FAT TUESDAY EDITION
Last week we had an iMonk public service announcement about the flu and how to prevent getting it and passing it on. Sorry, but now we’ve learned that wasn’t necessary.
A SPORTS CAR IN SPACE!
BLOOMBERG: On Tuesday, SpaceX (Elon Musk, proprietor) blasted a 230-foot rocket into orbit, returned its two side boosters to Earth for a flawlessly synchronized landing, and propelled Musk’s own Tesla Roadster toward deep space, where it’s expected to orbit the sun for hundreds of millions of years.
You can read HERE about three more upcoming SpaceX launches planned for 2018.
Oh wait, but if you believe the FLAT EARTH SOCIETY, the whole thing was a hoax.
WINTER OLYMPICS OPEN
Last evening the Opening Ceremonies of the 2018 Winter Olympics were broadcast here in the U.S. The Olympic cauldron was lit by Yuna Kim, South Korean Olympic champion figure skater.
Lots of political intrigue with these games, given the way North Korea has been in the news this year with nuclear threats and tests. The Washington Post has an article about the political theater being played out in Peongyang.
Here is a fascinating article tracing the history of the games and examining their religious significance by Kimberly Winston at RNS, called “God and the Games.”
WHY I DON’T HUNT
NPR: Robert Meilhammer, 51, of Crapo, Md., was struck in the head Thursday by a dead Canada goose that plunged from the sky after a fellow waterfowl hunter fired a blind shot on a flock overhead. Meilhammer was in the midst of a hunting party with three friends in Easton, Md.
The goose fell about 90 feet, knocking the hunter out instantly and causing head and facial injuries. When Meilhammer came to, he was coherent but “hazy,” according to the Maryland Natural Resources Police.
Natural Resources police officers and EMS responders transported Meilhammer via ambulance to the Easton Airport, where he was airlifted to the University of Maryland Medical Center’s Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore.
Talbot County EMS responders called his head injury “severe.” The dead bird also knocked out two of Meilhammer’s teeth.