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Airlines Stories

Posted: March 30, 2008 in Airliners

" One night a jet flew a little bit too close to my house.
I was walking from the living room to the kitchen, and the stewardess told me to sit down."
I finally figured out what ‘Delta’ stands for:
Don’t Expect Legroom on This Airline.
While sitting in the upper deck business class front seat of a Cathay Pacific 747 in Taipei,
the following announcement was heard over the cabin PA system:
"Ladies and gentlemen, we are overbooked and are offering anyone $1,000 plus a seat
on the next flight in exchange for their seat
on this flight."
After a short pause, the offer was loudly accepted by someone in the cockpit.
Air Traffic Controllers

The following are accounts of actual exchanges between airliners and control towers
from around the world: The controller, working a busy pattern told the 727 on downwind
to make a three-sixty (do a complete circle, usually to provide spacing between aircraft).
The pilot of the 727 complained,
"Do you know it costs us two thousand dollars to make a three-sixty in this airplane?
Without missing a beat the controller replied, "
Roger, give me four thousand dollars worth!"

A DC-10 had an exceedingly long roll out after landing with his approach speed
just a little too high.
San Jose Tower:
"American 751 heavy, turn right at the end if able.
If not able, take the Guadeloupe exit off of Highway 101 and make a right
at the light to returnto the airport.

Unknown Aircraft: "I’m f***ing bored!".
Air Traffic Control: "Last aircraft transmitting, identify yourself immediately!!"
Unknown Aircraft: "I said I was f***ing bored, not f***ing stupid!"

– Tower: "Eastern 702, cleared for takeoff, contact Departure on 124.7."
  (124.7 would be the radio frequency for Departure Control).
– Eastern 702: "Tower, Eastern 702 switching to departure … by the way, after we lifted off,
  we saw some kind of dead animal on the far end of the runway."
– Tower: "Continental 635, cleared for takeoff, contact Departure on 124.7;
  did you copy the report from Eastern?"
– Continental 635: "Continental 635, cleared for takeoff Roger; and yes,
  we copied Eastern and we’ve already notified our caterers."

O’Hare Approach Control: "United 329 Heavy, your traffic is a Fokker, one o’clock, 3 miles, eastbound."
United 329: "Approach, I’ve always wanted to say this…I’ve got that Fokker in my sights.

The German air controllers at Frankfurt Airport are a short-tempered lot. They not only expect one to know one’s gate parking location but how to get there without any assistance from them. So it was with some amusement that we (a PanAm 747) listened to the following exchange between Frankfurt ground control and a British Airways 747 (call sign "Speedbird 206") after landing:
Speedbird 206: "Top of the morning Frankfurt, Speedbird 206 clear of the active runway."
Ground: "Guten morgen! You vill taxi to your gate!"
The big British Airways 747 pulled onto the main taxiway and slowed to a stop.
Ground: "Speedbird, do you not know vare you are going?"
Speedbird 206: "Stand by a moment Ground, I’m looking up our gate location now."
Ground (with some arrogant impatience): "Speedbird 206, haff you never flown to Frankfurt before?!?"
Speedbird 206 (cooly): "Yes I have, Ground – in 1944. In another type of Boeing. I didn’t stop."
You Know It’s a "No Frills" Airline When…
Submitted by Cicec

* They don’t sell tickets, they sell chances.
* All the insurance machines in the terminal are sold out.
* Before the flight, the passengers get together and elect a pilot.
* You cannot board the plane unless you have the exact change.
* Before you took off, the stewardess tells you to fasten your Velcro.
* The Captain asks all the passengers to chip in a little for gas.
* When they pull the steps away, the plane starts rocking.
* The Captain yells at the ground crew to get the cows off the runway.
* You ask the Captain how often their planes crash and he sez, "Just once."
* No movie. Don’t need one. Your life keeps flashing before your eyes.
* You see a man with a gun, but he’s demanding to be let off the plane.
* All the planes have both a bathroom and a chapel.
day at a busy airport, the passengers on a commercial airliner were
seated waiting for the cockpit crew to show up so they could get
underway. The pilot and copilot finally appear in the rear of the
plane, and begin walking up to the cockpit through the center aisle.
Both appear to be blind. The pilot is using a white cane, bumping into
passengers right and left as he stumbles down the aisle and the copilot
is using a guide dog. Both have their eyes covered with huge sunglasses.
At first the passengers do not react, thinking that it must be some
sort of practical joke. However, after a few minutes the engines start
revving and the airplane moves down the runway.
The passengers look at each other with some uneasiness, whispering among themselves and looking desperately to the stewardess for reassurance.
Then the airplane starts accelerating rapidly and people begin panicking. Some passengers are praying, and as the plane gets closer and closer to the end of the runway, the voices are becoming more and more hysterical.
Finally, when the airplane has 20 feet of runway left, there is a
sudden change in the pitch of the shouts as everyone screams at once,
and at the very last moment the airplane lifts off and is airborn.
Up in the cockpit, the copilot breathes a sigh of relief and turns to
the pilot, "You know, one of these days the passengers aren’t going to scream, and we’re gonna get killed!"

Odyssey in the Arctic with Russian Icebreaker Fleet

The nuclear-powered icebreakers
served as a symbol of Soviet technological power for many decades.
Today this fleet is used to aid ship navigation in the seas north of
Siberia – and for elite tourism, which helps to pay the bills.

most powerful of all icebreakers "50 years of Victory" (one of six
"Arktika" class) has two nuclear reactors and is capable of reaching
North Pole in a couple of days.

"Vaigach" and "Taimyr"

Svetlana Bogdanova has recently returned from a very special trip on board of icebreaker "Vaigach"
and provided us with these unique pictures. Thanks to her exclusive
permission (and collection of photos by seamen of the Murmansk Sea
Shipping Company) we can now have a glimpse of what it means to follow
along the caravan of ships in the northern seas, led by a colossal
nuclear-powered vessel.

says: "A nuclear icebreaker almost feels alive, like a huge proud
creature with a benevolent and dependable character. See it moving in
the dark of night, projecting a powerful light ahead, making the snow
sparkle in a misty path, feel it tremble under your feet… Its sheer
immensity is inspiring, making one think of heroic exploration of
unknown lands, the stuff that kids should be dreaming about"

"Vaigach" in the mist:

The blizzard is getting worse:

Unexpected Rescue:
This truck got in trouble on treacherous ice, so a professional team quickly comes up with a plan:

The journey resumes:

Breaking the way for a caravan of ships:

Arriving into Dixon: a small town of about a thousand people –

population lives in the Arctic wasteland, enduring the most extreme
climate. A significant part of Dixon has become a ghost town during
Soviet years – and a series of ghastly buildings line up to haunt the
endless night:

easy to start imagining vampires, but the buildings are long abandoned
– though one has to wonder about what looks like a cannon nearby:

Back to the Arctic trail –
Serene and wide-format views along the way – Svalbard archipelago:

Franz Josef Land also has fascinating rock formations:

And mammoth fossils lying around:

A day in the life of Murmansk Sea Shipping Company

This custom-paint job looks appropriately aggressive on an icebreaker:

Business as usual, leading the way (though the towline between ships sometimes breaks, leading to all kinds of emergencies)

Launching the deep sea research vessel (Bathysphere) "MIR-1":

Encountering some heavy seas:

"Yamal" towing the oil rig:

Land-based oil rigs are usually towed by a chain of tractors:

And so, after breaking the ice trail for so many days:

Finally, a clear way beckons home –

Staying in port for maintenance:

Here are Some of the Giants of the Arctic Fleet:

was the first Russian nuclear icebreaker, built in 1957. It looked
imposing, but suffered two nuclear accidents while in operation till
1989, and now is being converted into a museum ship. Another milestone:
"Arktika" became the first surface ship ever to reach the North Pole in 1977.

"50 Years of Victory" – is the largest, most powerful icebreaker ever constructed.

This lid covers a nuclear reactor:

Nuclear reactor room:

meters in length, the "50 Years of Victory" has TWO nuclear reactors,
develops 75,000 horse power, and its huge steel ice belt 5 meters wide
can easily break through ice up to 2.5 meters (9.2 feet) thick. (The
"victory" in its name is the Russian people’s victory over the Nazis in

And by the way, in case you’re thinking that no ice can
ever stop such behemoths, let me remind you that the nuclear icebreaker
"Soviet Union" was trapped in ice for three days in 1998 (which is
nothing compared to Mother Russia trapped in communism for 70 years)

Here is that "Soviet Union" ship –

The rest of 10 nuclear icebreakers are described in detail here.

Ever wanted to have a super bedroom, to amaze your friends, or your girlfriends ? If you need a little inspirational help for this task here is a collection of 16 of the most extreme & modern beds you’ll ever see. Now let’s begin ..

Private cloud looks like a giant rocking chair, or to be more exact like a rocking bed. Private cloud is not a normal bed, is something that wants to revolutionize every bedroom. The bed requires a little more space than a “normal” bed but I’m pretty sure that this bed can offer new experiences to any couple. More pictures here.

private cloud bed

At a first glance you might be asking yourself “hat is this ?“, because the Feel Seating System designed by Animi Causa has a really cool and unusual shape. The shape is inspired by a molecular structure, the basic form for all objects is the universe. It is made of 120 sofa balls covered with elastic fabric. If you are a playful person you can use it in many creative ways, because the structure of the feel allows to create multiple forms.

Feel SofaFeel Seating System

Designed by the studio of invention Décadrages and marketed under the brand name BedUP, the bed that falls from the ceiling is an innovation that will save 4 m² in your apartment, and for someone who lives in a small space .. 4 m² of space is pure gold. By day, the bed is stored on the ceiling, the under-surface becomes ceiling with the possibility of integrating lighting. At night, the bed can come down in the manner of an elevator and stops at the height previously requested, thus avoiding moving furniture that would have been placed underneath it. Now besides being functional, this bed has a clean design that is discreet and elegant. More pictures here.

Ceiling Bed

A bookcase that transforms into a bed ? I’m sure that a lot of people who played tertis might smile when see this idea. The bookcase/bed combination works together to help maximize space and give your walls a little extra pop of color. A mattress stands upright in four bits and forms the bulk of the bookcase. These surround five storage shelves which are suspended in mid-air by a wall mounted frame. The mattress sections are placed on the floor and slot together to form the bed with two parts for a single, or all four to make a double. In conclusion this idea looks awesome, and the only problem I see is the time you’ll need to make up your bed every morning.

Bookcase Bed

Hi-Can is an “High Fidelity Canopy” designed by Italian designer Edoardo Carlino. The Hi-Can high fidelity canopy features beautifully designed equipment that allows you to surf the web, watch movies, play games, and listen to music all from the comfort of your bed. This bed provides you a lot of technology at your fingertips from the moment you just woke up, andis a perfect tool that aims to make your lifes more sedentary. You get a projector, a sound system, a projection screen, a DVD player and all the relevant input.

High Fidelity Canopy

The Scoop! is a very original idea for a bed designed by Guido Rosati for Saba Italia. Scoop! is a sophisticated and innovative answer to the demand for combinig the sofa function with the bed function. The two semi-circular sides of the bed can be separated resulting two new pieces of furniture. This bed is a great way to surprise your guests, and also you can be proud to have a stylish contemporary bed and two sofa’s in the same time. More pictures here.

Bed & Sofa from Saba ItaliaContemporary Bed & Sofa Saba Italia

In the picture below you can see a sofa bed with removable covers and integrated/patented mechanism which transforms the sofa into a bunk bed. Doc XL furnishes the day area and with a simple movement transforms into a practical ready made bunk bed with integrated supporting ladder and protection guard.

Sofa BedFurniture Sofa BedBunk Sofa Bed

This sofa bed is called “Book” and is designed by the Italian designers from Flou. Ideal boundary between day and night, Book has a dual function that makes it particularly suitable for small spaces. By day sofa is a modern, linear and elegant, and by the night turns with a simple gesture in a comfortable bed rest with a plan staves. The sofa isn’t to beautiful at a first glance, but when we think that is a piece of furniture that can also become a bed we skip this detail.

sofa bed

Have you ever wanted a floating bed, like those from SciFi movies ? Now it’s almost possible. The Fluttua bed from Lago has the appearance that it is floating. To give the bed its floating appearance, the frame was attached to the wall and supports a single post under the center. I’m sure that this bed can have a strong impact on your visitors, and they will be quite impressed.

fluttua floating bed

The computer bed is a normal bed which makes an intelligent use of the space below the bed. The gas pistons enable the bed to double up as a computer table. Available here in twin only at $3650, with metal bed frame and wooden slat foundation.

Computer Bed

As you can see this is not just a very comfortable bed, he also has some technology incorporated. The bed features a home cinema rack fitted between the two headboard bolsters that offers enough space for items such as a DVD player and games consoles. As soon as the film is over, all you have to do is touch a button on the remote control and the screen disappears inside the foot section. If you want more details about The RUF-Cinema Bed you can find more here.

cinema bed

cinema bed 2

Check out this interesting idea, a bed suspended on a rope. Teak platforms suspended from heavy-gauge rope take center stage, while a punchy orange-striped fabric on the wall and Roman shade create a seamless backdrop. The visual effect of these suspended beds is just awesome, but I wouldn’t recommend a bed like this to someone who’s sleeping like a rabbit and wakes up at the slightest sound.

Slide Bedroom

Zoom-Room, is far from being simply “a bed” or traditional “wall bed”, is a design solution that allows you to think of the rooms in your home in a completely different way. This bed will appear if you just press a button on the wireless remote control. When the button is pressed that sends the premium latex matress as well as German-designed slatted frame gliding down a vertical track and into your space. The bed measures a mere 24″ deep, making it pretty much undetectable to the untrained eye. If you would like to find exactly how this bed work you can see a video on Zoom-Room page. The price for this wall bed is starting at $7000.

Zoom Room

Point Architects from Tokyo combined a bed with a bookcase and the result was called the Uroko House. The incredible bookcase completely surrounds this bed, making him looks like an igloo made of books. The final results looks good, but unfortunately is not to practical, and takes a lot of space, bu I’m sure that little kids will love this project.


Bedroom Books

Book Bedroom

This bed is really strange, because its designed for just a specific sleeping position. As you can see this bed may be perfectly shaped for the fetal position, but who can sleep in just one position all night ? This leads me to the idea that this bed definitely wasn’t designed for a good night’s sleep.

Really Strange Bed

A flat TV panel is hidden under the bed and slides out to position itself for the optimum viewing while in bed. I’m sure that every man will want a TV like that in their bedroom, or in their collection of home gadgets. – Via – A TV that’s Perfect for Every Bedroom

Bed TV

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"Police Story", starring Jackie Chan, 1985. Compare with a similar chase in "Bad Boys II"

bad boys II scene (thanks to jackie chan)


"Cinemassacre" site has compiled their own
"Top 10 Jackie Chan Stunts":

New Police Story



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India is well-known for delicious food, and the kitchen is
considered to be a sacred place in any Indian home. And now India has
something else to be proud of: the world’s largest solar kitchen. The
system has been installed as a collaboration between the Academy for a Better World and Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual University, with technology from Solare-Brücke,
Germany. With 84 receivers and cooking at 650 degrees, the system can
produce up to 38,500 meals a day when the sun is at its peak!

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The solar kitchen has been set up at Taleti, near Mount Abu, situated at a height of 1219 m above sea level in Rajasthan. It boasts of a six-module solar steam cooking system and a total of 84 parabolic dish concentrators
shell type receivers. Each oval parabolic concentrator has a reflective
surface area of 9.2 square meters, and reflect sunlight on the
receivers by special white glass pieces. Steam is collected in the
header pipes, which is then directed via insulated pipes to cooking
vessels in the kitchen.

The system generates temperatures of up to about 650 degrees, and
3500-4000 kg of steam per day. The food is cooked in 200-400 liters
capacity cooking pots, producing an average of 20,000 meals a day, and
up to 38,500 meals per day during periods of peak solar radiation

A total of $5 million has been spent on this endeavor. The Academy
for a Better World is interested in renewable energy technologies and
the program is part of a special demonstration project of
Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE), Government of India.

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Way of Life





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Sunday on City Streets



Stomach Ache


Definition of Beauty

Handling Problems

Daily Meals


Life of an Elderly

Shower time

Moods & Weathers

The Boss

Whats Trendy

The Child

New Things

Perception of Each Other’s Culture

So JetBlue has announced they’ll start charging extra for four more inches of legroom — $10 to $20 more (depending on length of flight) for rows 2-5 and exit rows 10-11. But why stop there?
"Even More Legroom" is nice, but now that airlines are breaking free of their decades-long
insistence on fascist conformity, I suggest an entire suite of value-addeds to help defray
spiraling costs. If I can choose from an a la carte menu of extra services and bennies to
customize my flight experience, I’ll be a much happier though poorer consumer. For example!

1. Departure & Arrival Betting Pools. Since departure and arrival times are guestimates at best,
why not make your outrageous delays a figure of fun? Wager frequent-flyer miles on a range
of bets related to the accuracy of projected schedules. Can you accurately call
the airline’s spread between arrival and departure? No fair disrupting service with bomb threats.

2. Walk-Through X-Rays. The chief bottleneck at security checkpoints is stuffing your bags
in the X-ray and partially disrobing to the extent required so you may pass through a metal detector.
To hell with that. Tommy Lee proved there’s no harm in passing directly through
a luggage x-ray yourself, so let’s dispense with the metal detectors and just walk through
a giant X-ray gate. A potentially lethal radiation bath is a small price to pay for a few minutes saved.

3. Even More Arm Room. More leg room is fine, but as a broad-shouldered individual,
it can be just as uncomfortable to find myself seated next to someone of similar width (or a fatty).
I’d shell out a few bucks for a seat set further from my neighbor to left and/or right,
especially if it allows me unhindered access to the armrests.

4. Quiet Zones. Even Amtrak has quiet cars, for God’s sake. Of course you’ll still be able
to hear loud-talkers elsewhere in the plane, but if I could have two rows of quiet in any direction,
I’d consider that money well spent.

5. Adults Only. I believe in perpetuating the species, but babies are not generally suited
to this mode of transport. If they can’t be checked at the airport, at least the babies can
be confined to a larval ghetto somewhere else on the plane. Perhaps the overhead bins.
Keep them at a safe distance, and I’ll buy the up-sell.

6. Giant Pillows. In addition to broad shoulders, I also have a freakishly large head.
Airplane pillows are about as effective as a half-empty pack of cigarettes when it comes
to propping up my dome. Give me a giant overstuffed king-size pillow, and I’ll fork over five bucks.

7. Attractive Passengers. This could be a self-corrupting system, since rich ugly people
would naturally pay to get into the hot section. But let’s make it a sliding scale based on
overall attractiveness and relative income. That way, only really rich ugly people get to
hang out with really hot less-rich people, which also happens to be how the real world operates.

8. Flirtatious Flight Attendants. Look, we know this affair is going nowhere.
But if the rare airborne cutie wants to bat her eyes at me and look impressed by
the book I’m reading or fake interest in the line of plumbing supplies I’ll be representing
at an industry conference in Dubuque, then: sold.

9. Narcotics. Cruise ships ramp up their casinos as soon as they hit international waters,
so why can’t planes be free of pesky drug regulations once they gain altitude and latitude?
Bring out the tray of pharmaceuticals and let the passengers endure the trans-Pacific flight
in a drug-addled haze. Probably best to stick with downers. LSD has no place in coach.

10. Guest Posting to TSA Blog. A lottery determines a free guest post to the TSA blog for
one random passenger on every flight. Could be a mix of consumer bitchery or
sexual "missed connections" that could be consummated before the flight’s end,
perhaps in a discreet corner near the rearward restrooms.

11. IM the Pilot. Really, after he punches in the flightplan and navpoints,
what’s that guy got to do for a few hours? Ping him a question about the weather,
find out who’s single in the flight crew, or send the classic "DONT CRASH U R GAY LOLZ".

12. Express Check-Out. No, not suicide. So much emphasis is placed on the front end of
the airport process — from express security lanes to enduring delays — that no one complains
about the mass abuses we all suffer upon leaving. Escort me off the plane first,
regardless of seating row. Give me my checked baggage first, or better yet, have it waiting
at the arrival gate. Just let me out of this torment, pronto, and I’ll press a sweaty bill or
three into any grasping hand on my grateful way out.