10 engines and 6 propellers

10 engines and 6 propeller sets, actually. Imagine working with the mad scientists who thought of that combination. Call me old-fashioned if you will, but Number of Propellers divided by Number of Engines should be a (positive) whole number.

from Saunders-Roe Princess – Wikipedia

The SR.45 Princess was a large flying boat, being the largest all-metal flying boat to have ever been constructed. The Princess featured a rounded, bulbous, “double-bubble” pressurized fuselage which contained two full passenger decks; these decks had sufficient room to accommodate up to 105 passengers in great comfort. The planing bottom of the hull had only a slight step in the keel to minimize drag in the air.[24] The Princess was powered by an arrangement of ten Bristol Proteus turboprop engines. These engines drove six sets of four-bladed propellers; of these, the inner four propellers were double, contra-rotating propellers which were driven by a twin version of the Proteus, named the Bristol Coupled Proteus, each engine drove one of the propellers. The two outer propellers were single and each powered by a single engine.[8]

Source: Saunders-Roe Princess – Wikipedia


Nebraska woman says carrying her gay son’s baby was her gift

Let me see if I’ve got this straight….this baby girl has two fathers and two mothers, one of whom is her aunt while the other is her grandmother.

I don’t think there will be any Hallmark cards designed for this situation.

Source: Nebraska woman says carrying her gay son’s baby was her gift – Reuters

Worker dies after falling into cement truck, paramedics say –


A worker has died after falling into a cement truck at a construction company in the city’s east end, paramedics say.

At around 3:45 p.m. emergency crews were called to Lafarge Paving and Construction at 1641 Bearbrook Road in Gloucester, said Ottawa Paramedic Service spokesperson J.P. Trottier.

“The worker was standing at the top of the [cement] truck and fell into the loading funnel,” Trottier said.

“The injuries were obviously fatal injuries and we declared him deceased immediately.”

Ontario’s Ministry of Labour has been called in to investigate. A spokesperson for Lafarge said the company was “cooperating with the local authorities” and that it was “inappropriate” to comment further.

The man’s name and age have not been released.

Source: Worker dies after falling into cement truck, paramedics say – Ottawa – CBC News