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Those Ansel Adams Garage Sale Plates? Not So Much…Maybe

The mystery of the Ansel Adams garage sale negatives keeps taking on new twists, but the latest twist might have solved it once and for all.

KTVU in Oakland is reporting that a Bay Area woman named Mariam l. Walton has come forward with apparently solid proof that the photographs were not taken by Ansel Adams but her Uncle Earl. She was watching KTVU report on the story Tuesday when she suddenly saw a photograph of the Jeffrey Pine on Sentinal Dome and recognized it as a print her uncle Earl Brooks made back in 1923.

via Ansel Adams Garage Sale Mystery Apparently Solved.

There is an overlay at the above link that allows you to blink compare the two photos which the author of the post claims are identical but they are in fact not exactly the same. Note differences in the positions of smaller parts of the tree across the bottom and differences in the clouds. So the mystery continues, in my opinion, although they could have been taken with the same camera from the same spot a few minutes apart. If that is true then it looks like Uncle Earl could be our guy.

See this previous post

July 30, 2010 Posted by | Photos | | Comments Off on Those Ansel Adams Garage Sale Plates? Not So Much…Maybe

You should own a hotel before you sell it.

An out-of-work truck driver has been jailed for five years for trying to sell London’s exclusive Ritz Hotel for £250 million.

Anthony Lee had persuaded a financier and a property dealer that he was an associate of the Barclay brothers, the hotel’s owners, reports the BBC.

In what the judge called ‘an elaborate and outrageous scam’, Lee intimated that the brothers had secret reasons for selling their hotel and wanted to do it through a third party.

via Man jailed for trying to sell The Ritz | Orange UK.

July 30, 2010 Posted by | Dumb Crook | | Comments Off on You should own a hotel before you sell it.

500-Foot Tall Billboards – Stay Classy, Miami.

Miami is about to get a taste of Times Square, now that the city’s commissioners have given their okay to a plan that would erect a pair of towering electronic signs.Even though the project faced vehement opposition from some residents, the commissioners still voted 4-1 to approve the billboards, which would reach nearly 500 feet into the Miami sky.The reason? Money. The billboards will provide the city with at least $2 million a year in fees.

via  The Consumerist.

I wonder how these monstrosities will behave in a hurricane. Having a 500 foot sign fall on you could ruin your whole day.

July 30, 2010 Posted by | Dumb Bureaucrats, Dumb Stuff | Comments Off on 500-Foot Tall Billboards – Stay Classy, Miami.

Paul Yarrow: The best thing on the news

Paul Yarrow — star of BBC1, ITV, Channel 4, Sky News and even the Qatar-based Al Jazeera network — has appeared on television more than 100 times this year. The only problem is that the BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Sky News and Al Jazeera don’t want him to be there.

What they want is for their TV reporters to be left in peace. What they don’t want is Yarrow — a balding, fat man who often wears a wrinkled white sweater — popping up behind their star correspondents, distracting viewers from the Very Important News that they are trying to deliver.

via Paul Yarrow: ‘The news raider’ man behind news Fidgetwith | Mail Online.

Mr. Yarrow has pretty much clinched the idea that “reporters” get their news from a police scanner. How else would he be able to be on the scene of 100 live reports?

July 29, 2010 Posted by | cool people, cool stuff, Fun stuff | | Comments Off on Paul Yarrow: The best thing on the news

Zedonk Baby picture. Wait. Zedonk??

A zedonk, an unusual cross between a donkey and a zebra, is attracting attention at the Chestatee Wildlife Preserve in Dahlonega after being born there about a week ago.

The animal, which has a zebra father and donkey mother, has black stripes prominently displayed on her legs and face.

via Zedonk hybrid born at Ga. wildlife preserve.

July 29, 2010 Posted by | animals | | Comments Off on Zedonk Baby picture. Wait. Zedonk??

56 Years old, 64 miles. Not just another swim.

Mum-of-two Jackie, 56, took 28 hours, 44 minutes to reach Calais from Dover after tides took her off course – swimming 64 MILES instead of the usual 21.

With husband David, 59, in a nearby boat, she beat Henry Sullivan’s 1923 record of 26 hours, 50 minutes.

via She’s not ferry fast | The Sun |News.

July 29, 2010 Posted by | cool stuff, People | | Comments Off on 56 Years old, 64 miles. Not just another swim.

Yesterday’s Thunder Storm…One Half Hour, One Inch Of Rain

July 28, 2010. Video and copyright by Al Robbins

July 29, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | Comments Off on Yesterday’s Thunder Storm…One Half Hour, One Inch Of Rain

Deputy making arrest has to pay admission to get in to a fair to do it

A police officer responding to the LaPorte County Fair to make an arrest was delayed by an attendant at the gate who insisted that he pay.

It’s an incident that officials with the fair and sheriff’s office were reluctant to speak much about Monday.

via  WSBT -South Bend | Local News.

July 27, 2010 Posted by | cops, Dumb Bureaucrats, Dumb Stuff | Comments Off on Deputy making arrest has to pay admission to get in to a fair to do it

I Think I’ll Go To A Few Garage Sales This Weekend

Rick Norsigian’s hobby of picking through piles of unwanted items at garage sales in search of antiques has paid off for the Fresno, California, painter.Two small boxes he bought 10 years ago for $45 — negotiated down from $70 — are now estimated to be worth at least $200 million, according to a Beverly Hills art appraiser.

Those boxes contained 65 glass negatives created by famed nature photographer Ansel Adams in the early period of his career. Experts believed the negatives were destroyed in a 1937 darkroom fire that destroyed 5,000 plates.

via  garage sale negatives worth $200 million – CNN.com.

July 27, 2010 Posted by | Art for sure, Photos | | 1 Comment

2000 year old African tree

More old things

July 27, 2010 Posted by | cool stuff | | Comments Off on 2000 year old African tree

Lion cubs demo “FIERCE”…sort of

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July 27, 2010 Posted by | animals | | Comments Off on Lion cubs demo “FIERCE”…sort of

Bank robbing attire: clown pants, fake breasts, wig

A 48 year old Pittsburgh area man was arrested while sitting in a stranger’s parked car,  covered with red dye from an exploding dye pack, and dressed in his bank robbing outfit of clown pants, fake breasts under a sweater and a blond wig. Oh, and armed with a shoplifted BB gun.

via Police: Man robs bank in clown pants, fake breasts

July 26, 2010 Posted by | Dumb Crook | Comments Off on Bank robbing attire: clown pants, fake breasts, wig

Forget pic-a-nik baskets! I’m taking the whole car!

A bear went for a little joyride in the town of Larkspur, Colorado Friday morning when it got into an unlocked car and knocked the gear into neutral, sending it down a hill and knocking over a few trees before coming to a full stop.

The Denver Post reports that an adult black bear got behind the wheel after the driver’s son left a peanut butter and jelly sandwich and a stick of deodorant in the car. The door closed behind the bear and as it looked for a way out, the gear shift was bumped into neutral and sent the car rolling 125 feet backwards down a hill.

via Weird | News | Toronto Sun.

Many thanks to Wayne for sending me this video link with pictures of the car’s interior and an interview with the owner and his son.

July 24, 2010 Posted by | animals | | Comments Off on Forget pic-a-nik baskets! I’m taking the whole car!

Crime tip: Be sure your keys aren’t locked in your getaway car

A woman suspected of robbing two Butte County (California) banks last week was arrested by Davis police about 1:30 p.m. Wednesday when her escape from an alleged bank robbery there failed because she locked herself out of her car.

Chico police detective Terry Moore said he was contacted by Davis police and told the suspect, Laura Jane Murray, 48, was attempting to break a window on her vehicle when they arrived.

via Chico Enterprise Record.

July 23, 2010 Posted by | Dumb Crook | Comments Off on Crime tip: Be sure your keys aren’t locked in your getaway car

“Man shot wife with toilet paper” Some headlines can’t be improved.

Police in North Carolina said they arrested a man who allegedly loaded his gun with a wad of toilet paper and shot his wife in the back.

via  UPI.com

She was treated for powder burns and he was arrested…presumably for assault with a squeezable weapon.

July 22, 2010 Posted by | Crime, Strange | Comments Off on “Man shot wife with toilet paper” Some headlines can’t be improved.

Without pictures your insurance agent would never believe a 40-ton whale broke your mast

A young Southern Right Whale is seen jumping out of the water between Robben Island and Blouberg, off Cape Town, South Africa, on Sunday. The whale then landed on a yacht belonging to Ralph Mothes and Paloma Werner, breaking the steel mast. The whale swam away and the couple was not injured.

via  World news – Africa – msnbc.com.

July 21, 2010 Posted by | accident messes, animals | | Comments Off on Without pictures your insurance agent would never believe a 40-ton whale broke your mast

Sneaky aliens bombarding Bosnian man’s house with meteorites

Since November 2007, six meteorites have hit Radivoje Lajic’s home in Gornji Lajici, Bosnia. The meteorites always careen into his home whenever it is raining. Lajici’s explanation? Angry aliens are bombarding him for some unknown slight.

via homeowner blames vengeful aliens

July 20, 2010 Posted by | Astronomy, Strange | | Comments Off on Sneaky aliens bombarding Bosnian man’s house with meteorites

Crime tip: Be sure the getaway car has gas in it

Wenatchee (Washington) police arrested a 47-year-old Tacoma (Washington) man for investigation of first-degree theft after he ran out of gas as he was leaving a store where Native American collectibles were stolen.

Alerted to the thefts by the store owner, police found the man on foot Wednesday after his car stalled about 50 feet from its original parking spot.

via ‘Weird news – msnbc.com.

July 20, 2010 Posted by | Dumb Crook | Comments Off on Crime tip: Be sure the getaway car has gas in it

18 monkeys in girdle

A man with a mysterious bulge under his T-shirt was stopped, searched and detained at Mexico City’s international airport after authorities found 18 tiny endangered monkeys in a girdle he was wearing.

via  Weird news – msnbc.com.

July 20, 2010 Posted by | animals | | Comments Off on 18 monkeys in girdle

Grandma’s ghost? You decide.

A Lufkin (Texas) woman claims she saw the ghost of her mother-in-law standing behind her dancing daughter this week.Dezarae Smith’s 6-year-old daughter, Ivy, and husband, Corey, were on the front porch of their home on Wednesday when a young boy took a picture of the two with his cell phone.

“They were going fishing, and my daughter asked this little boy to take a picture of her while she was dancing,” Smith said. “There were only three people on the porch at the time. I was at work when the picture was taken, but when I saw it, my mouth just dropped. I don’t believe in ghosts, but it made a believer out of me.”

A form stands behind the little girl in the picture, and Smith said you can see the outline of a woman’s face, nose and eyes, as well as a hand.

via Our Strange World.

July 18, 2010 Posted by | ghost | Comments Off on Grandma’s ghost? You decide.