Archive for the ‘Interesting Photos’ Category

I came across a pretty fascinating story the other day from the late 1920s, and it involved . . . wait for it . . . floating airports. But let’s start at the beginning . . .

Back in 1927, there was a cat named Charles Lindbergh who was the first to sail across the Atlantic Ocean all by his lonesome. You may have heard of him. Anywho, before this accomplishment nobody had ever even thought about traveling overseas with an airplane as a means of transportation. However, after Lindbergh’s flight folks started seeing things a little differently. One of these people was an inventor by the name of Edward Armstrong.

First, you should know that when Lindbergh made his flight in the Spirit of St. Louis, over half its take-off weight was gasoline. It was essential that you turn your plane into a flying gas tank in order to have enough fuel to make it.

Note: When Burt Rutan’s airplane Voyager circled the world nonstop in 1986, its takeoff weight was eighty percent fuel.

Anyway, because of the whole weight and distance problem it was thought that crossing the Atlantic wouldn’t be feasible. Then along came Armstrong, who actually had a plan in the works years before Lindbergh’s flight.

Here’s the deal – Armstrong planned to build floating airports, called seadromes, across the Atlantic. A seadrome was to weigh fifty-thousand tons and have an 1,100-foot-long deck. Its flotation system would extend about 180-feet into the water. To hold it in place, Armstrong went to John A. Roebling and Sons. Roebling had invented wound-steel cable, and his company had built the Brooklyn Bridge 40-years earlier. Now they designed a deep-water anchoring system for Armstrong.

And get this – each seadrome would include a 40-room hotel, café, lounge, bar, and other cool stuff.

Finally, on October 22nd, 1929, the New York Times announced that construction of the first seadrome would begin within 60-days. This was actually happening, man. People were pumped.

Alas, seven days later on what we now call Black Tuesday the stock market crashed, the Great Depression was upon us, and Armstrong’s grand scheme went to hell.

Of course, the advancement in technology regarding airplanes rendered all this meaningless anyway within a few years and Armstrong’s plan of floating airports vanished in the mists of time.

PS- The Japanese actually built a 1-kilometer-long floating airport in 1999. They called it Megafloat. That’s cool, man.

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Japanese Megafloat.

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Check out the Mangalitsa Pig, man. Dude looks a little sheepish to me. These bros hail from Hungary and are also known as Wooly Pigs or Sheep Pigs, for obvious reasons. They almost went extinct in the early 90s with their population dwindling to out 150, but have since made a comeback. Thank God for that, amirite? The world needs more hairy pigs. Anywho, Mangalitsa Pig.

PS- These porkers are supposedly quite the delicacy in Hungarian foodie circles.

It was a different time. In many ways better, in some ways not.

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Check out that Humphead Parrotfish, man. Dude has chompers like a damn horse. Humpheads can weigh up to 100-pounds and cruise the reefs in the Indian and Pacific Oceans. Fun Fact: Humphead Parrotfish can live up to 40 freakin’ years of age. That’s cray-cray. Anywho, Humphead Parrotfish.

PS- Check out the video of this guy munching on some coral. Wild stuff.

Nope. Cotton Picker at Night. Cool, man.

Looks like a disembodied head and tail. Love it.

Miniature donkeys, man.

Kotisaari Island was a traditional stronghold of the Lumberjacks in Kemijoki, Finland and is located in the middle of the scenic Kemi river. The photos are from each season.

Beautiful. Click for a close-up.

Peaceful.

Great shot.

Cool.

Genius stuff up in here.

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You know how when you buy something and you get all the parts mixed up? With this product the parts come packaged and in order.

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That’s an elevator button. It’s far away so you won’t have to wait once you’re at the door.

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Public bathroom door opener. No grabbing the nasty door handle.

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To prevent that battle to keep light from coming in through the crack.

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For those of us who flush with our foot in public toilets.

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Hell yes I need this. I always get it wrong. Every. Time.

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I’m sure there must be another one that says NO FREAKING WAY.

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For your dog! Yes!

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I’ve actually seen these. They tell you how many seconds are left until the light changes. GREAT idea.

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Self-explanatory. Perfect.

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Der.

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Great water recycler. Love it.

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Hard to run these lights.

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So you can push your bike up or down the steps.

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This has Sparky written all over it.

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The mom and toddler swing. Cool.

That little bird is so cute I’ve included a bonus video in its honor. You’re welcome, little bird.

So I ran across a collection of photos that someone had taken of beautiful chickens. Stunning really. Not stunning that someone would photograph chickens, but stunningly beautiful. Since this is my site, I also have taken the liberty of naming each chicken, along with a totally fictional description of said chicken. You’re welcome.

PS- I’m pretty sure some of these chickens are roosters. Anywho, click on the chicken to see the captions.

Stunning. Click on the pic for a close-up.

Yep. Close.

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USA Today – A number of prehistoric drawings have sparked a local government to seek the help of NASA after the images appeared to depict extraterrestrial life. Discovered in Charama, India, the images appear to show aliens and UFOs, similar to scenes of a sci-fi movie. According to local archaeologist JR Bhagat it is unclear as to what the images reveal. He said: “The findings suggest that humans in prehistoric times may have seen or imagined beings from other planets which still create curiosity among people and researchers. “In a few pictures, they beings even shown wearing space suits.”

The archaeologists have contacted NASA to help solve the mystery.

Well, well. Where are all those weather balloon excuses now? Seriously, I’m listening because I need an answer. Why, you ask? Because cave men were drawing pictures of aliens and spaceships 10,000 FREAKING YEARS AGO. Honestly, man, try and convince me that these drawings were a hoax perpetrated by cavemen:

Hey Gernk, let’s draw some pictures of made-up outer space people on the wall over here. It’ll drive people in 2018 insane.

No way man. They were here, are still here, and are living in the bodies of people like Oprah or your Uncle Hank as we speak. Hell, I wrote about this awhile back. Anywho, if this ain’t proof I don’t know what is.

So these dudes showed up at the Winter Olympics opening ceremonies and caused a little ruckus before they were hustled off by authorities. They actually look pretty authentic to me, other than the fact that the fake Trump has better hair than the real Trump. Nice job boys. Nice job indeed.

Super Bowl 48-hours away? Going after my 6th ring? No biggie. I’ll just go to a Timberwolves game with my girlfriend and her leather pants. Maybe take in a movie later. Belichick, man. You know Philly’s Coach Pederson saw this and immediately ran and watched more film because Bill seems way too relaxed right now. Almost like he knows something.

Listen, everyone knows I think that we as a society go w-a-y overboard on all the politically correct crap that seems to have taken over our lives. Everyone needs to lighten up and chill, as the kids say. That said, man, were we sexist, chauvinist idiots back in the day. What you’ll find below are some amazingly in-your-face sexist ads that would never, ever see the light of today now, and for good reason. Check ’em out:

Because everyone knows the perfect wife keeps a clean house while staying skinny. Ugh.

I can’t believe this stuff actually existed. Thank God nowadays both women AND men can cry to get what they want.

Wait. What? Women used Lysol for feminine hygiene? I am beyond confused right now.

So this ad is saying, “Ladies, don’t use Midol because it makes you feel better. Use it so your man will enjoy being around you.” Sigh.

This is basically an ad promoting rape, is it not? What the hell, man?

Honest to God, I’m getting pissed right now. I can’t believe my mother didn’t read something like this and immediately punch someone in the throat.

This car was advertised as being simple enough for even a lowly woman to drive. Somewhere, Danica Patrick’s head just exploded.

I love how they always had the woman in a dress in these ridiculous ads. And the “we all know a woman’s place is in the kitchen” line is so 50’s it hurts.

Because we all know that every woman’s dream is to have a new kitchen appliance.

Honestly, I can’t argue with the main point of this ad, and that is that the beer is O.K.

What the hell is that dude doing with a shirt and tie on in bed?

Because nothing sells coffee like domestic abuse.

No. No she will not.

“Respond to non-verbal cues, like the snapping of fingers.” No words, man. No words.

Sweet Jesus look at that Tree Stump Spider, man. Dude is definitely the spawn of Satan or something. Just horrific like you read about. And not to terrify you more or anything, but this bad boy can jump remarkable distances. Chilling. They also “move in a jerky gait” which somehow makes them even more scary. Anywho, Tree Stump Spider.

Remember these when you get upset about stubbing your toe today.

Yep. That’s snow.

A porcupine fell from a tree onto this dude’s head. Bad day indeed.

Note to self. Roll up car window when snowstorm is expected.

Croc needed to make a call.

Retreat. RETREAT!

Dumb. That is all.

Actual photo taken just before Ann Coulter was dropped on her head.

Uh-oh. Now what do we do?

Check out that Ravine Trapdoor Spider, man. Dude has a butt the Kardashians would envy. Here’s what makes this guy different from other trapdoor spiders – rather than make a trapdoor out of dirt and whatnot, the Ravine Trapdoor Spider uses its butt like a manhole cover, sealing off its burrow from potential predators. That’s diabolical, man. Anywho, Ravine Trapdoor Spider.

PS- Unlike some I don’t hate spiders. You know they keep mosquitos from obliterating mankind, right?

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