The Days of Ramming
Ironclad USS Katahdin, 1893
The construction of the ram, USS Katahdin was sponsored by Rear Admiral Daniel Ammen, an advocate of a coastal defense navy. Ammen was impressed by the British torpedo ram HMS Polyphemus and wanted a similar vessel for the US Navy. However, unlike Polyphemus, which was primarily a torpedo boat, with ramming a secondary function, the American design was for a pure ram, with no torpedoes carried.
Ramming wasn’t a bad idea back when most of the world’s warships were constructed of wood.
Setting a Fuse on a Naval Mine
This is how it’s done.
What Happened to the Dinosaurs?
In case any of you are wondering what happened to the dinosaurs, here’s a baby blue heron…
And after the dinosaurs shrank —
Other megafauna arrived and are still here.
And they have no respect for you. Or for your car, driving down the road in the dusk at 75 mph.
And in the ocean? (formerly space) Aliens live there and are happy living there. They don’t appreciate it when the Chinese fishing fleet arrives and turns the place into a wasteland.
The Chinese consider space aliens to be a delicacy. Wait until the mother ship arrives and the tables are turned — on the table. It will start with unwholesome probing.
Truth in Advertising
Have you ever wondered where artificial raspberry, vanilla or strawberry flavor comes from?
These are the dried perineal glands of the beaver. They contain castoreum — a food additive usually listed as ‘natural flavoring’ in the ingredient list.
Castoreum is the exudate from the castor sacs of the mature North American Beaver, it is a yellowish secretion in combination with the beaver’s urine, used during scent marking of territory. In the USA, castoreum as a food additive is considered by the FDA to be generally recognized as safe, often referenced simply as a “natural flavoring” in products’ lists of ingredients. While it can be used in both foods and beverages as a vanilla, raspberry and strawberry flavoring.
Maybe I should have saved this for a Sermonette?