Ha Ha Ha, 555!

St. Jerome, by Domenico Ghirlandaio

Boy, that is some repetitive title! (It seems like all I want to do is laugh.) If you speak Thai, you would have an inkling what I am talking about:

Q: What does 555 mean for people from thailand? i know somone frome thailand and on her profile photo she wrote “somthing on thai555” and on the coments people wrote that to what do they mean with 555??

A: The number 5 is pronounced ‘ha’ in Thailand. If you put it together 5555 = hahaha, so it just means laughing.

Source(s): I’m Thai.

Consider this my wink-and-nod at today’s holiday, International Translation Day. A holly celebrated on 30 September, the feast of St. Jerome. (Hand Salute: KurtP. Thanks!)

Corrected by Good Women

The rifle itself has no moral stature, since it has no will of its own. Naturally, it may be used by evil men for evil purposes, but there are more good men than evil, and while the latter cannot be persuaded to the path of righteousness by propaganda, they can certainly be corrected by good men with rifles.
–Jeff Cooper, Art of the Rifle

Actress Emily Blunt, Sara in the movie, Looper

Second Lieutenant Thomas Onion, Hero

Second Lieutenant Thomas Onion, of 2nd Battalion, the Mercian Regiment, has been noted for his: immense bravery for the fastest casualty ­extraction from point of injury to surgery seen thus far. Normally, I would joke about the ‘Merican Regiment, but 2nd LT Onion is a great hero and I’ll let him be. You will notice too, that I am making no jokes about his name. You can be proud. . .

Warrant Officer Pyotr Pankratau and His Squirrel, Minsk

Warrant officer Pyotr Pankratau was serving in the Belarussian Army when he found his buddy, Minsk. The little guy, a squirrel, was: lying unconscious under the tree. There were worms in his mouth and right eye. The pictorial evidence:

Warrant officer Pyotr Pankratau, Belarussian Army, and his squirrel Minsk.

Better lock up your cashews, Warrant officer Pankratau.

A Doctor in the Army Rangers

In a break from our usual Yahoo Answers, perhaps we should delve into the wild and wonderful world of Army medicine. And this intelligent question:

We just had a LTC come and speak to us about his experiences in the Army as a doctor so far. During part of his talk, he mentioned that at one point, he was with the 1/75th Rangers, and that he was basically a Ranger as well as a doctor. He said that he went to Ranger school, learned everything they learned, did all the training, and went out with them on missions. People may say I’m crazy, but I think that was just about as badass as you can get.

Does anyone out there have reason to doubt anything he told us? If so, I would love to hear it. I would really hate that this is not possible, but I guess I need to know.

An interesting forum. For medical types interested in the military.

Andrew Tuohy’s Flowers

Mr. Andrew Tuohy likes to give his dear mother flowers from time to time. But he also adds a twist to his traditional gift. What are his flowers made of?

Andrew Tuohy’s flowers, from Vuurwapen

Hey! It turns out Andrew was an HM2 (FMF); which translates, to those of you who don’t speak Nav-glish, as: Andrew Tuohy was a Navy Corpsman. Good job, Shipmate!

SEAL Pulls Up

SEAL Chief David Goggins pumped out 2,588 pull-ups in a bid for the world record. For the record, the record* is 4,020, sweated out by Great Britain’s Stephen Hyland. The Chief had to pull up with an injury. . . Still, a great effort.

* This is a blog record, the use of the word record three times in a span of six words.

Mercedes-Benz Granturismo Yacht

Come 2013 and a 46-foot Mercedes-Benz Granturismo yacht will be for sale. The Mercedes-Benz folks are working with the U.K.-based Silver Arrows Marine on the dinghy:

Mercedes-Benz Granturismo Yacht

Daimler’s previous boaty forays included the AMG Cigarette racing boat, all 2,700 horsepower of it. Sloopy. . .

Rebecca Howe Are You?

Cheers: Coach, Sam, Diane, Cliff, Norm, and Carla

Cheers, the television series (not the salutation or drinking exclamation) is celebrating its 30th anniversary this weekend.

As hard it is to imagine all the high-power actresses vying for the same role, Kirstie Alley, Sharon Stone, Kim Cattrall, and Marg Helgenberger were all in the running for the part of Rebecca Howe. Cheers!

The Sky Was Black

When they reached their ship, Ed gazed out at the bay. It was black. The sky was black, but the bay was even blacker. It was a slick, oily blackness that glowed and reflected the moonlight like a black jewel. Ed saw the tiny specks of light around the edges of the bay where he knew ships must be docked, and at different points within the bay where vessels would be anchored. The lights were pale and sickly yellow when compared with the bright blue-white sparkle of the stars overhead, but the stars glinted hard as diamonds, cold as ice. –Clark Zlotchew

The amphibious transport dock ship USS Green Bay (LPD 20) participates in a live-fire exercise. Green Bay is part of the Peleliu Amphibious Ready Group currently underway on a deployment to the western Pacific region.

William Donohue and His Jar of Brown Play-Doh

The president of the Catholic League, William Donohue, tried to enter the Edward Tyler Nahem gallery on 37 W. 57th Street in New York City. Specifically, Mr Donohue was protesting the Andres Serrano exhibit featuring Immersion (Piss Christ):

Bill Donohue, Piss Christ, brown play-doh jar

When I entered the lobby, I was stopped by a man who works for the building. He asked for ID and requested that I sign in. I said okay, and then asked if I could go to the gallery. He said the gallery and the building are two different entities, and that I had to ask the men from the gallery; they were right in front of me in the lobby. I then asked them if I could enter, and they said no, without explanation. At that point I turned to the crowd behind me explaining that my First Amendment rights were being censored by the same people who were proudly displaying Serrano’s crucifix in a jar of urine.

That thing in Bill’s hand is a glass jar full of brown Play-Doh. Because it looks like something in particular. I won’t say what he replaced Christ with. 

A BBQ for Navy SEAL Bo Reichenbach

I’ve always thought Billings, Montana to be an ideal city for a collection agency. It turns out they have a big heart up there too.  Navy SEAL Bo Reichenbach returned from Afghanistan wounded and American Legion Post 117 is having a BBQ and concert for his family.

Update: For those of you interested in donating, the address is: American Legion Post 117, 3580 Granger Ave West Billings, MT 59102. Thanks NavyDavy for digging it up!

Nicole Kidman, Brad Pitt, and Sofia Vergara?

Your relaxed Saturday afternoon quiz, should you chose to accept, is to figure out why Nicole Kidman, Brad Pitt, and Sofia Vergara are in one post together. First, Nicole Kidman:

Nicole Kidman, click to 24 of 48

And Senor Brad Pitt?

Brad Pitt

Sofia Vergara and, um, a wild dog?

Sofia Vergara and a wild dog? Click to 2 of 59

 That dog looks ferocious. So does Sofia for that matter.

Trimaran Fire for the Indonesian Navy

There are a couple of nightmare scenarios for a naval vessel and fire is certainly among them. Our Navy runs countless drills to make sure the crew is ready in case of such an occurrence. While not our guys, this picture of the Indonesian Navy’s KRI Klewang-625 Trimaran in Banyuwangi, East Java is tragic:

Indonesian Navy Klewang Trimaran

A fire raged through the Indonesian Navy’s KRI Klewang-625 at the naval port in Banyuwangi, East Java on Friday at 3:15 p.m. No casualties have been reported but the Rp 114 billion (US$11.91 million) ship was severely damaged.

Indonesian Eastern Fleet (Armatim) spokesman Lt. Col. Marine Yayan Sugiana told The Jakarta Post that the vessel was undergoing maintenance by its builder, PT Lundin Industry. “The vessel had yet to be officially handed over to the Navy. It was still undergoing maintenance checks by PT Lundin Industry,” he said.

Indonesian New Stealth Trimaran Destroyed in Fire

The navy, however, said it would investigate the blaze, which lasted for two hours before fire fighters managed to extinguish it. “We will deploy a team to investigate the cause of the fire. We will use the report to evaluate the case,” he said.

PT Lundin Industry’s director, Lisa Lundin, said the company would deliver an official statement relating to the incident on Monday.

The good news is that there were no deaths aboard. The bad news is no more ship.