Author: Chuckles

Mysterious tech-minded ghost

By Jupiter!

Launched in 2011, Juno entered orbit around the gas giant last year — the first satellite to do so since Galileo last circled it in 2003. The new spacecraft is bristling with instruments meant to probe the planet’s magnetosphere, polar regions, composition and interior structure.

Launched in 2011, Juno entered orbit around the gas giant last year — the first satellite to do so since Galileo last circled it in 2003. The new spacecraft is bristling with instruments meant to probe the planet’s magnetosphere, polar regions, composition and interior structure.

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The Higgins boat

World War Two:

These plywood and paint craft would carry the Allied nation’s hopes and means of liberation to France and the ultimate destruction of the German Army and the achievement of General Eisenhower’s charge by the Combined Joint Chiefs of Staff.  At this moment, an alcoholic Irishman named Andrew Jackson Higgins won the war.

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Tom Swifty

A Tom Swifty (or Tom Swiftie) is a phrase in which a quoted sentence is linked by a pun to the manner in which it is attributed. Tom Swifties may be considered a type of wellerism.

There you go. Some examples:

“These propulsion systems were used by NASA on moon rockets,” said Tom apologetically.
“I’ve only enough carpet for the hall and landing,” said Tom with a blank stare.
“We’re off to Scotland,” said Tom clandestinely.
“The prisoner escaped down a rope,” said Tom condescendingly.
“I dropped the toothpaste,” said Tom, crestfallen.
“Aha! Here’s someone who can’t speak!” exclaimed Tom dumbfoundedly.
“There’s nothing wrong with demons,” Tom said implicitly.
“I’ve borrowed my sister’s camping gear,” said Tom insistently.
“I want a motorized bicycle,” Tom moped.
“Crosby is my favourite singer. Who is yours?” asked Tom probingly.
“It’s time for the second funeral,” Tom rehearsed.
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Quite

One from the Futility Closet:

In a London paper, of the last week, is the following curious apology for a hasty accusation — ‘A paragraph in our last paper, rather precipitously accuses, with ingratitude, a gentleman who gave two-pence as a reward to a waterman for risking his life in saving a lady who had fallen in the River; but had the writer of that paragraph been acquainted with all the particulars, he probably would have suppressed his censure. — The lady to whom the accident happened was the gentleman’s wife.

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