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President Biden Has To Stop Flying To Wilmington, DE, On ‘Air Force One’ — Makes No Sense.

by Anura Guruge

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Of course none of us begrudge him the use of ‘Air Force One‘ especially after the BLATANT abuse by ‘one whose name should NOT be mentioned‘.

It is JUST that it just does not make any sense. The distance involved it just too short.

From Andrews to the New Castle military airport he flew into only took 25-minutes!

It would also appear that the airport was too small to cater for the bona fide Boeing 747-based ‘Air Force One’. Instead he flew in on a 757 — (with ANY official Air Force plane carrying the President automatically & by default designated “Air Force One”).

Biden, per his TRADEMARK, needs to CONTINUE taking the TRAIN.

We used go back to having a Presidential Train. Yes, I appreciate that these days security might be an issue.

Appears that Nixon, in 1970, took the train.

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by Anura Guruge


Triangular, Toblerone Swiss Train Is A Joke.

by Anura Guruge

Click to ENLARGE. This morning on MY Facebook Timeline.

As you can clearly see from my comment I immediately knew that this was an April Fool’s joke. But, it was clever and cute and I used to LOVE Toblerone. I used to bring bars over from Europe to the U.S. in the 1980s and hooked a legion of folks hooked on it. That was way before it became readily available here.

Well, this picture had me intrigued enough that I did some Googling. It was well known. It did NOT start off as a Toblerone train. Instead it was just a triangular train — the premise being that such trains would fit better inside tunnels. Somebody took the triangular train and made it into the Toblerone train and STUCK a comic driver in the cab JUST IN CASE we did not spot that it was a joke.

So, here is the original triangular train you can see the white house, with red roof, behind the train and realize that this is it. Note that the wheels got slanted!

And that was Photoshopped from this.
Again check the background and you can see the commonality.

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828 Railway-Related Deaths in the U.S. In 2017! Did You Realize.

by Anura Guruge

Click to access news coverage of this AMAZING story.

Click to ENLARGE to see what the FRA report looks like. Use link below to download a small, clean PDF of all 828 fatal accidents.

Click to download, small & clean PDF file of all 828 incidents.

I was watching the 8pm news on MSNBC on Monday night when I heard about this moonlighting story (i.e., first image above). During that I heard them mention 828 railway-related deaths in the U.S. in 2017. I thought I misheard. Rewound, played it again. NO, I had heard correctly.

Then it got me thinking. 828. Not that high when you think of the SIZE of the U.S. and the miles and miles of tracks involved. But, it does come to 2.3 deaths a day.

So, I Googled. Found this “Federal Railroad Administration” (FRA). Never heard of them before. They have a database. Hence the report. I can’t get the individual incident reports. But, this was a good start. Have a look

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by Anura Guruge

Train Accident In Sri Lanka From 2011: 18 Year Old Girl Hit By Train Survives! Pretty Amazing.

by Anura Guruge

I had posted this in my “Fun & Trivia With Anura Guruge” blog
in 2011. But, that blog does not get many hits or my attention.
So I am reposting it here since it is pretty amazing and 
is related to the other train accident post from a few days ago.

They continue to have this type of accident in Sri Lanka, in many instances the outcome not being as good as in this case. As far as I can remember we have had people getting hit by trains — largely because people have used rail tracks as public roads. In the 1960s when I was growing up there we had folklore about getting run over by trains — the worst fear being that of getting one of your feet trapped in a junction point (‘switch’) and then being helplessly trapped as a train approached! People would actually talk about the best strategies for such scenarios — I kid you not. It was considered best if your free leg was outside of the rails, because you could then really lean over and just lose the bottom part of your leg. We really used to talk about such things. Yes, we also played chicken with trains — something I continued to do until I was about 16, even once doing it in India.

It still baffles me how these people don’t FEEL the train coming behind them — even if they don’t hear it. These lumbering trains, on not that well laid tracks, create one heck of a lot of ground vibration. Well, you have to watch the video:

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Another Gruesome Train Accident In Sri Lanka — Appears To Be A Suicide.

by Anura Guruge

Saw it on Facebook.

It was all in Sinhalese and all I could work out is that they think it is a suicide. If not a very strange accident.

Shame. Very gruesome pictures. Never seen anything like this!

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Dalai Lama’s Matthieu Ricard Is NOT The Happiest Man In The World — NOT Even Close.

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Click here for the original from the U.K. “Daily Mail”.



Click image to ENLARGE and read here. Use link above for U.K. “Daily Mail” original.

One of the COMMENTS against the “Daily Mail” article and this is ONE of my arguments too.


Click to ENLARGE and read here.

First and foremost, and I am deadly serious here, there is the SMALL matter of I!

My life is FAR FROM PERFECT but I would argue and set out to prove that I am HAPPIER, any day of the week, any day of the year, than this monk.

I am NOT joking.

He and I agree on ONE THING and that is that one can train one’s brain to be happy. So between he and I what we are DUKING it out is who has the better brain training system. I contend that I have. Why?

Because unlike this guy, and as the COMMENT above highlights, I am HAPPY leading a full, ‘normal’ life — WITH A SPOUSE & CHILDREN — and I HAVE SEX! Yes, that definitely COMES into it and the pun was very intentional. Orgasms, for both sexes, are an important factor in being truly happy.

Check this guy out. He was a recluse. Ran away from life.

He is NOT happy. He is content. There is a HUGE difference. You can be content being unhappy. Trust me you can.


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And then there is the TWO-SIDED issue about how happy a Buddhist monk can really be.

One of Buddha’s fundamental teachings is that we ALL SUFFER because of our fondness to attachments — which also includes family.

IF you want to be happy without attachments GO AHEAD be my guest. I would rather be unhappy and have some attachments.

Plain and simple. This guy by a LONG CHALK is NOT the happiest man in the World. I might NOT be the happiest BUT I will sure argue and prove that I am HAPPIER than he is — any day of the week.

Simple question. Just ask him. When did he last have an orgasm with another person — ideally of the opposite sex.

Sri Lankan (Non-Political) Strongman Pulling A Train — Quite The Video.

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“Journey To The North Pole”, “The Polar Express”, Conway & Lincoln (NH) — 2015.

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Having heard numerous radio commercials for this ‘Polar Express‘, I decided to check it out because we have never done it.

Of course anything to do with trains has appeal and given that I am a sucker for Christmas, this is perfect synergy.

OK. I made a phone call and can share some IMPORTANT information with you.

1/ They do NOT, I repeat, NOT, have a steam train any longer — despite the prominent picture on their Website. They had a steam engine JUST ONCE a few years ago. So IF you are expecting steam you will be disappointed in that the only steam you will get is that from the hot chocolate.

2/ The trains leave from both North Conway and Lincoln (i.e., ‘Loon‘). BUT the trains do not go from one station to the other, i.e., it is not a North Conway <-> Lincoln train ride. The trains go to the ‘North Pole’ from each station. So it is a different ride, both 2 hours in total, depending on which station you pick. Got that? From what I can see the rails from Lincoln, by and large, go south towards Woodstock. From North Conway you can (and we have) gone north to Bartlett etc. I get a feeling that North Conway is THE better deal. I could be wrong. IF you know otherwise please share.

3/ A bit pricey.

4/ Most (if not all) the weekend departures from N. Conway are already sold out — at least online.

“The Body Donors” Documentary Should Inspire & Encourage — Not Repulse. Please.

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by Anura Guruge


Click to read my original PLEA for body donation. Please.

This sensationalistic headline in the U.K. Daily Mail is unnecessary!

Why would YOU care what happens to your body after you die?

PLEASE donate it to science — let them do whatever. Why do YOU care.
Feel good about it, instead.


Click to ENLARGE and read here. Use link above to access U.K. Daily Mail original. Ignore this headline. Please.

This, from the same article, says it all.

What MORE do YOU want to hear or know.

Please donate. This is one of the dearest causes to my heart.
One of the BEST decisions I ever made.
That the person who ‘inspired’ me to do this RENEGED on it, when he died, only shows how IMPORTANT it is.
My ‘grandfather‘ (though probably not biologically) did this and asked ALL males in the family to do so.
None have so far, because his own son didn’t heed the request. So I will be the first — I HOPE.


Click to ENLARGE and read. From same article. PLEASE absorb what it says. “…. how important body donation is to train future doctors. One student said: ‘Books and models are all very well and good but you don’t see what it’s like, you don’t get to feel what it’s like. Dissecting a cadaver is the only way to actually learn’ …”


There is a video trailer that goes with it. YOU can access it directly from the article. OK?

150th Anniversary Of President Abraham Lincoln’s Funeral Train In New York City & Albany, New York.

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51762_ng_lincoln_coverAs I have oft mentioned I (still) religiously read each issue of “National Geographic“, cover-to-cover, each month. The only magazine that I now read on a regular basis. Even the “Reader’s Digest” doesn’t make that list anymore, though I do read it, plus any and all photographic magazine I come across, more often that not.

I have been reading, with some interest, this month’s cover story on Lincoln’s funeral train. I knew some about the train and the voyage, but, of course, not to the level of detail in this article. It had an interesting ‘sidebar’ about race-relations in Buffalo, N.Y., over the century, including school segregation, and that was fascinating since I did attend High School, in Buffalo, during 1967 – 1968 — in what was a mixed school at the time. Kensington High School (which is now closed).

This morning I came across this photograph, on pages 44-45, and noticed the date on it. TODAY. April 25, 1865. 150 years ago. To me, an avid fan of the President, this seemed something worth commemorating. I had a very quick look. Didn’t see anything obvious. I can’t, to my horror, find a SINGLE Google Doodle for President Lincoln! How can that be? Yes, I know that they try to avoid political figures BUT President Lincoln, easily and incontrovertibly, transcends politics.

Click to ENLARGE and enjoy. From the April 2015 issue of “National Geographic”. I am sure they will indulge me, in this instance, for trampling on their copyright — since this is for a good cause.

Click here to access original … which has lots of pictures and other information.