My puppy Charlie learning to Sit, Shake and Lay Down. He’s only 2 1/2 months old!

The IRS had to make a public apology after spending $60,000 on this horrible Star Trek themed training video. 

This little ditty is so bad, in fact, that the IRS was actually compelled to apologize for it on Friday, after catching some flak about the waste of money from Congress. Somewhere in the shadows, this clip has a GIlligan’s Island-themed twin, but this one accounted for most of the budget and—apparently—most of the awfulness.

The IRS offered its apologies this way in a statement:

The IRS recognizes and takes seriously our obligation to be good stewards of government resources and taxpayer dollars. There is no mistaking that this video did not reflect the best stewardship of resources.

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Watch a 1963 video of British soldiers conducting a military exercise after dropping acid

Back during the Cold War, the military wanted to find out if LSD could be used to incapacitate enemy forces. So they administered the drug to unsuspecting British soldiers, and sent the squaddies off to perform their duties. This short video, which is as hilarious as it is disturbing, chronicles the British soldiers’ hapless attempt to complete a military exercise while completely tripping balls.

The British weren’t the only country to conduct such experiments. Back during the 1950s, the U.S. Army conducted experiments with soldier volunteers at its Edgewood, MD arsenal. These experiments lasted until 1972, in which soldiers were given synthetic marijuana, LSD and two dozen other psychoactive drugs — all with the intent of developing chemical weapons to debilitate enemy soldiers.

Wonder how many of these soliders went on to become hippies.

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In Kazakhstan, cosmonauts must go through winter wilderness training to survive reentry

When cosmonauts and astronauts now return from a long-duration space mission on board the International Space Station, they are always coming home on a Soyuz capsule, landing in northern Kazakhstan. The Kazakh Steppe is known for its bitter winters (I just checked the local weather in Ayagoz, Kazakhstan and there is currently a blizzard going on with heavy snow, high winds and a current temperature of -26 C [-15 F] )

When a Soyuz lands, it usually takes at least an hour for the rescue team to arrive. But a blizzard or other unforeseen problems could leave the crew stranded for longer periods of time. So, cosmonauts and astronauts undergo special survival training, just in case. Here are some images from the latest crew to undergo the training, featuring cosmonaut Sergei Prokopyeva, ESA astronauts Thomas Pesquet and Samantha Cristoforetti. Remember that complicating any return from long-duration space flight is the weakness the space travelers will experience after six months in weightlessness.

In addition to the technical knowledge related to the landing capsule, the cosmonauts/astronauts need to practice practical skills like constructing a shelter and building a fire. They have a special emergency kit in the Soyuz which includes weapons, lights, water (6 liters for three people), dried food, first aid kit, tools and equipment that may be useful in extreme conditions, and clothing such as a heat suit, woolen cap, headset, gloves, socks and fur socks.

The Cosmonaut Training Center website says that “to successfully complete the test (training), crews have to show courage, self-discipline, perseverance, and patience.” Don’t worry -Samantha Cristoferri said on Google+ that the can near the fire is water, not gasoline!

ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet, Cosmonaut Sergey Prokopiev and ESA astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti during winter survival training.


Source: Yuri Garagain Cosmonaut Training Center. Top image: Cosmonaut Sergei Prokopiev participating in winter survival training in Russia. This post originally appeared on Universe Today.

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