The Constitution was made to guard the people against the dangers of good intentions." --American Statesman Daniel Webster (1782-1852)

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Politically incorrect thought and other musings....

I will have some irreverent comments.  I was going to post a thingie on Daffy Duck...But it will wait until tomorrow. 

    First off, I was paying attention to the Ferguson shooting and the subsequent riots thieving and looting in the name of the latest saint of ghettoness.  A couple of years ago, we had St Trayvon of Skittles, and the race based narrative.  This happened before the 2012 election...so the democrats used this to gin up their base to go vote.  Now it is a couple of years later and we have St Michael of swisher sweets to stir up the democrat base to get them to the poll.  If pattern follows. there will be another race based incident in 2016 to get the base riled up so they go to the polls.   
     Well we have this shooting in Ferguson Missouri and the local denizens are pissed....So pissed that they burned down stores and looted them in their own neighborhoods.  Many people have heard the narrative that it was a racist cop that shot that choirboy on the way to college.  never mind that less than an hour before, the saint in question strong armed a clerk as he walked out with a pack of swisher sweet cigars.   Can ruin the narrative you know....
     Now we have the professional race grievance industry descending on the location to "demand Justice for Michael Brown."    You know the same people that keep things stirred up to keep themselves in power and money.

   Gotta never let a crisis go to waste. I heard that they have set up a voter registration area right by the memorial to the latest black saint, Michael Brown. There was marijuana in his system so maybe we should call him St. Michael of Weed. The Democrats are worried about the midterms so they are out there riling up the natives trying to get them to flock to the polls. Wouldn’t it be nice to see this policy backfire with a white backlash due to the rioting and looting? What does looting have to do with this?

I have never seen race relations soo bad..When Americans trying to prove that they are not racist, elect the most incompetent president in modern history to prove that we are not racist.   We have the professional race hustlers including our Attorney General

going to the scene to instead of calming things down will actually stir things up.  There have been several autopsies and all show the same thing.  That he was shot 6 times and not from the back as originally alleged.   Also I have read on several web sites that outsiders are stirring things up for their own agenda so to keep fanning the racial fire so it keeps burning.

     I also will touch on another item....the militarization of the police.  I have posted several times as have others that are concerned with the goodies that the police is getting from the feds.   it is believed that the heavy presence of the police wearing "camo" and looking like the marines in Fallujah actually inflamed the situation.   The ham fisted tactics seemed to cause more problems.  Like I said, I believe that other groups from DHS to the black panthers and the other race based groups are using the riots to further their agenda. 
    I keep looking for the distraction from the media...what are they distracting us from?   IS it the failed foreign policy of the anointed one?  Is it the 6th year of the job less recovery due to the policies of the Jesus of the left?   is it the ruinious debt that we as a country are running up to support the spending habits of the establishment at D.C?   is it the war on the middle class that the democrats are waging despite their rhetoric to the contrary?  Look at the effects of Obunglercare and the taxation policies of the government?

     I don't have the answers for all of this but I do know that we have forgotten to be Americans.  We are soo polarized that there is no give anymore and I wonder if the next step is fire and that is what will take to burn out the hatred.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Monday Music "Jump" by Van Halen

I was able to get this edition of "Monday Music" out on Monday evening.  I am still recovering from the camping trip, it was the Order of the Arrow "ordeal" weekend.  Since I am in the brotherhood, I and a couple of friends worked the dining facility.   We got there Friday afternoon, then had to prep the dining facility, or basically wash everything to make sure that it is clean.  We then prepared a "Cracker Barrel" or late evening snacks.  then we had to lay out the ordeal candidates meal(small as it was).  I went to bed after midnight, then was at the dining facility at 5:00 A.M to start the process for the day.  We finished the candidates meals, then had to work on the "arrow-men" breakfast.  We got that done and everybody fed, then went over to get the ceremonial stuff moved from one place to another.  Then went back to the dining facility and finished getting the lunch ready.  Got everybody fed, then started working on the dinner part.  By the time that day was over, I was crawling in bed at 1:00 A.M.  I was beat!  Got up Sunday morning and got breakfast ready and going for everybody.  All I can say was that it was a long weekend.

   I decided to go with "Jump" from Van Halen.  That song was real big when I was a senior in high school and my memories are associated with that memory.  And it does sound good on a good set of speakers.

"Jump" is a song by the American rock group Van Halen. It was released in 1984 as the lead single from their album1984. It is the only single the group released in their career to reach number one on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100. The song breaks the mold of earlier Van Halen songs, mainly in its rolling synth line (played on an Oberheim OB-Xa), although the song contains a typical Eddie Van Halen guitar solo, which Eddie claims as his favorite solo he never wrote. This refers to the fact that the producer spliced parts of two different takes to create the one heard in the song.
"Jump" may be Van Halen's most popular and instantly recognizable composition, perhaps because its sound embodies the key aspects of both of the two genres of popular music most associated with the 1980s in America: synth-driven pop and "arena"-style metal. It was inspired by famed martial artist Benny Urquidez, of whom David Lee Roth was a student. The song changed the future and style of Van Halen from being a predominantly hard rock band to one of more radio-oriented popular music.
   This stylistic change was further cemented when it seemed to create severe tensions between Eddie Van Halen and David Lee Roth. It has been claimed Roth wanted the band to avoid using synthesizers and focus more on traditional hard rock. This conflict eventually ended in Roth's departure from the band. In the 1995 Rolling Stone cover story on/interview with Eddie Van Halen (RS #705, dated April 6) the circumstances surrounding Roth's leaving are discussed. In this interview Eddie claims that the main reason for the split was that Roth and [long-time Van Halen producer] Ted Templeman both disliked the fact that he had built his own studio and was able to work on music away from their influence. He said that "the first thing I did up here was 'Jump' and they [Roth and Templeman] didn't like it. I said 'take it or leave it', I was getting sick of their ideas of what was commercial ... At first [Roth's solo EP] Crazy from the Heat was great because Roth laid off me a bit. Little did I know he was testing the waters. Then he called me up and asked me to go to his house and said he was going to make a Crazy from the Heat movie. He had some deal that fell through. But at the time I was depressed. I cried, then I called my brother and told him the guy quit."
Van Halen performs "Jump", November 10, 2007
Nevertheless, Roth and Templeman did work on "Jump" at Eddie's disputed new studio, with Roth providing the lyrics and the vocal melody.
Ted Templeman recalls that "'Jump' was recorded at Ed's studio. [Engineer] Donn [Landee] and Ed put the track down alone in the middle of the night. We recut it once in one take for sonic reasons. Dave wrote the lyrics that afternoon in the backseat of his Mercury convertible. We finished all vocals that afternoon and mixed it that evening".
The song thereafter secured its place among rock music's most popular songs, and is now considered by some to be one of the most influential rock songs of all time.
Live performances of "Jump" are preceded by Eddie's synthesizer solo "1984". During the reunion tour with Roth, the two songs were used for the band's encore. Roth often waved a large red flag during the synth section while the stage was still coated in dark cover lights.
According to Daryl Hall of Hall & Oates, "[Eddie] Van Halen told me that he copied the synth part from 'Kiss on My List' and used it in ‘Jump.’ I don't have a problem with that at all."

The music video for "Jump" was directed by David Lee Roth. It is a straightforward concept, much like many of the hard rock videos of the time. It shows the band performing the song at a mock concert. It was nominated for three MTV Video Music Awards, and won "best stage performance" for the video.
The version of the song used for the video differs slightly from the album version. During the keyboard solo prior to the final refrain, David Lee Roth is heard (and seen) yelling out. He did this during the band's mock performance for the video's filming, and it is believed that afterwards he overdubbed this yell especially for the video version since it is not present in the song to begin with.


Sunday, August 17, 2014

Camping cartoons

I just came back from an Order of the Arrow event.  I am tired, I just got my gear squared away and I will go sleep for a few hours before I go to sleep work.  What can I say....I am tired.  Well anyway I remembered some cartoons involving camping.

I also looked for a cartoon involving the Dog from the Foghorn Leghorn cartoons
 Didn't find it....But found this instead....

Friday, August 15, 2014

“I say, boy, pay attention when I’m talkin’ to ya, boy”

Well I was at work and one of the desktops had this picture on it so it got me thinking about what next to blog about. 

   I always liked FogHorn Leghorn, especially the "southern-ism" that the rooster uses.  One of my favorite quotes is "“Fortunately I always keep a spare in my locker”.  I even use the same inflection as the character.     

Here is a list of quotes from various FogHorn Leghorn cartoons:
“Love that dog … love that dog”
“What’s it all about boy, elucidate!”
“That’s a joke, I say that’s a joke son”
“Go, I say go away boy, you bother me”
“His muscles are as soggy as a used tea bag”
“I made a funny son and you’re not laughin’
“That boy’s about as sharp as a bowling ball”
“I keep pitchin’ ‘em and you keep missin’ ‘em”
“That boy’s as timid as a canary at a cat show”
“Fortunately I always keep a spare in my locker”
“That woman’s as cold as a nudist on an iceberg”
“Nice mannered kid, just a little on the dumb side”
“That kid’s about as sharp as a pound of wet liver”
“You’re way off, I say you’re way off this time son!”
“Nice girl, but about as sharp as a sack of wet mice”Foghorn on the Farm 300x225 Foghorn Leghorn Sayings
“Nice boy but he’s got more nerve than a bum tooth”
“I say, boy, pay attention when I’m talkin’ to ya, boy”
“Pay attention, boy, I’m cuttin’ but you ain’t bleedin’!”
“Smart boy, got a mind like a steel trap – full of mice”
“He’s so dumb he thinks a Mexican border pays rent”
“Hmmm, bare, I say bare as a cooch dancers midriff”
“Oh, that woman, got a mouth like an outboard motor”
“That dog’s like taxes, he just don’t know when to stop”
“That boy’s as strong as an ox, and just about as smart”
“Now I wonder what ol’ busy body widow hen is up to”
“Boy’s gotta mouth like a cannon, always shootin’ it off”
“This boy’s more mixed up than a feather in a whirlwind”
“That dog, I say that dog’s strictly GI – gibberin idiot that is”
“Don’t, I say don’t bother me dog, can’t ya see I’m thinkin’
“For-I say fortunately I always carry a spare set of feathers”
“That, I say that boy’s just like a tatoo, gets under your skin”
“Kid don’t quit talkin’ so much he’ll get his tongue sunburned”
“That dog, I say that dog is lower than a snake full of buckshot”
“That dog’s as subtle as a hand grenade in a barrrel of oat meal”
“Boy, you cover about as much as a flapper’s skirt in a high wind”
“Pay attention to me boy! I’m not just talkin’ to hear my head roar”
“That’s the trouble with that fool dog, always shootin’ his mouth off”
“That’s what I’ve been – I say, that’s what I’ve been telling you, boy!”
“Now what, I say now what’s that skinny old hen doin’ up on the barn”
“That, I say that dog’s busier than a centipede at a toe countin’ contest”
“Now cut that out boy, or I’ll spank you where the feathers are thinnest”

“Look sister is any of this filterin’ through that little blue bonnet of yours”
“I got, I say I got this boy as fidgety as a bubble dancer with a slow leak”
“Stop, I say stop it boy, you’re doin’ alot of choppin’ but no chips are flyin’
“This is going to cause more confusion than a mouse in a burlesque show”
“You know there might, I say there just might be a market for bottled duck”
“What’s, I say what’s the big idea wrappin’ a lariat around my adams apple”
“Fortunately I keep my feathers numbered, for, for just such an emergency”
“What in the, I say what in the name of Jesse James do you suppose that is”
“Gal reminds me of a highway between Forth Worth and Dallas – no curves”
“Now what, I say what’s the big idea bashin’ me in the bazooka that-a-way boy!”
“She remi – I say, she reminds me of Paul Revere’s ride, a little light in the belfry”
“Now what, I say what’s the big idea bashin’ me on the noggin’ with a rollin’ pin!”
“Now who’s, I say who’s responsible for this unwarranted attack on my person!”
“This boy’s making more noise than a couple of skeletons throwin’ a fit on a tin roof”
“The snow, I say the snow’s so deep the farmers have to jack up the cows so they can milk’em”
“What a day for trampin’ through the woods … lump dum do di do do doh, doo dah, doo dah”
“Now that, I say that’s no way for a kid to be wastin’ his time, readin’ that long-haired gobbledegook”
“It’s sure, I say it’s sure quiet around here, you could hear a caterpillar sneakin’ across a moss bed in tennis shoes”
“As senior rooster ’round here, it’s my duty, and my pleasure, to instruct junior roosters in the ancient art of roostery”
“Hey boy, what’s the idea jackin’ that pot up under me?  Jack?  Pot?  Ahuh, huh … jack pot, that’s a joke son, don’t ya get it?”

Foghorn J. Leghorn is an American character that appears in the Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies cartoons for Warner Bros. Pictures. He was created by Robert McKimson, and starred in 28 cartoons between 1946 and 1963 in the Golden Age of American animation. All 28 of these cartoons were directed by McKimson.

The character of Foghorn Leghorn was directly inspired by the popular character of Senator Claghorn, a blustering Southern politician played by Kenny Delmar who was a regular character on the Fred Allen radio show. The rooster adopted many of Claghorn's catch phrases, such as "That's a joke, ah say, that's a joke, son." Delmar had based the character of Claghorn upon a Texas rancher who was fond of saying this.
A leghorn is a breed of chicken, and foghorn describes the character's loud, overbearing voice.
According to Leonard Maltin the character's voice was also patterned after a hard-of-hearing West Coast-only radio character from the 1930s, known simply as The Sheriff, on a radio program called Blue Monday Jamboree. The voice has similarities to that of another Mel Blanc voice: Yosemite Sam (a strictly Friz Freleng character).

Foghorn Leghorn is a large, white adult Leghorn rooster with a stereotypically Southern accent, a "good ol' boy" speaking style, and a penchant for mischief. The first half of his name is a joke about him being loud and obnoxious, while the second half refers to a breed of chicken (a white leghorn). He first appeared in 1946 in a Henery Hawk film titled Walky Talky Hawky. All of the motion picture Foghorn Leghorn cartoons were directed by Robert McKimson, and the rooster vies with the Tasmanian Devil as the most popular character associated with the director.
Many of the gags involved Foghorn and a canine nemesis (formally known as The Barnyard Dog within Warner today, though on early model sheets his name is given as George P. Dog) engaging in one-upmanship through a series of pranks. Unlike other Looney Tunes rivalries—with the notable exception of the Wile E. Coyote and Road Runner series—Foghorn is often the initial aggressor out of self-amusement and subsequently on the 'losing' end of gags. Most common among them was Leghorn's taking up a plank of wood, while ambling along humming "Camptown Races" (the only intelligible words being "DOO-Dah! DOO-Dah!"), coming to the sleeping Dog with his front half inside his doghouse, picking up his tail and rapidly spanking the dog with a plank of wood. Occasionally, Foghorn sings the song, but replaces "Camptown ladies sing this song..." with "Lump-teen-dozen and a-doo-dah day...". He does not sing any other part of the song, reverting to humming after the DOO-Dah's. Foghorn Leghorn loses his feathers very often in the episodes, usually revealing his bare skin or his boxers.
The dog would give chase, usually with his leash still attached to his collar, until the leash stretched taut and his barking was replaced by an anguished howl. At times, when the dog would continue to bark, he would also yell, "Aaaaaahhhhh, shuuutupp!!" In rare cases, it's the dog that starts the series of pranks; as such it is somewhat difficult to tell who started the feud. This gag was passed down to the Leghorns' grandson in Feather Bluster, where Foghorn was puzzled as to why the kid was behaving that way and the Dog was all too happy to remind him: "Ain't nothin' wrong with 'im, Foggy, 'cept that he takes after you."
He was joined in a few episodes by a weasel called 'Bill' who initially attempted to eat him but ended up joining forces to outwit the aforementioned canine.
Other recurring themes throughout the cartoons included the attempts of the diminutive Henery Hawk to catch and eat Foghorn, and the rooster's efforts to woo the widowed hen Miss Prissy (often by babysitting her bookish son, Egghead, Jr.).

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Lauren Bacall She has crossed beyond the Rim and became Immortal.

  I just heard that Lauren Bacall just" crossed beyond the rim".  After Robin Williams passed away due to suicide  after battling depression.  Lauren Bacall was 89 years old.  This one for some reason bothers me more than Robin Williams, Robin Williams left us too soon battling his demons and they won.  I hope God finally grants him the Peace that he has been looking for.
    Lauren Bacall was different, she represented a different time and a different era, when class oozed out of the silver stream and not the crass boorish behavior that passes for celebrity behavior.  She was from a different time where you were expected to behave according to a code of conduct that isn't seen anymore.  Lauren Bacall was a throwback to the Golden era of the cinema.  
     Here is the end of the movie "To Have and Have not" with the great Bogart.

I also remember Lauren Bacall in the Shootist, She played across from John Wayne which it was his last role, He died of Cancer shortly after.  I always though that movie was a fitting end for John Wayne, it was about an aging gun fighter that knew his time was coming to an end, due to cancer and was looking to go out "In a manner befitting a shootist." which was his profession. 

     Lauren Bacall was born Betty Joan Perske on September 16, 1924, in New York City. She is the daughter of Natalie Weinstein-Bacal, a Romanian Jewish immigrant, and William Perske, who was born in New Jersey, to Polish Jewish parents. Her family was middle-class, with her father working as a salesman and her mother as a secretary. They divorced when she was five. When she was a school girl, Lauren originally wanted to be a dancer, but later, she became enthralled with acting, so she switched gears to head into that field. She had studied at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York after high school, which enabled her to get her feet wet in some off-Broadway productions.

Once out of school, Lauren entered modeling and, because of her beauty, appeared on the cover of Harper's Bazaar, one of the most popular magazines in the US. The wife of famed director Howard Hawks spotted the picture in the publication and arranged with her husband to have Lauren take a screen test. As a result, which was entirely positive, she was given the part of Marie Browning in To Have and Have Not (1944), a thriller opposite the great Humphrey Bogart, when she was just 19 years old. This not only set the tone for a fabulous career but also one of Hollywood's greatest love stories (she married Bogart in 1945). It was also the first of several Bogie-Bacall films.

After 1945's Confidential Agent (1945), Lauren received second billing in The Big Sleep (1946) with Bogart. The mystery, in the role of Vivian Sternwood Rutledge, was a resounding success. Although she was making one film a year, each production would be eagerly awaited by the public. In 1947, again with her husband, Lauren starred in the thriller Dark Passage (1947). The film kept movie patrons on the edge of their seats. The following year, she starred with Bogart, Edward G. Robinson, and Lionel Barrymore in Key Largo (1948). The crime drama was even more of a nail biter than her previous film. In 1950, Lauren starred in Bright Leaf (1950), a drama set in 1894. It was a film of note because she appeared without her husband - her co-star was Gary Cooper. In 1953, Lauren appeared in her first comedy as Schatze Page in How to Marry a Millionaire (1953). The film, with co-stars Marilyn Monroe and Betty Grable, was a smash hit all across the theaters of America.

After filming Designing Woman (1957), which was released in 1957, Humphrey Bogart died on January 14 from throat cancer. Devastated at being a widow, Lauren returned to the silver screen with The Gift of Love (1958) in 1958 opposite Robert Stack. The production turned out to be a big disappointment. Undaunted, Lauren moved back to New York City and appeared in several Broadway plays to huge critical acclaim. She was enjoying acting before live audiences and the audiences in turn enjoyed her fine performances.

Lauren was away from the big screen for five years, but she returned in 1964 to appear in Shock Treatment (1964) and Sex and the Single Girl (1964). The latter film was a comedy starring Henry Fonda and Tony Curtis. In 1966, Lauren starred in Harper (1966) with Paul Newman and Julie Harris, which was one of former's signature films. Alternating her time between films and the stage, Lauren returned in 1974's Murder on the Orient Express (1974). The film, based on Agatha Christie's best-selling book was a huge hit. It also garnered Ingrid Bergman her third Oscar. Actually, the huge star-studded cast helped to ensure its success. Two years later, in 1976, Lauren co-starred with John Wayne in The Shootist (1976). The film was Wayne's last - he died from cancer in 1979.

In 1981, Lauren played an actress being stalked by a crazed admirer in The Fan (1981). The thriller was absolutely fascinating with Lauren in the lead role. After that production, Lauren was away from films again, this time for seven years. In the interim, she again appeared on the stages of Broadway. When she returned, it was for the filming of 1988's Mr. North (1988). After Misery (1990), in 1990, and several made for television films, Lauren appeared in 1996's My Fellow Americans (1996). It was a wonderful comedy romp with Jack Lemmon and James Garner as two ex-presidents and their escapades.

Despite her advanced age and deteriorating health, she made a small-scale comeback in the English-language dub of Hayao Miyazaki's Howl's Moving Castle (2004) ("Howl's Moving Castle," based on the young-adult novel by Diana Wynne Jones) as the Witch of the Waste, but future endeavors for the beloved actress are increasingly rare.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Monday Music..."Lonely Boy" by Andrew Gold

This is my next installment of "Monday Music"...Yeah, Yeah..I know.....It is Tuesday...It happens.
   I was going to do it on the Skorpions "Winds of change" but I was driving home and this song came on and I decided to roll with this.   I remember this song was on my "Ronco" records and it was a bit sad listening to this story.  But it is a good song and has held the test of time well.

"Lonely Boy" is a song written and recorded by Andrew Gold in 1976 for his album What's Wrong with This Picture? When released as a single in 1977, the song became a top-twenty hit in both the United States (#7) and the United Kingdom (#11). While "Lonely Boy" would be Gold's biggest U.S. hit, his "Never Let Her Slip Away" achieved greater success in the U.K.
The second verse of the song features backing vocals provided by Linda Ronstadt (for whom Gold had previously worked as a producer and backing musician).
The song follows the life of a child who feels neglected by his parents after the birth of a younger sister. Many assume this song to be autobiographical, yet Gold denied the implication, despite great similarities between the lyrics and his life. Regarding the verses' first lines: "He was born on a summer day in 1951" matches Andrew's August 2, 1951 birthday, "In the summer of '53 his mother/Brought him a sister" matches his sister Martha's July 22, 1953 birthday, and "He left home on a winter day, 1969" may well match the formation of Bryndle, of which Andrew was a member, in 1969.
The strongly syncopated song was also released as an edited single, eliminating the vocal bridge and shortening the instrumental finale.
The song was featured in a number of films including Boogie Nights (1997) and The Waterboy (1998).
In February 2000, the Foo Fighters recorded a cover of the song to be used as a B-side for an upcoming single off their 1999 album There Is Nothing Left to Lose; however, it wasn't used as a B-side as planned.
In 2007, the song was covered separately by the bands Farrah and Lazlo Bane (whose song "(I'm no) Superman" is used as the main title theme of the TV series Scrubs).
In 2013, rock band The Almost covered this song for their album Fear Inside Our Bones.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Airplane shopping?

I don't know...I saw this picture somewhere and I immediately had this image of Murphy shopping for another airplane.... I remembered I did a post of the Antonev 225 almost 2 years ago.  My son still talks about that airplane.

Antonov An-225 "Mriya" is the world's largest aircraft. When it was built, it surpassed any airliner built before by 50%. It was designed for the transportation of the Russian Space Shuttle "Buran" by the Antonov Design Bureau (HQ in Kiev, Ukraine), which already had built good and large cargo aircraft such as the Antonov An-124 "Ruslan". The basic configuration of the An-225 is the same as the An-124, except the An-225 is longer, has no rear ramp/door assembly, and incorporates a 32-wheel landing gear system (two nose and fourteen main wheel bogies, seven per side, each with two wheels). 

The Antonov An-225 Mriya (Ukrainian: Антонов Ан-225 Мрія, Dream, NATO reporting name: "Cossack") is a strategic airlift cargo aircraft that was designed by the Soviet Union's Antonov Design Bureau in the 1980s. The An-225's name, Mriya (Мрiя) means "Dream" (Inspiration) in Ukrainian. It is powered by six turbofan engines and is the longest and heaviest airplane ever built with a maximum takeoff weight of 640 tonnes. It also has the largest wingspan of any aircraft in operational service. The single example built has the Ukrainian civil registration UR-82060. A

second airframe was partially built; its completion was halted because of lack of funding and interest.
The Antonov An-225, originally developed specifically to transport the Buran spaceplane, was an enlargement of the successful Antonov An-124. The first An-225 was completed in 1988 and remains in commercial operation with Antonov Airlines carrying oversized payloads The airlifter holds the absolute world records for an airlifted single item payload of 189,980 kilograms (418,834 pounds), and an airlifted total payload of 253,820 kilograms (559,577 pounds) It has also transported a payload of 247,000 kilograms (545,000 pounds) on a commercial flight.

Based on Antonov's earlier An-124, the An-225 has fuselage barrel extensions added fore and aft of the wings. The wings also received root extensions to increase span. Two more Ivchenko Progress D-18T turbofan engines were added to the new wing roots, bringing the total to six. An increased-capacity landing gear system with 32 wheels was designed, some of which are steerable, enabling the aircraft to turn within a 60 m (200 ft) wide runway. Like its An-124 predecessor, the An-225 has nosegear designed to kneel so cargo can be more easily loaded and unloaded. The An-124’s rear cargo door and ramp were removed to save weight and the empennage was changed from a single vertical stabilizer to a twin tail with an oversized horizontal stabilizer. The twin tail was essential to enable the plane to carry large, heavy external loads that would disturb the airflow around a conventional tail. Unlike the An-124, the An-225 was not intended for tactical airlifting and is no turbofan engines

Initially the An-225 had a maximum gross weight of 600 t (1,300,000 lb) but from 2000 to 2001 the aircraft underwent modifications, with a reinforced floor and increased the maximum gross weight to 640 t (1,410,000 lb) at a cost of US$20M.
Both the earlier and later takeoff weights establish the An-225 as the world's heaviest aircraft, being heavier than the double-deck Airbus A380 even though Airbus plans to surpass the An-225's maximum landing weight with 591.7 tonnes (1,304,000 lb) for the A380. The Boeing 747 Dreamlifter has a bigger cargo hold at 1,840m3 (65,000 cubic feet)

 The Hughes H-4 Hercules, known as the "Spruce Goose", had a greater wingspan and a greater overall height, but was 20% shorter, and due to the materials used in its construction, also lighter. In addition, the Spruce Goose flew only once, making the An-225 the largest aircraft in the world to fly multiple times.