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Old 09-16-2021, 10:25 AM
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Neil Armstrong and the Apollo 11 crew faced the real chance that they wouldn't return from the moon safely, leaving their families without financial support. Due to the extreme danger that they were about to face, they couldn't take out life insurance policies. So instead, they signed hundreds of autographs, which their families would have been able to sell if they didn't make it home. Luckily, those life insurance autographs weren't needed. They do, however, show up in space memorabilia auctions today, selling for as much as $30,000.
Every GI entering service gets a free basic life insurance policiy, and supplemental can be purchased just like in civilian life. I seriously doubt a full bird or gen officer would have to resort to signing autographs for his families financial security.
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I think the California project was run by a bunch of Jersey contractors.

"two weeks!"
The TurboTrain trials were run on dedicated high-speed lines between Trenton and New Brunswick in New Jersey.
(I think you missed the joke)

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Every GI entering service gets a free basic life insurance policiy, and supplemental can be purchased just like in civilian life. I seriously doubt a full bird or gen officer would have to resort to signing autographs for his families financial security.
Unfortunately, my source for the real skinny about Apollo has passed away so I have to go to the internet.

https://www.npr.org/sections/money/2...life-insurance
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I seriously doubt a full bird or gen officer would have to resort to signing autographs for his families financial security.
Doubter be doubting.
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Saw this in today's news which seems contrary to the call for all of us to get into all electric tiny clown-mobiles.

"U.S. government gives GM $36.4 million to develop 10 heavy-duty Suburbans"
Sounds like those Suburbans are going really uptown (at $3.64 million a pop)! Cheez!

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Is "heavy duty" a code name for bomb or bullet proof?
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Sounds like those Suburbans are going really uptown (at $3.64 million a pop)! Cheez!

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For that price they better come with a nuclear power plant, Bluetooth, GPS and a cigar lighter.


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One of the greatest idioms of all times....
The military lays claim to shooting "the whole 9 yards" being a belt of machine gun ammo being 9 yards long.
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One of the greatest idioms of all times....
The military lays claim to shooting "the whole 9 yards" being a belt of machine gun ammo being 9 yards long.
Not anywhere close to being true.
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One of the greatest idioms of all times....
The military lays claim to shooting "the whole 9 yards" being a belt of machine gun ammo being 9 yards long.
Not anywhere close to being true.
It's pretty close to being true. It is the military and it is a belt of machine gun ammo. He just didn't mention that it was a belt of ammo in an old fighter plane.

That doesn't mean that the term originally came from them, but it was used by the military.

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It's an etymological mystery lads...as are many colloquial idioms.

Use them, enjoy them, but you'll drive yourself mad trying to pin down their exact lineage and birthplace.

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For many years, a full load of concrete delivered by truck was 9 (cubic) yards.
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For many years, a full load of concrete delivered by truck was 9 (cubic) yards.
Not so, according to Snopes. When the term first appeared in print, the standard load was only about 4.5 yards.

https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/the-whole-nine-yards/
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