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February 14, 2015

Overnight Open Thread (14 Feb 2015)

Brrrrr. Stay warm morons.

Mission creep begins.

Flying Shotgun

I had not heard about this. U.S. Army tested a helicopter shotgun with 1,200 barrels.

At its core, the weapon had four clusters of .22-caliber barrels, each pre-loaded with a single cartridge. Every one of these XM-215 "Multiple Barrel Guns" had more than 300 separate barrels.

At the touch of a button, a crew member could fire more than a thousand rounds in 10 seconds in a 40-degree arc in front of the helicopter.
The whole system resembled a honeycomb. But this scattergun could also shoot its fearsome barrage at a slower pace, for up to 40 seconds of continuous fire.

Waxing Requests

Maybe the 'ettes can fill us in on this. The wackiest Valentine's Day waxing requests. Although it looks like dudes are getting in on the action too.

"One man asked to wax his chest into a heart shape and dye it red, and another asked to wax his girlfriend’s initials into his back hair," says Camkiran. "We're happy to give our clients what they want."

Television Show Misconceptions

WWII Aircraft Stats

Very interesting WWII stats. Mind boggling to think of sending a pilot go fight in a plane with so little flight time.

Uncle Sam sent many of his sons to war with absolute minimums of training. Some fighter pilots entered combat in 1942 with less than one hour in their assigned aircraft.

The 357th Fighter Group (often known as The Yoxford Boys) went to England in late 1943 having trained on P-39s. The group never saw a Mustang until shortly before its first combat mission.

A high-time P-51 pilot had 30 hours in type. Many had fewer than five hours. Some had one hour.

Coffee Preferences & Your Love Life

Coffee preferences and your love life.

In Russia...

Valentine's Day Gifts

Nice. Here's a list of the top tactical gifts for Valentine's Day. I would add ammunition to the list. That's always a good gift.

Foreign Policy

Whoever wins the Presidency in 2016 just might have a lot of work rebuilding relationships with our allies. Why is the U.S. sacrificing Thailand to China.

Tom Steyer

I'm sure this won't get covered by the MSM. Tom Steyer's deep ties to Oregon corruption scandal.


10 uses for cornstarch that will save you money.

Cat Video

Bonus cat video: This cat loves snow.

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