20160813

Live Octopus Served in Korea and Japan



The dish Sannakji is served in Japan and Korea.

This a live octopus chopped into pieces or whole.

His tentacles still squirm when the bowl is put on the table.

The dish is quite dangerous. In some countries it is forbidden.

The tentacles are covered with powerful suction cups that can suck in the throat and strangle a consumer. (video link below)

Video: Eating a live octopus whole (sannakji)

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20160811

A Haunting or a hoax?


This creepy image from 1925 shows a little girl standing by the grave of her dead sister.

Her father took the photo of the living one by the edge of a lake, only later he saw the reflection in the water of two girls, not one.

The girl was visiting the grave of her twin sister who died in a house fire the year before. 

Parents of the girl saw her, on many occasions, talking to her sister like she was playing in her room, but no one was there, and they thought it was just part of the grieving process.

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20160810

Solar storm almost sparked nuclear war in 1967


A solar storm of historic proportions in May 1967 interfered with American radar installations and raised tensions, leading to aircraft being prepared for launch, according to the American Geophysical Union.

The solar storm was so powerful it disturbed Ballistic Missile Early Warning System sites in Alaska, Greenland, and the U.K. on May 23, 1967. 

This was seen as the system being jammed.

Space weather experts at the Air Force’s Air Weather Service and NORAD figured out what was going on.

Officials got the correct information to the right people in time, averting a possible disaster.

Picture: Aerial view of three radar stations at the Ballistic Missile Early Warning System in Anderson, Alaska, in the 1960s.

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This is how babies used to fly on airplanes.


How do you transport a baby on a long airline flight?

During the 1950s, engineers at the British Overseas Airways Corporation (what we now call British Airways), developed the "skycot." 

High Life, British Airways' in-flight magazine, tells us that parents would hold babies during takeoff and landing, but, while in the air, would place them in these hammocks clamped onto the overhead luggage racks.

The Yucatán Peninsula



The Yucatán Peninsula (Spanish: Península de Yucatán), in southeastern Mexico, separates the Caribbean Sea from the Gulf of Mexico, with the northern coastline on the Yucatán Channel.

The name Yucatán comes from a misunderstanding.

The first Spanish explorers asked what the area was called and the response they received, "Yucatan," was a Yucatec Maya word meaning "I don't understand what you're saying."

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20160809

Olympic gold medals contain only 1% gold


The amount of gold in an Olympic gold medal has fallen to 1.34 percent, thanks to gold prices that recently peaked at $1,895 an ounce. 

20160808

Floral Flag


The floral flag is 740 feet wide and 390 feet high and maintains the proper flag dimensions as described in executive order #10834. 

This flag is 6.65 acres and is the first floral flag to be planted with 5 pointed stars, each star is 24 feet in diameter; each stripe is 30 feet wide. 

This flag is estimated to contain more than 400,000 Larkspur plants with 4-5 flower stems each for a total of more than 2 million flowers.

The floral flag pictured was planted in the City of Lompoc, California, as a tribute by the Bodger Seed Company after the 9/11 attacks of September 2001.

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20160806

Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire


On March 25, 1911, 145 people died in one of the worst factory fires of all time. 

Worse yet, their deaths could have been prevented. Doors inside the factory were locked. As a result of the fire at the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory, new laws and regulations were instituted to ensure workers’ safety.

As a result of the disaster, the Sullivan-Hoey Fire Prevention Law was passed. So was other legislation and regulations. New state laws mandated “fire sprinklers, fire drills, and unlocked and outward-swinging doors.”

Among other provisions, additional laws required the removal of fire hazards such as rubbish, the use of fireproof waste receptacles, the protection of gas jets, the prohibition of smoking in the factory, the presence of fire escapes and exits, and the assignment of building occupancy limits.

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20160805

William James "Gates" Brown


William James "Gates" Brown (May 2, 1939 – September 27, 2013) was an American Major League Baseball player who spent his entire career with the Detroit Tigers

On August 7, 1968, Brown made history. He wasn't in the starting lineup, so he decided to grab two hot dogs from the clubhouse. He was ordered by manager Mayo Smith to pinch hit. He stuffed the hot dogs in his jersey to hide them from his manager.

"I always wanted to get a hit every time I went to the plate. But this was one time I didn't want to get a hit. I'll be damned if I didn't smack one in the gap and I had to slide into second—head first, no less. 

I was safe with a double. But when I stood up, I had mustard and ketchup and smashed hot dogs and buns all over me."

"The fielders took one look at me, turned their backs and damned near busted a gut laughing at me. 

My teammates in the dugout went crazy." 

After fining Brown $100, Smith said, "What the hell were you doing eating on the bench in the first place?" 

20160804

The record for surviving the longest without food or liquids


Andreas Mihavecz is an Austrian from Bregenz who holds the record of surviving the longest without any food or liquids.

On 1 April 1979, the then 18-year-old bricklayer's apprentice was put into custody in a holding cell for being a passenger in a crashed car and completely forgotten about by the three policemen responsible for him.

Each of them thought that the two others had already freed Mihavecz. They also ignored the pleas of his worried mother, who was concerned for what might have happened to her son.

20160803

Talking parrot missing for 4 years found, now speaks Spanish


When Nigel vanished four years ago, he spoke with a cultivated British accent.

Little is known about where the African grey parrot went, what he did — or who he was with — in those missing years. 

But when he was reunited with his owner, Darren Chick, in Torrance, the British accent was gone and the bird was chattering in Spanish, often mentioning the name “Larry.”

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20160801

University of Texas mass murder in 1966, 50 years ago


Charles Joseph Whitman (June 24, 1941 – August 1, 1966) was an American engineering student at the University of Texas and mass murderer who gunned down 49 people, killing 16.

In the early morning hours of August 1, 1966, Whitman murdered his wife and his mother in their homes. 

Later that day, he brought a number of guns, including rifles, a shotgun, and handguns, to the campus of the University of Texas at Austin where, over an approximate 90- to 95-minute period, he killed 14 people and wounded 32 others in a mass shooting in and around the Tower. 

Whitman shot and killed three people inside the university's tower and eleven others after firing at random from the 28th-floor observation deck of the Main Building. 

Armed Texans

Texas has over one million concealed handgun license holders.

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20160730

5 West Virginian Children Disappeared On Christmas Eve…And Were Never Heard From Again


Late on Christmas Eve, December 24, 1945, in Fayetteville, West Virginia, United States, a fire destroyed the home of George Sodder, his wife Jennie and nine of their ten children. Four of those nine were rescued, and the bodies of the other five were never found. The Sodders believed for the rest of their lives that the five missing children survived.

The Sodders never rebuilt the house, instead converting the site into a memorial garden to their lost children. In the 1950s, as they came to doubt that the children had perished, they put up a billboard at the site along State Route 16 with pictures of the five, offering a reward for information that would bring closure to the case. It remained up until shortly after Jennie Sodder's death in the late 1980s.

In support of their belief that the children survived, the Sodders have pointed to a number of unusual circumstances before and during the fire. George disputed the fire department's finding that the blaze was electrical in origin, noting that he had recently had the house rewired and inspected. He and his wife suspected arson, leading to theories that the children had been taken by the Sicilian Mafia, perhaps in retaliation for George's outspoken criticism of Benito Mussolini and the Fascist government of his native Italy.

State and federal efforts to investigate the case further in the early 1950s yielded no new information. The family did, however, later receive what may have been a picture of one of the boys as an adult during the 1960s. Their one surviving daughter, along with their grandchildren, has continued to publicize the case in the 21st century in the media and online.

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20160729

The Year Without A Summer


In 1815 a volcanic eruption caused the following year’s weather patterns to be drastically different. 

People across the world experienced unusual weather and increased hardships, but they did not associate the volcano with the conditions at the time. 

This strange phenomenon deeply affected the Eastern U.S. and the Appalachian Mountains, but hit the whole world, causing odd rain events and weather that could not be explained, and altering the course of human history.

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20160728

Rabbits Illegal


Because rabbits are an invasive species, it’s illegal in Queensland, Australia, to own a pet rabbit unless you can prove that you’re a magician.

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20160727

Lt. Col. Oliver North - 1987. We should have listened.


It was 1987! At a lecture the other day they were playing an old news video of Lt. Col. Oliver North testifying at the Iran-Contra hearings during the Reagan Administration. There was Ollie in front of God and country getting the third degree, but what he said was stunning!

He was being drilled by a senator, "did you not recently spend close to $60,000 for a home security system?"

Ollie replied, "yes Sir, I did".

The senator continued, trying to get a laugh out of the audience,

"Isn't that just a little excessive?"

"No sir" continued Ollie.

"No, and why not?" the senator asked.

"Because the lives of my family and I were threatened sir".

"Threatened? By whom?" the senator questioned.

"By a Muslim terrorist sir". Ollie answer.

"Terrorist? What terrorist could possibly scare you that much?"

"His name is Abu Nidal, "the principal, foremost assassin in the world today."

At this point the senator tried to repeat the name, but couldn't pronounce it, which most people back then probably couldn't. A couple of people laughed at the attempt. Then the senator continued. "Why are you so afraid of this man?", the senator asked.

"Because sir, he is the most evil person alive that I know of", Ollie answered, "And the Muslims are trying to take over America and destroy it from the inside out and putting their people into our political offices.

"And what do you recommend we do about him?", asked the senator.

"Well, sir, if it was up to me, I would recommend that an assassin team be formed to eliminate him and his men from the face of the earth."

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20160726

Moscow Water Dogs


Moscow Water Dogs were bred in Krasnaya Zvezda, Belarus, by interbreeding Newfoundland males with East European Shepherd and Caucasian Ovcharka females, and by mating the offspring with each other. 

They were developed as a water rescue/lifesaving dog, but according to O. Krasnovskaya, "That was not a good idea as they were not willing to save drowning people, but mostly were looking to bite them.

So this breed was never developed".

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