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.
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.
2 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.
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.
4 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.
5 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.
6 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.
7 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.
8 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.
9 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.
10 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.
11 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.
12 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.
13 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.
14 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.
15 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.
16 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?
17 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.
18 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.
Stunning Photos of Animals you’ve probably never seen before
1 – Frilled shark
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
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
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
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
The amber phantom butterfly (Haetera piera), found in the Guianas, Brazil, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia and Venezuela.
6 – The Pistol Shrimp
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
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
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
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.
“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
The Amazon milk frog, a large species of arboreal frog native to the Amazon Rainforest in South America.
12 – Glass frogs
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
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
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
This 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
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
18 – Hermit Crab
19 – Purple frogs
20 – Satanic Leaf Tailed Gecko
21 – Rare Albino Alligator
22 – One of the few albino whales on earth
23 – Stunning Albino Bengal Tiger
24 – Incredibly rare albino giraffe
25 – Pink fairy armadillo!
26 – Tube-nosed fruit bat
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
28 – Indian Bull Frog
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
30 – Friendly Albino Gorilla
31 – Theridion grallator – the happy faced spider.
America the beautiful in autumn. Here are the predicted peak fall foliage dates for the 48 contiguous states
(below) America is always beautiful, but especially so in autumn when fall foliage is reaching peak colors. All sorts of people and sites make prediction for when the colors will be the best, but here are the peak fall foliage dates for the 48 contiguous states, according to the Farmers’ Almanac. Photo #1 by ForestWander
(below) Sweet home Alabama fall color trails: “As the greens of summer surrender to glittering yellow poplars, scarlet dogwoods, orange maples and golden hickories, Alabama unfolds its patchwork quilt of color. This blend of brilliant autumn foliage, coupled with cooler temperatures and an occasional gentle breeze, makes for an unforgettable experience.” The Farmers’ Almanac predicts the most probable 2013 peak colors in Alabama will be from Oct. 19 – Nov. 4. This shot is of a group of paddleboarders passing in front of bright fall foliage at Oak Mountain State Park in Birmingham, Alabama. Photo #2 by The Birmingham News/Bernard Troncale/Alabama Media Group
(above) Autumn and fall foliage in Sedona, Arizona. The predicted peak color dates for Arizona are Oct. 5 – 21. Photo #3 by John Morgan
(below)The peak foliage dates for Arkansas were divided into two parts: Overall the dates are Oct. 19 – Nov. 4, but the Arkansas Ozarks are predicted to peak between Oct. 12 – 28. Although there were many gorgeous fall photos, this one won out in our opinion due to the capture as well as the 300–year–old legend that goes along with Petit Jean State Park Cedar Falls. Petit Jean was a French girl who disguised herself as a boy so she could secretly accompany her sweetheart, an early explorer, to the New World and to this Arkansas mountain. Photo #4 by Arkansas Department of Parks & Tourism
(below) Aspen tree fall yellow color in California. The photographer noted the location as “off Tioga Pass and Conway Summit north of Lee Vining, CA, off Virginia Lake Road.” California peak foliage color predictions are from Oct. 15 – 31. Photo #5 by Mike Baird
(below) Autumn in Baldwin, Colorado, a state where Oct. 5 – 14 is the predicted peak time for fall colors. Photo #6 by Pam Morris
(below) Old House and Black Walnut Tree in Pleasant Valley – Gaddistown, Union County, Georgia. Autumn peak colorful season for Georgia is predicted to be between Oct. 19 – Nov. 4. Photo #10 by JR P (UGArdener)
(below) Fall foliage and floating camp on the Ouachita River in Louisiana. The photographer added, “There are no roads to this camp, only access is by water. Notice that the camp is floating on pontoons and Styrofoam, the pole on the sides guide the camp up and down as the water rises and falls.” Autumn colors in Louisiana are predicted to peak around Nov. 2 – 11. Photo #17 by FinchLake
(below) Brilliant red fall foliage in Grantwood. Peak autumn dates for Missouri: (Northern) Oct. 5 – 21; (Southern) Oct. 12 – 28. Photo #24 by Thomas Hawk
(below) Autumn at Bushkill Falls, the ‘Niagara of Pennsylvania.’ Pennsylvania predicted peak fall foliage dates are between Oct. 5 – 21. Photo #37 by Jason (jasonb42882)
(below) Beginning of yellows in the fall foliage of the Black Hills, South Dakota. This aerial view is of the Friendship Tower on Mt. Roosevelt. South Dakota colors are expected to peak between Oct. 5 – 21. Photo #40 by USDA
(below) “The subtleties of autumn in Vermont,” noted the photographer. Vermont Peak fall foliage dates are predicted by the Farmers’ Almanac as: (Northern) Sept. 24 – Oct. 10; (Southern) Oct. 5 – 14. Photo #44 by Professor Bop
(below) Autumn in Seattle, Washington. The photographer called this sweet capture “Growing old together.” Washington is predicted to see peak foliage colors between Oct. 12 – 28. Photo #46 by Rachel Sarai
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