Category Archives: UNUSUAL PHOTOS

21 Pictures only “old folks” will understand

#1:  Cars Were Colorful!  Most cars these days look fairly bland, but in the 50’s, our cars were big, bright, and fun!

#2.  We Got Dressed Up for Birthday Parties.  And sometimes there was even a pony there!

#3:  We Played in the Streets:  We didn’t have to text our friends back in the day – we’d all just come outside and get to playing!

#4:  Gas Was Very Cheap:  On some days, it was only $0.20 a gallon, and beyond that, the people at the station could also fix just about anything!

#5:  Ben Franklin 5-10 Was Everything:  We loved going to these stores.  They had just about anything and everything you could think of.

#6:  If it Wasn’t the Ben Franklin, it Was the A&P!  

#7: Our Skates Got “Locked” with a Key.  They were also made almost entirely of metal and very hard to skate on!

#8:  The Drive-In Was The Place to Be:  This 1950’s photo from South Bend, Indiana shows how popular they were!

#9:  Car Seats Were More Like Couches:  That’s right – they were big, long, and you could slide all the way across!  

#10:  The Freezer Actually Had to be DEFROSTED!:  That’s right, every now and then you’d have to manually defrost the freezer – sometimes took all day with a lot of scraping!.

#11:  Grandma Let Us Do Everything.  Well, maybe that hasn’t changed so much, but we LOVED eating off the beaters!

#12:  Sometimes Your Food Came On Roller Skates!  That’s right – certain restaurants had “roller girls” who would zoom your food out to you!

#13:  We got DOWN at the Sock Hop!

#14:  Sunday Drives Were A Thing:  That’s right – on Sunday, many of us would load up the family car and just go cruising over to the neighbors or just around town!

#15:  There Was One TV.  And, surprise, we didn’t argue all night about who should get to watch their favorite show.  Most of the time, we all liked the same shows!

#16:  The Playgrounds were VERY Different:  At recess, we’d swing from the monkey bars with wild abandon and often even stand on the swings and go as high as possible.  And still, we survived!

#17:  TV Had “Sign Off” Messages.  Remember these?  TV would go off at midnight and sometimes even go as far as playing the National Anthem all night.

#18: Just One Hula Hoop Wasn’t Enough:  Some of us could do multiple at a time!

#19:  We didn’t Text, But We Did Pass Notes!  And we were experts at not getting caught!

 

#20:  We Had Xylophones That We Kept on a Pull String.  That’s right – there was nothing like the Pull a Tune!

#21:  We Got Bottled Cokes and Loved Them:    That’s right – no cans or plastic bottles back then.  We were 100% excited when we’d find a cooler like this to get that ice cold bottle!

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Scotland – hidden secret was discovered

In 1850, A farmer found a secret door in the sand.
History can be a bit dry and boring at times.
It seems to exist solely between the musty pages of old books. But once in awhile, you come across a bit of history that appears to come alive the moment you discover it.
 
That’s how I felt when I heard about this place.
In a small bay in Scotland, a well-kept secret is hidden among the green hills.
 
At first glance, it might not seem particularly impressive, but step inside and you’ll be amazed at what you see.
 
Thousands of years ago, it was a bustling society.
But time and weather buried it under the sand.
For millennia, no one knew that this place ever existed, but when a terrible storm swept over the Orkney Islands in 1850, an incredible secret was revealed…Nestled in the mossy, green hills on the Orkney Islands off Scotland is a secret older than the great pyramids of Egypt.

At first, it might not look like much, but the fact is, this is a unique and magical place.

Because within this rolling hillside is a perfectly preserved prehistoric village called Skara Brae.

The winter of 1850 hit Orkney hard. A severe storm caused great devastation and resulted in more than 200 deaths.

But it also revealed something long forgotten. When the storm abated, villagers discovered a settlement under the sand.

The settlement consists of eight stone houses and was inhabited between roughly 3180 and 2500 B.C., making Skara Brae one of the oldest agriculture villages in the UK

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Skara Brae has been called the “Scottish Pompeii” because the ancient monument is so well preserved.
Since the surrounding sand and the buildings’ architecture were well protected against the cold, both the buildings and their contents have been remarkably preserved throughout the millennia.

Archaeologists estimate that 50-100 people lived in the village. When the settlement was built, the houses were 1,500 meters from the sea.
Now, the sea has dug closer to the village and the view from the settlement has changed from pastures to the sea.

The settlement’s seven or eight houses were connected to each other by tunnels.
Each residence could be closed off with a stone door.

In every room, one bed was always bigger than the other, but no one knows why.
Each room also contains cabinets, dressers, seats, and storage boxes.
These boxes were built to be waterproof, suggesting that they might have stored live seafood for later consumption.

One house is distinct from the other, however.
Archaeologists didn’t found any beds or other furniture. The house is believed to have functioned as a workshop.

Amazingly, the village also had a sewage system and each house had its own toilet.

Skara Brae was a society which centered around families. The dwellings are all quite similar, which led archaeologists to conclude that this society was a fairly equal one, without any authoritative leadership.

Some believe that the villagers were Picts, a people of unknown origin who settled in eastern and northern Scotland near the end of the British Iron Age.
But archaeological findings have shown that the people who lived here could have lived been much earlier than that.

A number of mysterious discoveries have been made at the site, including this carved stone ball, though no one really knows what it was used for.

And no one knows why the village was abandoned. But around 2500 B.C., the Orkney Islands became cooler and wetter.
Many theories speculate about how the people of Skara Brae met their fate; the most popular ones involve a violent storm.

What’s the future look like for Skara Brae?
Although the settlement was built nearly two kilometres from the beach, in recent centuries, it has been increasingly threatened by the sea.
Since 1926, the houses have been protected from the approaching sea and harsh autumn winds by a concrete wall.

There has been talk about building an artificial beach with boulders and breakwater to preserve Skara Brae and several other ancient monuments at risk of being destroyed.
But nothing has happened yet. Until further notice, tourists continue to visit this fascinating place, but the question is for how long?

I personally hope that the Scottish Government will do all they can to preserve this amazing place.

Please share this with others so that more people get the chance to discover the wonder that is history!

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Memory from PAST

 

hmm,  very interesting……

                                   Camping out in 1918.  (even brought along a slop pail)

This couple pose in an early version of American Gothic, with a groundhog killed on their Manchester farm. It’s dinner!

Note: Photo taken circa 1914, from a family photo album.

Standing over one of her many trophy mule deer, subsistence-and-sport huntress “Gusty” Wallihan appears every inch the frontier matron with her dressy bonnet, prairie-pattern cartridge belt, floral-em broidered gauntlets, hunting knife, and Remington-Hepburn rifle.  1895

At least this one won’t be quite as dangerous as the old single wheeled models. Look in the trailer over the back wheel.  They have their baby in there!

This was the approved way to change the street lamps in 1910.  Cool!

A single Paddy Wagon.  Never knew they had such a vehicle!  This is way cool.

                                                  Here is an early motorhome, built in 1926. 

This is a travel tent accessory  built in 1910.

These are vintage treadmills in the 1920’s.

This is a 1920’s refrigerator. Only the elite could afford such a thing, and most still had the old ice boxes.This is a 1920’s refrigerator. Only the elite could afford such a thing, and most still had the old ice boxes.

 

A hair dryer in the 1920 Salon.  What a contraption!

Chester E. Macduffee next to his newly patented, 250 kilo diving suit, 1911

A postcard from the 1800’s advertising a knife throwing act with the traveling circus.

A Strongwoman balances a piano and the pianist on her chest.  1920

London, in the 1920’s, this was a telephone engineer.  What a job!

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Did you know our leaders were this creative during WWII.

This is the first I’d heard of this. Additionally we also took other defensive steps to protect our war production capability from both Japanese and German attack. For instance in the Greater Buffalo, New York area there were several steel making facilities, iron foundries & chemical plants. All of these were critical to the war effort and all of them had many antiaircraft batteries manned by US Army troops around the clock.On the east & west coasts and in the Gulf of Mexico we had antisubmarine nets, manned barrage balloons & coastal artillery batteries & spotters. We also deployed Coast Guard & Naval assets in the St. Lawrence and Great Lakes to protect war related commence of raw materials to the steel and iron making industries.

Hidden  in Plain View

During  WW II Lockheed (unbelievable 1940s pictures). This is a version of  special effects during the 1940’s. I have never seen these pictures or  knew that we had gone this far to protect ourselves. During World War II  the Army Corps of Engineers needed to hide the Lockheed Burbank Aircraft  Plant to protect it from a possible Japanese air attack. They covered it  with camouflage netting to make it look like a rural subdivision from  the air.

Before….

1 After..
2The person that provided  these pictures said she got an interesting story about someone’s mother  who worked at Lockheed, and she as a younger child, remembers all  this.  She says that to this day, these are the first pictures of  it she’s seen. 
3 Another person who lived  in the area talked about as being a boy, watching it all be set up like  a movie studio production.  They had fake houses, trees, etc. and  moved parked cars around so it looked like a residential area from the  skies overhead.
4I lived  in  North Long Beach   during  World War II, I was 13 years old. (1940)  The Long Beach airport  was  near Lakewood , CA .  There was a large Boeing Plant there.  If you would drive  down Carson  St. going south you could drive under  the camouflage  netting.     Ed Pollard 

5I am 85 and had much of my pilot training  in Calif.    I  have been under this net and have seen it from the air.  During  preflight training I rode a bus under the net and was very surprised as  I didn’t know it was there.  It was strong enough to walk on and  they hired people to ride bicycles and move around as if they lived  there to make it look  authentic.  Warren  Holmgreen  Jr
67 8Hiding the Lockheed Plant  during World War II – wow this is  amazing!

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Iceland – Another Planet

1. This is what the sunset looks like in Iceland

1. This is what the sunset looks like in Iceland

2. Seriously, this is an actual thing you can see on this planet.

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3. so the question is…

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4. Why do we all not live here already?

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5. Iceland has some of the most incredible views in the world.

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6.  Like this.

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7.  And obviously this.

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8.  It has insanely colorful geothermal hot springs

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9.  And so many waterfalls

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10. They are ALL beautiful.

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11. Like, whoa

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12. There are also the geysers.

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13.  Which look even cooler before they erupt,

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14. This is a real thing you can actually see.

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15. When Iceland isn’t busy being a winter wonderland…

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16. It could probably pass for a tropical island.

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17. There are some wicked volcanoes.

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18. Don’t be fooled, this is not Mordor

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19. It is an actual place on this earth.

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20. Even the non-volcanic peaks are completely out of this world.

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21. And that SYMMETRY

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22. Honestly

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23. This country is pretty much perfect.

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24. Not to mention it has ice caves.

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25.  ICE CAVES

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26. Perfect frozen hideaways just waiting to be explored.

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27. So unreal, so beautiful.

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28. Reykjavik, the capital, is basically the cutest.

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29. And has the best view.

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30. But the countryside is even more picturesque.

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31. I mean, so perfect.

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32. Iceland also has the Blue Lagoon.

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33. Which is basically like swimming in a warm cloud.

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34. The Jokulsarlon lagoon isn’t too shabby either.

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35. There are completely amazing natural landforms all over the country.

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36. Like these smoking fields in Kerlingafjoll.

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37. Or this basalt column beach.

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38. Or steaming fumaroles, which are incredible, no matter how bad they smell.

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39. You can visit a lake inside a volcanic crater.

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40. Or bathe in a thermal cave

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41. Icelandic glacier formations are some of the strangest and most beautiful things you’ll ever see

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42. Frozen perfection.

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43.  How can some dirty ice be so completely stunning?

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44. And let’s not forget that puffins are the squirrels of Iceland

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45. And that black sand beaches  white sand.

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46.  And that everything about the whole country is just completely unreal and gorgeous.

Iceland

47. Stop showing off, Iceland

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48. let’s all move there.

JK, let's all move there.)

life’s beautiful

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indulge in enjoyable recollection of past

 

How is this For Nostalgia?   

All the girls had ugly gym uniforms ,

It took 3 minutes for the TV to warm up,

Nobody owned a purebred dog,

When a quarter was a decent allowance,

You’d reach into a muddy gutter for a penny.

 

Your Mom wore nylons that came in 2 pieces.

You got your windshield cleaned, oil checked, and gas pumped, without asking, all for free, every time. And you didn’t pay for air. And, you got trading stamps to boot,

Laundry detergent had free glasses, dishes or towels hidden inside the box,

It was considered a great privilege to be taken out to dinner at a real restaurant with your parents,

They threatened to keep kids back a grade if they failed…and they did it!

When a 57 Chevy was everyone’s dream car…to cruise, peel out, lay rubber or watch submarine races, and people went steady.

No one ever asked where the car keys were because they were always in the car, in the ignition, and the doors were never locked,

Lying on your back in the grass with your friends and saying things like, ‘That cloud looks like a…’ 

Playing baseball with no adults to help kids with the rules of the game,

Stuff from the store came without safety caps and  hermetic seals because no one had yet tried to poison a perfect stranger,

And with all our progress, don’t you just wish, just once, you could slip back in time and savour the slower pace, and share it with the children of today,

When being sent to the principal’s office was nothing  compared to the fate that awaited the student at home,

Basically we were in fear for our lives, but it wasn’t because of drive-by shootings, drugs, gangs, etc.  Our parents and grandparents were a much bigger threat!  But we survived because their love was greater than the threat. 

…as well as summers filled with bike rides, Hula  Hoops, and visits to the pool, and eating Kool-Aid powder with sugar.

Didn’t that feel good, just to go back and  say,

‘Yeah, I remember  that’

I am sharing this with you today because it ended with a Double Dog Dare to pass it on. To remember what a Double Dog Dare is, read on. And remember that the perfect age is somewhere between old enough to know better and too young to care.

Share  this on with someone who can still remember Howdy  Doody and The Peanut Gallery, the Lone Ranger, The              Shadow knows, Nellie Bell, Roy and  Dale,Trigger and Buttermilk.

How Many Of These Do You Remember?
Candy cigarettes

Wax Coke-shaped bottles with coloured sugar water  inside.

Soda pop machines that dispensed glass bottles. 
 
Coffee shops with Table Side Jukeboxes. 
 
Blackjack, Clove and Teaberry chewing gum.

Home milk delivery in glass bottles with cardboard stoppers.

Newsreels before the movie.

Telephone numbers with a word prefix…( Yukon 2-601).  Party lines.

Peashooters.
&nb sp;

Hi-Fi’s & 45 RPM records.

78 RPM records!

Green Stamps.

Mimeograph paper.

The Fort Apache Play Set. 

Do You Remember a Time When:  

Decisions were made by going ‘eeny-meeny-miney-moe,’ 
Mistakes were corrected by simply exclaiming, ‘Do Over!’ 

‘Race issue’ meant arguing about who ran the fastest,

Catching The Fireflies Could Happily Occupy An Entire Evening,

It wasn’t odd to have two or three ‘Best 
Friends,’

Having a Weapon in School meant being caught with a  Slingshot,

Saturday morning cartoons weren’t 30-minute commercials for action figures,

‘Oly-oly-oxen-free’ made perfect sense ,

Spinning around, getting dizzy, and falling down was cause for giggles,

The Worst Embarrassment was being picked last for a  team,

War was a card game,

Baseball cards in the spokes transformed any bike into a  motorcycle,

Taking drugs meant orange-flavoured chewable aspirin,

Water balloons were the ultimate weapon,

If you can remember most or all of these, Then You Have Lived!!!   come again and see some more

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A Fantastic Collection of Photographs

 some nice sights to brighten your day !

[] A cool looking Volcano in Ethiopia has blue lava apparently due to a high sulphur content.

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An innovative playground in Copenhagen that has trampolines built into the street for the kids to jump on.

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This photo could just be the perfect mountain sunrise you’ll ever see

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Running in Florida doesn’t look that appealing.  (Whoa!!  This HAS TO BE the Tamiami Trail in the Everglades.)

Awwe

Photo of a baby deer taken on Memorial Day 2013 at Jefferson Barracks Cemetery in St. Louis.

My grandparents, married 71 years.

After being married for 71 years if all you are left with is the love of your life and a couch in the woods I think you did OK

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Keyhole Rock at Pfeiffer Beach in Big Sur California provides a beautiful ocean cave sunset photograph.

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Some cool beach art on a beach in New Zealand. I can imagine how difficult it is to make 3D Beach Artwork.

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A look at Bavaria with lots of color in this photograph.

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The Swedish Air Force likes to camouflage it’s aircraft hangers like this jet cave hiding a fighter jet

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This Oceanside path in Spain looks like a cool place to take a hike.

Towing an iceberg offshore Newfoundland

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A beautiful photo of the San Juan Mountains in Colorado. Chimney Rock is on the left and Courthouse Mountain is on the right.

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Apparently these beach boulders are located at Moeraki, New Zealand and occur naturally.

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It appears that this group of Gibbons are singing together. Perhaps they’re singing “The Lion Sleeps Tonight“.

Buddy Hayman, Billy O’Neill, Ward Vaughn, Jimmy Hearn, Jimmy Ball, and Burton Fitch

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A cool picture of a Kingfisher with the catch of the day. The colors of this bird are just beautiful.

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If you like adventure and aren’t afraid of heights then this Extreme Mountain Bike Trail is for you to ride.

Gelada baboon

The Gelada Baboon in this photo taken in Ethiopia looks so thoughtful and wise as he sits on his mountain perch.

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The year was 1955

Did you hear the post office is thinking about charging 7 cents  just to mail a letter?

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If they raise the minimum wage to $1.00, nobody will be able to hire 
outside help at the store.
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When I first started driving, who would  have thought gas would  someday
cost 25 cents a gallon? Guess we’d be better off leaving
 the car in the garage.
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Did you see where some baseball  player just signed a contract for  $50,000
a year just to play ball?
  It wouldn’t surprise me if someday they’ll
be making more than the President.
        

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I never thought I’d see the day  all our kitchen appliances would be electric. They’re even making electric typewriters now.
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It’s too bad things are so tough  nowadays.
I see where a few married women are having
to  work to make ends meet.

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It won’t be long before young  couples are going to have to hire someone to watch their kids so  they can both work.                                                                                     
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I’m afraid the Volkswagen car is going to open the door to a whole lot of foreign business.
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Thank goodness I won’t live to see the day when the Government  takes half our income in taxes. I  sometimes wonder if we are electing the best people to government.
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The fast food restaurant is  convenient for a quick meal, but I seriously doubt they  will ever catch on.
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There is no sense going on short trips any more for a weekend. It  costs nearly $2.00 a night to stay   in a hotel.
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No one can afford to be sick anymore. At $15.00 a day in  the hospital, it’s too rich for  my blood.
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If they think I’ll pay 30 cents for a haircut, forget it.
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Know any friends  who would get a kick out of these,  pass this on!    Be sure and send it to your kids and grand kids, too!

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Chicago

 

If you’ve ever lived in Chicago, worked in Chicago, or just visited Chicago, you will really enjoy this …

INTERLUDE…Chicago [at night in time lapsed = 5 minutes–but took 18 months to film) The Most Beautiful City

 

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THINGS YOU SHOULD HAVE LEARNED IN SCHOOL

 

Not everything we learn in school is very useful but if they had taught us more about this stuff then we would definitely all be a bit smarter.

How the Big Bird suit worked
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How ice cream cones are made
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How a beanstalk grows
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How Wi-Fi is distributed inside an apartment
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What actually happens when you put on sunscreen
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How camouflage gets on a helmet
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Why Michael Jackson was able to defy gravity
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What dogs do when they drink water
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How coins get sorted inside a machine
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The way braces change your teeth
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How a trumpet makes that beautiful music
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The way pretzels are tied en masse
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How peanut butter jars are filled full of creamy, slightly sexual goodness
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What actually happens when you put a key in a door
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How exactly all that stuff gets into a Pop-Tart
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What it looks like when you swallow
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How hay bales get wrapped
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How light affects water
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How paper clips turn into paper clips
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How a traffic jam occurs despite no accidents or bad weather
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The life of a dandelion
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How flight patterns change throughout the day
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And how terrifying the human face is when it’s forming in the womb
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World War II more Facts

One more little known fact:

The Merchant Marines died at a higher rate than any military branch yet they did not receive service benefits.  Most were not even allowed to carry arms or defensive equipment yet they traveled in harms way.

The first German serviceman killed in the war was killed by the Japanese. 

1. The                                                          firstGerman                                                          serviceman                                                          killed in the                                                          war was killed                                                          by the                                                          Japanese.

Over 100,000 Allied bomber crewmen were killed over Europe.

3. Over                                                          100,000Allied                                                          bomber crewmen                                                          were killed                                                          over Europe.

More U.S. servicemen died in the Air Corps than the Marine Corps.

4. More U.S.                                                servicemen died in the                                                Air Corps that the                                                Marine Corps.

Polish Catholic midwife Stanisawa Leszczyñska delivered 3,000 babies at the Auschwitz  concentration camp during the Holocaust in occupied Poland.

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5. Polish                                                      Catholic midwife                                                      StanisBawa                                                      LeszczyDska                                                      delivered 3,000                                                      babies at the                                                      Auschwitz                                                      concentration camp                                                      during the                                                      Holocaust in                                                      occupied Poland.

In World War II, British soldiers got a ration of three sheets of toilet paper a day.   Americans got 22.

6. In World WarII, British                                    soldiers got a ration of three                                    sheets of toilet paper a day.                                    Americansgot 22.

In 1941, more than three million cars were manufactured in the United States.        Only 139 more were made during the entire war.

7. In 1941, more than three                                    million cars were manufactured in                                    the United States. Only 139 more                                    were made during the entire war.

Four of every five German soldiers killed in the war died on the Eastern Front.

8. Four of                                                      everyfive German                                                      soldiers killed in                                                      the war died on                                                      the Eastern                                                      Front.

Only 20 percent of the males born in the Soviet Union in 1923 survived the war.

9. Only 20                                                percentof the males born                                                in the Soviet Union in                                                1923 survived the war.

 In World War II, the youngest serviceman in the United States military was Calvin Graham – age 12. Graham lied about his age when he enlisted in the US Navy.   His real age was not discovered until after he was wounded.  (Unbelievable)

10. In World WarII, the                                    youngest serviceman in the United                                    States military was Calvin Graham                                    age 12. Graham lied about his age                                    when he enlisted in the US Navy. His                                    real age was not discovered after he                                    was wounded.

Only one out of every four men serving on U-boats survived.

11. Only one outof                                                every four men serving                                                on U-boats survived.

 The Siege of Stalingrad resulted in more Russian deaths (military and civilian) than the United States and Britain sustained (combined) in all of World War II.

12. The Siege of Stalingrad                                    resulted in more Russian deaths                                    (military and civilian) then                                    theUnited States and Britain                                    sustained (combined) in all of World                                    War II.

To avoid using the German sounding name ‘hamburger’ during World War II, Americans used the name ‘Liberty Steak.’

13. To avoid                                                      using the German                                                      sounding name                                                      hamburger during                                                      World War II,                                                      Americans used the                                                      name Liberty                                                      Steak.

Adolf Hitler’s nephew, William Hitler, served in the US Navy during World War II!!!

14. Adolf Hitler s                                                nephew, William Hitler,                                                served in the US Navy                                                during World WarII.

Adolph Hitler and Henry Ford each kept a framed picture of the other on his desk.

15. Adolph Hitler                                                and Henry Ford each kept                                                a framed picture of the                                                other on his desk.

During World War II, the largest Japanese spy ring was actually located in Mexico.

16. During World                                                War II, the largest                                                Japanese spy ring was                                                actually located in                                                Mexico.

The mortality rate for POWs in Russian camps was 85 percent. 

17. The                                                      mortalityrate for                                                      POWs in Russian                                                      camps was 85                                                      percent.

Had it been necessary for a third atom bomb, the city targeted would have been Tokyo. 19. Had it                                                      been necessary for                                                      a third atom bomb,                                                      the city targeted                                                      would have been                                                      Tokyo.

 HAn Imperial Japanese Army intelligence officer, who fought in World War II, iroo Onoda never surrendered in 1945. Until 1974, for almost 30 years, he held his position in the Philippines. His former commander traveled from Japan to personally issue orders relieving him from duty in 1974.

20. An Imperial Japanese Army                                  intelligence officer, who fought in                                  World War II, Hiroo Onoda never                                  surrendered in 1945. Until 1974, for                                  almost 30 years, he held hisposition                                  in the Philippines. His former                                  commander traveled from Japan to                                  personally issue orders relieving him                                  from duty in 1974.

Total casualties for World War II totaled between 50 – 70 million people, 80 percent of which came from only four countries – Russia, China, Germany and Poland.  Over 50 percent of the casualties were civilians, with the majority of those being women and children.

21. Total casualties for                                          WorldWar II totaled between 50                                          70 million people, 80 percent                                          of which came form onlyfour                                          countries Russia, China,                                          Germany and Poland. Over 50                                          percent of the casualties were                                          civilians, with the majority                                          of those being women and                                          children.

Veterans are people who, at one point in their life, wrote a blankcheck payable to the United States of America, for an amount up to and including their life.  

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The”Benson Ford” ship

The “Benson Ford” originally transported iron and coal for the Ford Motor Company!
 The ship was decommissioned in 1981 after nearly 50 years of service.

 After being decommissioned it was left to rust for four years before the front part of the ship was removed and perched on top of the 18-foot cliff above Lake Erie, to serve as a vacation home.

 Looking across the bow, it seems that the boat is actually steaming – full speed ahead!
 
The ship still contains the beautiful wood-paneled state rooms, dining room and lounge designed by Henry Ford.

 The boat was used by Henry Ford to travel across the Great Lakes. Thomas Edison was a frequent guest on this beautiful ship.
 The present four-deck ship-house is 7,000 sq. ft. and includes walnut-paneled staterooms, a dining room with galley, and passenger lounge designed by Henry Ford for his personal use while on board.

The ship-house was originally owned by Frank J. Sullivan, but after failing to turn it into a hotel in 1992, Sullivan auctioned the building to father and son Jerry and Bryan Kaspar, who still enjoy relaxing there while taking time off from work. It has been modernized with a garage, a game room, a bar, a state-of-the-art kitchen, and four bathrooms. The 90-year-old cargo ship is beautiful, as she sits overlooking her former waterways.

Visitors must be okay with heights if they take a tour onto the bow of the boat and see the water so far below.
 
This ship-home has maintained the historic and beautiful interior, which is updated with modern amenities.

Bryan Kaspar says: “Everyone who sees our home from the outside, wants to look inside.
I think everyone who sees it is amazed at the gorgeous woodwork throughout our beautiful ship-home.”

This impressive getaway includes five bedrooms, four bathrooms, a captain’s office and living room with panoramic views across Lake Erie.
 ‘I love the deck on the fourth floor. It’s a great place to enjoy a cocktail overlooking the lake and the nearby cliffs, and to watch the sunsets is amazing from there.’

Videographer Nick James, who conducts tours of the home, says, ‘The most incredible part is standing at the helm with the way the boat hangs over the cliff. It actually feels like you’re on the open water.’
I love the history that remains all around the Benson Ford.
In the parlor, you can imagine Thomas Edison and Henry Ford sitting there puffing on their cigars.’
 When you’re there, it feels like you’re stepping back in time, and that those two famed gentlemen could appear at any moment.’
An incredible beauty of a long-ago ship, still available for water lovers to see.

The “Benson Ford” originally transported iron and coal for the Ford Motor Company! The ship was decommissioned in 1981 after nearly 50 years of service.

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After being decommissioned it was left to rust for four years before the front
part of the ship was removed and perched on top of the 18-foot cliff above Lake Erie, to serve as a vacation home.

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Looking across the bow, it seems that the boat is actually steaming – full
speed ahead!

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The ship still contains the beautiful wood-paneled state rooms, dining room and lounge designed by Henry Ford.Benson Ford 4

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The boat was used by Henry Ford to travel across the Great Lakes.
Thomas Edison was a frequent guest on this beautiful ship.
The present four-deck ship-house is 7,000 sq. ft. and includes walnut-paneled
staterooms, a dining room with galley, and passenger lounge designed by Henry Ford for his personal use while on board.  The ship-house was originally owned by Frank J. Sullivan, but after failing to turn it into a hotel in 1992, Sullivan auctioned the building to father and son Jerry and Bryan Kaspar, who still enjoy relaxing there while taking time off from work.  It has been modernized with a garage, a game room, a bar, a state-of-the-art kitchen, and four bathrooms.  The 90-year-old cargo ship is beautiful, as she sits overlooking her former waterways.

Benson Ford 6

Visitors must be okay with heights if they take a tour onto the bow of the boat and see the water so far below.

Benson Ford 7

This ship-home has maintained the historic and beautiful interior, which is
updated with modern amenities.

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Benson Ford 9

 

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Bryan Kaspar says: “Everyone who sees our home from the outside, wants to look inside.
I think everyone who sees it is amazed at the gorgeous woodwork throughout our beautiful ship-home.”

Benson Ford 12

Benson Ford 13

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This impressive getaway includes five bedrooms, four bathrooms, a captain’s office and living room with panoramic views across Lake Erie.
‘I love the deck on the fourth floor. It’s a great place to enjoy a cocktail overlooking the lake and the nearby cliffs, and to watch the sunsets is amazing from there.’
Videographer Nick James, who conducts tours of the home, says, ‘The most incredible part is standing at the helm with the way the boat hangs over the cliff. It actually feels like you’re on the open water.’
I love the history that remains all around the Benson Ford.  In the parlor, you can imagine Thomas Edison and Henry Ford sitting there puffing on their cigars.’
When you’re there, it feels like you’re stepping back in time, and that those two famed gentlemen could appear at any moment.’
An incredible beauty of a long-ago ship, still available for water lovers to see.

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The Card Stacker

Don’t Sneeze Or Slam The Door ….

Have you ever seen “a house of cards” that didn’t collapse?
Well, here it is…

Bryan Berg is a professional “card stacker” who builds houses of cards on a very large scale.
Trained as an architect, Bryan Berg is the only known person to make living building structures with freestanding playing cards.

He uses no tape, glue, or tricks, and his method has been tested to support 660 lbs. Per square foot.

Berg has stacked cards for corporate special events, public relations campaigns, and science and children’s museums in many U.S. Cities, Canada, Europe and Asia.

Berg’s clients have included Walt Disney World, a Lexus commercial, Procter & Gamble, American major league baseball and hockey, and the San Francisco Opera among others.
He also participated in a music video by The Bravery, playing a lonely man who builds a fantasy world out of cards.

In 2004, Guinness created a record category for World’s Largest House of Freestanding Playing Cards to recognize a project Berg built for Walt Disney World, a replica of Cinderella’s Castle.

In 2010, the record was renewed by him using 4051 sets of cards, over 218,000 cards, and built in 44 days, a replica of the Venetian Macao.

 

isn’t beautiful?

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19 Most Guarded Places On Earth

 

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1 (1)                                                      Vatican Secret Archives Despite the church’s attempt at openness, critics say the contents aren’t accessible enough since only qualified clergy and academics are allowed inside the facility, and even those granted entry cannot view items without advanced approval. Thus, the skeptics remain, with theories ranging from the cavern hiding gospels that contradict the Bible, to housing the earliest known collection of pornography, and holding plans to control the world.

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Fort Knox
Fort Knox is home to the US Bullion Depository. It not only stores thousands of tons of gold, but, it is said to house important historical documents as well, such as the Declaration of Independence and the Magna Carte. If a bank robber was somehow able to get through the solid granite wall perimeter and past the squadrons of machine-gun wielding guards and armed military, they would still have to contend with a 22-ton vault blast door held shut by a lock so intricate that it requires a 10 person team to unlock.

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Federal Reserve Bank in New York
Below the streets of Manhattan sits a vault so impenetrable that it’s entrusted with more U.S. gold bullion than the famous Fort Knox. Security is so tight that men aren’t allowed to enter the vault; pallets are moved around by a team of robots. The bank’s security systems are so trusted that even foreign governments use it for gold storage. And – as if that wasn’t enough – a Jason Bourne level protection force watch the perimeter; their shooting range scores are so good they’re better than marksmen.

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Tumen River
This river makes up part of the boundary between Russia and North Korea and also snakes down into Chinese territory. Within a mile, you can go from North Korea, through China and end up in Russia, which makes this a good place for those wishing to defect. As such, it is generally well guarded by North Korean soldiers.

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The Iranian Gold Reserve – Location Unknown
What makes the vault holding Iran’s gold reserve impenetrable is that nobody can say for sure where it is. One could assume the vault is either in the Imperial Treasury location or the Iran Central Bank, but you know what they say about assumptions. Iran secretly flew gold into the country from Europe in order to dodge “financial pressure” from the US and UK. Now that the reserves are back within Iranian borders, the location of their holding vault has been very elusive.

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Bank of England gold vault
If Britain’s Prime Minister had a secret, he would want to keep it here. More than 4,600 tons of gold are safeguarded in what is the UK’s largest gold vault. A figure that’s second only to the Federal Reserve Vault. The walls are bombproof and the security system is so intricate that it involves voice recognition, 3 foot keys and other security measures that aren’t even published.

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The Swiss Vaults
Crime thrillers usually have talk of a Swiss bank account. There’s a reason: Swiss banks are among the safest on the planet. The 3-key safety deposit box in particular has been used by the World’s most wealthy citizens for over 200 years.

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The Mormon Church’s Secret Vaults
These secret vaults contain genealogical and historical records. Not only are they heavily guarded, but also, rumor has it that the records are even protected by temperature control as well as motion and heat sensors. Photos of the complex can be a challenge to come by.

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Korean Demilitarized Zone
The Korean Demilitarized Zone is a strip of land dividing North and South Korea. It is one of the most heavily guarded borders in the world, stretching 160 miles in length and 2.5 miles in width. Because of the high defense surrounding the border, people rarely dare to cross it, and as such, it has become a nature preserve.

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Iron Mountain
What do the charred remains of Flight 93, the original photo of Einstein sticking out his tongue, and Edison’s patent for the light bulb have in common? They’re all stowed under Iron Mountain. 200 feet below the ground, this retired limestone mine houses 1.7 million square feet worth of vaults. The US government is the biggest tenant, and the identities of 95% of vault owners are confidential. We do know that Warner Brothers, the Smithsonian Institution, and Corbis all have vaults there. Thousands of historic master recordings, photo negatives, and original film reels live here. Iron Mountain is also home to Room 48, a data center backing up some of America’s biggest companies. Two waves of armed guards protect the entrance, and it’s said they inspect guests so thoroughly that even the TSA would be embarrassed.

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ADX Florence Prison
The Administrative Maximum Facility (ADX for short) is a supermax prison (for men) in Colorado housing the baddest of the bad. These criminals are considered the most dangerous cons in the US and has earned the prison the nickname of “Alcatraz of the Rockies.” Described by one former ADX warden as “a cleaner version of hell”, security measures at the prison include attack dogs guarding the area between the prison walls and 12 ft. high razor wire fences, 1,400 remotely controlled steel doors, motion detecting laser beams, pressure pads and cameras. Current residents include the ‘Shoe Bomber’ Richard Reid, Oklahoma City Bombing conspirator Terry Nichols and many others.

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Bold Lane Car Park
You won’t have to worry much about car thieves when you leave your car parked here. This car park (or parking garage) in Derbyshire, England is one of the safest places in the world. You can’t get in unless you have a ticket indicating your exact parking spot. Then once your car is parked, it is protected by motion detectors and other alarms that will go off if someone messes with your car. If the alarm does go off, the whole place goes into lockdown mode.

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Cheyenne Mountain
The Cheyenne Mountain complex was, at one point, the command center for the North American Aerospace Defense Command and U.S. Space Command missions. It is so well guarded that the tunnel is protected by solid granite and reinforced. NORAD has since moved its operations to another location. It is interesting to note that the Cheyenne Mountain Complex was also the home to the fictional Stargate Command on the popular TV show Stargate SG-1.

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Air Force One
One of the most well built planes in the world and what many consider the world’s most secure moving location,

Air Force One has plenty of security. The United States President travels in a modified Boeing 747-200B series aircraft.

It has the world’s most advanced flight avoidance, air-to-air defense, and electronics technology packages available anywhere in the World, all for the protection of the Commander-in-Chief and his entourage.

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Area 51
This top secret air force base in Nevada is guarded so well that no one can get in, and even flying over it is forbidden. The area is covered in motion sensors and is heavily patrolled by all sorts of vehicles. It’s the home of anything pertaining to UFOs and alien conspiracies.

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Haven Co
Haven Co was a data-protection company located in the North Sea off the coast of Britain. The only people ever allowed in were authorized personnel, investors, and members of Britain’s royal family. However, it allegedly shut down in 2008. Set into the middle of the North Sea, there was no way you were getting into this place. What data was stored here, and why did it suddenly go defunct without explanation?

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The Greenbrier
Spread out across 6,500 acres, this exclusive resort lies deep within the forests of West Virginia. Underneath lies the real secret, however. Underneath lies a 25-ton nuclear blast door, with tunnels behind it which create a nuclear bunker that is filled with supplies for members of the U.S. Congress to weather out a nuclear attack.

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The 1960’s Bar
Located 100 feet underground within Britain’s secret subterranean Burlington bunker complex in Wiltshire, England, the 1960’s Bar is a recreation of a pub popular with British Government officials. This top secret base was first constructed during the Cold War and designed to be a refuge for the higher-ups to reconstruct Britain in the event of a nuclear attack.

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Stunning Photos of Animals

 

  Stunning Photos of Animals you’ve probably never seen before

1 – Frilled shark
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This is a frilled shark. Frilled sharks are found throughout deep waters in the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. It is often described as a “living fossil” because of its resemblance to extinct, Paleozoic sharks. They’re rarely seen alive because of their preference for deep water. A dying one was captured near the surface in Japan in 2007.
2 – Red cap goldfish
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A red cap goldfish, or “oranda”. These are characterized by a prominent hood that covers the head — which let’s face it, looks like their brains are on show.
Originally from China, they are popular aquarium pets today.
3 – Promachoteuthis sulcus
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Meet Promachoteuthis sulcus, a bizarre creature straight out of your nightmares. As you can see, this thing looks like it has freakishly human looking teeth. They’re actually just flaps of skin, but they’re still pretty unnerving! It’s a species of promachoteuthid squid and only one specimen has been found to date. It was captured in the Southern Atlantic Ocean at a depth of 2,000m in 2007.
4 – Crocodile Fish
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This is a white-blooded ice fish, or “crocodile fish” (Chaenocephalus aceratus). They lack both red blood cells and hemoglobin, and so have white blood. They have translucent bodies, and absorb oxygen directly from the water around them.
5 – Amber phantom butterfly
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The amber phantom butterfly (Haetera piera), found in the Guianas, Brazil, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia and Venezuela.
6 – The Pistol Shrimp
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The pistol shrimp is the NOISIEST creature in the ocean. Colonies of them make a distinct snapping noise that overshadows nearly all other sounds throughout the world’s oceans, including the calls of some whales. In fact, they are so loud, their snapping sounds interfere with military and scientific sonar (so much so, that hostile submarines have used large colonies of pistol shrimps to hide).
7 – Lion’s Mane Jellyfish
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The Lions Mane Jellyfish is the largest jellyfish in the world. They have been swimming in arctic waters since before the dinosaurs (over 650 million years ago) and are among some of the oldest surviving species in the world. The bell can grow up to 8 feet in diameter with hundreds of tentacles up to 120 feet long. Remarkably, only 6% of the jellyfish is solid matter; the rest is water.
8 – Blue footed booby
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Meet the blue footed booby, found from the Gulf of California down along the western coasts of Central and South America to Peru. Their bright blue feet are a sexually selected trait. The brighter a males feet, the more attractive he is to a female. To attract a female, they have an elaborate dancing ritual to display their feet, first lifting one foot and then the other.
9 – The Cardinal Gynandromorph
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No, this isn’t photoshopped. This is a cardinal “gynandromorph” – an animal that exhibits both female and male sexual characteristics. As different sexes are differently coloured, each half of the bird is a different shade.
10 – The Mexican walking fish.
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“Walking fish” is a pretty general term used to describe any fish that is able to travel over land. Ironically, the Mexican walking fish isn’t a fish at all, but an amphibian. It’s official name is axolotl and as the name suggests, it’s found in Mexico.
11 – Amazon milk frog
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The Amazon milk frog, a large species of arboreal frog native to the Amazon Rainforest in South America.
12 – Glass frogs
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Glass frogs, a group of South and Central American frogs with translucent skin. Their internal viscera, including the heart, liver, and gastrointestinal tract are all completely visible.
13 – Yeti crab
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This is the yeti crab (Kiwa hirsuta). Only discovered in 2005, the yeti crab lives in the South Pacific Ocean and grows to around 15cm long. Discovered at a depth of 2,200 metres (7,200 ft), it lives on hydrothermal vents. Based on both morphology and molecular data, the organism was deemed to form a new biological family, which was named Kiwaidae. A second species in the family was described in 2011. The “hairy” claws of the yeti crab contain filamentous bacteria, which the creature may use to convert carbon molecules emitted by the hydrothermal vents into nutrients. This is a process known as chemosynthesis. It may also consume bacteria.
14 – Alarm jellyfish
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This is the alarm jellyfish (Atolla Wyvillei) – and it has a rather unique defence mechanism. When the alarm jellyfish is attacked, it flashes brightly using bioluminescence in an attempt to attract other animals. The idea is to encourage confusion and fights between predators, while the jellyfish can swim away.
15 – Nembrotha cristata
http://talesmaze.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/Nembrotha-cristata.jpgThis is Nembrotha cristata, a colourful sea-slug found in the tropical Indo-West Pacific Ocean. They grow to about 50mm in length and have black bodies with a strange luminous green “trim”. Like most nudibranchs, they deliver a painful sting. They do not produce the stinging cells themselves but incorporate them into their own tissues from their prey, stinging jellyfish.
16 – Leatherback Sea Turtle
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The Leatherback Sea Turtle is the largest turtle in the world, weighing approximately 900kg. Contrary to appearance, the leatherback doesn’t actually have a shell. What looks like a shell is in fact a leathery skin supported by small bones. This gives it a flexibility that a solid shell would not provide, allowing it to dive to astonishing depths.
17 -Pink Bottlenose Dolphin
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18 – Hermit Crab
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19 – Purple frogs
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20 – Satanic Leaf Tailed Gecko
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21 – Rare Albino Alligator
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22 – One of the few albino whales on earth
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23 – Stunning Albino Bengal Tiger
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24 – Incredibly rare albino giraffe
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25 – Pink fairy armadillo!
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26 – Tube-nosed fruit bat
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This creature was found just a few years ago, and doesn’t even have an official name yet. Supposedly well-known for being the animal that most looks like Yoda…
27 – King of Saxony bird of paradise
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28 – Indian Bull Frog
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Found in Myanmar, Bangladesh, Pakistan and of course India.The Indian bullfrog is renowned for its large size (some can be up to 15cm in length!) and dramatic coloring.
29 – Albino Lion
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30 – Friendly Albino Gorilla
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31 – Theridion grallator – the happy faced spider.
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32 – Red-Lipped Batfish!
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Beautiful in Autumn

Peak Fall Foliage Dates for 48 States

America the beautiful in autumn. Here are the predicted peak fall foliage dates for the 48 contiguous states

 

Flowers that even Darwin can’t explain – Mother Nature

 

 
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Dancing Girls (ImpatiensBequaertii)
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Laughing Bumble Bee Orchid (Ophrysbbomyblifora)
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Babies (AnguloaUniflora)
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Parrot Flower (ImpatiensPsittacina)
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Flying Duck Orchid (Caleana
 
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An orchid that looks remarkably like a
 
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Happy Alien (CalceolariaUniflora)
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And his friends…
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Angel Orchid (HabenariaGrandifloriformis)
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Dove Orchid Or Holy Ghost Orchid
 
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White Egret Orchid
 
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The DarthVader (AristolochiaSalvadorensis)
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An Orchid That Looks Like A Ballerina
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Monkey Face Orchid (DraculaSimia)
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Moth Orchid
 
(Phalaenopsis)
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 What a wonderful world!
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Photos from the PAST

 

 

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A 10 x 15-foot wooden shed where the “Harley-Davidson Motor Company” started out in 1903.

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Testing football helmets in 1912

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A bar in New York City, the night before prohibition began,1920

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Mount Rushmore Before Carving, 1920s

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Traffic jam in New York, 1923

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A quiet little job at a crocodile farm in St. Augustine, FL 1926

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World economic crisis, 1929

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Central Park in 1930

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Last 4 couples standing at a Chicago dance marathon, 1930

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Meeting of the Mickey Mouse Club, early 1930s

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Confederate and Union soldiers shake hands across the wall at the 1938 reunion for the Veterans of the Battle of Gettysburg

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When they realized women were using their sacks to make clothes for their children, flour mills of the 30s started using flowered fabric for their sacks, 1939

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NY, Coney Island, 1940

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The thirty-six men needed to fly and service a B-17E in 1942

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Three young women wash their clothes in Central Park during a water shortage. New York, 1949

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19 year-old Shigeki Tanaka was a survivor of the bombing of Hiroshima and went on to win the 1951 Boston Marathon. The crowd was silent as he crossed the finish line.

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Florida’s last Civil War veteran, Bill Lundy, poses with a jet fighter, 1955

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NASA scientists with their board of calculations, 1960s

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Muhammad Ali’s fists after the fight with Cooper, 1963

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New York firemen play a game after a fire in a billiard parlor, 1969
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An abandoned baby sleeps peacefully in a drawer at the Los Angeles Police Station, 1971

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Boy hiding in a TV set, Boston, 1972 by Arthur Tress

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Robert De Niro’s cab driver license. In order to get into character for the film Taxi Driver, he obtained his own hack license and would pick-up/drive customers around in New York City.

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Nancy Reagan sits on the lap of Mr. T, dressed as Santa, 1983

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Ronald Reagan wearing sweatpants on Air Force One, 1985

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The world’s largest flower garden

 

Rainbow-colored oasis with 45 MILLION flowers is

in the middle of a desert 

 
Dubai Miracle Garden is world's biggest flower garden. It is situated in the North West Quadrant of Arabian Ranches interchange
 

Dubai Miracle Garden is world’s biggest flower garden. It is situated in the North West Quadrant of Arabian Ranches interchange

 
 
This amazing tourist attraction is a Guinness Record Holder for the Largest Vertical Garden. Also popular is the heart shaped flower beds at the Alley of Hearts
 

This amazing tourist attraction is a Guinness Record Holder for the Largest Vertical Garden.

Also popular is the heart shaped flower beds at the Alley of Hearts

 
 
Dubai Miracle Garden has more than 45 million blooming flowers with stunning colour combinations achieved through 45 different flower varieties and colour
 

Dubai Miracle Garden has more than 45 million blooming flowers with

stunning color combinations achieved through 45 different species

 
 
Bordered by windmills, this area provides parking, sitting areas, a prayer room and shops for visitors to Dubai Miracle Garden
 

      Bordered by windmills, this area provides parking, sitting areas, 

a prayer room and shops for visitors to Dubai Miracle Garden

 
 
The Dubai Miracle Garden features a sensational 45 million flowers over a 18-acre site, from breathtaking flowerbeds to heart-shaped archways and adorned castles
 

The Dubai Miracle Garden features a sensational 45 million flowers

over a 18-acre site,

from breathtaking flowerbeds to heart-shaped archways and adorned castles

 
 
The spectacular bonanza provides a colourful oasis for the eyes of city workers, who can escape to the natural splendour
 

The spectacular bonanza provides a colorful oasis for the eyes of city workers,

who can escape to the natural splendor

 
 
In order to create a fresh experience for guests visiting the rainbow gardens, the displays are changed seasonally
 

In order to create a fresh experience for guests visiting the

rainbow gardens, the displays are changed seasonally

 
 
These have included millions of flowers in the shape of the UAE's flag, floral clock, a Ferrari car with driver decorated by flowers, a vertical buried car zone, flower apple structures, artificial animals, flower boats and an Islamic Arch Design
 

These have included millions of flowers in the shape of the UAE’s flag, floral clock, a Ferrari car with driver decorated by flowers,

a vertical buried car zone, flower apple structures, artificial animals, flower boats and an Islamic Arch Design

 
 
At the moment, there are 45 species of flowers in the garden, which are imported in from all around the world
 

At the moment, there are 45 species of flowers in the garden, which are imported in from all around the world

 

 
If the natural landscape was not incredible enough, what makes this attraction particularly impressive is the unique sub-surface irrigation system that recycles waste water via drip irrigation while avoiding evaporation and saving up to 75 per cent of water and energy
 

If the natural landscape was not incredible enough, what makes this attraction particularly impressive is the unique sub-surface

irrigation system that recycles waste water via drip irrigation while avoiding evaporation and saving up to 75 percent of water and energy

 
 
A fantasy flower house at the Miracle Garden, which has plants growing over its turrets, doors, walls and towers
 

A fantasy flower house at the Miracle Garden, which has plants growing over its turrets, doors, walls and towers

 
 
A pathway shaded by umbrellas at the Miracle Garden, provides a colourful walkway for visiting guests
 

A pathway shaded by umbrellas at the Miracle Garden, provides a

  colorful walkway for visiting guests

 
 

Peacock topiary covered in an array of colourful flowers at the largest natural flower garden in the world

 

Peacock topiary covered in an array of colorful flowers

 
 
There is no limit to the imagination gone into the design of the gardens, which include flowers streaming like hair from a giant human
 

There is no limit to the imagination gone into the design of the gardens,

which include flowers streaming like hair from a giant statue

 
 
Barrels tipping streams of flowers, and peacocks with colourful plumages are featured in the creative attraction

 

Barrels tipping streams of flowers, and peacocks with colorful

plumages are featured in the creative attraction  

 
 
Even Disney characters such as Mater from Cars can be seen at the Dubai oasis, of course decorated with flowerbeds
 

Even Disney characters such as Mater from the movie Cars can be

seen at the Dubai oasis, of course decorated with flowerbeds

 
 
Giant structures can be viewed in the park, covered from top to bottom in an array of flowers
 

Giant structures can be viewed in the park, covered from top to bottom in an array of flowers


  If you’re considering a visit to these gardens, this is their official website:  http://www.dubaimiraclegarden.com/
 
The Dubai Miracle Garden features over 45 flower species imported from all over the world
A multitude of shaped archways, flowerbeds and structures can be seen at the 18-acre site.

The colorful array is watered by a system that recycles waste water while avoiding evaporation.

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Pics from the Past

 Pics from the Past – It is amazing the difference in 70 years.

ORIGINAL PHOTOS IN 1944 AND THE EXACT SAME LOCATION TODAY 

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June 1944: Boats full of US troops wait to leave Weymouth to take part in Operation Overlord. 5 April 2014: A view of the harbour of the English town today. This location was used as a launching place for Allied troops participating in the invasion of Nazi-occupied France on D-day. Photographs by Galerie Bilderwelt/Getty and Peter Macdiarmid/Getty

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May 1944: Ammunition stored in the town square of Moreton-in-Marsh shortly before D-day. 12 May 2014: A view of the high street in the English town today. Photographs by Frank Scherschel/Time & Life/Getty and Peter Macdiarmid/Getty

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June 1944: American craft of all styles pictured at Omaha Beach, Normandy, during the first stages of the Allied invasion. 7 May 2014: A view of the beach near Colleville-sur-Mer, France. Photographs by Popperfoto/Getty and Peter Macdiarmid/Getty

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6 June 1944: Royal Marine Commandos of Headquarters, 4th Special Service Brigade, make their way from LCI(S) (Landing Craft Infantry Small) onto ‘Nan Red’ Beach at Saint-Aubin-sur-Mer. 6 May 2014: A view of the sea in the Juno beach area today. Photographs by Lt Handford/IWM/Getty and Peter Macdiarmid/Getty

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6 June 1944: Troops of the 3rd Canadian Infantry Division land at Juno Beach on the outskirts of Bernières-sur-Mer on D-day. 5 May 2014: A view of the seafront and beach in Normandy today. 340 Canadian soldiers lost their lives in the battle for the beachhead. Photographs by Galerie Bilderwelt/Getty and Peter Macdiarmid/Getty

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1944: A French armoured column passing through Sainte-Mère-Église receives a warm welcome from its inhabitants. 7 May 2014: A view of the high street today. Photographs by Popperfoto/Getty and Peter Macdiarmid/Getty

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12 June 1944: A group of American soldiers stand in the village of Sainte-Marie-du-Mont, which was liberated by paratroopers of the 501st and 506th Regiments of the 101st Airborne Division. 7 May 2014: A view of the old village fountain today. Photographs by Galerie Bilderwelt/Getty and Peter Macdiarmid/Getty

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6 June 1944: A Canadian soldier directs traffic in Bernières-sur-Mer. 14,000 Canadian soldiers had landed at nearby Juno Beach. 5 May 2014: A view of Notre-Dame Nativity church today. Photographs by Galerie Bilderwelt/Getty and Peter Macdiarmid/Getty

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July 1944: United States Army trucks and jeeps drive through the ruins of Saint-Lo. 7 May 2014: A view of the roadway in the town today. Saint-Lo was almost totally destroyed by 2,000 Allied bombers when they attacked German troops stationed there during Operation Overlord. Photographs by Galerie Bilderwelt/Getty and Peter Macdiarmid/Getty

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6 June 1944: A Canadian soldier stands at the head of a group of German prisoners of war, including two officers, on Juno Beach, Normandy. 8 May 2014: A view of the beach in Bernières-sur-Mer in Normandy today. Photographs by Ken Bell/ National Archives of Canada/Galerie Bilderwelt/Getty and Peter Macdiarmid/Getty
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Holland – must see it…

A Village in  Holland with no roads AT ALL

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A Village in  Holland  (named Giethoorn) where U can’t find a single road…
All transportation is done by boats along canals and ice skates in winter.

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This beautiful  “carpet” is created every year in the  Grand Place  in  Brussels  ,  Belgium  …..
All fresh flowers – Begonias.  A Breathtaking sight.   

BRUSSELS  IN  BLOOM

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How’s that for a flower?

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Movable Bridges…

It never ceases to amaze me the clever solutions engineers can think of. Movable bridges are one such example of man overcoming a body of water with technology. These innovative bridges allow for pedestrians, cyclist and even cars to use the bridge most of the time, but can also quickly move up or to the side, to allow for water traffic to pass through.

1. Pont Jacques Chaban-Delmas, France

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This sophisticated bridge in Bordeaux France can boast the title of Europe’s longest vertical lift bridge, with four traffic lanes and an outboard sidewalk and bicycle lane. The lift structure has four independent pylons towers supporting the span weight, and can lift to a height of 50 meters (164 feet).

2. Gateshead Millennium Bridge, UK

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Spanning the River Tyne, this bridge is nicknamed the Winking Eye Bridge because of its eye-shaped look when in motion. The bridge has a deck for pedestrians and cyclists, and a supporting arch. The bridge rotates as a single structure, with the arch lowering and the deck rising, counterbalancing each other, forming a pathway for water traffic.

3. Vizcaya Bridge, Spain

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The Vizcaya Bridge in Biscay, Spain connects the two towns of Portugalete and Las Arenas over the Ibaizabal River. The locals refer to the bridge as Puente Colgante, meaning suspension bridge, even though it is a transporter bridge, with a different structure. This bridge also happens to be the world’s oldest transporter bridge, as it was built in 1893. Its gondola can transport six cars, as well as passengers and cyclists.

4. Submersible Bridges, Corinth Canal, Greece

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The Corinth Canal was built between 1881 and 1893 and was quite an achievement in its day. The canal went on to save ships a 700 km (435mile) journey because they no longer needed to go around the Peloponnesian peninsula.  It’s very narrow and can only accommodate one ship at a time. The submersible bridges were built in 1988 and their decks are lowered 8 meters (26ft) below the water, allowing for tall shipping vessels to use the canal.

5. Puente de la Mujer, Argentina

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This rotating footbridge in commercial Puerto Madero, Buenos Aires, is known in Spanish as “The Women’s Bridge”. This 800 ton pedestrian bridge has two fixed sections and a middle section which rotates 90 ⁰ in order to allow for the water traffic to pass.

6. River Hull Footbridge, UK

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This footbridge in Hull, Yorkshire, is also known as the Scale Lane Bridge. An exciting feature of this bridge is that it rotates while pedestrians are still on it. The bridge takes two minutes to open or close for water traffic and offers pedestrians a unique experience of the city. At night, the bridge’s lights turn on and off while the bridge moves, making for a fascinating light show.

7. El Ferdan Railway Bridge, Egypt

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Egypt’s El Ferdan Railway Bridge, resting over the Suez Canal, connects the Sinai Peninsula with mainland Egypt. This bridge is 335m (1,100 feet) and is the world’s longest swing bridge. It takes 30 minutes to open or close. It remains open for water traffic and is only closed when the train needs to cross the canal.

8. Hörn Bridge, Germany

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Kiel Germany’s Horn River features a folding bridge, with a three-segment bascule. The innovative bridge folds into an “N” shape. The bridge is nicknamed Klappt-Nix-Brücke, meaning Fold-not Bridge because initially it experienced many malfunctions.

9. Foryd Harbor Bridge, UK

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This modern bridge operates a bit like a sailing boat with a mast, rigging system, cables and pulley mechanism. This eye-catching pedestrian bridge is located in the seaside resort town of Rhyl on the coast of Wales.

10. Slauerhoffbrug, Netherlands

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This tail bridge is located in the city of Leeuwarden and is nicknamed the Flying Drawbridge. This yellow and blue automatic bascule bridge has a pylon which can quickly raise the deck, allowing for water traffic to pass, while only briefly delaying road movem

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Auto – When Detroit Was In It’s Full Glory

DETROIT STEEL
Today’s cars may be faster, safer, more luxurious and get better gas mileage –

BUT THEY DON’T EVEN COME CLOSE ON LOOKS !
When Detroit Was In It’s Full Glory

1956 Ford Thunderbird

1957 Chevrolet Bel Air Convertible

1960 Plymouth Fury

1959 Chevrolet Impala 2Dr hardtop

1956 Ford Fairlane Victoria

1958 Cadillac Series 62 Sedan

1960 Lincoln Continental Mark V Four Door Landau

1957 Buick Roadmaster 2 Door Hardtop

1957 Lincoln Premiere four-door Landau

1959 Buick 2 Door Convertible

1959 Edsel Citation
Ford lost $350 million ($1.55 billion in 2009 dollars) on the Edsel venture.


1958 De Soto

1959 Mercury Colony Park Country Cruiser

1958 Cadillac Fleetwood Sixty Special

1958 Dodge Custom Sierra

1949 Oldsmobile 88

1959 Ford Thunderbird Convertible

1949 Kaiser Virginian

1960 Imperial Crown Convertible

1953 Studebaker Commander

1949 Pontiac Four Door

1960 Chevrolet Impala Four Door Hardtop

1959 Mercury Four Door Hardtop

1955 Oldsmobile Super 88 Two-Door Sedan

1957 Mercury Turnpike Cruiser

1954 Mercury Sun Valley

1960 Chrysler Valiant

1960 De Soto Fireflite

1960 Chevrolet Corvair

1957 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz

1960 Mercury Colony Park Country Cruiser

1956 Cadillac Series 62 Coupe de Ville

1957 Dodge Royal Lancer

1960 Dodge Dart Pioneer

1957 Lincoln Premiere

1960 Dodge Polara Matador

1956 Chevrolet Bel Air Convertible

1950 Studebaker Starlight

What a trip down memory lane!

Be sure to share with all your really old friends!
(no offense) ;-How many do you remember?
I do… ALL OF THEM







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GREAT OLD PHOTOS

 

 

These were really professional photographers who took these pictures… Note how sharp and clear most of the photos are​,​ and these are over a ​hundred​ years old. These were glass plate images and taken thru a pin hole type camera; and the opening was timed just right to get a dark enough exposure. Developing was another tedious task during which they had to be careful not to break the glass!
 
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Woodward Avenue, Detroit, Michigan, in 1917.

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Atlantic City, 1910.

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The main street of Memphis, north of Avenue Gayoso, 1910.

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Station “Louisville-Nashville,” Florida, in 1910.

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Forsyth Street, Jacksonville, Florida, in 1910. Love those cars.

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The beach in Atlantic City, 1915. Note the men in coats and ties.

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Grant Avenue after an earthquake in San Francisco in 1906.
I didn’t realize there was so much destruction in that earthquake.

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Carts for transporting dairy Thompson, Washington, 1927. How in the world did the dairy get those horses so evenly lined up.

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Washington, DC, 1914. Not so thoughty having those horses run on a railroad tracks.
(throughly? must have been a popular word back in the day)

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Cadillac Square, Detroit, Michigan, 1916.

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Ninth Street, Washington DC, 1915.

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I wouldn’t want to walk across this street in a long dress.

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Corner of Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street, New York, 1910.

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Broad Street north of Spruce Street, Philadelphia, 1905.

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View of Manhattan Bridge from Brooklyn in 1909.

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Fire at 55th Street, New York, 1915.

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Fifth Avenue, New York, 1913.

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Wabash Avenue, Chicago, 1907.

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The New York Public Library, New York, 1915. Didn’t realize they had 4-laners in those days.

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Wall Street, New York, 1911. The 2 sidewalks together are as wide as the street in this pic.

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Fifth Avenue, New York, 1913. Look at those top hats!

 

Happy Story for the day‏

Look carefully in each picture for the cat as it makes its way down from the roof to the dog. Then, check the explanation at the end.
 
 
 
The story behind this picture is this:
Every day – at the same time – she waits for him.
Sometimes she barks to call him.
He comes; they rub and greet each other
and they go for a walk.
They have done this for 5 years
and no, they don’t belong to the same owners.
The owners didn’t know until neighbors, seeing them together so frequently,
commented to the cat’s owner, who then followed the dog home and discovered it was a distance away, not in a house close by or next door.
How it started no one knows.
Wouldn’t it be great to have friends like this
always there, no words needed, they just intuitively recognize the value of each other in their lives and act accordingly.
Live, Laugh, Love.
Life is not the way it’s supposed to be. It’s the way it is.
The way we cope with it is what makes the difference.
 A wise person once said ….There comes a time in life, when you walk away from all the drama and people who create it.
 
You surround yourself with people who make you laugh, forget the bad, and focus on the good.
 
So love the people who treat you right, pray for the ones who don’t.
 
Life is too short to be anything but happy.
 
Falling down is a part of life, getting back up is living.

TEXAS

 it is beautiful, some of them I didn’t even know they existed!
 
 
To all the people that assume Texas is a desert   wasteland. How many deserts look like this?
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Seguin, TX
2. Or have natural pools like this?
Or have natural pools like this?j
Dripping Springs, Texas
3. As for being dry? Much of Texas is the opposite of that.
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Uncertain, Texas
4. It has everything from flowing streams…
It has everything from flowing streams...
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5. To scenic rivers…
To scenic rivers...
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6. To captivating waterfalls…
To captivating waterfalls...
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7. And massive city lakes.
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8. Even the swamps are pretty.
Even  the swamps are pretty.
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9. Nothing beats a sunrise in the bayou.
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10. Or the wildlife.
Or the wildlife.
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11. Contrary to popular belief Texas is not flat either: It has enormous rocks.
Contrary to popular belief  Texas is not flat either: It has enormous rocks.
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12. Along with deep cutting canyons.
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13. Photo worthy mountaintop sunsets.
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Big Bend, TX
14. The views are worth the climb.
The views are worth the climb.
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15. Only in Texas will you find amazing colonies of bats aboveground.
Only in Texas will you find amazing colonies of bats aboveground.
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16. And vast beauty below.
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17. People say the state doesn’t have seasons. They couldn’t be more wrong.
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18. It has colorful foliage in fall.
It has colorful foliage in fall.
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19. Long covered walking trails in the spring.
Long covered walking trails in the spring.
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20. Beautiful swimming holes to cool yourself off in the summer.
Beautiful swimming holes to cool yourself off in the  summer.
Wimberley, TX
21. And every once in a while a mysterious white powder falls from the skies in the winter.
And every once in a while a mysterious white powder falls from the skies in the winter.
North Richland Hills, TX
22. Fog is not just something you see in London — Texas has its fair share of mystic haze.
Fog is not just  something you see in London    Texas has its fair share of mystic haze.
Austin, TX
23. Along with epic storms.
Along with epic storms.
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24. REALLY EPIC STORMS.
REALLY EPIC  STORMS.
Vega, TX
25. Don’t forget about the 367 miles of coastline.
Don't forget about the 367 miles of coastline.
Port Aransas, TX
26. You can catch an amazing sunset.
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Seabrook, TX
27. Have a light house show you the way.
Have a light house show you the way.
Point Bolivar, Texas
28. Remember, nothing comes close to the beauty of the coast.
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Galveston, TX
29. Oh, Texas has deserts too, and they’re awesome.
Oh, Texas has deserts too, and they're awesome.
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30. They have their own version of wildlife.
They have their own version of wildlife.
31. And select pieces of high end art.
And select pieces of high end art.
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32. The Lone Star State is known for its rolling plains.
The Lone Star State is known for its rolling plains.
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33. With amber waves of grain.
With amber waves of grain.
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34. Where nothing goes to waste.
Where nothing goes to waste.
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35. Few things match the beauty of a Texas evening.
Few things match the beauty of a Texas evening.
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36. The stars at night truly are big and bright.
The stars at night truly are big and bright.
Gillispie, TX
So wherever your travels may take you.
So wherever your travels may take you.
Mason County, TX
Hopefully, one day they’ll lead you here.
Hopefully, one day they'll lead you here.
Austin, TX
 
God Bless Texas!
God Bless Texas!