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Mile High Club Founding Member

Aerial Petting Leads To Wetting
Lawrence Sperry - Flier, Inventor
Mile High Club's Founder
Page B22 - Atlantic Flyer, May 1993

[Image] "There are countless milestones and record breaking performances throughout aviation history; altitude and speed, distance and endurance, and so forth. Perhaps the most highly prized and sought after is the entry into the Mile-High Club - that fraternal order of pilots, both male and female, who have achieved orgasm aloft. There are no official numbers, but evidently those who manage copulation in the air are far fewer than those making claim."
[Image] "If it is a major aeronautical achievement as everyone claims, then proper recognition should be given to the first person to attempt the sacred act at altitude. That honor can only be bestowed upon Lawrence Sperry, a daredevil pilot, mechanical genius, and of course, inventor of the automatic pilot. Born on December 22, 1892, Sperry lived only a scant 31 years. But in that short lifespan his accomplishments were great. At the age of 18, he built a full scale glider that flew. Wild in the sky, he made his first parachute jump in 1918 and flew loops under the Brooklyn Bridge. He would be the first person to fly a woman over New York City. As a mechanical visionary he invented the turn and bank indicator, retractable landing gear, and perfected the aerial torpedo. During his short remarkable life he held 24 patents."
[Image] "Besides intellect, Sperry was also handsome and rich, a combination that led to a succession of women, and according to biographer William Davenport, oftentimes multiple partners. The tabloids liked him, and had a field day with the stories about drinking and wild parties. You have to remember this was during a time when it was unlawful for women to display bare arms in public."
[Image] "It was during November of 1916, when Sperry began giving flying lessons to a New York socialite by the name of Mrs. Waldo Polk. Polk's husband was off in France driving an ambulance at the time. The couple were aloft in a Curtiss flying boat over Babylon, New York one day, evidently engaging in carnal pleasure through the benefit of Sperry's recently devised autopilot. Suddenly something went wrong, and the plane plunged 500 feet into great South Bay."
"Two duck hunters paddled to the wreck and rescued, much to their amazement, the naked couple. Apparently Sperry stated the crash "divested" them of their clothing. The couple was brought to Southside Hospital, with Sperry walking, and Polk alongside in a stretcher."

[Image]"Local papers glossed over the fact that the duo lacked any clothes, but the New York tabloid Mirror & Evening Graphic, headlined their front page with:


"Both instructor and student survived their ordeal and Sperry later told a friend that he bumped the gyro platform during their aerial maneuvering. Sperry would crash his Sperry Messenger biplane in the English Channel seven years later, ending his life."

"And Mrs. Polk...well, she continued taking flying lessons and did obtain her pilot's license."

Special thanks to Mr. Lawrence Sperry of the Sperry Corporation for allowing us to reproduce his late grandfather's mile high club story.

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People will click on anything.

According to an article appearing at eWeek.com, May 18,2013, that was evidenced by the 409 people who clicked on an ad that offers infection for those with virus-free PCs. The ad, run by a person who identifies himself as security professional Didier Stevens, reads like this:

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Is your PC virus-free?
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Stevens, who says he works for Contraste Europe, a branch of the IT consultancy The Contraste Group, has been running his Google Adwords campaign for six months now and has received 409 hits. Stevens has done similar research in the past, such as finding out how easy it is to land on a drive-by download site when doing a Google search.

In a posting about the drive-by download campaign, Stevens says that he got the idea after picking up a small book on Google Adwords at the library and finding out how easy and cheap it is to set up an ad.

"You can start with a couple of euros per month," he said. "And that gave me an idea: this can be used with malicious [intent]. It's a way to get a drive-by download site on the first page of a search."

First, Stevens bought the drive-by-download.info domain. .info domains are notorious for hosting malware, he points out. Then he set up a server to display the innocuous message "Thank you for your visit" and to log the requests.

No PCs were harmed in this experiment, he emphasizes. The site is benign and has never hosted malware or other scripts or code. Then he started the Google Adwords campaign, using combinations of the words "drive-by download" along with the ad, which links to the drive-by- download.info site.

Next, he sat and waited … for six months.

Over that period, his ad was viewed 259,723 times and clicked on 409 times, for a click-through rate of about .16 percent. The experiment cost him $23, or 6 cents per click/potentially infected machine.

Stevens says that he designed his ad to make it look fishy, but he had no problem getting Google to accept it and has had no complaints to date. And, although a healthy amount of people clicked on it, he said there's "no way to know what motivated them to click on my ad. I did not submit them to an IQ-test."

The reason for running the experiment and publishing his results now is that this technique of putting up ads for what turns out to be drive-by downloads is being used in the wild. For example, the popular geek website Tomshardware.com discovered a Trojan, hosted out of Brazil, lurking on one of its banner ads earlier in May.

Stevens said he's sure he could get much more traffic if he invested more in his Google Adwords budget and came up with a better designed ad.


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Drinking moderate amounts of alcohol boosts levels of a hormone that could protect against coronary artery disease, reports Reuters of new research from the Netherlands. The study findings could explain why moderate drinking has long been associated with cardiovascular benefits.

"The implication of this piece of research is that it further substantiates the notion that moderate alcohol consumption is consistent with a healthy lifestyle," Dr. Henk F.J. Hendriks at TNO Nutrition and Food Research in the Netherlands told Reuters. Numerous studies have shown that moderate consumption of wine, beer, and spirits is linked to a reduced risk of cardiovascular disease by limiting inflammation and blood clotting, as well as changing how the body metabolizes fats in the blood. Now there is increased evidence that sex hormones may be involved in the development of coronary artery disease, specifically a hormone call DHEAS (dehydroepiandrosterone). High levels of DHEAS protect our hearts, but as we age this hormone naturally declines.

In a study of 10 middle-aged men and nine postmenopausal women who were all healthy nonsmokers and moderate drinkers, Hendriks showed that after drinking regular beer for three weeks, blood levels of DHEAS were almost 17 percent higher than after drinking nonalcoholic beer, reports Reuters. The increase in DHEAS was similar in men and women. In addition, levels of the "good" HDL cholesterol increased about 12 percent in both men and women. The study findings were published in the journal Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research.



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They call themselves the cheapest family in America and Annette and Steve Economides and their five children, say that with enormous pride. They are masters of the fine art of living on the cheap. While they are the first to admit this lifestyle isn't for everyone, all of us can learn how to save a buck or two or much more just by reading their advice. The Economides (pronounced "economy-dis") hope that everyone can use their tips to find balance in their lives--balance between work, play, family time, and helping others. They spend about $350 a month at the grocery store for food and cleaning supplies for a family of seven. That's about $11.50 a day for the family or $1.64 per person. And they eat steak, leg of lamb, turkey, and some really great Italian and Greek dishes. We thought that would get your attention.

How do they do it? The Economides outline on their Web site, http://www.HomeEconomiser.com, five steps anyone can take to save a bundle of cash at the grocery store.
Step One: Careful Planning
Plan your meals and the complete menu for an entire month. Then make the grocery list, being careful to include every ingredient you'll need. Just like Santa, check it twice. Better yet, check it three times before you head to the store. Planning your menu for an entire month will let you shop just once in 30 days. You'll eat better, save money, save lots of time by not having to run to the grocery so frequently, and reduce the stress in your life. It takes the Economides five hours to do the grocery shopping. But they don't have to go back again for a month! (Warning: You can't do this kind of shopping alone. This is a job for the whole family.) How do you purchase fruit, milk, and bread for a month? The Economides eat the bananas and grapes the first week. Pears are usually good for two weeks, and apples and oranges can last a month. Milk, cheese, and bread are all stashed in the freezer.
Step Two: Use Coupons
Clip them. File them. Discard any that have expired. Have those coupons ready to go when you leave for the grocery store. You can make a real killing by combining these with store specials.
Step Three: Look for Bargains
Every grocery store has weekly sales and specials. Check the newspaper before you go and plan your shopping list accordingly. Take advantage of bargains these to stretch your food dollar even further.
Step Four: Use Your Freezer
Buy a big freezer. Fill it with the money-saving grocery store specials that you can't consume immediately. You can also prepare meals in advance and put them in the freezer so when you're too tired to cook, you've got dinner waiting.
Step Five: No Plastic
We're not talking spoons and forks. We're talking credit cards. Avoid them and their costly interest payments. In 22 years of marriage, the Economides have never used a credit card.

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Quake Theory Shakes Nessie Legend

LOCH NESS, Scotland -- Earthquakes may explain the legend of the Loch Ness monster, an expert has claimed.

Italian geologist Dr Luigi Piccardi believes something has been stirring at the bottom of the Scottish loch -- but it is not Nessie.

Piccardi says Loch Ness lies along the Great Glen Fault, a major fault line in the Earth's crust which is still active.

He said: "The Great Glen Fault is a very big fault which is still active, and Loch Ness lies directly above it.

"The most seismically active end of the loch is the north end. This corresponds to the site where many witnesses claim to have had experiences.

"In these reports people don't usually describe seeing the beast itself. They talk of seeing a lot of commotion on the water and hearing loud noises. They assume it to be the monster but it could be a small shock and gas emission."

He is convinced that shocks along this fault lie behind both ancient and modern reports of the monster.

The tremors would cause the ground to shake, produce a "roaring" sound, and release bubbles of gas to churn up the calm surface of the loch.

In what is thought to be the first recorded report of the monster, dating back to the 7th century, a water beast is said to have appeared "with strong shaking" before St Columba, the founder of Christianity in Scotland.

The encounter, described in Adomnan's Life of St Columba, happened at the north end of the loch, as did two sightings in the 1930s, in which witnesses reported violent disturbances in the water.

Picardi says seismic activity is strongest at the northen end of the loch -- and is also where most of the Nessie sightings occur.

Eyewitness accounts of the monster's humps emerging from the water could be "anomalous waves" produced by gas bubbling up to the surface.

Piccardi has previously argued that many ancient Greek myths originate from earthquakes.

He believes the Oracle of Delphi had her visions as a result of hallucinogenic vapours rising along a fault line.

Poseidon, the Greek god of the sea, had a reputation for violence and was known as the "Earthshaker," which Piccardi believes may also have an earthquake connection.

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The poor potato. It really has gotten a bad rap.
A plentiful crop that's easy and inexpensive to produce, the potato has been a dietary staple across the globe for centuries. (Ireland, a country whose diet once relied almost entirely on the potato, saw one million people die of starvation when the crop failed in the mid-1800s.)
Potatoes are packed with dietary fiber, nutrients, and carbohydrates. Due to their high carb count, potatoes have been labeled as a no-no under low-carb diet trends like Atkins. This has knocked the skin off the potato market in the U.S.: Consumption has dropped from a high of 145 pounds per person per year in 1996 to 118 pounds per person per year in 2013.
But there's no need to avoid carbohydrates in moderation—especially complex carbs like the ones found in potatoes. The main problem with the humble potato is that it seems to lend itself to all kinds of adulteration: mashed with butter and cream, deep fried, stuffed with bacon and cheese—all diet-wreckers for sure.
But with all the potato varieties in grocery stores and at farmers markets—blue, sweet, fingerling, gold—this tuber really does belong on our plates. Make potatoes a moderate portion of your diet and prepare them healthfully, and you'll enjoy all the tasty benefits the spud has to offer.
What Are Potatoes?
The potato is part of the Solanaceae, or nightshade, family (as are eggplants, peppers, tomatoes, tobacco and the poisonous nightshade for which the family is named). The potato plant produces a flowering plant above ground while the edible tuber (essentially a thickened, starchy root) grows below.
Let's clear up the confusion about potatoes, sweet potatoes and yams: They're all members of distinct plant families, unrelated to one another. The only thing these three have in common is their growing habit: All are edible tuberous roots supported by above-ground flowering plants. Below, we'll cover the differences among them and focus on their nutritional profiles.
If you've shopped for potatoes lately, you may not be surprised to know that there are about 100 edible varieties. Yams and sweet potatoes are often confused, but they're botanically different. The sweet potato originated in Central America, while the yam is a longtime staple in Africa. Bright-orange yams are higher in calories, higher in vitamin C and lower in vitamin A than sweet potatoes. Most "yams" sold in the U.S. are actually sweet potatoes.

Buying and Storing
Look for potatoes that are firm, smooth and unblemished. Avoid any that show rot, sprouts (or "eyes") or green tint beneath the skin. This greening comes from exposure to light and indicates the presence of toxic compounds called glycoalkaloids. Eating green potatoes likely won't kill you (cooking at high temperatures can neutralize the glycoalkaloids), but the toxin can affect the potato's taste and cause stomach upset and diarrhea, so it's better to be safe than sorry.
Potatoes are perishable and should be stored, unwashed, in a cool, dark, well-ventilated space for up to two months. Place potatoes in a paper or cloth bag, and keep them separate from onions, as the two veggies give off a gas that can hasten decay of both.
As with any food, the nutritional value of potatoes depends on how you prepare them. Here's the deal: Fried, mashed with butter and cream, processed into tots or browns or whatever—not so good for you. Here's a chart that shows just how much preparation makes a difference: 

Type Calories per serving Fat grams per serving
Plain baked potato 128 0
Mashed potatoes with butter 300 17
French fries (medium order) 380 19
Hash browns 400 19
Loaded baked potato (with bacon, cheese, and sour cream) 400 23
Loaded potato skins (1/2 a restaurant order) 1,270 83

Instead of frying your potatoes or smothering them in cheese, opt for cooking methods that take full advantage of the potato's awesomeness in ways that are healthful and family-friendly. Baking enhances a russet potato's fluffiness. Roasting or grilling helps caramelize the natural sugars in blue or sweet potatoes.
Keep these preparation tips in mind when cooking potatoes:                

  • Be aware of portion sizes. Baking potatoes you find at the grocery can be huge—some weigh in at a pound or more! Look for smaller baking potatoes, about 2.5 inches in diameter or about the size of your clenched fist. A small russet potato (about 1/4 pound) has 128 calories.
  • Swap the add-ons. Skip high-calorie baked-potato toppers like butter and sour cream. Instead, use nonfat plain Greek yogurt, fresh salsa or tomato sauce, and lower-fat shredded cheese. Use equal parts of nonfat plain Greek yogurt and low-fat mayonnaise in place of full-fat mayo in potato salads.
  • Watch the salt. The potato's mild flavor prompts many people to add too much salt. Use minimal salt to get the full sweet, creamy flavor of all potato varieties.
  • Don't skip the skin. Potato skins are loaded with dietary fiber. Crispy baked potato skins are delicious (just don't order them from a restaurant—make them yourself to control the calories and fat!). Roasted, grilled or steamed potatoes should be left unpeeled. (The exceptions here are sweet potatoes or yams, whose skins are tough and fibrous.)

Must-Try Spud Recipes
For recipes making excellent use of all kinds of potatoes visit Cooking Up Kink.
Nutrition Data
Thanks to our tendency to top potatoes with sour cream and ketchup, people tend to overlook their nutritional benefits. We'll look at conventional potatoes (the nutritional profiles of red, baking, blue and gold potatoes are generally similar, with the colored potatoes being slightly higher in antioxidant flavonoids and/or carotenoids) and sweet potatoes.

Are Sweet Potatoes Really Healthier?
Potatoes are beneficial sources of vitamins C and B-6, the minerals copper, potassium and manganese, and dietary fiber. Nearly all the potato's fiber is in its skin. Sweet potatoes have long been touted as the regular potato's healthier cousin. They are extremely high in beta-carotene (vitamin A) and are a good source of vitamins C and B-5, niacin, potassium and dietary fiber. Sweet potatoes also contain beneficial antioxidant and anti-inflammatory nutrients, and have a lower glycemic index rating than regular potatoes, meaning that they won't cause blood sugar levels to spike as much after eating them. However, both regular potatoes and sweet potatoes deliver an abundance of good nutrients and complex carbs, so incorporate them both into your diet in moderation!

Type Regular Potato (5 oz) Sweet Potato (5 oz)
Calories 134 100
Dietary Fiber 3g 4g
Carbohydrates 29g 24g
Vitamin A 0% 438%
Vitamin C 22% 37%
Calcium 2% 4%
Iron 8% 4%

More info:
The Salt. ''Hot or Not? Potato Board Tries to Un-Dud the Spud,'' npr.org/blogs/thesalt
The World's Healthiest Foods. ''Are Colored Potatoes Healthier than White Potatoes?," whfoods.org

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