Chrissy Teigen’s Question About Bringing Potatoes On An Airplane Will Be Your New Favorite Twitter Saga

Another day, another Chrissy Teigen tweet for the entire internet to become emotionally invested in. On Saturday, the Cravings cookbook author posed a question that will change the way you view carry-on luggage going forward. Teigen’s tweets about bringing potatoes on an airplane are bound to make your day — especially when you see the final verdict.

To be specific, Teigen wanted to take scalloped potatoes with her on a flight. She asked the Twitterverse,

She then posted a follow-up tweet, tagging American Airlines, presumably the airline she’d be taking. Coining the soon-to-be beloved phrase “emotional support casserole,” she begged American Airlines, “please help me.”

Luckily, social media also appears to be this airline’s forte. They soon replied to Teigen, and after some back-and-forth clarifying that she wanted to bring the taters in a casserole dish, not a bag, she was directed to the official TSA account. TSA shared a reply that resulted in giving Teigen’s followers a collective sigh of relief:

The Sports Illustrated Swimsuit model quickly responded, “Hooray thank you!!!”

This may seem like a slightly silly saga to care about, but now you’ll never have to wonder again about whether you can bring a casserole with you aboard a flight. And considering how invested fans are in Teigen’s everyday adventures — whether her disappearing toilet or attempts at baking banana bread — at least this story has a happy ending.

And this isn’t the only time Teigen’s air travels caught Twitter’s attention. Remember a few months ago when Teigen’s plane turned around mid-flight and it sparked a mystery that fans couldn’t get enough of? (Apparently, it was later revealed that two brothers reportedly used the same boarding pass, causing the entire plane to make a U-turn to sort things out.)

Again, at least this casserole anecdote ended on a much happier note — she’s able to bring her “emotional support casserole” and fans now know they can do the same. Seriously, they were applauding this mini victory.

Other fans posed very valid questions: Why is she bringing potatoes on the flight in the first place? And more importantly, will she share the recipe? After all, Teigen has been working on a second cookbook, and if her first is anything to go by, the recipes will be drool-worthy. Maybe she’d even update the recipe to make the potatoes not lose any flavor after traveling on a plane for a few hours.

If you want to have your world opened to a slew of other new traveling possibilities, some fans replied to Teigen’s tweets with their own examples of foods they’ve witnessed brought on airplanes in the past.

The more you know, huh? Leave it to Teigen to give the internet a new cause to rally around. It’s unclear where exactly the Lip Sync Battle host was traveling from, but she posted a video on Instagram earlier in the day, pointing out how much she missed her daughter Luna, even though it was a short trip away.

If you’re already filled with joy from the potato plane victory, this may be all you need for your heart to fully burst.

Making the news all the better, it sounds like Teigen and her casserole dish filled with scallopped potatoes are on their way home. And they’ll be reunited with little Luna in no time.

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Norval Henry Likes

Mechanicsburg, Pa. – Norval Henry Likes of Mechanicsburg, Pa., passed away on February, 22, 2018. He was born in Emporia, Kansas and traveled the seven seas while serving as a Chief Petty Officer for 20 years in the U.S. Navy. Once retired from the Navy, Hank worked as a civil service contractor. He was the founding president of the Ocean County Modelers Club at Lakehurst, NJ and was the owner of “Likesline” landing gear for model airplanes for 25 years. He was a licensed pilot and owner of a 1946 “Ercoupe” vintage aircraft. He was very active in Boy Scouts and was a Cub Scout Master.
Hank is predeceased by his mother Frances Likes, his father George Likes, sisters Mary Gibbs and Gertrude Read and brothers Chester and Charles Likes. Hank is survived by his loving wife Shirley Likes, his sister Karen Therrien of Derby, Kansas, his son Mark Likes, son Chris Likes and his wife Barbara, daughter Connie Fahim and husband Wagih, daughter Sherrie Shales, and 6 grandchildren including Cheryl, David, Jason, Jared, Ashlee and Bryan.
Hank will be buried at Ft. Indiantown Gap National Cemetery for Veterans with full gun salute and viewing/services will be held on February 27, 2018 at Kreamer Funeral Home 618 E. Main St in Annville, PA where flowers can be sent. At the family’s request, the funeral services will be private.

Great Bend (Kan.) Tribune Feb. 25, 2018

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Bentley wants its next new car to be fully autonomous

Bentley’s new Bentayga V8 was revealed this week and will start at prices of £136,200

This week in Austria, Bentley launched its new V8 iteration of its luxury Bentayga SUV. The first Bentayga came off the production line back in 2015, and the company has produced more than 10,000 so far.

Considering it takes more than 130 hours to produce each SUV (some 10 times more than an average production car) and each vehicle has 100 electronic control units (ECUs) to command and diagnose various systems, five cameras, 15 ultrasonic sensors, both short- and long-range radar as well as night-vision capability, it is surprising that this new twin-turbocharged, 542bhp V8 petrol model with a 0-60 mph of 4.4 seconds and top speed of 180mph is not able to go beyond level 2 autonomy.

At level 2, steering and speed of the vehicle are controlled by “one or more driver assistance systems” but a human controls the other elements of driving. However, the Bentayga’s Active Lane Assist feature that controls steering for you only switches on for up to 15 seconds before a human must retake control of the car. Hardly what the average driver would consider to be autonomous.

This lack of autonomy is contrasted by its sister company in the Volkswagen Group, Audi, already having a level 3-capable autonomous vehicle on sale, the new A8, This car is able to monitor the driving environment around it and, crucially (when the system is fully turned on), make driving decisions for itself.

In other words, Bentley theoretically has complete access to the developed and tested technology for the current pinnacle of capability for self-driving cars but has yet to implement it.

Bentley is looking at possibly extending the Active Lane Assist above 15 seconds on its vehicles for a degree of autonomous motorway driving

Perhaps anticipating questions on this, at the V8 briefing, Peter Guest, product line director for Bentayga, stated that the “car has far more autonomous capability than we have switched on at the moment”.

Richard Haycox, head of chassis mechatronics at Bentley, confirmed to WIRED that, regarding the Bentayga, the company’s “aim is always to increase the level of autonomy of the car” and to do this via a firmware update.

“Currently we choose to switch the Active Lane Assist off after 15 seconds. Now we don’t have to do that,” Haycox says. “A Tesla on autopilot will steer you around many, many corners, but we choose to restrict the Bentayga to 15 seconds. However, if we choose to expand that time then it would be more of an automated drive. And this would only be a software change.”

The Bentayga V8 not only has a new engine but is the first to sport the new “Black Pack” bodywork

That seems like a great addition to the capability of the SUV, so why not simply upscale the time drivers can use the Active Lane Assist?

“Active Lane Assist is not a perfect system,” Haycox admits. “It behaves differently with different levels of road camber. For example, in Florida there is extreme camber because there is extreme weather, so they can run water off the road. We have to calibrate the system differently to cope with this and make sure it works in all markets.”

So in what situations would Bentley actually consider increasing the time this system could remain operational? “I would say on motorways and autobahns where you don’t have a lot of steering input. I don’t see why you cannot do that,” says Haycox. Is Bentley looking into doing this? “We are always exploring these options, yes.”

It is impossible to elevate the Bentayga or other existing Bentley models, including the new Continental GT, to an increased level of autonomy, according to Haycox. “To go level 3 you need a driver-facing camera,” he says. “I would say we will have a level 3 car in the market within two to three years.”

As Audi has already reached this level, why not have Bentley leapfrog this stage of self-driving ability and go straight to the “full autonomy” of level 4?

“Level 4 brings in additional sensors,” says Haycox. “Therefore this will impact on the style of the car and electrical architecture – and that’s a big change. We’d only do this with a new model, certainly not with a facelift or powertrain change – only with a new model.”

So, after the new GT, there is a likelihood the next Bentley will have level 4 autonomy? “That’s the target, yes,” Haycox says. “I can’t be more specific, but I would like it to be level 4. These are becoming hygiene features in our sector.”

The Bentley Bentayga V8 is on sale now from £136,200 with deliveries starting in the second quarter of this year

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Village of Rio Ponderosa couple’s Model T was saved after barn fire in Michigan – Villages

Back in the Roaring ‘20s travel was more leisurely and difficult. Roads were often impassable and air travel was only for the rich and intrepid. Most people took the train and, upon arrival, were likely to be transported to their hotel or resort in an open-air Ford Model T depot hack, the forerunner of the taxi and the modern Uber and Lyft services.

Fast forward to 2018 and the Village of Rio Ponderosa where Tom and Karen Marshall often have their restored 1921 Model T Ford depot hack parked in the front yard.

“My daddy was a Ford dealer in Manchester, Michigan. When I was a little kid, back in the mid-fifties, he loaded me up in the company wrecker and we drove to where barn had just burned down. Out from the basement came a burned Model T frame and engine,” Tom recalls. “It sat in the back of the dealership for five or six years while my daddy bought parts and made a replica of a depot hack. It was completed in the early sixties just in time for our town’s centennial celebration.”

Tom and Karen Marshall in their Model T.

No one was certain that the old Ford frame started as a depot hack. “The wooden body was completely burned away,” Tom says. “We got the year it was made from the engine serial number.”

Ford and other vehicle manufacturers often sold the frame and engine to dealers who hired local wagon makers, cabinet makers, or even funeral directors, to build a custom wooden body. Some became delivery trucks – often known as huxters – depot hacks or other work vehicles. As time went on the wooden depot hacks morphed into station wagons complete with ‘woody’ side panels.

Tom and Karen, who had known each other in high school, went off to college.

“We kind of lost touch with one another for a few years.”

Later, when they had reconnected and were dating Tom said one day, “Why don’t we get married?” Karen said ‘Yes!’ “We jumped on an airplane, flew to Las Vegas and got married.”

Eventually the couple owned three home improvement stores in Michigan and spent most of their time running the businesses with occasional visits to The Villages where Tom’s father had retired. Karen handled the accounting area. “The Chief Paperclip,” she laughs. While she says that the best part of the business was meeting and working with customers and vendors, she admits that Accounts Receivable was the hard part. “There were some long days just trying to collect the money.”

Karen and Tom Marshall are active in the Tin Lizzies Club.

Tom and Karen were about to become Villagers, too.

“We were driving around in my daddy’s golf cart one day in 1998 and saw a for-sale-by-owner sign out in front of a house. The owner made us take our shoes off before we could come in. Before we left we had bought the house.”

One by one they sold their businesses and moved to The Villages in 2000. Karen worked in a jewelry store, became the caretaker for a lady who passed away last year, and later cared for her mother in Michigan. Tom worked summers in Michigan and they wintered in The Villages.

Tom Marshall wears a hat that pays tribute to the Model T’s history as a taxi.

In The Villages they met members of the Tin Lizzies Club of North Central Florida and went to car shows with them.

“I was thinking, you know what? It would be kind of fun to get the old car out of storage,” Tom remembers.

In 2014, after adding a new roof, roll-up rain curtains and restored wheels, they moved their depot hack from Michigan to The Villages.

New hobbies often require special accommodations and the Marshall’s antique vehicle was no exception. It was too high for the garage door by two inches.

“Some people said that I should lower the roof of the vehicle. That’s not going to happen.!”  He raised the garage door frame to get the depot hack inside.

These days Tom and Karen spend part of their time attending car shows and showing off their vehicle. Karen also leads a support group for Sjogren’s Syndrome.

“We’re always looking for speakers for the meetings,” she says. “Medical doctors, experts on exercise for people with disabilities, dentists – they’re all welcome. And we try to get the word out to people with Sjogren’s that we’re here to help.” She also belongs to Beta Sigma Phi service sorority and both are active MVP gym members.

Tom works with UPS during peak delivery seasons as a supervisor for The Villages golf cart delivery team.  He has traded in golf for his real passion – softball.

“So, we’re looking forward to spending more time on the road with the car. We’ve already signed up for our winter Club tour down here in Florida,” Tom says.  “There will be about 150 cars and over five days we will travel around 500 miles. We’re also signed up for the national Model T tour this July in Richmond, Indiana and we hope to get back to Michigan for a month to attend some events up there.”

One of the upgrades for this season will be an enclosed trailer for the depot hack. “This year the bugs and all the road debris and flying stones won’t take such a toll. It’ll be a luxury to put it in a portable garage when we’re done for the day.” They expect to take delivery in mid-March.

Every year the Tin Lizzie members take vehicles to an area elementary school. “The kid’s comments are like ‘Where’s the radio?’ and ‘Does it have air conditioning?’ It’s fun to show them the hand-operated windshield wipers,” Karen says. “Many people are amazed that our old cars still run.”

John W Prince is a writer and Villages resident. Learn more at

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Personal Journey: Seeing Normandy and thinking about my friend

There was so much that I wanted to tell him: How steep the cliffs were, how far the cemetery stretched, how the chill of the bunkers offered relief on a warm September afternoon along the coast of France.

My friend Jimmy Poston died before I ever got the chance to share any of this with him.

My visit to Normandy last fall is as much about him as it is about the rite of passage for so many who have figured out how to travel from the Bayuex train station to Colleville-sur-Mer and, finally, those hallowed sands of Omaha Beach.

The bond between Jimmy and I was military history, and because he and my father were longtime friends, that bond spanned decades; that he was 32 years older than I didn’t matter.  When I was just an elementary school student, he’d let me comb over his collection of model airplane kits for one to take home and take a stab at. Years later, the three of us would get together to see the latest World War II Hollywood blockbuster.  As we sat around eating lunch and trying to make sense of the shattered timeline of Dunkirk, I got to talking about my upcoming trip to Europe.

The planned itinerary was this: a glimpse of London, overnight ferry across the English Channel from Portsmouth to Ouistreham, take a train, rent a car, find the beach, drive to Paris, continue on to points in northern Europe, then travel back down to Belgium and finally home to South Philadelphia.

At the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial, when a bugler offered a rendition of “Taps,”  there wasn’t a dry eye. On this beach, while sunbathers relaxed where 2,500 Americans met their deaths on D-Day seven decades before, I stood on a stone and let the high tide roll past, generating awe that will stay with me forever.

I emailed a few pictures home, including one of my girlfriend and me in front of the Eiffel Tower and one of me at Longues-sur-Mer standing in front of a German gun battery, the   smeared   fingerprints of  generations running all over the stamping on the breech of the cannon. I thought of Jimmy at that moment, thought about how he’d probably have something witty to say. My mom said she showed these photos to Jimmy on what turned out to be the last time they all saw each other.

Jimmy died on Nov. 18, 2017, at 62. “Gone too soon,” part of his prayer card reads. Gone before I could tell him about any of this – the things we could only armchair general during drives to World War II Weekend in Reading.  When his widow offered me a choice from his superbly-built model airplanes to keep, I picked a P-51 Mustang.

Sleek and synonymous with victory in Europe. And now propping up his prayer card.

Greg Adomaitis lives in South Philadelphia. His friend Jimmy Poston lived in Somerdale, Camden County.

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Harry Eugene ‘Gene’ Kehr

Harry Eugene ‘Gene’ Kehr, 93, of Tulsa passed away peacefully early Thursday morning, February 15, 2018. Services were held Thursday, February 22nd at 2pm, Memorial Park Chapel followed by burial in the family plot at Memorial Park Cemetery in Tulsa.

Gene was born May 31, 1924 in Okmulgee to Harry Hartman Kehr and Edna Isenberg Kehr. Edna’s family had come to Oklahoma from Missouri in 1906 having drawn a quarter section in Devol. Gene and his two brothers, Willard and Joe, loved making model airplanes which led to the founding of the original Glue Dobbers model airplane club. This club later became Tulsa Glue Dobbers which is still an active club today. In his spare time, Gene designed, constructed and flew radio controlled model airplanes. Gene attended Okmulgee schools, then graduated with the 1942 class of Will Rogers High School after the family moved to Tulsa.

Gene enlisted in the US Army Air Force in March 1943 when he was only 19 years old. He trained on P-19s and served his country as a transport pilot for ten years flying C-47s and C-54s. During WWII, he served in Finchhaven, New Guinea, which according to Gene was a long way from his childhood home in Okmulgee. He met Margaret (Peggy) Halcrow in Sacramento, California in 1947 while serving in the Air Force at Fairfield-Suisun Air Force Base (now Travis Air Force Base). They wed in Reno, Nevada on March 26, 1947. The couple moved to Anchorage, Alaska for three years where they enjoyed hunting and fishing. They moved in 1951 to Denver, Colorado. After serving in the Korean Conflict, he was honorably discharged from the military in March 1953. Gene and Peggy returned to Tulsa, where they raised their two daughters. He continued his love of flight with Sun Oil Company in Tulsa and was employed to fly their private planes and Saberliner jets from coast to coast. His career as a corporate pilot also took him to Dallas and Houston, Texas with NL Industries until his retirement in 1983. He was very proud that he “flew airplanes for forty years and never put a scratch on the paint.”

Gene soon discovered another love sailing. He became a founding member of Windycrest Sailing Club at Keystone Lake in 1966. He sailed M-20s and M-16s spending over forty years winning club races and regattas in Oklahoma, Kansas and Texas racing venues. He enjoyed encouraging and teaching others to sail. He continued to sail boats on Keystone Lake into his 80s.

Gene is preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Peggy; and a brother, Willard. He is survived by a brother, Joe of Tulsa; and his two daughters, Meg [Gil] Greenwood of Bartlesville and Cindy [Dan] Adkisson of Tulsa. He will also be remembered fondly by five grandchildren, Angela [Will] Potts of Kansas City, Missouri; Daniel Adkisson of Tulsa; Kris Greenwood of Houston, Texas; Gina [Alan] Christy of Oklahoma City; and Elise [Ryan] Sargent of Wyoming, Michigan along with three great grandchildren. Gene’s family wishes to extend our sincere thanks to The Gardens Nursing Home in Sapulpa and Grace Hospice for the care given to him.

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Ed Dustan with his model of the USS Missouri.

A model is a lot of things to a lot of people. To Ed Dunstan they are a work of art and love.

Ed Dustan with his model of the USS Missouri.

Dunstan recently displayed his 1/16 scale model of the U.S. Navy Battleship USS Missouri.

The basic structure of the model was built from a kit, which he said he purchased “at a Bob Fair auction,” in the late 90s.

He began work on the model in the late 90s and, after an estimated 1,000 hours of work, completed it in 2005.

Not only does Dunstan’s modeling work include hot glue, balsa wood, plastic and acrylic paint. He also ladles on a very healthy amount of research.

“In many model-building contests, the models are judged by historic accuracy as much as overall appearance,” he said. “Most modeling kits are approximate, but not always exact. Competitive model-builders want to get as close to the real thing as we can. If you want to build something accurately, you have to do the research.”

His battleship model was scratch-built from the deck up. The hull, he said was approximate but needed a lot of modifications to make it accurate according to ship plans.

That goes for historical data as well. 

When recently displaying his model of the USS Missouri, ensconced in a glass-sided wooden display case, he includes vintage photos of the crew as well as information such as the battleship was the last one built by the United States. Its construction began, January 6, 1941 and was launched, January 29, 1944.

Without batting an eye, Dunstan can recite other facts such as:

• The five-feet-long projectiles launched from its turret-mounted 16-inch guns each weighed 1-ton and could hit a target 23 miles away.

• There have been three other warships bearing the name USS Missouri, a nuclear submarine, a steam-powered frigate and a battleship in the early 1920s.

• Its deck was covered with 1-3/4 teak planking.

Dunstan, who retired as teacher from the Centralia School District, said he has been building models since he was eight years old. The Missouri was the last one he built. 

When he started building models, Dunstan said, “it was all balsa wood and tissue paper.” But his first model was a plastic car kit, then to planes and the occasional ship. From there he moved on to more complicated models, eventually joining an organization in California competing in building and scale replica model airplanes.

He used balsa wood, cardboard and some plastic parts on the Missouri.

During the years he built it, he worked on the battleship in his garage, living room and sometimes outside, depending on the weather.

“I like history,” he said when asked what has motivated him through the years to build models, which back in his California days included building and flying scale-model replica airplanes. “Models were a hands-on illustrated history which allowed me to go deeper into the aspects that interested me, such as aviation and the historical events which models portray.”

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