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Today is Wednesday, January 7

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Today's Bonehead Award goes to two
US Ski team members, who suicided on the 
day before the opening World Cup race
Details at Boneheads

Today, in 
1610 Galileo Galilei sighted four of Jupiter's moons. He 
 named them Io, Europa, Ganymede, and Callisto. 
More of what happened on this day in history at History
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Live in such a way that you would not be ashamed to sell your parrot to the town gossip. --- Will Rogers (1879 - 1935) ______________________________________________________ A young and foolish hot-shot pilot wanted to sound cool and show who was boss on the aviation radio frequencies. So, this was his first time approaching an airfield during the nighttime. Instead of making any official landing requests to the tower, he said: ....."Guess who?" The tower controller switched the field lights off and replied: "Guess where...!" ______________________________________________________ I bet it was really tough being an Apostle of Jesus. What if you wanted a day off? You ring up Jesus and say, "Jesus, I'm sick today, running a little fever and feeling congested so I won't be able to make it to today's sermon. What...? Say that again..?" I'm cured?" ______________________________________________________ Click through for the big picture Solden, Tirol The avalanche, that those guys set off, is a third in from the left. There are 160 KM (100 miles) of groomed, safe ski runs in that picture. When clicking on the life panorama cameras, keep in mind the time difference. The panrorama cameras are high resolution color.
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An INTERNATIONAL BONEHEAD AWARD and a DARWIN AWARD goes to Ronnie Berlack, 20, Bryce Astle, 19, US Ski team members suicide day before 2015 Alpine Skiing World Cup Opening race Two American skiers suicided in an avalanche, that they set off in the Austrian Alps near their training base. Ronnie Berlack, 20, and Bryce Astle, 19, were junior members of the US team. They were part of a group of six who were descending from a mountain near the Rettenbach glacier, the venue for the races that will open the 2015 Alpine Skiing World Cup. Officials in Tyrol say avalanche alerts had been declared following days of heavy snowfall and mild temperatures, and all unsafe slopes were fenced off. Those suiciders climbed over the fencing onto an the avalance ready slope, and skied down in the SLOW and deep snow until they set off an avalanche. There are 160 KM (100 miles) of groomed, safe ski runs right there, which are all tens of times faster than unprepared deep snow. They triggered an avalanche on the 3,000m (10,000 feet) Gaislachkogel mountain near Solden, and were buried under the snow of the avalanche, that they had set off. The four other skiers with Mr Berlack and Mr Astle were dug out in time by rescue teams and were not hurt. Usually there are follow-up avalanches making rescues extremely dangerous, but none of the rescue team members were killed or hurt. The president of the US Ski and Snowboard Association Tiger Shaw said, the two victims were "outstanding ski racers who were passionate about their sport". Messing with an avalanche in deep snow has absolutely nothing to do with the type of skiing used on hard packed and precision groomed racing runs. There are plenty of groomed and hard packed fast runs there, that are perfectly safe. That is why their training base is there. Well, the boneheads were not able to outrace the avalanche, that THEY had set off. So they are in caskets getting shipped home instead of participating in today's Opening Race of the 2015 Alpine Skiing World Cup. It is fortunate, that no rescuers were killed or hurt because of their suicides. ______________________________________________________ Tech Support Pits From: Jeff Re: Music on Internet Postcards Dear Webby Hi -- sort of 'something else.' I have music as part of my ecards site here: and a visitor wrote recently that he "... can’t get music on my Mac mini can you help?" I've never had a Mac Mini Q. before and don't have one. Any suggestions? Or is it perhaps you only support Windows-based machines? Thanks for any feedback I can pass along to the visitor. Best regards, Jeff Dear Jeff It makes no diff whether the user uses UNIX or Linux or Windows or Mac or a tablet or a phone. His problem is HIS choice of browsers. Some browsers play .mid files like they always have, and some browsers have chickened out, claiming copyright issues as an excuse, and require the user to download and install an add-in, extension or player. Mac users probably need to install the Apple QuickTime player, if they use the Mac Safari browser, or switch to a browser, that will work on a Mini Mac and will play midi files. We only send the midi files. The user needs to have some kind of player. We might switch over to .wav files, if there is enough demand or if I get some spare time. Have FUN! DearWebby ______________________________________________________ If you can help with the cost of the Humor Letter, please donate what you can! ______________________________________________________ Daily tip from Christmas Clearance for Easter With the stores trying to rid themselves of Christmas inventory (Target is now 70% off!), you can score some pretty amazing deals that aren't just bound by a December holiday. Small toys are perfect for Easter baskets, and red and white themed chocolates are perfect for Valentine's Day! The haul below retailed for over $20 and will fit nicely in my toddler's Easter basket for only $6. Now if only I can find a place to store it. By Rae G. [7]
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Today in 
1558 Calais, the last English possession on mainland France, 
 was recaptured by the French. 
1610 Galileo Galilei sighted four of Jupiter's moons. He 
 named them Io, Europa, Ganymede, and Callisto. 
1785 French aeronaut/balloonist Jean-Pierre Blanchard 
 successfully made the first air-crossing of the English 
 Channel from the English coast to France. 
1887 Thomas Stevens completed the first worldwide bicycle 
 trip. He started his trip in April 1884. Stevens and his 
 bike traveled 13,500 miles in almost three years time. 
1894 W.K. Dickson received a patent for motion picture film. 
1896 The "Fannie Farmer Cookbook" was published. 
1904 The distress signal "CQD" was established. Two years 
 later "SOS" became the radio distress signal because it 
 was quicker to send by wireless radio. 
1927 Transatlantic telephone service began between New York 
 and London. 31 calls were made on this first day. 
1932 Chancellor Heinrich Brüning declared that Germany 
 cannot, and will not, resume reparations payments. 
1942 The World War II siege of Bataan began. 
1949 The announcement of the first photograph of genes was 
 shown at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. 
1953 U.S. President Harry Truman announced the development of 
 the hydrogen bomb. 
1954 The Duoscopic TV receiver was unveiled this day. The TV 
 set allowed the watching of two different shows at the 
 same time. 
1959 The United States recognized Fidel Castro's new 
 government in Cuba. 
1975 OPEC agreed to raise crude oil prices by 10%, which 
 began a time of world economic inflation. 
1979 Vietnamese forces captured the Cambodian capital of 
 Phnom Penh, overthrowing the Khmer Rouge government. 
1980 U.S. President Jimmy Carter signed legislation that 
 authorized $1.5 billion in loans for the bail out of 
 Chrysler Corp. 
1989 Crown Prince Akihito became the emperor of Japan 
 following the death of his father, Emperor Hirohito. 
1990 The Leaning Tower of Pisa was closed to the public. 
 The accelerated rate of "leaning" raised fears for the 
 safety of its visitors.
1996 One of the biggest blizzards in U.S. history hit the 
 eastern states. More than 100 deaths were later blamed 
 on the severe weather. 
1998 Former White House intern Monica Lewinsky signed an 
 affidavit denying that she had an affair with U.S. 
 President Clinton. 
1999 U.S. President Clinton went on trial before the 
 Senate. It was only the second time in U.S. history that 
 an impeached president had gone to trial. Clinton was later 
 acquitted of perjury and obstruction of justice charges. 
2002 Microsoft Corp. chairman Bill Gates introduced a new 
 device code named Mira. The device was tablet-like and was 
 a cross between a handheld computer and a TV remote control. 
2009 Russia shut off all gas supplies to Europe through 
 Ukraine. Prime Minister Vladimir Putin publicly endorsed the 
 move and urged greater international involvement in the 
 energy dispute. 
2015  smiled.

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