Link of the Week – Planning an Escape

December 12, 2017

Ok, guys. You know how much I love sharing blog posts from The Art of Manliness. Here’s a good one!

How to plan for an escape if you (or your hero) is a POW. Great research info!

https://www.artofmanliness.com/2017/11/30/plan-escape-prisoner-war-camp/


Link of the Week – Being Followed? What to do.

November 14, 2017

Here is another gem from the Art of Manliness. What to Do If You’re Being Followed. Not only is this great tactical information for everyone, it’s excellent research for writers. This blog post helps you identify if you are being tailed, the reasons for someone to follow you, how to lose someone on foot and by car, and how to make yourself less followable. You’re welcome.

http://www.artofmanliness.com/2017/10/06/what-to-do-if-youre-being-followed/


Link of the Week – St. Elmo’s Fire

October 10, 2017

How about a fun little mix of science and history for this week’s link?  Here’s a post I wrote for History Undressed on St. Elmo’s Fire—the weather phenomenon, not the coming-of-age movie starring the Brat Pack. Check out why superstitious sailors not afraid of the hissing blue sparks shooting off masts.

http://www.historyundressed.com/2017/10/st-elmos-fire-phenomenon-at-sea.html


Friday Fun Facts- Knives

October 6, 2017
  1. . A pen knife is so named because it was used for sharpening a quill to make a pen nib
  2.  French gangsters in the early 1900s used a weapon that functioned as a revolver, a knife, and brass knuckles.outdoorhub-7-horrible-handgun-designs-that-made-it-into-production-2015-02-19_20-53-13
  3. In 2000, a Mexican woman successfully performed a C-section on herself with a kitchen knife and 3 glasses of hard liquor, while her husband was drinking at a bar.
  4. King Tutankhamun’s dagger was made of meteoric iron.download
  5. A sharp knife actually causes less cuts. Since you don’t have to push down as hard, there’s less of a chance you let the blade slip.
  6. There’s no such thing as true stainless steel.
  7. Over 34,000 Swiss Army knives are made everyday!8849449713694_celum_74896_320Wx280H
  8. There are many places that end with “sex” in their name. (Sussex, Middlesex etc.) It comes from the Old English word seax meaning knife. Sexsmith used to be a common last name- meaning one who made knives.
  9. The most expensive knife is called “The Gem of The Orient”. It sold for $2.1 Million!! In total, it has 153 emeralds (10 carats) and nine diamonds (5 carats). The weight of the gold in the knife is 28 ounces.  It took ten years to produce such knife.ReKvaKK
  10. The Russians make knives out of sapphires with bone handles. It doesn’t show up on any metal detectors.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
  11. There is a knife (the WASP knife) that once inside the victim, forces over 800 psi of CO2 inside the victim, creating a basketball sized air pocket and freezing the surrounding internal organs. WASP-Injection-Knife-500x478

Link of the Week – Picking a Lock

October 3, 2017

Because picking a lock is a skill. Useful information for all.

Watch the video or read the article. It’s more great fodder from The Art of Manliness.

http://www.artofmanliness.com/2014/11/19/how-to-pick-a-lock-pin-tumbler-locks/


Link of the Week – Reading Bourbon Labels

September 12, 2017

This week’s link comes from one of my favorite blogs, The Art of Manliness. And it’s a great link for anyone who likes bourbon. I, myself, went through

a spell of consuming copious amounts of Jim Beam in my youth. Good times…good times…

There are distinctions between the varying types of bourbons. This link, How to Read a Bourbon Label, gives the skinny on bourbon terminology and provides a guide for consumers when buying the next bottle of whiskey. Cheers!

http://www.artofmanliness.com/2017/08/25/read-bourbon-label/


Link of the Week – Clearing a Building

August 22, 2017

Whether for your own personal knowledge or for authors who write suspense, time travel, fantasy, sci-fi, military, and the like, today’s link is detailed post on how to clear your home or other structure of intruders. It’s from one of my favorite blogs, The Art of Manliness. The post talks about safety and gives you the best chances for survival, including how to hold your weapon, the best weapon of choice, how to utilize decor to your advantage, and the tactics used for clearing stairs, halls, corners, and rooms with closed doors.

http://www.artofmanliness.com/2017/07/12/safely-clear-home/