The next thing she heard was the scythe clattering to the floor, and Death gasping for unbreath. As he sank to his bony knees and looked uncomprehending up into her cherubic face, she knew at last that she and her kind held the ultimate power in the universe; Cute transcends life, death and all eternity. She stepped… » 12/18/14 6:45pm Yesterday 6:45pm

Nerf guns are cool I guess, but back in the day we had these, Mattel Shootin' Shell guns. They were spot-on reproductions of real guns (scaled for kid hands) and fired plastic bullets from spring-loaded shells; they'd raise a welt or put an eye out at 10 feet. God, I miss the '50s... ! » 12/18/14 3:46pm Yesterday 3:46pm

I once read that back in the day complex (or numerous) locks weren't so much about the security provided by the locks themselves as they were a statement about how much you cared about the contents, and how bad you'd break their balls if they messed with it. It's kind of like a biker leaving his helmet on his Harley… » 12/17/14 3:13pm Wednesday 3:13pm

If we're taking about the shit hitting the fan in an isolated area, I'd like to emphasize the point made in the sidebar about communications. There are legions of stalwart men and women just waiting to come to your rescue, chomping at the bit really. A single phone call will bring EMTs, rescue techs, and probably… » 12/17/14 5:44pm Wednesday 5:44pm