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The Tunguska Blast... It's Real

You have been a participant in the biggest interdimensional cross-rip since the Tunguska blast of 1909!
--"Ray" from the movie Ghostbusters (1984) citing the wrong year for the Tunguska Blast! [1] [2]

It is unlikely that this event has been caused by "crossing the streams", but it is a mystery how a major explosion powerful enough to flatten trees for hundreds of miles around has not created some sort of crater. Let's point out the obvious, there are no direct LIVING witnesses to this event. Natives from VERY far away notice a bright blue light streaking across the sky from the east and headed north. It is brighter than the sun. The morning sun itself is just topping the trees and not moving very fast at all. There is a sudden flash and people are knocked from their feet. 80 MILLION trees are flattened. Many more burst into flames. Four distinct blasts are reported, but none greater than the first. Some suspect a Japanese plot. (Russia and Japan had ended their war three years prior.) Nevertheless, there will be no formal investigation until 13 years later. [3] [4]

My Take by Alex Shrugged
Upon sober reflection they figured that a meteor had hit the planet, but when they reached "ground zero" there were still trees standing upright. Granted they were burned into toothpicks, but they should have been knocked over. Later investigations noted a butterfly pattern to the blast. Experts recognized it as the pattern from an air-burst atomic explosion in the range of 10 to 15 megatons. Very likely an asteroid burst apart in the Earth's atmosphere about 5 miles up. People talk about asteroid monitoring and avoidance, but exactly what we could do about it right now is absolutely nothing. There are some asteroids that are not noticed until they hit... like on February 15th, 2013 when a much smaller asteroid passed over Russia and exploded. The event was caught on video just about everywhere. How much warning did we get? None at all. [5] [6]

Scouting for Boys

No. This is not a dating manual for girls. A series of magazine articles on woodland tracking skills, urban survival tips, and general self-improvement have been published in book form by Robert Baden-Powell. The book is a best seller right out the chute. You are seeing the beginning of the Boy Scout movement. Many hail this book as a new vision in education, but the author's only intent is to teach self-reliance. In these days children are educated to follow the herd, and in military service young men are trained to follow orders without question or initiative, but Baden-Powell remarks, "...if their officer was shot they were as helpless as a flock of sheep. Tell one of them to ride out alone with a message on a dark night and ten to one he would lose his way." While Baden-Powell agrees that formal education is valuable and discipline is a requirement in the military, Scouting makes a boy into a well-rounded and dependable individual. The book, "Scouting for Boys," will remain a best seller for decades to come. [7] [8]

As a matter of fact I didn't actually start the Boy Scout Movement, because the blooming thing started itself unseen.
--Robert Baden-Powell in a 1937 interview by "Listener" magazine. [9]
My Take by Alex Shrugged
I am a volunteer chaplain at Travis County Jail, Texas. A few hours ago, I met with a prisoner. I'll call him John (not his real name). John had read the books I had suggested, and he had some questions. We drifted into a talk about the dismal condition of our educational system. The jail provides educational services on the theory that a man (or woman) is committing crimes because he has no skills. Besides reading, writing and arithmetic, they teach how to open a checking account, cook a meal, and find a job. It sounds odd, but John couldn't believe that he had never been taught these basics skills. I'm not blaming the school system for leading John into a life of crime, but it might have helped if John knew how to cook a meal rather than buy one at three-times the price! I can't wait until next week when I tell him that food just falls out of the backside of a chicken. Won't he be surprised?

Notable Births

  • Edward Teller (Inventor of the hydrogen bomb. He was tired of using just an atom bomb.) [10]
  • Estée Lauder (The queen of cosmetics. She will be listed as one of the top 20 business geniuses of the 20th century.) [11]
  • John Galbraith (Economist under FDR. "Faced with the choice between changing one's mind and proving that there is no need to do so, almost everyone gets busy on the proof." According to Milton Friedman, that includes John.) [12]

In Other News

  • Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid are killed in a shootout... probably. Their bodies are never positively identified. [13]
  • The Ford Model-T is a big hit. Also known as the Tin Lizzie, it is the 1st affordable car for the middle-class. [14]
  • Bakelite is invented. The Age of Plastics is here, and it all began in Yonkers, New York... amazingly. [15] [16]

This Year in Wikipedia

Year 1908, Wikipedia.

See Also

References

  1. Tunguska event in popular culture - Wikipedia (2016). Retrieved on 1 December 2016. “In the 1984 movie Ghostbusters, Dr. Ray Stantz (Dan Aykroyd) tells Louis Tully (Rick Moranis) after the film's climax that 'You have been a participant in the biggest interdimensional cross-rip since the Tunguska blast of 1909!' (one year later than the event actually occurred).”
  2. Ghostbusters (1984) - IMDb (2016). Retrieved on 1 December 2016. “Three former parapsychology professors set up shop as a unique ghost removal service.”
  3. Tunguska event - Wikipedia (2016). Retrieved on 1 December 2016. “The explosion is generally attributed to the mid-air disruption of a superbolide. It is classified as an impact event, even though no impact crater has been found; the object is thought to have disintegrated at an altitude of 5 to 10 kilometres (3 to 6 miles) rather than hit the surface of the Earth.”
  4. Keel, John A.. Why UFOs: Operation Trojan Horse. Manor Books. “On June 30, 1908, the now-famous "meteor" exploded over Siberia.” 
  5. Tunguska event - Wikipedia (2016). Retrieved on 1 December 2016. “The spectacle that confronted Kulik as he stood on a ridge overlooking the devastated area was overwhelming. To the explorers' surprise, no crater was to be found. There was instead around ground zero a vast zone (8 kilometres [5.0 mi] across) of trees scorched and devoid of branches, but standing upright. The trees farther away had been partly scorched and knocked down in a direction away from the centre. Much later, in the 1960s, it was established that the zone of levelled forest occupied an area of some 2,150 square kilometres (830 sq mi), its shape resembling a gigantic spread-eagled butterfly with a 'wingspan' of 70 kilometres (43 mi) and a 'body length' of 55 kilometres (34 mi).”
  6. Meteor Hits Russia Feb 15, 2013 - Event Archive - YouTube (2016). Retrieved on 1 December 2016. “Feb 15,2013 - A 'small' meteorite streaked through the skies above Russia's Urals region. The blast, equivalent to 300,000 tons of TNT, shattered windows, damaged more than 3,000 building and injured over 1,000 people.”
  7. Scouting For Boys. thedump.scoutscan.com (2014). Retrieved on 1 December 2016. “The definitive manual for Scouts. This is the book that started Scouting. Complete with illustrations by B-P. Originally published in installments every other Wednesday from January 15, 1908”
  8. Scouting for Boys - Wikipedia (2016). Retrieved on 1 December 2016. “Scouting for Boys was published in six fortnightly instalments of approximately 70 pages each, from January to March 1908. They were produced by Pearson's printer, Horace Cox. These six publications were a success and, as planned, were issued in book form on 1 May 1908. Although Aids to Scouting strongly influenced the book, Scouting for Boys presents Scouting from the perspective of outdoorsmen and explorers rather than military men, and it adds the Scout Oath, Scout Law, honours and games for youth. The book was revised and an enormous variety of editions were published. Many of these editions were edited by others and, far beyond mere editing, whole sections were written by authors other than Baden-Powell.”
  9. "BBC NEWS - What would Baden-Powell do?", July 27, 2007. Retrieved on 1 December 2016. “I have said the 'hunting' or 'going after big game is one of the best things in scouting'. I did not say shooting or killing the game was the best part; for as you get to study animals you get to like them more and more, and you will soon find that you don't want to kill them for the mere sake of killing.” 
  10. Edward Teller - Wikipedia (2016). Retrieved on 1 December 2016. “In 1942, Teller was invited to be part of Robert Oppenheimer's summer planning seminar, at the University of California, Berkeley for the origins of the Manhattan Project, the Allied effort to develop the first nuclear weapons. A few weeks earlier, Teller had been meeting with his friend and colleague Enrico Fermi about the prospects of atomic warfare, and Fermi had nonchalantly suggested that perhaps a weapon based on nuclear fission could be used to set off an even larger nuclear fusion reaction. Even though he initially explained to Fermi why he thought the idea would not work, Teller was fascinated by the possibility and was quickly bored with the idea of 'just' an atomic bomb even though this was not yet anywhere near completion. At the Berkeley session, Teller diverted discussion from the fission weapon to the possibility of a fusion weapon—what he called the 'Super', an early concept of what was later to be known as a hydrogen bomb.”
  11. Estée Lauder (businesswoman) - Wikipedia (2016). Retrieved on 1 December 2016. “She was the co-founder, along with her husband, Joseph Lauter (later Lauder), of Estée Lauder Companies, her eponymous cosmetics company. Lauder was the only woman on Time magazine's 1998 list of the 20 most influential business geniuses of the 20th century. She was the recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom. She was inducted to the Junior Achievement U.S. Business Hall of Fame in 1988.”
  12. John Kenneth Galbraith - Wikipedia (2016). Retrieved on 1 December 2016. “Galbraith's work in general, and The Affluent Society in particular, have drawn sharp criticism from laissez-faire supporters at the time of their publications. Nobel Memorial Prize-winning economist Milton Friedman in 'Friedman on Galbraith, and on curing the British disease' views Galbraith as a 20th-century version of the early-19th-century Tory radical of Great Britain. He asserts that Galbraith believes in the superiority of aristocracy and in its paternalistic authority, that consumers should not be allowed choice, and that all should be determined by those with 'higher minds': Many reformers – Galbraith is not alone in this – have as their basic objection to a free market that it frustrates them in achieving their reforms, because it enables people to have what they want, not what the reformers want. Hence every reformer has a strong tendency to be averse to a free market.”
  13. Butch Cassidy. wikipedia.org. Retrieved on November 21, 2016.
  14. Ford Model T - Wikipedia (2016). Retrieved on 1 December 2016. “The Ford Model T (colloquially known as the Tin Lizzie, T‑Model Ford, Model T, T, Leaping Lena, or flivver) is an automobile that was produced by Ford Motor Company from October 1, 1908, to May 26, 1927.[6][7] It is generally regarded as the first affordable automobile, the car that opened travel to the common middle-class American; some of this was because of Ford's efficient fabrication, including assembly line production instead of individual hand crafting.”
  15. Leo Baekeland - Wikipedia (2016). Retrieved on 1 December 2016. “He has been called 'The Father of the Plastics Industry'[2]:13 for his invention of Bakelite, an inexpensive, nonflammable and versatile plastic, which marked the beginning of the modern plastics industry.”
  16. Bakelite - Wikipedia (2016). Retrieved on 1 December 2016. “It is a thermosetting phenol formaldehyde resin, formed from a condensation reaction of phenol with formaldehyde.”

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