Archive | October 2018



The people in Iceland ran out of beer.  If they shortened their names and didn’t use so many K’s they would have time to make more beer.  They have used up almost all of the K’s in the alphabet.  Kappa, Kappa, Kappa is so short of K’s they use Dem’s  now.


The  Editor:  What is Futurewood, LL ?

Movie Star Cat:   It’s a new Hollywood, just South of Atlanta in Fayette County, West of the Atlanta Motor Speedway.

Amigo is going to open a satellite Sphinx near by, so we can report on all the sex stuff,  free dope,  and mysterious deaths.  Here is an example.

Here are some students preparing for the NFL.

Maybe they will make good movies.

Astronomy Picture of the Day

R Leporis: A Vampire’s Star
Image Credit & Copyright: Martin Pugh

Explanation: Better known as Hind’s Crimson Star, R Leporis is a rare star in planet Earth’s night sky. It’s also a shocking shade of red. The star’s discoverer, 19th century English astronomer John Russell Hind, reported that it appeared in a telescope “… like a drop of blood on a black field.” Located 1,360 light-years away in the constellation Lepus the star is a Mira-type variable, changing its brightness over a period of about 14 months. R Leporis is now recognized as a carbon star, a very cool and highly evolved red giant with an extreme abundance of carbon. Extra carbon in carbon stars is created by helium fusion near the dying stellar core and dredged up into the stars’ outer layers. The dredge-up results in an overabundance of simple carbon molecules, like CO, CH, CN, and C2. While it’s true that cool stars radiate most of their energy in red and infrared light, the carbon molecules strongly absorb what little blue light is left and give carbon stars an exceptionally deep red color. R Leporis is losing its carbon-rich atmosphere into the surrounding interstellar material through a strong stellar wind though, and could be near the transition to a planetary nebula. Oh, and Happy Halloween from the folks at APOD.

Tomorrow’s picture: ghost of long-dead star




The Editor:  Is this your favorite time of the year, LL ?

Witch Cat:  It sure is, in the olden days it was a lot more fun. 

Catlin Jenner has been recalled by Amazon as a Halloween costume.  Here are some pretty creepy creatures in their own right.  Do not let more than one of these slimes go trick or treating in your group.

I guess ” Trick  or Treat ”  is Wednesday.

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Orionids Meteors over Inner Mongolia
Image Credit & Copyright: Yin Hao

Explanation: Meteors have been shooting out from the constellation of Orion. This was expected, as October is the time of year for the Orionids Meteor Shower. Pictured here, over two dozen meteors were caught in successively added exposures last October over Wulan Hada volcano in Inner Mongolia, China. The featured image shows multiple meteor streaks that can all be connected to a single small region on the sky called the radiant, here visible just above and to the left of the belt of Orion, The Orionids meteors started as sand sized bits expelled from Comet Halley during one of its trips to the inner Solar System. Comet Halley is actually responsible for two known meteor showers, the other known as the Eta Aquarids and visible every May. An Orionids image featured on APOD one year ago today from the same location shows the same car. Next month, the Leonids Meteor Shower from Comet Tempel-Tuttle should also result in some bright meteor streaks.

Tomorrow’s picture: vampire star

Hillary and the Cow

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Hillary Clinton and her driver were cruising along an Iowa

country road one evening when an old dairy cow loomed

in front of the car. The driver tried to avoid it but couldn’t.

The aged cow was struck and killed. Hillary told her driver

to go up to the farmhouse and explain to the owners what

had happened and pay them for the cow.


She stayed in the car making phone calls.

About an hour later the driver staggered back to the car with

his clothes in disarray. He was holding a half-empty bottle

of expensive wine in one hand, a huge Cuban cigar in the

other, and was smiling happily, smeared with lipstick.


“What happened to you,” asked Hillary?

“Well,” the driver replied, “the farmer gave me the cigar,

his wife gave me the wine, and their beautiful twin daughters

made passionate love to me.”


“What did you tell them?” asked Hillary.

The driver replied, “I just stepped inside the door and said,

‘I’m Hillary Clinton’s driver and I’ve just killed the old cow.’

The rest happened so fast I couldn’t stop it.”





The Editor:  You aren’t frightening our loyal readers over a fable  are you, LL ?

82nd Airborne Cat:  Shucks no, one of my reporters was almost squashed by an air mail Humvee in North Carolina.  For a few minutes she thought Obama was still dropping pallets of $20.00 bills over Iran.

TE:  Did Chicken Little help you learn anything, 82nd A C ?


Here is another gift from above.

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Shells of Stars in Elliptical Galaxy PGC 42871
Image Credit: Hubble Legacy Archive, NASA, ESA; Processing & Copyright: Domingo Pestana

Explanation: How do galaxies grow? To help find out, the Hubble Space Telescope was deployed to image the unusual elliptical galaxy PGC 42871. How this galaxy came to be surrounded by numerous shells of stars may give clues about how it evolved. Embedded in the diffuse shells are massive globular clusters of stars — stars which analyses show were born during three different epochs. This and other data indicate that PGC 42871 has been in at least two galactic collisions, at least one of which might have been with a former spiral galaxy. The remaining spiral galaxy on the far left is at the same distance as PGC 42871 and may have been involved in some of the collisions. PGC 42871 spans about 20 thousand light years and lies about 270 million light years away toward the constellation of Centaurus.

Tomorrow’s picture: orionids from orion