CTV News is reporting that “A Massachusetts-based aerospace company says it is developing a user-friendly, affordable flying car that will allow ‘the rest of us’ to leave the asphalt and go airborne whenever the mood — or rush-hour traffic — strikes.” As if Toronto Island residents—all five of them—weren’t already complaining about air-traffic congestion! As per CTV, “the TF-X won’t require a runway to take off and land. And operating the vehicle ‘should be statistically safer than driving a modern automobile,’ Terrafugia says,” especially on the 401.
Terrafugia, the company behind this car of the future, hopes to have its TF-X prototype road-and-air-ready by the 2020s, stating “early studies indicate that it is possible that the final price point could be on-par with very high-end luxury cars of today.” An earlier model, The Transition, is supposed to hit the market in two years with a $279K price tag, in case you’re wondering what to get your godfather for Christmas who owns three Lamborghinis.
Who knows, maybe by the time TF-X is rolling off the assembly line, genetic engineering will have already added wings to our bacony friends—which would make them a lot harder to slaughter, I suppose. But hey, if it allows a scientist to win an office bet, well, you never know…
The Toronto Star is attempting to paint the debate over the Porter Airlines expansion project as a Generation Clash between people who might actually own a copy of Eat the Heat, and those who think Accept is something you do when you get a new friend request. Based on that logic, I can only assume this comment was written by an old curmudgeon:
Hmm, last time I checked, there was a greater risk of crashes on the 401 than in the sky, and you can’t really blame the airport for the congestion when there isn’t a place to park down there. As for serving the community, well, one just needs to look at how many university students pack Billy Bishop over the Christmas break. Then again, I suppose university students also buy drugs, too.
Should Vilma Soltesz’s family win their $6-million suit, perhaps February 1st will be declared International Obese Airline Passenger Day. I must admit, I have some trouble strapping on the seatbelt in Porter’s tiny seats, but my problems pale in comparison to the former 407-pounder, who passed away in Hungary after several attempts to board an aircraft back to America were unsuccessful. Her husband’s now suing Delta, KLM and Lufthansa—and from the looks of things, his dearly departed spouse wasn’t the only one whose blood pressure was Reaching New Heights aboard a Delta aircraft…
That said, I don’t believe Americans’ super-sized weight issues are genetically induced—unless you count all the hormones they put in their fast food.
Calciner: To reduce to ashes, to burn to a crisp.
As seen in: « Les sauveteurs continuaient lundi de dégager des corps calcinés de la carcasse de l’avion de ligne nigérian qui s’est écrasé dimanche sur un quartier de Lagos, la plus grande ville du Nigeria, tuant les 153 personnes à bord et un nombre encore indéterminé d’habitants. »
(Translation: “Rescuers continued Monday to remove charred remains from the carcass of the Nigerian airplane that crashed in a neighbourhood of Laos, Nigeria’s largest city, killing the 153 people on board and a still undetermined number of residents.”)