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Watch This Boat Bow Gracefully to Sail Under a Low Bridge

Sailing a boat in open waters successfully takes practice and skill. Throw in complications like bridges with low clearances and things can get even trickier—but not if you’re the pro in the video above. According to YouTube, the mast of the boat is 80 feet tall, which is 15 feet taller than the passageway would allow. Instead of turning the boat around, the crew used water-filled bags and some pro-level maneuvering to angle their vessel through unharmed.

"The balls get swung out with an initial turn to port or stbd [starboard],” Hunter Parrot explains. “The tendency then is for the roll to continue by itself, but is controlled by letting the bags out slowly with a line made off to each bag and running through necessary tackle to a cockpit winch.” If you’re unfamiliar with boating, the terminology can be a little confusing, but the visual is pretty clear.

In responding to YouTube comments, Parrot admits that he does not know the math that went into determining whether or not the mast could handle the weight of the water, but he does know that it was “carefully considered.” As for stressing the shrouds of the ship (the parts of the rig that hold up the mast), Parrot said that “added stress on the shrouds is irrelevant. There essentially is none, as the rig is designed to survive a knockdown at sea - under sail, a gust of wind pushes the boat completely on her side so the rig is in the water. At that point, the weight of the keel would bring her back upright.”

[h/t: Sploid]

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Speedy Delivery: Mister Rogers Will Get His Own Stamp in 2018
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USPS 2018 Mister Rogers stamp
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After weeks of mailing out this year’s holiday cards, postage might be the last thing you want to think about. But the U.S. Postal Service has just given us a sneak peek at the many iconic people, places, and things that will be commemorated with their own stamps in 2018, and one in particular has us excited to send out a few birthday cards: Mister Rogers.

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, Fred Rogers’s groundbreaking PBS series that the USPS says “inspired and educated young viewers with warmth, sensitivity, and honesty,” the mail service shared a mockup of what the final stamp may look like. On it, Rogers—decked out in one of his trademark colorful cardigans (all of which were hand-knitted by his mom, by the way)—smiles for the camera alongside King Friday XIII, ruler of the Neighborhood of Make-Believe.

Though no official release date for Fred’s forever stamp has been given, Mister Rogers is just one of many legendary figures whose visages will grace a piece of postage in 2018. Singer/activist Lena Horne will be the 41st figure to appear as part of the USPS’s Black Heritage series, while former Beatle John Lennon will be the face of the newest Music Icons collection. Sally Ride, the first American woman in space, will also be honored.

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Can You Spot the Christmas Pudding?

Whether it’s a sheep hanging out with Santa Claus or a panda bear hiding among some snowmen, regular Mental Floss readers know that hidden picture brainteasers are one of our favorite things. And the optical experts at Lenstore.co.uk have released a delicious one, just in time for Christmas. Somewhere in the midst of all these holiday-themed goodies above, there’s a holiday pudding just waiting to be discovered. Can you spot it? Your time starts … now.

If you give up, or are the kind of person who reads the last page of a book before the first one and just wants to know the answer, scroll down to see where it’s hiding.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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