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Brian Gongol

August 11, 2011

News China's new aircraft carrier used to belong to Russia
It takes a great deal of self-control not to make a joke about how they're likely just going to make cheap knock-off copies of it to build out their naval fleet. Oh, wait. Apparently it takes too much effort to resist.

Humor and Good News This definitely beats Hypercolor shirts
A German group produced shirts for an event attended by a lot of people suspected of having racist or nationalist tendencies, and when the shirts were put through the wash, their original decoration changed to a message encouraging them to become more open-minded. Clever work. And for those who don't understand the "Hypercolor" reference, they were shirts sold in the late 1980s and early 1990s that changed color when heat was applied. This made for an awful lot of inappropriate gags and socially awkward moments.

News Vengeance
The people who shot down the American helicopter with the Navy Seals aboard the other day have themselves been killed

Aviation News The fastest airplane ever
DARPA's "Falcon Hypersonic Technology Vehicle 2" was supposed to be the fastest airplane ever, traveling at speeds of Mach 20. But the test flight today resulted in a complete loss. Fortunately, it's designed to be unmanned, so nobody was aboard anyway. It's intended to be a very effective killing machine, capable of traveling the distance from New York to Los Angeles in 12 minutes -- or, in practice, similar distances overseas between American military bases and targets like Osama Bin Laden.

Aviation News American Airlines wants to spin off American Eagle
It's actually kind of odd -- just after placing a huge long-term order for new airliners, the company is talking out of both sides of its corporate mouth: Saying on one hand that the spin-off would create a large and economically viable regional airline service, but on the other that the spin-off would let American Airlines (the parent company) go shopping for better deals for its feeder network. As Richard Branson has said, "The easiest way to become a millionaire is to start off a billionaire and go into the airline business."

Science and Technology Orangutans are mimes without the face paint
It turns out that apes are capable of communicating through the same means as Marcel Marceau

Computers and the Internet Google reiterates its "real names only" policy on Google Plus
Many people object, saying that there are legitimate reasons for people to use pseudonyms online.

Aviation News How six airlines use the Airbus A380 super-jumbo jet
Much attention is lavished on the accommodations in first class. But the real question is, if a person is spending a fortune to fly first-class, why wouldn't they just pay to fly by private jet instead?

Aviation News Jet flight without an airplane
A crazy person straps jets to his arms and flies