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On this day in 1970, the world anxiously waited for Apollo 13 to return to earth. The U.S lunar spacecraft had been severely damaged due to a malfunction on it’s April 11th journey to the moon. It was the third manned lunar landing mission to launch from Cape Canaveral, Florida. Carrying three astronauts aboard, disaster struck two days into the mission and 200,000 miles away from Earth.

Oxygen tank No. 2 blew up, disrupting the spacecraft’s normal supply of oxygen, electricity, light and water. The landing mission was abandoned as controllers on earth worked with the astronauts on board to come up with an emergency plan. The crippled spacecraft circled the moon and then began a stressful, long, and cold journey back to Earth.

They were faced with enormous logistical problems to include stabilizing the vessel, regulating air supply, providing enough energy to allow for successful reentry, navigation challenges, and … Read more »

Some Interesting Facts about the “Most Interesting Man in the World”

Did you know….. that although Jonathan Goldsmith may not be a household name, you undoubtedly recognize him as the “Most interesting man in world”. He is the face of Dos Equis beer, with the catch phrase, “I don’t always drink beer, but when I do, I prefer Dos Equis.”. He has had dozens of small parts working in movies and television to include Gunsmoke, Kinght Rider, CHiPS, Eight is Enough, Magnum, P.I., Dallas and many more.

Goldsmith first established himself as an actor in Western films, but perhaps his most memorable role was as the villain opposite John Wayne in the 1976 movie The Shootist. Due to the technology of the time, instead of CGI to help make the scene look real, Goldsmith endured shots to the face at pointblank range from a special pellet gun that fire blood capsules seven times. The day after the painful shoot, director Don … Read more »

The Cost of Home Security

Proper security of your home is of the highest importance but is anything but cheap. Many believe that the run-of-the-line security service, which signals to a security company and/or the police, is enough to guarantee personal security at home; unfortunately, this is just not the case. So what is the cost of home security? And how can one boost security and still be cost-effective? Here are some facts to consider:

In 2011, there were an estimated 9 million property crimes – everything from burglaries to car thefts – in the United States, according to the most recent statistics from the FBI.

The average annual cost of a large dog just in the first year alone is $1,843, according to the animal welfare organization ASPCA.

Most companies will offer installation specials as low as $99, but start-up costs for all the equipment could run between $600 to $1,200 says Robert Siciliano, … Read more »

The Birth of U.S. Army K-9 Corps

On this day in 1942, the United States Army established the War Dog Program, or “K-9 Corps”, and began training dogs.

During World War I, well over a million dogs served on both sides, carrying messages along complex networks of trenches and providing comfort to soldiers. Rin Tin Tin, an abandoned puppy of German war dogs, was the most famous dog to emerge from the war became a bona fide movie star, responsible for introducing the German Shephard breed to the nation.

After the first World War, the K-9 Corps was largely abandoned. When the U. S. entered World War II, two organizations, the American Kennel Association, and Dogs for Defense, began a movement asking dog owners to donate healthy and capable animals. The U.S. Army began training in March 1942, and that fall was given the task of training dogs for the U.S. Navy, Marines and Coast Guard as … Read more »

The Largest Gun

During WWII, Adolf Hitler ran into a major obstacle, a 1500km defensive wall that was fortified with tank barriers, artillery and machine gun positions along the French-German and French- Italian borders. Before figuring out a way to go around, via Belgium, Hitler enlisted the Friedrich Krupp A.G. company to build him a weapon capable of destroying the numerous obstacles. By 1941, the Krupp company designed and built the largest gun of the all-time, the “Gustav Gun.”

This large firearm weighed in at a massive 1344 tons, stood four stories tall, 20 feet wide and 140 feet long. This massive gun needed a crew of 500 men, was commanded by a Major-General (two star) and required almost three full days to prep and fire. It’s bore diameter was just under a yard and used 3000 pounds of smokeless powder to fire. It fired two primary shells: a 10,584 lb. High explosive … Read more »