Random stuff…

First up, an excellent article at Ammo.com

Prior to 1968, most adults in the United States could purchase a firearm without state interference. Guns were available in local retail stores, as well as mail-order catalogs, and as long as you hadn’t been convicted of a felony and you had the funds, there weren’t any questions asked.

Full article, HERE.

And there is an article, sadly behind a WSJ paywall, that indicates Trump may release the rates hospitals negotiate with insurance companies… THAT could put the cat among the pigeons!!!

And just for fun…

And asking for a friend…

h/t DR.



Random stuff… — 25 Comments

  1. I wouldn’t put precious skulls in the dishwasher, no. Too porous, and bone does odd things once it’s dry, the heat and water could lead to spalling. Likewise, you’d want to be careful with drinking things like red wine from your enemy’s skull, unless you don’t mind the staining. For washing up I’d recommend gentle, and very little! detergent, with perhaps the occasional hydrogen peroxide rinse to remove persistent stains.

  2. After cleaning, about 4 coats of water glass (sodium silicate solution) should seal properly; treat it like you’re applying polyurethane coats, then lightly polish the last coat. This should allow use with red wine. Cedar is correct – hand wash with mild soap in warm water, like fine crystal or bone china.

    With some of the enemies out there, egg cups are probably a better use than goblets. Of course, they also make a nice shel display, with an emotybspace at the row’s end for the next enemy or idiot on the list.

  3. From an etiquette standpoint, I think I should weigh in. Mead is the only appropriate beverage to drink from the skulls of your enemies.

    • Yes, that’s traditional. Sealing allows beverages such as melomel with red fruits or pyment with red grapes and skins. Still traditional, but less commonly known.

      The gruesomely perfect thing is an IPA brewed in Wales, called “Brains.” It’s a good ale recipe, nice and malty.

      • Hubby tried making a batch of melomel a few years ago, but it turned on him. It made a good substitute for red wine vinegar.

      • Mead goes down ok in a mug or even a glass, but the flavor is definitely enhanced if guzzled from your enemy’s skull. I don’t know whether science or engineering can explain that mystery? Some things have to be left to the necromancers to decide.

  4. It should disturb me that so many of you know how to cure an untreated skull. But it doesn’t.

  5. What’s the thing with the auto-shrinking images? It’s really annoying as the bottom of the page keeps jerking up while I’m trying to read.

  6. Dipped in hydrogen peroxide the stains from fruit of the vine will come out, not so much the blood of your enemies…
    I feel amazingly safe among this group of deplorables with skills…

    • Not true. Hydrogen peroxide WILL remove blood from about anything porous. Been doing for years. Sometimes you have to let it soak before rinsing in cold water.

  7. It’s rather entertaining to see the useful knowledge so many have accumulated over the years. Best not to ask how, though; just sayin’.

  8. All- Sigh… yep, not dishwasher safe… But there ARE options! TRX- No idea. I’ll look into it.

    Posted from my iPhone.

  9. I’m not doing any drinking out of the skulls, for two reasons. First, I’m still working on my samadh, and I need another 35.
    HOWEVER, you may be interested in my recipe for fire brick. You need:
    (1) mold of 5x9x2 for each fire brick you want to make. If you wish, you can just make this out of plywood, or you can use a cake pan
    Plaster of Paris
    Optional: Cooking spray or other oil to coat pan and make brick removal easier.
    First, grind the (dry) bones into a powder.
    Then mix 1/3 plaster of Paris, 1/3 sand, and 1/3 bone dust.
    Add 1 cup of water.

    Let set for at least 1 hour, or until dry.

    For amusement, you can use the fire bricks to construct a BBQ grill, outdoor fireplace, or bread oven, in the shape of a skull while your samadh grows.

    My inspiration is Kipling.
    (Of course.)

    • The men of the First Shikaris managed to accumulate enough skulls in one day. Pat, your skills need refining. ;^)

      You’re also going to need a sword and a peacock banner to make it complete.

  10. Well, the period thing to do to seal a skull for drinking or eating from would either use grease (bleh) or beeswax. Which means only cold drinks such as mead or cooled wine. Since drinking mulled wine from the skulls of your enemies is foppish and sissified, well, then you’re good to go with only cold drinks.

    Yes, not kidding at all. Grease or raw fat (really bleh.)

    Beeswax imparts a really nice flavor to anything, and would complement either mead or wine, dunno about lighter beers but would add flavor to a stout or double-bach.

    You can also use pitch or pine tar.

    All of these work on leather, too, so, well, you can go make a leather jack for informal drinking and save the skull for fancy dining.

    Of course, if you are really going high class, have the skull lined in silver or gold. Some did it with lead but…

  11. Parents of a childhood friend were “old Asia hands.”
    They had a skull cup in their china cabinet.
    Lined with sterling silver, rimmed with incised gold, sat on an ivory (bone?) stand.
    Why did they have such a morbid curio on display in their house. Well, it was their grandfather’s skull. He had been a missionary in the south Philippines when he lost his head. It was recovered by US forces during the Moro campaign and returned to the widow. IDed by the engraving on the gold rim.

    • I’ve met a lot of “interesting” people over the years. You are definitely one of them.

  12. Indeed, good, safe, company here. Thanks Jim.
    Dittos on the approaching Indee trip.

  13. i love the internet, thank you so much i had no luck on this subject before. all those skulls grinning at me, now i can use them. (sarcasm)