Archive for February, 2012

F1 Classic

Posted in Automobiles on February 29, 2012 by RickNews

This is an Elf (French national petroleum company) produced movie depicting the run-up to the 1985 Grand Prix of Monaco.

If you’re an F1 fan, like me, it’s simply stunning. A young Ayrton Senna also makes an appearance in his Lotus.



After All, He’s The Smartest Man In The World

Posted in General Interest on February 28, 2012 by RickNews

The Daily Mail is reporting that English physicist Stephen Hawking, widely regarded as the world’s smartest man, frequents a swinger’s club…in California. Hawking, who is afflicted with Lou Gehrig’s Disease, is confined to a wheelchair and “speaks” through a computer.

Nevertheless, the 70 year-old, wheeled brainiac reportedly rolls up to Freedom Acres from time to time with an entourage of nurses and assistants before paying for a few lap dances.

Prof. Stephen Hawking, a/k/a "The Nighthawk."

A Crazy Russian, A Superbike, And A Camera…

Posted in Automobiles on February 28, 2012 by RickNews

Some people have guts. Some people are stupid. Some people are lucky.

Fortunately, the rider of this Yamaha R1 possesses all three traits.


How To Tip Like A 1%er

Posted in General Interest on February 27, 2012 by RickNews

For those of you who aspire to be more like the “1%ers” out there, have we got a tip for you!

Here’s a piece on how a certain banker likes to treat waiters. The article was published in a UK newspaper, but the action goes down–where else?–in southern Cali.

Check it out here.

Nice tip!

Georgia Man Shoots Himself…On YouTube

Posted in General Interest on February 24, 2012 by RickNews

Psst. Wanna see a video of a balding, tattooed fat man shoot himself with a Glock?

You got it…

Tesla Motors’ Shocking Problem

Posted in Automobiles on February 24, 2012 by RickNews

I came across Michael Degusta’s blog, The Understatement, because of an article he wrote about the Tesla Roadster, one of the first all-electric sportscars.

In the piece, Degusta uncovers a very serious problem that plagues this $100,000 bauble of the rich, famous, and “green.” It seems the car can be “bricked” when the battery pack completely discharges.

Tesla's Roadster: sleeker than a brick.

When I say “bricked,” I mean it–it’s as if the car is a giant clay brick. It cannot be restarted, recharged or even MOVED when it has 0 battery life. Y’know, like a brick.

Moreover, Tesla charges $40,000 for a battery pack replacement–and it’s not covered by a warranty or, or…anything.

So far, this has allegedly happened to five cars, out of an estimated 2,200 sold to date.

Whoa--that battery pack is 40 grand?!

It seems that Tesla Motors not only is aware of this problem, but the company may, in fact, be monitoring customer cars via GPS without their consent.

It’s a very interesting article and I suggest you read it.

The Real Charlie Chaplin, AKA Israel Thornstein

Posted in General Interest on February 22, 2012 by RickNews

The UK recently released MI5 (the Queen’s domestic intelligence agency) files on the great entertainer, Charles Chaplin.

Like every single other Hollywood star, it seems Chaplin was born with a Semetic name and promptly changed it when stardom was put in his reach. (I’m looking at you, Winona Ryder.)


He doesn't even look Jewish!


Read the story here.

Here Is An iPhone Case That Costs As Much As A Car

Posted in General Interest on February 21, 2012 by RickNews

James Allen jewelers, of New York, recently debuted an iPhone 4S case studded with diamonds and rubies.

At a cost of $20,000, this luxury item consists of 808 diamonds and 47 rubies.

I hope it doesn't mess with phone reception.

Men Make The Clothes

Posted in General Interest on February 21, 2012 by RickNews

Here’s another tasty tidbit from Modern Mechanix magazine’s archives.

Taken from the March, 1970 issue of MM, this article compares the fashions of the day on one man. Ranging from a Fraternity Man to a “Hippie,” it shows that clothes don’t make the man. It also shows how far we’ve come–at least the “squares” in 1970 didn’t complain about “pants on the ground.”

Read the article here.

Modern Marvel

Posted in Automobiles on February 21, 2012 by RickNews

This article is from a 1938 issue of Modern Mechanix magazine.