Thursday, January 10, 2013

Okay, i had to ask

This one has me speechless.

On the impetus of a wise man investigating what a fool takes for granted, i decided to investigate.

Investigate what?

Well, the other day Bigger Girl was talking about tons of stuff, as usual (sometimes it's hard to keep up with how fast her mind moves from one thing to another) when she asked if i had ever thought about whether or not they could make a wheelchair with a roll bar.

My instinct, after i looked at her blankly for a moment, was to think, of course not, why would they?

But, not wanting to take anything for granted, i went to my favorite investigator and informant, Google, and came up with 
The four-wheel drive hybrid wheelchair

It is a four-wheel drive hybrid wheelchair.  It's meant to give greater mobility to the disabled and elderly.  And yes, it has a roll bar.

Call me impressed.  As Jiminy Cricket said, "Man, what they can't do these days!"

Speaking of impressed, i haven't been too impressed with how Blogger is working the last day or two.  Anyone else having trouble getting it to save?

Today is:

Feast of St. Geraint -- Wales (legendary Welsh hero who fought King Arthur)

Hitsuichi -- Yamagata, Japan (famous market dating back to the Edo Period)

National Bittersweet Chocolate Day

National Cut Your Energy Costs Day

Peculiar People Day -- an internet generated day to celebrate all the strange and peculiar people in your life, including me!;)

St. Peter Orseolo's Day

Sturdy Flat-Heeled Shoes Appreciation Day -- listed on many sites, and since i appreciate them, i included it

The Fairy Lunch -- Fairy Calendar

Ultimate Fishing Show -- Detroit, MI, US (through Sunday)

Vaudoun Day -- Benin (Traditional Religions Day, with a huge festival in the seaside town of Ouidah)

Where's The Beef Day -- the slogan premiered this day in 1984

Winterskol -- Aspen, Colorado (Aspen's annual "toast to winter", through Sunday)

Word Nerd Day -- originated by Maria Schneider of WritersDigest (to celebrate those who enjoy playing with words)

Birthdays Today:

Pat Benatar, 1953
Bonnie Hellman, 1950
George Foreman, 1949
Rod Stewart, 1945
Jim Croce, 1943
Sal Mineo, 1939
Gisele MacKenzie, 1927
Johnnie Ray, 1927
Paul Henreid, 1908
Ray Bolger, 1904
Grigori Rasputin, 1869 (O.S.)
Mary Ingalls, 1865
George Washington Carver, 1864
Charles Ingalls, 1836

Today in History:

Julius Caesar crosses the Rubicon, begins a civil war, BC46
"Common Sense" by Thomas Paine is published, 1776
Napoleon divorces Josephine, 1810
Poets Elizabeth Barrett and Robert Browning begin their correspondence, 1845
The first underground railway opens in London, 1863
John D. Rockefeller incorporates Standard Oil, 1870
The first great Texas oil gusher is discovered at Spindletop in Beaumont, Texas, 1901
The League of Nations is established, 1920
The United States Army Signal Corps successfully conducts Project Diana, bouncing radio waves off the moon and receiving the reflected signals, 1946
The United States and the Vatican establish full diplomatic relations after 117 years, 1984
Torrential rain in the Lockyer Valley region of South East Queensland, Australia causes severe flash flooding, killing 9 people, 2011


  1. WOW
    that is pretty amazing.
    and yet, we still make newspapers where the print gits allll over my hands :)

  2. Is that really a wheelchair? I can't imagine it going up and down the halls at the retirement facility where my mom lives. This must just be for outdoors.

  3. Carla, that has always been a problem; i've even read about it, how the kind that doesn't leave ink on your hands has problems of its own.

    Stephen, i'm sure it's a wheelchair, and yes, it's for outdoors.