The entire story is amazing, but some choice quotes:
Hughes’s ultimate goal is a subsequent launch that puts him miles above the Earth, where the 61-year-old limousine driver hopes to photograph proof of the disc we all live on.
“It’ll shut the door on this ball earth,” Hughes said in a fundraising interview with a flat-Earth group for Saturday’s flight. Theories discussed during the interview included NASA being controlled by round-Earth Freemasons and Elon Musk making fake rockets from blimps.
Hughes promised the flat-Earth community that he would expose the conspiracy with his steam-powered rocket, which will launch from a heavily modified mobile home — though he acknowledged that he still had much to learn about rocket science.
It gets better:
“This whole tech thing,” he said in the June interview. “I’m really behind the eight ball.”***
“We want to do this and basically thumb our noses at all these billionaires trying to do this,” Hughes said, standing in his Apple Valley, Calif., living room, which he had plastered with drawings of his rockets.
“They have not put a man in space yet,” Hughes said. “There are 20 different space agencies here in America, and I’m the last person that’s put a man in a rocket and launched it.”
He compared himself to Evel Knievel, as he promised to launch himself from a California racetrack — the first step on his steam-powered leap toward space.
The Kickstarter raised $310 of its $150,000 goal.
Proving that there actually are some things too stupid for crowdfunding.
Speaking of turkeys, your host has about 15 people coming for dinner on Thanksgiving, so I set out today to brine the turkeys. I went with a large 25 lb turkey and one of those 10 lb deals where it is nothing but breast. I prefer dark meat myself, but most people seem to prefer breast meat, so this will do. I gathered up my cooler, scoured it and got it all nice and clean, prepped my brine and let it cool, placed the turkeys in the cooler, and began to pour in the brine at which point I noticed the DRAIN AT THE BOTTOM OF MY COOLER WAS LEAKING and I had just brined my kitchen floor.
Cleaned up, made a new batch of brine, and now the birds are soaking in a giant rubbermaid container.
On the upside, my kitchen floor is clean and the room smells of herbs.