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GUEST,Rapaire BS: Screw ups... (54* d) RE: BS: Screw ups... 27 Apr 06

Ya ever preg check a cow? If so, with or without sleeve? (The sleeve is much nicer. Still messy, but nicer.)

I heard or read this, and it's supposed to be true.

A guy was building his own airplane, as some folks do. Using surplus parts he'd done pretty well -- except he had no electrical generator. So he found one, one of those that generate electricity as air rushing under the airplane as it flies turns a propellor attached to a generator. He drove over and bought it.

On the way back, he realized that he really didn't know if it worked or not. So he opened the sun roof on his car and stuck the generator up with one hand and steered with the other.

At 70 mph the propellor turned quite nicely. And it generated electricity quite nicely. Electricity with enough voltage to make you want to drop a forty pound generator, only you CAN'T! You can't even pull your arm inside the car!

Finally, pretty much electrocuted, he managed to work the unit back in the car and fling it into the back seat.

Bad idea. The prop was still merrily rotating and it not only chewed up the back seat, but the roof upholstery and the backs of the front seats as well. Then it bounced into the front passenger seat and proceeded to chew on that. Finally, it fell on the floor and the prop jammed and stopped.

This unit cost the guy five hundred dollars...used. Rebuilding it, repairing the car, and recovering his mental health drove the cost way, way up there.

" seemed like such a GOOD idea at the time...."

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