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A Few Answers To Questions You Always Wondered About

May 10, 2017 | 1 Comment » | Topics: Interesting |

What’s it like to live in Venezuala

I don’t know about the rest of the country but in my state the long lines are out of control. The government implemented a system in which you are given only one day of the week to be able to buy and this is decided according to your ID number. If your ID’s last number is 1-2 you can only buy on Mondays, if it’s 3 you only buy on Tuesdays and on and on. That doesn’t make the lines any smaller but I guess it would be even worse otherwise. Until recently people used to wake up really early in the morning, usually 4 am, to go to the store and be first in line, waiting several hours until the stores are open or it’s their turn to buy. My family tells me they’ve been waiting in lines as long as 8 hours to get a bag of milk, 2 bottles of cooking oil and flour (to make arepas). Recently they banned people from making lines before stores where opened and started issuing buses with military officers taking anyone who’s outside a store before it’s open and detaining them for 24 hours. I’ve heard they make then clean the military’s establishment but I have no way of backing this up. They call the buses “Dracula’s Bus”. This hasn’t stopped people from trying to get to the stores early in the morning so what they are doing now is hiding in the bushes so the military can’t spot them until they are able to buy.

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How The American Jet Fighter Cockpit Has Evolved Through Time

May 9, 2017 | No Comments » | Topics: Interesting |

The 100 year history of airplanes has seen a lot of improvements in the field of mechanical engineering. One aspect that has changed the most is the cockpit itself, especially that of jet fighters. Early models were efficient for the era, but nowhere near the engineering marvels that are the centerpieces of today’s mighty aircraft. Here’s at look at the cockpit’s evolution from 1945 to the modern day…

 

Lockheed P-80A Shooting Star (1945)

The first jet fighter to go into service with the United States, this first generation jet fighter took lessons learned from fighter planes in WW2 and incorporated them into a basic cockpit design.

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A Damn Fine Collection Of Fascinating Photos And Videos

May 8, 2017 | 3 Comments » | Topics: Interesting |

Blue Whale, 75 ft boat for scale

 

Last photo taken by combat photographer Spc. Hilda Clayton seconds before her death

“A mortar tube accidentally explodes during an Afghan National Army live-fire training exercise in Laghman province, Afghanistan, July 2, 2013. This photo was taken by U.S. Army Spc. Hilda Clayton, who died in the blast. (US Army)”

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Fascinating Photos Collected From History

May 4, 2017 | No Comments » | Topics: Interesting |

Robert McGee, scalped as a child by Sioux Chief Little Turtle in 1864

Although the custom of “scalping” was once practiced in Europe and Asia, it is generally associated with North American native groups. In scalping, the skin around the crown of the head was cut and removed from the enemy’s skull, usually causing death. In addition to its value as a war trophy, a scalp was often believed to bestow the possessor with the powers of the scalped enemy. In their early wars with Native Americans, European colonists of North America retaliated against hostile native groups by adopting their practice of scalp taking. Bounties were offered for them by colonial authorities, which in turn led to an escalation of intertribal warfare and scalping in North America.

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Trophy Hunter Known For Killing Elephants And Lions Gets Eaten By Crocodiles

May 3, 2017 | 25 Comments » | Topics: Interesting |

Hunter becomes the hunted; Scott Van Zyl made his living taking wealthy clients on “safaris” for the sole purpose of bringing home trophies like leopards, zebras, wildebeests and even lions. Now, investigators in Zimbabwe believe that Van Zyl ended up on the wrong end of the predator-prey relationship, and DNA tests have confirmed that he was attacked, killed, and eaten by crocodiles while on a hunting trip.

Van Zyl, who ran SS Pro Safaris, offered specials for hunters to spend a week or more on his hunting lands which border nature preserves, with the promise of killing up to seven different species for $9,000. He also offered other hunting expeditions with targets like elephants and giraffes, though specifics for those, including prices, aren’t listed on the company’s site. Photos of clients holding the bodies of several rare species are posted on Van Zyl’s site, along with the motto “Stop whining, go hunting.”

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A Few Answers To Questions You Always Wondered About

May 3, 2017 | No Comments » | Topics: Interesting |

How Was The Buddhist Monk Able To Burn Himself To Death Without Moving A Muscle?

The famous quote by David Halberstam, American journalist who was present at the scene, adds a lot of detail to the visual experience we have with the picture:

I was to see that sight again, but once was enough. Flames were coming  from a human being; his body was slowly withering and shriveling up, his  head blackening and charring. In the air was the smell of burning human  flesh; human beings burn surprisingly quickly. Behind me I could hear  the sobbing of the Vietnamese who were now gathering. I was too shocked  to cry, too confused to take notes or ask questions, too bewildered to  even think.

Later we learned that the man was a priest named Thich Quang Duc who had come to the square as part of a Buddhist procession, had been doused with gasoline by two other priests, had then assumed the cross-legged “lotus” position and had set a match to himself. As he burned he never moved a muscle, never uttered a sound, his outward composure in sharp contrast to the wailing people  around him.

Isn’t it bewildering that the monk himself was demonstrating such self-control while his body painfully burned to death, and bystanders were wailing, utterly shocked by the sight, despite suffering no physical pain themselves?
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A Damn Fine Collection Of Fascinating Photos And Videos

May 1, 2017 | 2 Comments » | Topics: Interesting |

In Iraq, in the book market, books remain in the street at night because Iraqis say: the reader does not steal and the thief does not read

 

The handwriting on a Russian medical prescription

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Pulitzer Prize ‘Feature Photography’ Winners, 1968—2017

April 27, 2017 | 1 Comment » | Topics: Interesting |

1968 – Toshio Sakai of United Press International for his Vietnam War combat photograph, “Dreams of Better Times.”

 

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