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By Big Arnold
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How the man on the Moon was saved by a felt-tip pen: Fascinating new book examines the history of Nasa's Apollo space missions

Were they doomed to stay on the Moon for ever? They were — until Aldrin remembered the felt-tip pen he had brought along because he didn’t like the zero-gravity pens Nasa had spent a fortune developing. ... p-pen.html
By Boiler
Kreuzberger wrote:
Mon Mar 04, 2019 7:28 pm
Eight and four pence farthing?

(My grandmother used to speak in this weird tongue when the price of faggots went up.)
Oddly enough, although I was only six when we went decimal in the UK I still occasionally translate stuff into LSD - and imagine the reaction of my parents and elder relatives, e.g. "eighteen shillings for a single slice of corned beef?!
By Daley Mayle
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Cyclist wrote:
Mon Mar 04, 2019 2:58 pm
Caption under one of the photos in the article linked below
These two pictures show parts of a 1km (1.5 mile)-long anti-tank wall... ... eries.html

How many miles to the kilometre? :shock:

It's English Jim, but not as we know it.
meghan_meghan_meghan, London, Algeria, 2 days ago

bring em back inot use dingy spotting
By Big Arnold
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A car is carried on top of a tow truck as heavy snow hits the north of England and Scotland - while the rest of UK faces rain and blustery showers
Car transporter as they are usually called.

Image ... antic.html
By Bones McCoy
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Big Arnold wrote:
Mon Mar 04, 2019 11:16 pm
Budding Indiana Jones, eight, found a mammoth molar bigger than his FIST dating back 40,000 years along the Jurassic Coast in Dorset ... orset.html
I think they might be confusing their film franchises.

And how big is an 8 year old's fist? Answers in Geneva barleycorns please.
By Bones McCoy
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Haugesund, Rogaland, Norway: The city on the west coast of Norway was defended by the naval battery Bismarck, which had four 15cm (6in) guns, which could each fire a one tonne shell per minute up to a distance of 17km (10 miles). The German navy and Luftwaffe used their bases in Norway to attack the Allied Arctic convoys bound for Russia
I'm pretty sure they've made the same fuck up here.
ie Converted 15cm to 6" (5.9 was the German naval calibre) then looked up the spec of a 15" gun.

I'm not going to google it, but I'm pretty sure 6" guns fired between 3 and 8 (Depending on technology) shells that weighed about 100lbs - perhaps 100 lbs for the whole cartridge shell and propellant.

They appears to have doubled down on the range.
6" guns could shootabout 10 miles if in a sufficient high elevation mount.
15" guns varied a bit, but 17 miles is a decent ballpark figure for a coastal emplacement.

You couldn't make it up - but you might be more accurate if you did.
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