“Trees may be stuck in the ground, but they’ve clearly got some enviable traits – I mean, who wouldn’t want to live in a pretty forest for a few thousand years? But despite all the things that trees are famous for, it’s perhaps their height that inspires the most reverie. Humans may have a lot of cool tricks, but we’ll never get to grow up to be 35 stories tall.”
“In this regard, trees get to inhabit the best of all worlds, heaven and earth. With roots planted in the ground they get a taste of soil, while their upper reaches soak up the sun and touch the sky. But unlike the proverbial beanstalk of Jack’s, scientists say they can’t grow upwards forever. Theoretically, the maximum height for trees is between 400 and 426 feet (122 and 130 meters) – and while trees of the past may have attained such majestic heights, some of the world’s tallest trees were sadly felled for lumber. The towering trees that remain, however, are still staggeringly lofty. Consider the following 10 trees, each one the tallest in the world by species.”
Hyperion – at 374.3 feet (114.1 meters)
“..While conditions in 18th-century British prisons could be horrific (more convicts died in prisons than at the gallows), the most feared punishment didn’t take place in prison at all. Between 1718 and 1776, British authorities exiled approximately 50,000 convicts to American colonies in a policy euphemistically known as “transportation.” Once in America, the convicts fell under a life of servitude or outright slavery, underfed and overworked. They had to obey their masters or risk being imprisoned, with punishment including whippings. In the early period of transportation, half of these prisoners died while in bondage.”
“Unsurprisingly, the policy of transportation wasn’t so popular among British convicts. Some prisoners even begged to be executed rather than shipped abroad. Thus, plenty of prisoners sentenced to transportation attempted to escape partway through the journey. Multiple convict-carrying ships bound for America suffered prisoner rebellions. Rather than heading to remote parts of the colonies upon arrival, most escaped convicts preferred to sneak back to Britain, despite being subject to execution for the meta-crime of returning from transportation.
James Dalton was one such convict…”
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“Sea cucumber, also known as Sea Slug, Japonicus, Stichopus, Selenka, Sea cucumbers have been used as a food source and medicinal ingredient in Asian and Middle Eastern countries for centuries. It most commonly found in the Indian and Western Pacific Oceans, they are considered a delicacy in many Asian cultures. They live on sea floors throughout the world, but the greatest population is found in the Pacific Ocean.”
“Sea cucumber is an oblong_ shaped it is known that sea cucumber is the marine invertebrate that related to sea urchins and starfish. It is a featured component of a festive New year’s banquet dish called “the Eight Immortals Crossing the Sea”. Most sea cucumbers resemble large caterpillars. It has been used in China as a treatment for thousands of years. Sea cucumber beneficial for people suffering from arthritis, joint pains, fatigue, constipation, impotence, cancer, and frequent urination. Sea cucumber is also a natural treatment it has the ability for healing wounds. Sea cucumber is rich in vitamins, protein, and mineral.”
I know this series has been quite popular so here’s 55 more of them..
that was not the best idea boy, stick to chewing your master’s slippers if I were you..
If you really want to try and understand what it’s like then read this and/or the NHS article.
“Did you know that you can create miracles? Yes, that’s right.
You can create miracles. In fact, our main purpose on this planet is to create miracles.
Keep in mind that sometimes a miracle is nothing more than a shift in perception.”
“It’s looking at something where at one point seems absolutely impossible to achieve, then with a shift in the way that you’re thinking, that impossibility suddenly becomes very possible.”
Combined with some of this maybe one day we will achieve light speed..:-)+
“During the Second World War, colored film was rare and was an entirely new technique. For this reason, the published pictures from the conflicts of this era are black and white.
However, the pictures included in Imperial War Museum’s new book are unique and fascinating. They are original and haven’t been edited.
Although, nowadays it’s very common to see edited pictures and black and white who have been turned into colored, these pictures are actually original. That’s what Ian Carter stated in a telephone interview with CNN.
The British Ministry of Information, which use to own a small amount of the film Kodachrome, is responsible for the existence of these images. Therefore, this type of film was given to professional photographers so that they could use it in different areas.
There were 3.000 photographs in total, but not all of them “survived”: “Almost half of them disappeared, and we had no idea where to find them,” said Carter. The rest of them were kept in Imperial War Museum’s archive, and many of them are now published for the first time in 70 years.
Back then, the pictures were given to American magazines, but the majority of them was never published.
There are amazing details from the period of war that would be lost into grey had it been not for colored film; for instance, the orange color of the Deutch royal family. These pictures look like they were captured today but they’re not.”
looks like this one is London during the Blitz
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One of these would be wasted on me but I think this is a beautiful car anyway..
“See the latest news and reviews on Audi Top Speed – See exclusive insights, specs, photos, prices even more on Top Speed.Could the spirit of racing was not ever can be confined to the track. Out of the audi series yes apart from r10 and r12 which tend to be the german speed demons (illegal to drive) the r8 will be fastest.”
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CGI must be saving Hollywood lots of $$$, it’s all about the special effects now, but what’s happened to the interesting plots and stories? Maybe they’ve all been done now? I don’t know..
“The Giant Freshwater stingray is one of Largest freshwater fish species in the world. Its size and power are tremendous and trying to land one of these giant freshwater rays has been compared with battling with a submarine.”
Real or Fake? Personally I’m on the fence on all of these but just more WTF goings on we’re discovering these days :-0
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Pictures, history, behaviour, temperament, health problems and breed details.
This one is dedicated to JoJo. I hope she’s still doing ok, miss her..
“Bad news for those who enjoy what they think is a healthy glass of wine a day.”
Alcohol is a poison – it pickles your liver! For a much healthier option see the post on this very
site 🙂 <edit> I’m sorry I should have mentioned that I also like a beer too now and again!
It’s not all abstract stuff, there are some great and unusual other categories of wallpaper on this site. Pictures of Afghanistan before all the wars for example..
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I’m not posting this just for for funnies – the USSR were way ahead of the rest of the world in many things..
“The first Soviet mobile phone “Altai” – the size of a modern day smartphone – you could call another Altai phone from it, or even a normal landline phone. It was out in the Soviet Union in 1963 and it was ten years before Motorola made their first mobile phone.”
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The British are known as having a quirky sense of humour that other nationalities often fail to understand. Classic examples seen here in pub names..
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Most of my colleagues at work probably say this about me but at least I’m not in these ones’ class 🙂
That’s not how an umbrella works mate..
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“In the summer of 1978, the last known case of smallpox was reported, claiming the life of 40-year-old medical photographer Janet Parker. But how did the disease, thought to have been eradicated across the world, come to be in Britain’s second city?”
“An ancient disease in existence for thousands of years, smallpox was feared throughout the world.”
“Killing a third of those it infected, in the 20th Century alone an estimated 300 million people died from the disease.
Those who were infected but survived were often left badly scarred.
A global vaccination programme, led by the World Health Organization (WHO), was carried out to wipe out the disease and by the 1970s cases were rare.
And in 1978 the body was just about to declare it eradicated on a worldwide level.
The last place anybody expected it to break out was in the UK, which had not seen an identified case of the disease for five years before Mrs Parker. The impact of its return was felt on a global scale.”
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The full story, pilot to tower transcripts and everything else about the air crash which grounded Concordes worldwide permanently for fear of a repeat incident..
They’ve got an old Concorde at the East Fortune airfield in East Lothian – you can go inside and look about – I must say that it was a lot smaller than I imagined it was going to be..
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Backgammon was never one of the games that we played in our family when I was a kid, so my first games were played when I was a student in London 30 odd years ago and I loved it. On my travels in the Middle East I saw it being played everywhere and I am told there are people who spend almost all their waking time in the local coffee shop playing it in that part of the world.
“Backgammon is one of the oldest games in existence, alongside Go and Chess. It is probably about 5,000 years old and may well have originated in what today is Iraq—previously Mesopotamia. Recent evidence supporting this was found when these very early dice (made of human bones) were discovered in the area.”
“The board with its twenty-four points and thirty checkers (or pieces or men) has been around for a long time but the game has not always been called backgammon. Other games which used the same board were Senet and Mancala. The Romans were the first to make it truly popular with their version called “Duodecum Scripta et Tabulae” or “Tables” for short…”
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“If you’re looking for some glamorous poolside destinations to make you green with envy, we’ve certainly got you covered.
From cliff-hanging crystal blue water to mountains, caves and island retreats, there’s absolutely something for everyone in our ’10 Amazing Luxury Pools From Around The World’.”
Where the pool meets the sea
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“Spinfish, the free online fishing magazine, with articles, news and features covering a wide range of angling disciplines whether fly fishing in Scotland or coarse fishing in England and Ireland. Internal magazines include the Where to Fish directory with information about salmon, sea trout and wild brown trout fishing plus coarse, pike, char, ferox and sea fishing. There are contact details for hundreds of trout fly fisheries. In addition to Where to Fish we have added our new Where to Stay and Things to Do features. Spinfish, now adapted for tablet and mobile phone, iPhone and iPad, is accessible where ever you have on line access and aim to plan some fishing.”
If you’re a fishing man and you have the cash for a shot at the the top salmon spots in Scotland or even an Englishman pining for his much more relaxed attitude towards fishing there’s even pike to be had here and this site will tell you where to go, where to stay and what the rest of the family can do :)..if only…
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“When you understand how neural pathways are created in the brain, you get a front row seat for truly comprehending how to let go of habits. Neural pathways are like superhighways of nerve cells that transmit messages. You travel over the superhighway many times, and the pathway becomes more and more solid. You may go to a specific food or cigarettes for comfort over and over, and that forms a brain pathway. The hopeful fact, however, is that the brain is always changing and you can forge new pathways and create new habits. That’s called the neuroplasticity of the brain…”
I just liked this picture – not sure if any or all of these methods work but they look like they might 🙂
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“List of the sexiest women ever chosen as Playboy‘s Playmate of the Month.. “Once a year, the best Playmate is selected from the previous twelve months and awarded the coveted Playmate of the Year title. Many of these Playmates have gone on to successful careers as models, actresses, and celebrities, including the late Anna Nicole Smith, Pamela Anderson, Shannon Tweed, Jenny McCarthy and, most recently, Sara Jean Underwoo”
Marilyn is still queen..
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The Biorhythm Theory
“The “BIORHYTHM THEORY” states that human lives move in predictable undulations involving three separate cycles:
- (A) Physical – 23 days
- (B) Emotional – 28 days
- (C) Intellectual – 33 days
These cycles affect your daily life.”
The page also goes on to explain how the rhythms ups and downs affect the way we are and the lives that we lead, it’s very complex, yet but so simple.
e.g. “(B) During the 14 plus days, both men and women are prone to cheerfulness, cooperation, and a positive outlook on life.”
and “(B) During the 14 minus days persons are converse to the plus days. Both men and women are conducive to moodiness and negativism./” ——- ##roll on the 14 pluses!##——–
Anyway this site also generates your own personal chart based on your birth date and today’s date as the duration of the rhythms, though different wavelengths amongst themselves are fixed for all men and women as far as we know…:-0 Below is my one – apologies it’s so small – on the actual site when you do your own one it’s much larger and easier to read..:)
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I know I did say I was trying to get away from the picture collections but I couldn’t stop myself from featuring this page..
Not what you want to see in your mirrors..
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