PT News — Running

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Vol. III No. 34588

“PT for TPL”

Punchy Proverbs

(1) Some say history repeats itself, not true: The real problem is that ingenuity is on a loop.

(2) Love is usually something that stirs without invitation.

(3) It’s quite fitting that the heart should be a symbol of love. Both keep us alive and kill us in the end.

Proverbs by poet V. Shnodgrate

Breaking News:

Total anarchy is the thing in King Arthur’s domain. Also, King Arthur is missing–along with the professor. They were last seen at the castle.

Mr. Manahanny is trying extra hard to buy PT News, now that PVJ is missing.

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Running

So, this professor and King Arthur were on the run.

That’s right.

Running. I don’t usually run. When you get to my age, you’ll understand. Not only do the knees feel like they need WD-40, the whole being protests a run more than a snail protests a swim.

It is a truth: King Arthur had himself in a pickle. That’s what happens when you keep your kingdom stranded in the Dark Ages while the rest of the planet is inventing cool ways to paint a room.

The peasants revolted. Then, Arthur barricaded himself in his castle. For some odd reason, he hired Daddy Salami as head of his security.

Bad idea, since Salami betrayed him.

And now Salami was after us.

“This way!” Arthur commanded, and I followed–just for fun, mind you.

We made a left there a right over there, and then another right. At that point, we went down stairs.

Now, this professor always travels with his katana–on his back. That’s because I’m a heartless warrior. That katana is, in fact, the katana that took my heart out, don’t you know.

Finally, we came to a stop. We were in the cellar. Wine bottles were all around.

Arthur leaned on one. “How are we going to take my kingdom back?”

“Too late for that, I fear,” I replied, trying to be honest. You know how it goes: Honesty is something you should do when you’re trying to mess with someone.

“What do you mean?!” he asked viciously. “I’m King Arthur! No one takes my kingdom from under my…my…”

And he was desperately searching for a word.

But this professor wasn’t about to help. That’s when I saw a door, in the cellar, can you believe.

I opened it.

“That path,” Arthur said, “leads into the forest.”

“Very nice and some,” I said. “Time to have a look about that forest, don’t you think so?”

“No! My kingdom, we must get it back!”

“Maybe we can rebuild it in the forest.”

And I walked through the door.

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125 Responses to “PT News — Running”


  1. 1 The Lite Rider July 30, 2015 at 19:58

    All the proverbs are good. The second one is my favorite, and true I think.

    Love the handling of Arthur’s situation. He should have known better than to hire DS. Yikes.

    • 2 Professor VJ Duke July 31, 2015 at 12:30

      He should have! DS’s laugh is reason enough not to hire him, don’t you suppose?

      • 3 The Lite Rider July 31, 2015 at 21:25

        That laugh should be a fair warning to anyone!

      • 4 Professor VJ Duke August 1, 2015 at 21:59

        I agree!

  2. 5 masgautsen July 29, 2015 at 08:25

    For a split second your headline made me wonder if I had subscribed to the wrong blog. PT-news-running, sounded like some Personal Trainer wanted to give me news about running. And I really don’t want that. Luckily it was news from the Professor!

    • 6 Professor VJ Duke July 29, 2015 at 13:43

      *laughing lots* That is hilarious. Who wants to be told how to exercise anyway? No one I tell you!

      • 7 masgautsen July 29, 2015 at 14:18

        I don’t know who would….

      • 8 Professor VJ Duke July 29, 2015 at 19:17

        Not me says I. Maybe a turtle?

      • 9 masgautsen July 29, 2015 at 19:22

        Maybe a PT can do the training for you?

      • 10 Professor VJ Duke July 29, 2015 at 19:29

        *laughs* But then…I won’t get the muscles, will I?

      • 11 masgautsen July 29, 2015 at 19:31

        Might. Worth a try?

      • 12 Professor VJ Duke July 30, 2015 at 12:57

        Oh, I suppose you’re right, you know.

  3. 13 fauquetmichel July 29, 2015 at 07:10

    Truth always is good to hear principally when it is funny! :)
    In friendship
    michel

    • 14 Professor VJ Duke July 29, 2015 at 13:42

      Very true, my man! Truth can be hard to digest otherwise, huh?

  4. 15 Simply Skeptical July 28, 2015 at 20:54

    Dear Professor I don’t think you and Arthur have the same plan regarding the escape. Giggles galore. Hmm. That’s thought provoking “history is on a loop”. I think you’re onto something there.

    • 16 Professor VJ Duke July 29, 2015 at 13:38

      I definitely could be onto something. But I doubt it times, you know. I’m rarely onto anything good, that is.

  5. 17 John W. Howell July 28, 2015 at 20:02

    Of course, a kingdom can be built. All one needs is money and a king. You have one out of two.

    • 18 Professor VJ Duke July 28, 2015 at 20:07

      *laughs* That is so true! Now…I just have to find the money. The king might need replaced as well.

      • 19 John W. Howell July 28, 2015 at 20:28

        He is a little wimpy

      • 20 Professor VJ Duke July 29, 2015 at 13:37

        I’d say. I think he needs a drill sergeant.

      • 21 John W. Howell July 29, 2015 at 15:11

        Yes.

      • 22 Professor VJ Duke July 29, 2015 at 19:23

        Maybe two.

      • 23 John W. Howell July 29, 2015 at 20:06

        One Marine​

      • 24 Professor VJ Duke July 30, 2015 at 12:58

        *nods* That’d fetch him.

  6. 25 Jackie July 28, 2015 at 19:47

    Proverb #3 resonates with me.

    • 26 Professor VJ Duke July 28, 2015 at 20:06

      Aha! Jackie! Glad you dig it. It’s a goody, for sure.

  7. 27 Nancy Loderick July 28, 2015 at 18:40

    Hey Professor,

    Blame it on the awful heat wave we’re having here in Massachusetts, but the only thing that comes to mind is, “Why run when you can walk. This is especially true at your age.” :)

    Nancy

    • 28 Professor VJ Duke July 28, 2015 at 20:06

      It is! Running is for the young blokes. When one gets ancient like me, it’s better to walk, or sit. Or even sleep.

      • 29 Nancy Loderick July 29, 2015 at 16:03

        Hey Professor,

        Sleep is good! The more you sleep, the further you can walk. :)

        Nancy

      • 30 Professor VJ Duke July 29, 2015 at 19:24

        Yes! That’s the most wisdom I’ve heard in ages, Nancy. Thank you.

  8. 31 Lady Dunamis July 28, 2015 at 18:07

    I liken honesty to your katana and indeed it serves me well.
    The third proverb was good but I must say if ingenuity is in a loop, humanity is in trouble. 😝

    • 32 Professor VJ Duke July 28, 2015 at 20:04

      Humanity is in trouble! Wouldn’t you say? Unless, of course, everyone starts eating cherry cookies. That’d fix humanity in a hurry.

      • 33 Lady Dunamis July 28, 2015 at 20:38

        Chocolate chip cures all evil

      • 34 Professor VJ Duke July 29, 2015 at 13:38

        Plus cherries, though.

  9. 35 FictionFan July 28, 2015 at 17:45

    So… the Professor is in love! How sweet!! Do we know her? Is she pretty? Does she – for example – have a bobbing ponytail?

    I fear for you in the forest! All those trees – you know how dangerous they can be! Wear a hard hat…

    • 36 Professor VJ Duke July 28, 2015 at 20:03

      The professor? Now…what would possibly give you that idea, madam?

      *laughing lots and lots* I thought you forgot about that! I’ll be wearing the Pats hat.

      • 37 FictionFan July 28, 2015 at 23:44

        Well, I’m assuming Shnoddy’s advice for the lovelorn is directed at you. It can’t be him who’s fallen in love… ‘cos he’s married! *chuckles involuntarily*

        An elephant never forgets! Not that I’m an elephant, of course, but making sense isn’t a requirement, is it? Reinforce it with a thick layer of cold porridge – excellent protection!

      • 38 Professor VJ Duke July 29, 2015 at 13:40

        Well, of course he’s in love with his wife, what do you think?! I’m sure that’s what he’s referring to, don’t you know. Isn’t that just sweet?

        *laughs* You know…that’s just going to stick now, don’t you?

      • 39 FictionFan July 29, 2015 at 16:21

        Dadblameit, now you’ve made me chuckle again! It is… soooo sweet! Just like the Professor… I think we should elect you to rule the world, you know, you know!

        *trumpets aggrievedly*

      • 40 Professor VJ Duke July 29, 2015 at 19:26

        I have? Goodness. Well… Oh I am not! I’m evil and very wicked!! To rule the world? Nah, I’d be horrid at it, you know, you know.

        *laughs* FEF! Now…don’t you think you shouldn’t do that?

      • 41 FictionFan July 29, 2015 at 22:11

        No, you wouldn’t! You’d pass all kinds of lovely laws to make everybody be sweet to each other! *chuckles*

        True! People might mistake me for Kenny…

      • 42 Professor VJ Duke July 30, 2015 at 13:03

        I would not! I’d pass rotten laws. You’d get cranky in a heartbeat. I’d ban P&P for one.

        *rips up desk and rampages* I’m buying you a Kenny CD!

      • 43 FictionFan July 30, 2015 at 15:37

        *rethinks plan* The I shall become ruler of the world instead! And make it a law that everyone has to read at least one Austen book a week! Except Professors – they’ll have to read two!

        *doesn’t know whether to laugh or hide* No, no, anything but that! Especially not one with his picture on the front…

      • 44 Professor VJ Duke July 31, 2015 at 12:25

        Two Austen books? I’d die! You wouldn’t want that, would you? Or, I’d just lie and told you I read it, when I really didn’t!

        Yep! The newest one. He’s sitting on some sort of bed or chair, I think.

      • 45 FictionFan July 31, 2015 at 14:31

        Well… not usually… but you did threaten to ban P&P! Wouldn’t work – I’d make you sit a test!

        In the hairdresser’s? *hopeful face*

      • 46 Professor VJ Duke August 1, 2015 at 21:56

        I’d pass easily! Chap and girl don’t like each other. Chap and girl start liking each other. Chap and girl get married!

        There’s no beds in a hairdressers!

      • 47 FictionFan August 2, 2015 at 17:03

        *laughs and shakes head* But I’d ask sneak questions, like… what was Mrs Bennet’s maiden name?

        I know! That’s so annoying!

      • 48 Professor VJ Duke August 4, 2015 at 12:12

        That’s easy: Bernadette.

        And more normal, you must admit.

  10. 49 L. Marie July 28, 2015 at 16:06

    I have to go with number 2. Because of the proverbs, I had expected a love story, like the Professor admitting a crush on a certain reporter. ;-) But a story where someone runs for his life is always entertaining. :-) And since you’re heartless, I guess I shouldn’t expect a love story anytime soon. :-D

    • 50 Professor VJ Duke July 28, 2015 at 20:02

      Oh yes! The professor can’t fall in love, since he’s such a beast. But…you’re kinda hoping I will, aren’t you? *professorish eye*

      • 51 L. Marie July 29, 2015 at 14:47

        Well, I admit that I am. If a movie is made a romance is always a fun addition.

      • 52 Professor VJ Duke July 29, 2015 at 19:21

        Well, you know, even though I fight it…it might happen! Who is the professor to fight true love? Only snails can do that.

  11. 53 InfiniteZip July 28, 2015 at 15:55

    I love number three…..she says broken hearted….quick, get the duct tape😊

    • 54 Professor VJ Duke July 28, 2015 at 20:01

      *laughing* Duct tape can’t fix broken hearts, can it?

      • 55 InfiniteZip July 29, 2015 at 09:08

        It fixes warts too I hear…..magic stuff💜 it.

      • 56 Professor VJ Duke July 29, 2015 at 13:43

        A purple heart! Should be red, Zippy.

      • 57 InfiniteZip July 29, 2015 at 15:28

        The katana pierced the red one…and then I ran out of duct tape…

      • 58 Professor VJ Duke July 29, 2015 at 19:24

        Oh dear. Now I feel like I should yell at the katana.

      • 59 InfiniteZip July 30, 2015 at 00:27

        I know it wasn’t yours….no fears….and certainly no,reason to feel bad…I got him with my antler mini katana…..

      • 60 Professor VJ Duke July 30, 2015 at 13:05

        You have one of those?! *jealous*

      • 61 InfiniteZip July 30, 2015 at 13:08

        I stole it off a barn roof…..shhhhh, don’t tell😊

      • 62 Professor VJ Duke July 31, 2015 at 12:09

        Can I borrow it for a bit?

      • 63 InfiniteZip July 31, 2015 at 15:38

        Not right now…maybe I can find you one?

      • 64 Professor VJ Duke August 1, 2015 at 21:58

        Yes…a red one!

      • 65 InfiniteZip August 2, 2015 at 10:32

        Ok, they are kind of hard to come by though…I shall give it my best effort😊

      • 66 Professor VJ Duke August 4, 2015 at 12:08

        Well, that is very nice of you, Zippy.

  12. 67 Debbie July 28, 2015 at 15:13

    Hmm, I’m going with #2 this week. I like #1 on a thinking level, but #3 doesn’t ring true for some odd reason.

    Sad that poor Arthur is losing his kingdom — and you don’t seem able (or willing!) to help him get it back! You mentioned the katana, but didn’t pursue it. How can you throw in some detail like that, then leave it hanging?? Perhaps you’ll fill us in with your next installment.

    In the meantime, you should worry about Mr. Manahanny. That beast is up to no good, and you’ve left your staff unprotected!!

    • 68 Professor VJ Duke July 28, 2015 at 20:01

      Very good choices and for very good reasons, Debbie!

      I know…well, I kinda want to use it. But then I’d be violent. I am so going to help him…! In a roundabout professorish way. You mean, you’d help him?

      Quite right! I should use it on him.

  13. 69 walt walker July 28, 2015 at 14:43

    And to think it all might have gone so differently had you gone right left left.

    Tell Schnoddy good work this week for me.

    • 70 Professor VJ Duke July 28, 2015 at 19:59

      Directions are like that. There are so many possibilities that if you don’t care where you’re going, you’ll always end up somewhere right.

      I will certainly do this.

  14. 71 Heartafire July 28, 2015 at 14:25

    I love the punchy proverbs especially #3. A new kingdom in the forest would be very cool, already inhabited by the loveliest creatures. I hope the King can visualize the potential and go forth. Have a wonderful day Professor.

    • 72 Professor VJ Duke July 28, 2015 at 19:57

      Many thanks, Hollie! Yes, you would think he would be able to visualize the beauty of such a thing, don’t you? I think you must talk some sense to him still.

      • 73 Heartafire July 28, 2015 at 20:07

        Oh, I shall do that…personally I prefer rays of light through the crown of a tree over chandelier, the King will come around. Smiling!

      • 74 Professor VJ Duke July 28, 2015 at 20:09

        Yes, that’s it! And if he doesn’t…you know what to do!

      • 75 Heartafire July 28, 2015 at 20:09

        yes, the katana!

      • 76 Professor VJ Duke July 28, 2015 at 20:10

        Yes! Take the ears first. Then the feet.

      • 77 Heartafire July 28, 2015 at 20:11

        rofl….gross.

      • 78 Professor VJ Duke July 29, 2015 at 13:35

        Almost like eating cashews and snails, huh?

      • 79 Heartafire July 29, 2015 at 15:16

        my favorite dish!

      • 80 Professor VJ Duke July 29, 2015 at 19:23

        *gags* No! Bet you never ate a snail in your life, Hollie!

      • 81 Heartafire July 29, 2015 at 19:31

        I love escargot and cashews, not at the same time though.

      • 82 Professor VJ Duke July 30, 2015 at 12:56

        You’ve had escargot? *dies*

      • 83 Heartafire July 30, 2015 at 13:45

        I know, they disgusted me yet I found them irresistible.

      • 84 Professor VJ Duke July 31, 2015 at 12:16

        Goodness. I wouldn’t eat them!

  15. 85 PorterGirl July 28, 2015 at 14:23

    Loving the proverbs today, Professor. Number three is scary and true. Number one is the wisest but for some reason I like number two the best.
    Now I am almost feeling a bit sorry for Arthur. It cannot be easy to lose one’s kingdom, even for a dark-aged fool like him. And only a fool would employ DS as head of security and not expect trouble! And so… into the forest!
    (There seems to be a lot of romance in the air, one way or another. Curious.)

    • 86 Professor VJ Duke July 28, 2015 at 19:55

      I like #1, too. It’s very spicy, don’t you know. *laughing* What was he expecting? DS is as tame as a mouse smoking…weed! Wow. That’s some comparison, you must admit.

      (I know! What is with that? I”m not sure myself.)

      • 87 PorterGirl July 29, 2015 at 04:15

        A mouse smoking weed! I shall have to ask Terry if they do that, he is something of a mouse expert. It is a great comparison for sure! Maybe they rap, too.
        (A crazy thing! There must be something in the water, as my nan would say.)

      • 88 Professor VJ Duke July 29, 2015 at 13:42

        *laughing lots* Isn’t that fantastic? If you could showcase a mouse smoking weed and rapping…well, lots of money could be made. (But not for me, don’t you know!)

      • 89 PorterGirl July 29, 2015 at 13:51

        I can see there being a big market for that! They might get out of control, though. Terry would have to act as a minder. (Me either! Just everyone else’s water.)

      • 90 Professor VJ Duke July 29, 2015 at 19:14

        Yes, Terry…and maybe even Charlemagne. Probably need a force of cats to keep those mice in line! (*laughs* Quite right! My water is just fine, thank you.)

      • 91 PorterGirl July 29, 2015 at 19:31

        It will take the two of them – if not more! We should enlist Rommel and Freya too. Dangerous times! (I am very pleased to hear it! )

      • 92 Professor VJ Duke July 30, 2015 at 12:57

        Definitely. We will enlist them immediately. We need all the help we can get.

      • 93 PorterGirl July 30, 2015 at 13:09

        *nods* very good idea.

      • 94 Professor VJ Duke July 31, 2015 at 12:09

        Great, then!

  16. 95 Susan P July 28, 2015 at 14:19

    Wow…that is telling it as it is. Do you think he will take your advice?

    Love can be very illusive when stalked and in one’s face when love is not. Perverse it is! The best thing to do is to pretend you don’t care.

    • 96 Professor VJ Duke July 28, 2015 at 19:52

      No, probably not. Do you suppose he will?

      Ah, I like that. Pretend you don’t care. If it’s perverse, we should ban it–with the elves.

      • 97 Susan P July 28, 2015 at 20:07

        Add in some fleas and I’m in.

      • 98 Professor VJ Duke July 28, 2015 at 20:09

        Fleas? You must be joking. *shudders*

      • 99 Susan P July 28, 2015 at 20:12

        It worked for the prisoners in during the Holocaust.

      • 100 Professor VJ Duke July 29, 2015 at 13:36

        *mouth drops* But…but…but…!

      • 101 Susan P July 29, 2015 at 14:35

        Of course, there are other dangers pending.

      • 102 Professor VJ Duke July 29, 2015 at 19:19

        Oh dear…what?

      • 103 Susan P July 29, 2015 at 20:20

        Well, I’ve noticed that Mr. R’s ladies are enablers.

      • 104 Professor VJ Duke July 30, 2015 at 13:00

        What’s an enabler?

      • 105 Susan P July 30, 2015 at 13:38

        Ahhh…well you may ask.

      • 106 Professor VJ Duke July 31, 2015 at 12:16

        Yes…!

      • 107 Susan P August 1, 2015 at 02:12

        What are you asking?

      • 108 Professor VJ Duke August 1, 2015 at 22:00

        I’m going to eat a beetle, now.

      • 109 Susan P August 2, 2015 at 00:52

        I’ll send MacGyver to keep you company.

      • 110 Professor VJ Duke August 4, 2015 at 12:06

        Who is this chap?

      • 111 Susan P August 4, 2015 at 13:37

        MacGyver? MacGyver is a top agent for the Phoenix Foundation, a progressive agency devoted to righting the wrongs of the world. Even more progressive is the genius MacGyver, who never carries a gun and always thwarts the enemy with vast scientific knowledge – sometimes with little more than a paper clip and the duct tape in his pocket.

        It was an awesome TV show back in the day. It even furnished a word: (from Urban Dictionary.

        MacGyver
        n. 1. Main character of an action/adventure TV show by the same name; full name Angus MacGyver; part secret agent, part handyman, part environmentalist; hated guns (only time he ever used a gun was to remove the revolving part of a revolver to use the rest of the gun as an improvised wrench to stop the meltdown of a nuclear reactor). 2. Action/adventure TV show of the 1980’s; also a short series of made-for-TV movies after the show was cancelled. 3. a person who uses improvisation and available materials to handle a difficult/impossible situation.

        v. 1. to handle a difficult situation through improvisation using only available materials. 2. to do an impossible activity. 3. to get the impossible girl (MacGyver had a different girl in every episode).

        Note: the latter two verb definitions almost made it into the Webster Dictionary as slang because of their wide use by street gangs in LA in the 1980’s (this was revealed by Richard Dean Anderson, the actor who portrayed MacGyver, on a Good Morning America episode). It was also mentioned that (supposedly) for one hour every week, gang activity decreased dramatically in LA because all of the gangs were indoors watching the TV show.

        Note: It should also be noted that materials used to make explosions on the TV show always had an ingredient or two left out so that they could not be repeated by viewers. The show supposedly used help from CalTech students with some of its tricks.
        In the first episode, MacGyver used the lactose and sugars in chocolate bars to stop a dangerous acid leak. Other episodes included, but were DEFINITELY NOT limited to…

        …breaking out of a freezer using heat from the lights to melt ice, the run-off running down a metal slat to the freezer’s latch, which then refroze, expanding and breaking the latch, openning the door.

        …using a CO2 fire extinguisher, a wedge, and water to freeze the water in a crack in a boulder, expanding it so that the boulder broke apart and fell from a cliff to smash/disable a Russian APC.

        …hiding a rebar inside a rolled up map so that it could later be used as a disguised weapon.

        … placing a metal bowl on a food processor so that it would spin slowly, catching all of the electronic “hash” (white noise) generated by the rest of the kitchen equipment turned on to jam a micro-camera’s transmission, giving MacGyver and friends a place to talk and plan without being eavesdropped on; in the same episode, using the motor of a small kitchen appliance, batteries, a belt, a small cart (like those used by typical hotel room service), and a helm from a suit of armor to provide a moving target to distract motion sensor-targetted machine guns so that Mac could escape from the booby-trapped mansion.

        For more recent “MacGyverisms,” interested parties should see the movie “Chain Reaction,” in which Keneau Reeves plays a MacGyver-like hero who is thrust into a thrilling, domestic CIA, conspiracy theory adventure. He uses the same MacGyver style to defeat his opponents: jury-rigging a flat-bottomed boat with a fan-drive so that he and Rachel Weisz can make a getaway, attaching a chain to a moving belt to pull down a scaffold on the muscle chasing them, etc.

        Those interested should also note that the entire series is on DVD, either by season or collected into one huge set covering every episode.
        by Jim Gilbert January 03, 2009
        11 4

        MacGyver
        n. 1. Main character of an action/adventure TV show by the same name; full name Angus MacGyver; part secret agent, part handyman, part environmentalist; hated guns (only time he ever used a gun was to remove the revolving part of a revolver to use the rest of the gun as an improvised wrench to stop the meltdown of a nuclear reactor). 2. Action/adventure TV show of the 1980’s; also a short series of made-for-TV movies after the show was cancelled. 3. a person who uses improvisation and available materials to handle a difficult/impossible situation.

        v. 1. to handle a difficult situation through improvisation using only available materials. 2. to do an impossible activity. 3. to get the impossible girl (MacGyver had a different girl in every episode).

        Note: the latter two verb definitions almost made it into the Webster Dictionary as slang because of their wide use by street gangs in LA in the 1980’s (this was revealed by Richard Dean Anderson, the actor who portrayed MacGyver, on a Good Morning America episode). It was also mentioned that (supposedly) for one hour every week, gang activity decreased dramatically in LA because all of the gangs were indoors watching the TV show.

        Note: It should also be noted that materials used to make explosions on the TV show always had an ingredient or two left out so that they could not be repeated by viewers. The show supposedly used help from CalTech students with some of its tricks.
        In the first episode, MacGyver used the lactose and sugars in chocolate bars to stop a dangerous acid leak. Other episodes included, but were DEFINITELY NOT limited to…

        …breaking out of a freezer using heat from the lights to melt ice, the run-off running down a metal slat to the freezer’s latch, which then refroze, expanding and breaking the latch, openning the door.

        …using a CO2 fire extinguisher, a wedge, and water to freeze the water in a crack in a boulder, expanding it so that the boulder broke apart and fell from a cliff to smash/disable a Russian APC.

        …hiding a rebar inside a rolled up map so that it could later be used as a disguised weapon.

        … placing a metal bowl on a food processor so that it would spin slowly, catching all of the electronic “hash” (white noise) generated by the rest of the kitchen equipment turned on to jam a micro-camera’s transmission, giving MacGyver and friends a place to talk and plan without being eavesdropped on; in the same episode, using the motor of a small kitchen appliance, batteries, a belt, a small cart (like those used by typical hotel room service), and a helm from a suit of armor to provide a moving target to distract motion sensor-targetted machine guns so that Mac could escape from the booby-trapped mansion.

        For more recent “MacGyverisms,” interested parties should see the movie “Chain Reaction,” in which Keneau Reeves plays a MacGyver-like hero who is thrust into a thrilling, domestic CIA, conspiracy theory adventure. He uses the same MacGyver style to defeat his opponents: jury-rigging a flat-bottomed boat with a fan-drive so that he and Rachel Weisz can make a getaway, attaching a chain to a moving belt to pull down a scaffold on the muscle chasing them, etc.

        Those interested should also note that the entire series is on DVD, either by season or collected into one huge set covering every episode.
        by Jim Gilbert January 03, 2009
        11 4

      • 112 Professor VJ Duke August 5, 2015 at 12:55

        Wow. He’s some chap. But…why doesn’t he like guns?

      • 113 Susan P August 5, 2015 at 14:55

        He doesn’t need a gun to wreak mayhem.

      • 114 Professor VJ Duke August 6, 2015 at 20:44

        Neither do I!

      • 115 Susan P August 7, 2015 at 01:05

        So I have read…how does that work?

      • 116 Professor VJ Duke August 7, 2015 at 20:34

        Katana all the way!

      • 117 Susan P August 7, 2015 at 21:16

        What can that do that a sling shot can’t do?

      • 118 Professor VJ Duke August 9, 2015 at 18:10

        Sling shots are amazing! I can kill birds with them. Though I’ve never done it.

      • 119 Susan P August 13, 2015 at 20:01

        There isn’t much meat on birds anyway.

    • 120 Lady Dunamis July 29, 2015 at 00:30

      That was deep Susan.

      • 121 Professor VJ Duke July 29, 2015 at 13:41

        Wasn’t it though?

      • 122 Lady Dunamis July 29, 2015 at 13:42

        Indeed

      • 123 Professor VJ Duke July 29, 2015 at 13:44

        Your fault, I’m thinking.

      • 124 Lady Dunamis July 29, 2015 at 14:21

        Whadevah lol

      • 125 Professor VJ Duke July 29, 2015 at 19:17

        Oh, Lady, you’re so wicked!


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TPL Schedule

Sunday: OFF — Day of Shalt Nots

Monday: TPL Story

Tuesday: OFF — Because I'm Gone

Wednesday: Professor Speaks

Thursday: OFF — Because Yes

Friday: OFF — All Day Sleep Does

Saturday: OFF — Blue-Footed Boobies Need Fed

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Punchy Argot:

1. Dadblameit.
2. Humdinger
3. Chickit
4. Chicky-woot-woot
5. Malediction
6. Rapscallion
7. Gardoobled
8. Congratulilolations
9. Togoggin
10. Gargonic
11. Two and Five Gurgles
12. Rats and a Heifer
13. Two nods, a wink, and an astroid
14. A bit, bits, and little bits
15. Huff-Hum and a Roar
16. So many thanks, I can't begin to thank you
17. Ri-do-diculous


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