Archive | February, 2012

VERSUS: Bentley VS Rolls-Royce

29 Feb

Information gathered from BMWblog.com

*BMW ones Rolls*Royce

*Volkswagen owns Bentley

 

In 1998, British luxury car maker Rolls-Royce has been sold to BMW for $571 million – despite promises of a higher bid from rival Volkswagen. At the time, BMW said that they wanted to invest about $1.6 billion in Rolls-Royce over the next 10 years. Skipping forward 12 years, the Rolls-Royce acquisitions proved to be very successful, both for BMW and the UK high luxury automaker. The latest Rolls Royce Ghost model is being said to be sold even before it hits the market.

At the highest end of car luxury, Rolls-Royce has a significant opponent: another British automaker, the VW-owned Bentley. Both brands are highly respected.

Valued at hundreds of thousands of dollars, these ultra luxurious models lack of driving tests make it even harder to properly compare. Comparisons in this article are based on the heritage, design, road presence, value, quality and technology of these cars, and the photos below will help to pass on judgment.

                                                    Rolls-Royse         VS               Bentley

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Rolls Royce Phantom Coupe

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Prior to the Ghost unveiling, the Rolls Royce Phantom Coupe was the latest addition to the British automaker’s line of vehicles. Featuring a driver-oriented interior, the large grand tourer is powered by a mammoth V12 6.8 liter engine that produces 453 horsepower and 531 lb-ft of torque — with nearly 400 lb-ft, or 75 percent, available at just 1,000 rpm. One interesting detail about the Phantom Coupe is that it features rear-hinged coach doors which add considerably to the ease of access to the rear seats as well as to the overall aesthetics. Base price is situated around the $400,000 mark.

Rolls Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe

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Considered to be a direct competitor to the Bentley Azure and even Continental GTC, the $448,000 Drophead Coupe is powered by 6.8 liter 48-valve V12 engine producing 453 horsepower and 531 lb-ft of torque, and runs from 0 to 60 in 5.5 seconds. The Rolls Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe makes the ultimate statement when it comes to luxury and wealth.

Rolls Royce Ghost

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Launched at the Geneva Motor Show in a concept form and carrying the name EX200, the Ghost is Rolls Royce’s latest bet. With record sales in 2007 and 2008, RR hopes to return to high sales sometimes in 2010 and the Ghost can be the model that will pull them through.

The new Rolls which is built atop the most recent BMW 7 series platform, will be manufactured at the Goodwood plant and it will share some interior and exterior materials with the Phantom and Drophead Coupe, but fit into a shorter wheelbase. At the same time, RR Ghost has a very modern and round design giving the impression of a smaller and sportier luxury vehicle. RR Ghost has a very modern and round design giving the impression of a smaller and sportier luxury vehicle.
It use a twin-turbo V12 6.6-liter engine backed up by an eight-speed automatic gearbox. Maximum output is measured at 563 horsepower and 570lb ft of torque.

Base price: $310,000

Rolls Royce Phantom Black Edition

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In July 2006, Rolls Royce produced a limited edition run of 25 cars called the “Phantom Black. A special metallic Diamond Black paint is used on the body, complemented by twin silver coach lines. Under the bonnet the 6.75 liter V12 engine has been treated to gloss black inlet manifolds, chrome plated top covers and new black Rolls-Royce badges. The near silent motor provides 453 horsepower, enough to propel the Phantom Black from 0-60mph in just 5.7 seconds and on to a limited top speed of 149mph.

The base price back in 2006 was set at $310,000.

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Bentley Continental GT Speed

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The Bentley Continental GT is a two-door ‘two plus two’ grand touring coupé released in 2003, replacing the previous Rolls-Royce-based Continental R and T. A few years later, Bentley released a more powerful GT, dubbed Speed. Power comes from Volkswagen’s 6.0 liter W12 twin-turbo engine that outputs 602 horsepower, 553 lb-ft pf torque, with a top speed of 325 kilometres per hour (201.9 mph) and a 0-60 mph time of 4.3 seconds. Continental GT Speed uses an AWD drivetrain.

Base price: $182,000

Bentley Continental Flying Spur

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The Flying Spur was introduced for the 2006 model year. A direct result of Bentley’s new owners, the Volkswagen Auto Group, the sedan shares its basic underpinnings and some mechanical bits with VW’s late Phaeton. In 2009, Bentley gave its Continental Flying Spur a slight facelift. It uses the same engine as in the GT Speed with the same power output: 602 horsepower and 553 lb-ft of torque at 1,750 rpm.

Base price: $177,000

Bentley Azure T

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It is a higher performance version of Bentley Azure, the large four seater convertible introduced by Bentley in 1995. Under the bonnet, it features a twin turbocharged V8 6.8 liter engine, rated at 500 hp and 1,000 Nm (740 lb-ft) torque. It has 0-60 miles per hour time of 6.1 seconds (0-100 km/h at 5.5 seconds), 0-100 mph time in 12.1 seconds (0-160 km/h in 12.0 seconds) and a top speed of 179mph (288 km/h). The engine is mated to a smooth-shifting ZF 6-speed automatic transmission.

Base price: $370,000

Bentley Mulsanne

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Back in August 2009, Bentley took the wraps off its latest model: Mulsanne, the flagship ultra-luxury sedan that replaces the Arnage model. Its direct competition comes from Rolls Royce’s Phantom. It is set to arrive in showrooms in 2011 and it uses a revised version of the 6.75-liter V-8 engine, which has been updated with cam phasing and variable displacement technologies to help reduce fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. It outputs 505 horsepower and a massive 752 pound-feet of torque, the latter delivered at just 1,800 rpm. Drive is sent to the rear wheels via a ZF 8-speed automatic transmission equipped with steering-wheel mounted paddle shifters.

Question? Difference between Bouron and Whiskey

28 Feb

My work was done from me on The Straight Dope by way of www.kentuckyconnect.com it seems.

All bourbons are whiskey, but not all whiskeys are bourbon.

Canadians and Scots spell it “whisky” and the Irish spell it “whiskey.” Most U.S. dictionaries prefer the Irish spelling, but the U.S. Standards of Identity for Distilled Spirits, Congress spelled it “whisky.” 

Whiskey

Whisky is an alcoholic distillate from a fermented mash of grain produced at less than 190 proof in such a manner that the distillate possesses the taste, aroma, and characteristics generally attributed to whiskey, stored in oak containers (except that corn whisky need not be so stored), and bottled at not less than 80 proof, and also includes mixtures of such distillates for which no specific standards of identity are prescribed.

Bourbon

For a whiskey to qualify as bourbon, the law–by international agreement–stipulates that it must be made in the USA. It must be made from at least 51% and no more than 79% Indian corn, and aged for at least two years. (Most bourbon is aged for four years or more.) The barrels for aging can be made of any kind of new oak, charred on the inside. Nowadays all distillers use American White Oak, because it is porous enough to help the bourbon age well, but not so porous that it will allow barrels to leak. It must be distilled at no more than 160 proof (80% alcohol by volume). Nothing can be added at bottling to enhance flavor or sweetness or alter color. The other grains used to make bourbon, though not stipulated by law, are malted barley and either rye or wheat. Some Kentucky bourbon makers claim that the same limestone spring water that makes thoroughbred horses’ bones strong gives bourbon whiskey its distinctive flavor. Kind of like that “it’s the water” thing with Olympia beer.

Where Bouron gots it’s name

all but a couple of brands are made in Kentucky. Only the state of Kentucky can produce bourbon with its name on the label. The name comes from Bourbon county in the central bluegrass region of Kentucky. This county was named in 1785 to honor the French royal family and was once the major transshipment site for shipping distilled spirits down the Ohio and Mississippi rivers to New Orleans. Barrels shipped from there were stamped with the county’s name, which then became the name of this kind of whiskey. See what they did there?

Question? What do you call someone from Conneticut

28 Feb
Thank goodness the work was done for me on About.com

What do you call someone from Connecticut? Connecticuter? Nutmegger? Connecticutian? There are actually several names used for Connecticut residents; here’s a look at the best and most acceptable terms.

Answer: Texans come from Texas. Philadelphians are from Philly. Idahoans from Idaho. Mainers from Maine. But there’s no clear-cut answer to what to call someone from Connecticut.

It would seem that the most acceptable term is “Connecticuter,” which is defined by several dictionaries to mean “a resident of Connecticut.” Dictionary.com even goes so far as to include “Connecticuter” on its list of offical names for residents of each state.

According to the History and Genealogy Unit of the Connecticut State Library, however, “There is not any nickname that has been officially adopted by the State for its residents.” In their document on Connecticut’s Nicknames, they mention several other terms that have been used in print to describe someone from Connecticut, including “Connecticotian,” by Cotton Mather in 1702 and “Connecticutensian” by Samuel Peters in 1781. 

Of course, there are still some who insist on calling people from Connecticut “Nutmeggers.” This nickname, while certainly easier to pronounced than other alternatives, seems awfully old-fashioned. While Connecticut has been called the Nutmeg State, its official nickname has been “The Constitution State” since 1959. Plus, there is no definitive explanation as to how Connecticuters got themselves intertwined with the aromatic spice.

Confused yet? There’s one more term to toss into the mix–“Connecticutian.” Oddly enough, when I moved to Connecticut in 1996, this was the first term I heard used for someone from Connecticut. “Connecticutian” even shows up in some dictionaries as a noun meaning “an inhabitant of Connecticut.”

So, what should you really call someone from Connecticut? “Connecticuter” gets my vote, but others from Connecticut may feel differently. You can honestly use any of these terms without offending us. Connecticut is, after all, the Land of Steady Habits.

Question? Difference between Soft Pack VS Hard Pack

28 Feb

YO, here is another question i can’t answer…someone help

**Couldn’t answer this**

What’s the difference between a ‘Soft Pack’ and a ‘Hard Pack’ of cigarettes???

Hard Pack

A hard pack is the usual style of paperboard packaging for store bought cigarettes, which consists of a relatively stable box. This successfully prevents the crumpling of cigarettes when kept in a person’s pocket or handbag. The flip-top hard pack cigarette case was introduced in 1955 by Philip Morris

Soft Pack

A soft pack is a box packaging made of thin paper, usually containing 20 cigarettes. Soft packs may be considered inconvenient as they rupture easily and cannot be resealed. They offer the immediate convenience of not having to open the package each time the smoker wants a cigarette. They require less physical ‘pocket space’ when fewer cigarettes remain in the pack. With American brands, cigarettes from a soft pack are usually a few millimeters longer than their hard-boxed counterparts.

If you go on Yahoo answers there are a ton of arguments !!!! This answer seemed the best out of everything…

Their is no difference, one is a lil bit longer, the hard pack dont bust up your smokes…the end…UNLESS YOU KNOW DIFFERENT THEN PLEASE COMMENT !!!

 

I Can’t Speak For All Philadelphians: Dr. Strange

28 Feb

Dr. Stephen Strange was born in Philadelphia. It may be common knowledge to comic book readers,  but many people don’t know this.

More info on Dr. Strange here ...(here)

 

Other Super Heroes born in Philadelphia (Marvel Universe)

3-D Man (Delroy Garrett)

General Demetrius Lazer (Sentinal Program)

Deathlok (Michael Collins)

Betty Brant (Spiderman Universe)

Spirit of ’76 (WWII Hero with Captian America)

Pause for Batman: Harvey Dent Paycheck

28 Feb

Aaron ‘Nick Nailer’ Eckart (Paycheck Movie)

Aaron Eckart plays Two Face in the Dark Knight. Not the best Two Face but i was into the movie enough to not hate him. He’s a good actor. I recently watch the movie Paycheck. He is in this movie being evil.

Relevence?

Near the end of the movie Paycheck their is a scene where he falls to his doom and gets most of his body blown up ***spoiler alert ***. It is a perfect cast call for his role as Two Face if I ever saw one. Pr-destined stardom. Worth checking out. 

*Pause*

Batman the Animated Series

 

OG Batman

 

Dark Knight

Vices That Keep You Poor

28 Feb

Vice – an immoral or evil habit or practice. Synonyms: fault, failing, foible, weakness.

When I say Vice i mean a weakness that keeps you poor/ out of your means.

The List of Vices I See Daily

1 – Harley Davidson Truck and Bike Combo (any truck and bike combo)

2 – Playstation/ Xbox online upgrades (Buying mods for games after purchasing the game. Thats $60 for the game PLUS $10 – $60 in mods every time and update comes out)

3 – Iphone/ Ipad accessories. (Each time a new accessory comes out it’s a hit to the wallet)

4 – Weed and Guns. (More guns, more weed. The end)

5 – Beer and liquor. (Cups,  food, chips to accompany you buying a 6 pack or a bottle and only getting one-fourth of what you paid full price for cause your friends never pay you back)

6 – Church and State. (Give us your money. If you don’t know how to successfully get it back in taxes then it’s a black hole)

These are the major offenders at this time. Cars and parts, as well as shoes and bags are contributes. Learn how to these money hungry vices out or learn new ways to get your money back from them.