video clip of a flying man (on top of a drone) was shot in Naples, FL –
about 60 miles south of Sarasota — saw nothing about it in the paper.
Shades of the old Buck Rogers!
Perhaps your next aviation adventure should lean in this direction!! “The video below was sent to me by a friend. Afterward, I found several others including one where he set a world record for distance traveled of 7,388 ft. The board has 4 small turbojet engines (used in RC model aircraft) for lift and 2 smaller ones on the side for stabilization. The backpack is full of fuel (not flotation). There is a remote to control the vertical thrust. The control of the craft is through shifting one’s balance (along with a computer to aid in stabilization).” This 5 minute video just in from an event in Naples, Florida.Caution: This may blow your mind! Just click on the link below. The Incredible Flyboard Air
After world war II, 1940’s and 1950’s cars became lower, longer and broader in look, as well as more massive and hefty. The semi automatic transmissionwas introduced by Hudson, and the driver could change between manual and semi-automatic with the push of a button.
The US-made cars offered huge trunk sizes, width and length.
In the 1940s a new car cost about $800 and
a gallon of gas was about 18 cents, not a bad deal.
In the 50s, chrome was introduced to more cars and also a more luxurious
look in a country slowly getting back to its feet after the war.
The 1950s saw a huge boom in American car manufacturing,
and during that time, the US made more cars than England,
France, Japan, Sweden and many other nations put together –
and many times over.
The 50’s was the decade of cars, and the huge demand
What flying was like over 100 years ago. No in flight-movies, no wi-fi connection andworst of all no pretty stewardesses, how did they make a go of this? The aircraft lookslike the tail is going to fall off with the slightest bit of turbulence.
Flying Aboard The Handley Page HP-42.
Imperial Airways 1931 to 1939
If people had serious money in the 1930s and traveled internationally, they may wellhave
flown on one of these large (130 foot wingspan) Handley Page bi-plane
aircraft, which were the mainstay of British Imperial Airways at the
carried 26 passengers in first class only, in three different
compartments. The first class saloon, the bar and cocktail area, andthe smoking section.
These machines were ubiquitous, extremely safe (no passenger in a HP-42 was everkilled
in 10 years of international and domestic operations from 1930 until
1940), very comfortable in seating, leg room and service, hot meals wereserved
on bone china with silver cutlery, free liquor flowed, overnights were
in the very best hotels. There was no rush, no waiting in lines andeveryone was well dressed.
Flying along at a few thousand feet, one could see every interesting feature passing below.
At 95 to 110 mph. one also had time to look at the passing panorama. It took four daysto
a week (depending on headwinds and weather) to fly from London to Cape
Town, South Africa by only flying a few hours a day, and staying at the
best hotels in Europe, Cairo, Khartoum and the Victoria Falls.
All stops to India also made for an interesting choice of destinations.
The Handley Page HP-42 “Helena” of Imperial Airways. 1932.
“Hanno” at Samakh, Lake Tiberias in Palestine, 1931. Bi-plane aircraft,
such as Tiger Moths, can land anywhere; wherever there is a stretch of
1930 flying magazine’s view of the new HP-42 airliner. The Bristol
Jupiter engines were initially 450 hp and later bumped up to 550 hp.
The crew. The Captain, almost certainly, would have flown in the First World War(love his cigar).
Khartoum , Sudan Boarding for the flight south. Only one more overnight and then theywill be taking in the sights of Lake Victoria.
was only one class; First Class. This is the forward saloon. Note the
gentleman’s pith helmet in the rack. Airspeed indicator and altitude
displays – as in modern jets – are on the bulkhead.
Cabin of a Handley Page HP-42. 1931. British Imperial Airways.
The cockpit of a Handley Page HP-42 airliner. London, 1931. No powered controls here.
HP-42 airliner ready for a night flight. London’s Croydon aerodrome, 1931.
Here’s an excellent set of photo’s, I’ve never seen before! Enjoy.
please click on to the link (at the bottom) and watch through the end
Sinatra considered Kate Smith the best singer of her time, and said
that when he and a million other guys first heard her sing “God Bless
America” on the radio, they all pretended to have dust in their eyes as
they wiped away a tear or two.
are the facts… The link at the bottom will take you to a video
showing the very first public singing of “GOD BLESS AMERICA”. But before
you watch it, you should also know the story behind the first public
showing of the song.
time was 1940. America was still in a terrible economic depression.
Hitler was taking over Europe and Americans were afraid we’d have to go
to war. It was a time of hardship and worry for most Americans.
This was the era just before TV, when radio shows wereHUGE,
and American families sat around their radios in the evenings,
listening to their favorite entertainers, and no entertainer of that era
was bigger than KateSmith.
was also large; plus size, as we now say, and the popular phrase still
used today is in deference to her, “It ain’t over till the fat lady
Kate Smith might not have made it big in the age of TV, but with her voicecoming over the radio, she was the biggest star of her time.
was also patriotic. It hurt her to see Americans so depressed and
afraid of what the next day would bring. She had hope for America, andfaith
in her fellow Americans. She wanted to do something to cheer them up,
so she went to the famous American song-writer, Irving Berlin (who also
wrote “White Christmas”) and asked him to write a song that would
feel good again about their country. When she described what she was
looking for, he said he had just the song for her. He went to his files
and found a song that he had written, but never published, 22 years
before – way back in 1917. He gave it to her and she worked on it with
her studio orchestra. She and Irving Berlin were not sure how the song
would be received by the public, but both agreed they would not take any
profits from God Bless America. Any profits would go to the Boy Scouts
of America. Over the years, the Boy Scouts have received millions of
dollars in royalties from this song.
video starts out with Kate Smith coming into the radio studio with the
orchestra and an audience. She introduces the new song for the very
first time, and starts singing. After the first couple verses, with her
voice in the background still singing, scenes are shown from the 1940
movie, “You’re In the Army Now.” At the 4:20 mark of the video you see a
young actor in the movie, sitting in an office, reading a paper; it’s
this day, God Bless America stirs our patriotic feelings and pride in
our country. Back in 1940, when Kate Smith went looking for a song to
raise the spirits of her fellow Americans, I doubt whether she realized
just how successful the results would be for her fellow Americans during
those years of hardship and worry….. And for many generations of
Americans to follow.
Now that you know the story of the song, I hope you’ll enjoy it. Many
people don’t know there’s a lead in to the song since it usually starts
with”God Bless America …..” So here’s the entire song as originally
Cat-shrubs in English parks. The English surrealist painter Richard Saunders uses thick shrubs and trees to create his enormous cats! Once he saw trees cut in the shape of clouds on a picture and got the idea to turn shrubs into sculptures of cats. The prototype that served him is his cat Tolly, deceased, the Russian Blue.
We can see these cats in many corners of England, and are much appreciated by the population.
of the most interesting sections in the book of ‘Guinness World
Records’ was always the one that held the records for the world’s
largest things, such as the world’s tallest man or the largest egg ever
laid. However, there are actually a lot of things in our world that are
far bigger in reality than most people would expect. Keep scrolling to
see the full scale of 20 different things:
1. The immense size of a fully grown wombat.
2. This is a giant leatherback sea turtle.
3. How many Earths would be able to fit inside the Sun?
4. Here’s an average-sized giant African land snail.
5. I had no idea an eagle talon was so enormous!
6. The size of an average blue whale’s heart.
7. The Titanic in a comparison with a modern cruise liner.
8. Quetzalcoatlus Northropi – the largest flying animal to ever live.
9. A pair of fully-inflated horse lungs.
10. This is how big a moose really is.
11. Nice to meet you!
12. Some road signs really are that huge!
13. This saltwater crocodile is a colossus!
14. The view from Earth if our moon was replaced by Saturn.
15. The true size of Michaelangelo’s David.
16. The terrifying size of a gorilla’s hand.
17. Standing beside a single wind turbine blade.
18. Comparing a comet to the city of LA.
19. Here’s a giant oceanic manta ray. Scary!
20. Here’s how big the USA is in comparison with the moon.
A: Gulf opened up the first station in Pittsburgh in 1913.
Q: What city was the first to use parking meters?
A: Oklahoma City, on July 16, 1935.
Q: Where was the first drive-in restaurant?
A: Royce Hailey’s Pig Stand opened in Dallas in 1921.
Q: True or False? The 1953 Corvette came in white, red and black.
A: False. The 1953 ‘Vett’s were available in one color, Polo White.
Q: What was Ford’s answer to the Chevy Corvette, and other legal street racers of the 1960’s?
A: Carroll Shelby’s Mustang GT350.
Q: What was the first car fitted with an alternator, rather than a direct current dynamo?
A: The 1960 Plymouth Valiant
Q: What was the first car fitted witha replaceable cartridge oil filter?
A: The 1924 Chrysler.
Q: What was the first car to be offered with a “perpetual guarantee”?
A: The 1904 Acme, from Reading, PA. Perpetuity was disturbing in this case, as Acme closed down in 1911.
Q: What American luxury automaker beganby making cages for birds and squirrels?
A: The George N. Pierce Co of Buffalo, who made the Pierce Arrow, also made iceboxes.
Q: What car first referred to itself as a convertible?
A: The 1904 Thomas Flyer, which had a removable hard top.
Q: What car was the first to have it’s radioantenna embedded in the windshield?
A: The 1969 Pontiac Grand Prix.
Q: What car used the first successful series-production hydraulic valve lifters?
A: The 1930 Cadillac 452, the first production V16
Q: Where was the World’s first three-color traffic lights installed?
A: Detroit, Michigan in 1919. Two years later they experimented with synchronized lights.
Q: What type of car had the distinction of being GM’s 100 millionth car built in the U.S.?
A: March 16, 1966 saw an Olds Tornado rollout of Lansing, Michigan with that honor.
Q: Where was the first drive-in movie theater opened, and when?
A: Camden, NJ in 1933
Q: What autos were the first to use a standardized production key-start system?
A: The 1949 Chryslers
Q: What did the Olds designation 4-4-2 stand for?
A: 4 barrel carburetor, 4 speed transmission, and dual exhaust.
Q: What car was the first to place thehorn button in the center of the steering wheel?
A: The 1915 Scripps-Booth Model C. The car also was the first with electric door latches.
Q: What U.S. production car had the quickest 0-60 mph time?
A: The 1962 Chevrolet Impala SS 409.
Q: What’s the only car to appear simultaneously on the covers of Time and Newsweek?
A: The Mustang
Q: What was the lowest priced mass produced American car?
A: The 1925 Ford Model T Runabout. Cost $260, $5 less than 1924.
Q: What is the fastest internal-combustion American production car?
A: The 1998 Dodge Viper GETS-R, tested byMotor Trend magazine at 192.6 mph.
Q: What automaker’s first logo incorporated the Star of David?
A: The Dodge Brothers.
Who wrote to Henry Ford, “I have drove fords exclusively when I could
get away with one It has got every other car skinned, and even if my
business hasn’t been strictly legal it don’t hurt anything to tell you
what a fine car you got in the V-8”?
A: Clyde Barrow (of Bonnie and Clyde) in 1934.
Q: What car was the first production V12, as well as the first production car with aluminum pistons?
A: The 1915 Packard Twin-Six. Used during WWI in Italy, these motors inspired Enzi Ferrari to adopt the V12 himself in 1948.
Q: What was the first car to use power operated seats?
A: They were first used on the 1947 Packard line.
Q: Which of the Chrysler “letter cars” sold the fewest amount?
A: Only 400, 1963, 300J’s were sold
Q: What car company was originallyknown as Swallow Sidecars (aka SS)?
A: Jaguar, which was an SS model first in 1935, and ultimately the whole company by 1945.
Q: What car delivered the first production V12 engine?
A: The cylinder wars were kicked off in 1915 after Packard’s chief engineer, Col. Jesse Vincent, introduced its Twin-Six.
Q: When were seat belts first fitted to a motor vehicle?
A: In 1902, in a Baker Electric streamliner racer which crashed at 100 mph. on Staten Island!
In January 1930, Cadillac debuted it’s V16 in a car named for a
theatrical version of a 1920’s film seen by Harley Earl while designing
the body, What’s that name?
The “Madam X”, a custom coach designed by Earl and built by Fleetwood.
The sedan featured a retractable landau top above the rear seat.
Q: Which car company started out German, yet became French after WWI?
A: Bugatti, founded in Molsheim in 1909, became French when Alsace returned to French rule.
Q: In what model year did Cadillacintroduce the first electric sunroof?
Q: What U.S. production car had the largest 4 cylinder engine?
A: The 1907 Thomas sported a 571 cu. in. (9.2liter) engine.
Q: What car was reportedly designed on the back of a Northwest Airlines airsickness bag and released on April Fool’s Day, 1970?
A: 1970 Gremlin, (AMC)
Q: What is the Spirit of Ecstasy?
A: The official name of the mascot of Rolls Royce, she is the lady on top of their radiatorsAlso known as “Nellie in her nighty”.
Q: What was the inspiration for MG’s famed octagon-shaped badge?
A: The shape of founder Cecil Kimber’s dining table. MG stands for Morris Garages.
Q: In what year did the “double-R” Rolls Royce badge change from red to black?
Trivia Extra.. Ford, who made the first pick-up trucks, shipped them to dealers in wood crates thatthe new owners had to assemble using the crates as the beds of the trucks. The new owners had to go to the dealers to get the crates, thus they had to “pick-up” the trucks. And now you know the “rest of the story.”
A few will remember it. This was Christmas Eve 1968. It is said to be the world’s most famous photograph, “Earthrise.” It’s been on the cover of TIME and on stamps. But did you know it almost didn’t happen. The site below is outstanding. It takes you right onto the module with the 3 astronauts and you hear them as they see it for the first time. A picture like this, taken by a human, is not likely to happen again even in the distant future.
If you have ever wondered about the story behind the photograph known as “Lunch Atop A Skyscraper” then you’ll find this video interesting to watch. Even if the scene was set by the photographer, it’s still impressive to me given the lack of safety lines and the extreme daring that is displayed by these men in a casual manner. I had no idea that the photographer who took the photograph can’t be identified as there were several taking photos that day.
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
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!
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!
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.
After.. The 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. 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. I 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
I 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 Hiding the Lockheed Plant during World War II – wow this is amazing!
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.
Hi-Fi’s & 45 RPM records.
78 RPM records!
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,
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.
Over 100,000 Allied bomber crewmen were killed over Europe.
More U.S. servicemen died in the Air Corps than the Marine Corps.
Polish Catholic midwife Stanisawa Leszczyñska 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.
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.
Only 20 percent of 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)
Only one out of 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.
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!!!
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.
The mortality rate for POWs in Russian camps was 85 percent.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.