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“Outback Oilskin Vest” In “National Geographic” Catalogue 40% Less At “Boot Barn”.

by Anura Guruge


“National Geographic” 2016 catalogue. Use link below to access original. Click image to ENLARGE and read here.

Click here to access the “National Geographic” catalogue.
This is on Page 59.


Click to access “Boot Barn” listing.

Given that we are longtime (continuous) subscribers to the “National Geographic” (one of the few magazines which we now subscribe too) and that we regularly (around Christmas) buy stuff from the Catalogue we get all the NatG shopping catalogues, via mail, without fail. Deanna and I both thumb through them to see what catches our eyes.

This vest caught my fancy. I wear vests and wear them quite a bit. All those pockets appealed to me — especially these days with all the camera paraphernalia that I carry. And my birthday is coming up.

As soon as Deanna and Devanee worked out what I wanted they were on their phones … checking. Devanee found the “Boot Barn” offering at once!

NatG, who charges for shipping based on the dollar value of the item, wanted $18.95 for shipping & handling. So their total price was $147.95.

It was FREE shipping with “Boot Barn” and Deanna managed to get a $10 discount by signing up for their e-mail promotions. So she got it, with shipping, for $89.99. That is quite a difference in price.

Yes, I appreciate that with NatG I am also paying towards ALL the GREAT WORK they do. But …. $57.96 is a fair chunk of change.

Just letting you know.

I have found this same mark up, of course, with the Hammacher Schlemmer catalogue. You can find most things cheaper at Amazon.

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The Asteroid Named After David Bowie, 342843 Davidbowie.

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From Wikipedia. Click to ENLARGE and read here. Use link below to access Wikipedia original.

Click here to to access Wikipedia original.


Click to ENLARGE and enjoy. From ‘JPL Small-Body Database Browser’ (at ssd.jpl.nasa.gov).

It is a Main-Belt Asteroid and as such is always outside the orbit of Mars.

The 342843 is a sequence number, in that it is the 342,843rd confirmed ‘Minor Planet’ to have been discovered, Ceres (now a Dwarf Planet) having the honor of being the 1st, i.e., 1 Ceres. Pluto now that it is a dwarf is numbered 134340.

The name is optional and is initially put forward by the discoverer of the asteroid.

As of today 701,660 ‘Minor Planets’ have been catalogued as having been discovered. 19,712 of them, just a mere 2%, are named. Here is the list. So to have an asteroid named after you is, of course, special, BUT not that exclusive.

The ‘Beatles’ collectively and individually have asteroids named after them, viz. 8749 Beatles, 4147 Lennon, 4148 McCartney, 4149 Harrison & 4150 Starr. Some of the others include Carlos Santana, Frank Zappa, Eric Clapton, Jerry Garcia, Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, Mike Oldfield, Miles Davis, Frank Sinatra, Bee Gees, Buddy Holly etc. etc. Here is a list.

So David, as is due, has been honored as a ‘spaceman’. 

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by Anura Guruge