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1. ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY
9th February 1969
The maiden flight of the Boeing 747
The Boeing 747 is a wide-body commercial jet airliner and cargo aircraft, often referred to by its original nickname, Jumbo Jet, or Queen of the Skies. Its distinctive "hump" upper deck along the forward part of the aircraft makes it among the world's most recognizable aircraft, and it was the first wide-body produced. Manufactured by Boeing's Commercial Airplane unit in the United States, the original version of the 747 had two and a half times greater capacity than the Boeing 707, one of the common large commercial aircraft of the 1960s. First flown commercially in 1970, the 747 held the passenger capacity record for 37 years.
The four-engine 747 uses a double deck configuration for part of its length. It is available in passenger, freighter and other versions. Boeing designed the 747's hump-like upper deck to serve as a first class lounge or extra seating, and to allow the aircraft to be easily converted to a cargo carrier by removing seats and installing a front cargo door. Boeing did so because the company expected supersonic airliners (development of which was announced in the early 1960s) to render the 747 and other subsonic airliners obsolete, while the demand for subsonic cargo aircraft would be robust well into the future. The 747 was expected to become obsolete after 400 were sold, but it exceeded critics' expectations with production passing the 1,000 mark in 1993. By January 2016, 1,520 aircraft had been built, with 19 of the 747-8 variants remaining on order.
2. TODAY IN MY LIFE
Client prep and session
Twitter Followers = 2,073 (down 1)
Non-followed eliminated = 1
Unfollowers eliminated = 0
New Followers followed back = 0
Spammers not followed back = 0
3. TODAY'S SELF-OBSERVATION
What I have an insatiable greed for is "disposable time" - free time! Of course, every grumble, every challenge, always comes back to the same "chorus" - the Discipline of Acceptance. I simply do not have the energy to waste on resentment. I don't forget of course that all my "problems" are nice problems to have - I'm loved and comfortable!
4. TODAY'S QUESTION FOR YOU
Are you making a fulfilling difference?
5. TODAY'S WEATHER IN BRADFORD
6. TODAY'S ONELINER
If IKEA and LEGO combined forces our children could make our furniture. :D
7. NOW THAT'S FUNNY!
Jessi Campbell on sex next door and her weight
The first known soup was made from hippopotamus and dates back to 6000 B.C.
9. ZEN WISDOM
Character can be shaped or etched. It may be true from a medical perspective that our psychological and physiological traits are generally predetermined genetically. Knowing this, however, adds little to our lives. All that matters is how we can better ourselves here and now.