I don’t think I have ever seen a picture that better illustrates the awesome authority and singular responsibility and burden of the Presidency, no matter who occupies the office.
More odd family pictures at this link
Primates of the human variety like many different types of music – from classical to rap to country to rock- but monkeys are a little pickier. Researchers in Bejing have recently found that monkeys were calmed by heavy metal while ignoring other kinds of music.
A very early photograph of New York City in the 1840s has sold for $62,500. The photo depicting Manhattan’s Upper West Side as open countryside was sold Monday at Sotheby’s auction house.
The photo is a daguerreotype, an early form of photography that was used mainly for portraits. It is believed to date from 1848 and shows a white house with shutters, a grassy hillside and a horse-drawn carriage.
A 100-year-old Ellsworth Woodward painting found in Goodwill’s Nashville warehouse has sold for more than $8,000.
Goodwill of Middle Tennessee spokeswoman Suzanne Kay-Pittman says a Boston bidder bought the painting for $8,101 late Sunday on Goodwill’s online auction Web site.
via Houston Chronicle.
Firefighters in China found themselves in a sticky situation – after an accident involving a lorry load of glue.
A truck fully loaded with buckets of construction glue crashed into a bus in Chengdu city, reports West China City News. The driver and a passenger escaped with only minor injuries – but the entire load of glue spilled on to the road.
Firefighters tried to use water guns to dilute the glue but without success. And the glue was so sticky that their spades and brooms were soon stuck to the ground.
“It’s too sticky. And the chemical smell is very strong,” said the chief of 11th branch of the local firefighting department.
Things went from bad to worse when some of the growing crowd of onlookers slipped into the pool of glue and also got stuck.
Firefighters eventually managed to clean up the street and dissolve the sticky mess by using special chemicals.
After 9,000 years of silence, Chile’s Chaitén volcano (pictured on May 3) is erupting with lava, ash—and lightning (full story).
Since the volcano awoke on May 2, it has continued erupting intermittently, blanketing the area in ash and forcing more than 4,000 people to flee.
I’m a casual photographer and I’ve started another blog to display some of the pictures I’ve taken. If you are interested you can find it at this location on Vox.com It’s a work in progress so stop by often. If you click on the image on Vox it will take you to a permalink page. Click on that image and it will show you the full size image.
Here’s one example.
Mr Stirton scratched his head in wonder as he stared at the mangled ball of metal. No one in their senses would drive hundreds of miles across the desert just to dump it in the middle of nowhere. So it must have come from above.
But what was it and how had it got there?
Mr Stirton asked aeronautical experts in Australia and the U.S. But no one could give him a clear-cut answer. So he loaded the object onto his truck and drove it to Charleville, 100 miles from his 120,000-acre property in Queensland. In Charleville it was examined by Mark Rigby, a curator from the Brisbane Planetarium.He declared he had no doubt what it was – a helium or nitrogen tank from a rocket used to blast a U.S. solar satellite into space. Mr Stirton came across the object last November.
Boulder police and city transportation officials are investigating the possibility that a photo-radar van was parked illegally when it snapped pictures of passing speeders — possibly hundreds of them.
Cmdr. Robert Thomas, who heads the traffic unit for the Boulder Police Department, said he’s looking into allegations that one of the city’s photo-radar units was operating in a clearly marked “no parking” and “tow-away” zone along Broadway, just north of Norwood Avenue in north Boulder.
the Daily Mail As protests go, it spells out the sentiments of many motorists. But police have failed to see the funny side after a saboteur started altering ‘Speed Cameras’ signs to read ‘Greed Cameras’.At least ten are believed to have been changed using home-made stickers in Colchester, Essex, over the past two months. The suspect is believed to be someone who has recently been caught by a camera.
For anyone interested: This picture was taken by me on the Washington coast 40 miles south of Forks, Washington on October 12, 2007.
Why rubber duckies for your bath, of course. These were waiting for us when we got to the ocean on Washington’s coast.