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The Gun That Killed Billy The Kid Is Going Up For Auction. Starting Bid: $2 Million

https://www.npr.org/2021/07/22/1019391848/gun-killed-billy-the-kid-auction-2-million



A revolver that killed one of the most famous wanted men in the Wild West 140 years ago is slated to be offered for millions of dollars next month.

Prior to his killing, a judge is said to have sentenced famed outlaw Billy the Kid to hang until "you are dead, dead, dead." Billy was rumored to respond, "And you can go to hell, hell, hell."

Legends like these — some facts and others fiction — chronicling the Kid's life have persisted more than 100 years after his death. And they've kept history buffs captivated by Billy the Kid's tale. They have also driven interest in pieces of Wild West history, for which collectors are prepared to pay hefty prices. In 2008, for instance, Bonham sold Billy's gun for $64,350.

Billy the Kid, a gunslinger often said to have killed eight men, had been on the run for three months when Sheriff Pat Garrett hid in a dark bedroom and shot him in the chest on July 14, 1881, in Fort Sumner, N.M., according to Garrett's account. The single action revolver Garrett used will be offered at Bonhams auction house, which estimates it could go for $2 million to $3 million. Garrett had taken the gun from another member of the Kid's gang, Billy Wilson, after he arrested him.

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Out of my price range, sadly.
Posted by Dial H For Hero | Sat Jul 24, 2021, 02:56 PM (25 replies)

Benny Goodman: Sing Sing Sing (1938 Carnegie Hall concert: 13 minutes long!)

Best. Swing. Ever.

Posted by Dial H For Hero | Fri Jul 23, 2021, 11:41 PM (1 replies)

NASA is giving SpaceX $178 million to launch its mission to Europa, which could harbor alien life.



NASA has chosen SpaceX to launch its next alien-hunting mission to a Jupiter moon.

The mission, called Europa Clipper, is designed to fly past Jupiter's moon Europa 45 times, getting as close as 16 miles above its surface. Scientists believe the moon conceals a global ocean beneath its icy crust, and alien life could thrive deep within it.

NASA announced Friday that it set a date for the mission and awarded the $178 million launch contract to SpaceX. Now Europa Clipper is scheduled to blast off aboard the company's Falcon Heavy rocket in October 2024.

Europa Clipper's main objective is to determine whether Europa could host life at all. It aims to take high-resolution images of the moon's surface, chart the composition and thickness of its icy crust, look for lakes below the surface, and measure the depth and saltiness of the ocean below.
Posted by Dial H For Hero | Fri Jul 23, 2021, 11:35 PM (4 replies)

He doesn't hold the record for most people killed. But the Holocaust....um, yeah.

Posted by Dial H For Hero | Fri Jul 23, 2021, 10:40 AM (1 replies)

With the goal of making the world a better place, prevent one person from having been born.

You have all of history to choose from. Who do you pick? If the answer is the obvious one (Trump), I would ask that you indicate your second choice.
Posted by Dial H For Hero | Fri Jul 23, 2021, 10:18 AM (51 replies)

A Baltimore County widow put her mansion on the market. Then sovereign citizens moved in.

https://www.baltimoresun.com/maryland/baltimore-county/bs-prem-md-co-sovereign-citizens-falls-road-20210722-voivdsl2yfexbea2lep3bcuuk4-story.html

Valued at $1.5 million, the Falls Road home has it all.

Hidden among trees on 2 acres with an elegant outdoor terrace overlooking lush green forest, the 2 1/2-story mansion boasts a stone fireplace and vaulted wood-beam ceilings, six bedrooms and five bathrooms, a deluxe butler’s pantry and indoor pizza oven and large windows across the walls of the 10,000-square-foot space. There’s even a treehouse with a wraparound porch.

It was the dream house designed and built by a prominent commercial real estate broker and his wife in 2005, two years after the pair married. When he died early last year, his widow hired a real estate agent, put her abode on the market and moved.

The phone calls from worried neighbors began in June: There was a chain locked across her driveway entrance. Warnings against trespassers appeared along the property perimeter. A group was spotted unloading furniture and other items from a moving truck.

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Posted by Dial H For Hero | Fri Jul 23, 2021, 09:01 AM (26 replies)

This Airline Was Just Voted Best in the World for 2021

https://www.travelandleisure.com/airlines-airports/best-airlines-2021-qatar-airways



Qatar Airways was voted the best airline in the world for 2021, according to AirlineRatings.com.

The Doha-based airline was awarded the top spot based on a host of criteria, including the age of its fleet, passenger reviews, and product offerings, as well as its "commitment to keeping the world's critical long-haul air routes open during COVID-19," according to the site.

In addition to the No. 1 ranking, Qatar Airways also took the top spots for best business class (the airline is known for its Qsuites) and best catering.

"Over the past 16 months, the aviation industry has witnessed some of its darkest days, but Qatar Airways has continued to operate and stand by our passengers despite many other airlines halting operations due the pandemic," Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive Akbar Al Baker said in a statement. "Qatar Airways continues to reach new heights and set industry standards that deliver unrivaled passenger experience because it is in our DNA to do everything with excellence. Our commitment is to provide the highest possible level of health and safety standards both on the ground and in the air, with 5-star service at the core of our business."

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I'll be flying Qatar Airlines in a Qsuite in a week and a half to get to Thailand. Looking forward to it!
Posted by Dial H For Hero | Thu Jul 22, 2021, 09:06 PM (9 replies)

Stage musicals: What are the most obscure ones that you really enjoy?

I'll start off with some of mine:

Bat Boy the Musical (based on a June 23, 1992 Weekly World News story about a half-boy, half-bat, dubbed "Bat Boy", who grew up living in a cave.)

Blondel the Rock Opera (The title character is a musician trying to score big with Richard the Lionheart, who goes off on one of the Crusades. He struggles to follow him, as does an assassin and a group of monks who sing all of their dialogue in the form of Gregorian chants. Hilarity ensues.)

Eating Raoul the Musical (A couple of "squares", in the late 1960s, want to raise money to open a restaurant. They decide to kill swingers for profit by hitting them on the head with a frying pan. They become involved with a partner, Raoul, their swarthy, sexy janitor, who helps them to dispose of the bodies. However, they soon feel trapped by Raoul and dispatch him too; he becomes the main course. Based upon the film.)
Posted by Dial H For Hero | Thu Jul 22, 2021, 02:03 PM (11 replies)

2 Men Caught On Camera In Brazen Daylight Theft From Granada Hills TJ Maxx (California)

https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2021/07/20/caught-on-camera-granada-hills-tj-maxx-shoplifting/

GRANADA HILLS (CBSLA) — Two men casually walked out of a crowded TJ Maxx in Granada Hills recently, their arms full with what appeared to be stolen items.

“That looks great,” one man said as video showed them headed toward the door.

One of the men even had an oversized duffle bag on his back.

“They didn’t even run out, they walked out,” Los Angeles Police Department Sgt. Jerretta Sandoz said. “And so, that’s sending a message that we, the criminals, are winning.”

Sandoz is a veteran sergeant and is vice president of the Los Angeles Police Protective League. She blames the brazen act on Prop 47, which lowered criminal sentences for certain non-violent crimes such as shoplifting.
Posted by Dial H For Hero | Thu Jul 22, 2021, 01:19 PM (4 replies)

The right to bear arms in self-defense is (now) embedded in the Czech constitution

https://www.expats.cz/czech-news/article/right-to-arms-embedded-in-czech-consitution

Prague, July 21 (CTK) - The Senate, the upper house of Czech parliament, has approved the right to use arms to defend oneself and others under legal conditions to be embedded in the constitution as a reaction to the EU's pro-regulatory stance on firearms acquisition and possession.

This right was included in the Senate-proposed amendment to the Charter of Fundamental Rights and Freedoms, which is part of the constitution. Senators, therefore, passed the amendment as expected.

According to the authors of the bill, this constitutional change will prevent the right to bear arms from being restricted by common law and will strengthen the position of the Czech Republic in the debates on further EU regulations.

Now President Miloš Zeman must sign it into law. The president cannot veto a constitutional bill against common pieces of legislation.
Posted by Dial H For Hero | Thu Jul 22, 2021, 01:11 PM (0 replies)
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