A Little Friday File Fun (09/07)

September 7, 2007 (PLANSPONSOR.com) - They say a picture is worth a thousand words.

Well, here’s a couple of thousand:

Believe it or not, this year marks the anniversary of the helicopter!   Designs by Maurice Leger, Jacques and Louis Breguet, and Paul Cornu all got off the ground in 1907–just barely, and for just a very few seconds.   You can check out the history of these contraptions at http://news.com.com/2300-11397_3-6205597-1.html?tag=newsmap

– – – In Estes Park, Colorado , a large bull elk took on a large wooden swingset here – – – and didn’t fare too well – – – even though he managed to drag the 400-pound swingset about 25 feet – – – though he finally got some help from the Colorado Department of Wildlife and a veterinarian.   You can see the predicament at http://www.thedenverchannel.com/news/14053664/detail.html

Have a look at this map of Manhattan (reportedly used recently by Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns in a speech). The red dots indicate people who live in Manhattan – but receive agricultural subsidies from the federal government (the larger red blobs mark people receiving more than a quarter of a million dollars in farm subsidies annually).  MORE at http://corner.nationalreview.com/post/?q=MjA0MzEzZWU3MGM1ZjZmZTAxNjg0ZTQyNTcyMWU4ZjQ

– – – In Hounsfield, New York , Mr. and Mrs. Roswell P. Mothersell have reportedly taken some justified pride in the landscape and gardens of their home here – – – including twin garden gnomes that illuminate the entrance to their driveway with electric lanterns from atop a pair of stone pillars – – – or did until a thief – – – or thieves – – – made off with one of the gnomes – – – however, police are reasonably sure that more than one person was involved – – – since the missing gnome weighed about 120 lbs – – – was hardwired to the pillar – – – and cemented in place – – – you can see the remaining gnome at http://www.newswatch50.com/media/news/6/b/7/6b797626-13d1-44fe-a7e4-d98da25c2431/Story.jpg

– – – in Adlington, UK , Peter Addison, 18, and some buddies committed a series of vandalous acts, and racked up £2,175 worth of damage at the Toc H Campsite for under-privileged children here – – – including graffiti messages that said “Thanks for the Stay” – – – and, much to the amazement of police, also were “signed” – – – ‘Peter Addison was here’   – – – who, when they caught up with him, was even more conveniently found to be wearing a T shirt stolen from campsite during the burglary – – – you can see the consequences at http://www.dailymail.co.uk/pages/live/articles/news/news.html?in_article_id=480092&in_page_id=1770