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When Victoria's Secret Rescued the National Guard

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Photo of the 69th Infantry Regiment's armory in New York City by Wikimedia user Dmadeo, edited by user AndreasPraefcke.

When SuperStorm Sandy hit New York City last week, the Army National Guard's 69th Infantry Regiment found themselves without electricity, hot water, or even good ways to communicate with anyone outside the armory.

That's when Victoria's Secret came to the rescue.

Although the annual Victoria's Secret Fashion Show won't air until December 4, it's being filmed at the National Guard's armory tonight. And by the time Sandy came to town, the 500 kilowatt generators—eight in all—that the lingerie company uses to power its fashion show were already in place at the armory. So last Tuesday morning, the National Guard put a call in to Victoria's Secret, asking for help, and by Tuesday evening, the fashion show producers had not only gotten rudimentary power for the armory, but they had managed to get all of the armory's power up and running, from lights to heaters to elevators.

"We were dead in the water until Victoria’s Secret showed up." -Capt. Brendan Gendron

When the troops later needed a forklift to aid in the distribution of emergency supplies, Victoria's Secret stepped in again and lent their own.

For more information, including some technical details, on how Victoria's Secret helped the National Guard so they could help the victims of Sandy, check out Noah Shachtman's article over at Wired.

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Watch a Rogue Pet Dog Interrupt a Russian News Anchor on Air
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Last week, a Russian news broadcast briefly went to the dogs after its host was startled by a surprise co-anchor: a friendly black canine that wandered on set, announced its presence with a loud bark, and climbed onto her desk.

 

As TODAY reports, Mir24 TV anchor Ilona Linarte went off script for a few minutes, telling viewers "I've got a dog here. What is this dog doing in the studio?" After the initial shock wore off, she gave her furry guest a tepid welcome, patting its head as she gently pushed it off the desk. ("I actually prefer cats,'' Linarte remarked. "I'm a cat lady.")

Linarte’s query was answered when the TV station announced that the dog had accompanied another show’s guest on set, and somehow got loose. That said, rogue animals have a proud tradition of crashing live news broadcasts around the world, so we’re assuming this won’t be the last time a news anchor is upstaged by an adorable guest star (some of which have better hair than them).

[h/t TODAY]

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Falcon Heavy and Dragon. Image credit: SpaceX via Wikimedia Commons // CC0 1.0
SpaceX Is Sending Two Private Citizens Around the Moon
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Falcon Heavy and Dragon. Image credit: SpaceX via Wikimedia Commons // CC0 1.0

Two members of the public are set to take an historic trip around the Moon, according to an announcement from SpaceX CEO Elon Musk. As The Verge reports, the anonymous private citizens have already placed substantial deposits on the commercial space flight.

The private spacecraft company SpaceX revealed on Monday that the Falcon Heavy rocket will be launching with its Crew Dragon spacecraft in late 2018. The mission will consist of a circumnavigation of the Moon, passing over the body’s surface before traveling farther into space and returning to Earth. In total, the trip will cover 300,000 to 400,000 miles and take a week to complete.

A noteworthy part of the plan is the human cargo that will be on board. Instead of professional astronauts, the craft will carry two paying customers into space. The passengers, who’ve yet to be named, will both need to pass several fitness tests before they're permitted to make the journey. According to The Verge, Musk said the customers are “very serious” and that the cost of the trip is “comparable” to that of a crewed mission to the International Space Station. The goal for SpaceX is to eventually send one or two commercial flights into space each year, which could account for 10 to 20 percent of the company’s earnings.

[h/t The Verge]

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