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Say, what’s your battleship doing in my back yard?

Okay, it’s anchored off Hampshire, the county next door, but it’s near enough. People are gathering on shore to gawp at it. The USS Gerald R. Ford. Wikipedia says it’s the largest warship ever built in terms of displacement, which I guess means there might be a different shaped boat that comes close.

It’s too big to anchor in Portsmouth, so it’s just hanging out there looking…big for a couple of days.

Ooo…Gerald Ford was a hottie back in the day. Who would’ve guessed?

Unrelated: today I learned bears don’t have collarbones and can squeeze themselves through tiny opening. Okay, not entirely true – they have free-floating collarbones, but they can sure squeeze themselves through tiny openings like big rats.

Here is a 500 pound bear squeezing hisself through a 14″ by 14″ crawlspace window.


Comment from ExpressoBold
Time: November 15, 2022, 9:08 pm

Christened by Susan Ford at Norfolk, VA under the administrations of Terry McAwful, Guvnah and President Donald J. Trump.

She sounded so sincere when she called “Man Our Ship!”


Comment from The Neon Madman
Time: November 15, 2022, 9:30 pm

Um, maybe not a battleship?

Comment from Durnedyankee
Time: November 15, 2022, 9:56 pm

Probably one of those Covid hive “Princess of the Intergalactic Seas” cruise liners displaces more water.

That’s right, giant mega sized cruise liners the size of Rhode Island! Built by the Lizard People!
Which is the true cause of sea level rise that will swamp New York, but not Barack’s house out on the “Matha’s Vinyahd”.

And we finally had a Russian whoopsie in NATO allied Poland. Pray for sanity to prevail.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: November 15, 2022, 10:22 pm

Ha! There used to be a USENET group called alt.rhode-island whose sole job was to track mentions of object being the size of, or larger, than, rhode-island.

As a proud, if transitory, rhode-islander, I was a proud member.

Comment from Ben
Time: November 15, 2022, 11:20 pm

Many container ships are much bigger, the infamous Ever Given is about twice as big.

I spent two cruises on the USS JFK back in the 80’s, we never docked in foreign countries, we might have had to leave in a hurry.

Comment from Durnedyankee
Time: November 15, 2022, 11:59 pm

Technically that ship is used, amongst other things, for battle.

However that class of ship brought about the practical end of the battleship era after that looney bastard Billy Mitchell demonstrated the idea. Later used by Yamamoto decisively at Pearl Harbor.

Oh, but…FIRST by British Fairy Swordfish From HMS Illustrious at Taranto, where half the Italian capital fleet at Taranto got a chance to anchor on the bottom without dropping anchor.

Comment from Deborah HH
Time: November 16, 2022, 1:50 am

I always liked Ford. I was in-between jobs when Nixon resigned and Ford became President, so I watched TV for days on end. I hated Chevy Chase and Saturday Night Live for what they did to Ford. That’s when I stopped watching SNL. I can hold a grudge for a long time.

Comment from RimrockR
Time: November 16, 2022, 1:57 am

I sure hope Willy the Weasel doesn’t park his fishing Boat in front of the Gerry.

Comment from Some Vegetable
Time: November 16, 2022, 3:26 am

“That’s no battleship, that’s my wife an aircraft carrier!

Hat tip to Milton Berle who stole that joke from Henny Youngman who stole it from Noah.

About the bears… I hope my wife never finds out about that. We don’t have a lot of bears in Dallas, but….

Comment from Durnedyankee
Time: November 16, 2022, 11:57 pm

We have rats though! And they squeeze into tiny places too!

And they rip the doors off cars….

🙄 okay that’s bears…

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