By the Mighty Mumford

Growing up in “Bingo-town”,

lived on a hill looking down…

Chased early CONRAIL,

Which scraped the pail,

For units that could run!

A dog’s breakfast some said,

Of a mixed up lash-up  some red…

Some in black,


Of making it look as though dead!

i like variety

Of engines in dissimilar livery…

Red, white and blue

Striped on silver will do,

Were special times foe me!

–Jonathan  Caswell

A Google image of early power on the Saratoga and North Creek Railroad, a south-bound train waiting at North Creek, NY.

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Chemical In McDonald’s Fries May Cure Baldness, Study Claims

Customers at McDonald’s may want to ask for a side of hair gel with their meal, according to the claims of a new study in Japan. Scientists say that a chemical used in the cooking of the fast food chain’s french fries may hold the cure for baldness.

Researchers at Yokohama National University found that the chemical dimethylpolysiloxane, found in silicone and added to cooking oil as an anti-foaming agent, helped to mass produce hair follicles which grew new hair after being placed into mice. According to the findings, published in the journal Biomaterials, Japanese scientists were able to generate nearly 5,000 “hair follicle germs” (HFG) which the team said is one of the biggest obstacles in creating hair regenerative medicine.

“We used oxygen-permeable dimethylpolysiloxane at the bottom of culture vessel, and it worked very well,” Professor Junji Fukuda said in a press release.

Working with the modified french fry-cooking ingredient, researchers created “HFG chips” which carried batches of the new follicles and implanted them into the mice.

The chips, transplanted into the backs and scalps of the subjects, reportedly began to grow new black hair from each patch.

“This simple method is very robust and promising. We hope that this technique will improve human hair regenerative therapy to treat hair loss,” Fukuda added.

MTA To Upgrade MetroCard Machines This Saturday

The MTA will be upgrading MetroCard machines on Saturday.

That means commuters will only be able to use cash starting at midnight through 6 a.m. Saturday.

Due to a system software upgrade, MetroCard machines will accept cash only from 12:01AM to 6AM on Saturday, Feb. 10. Personnel will be on-hand in stations to assist customers without cash, if necessary, and anyone may call 511 or use a Help Point w/any questions.

Attempts to make the change last weekend led to complaints about the lack of notice.

The software upgrade will impact all MetroCard vending machines, including PATH stations and airports.


11th Airborne Lands at Luzon

Pacific Paratrooper

American Eighth Army soldiers debark from LCI(L)s [Landing Craft Infantry, Large] in Luzon. “File number: 259015. Released: Feb. 14, 1945.

Navy lands Eighth Army on West coast of Luzon–Troops of the U.S. 8th Army under command of Lieutenant General Robert L. Eichelberger, pour off Navy LCI’s (landing craft infantry) and wade ashore between San Narciso and San Antonio on the west coast of Luzon on January 29, 1945, in a brilliant move calculated to cut off Bataan Peninsula and to capture the naval base at Olongapo. Tactical surprise was achieved to such a dress that not a man, ship or plane was lost in the landing.” 29 January 1945.

Long before the American invasion began, General Yamashita divided his Luzon forces into three groups, each centered around a remote geographical region. The largest of these groups and under the direct command of Yamashita was Shobu Group, located in northern Luzon…

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