“How do you get through your day?”
(h/t Lemur King)
“How do you get through your day?”
(h/t Lemur King)
Hollywood has run out of original ideas. Maybe someone should make a movie about Witold Pilecki. Ah, it’ll never happen. His exploits are so immense, no producer in Tinseltown would touch it; they’d think it too improbable.
Improbable or not, they’re certainly true. Rather than try to summarize, I suggest you follow this link to the article at This Ain’t Hell for the full story of a man with balls so large, they produced gravity.
To thank everyone for sticking around to see if we still existed, I promised some actual, mmm, CONTENT. This one sorta blew my mind:
Evelyn Glennie is a Scottish virtuosa percussionist. Royal Academy of Music grad? Check. Grammy Award winner? Check. Regular extensive world tours with orchestras and collaborations with musicians ranging from Bjork to Bobby McFerrin? Check. Performed on Sesame Street and at the Olympic Games? Check. Deaf as a post? Check. Wait, what?
Hearing? I don’t need no stinkin’ hearing to be a professional musician.
Glennie began to lose her hearing at age 8, and by age 12, was profoundly deaf. You’d think that hearing would be the one thing necessary for a professional musician. Nah, not so much. She often performs barefoot, and feels the music through her whole body.
Here is an interesting TED talk where she plays and talks about how to really listen to music:
Moral of the story? Don’t let anything stop you from doing what you want to do. Deaf? Be a musician. Worked for Beethoven.
Just a reminder of what the human mind and spirit are capable of.
Seaman Doug Hegdahl was blown overboard from a U.S. Navy cruiser in the Tonkin Gulf in 1967. He was picked up from the water and sent to the infamous Hanoi Hilton. He used his youth, country accent, and bumpkin demeanor to convince the North Vietnamese that he was an idiot instead of a spy or commando. They so despaired of teaching him to read and write (which he lied and averred he could not do) to aid in their using him in their propaganda attempts that they called him “The Incredibly Stupid One.”
As a consequence, he was given pretty much free run of the camp. He used this access to learn the names, capture dates, methods of capture, and personal information on 256 POWs in the camp. He did this by memorizing the information to the tune of “Old MacDonald Had A Farm.” He also convinced his captors that he needed glasses, and memorized the route from the camp to Hanoi, where he was taken for fitting. In 1969, he was ordered by the senior U.S. commander in the camp to accept early release by the North Vietnamese (in a PR move) in order to convey the intelligence concerning the POWs back to the U.S. government.
He is still able to repeat this information to this day.
Oh, yeah, he managed to disabled 5 enemy trucks while a captive by surreptitiously putting dirt in their gas tanks.
Badass. He certainly rates a significantly high milli-Bronson number.
In a just world, movies would be made about heroes like Doug Hegdahl, not about murdering swine like Che Guevara.
Government health care? I don’t need no stinkin’ government health care. So what if I got my arms blown off? I’ll just build myself my own bionic arms.
Yep, that’s what Sun Jifa of northern China did, after the accident that took both of his arms off (a blast-fishing accident with a homemade bomb that prematurely exploded – WTF!!). He couldn’t afford the prosthetic limbs that the hospital offered, so he built his own. How exactly does one do that? Don’t you need arms to build arms? Whatev. No prob. Oh, and he made them from scrap metal for practically nothing.
You keep using that word “disabled.” I do not think it means what you think it means.
Oh, and President Obama? He DID build that. And, he’s building them for others, as well.
Any chance we could get him to emigrate here and serve as Secretary of Health and Human Services?
(h/t Captain Capitalism)
Veteran’s Day, celebrated in November, is the time for honoring all veterans who have served their country. Memorial Day, however, is the day for honoring specifically those veterans who have died in the service of their country.
Here is one such veteran to remember:
Spc. Ross Andrew McGinnis, KIA December 4, 2006, Adhamiyah, Irag
From the Wikipedia entry on Specialist McGinnis:
In August 2006, aged 19, the regiment was deployed to eastern Baghdad and he was serving as a .50 caliber machine-gunner in a HMMWV during operations against insurgents in Adhamiyah. On December 4, while his platoon was on mounted patrol in Adhamiyah, a grenade was thrown into his vehicle. He told the other four men about it, so they could prepare for the blast. Instead of jumping out of the gunner’s hatch, he threw his back over the grenade, absorbing the bulk of the blast. He was killed instantly, but the other occupants were able to survive with only minor injuries.
It is this kind of sacrifice that we should remember, and honor, this Memorial Day.
Thank you to all veterans for their service, their courage, and their sacrifices, but particularly the sacrifices of those who gave their lives.
I have a weakness for inspirational videos. They remind me that I have no excuses. This is a particularly good one. It’s also a reminder that when experts say “you can’t”, tell them to get fooked.
What kind of world do we live in when a young college student shows more fortitude and moral foundation than the elders who presume to administer the university he attends? This young man takes a stand against a large group of students, many of whom try to shout him down and intimidate him. He stands his ground, doesn’t shout, and makes a clear moral case for holding Penn State’s leaders accountable.
“Chu keep using that word. I dunna think it means wha’ you think it means.” – Inigo Montoya
What are these ‘limits’ of which you speak? Umm, I don’t think this guy has found his yet:
Scott Rigsby, first triathlete to finish the Ironman™ in Kona, Hawaii (2.4 mile ocean swim, 112 mile bike ride, 26.2 mile marathon, all in 17 hours) on two prosthetics. Because he’s a double amputee.