How old is Grandpa???
Stay with this -- the answer is at the end. It will blow you away.
One evening a grandson was talking to his grandfather about current events.
The grandson asked his grandfather what he thought about the
shootings at schools, the computer age, and just things in general.
Grandfather replied, "Well, let me think a minute, I was born before:
' polio shots
' frozen foods
' Frisbees and
' the pill
There were no:
' credit cards
' laser beams or
' ball-point pens
Man had not invented:
' air conditioners
' clothes dryers
' and the clothes were hung out to dry in the fresh air and
' man hadn't yet walked on the
Your Grandmother and
I got married first, . . . and then lived together.
Every family had a father and a mother.
Until I was 25, I called every man older than me, "Sir".
And after I turned 25, I still called policemen and every man with a title, "Sir."
We were before gay-rights, computer- dating, dual careers, daycare centers, and group therapy.
Our lives were governed by the Ten Commandments, good judgment, and common sense.
We were taught to know the difference between right and wrong and to stand up and take responsibility for our actions.
Serving your country was a privilege; living in this country was a bigger privilege.
We thought fast food was what people ate during Lent.
Having a meaningful relationship meant getting along with your cousins.
Draft dodgers were people who closed their front doors when the evening breeze started.
time the family spent together in the evenings and weekends-not purchasing condominiums.
We never heard of FM radios, tape decks, CDs, electric typewriters, yogurt, or guys wearing earrings.
We listened to the Big Bands, Jack Benny, and the President's speeches on our radios.
And I don't ever remember any kid blowing his brains out listening to Tommy Dorsey.
If you saw anything with 'Made in Japan ' on it, it was junk
The term 'making out' referred to how you did on your school exam.
Pizza Hut, McDonald's, and instant coffee were unheard of.
We had 5 &10-cent stores where you could actually buy things for 5 and 10 cents.
Ice-cream cones, phone calls, rides on a streetcar, and a Pepsi were all a nickel.
And if you didn't want to splurge, you
could spend your nickel on enough stamps to mail 1 letter and 2 postcards. a 59.
You could buy a new Chevy Coupe for $600, . . .. but who could afford one?
Too bad, because gas was 11 cents a gallon.
In my day:
' "grass" was mowed,
' "coke" was a cold drink,
' "pot" was something your mother cooked in and
' "rock music" was your grandmother's lullaby.
' "Aids" were helpers in the Principal's office,
' " chip" meant a piece of wood, '
"hardware" was found in a hardware store and
' "software" wasn't even a word.
we were the last generation to actually believe that a lady needed a
husband to have a baby. No wonder people call us "old and confused" and
say there is a generation gap... and how old do you think I am?
I bet you have this old man in mind...you are in for a shock!
Read on to see -- pretty scary if you think about it and pretty sad at the same time.
Are you ready ?
Well that was fast, scroll up the answer is just after::
And if you didn't want to splurge, you
could spend your nickel on enough stamps to mail 1 letter and 2 postcards.
How old is Grandpa???
Paragliders in Indonesia succeed in setting a new national record for staying in the air, flying for nine hours and nine minutes at Nusa Dua hill, Bali.
A visitor looks at a jade figure at a preview of "Cartier Treasures - King of Jewellers, Jewellers to Kings" exhibition, in the Palace Museum in Beijing. Featuring 346 pieces from the Cartier Collection, the exhibition will run from September to November 2009.
General specifications Country of origin Germany Numbers built N/A Introduced 2010 Introduced at 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show Engine Configuration M159 90º V 8 Location Front, longitudinally mounted Weight 206 kilo / 454.2 lbs Construction aluminium block and head Displacement 6.208 liter / 378.8 cu in Bore / Stroke 102.2 mm (4 in) / 94.6 mm (3.7 in) Compression 11.3:1 Valvetrain 4 valves / cylinder, DOHC Fuel feed Fuel Injection Aspiration Naturally Aspirated Drivetrain Chassis/body aluminium body panels over aluminium spaceframe Front suspension double wishbones, anti-dive, coil springs, gas-pressurised shock absorbers, anti-roll bar Rear suspension double wishbones, anti-dive and anti-squat, coil springs, gas-pressurised shock absorbers, anti-roll bar Steering rack-and-pinion, power assisted Brakes ventilated carbon ceramic discs, all-round Gearbox AMG Dual Clutch 7 speed Automatic Drive Rear wheel drive Dimensions Weight 1620 kilo / 3571.5 lbs Length / Width / Height 4638 mm (182.6 in) / 1939 mm (76.3 in) / 1262 mm (49.7 in) Wheelbase / Track (fr/r) 2680 mm (105.5 in) / 1682 mm (66.2 in) / 1653 mm (65.1 in) Performance figures Power 571 bhp / 426 KW @ 6800 rpm Torque 650 Nm / 479 ft lbs @ 4750 rpm BHP/Liter 92 bhp / liter Power to weight 0.35 bhp / kg Top Speed 318 km/h / 198 mph 0-60 mph 3.7 s General specifications Country of origin Italy Numbers built N/A Produced in 2009 Introduced at 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show Engine Configuration Straight 4 Location Front, transversely mounted Displacement 1.368 liter / 83.5 cu in Valvetrain 4 valves / cylinder, DOHC Fuel feed Fuel Injection Aspiration Garrett 1446 Turbo Drivetrain Chassis/body unitary steel Front suspension McPherson struts, anti-roll bar Rear suspension torsion beam axle, anti-roll bar Steering electric power steering Brakes ventilated discs front, solid discs rear, ABS Gearbox C510 5 speed Manual Drive Front wheel drive Performance figures Power 180 bhp / 134 KW @ 5750 rpm Torque 230 Nm / 170 ft lbs @ 3300 rpm BHP/Liter 132 bhp / liter Top Speed 225 km/h / 140 mph 0-60 mph 6.9 s
Abarth and Ferrari are two great names that have contributed, with conviction and dedication, to the legend of Italian racing that is known around the world. The legendary men behind both marques followed very similar careers: first drivers, then tuners and finally heads of companies that command genuine respect in the world of motor racing. These extraordinary men were associated in the past: in 1953, for example, a unique Ferrari-Abarth was born, the Ferrari 166/250 MM Abarth. The car raced in various international trophies including the legendary Mille Miglia. The tie between the two companies has been reinforced above all by the exhaust systems designed by Abarth specifically for the cars built at Maranello: numerous exhaust systems have been made for various Ferrari models, some of which have won World Championship titles.
The two brands have recently renewed their collaboration. The first result of this was the supply of a limited and numbered series of Abarth 500's to Ferrari's European dealers in recent months for use as "courtesy cars".
Now, attention turns to the new Abarth 695 "Tributo Ferrari", an exclusive vehicle that not only enables Abarth to extend its range by entering into the luxury sports car market, but also offers Ferrari customers a small but exciting small car for all their mobility needs, including practical urban mobility.
The new Abarth 695 "Tributo Ferrari" is distinguished by a number of stylistic changes, but more importantly by substantial modifications developed by Abarth and Ferrari engineers. The engine, for a start, is a 1.4 Turbo T-Jet 16v, tuned to develop over 180 HP. This is combined with an MTA (Manual Transmission Automated) electromechanical gearbox with race-inspired paddle gearshift that makes full use of the engine's performance by reducing gearshift times.
To improve acceleration, the car is fitted with performance tyres on 17'' alloy wheels featuring a design inspired by Ferrari wheels. The suspension and braking systems have also been strengthened to cope with the extra power: 284 mm multi-section discs with fixed four-piston calipers, both by Brembo, and special shock absorbers let you enjoy performance in total safety.
And of course there is a "Record Monza" variable back-pressure "dual mode" exhaust, designed to improve engine performance and deliver an inspiring sound over 3,000 rpm.
On the outside, the car is finished in Scuderia Red, with carbon fibre door mirrors and with details like the wheels and rear air intakes in Racing Grey. This new Abarth is equipped with Xenon headlights with dipped and main beam functions for improved light emission and excellent efficiency under all weather conditions. Made by Magneti Marelli Automotive Lighting, these elements deliver three times the light intensity and duration of standard halogen lamp headlights.
The interiors are also personalised and demonstrate the attention to detail and the sporting style that are common to both brands. "Abarth Corsa by Sabelt" seats are fitted and finished in black leather with a shell and seat base in carbon fibre. These seats offer a perfect blend of racing characteristics - light weight (10 kg less than the standard seat) and the ability hold the body steady against lateral and longitudinal forces, thanks to body support elements filled with crush-resistant foam - with the ergonomics and comfort of road seats.
The black leather steering wheel is characterised by red leather inserts and a tricolour hub on which the MTA gearshift paddles are mounted, while the instrument panel is specially made by Jaeger, and inspired by typical Ferrari instrumentation. Attention to detail has gone into the floor too: the foot wells are covered entirely in non-slip aluminium and the racing pedals are personalised with the Scorpion logo. The interior is embellished with other details too, like special kick plates and a plate bearing the vehicle series number.