not break if dropped.

Next Generation Xbox

Anyone who plays video games or has children who do so, may not be thrilled with the next generation Xbox console.

The follow-up to the Xbox 360 is due out next year – and the machine will no longer have a disc drive, according to a source within Microsoft.

Instead, games will download to the hi-tech new console, or gamers can carry them on a memory card.

No exact release date has been revealed, but the leak lends weight to the rumor that Microsoft may show off the new Xbox at the games industry conference E3 in Los Angeles in May.

The 2013 launch date is reportedly ‘confirmed’.

Nintendo will show off its ‘next-generation’ Wii U at the same conference.

The new Wii U console is said to be twice as powerful as Xbox 360, and Nintendo has already shown off ia tablet-style controller with a built-in screen.

Microsoft is reportedly briefing game industry partners with information about its own machine.

The lack of a disc drive is not surprising. Microsoft already sells a huge amount of games via its Xbox Live internet service and offers web-TV and downloadable films via services built into Xbox Live.

The Gaming industry trade magazine MCV reported the leak from an unnamed source, who claimed the information was covered by a strict non-disclosure agreement.

“Although the console will not include a disc drive, it will offer compatibility with some sort of interchangeable solid-state card storage. It is not yet known whether this will be proprietary or a more standard format such as SD,” said MCV’s Ben Parfitt.

“The omission of a disc drive signifies the beginning of a new era for games consoles and represents a potentially savage blow to the already beleaguered video games retail sector.”

Companies that thrive on the sale of new and used discs, such as Gamestop, will most certainly suffer greatly.

One of the benefits of video game discs is being able to trade them in for credit toward a new or used game. Without that perk, this new system may make gaming a more expensive proposition.

Joke of the Day

After a round of golf, four ladies sat around the clubhouse, chatting.

Seeing the ladies, the club Pro approached them and asked: “How did your game go?

The first lady, a brunette, said she had a good round … making the comment that she actually had 25 riders. The Pro was a bit perplexed not knowing what a “Rider” was.

The second was a blonde lady who quickly chimed in and said that she had a very good round as well with 16 riders.

The third lady then said that her round was average and that she only had 10 riders.

The fourth lady admitted that she played the worst round of the day and that she only had 2 riders all day long.

The Pro was completely confused not knowing what the term “rider” meant. But, because he didn’t want to look dumb, he made a quick polite remark, wished the ladies well and then left.

He then approached the bartender and asked, “Hey, can you tell me what these ladies are talking about when they refer to “Riders”?”

The bartender simply smiled and said…”A ‘Rider” is when you hit a shot long enough to ride on the golf cart to your ball.

Joke of the Day

So Bad!

After an intense investigation by both Russian and U.S. officials, spokespersons from both space agencies have determined the cause of the accident which has placed the space station and its resident personnel in jeopardy.

In terse statements at a recent press conference, Russian and U.S. space agency spokespersons said Thursday, “We have concluded joint investigations concerning this potentially tragic accident. Each nations’ team, separately, has arrived at identical conclusions for this incident. The accident was caused by one thing and one thing only…”


“OBJECTS IN MIR ARE CLOSER THAN THEY APPEAR.”

Joke of the Day

An astronomer is on an expedition to Darkest Africa to observe a total eclipse of the sun, which will only be observable there, when he’s captured by cannibals.

The eclipse is due the next day around noon. To gain his freedom he plans to pose as a god and threaten to extinguish the sun if he’s not released, but the timing has to be just right.

So, in the few words of the cannibals’ primative tongue that he knows, he asks his guard what time they plan to kill him.

The guard’s answer is, “Tradition has it that captives are to be killed when the sun reaches the highest point in the sky on the day after their capture so that they may be cooked and ready to be served for the evening meal”.

“Great”, the astronomer replies.

The guard continues, though, “But because everyone’s so excited about it, in your case we’re going to wait until after the eclipse.”