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michael59

Celestial
Humongous kitty cat!


I had a cat in the mid 80's who weighed 25 pounds. Not an ounce of fat on him. It is my experience that the bigger they are the sweeter they are.

He was such a love but, a lot of people were afraid of him. They just didn't understand that big cats have big everything including meow's. People constantly told me that he would do that angry meow warning a cat gives that means stay away or I will attack. It wasn't, it just his normal voice. He was saying hello. lol
 

wwkirk

Celestial
Humorous, Colonial Yankee Propaganda Ballad


The Battle of the Kegs is a propaganda ballad written by Francis Hopkinson describing an attempted attack upon the British Fleet in the harbor of Philadelphia on January 6, 1778 during the American Revolutionary War.

The kegs themselves were made by Colonel Joseph Borden's cooperage to the specifications of Caleb Carman and designed by David Bushnell, an inventor and graduate of Yale College. They were filled with gunpowder and released to float down the Delaware River. It was hoped that they would contact British warships along the riverfront and explode as river mines. As the floating mines moved downriver, however, few of them contacted the ships of the British navy. The British had hauled their ships into positions that protected them from floating river ice, and as a result of this precaution the ships also avoided the exploding kegs. The operation did not achieve strategic results, and the British fleet was little damaged.

One of the kegs sank a small British barge, killing four sailors and wounding an unknown number. The sudden explosion alerted the British to the point that soldiers flocked the wharves and were ordered to shoot at any piece of wood in the water. The ensuing emotional scene on the Philadelphia riverfront forms the basis of the ballad, which sarcastically praises the "courage" of the British occupation force.

The ballad was meant to signal the indefatigable nature of the American rebel army, which had been driven out of Philadelphia and at the time of this operation was encamped under miserable conditions at Valley Forge. By creating a defiant song, the Americans hoped to signal that they did not propose to give up.

A scandalous affair between British General Howe and a married woman is mentioned in the ballad.

Sir William he, snug as a flea,

Lay all this time a-snoring,
Nor dreamed of harm, as he lay warm,
In bed with Mrs. Loring.
Now in a fright he starts upright,
Awaked by such a clatter;
He rubs his eyes and boldly cries,
For God's sake what's the matter?




 

nivek

As Above So Below
Testing bulletproof glass on a car windshield… The CEO of the company sits inside the car. Talk about standing behind your product!

 
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