Saturday, September 20, 2008

As long as you are listening,


To those of you still packing the fall rendition
of a community cold being passed around -
It is NOT a good idea to hold your sneezes in!


In other aspects involving military training
(not that I would claim to have
received pictures or letters) :
While bored and antsy in New York, it
is not okay to "borrow" a tank to do
some off-roading during evening time off.
(I can almost hear Josh giggling hysterically
with Nat and Roo in his lap)


Unless, of course, you can get the equipment
back to the garage before any C.O. realizes
it is gone...


..and straighten the gun before it is fired again.
Don't know how effective it would be to keep
from being sent to the desert, either, buddy.
Good effort, though.


Quiz for those with military knowledge :

What is the device/tool in the first picture?,
What era or, time period?,
Is this the only version ever made?,
and - did it work?

7 opinionated prattle:

Stan said...

Spent more time that I should in response to your trivia question about "big ears". Found nothing but I am guessing that it was in the 1950's and possibly a listening device to detect noises fromn the other side during the Koren conflict. Just a guess. I would not have wanted to be in the tank when that barrell peeled back. It would be my guess that someone forgot to remove the "tomkim", I did see a 5" 38 gun mount do the same thing on a destroyer, but that was caused because of a hot barrell prematurely igniting the powder keg.

j, d plumma said...

Good guessing on the big ears, but a more extensive device by far and was extremely accurate. Only three decades late on time, also.

Tormen Tagain said...

It was an attempt to rescue a poor deformed elephant, who's mother was a decorated member of the stomping patrol of the 1st brigade in the first world war,hence the connection to the military, utilizing early technology cyborgenics. Unfortunately it was a government funded project that fell through with the advent of the great depression. Adding to the demise of the project was that the company commissioned built two right ears. The funding was pulled altogether and the company went under. everything was liquidated at pennies on the dollar to a wide variety of individuals.
The individual you see in the picture purchased the cybor ears from an estate sale some quarter century later. He had been having trouble with a wife who he believed to be having an elicit affair. Frequently he saw her from across the field talking with an unknown man and he wanted to hear the conversations they were having to verify or debunk his suspicions. Unfortunately, and Stan was on the right track with the cannon effect, The wife, while he was listening to them was obviously irritated with her apparent lover. She pulled out a large hand gun and shot the man right there on the spot. The waves of sound nearly instantly rendered the poor husband not only deaf but the resulting pressure caused his eyeballs to shoot from his head. He fell backwards onto a horn of a grazing bull and was impaled from behind.
The military comes into play once again in this story as the account of the happenings were recorded both audio and photographic by an experimental spy plane which just happened to be flying over at the time.

j, d plumma said...

....um - maybe not quite so extensive....

Stan said...

A spectacular beautiful day here, perhaps the nicest we have seen all summer. Had our first "fall" frost last night. Off to work

Tormen Tagain said...

Not quite so extensive but close huh?

Ha ha Ha

j, d plumma said...

Sorry I was distracted. The device pictured IS a listening device, or, acoustic radar. The 1920's happen to be the decade this one was developed, but many were made before then.

http://www.dself.dsl.pipex.com/MUSEUM/COMMS/ear/ear.htm

Developed during war(s), they were actually pretty accurate. The URL above has a good variety of such devices through history.
Thanks for playing! (even Tormen Tagain)...

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