Ambitious Inventions of the Old Soviet Union

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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World’s Last Ever Smallpox Victim Was In Birmingham

“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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Concorde’s pilot: ‘Too late… no time’

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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The History of Backgammon

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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“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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Train Your Brain To Let Go Of Habits – 10 Methods For Creating New Neural Pathways

“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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Hottest Playboy Playmates of All Time

“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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Personal Biorhythm Charting Service

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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The YouTube Picks are Back!

i’ve spent most of this weekend trying to fix the old embedded YouTube posts, and am happy that I managed a 90% success rate – YouTube regularly pull videos for various reasons – copyright infringement seeming to be the main reason..

Anyway that’s the video clips back as far as the year dot (October 2007) all fixed now and there were a hell of a lot of good ‘uns that I’d totally forgotten about in there so worth taking a look back thru all the archives if you’ve got the time to kill 🙂

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The History of That Medicine That is Called Marijuana

For those of you who knows me well you know this is a topic close to my heart :}

It’s many medicinal properties have been recorded in writings going back nearly 5000 years (2737BC) in ancient Chinese scrolls. Its use spread from China to India and then to N Africa and reached Europe at least as early as A.D. To put things in perspective I believe the Americans were the first to ban it’s use medicinally as well as recreationally of course. Why? Misinformation misleading the masses (see Reefer Madness).

So now it’s the Americans are doing their best to rectify their ridiculous overreaction by various states making it legal to have a puff and now Canada as well.

So it’s been around and known about for 5000+ years, it just so happens i have lived within the 70 odd years that it;s been illegal! 🙁 ffs.. The following 3 articles give you all the facts..

History of Marijuana                                      

Cannabis History

US Timeline

Rock Slide Causes Railway Crash in Quebec

Pictures of the train crash in Quebec – I’m not sure if anyone was actually hurt in this incident but if they were then apologies – this was not meant as a ‘funny’ post anyway, but people seem to have a fascination with checking out car crashes on roads etc and this leads to more accidents as all the drivers are looking at the crash instead of the road in front of them – I don’t think this applies to railway crashes though..

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The History of the VW Beetle

“The idea of the Beetle had been conceived in 1931, when Ferdinand Porsche and Zundapp developed the Porsche Type 12, or “Auto fur Jedermann” (translated as “Car for Everyone”).”

“…In 1933 Adolf Hitler commissioned Porsche to develop a “Peoples Car” (literally a Volks Wagen), the car was to be able to seat 2 adults and 2 children, with room for their luggage, and be able to cruise at 100km/h (62mph). The term “Volks” had been applied to various Nazi party sponsored consumer products such as the Volksradio…”

“…From 1975 through until 1978, when the Beetle production line was finally closed the car stayed virtually the same, save for a few new colour options which had been introduced on the new Golf model.Production of the Beetle moved to Puebla in Mexico”

A replica of a 1937 VW V30 Prototype

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Story of the First Successful Round the World Hot-Air Balloon Attempt

“Steve Fossett is known for being one of the greatest adventurers of our time, with numerous achievements and records to his name, all in the field of aviation. He became the first balloonist to travel round the world by himself in a hot air balloon.”

“…The conditions onboard the basket (or gondola as it is referred to in this case) were far from luxurious! The actual gondola itself was no larger than a normal sized closet. Fossett would on average, manage about 4 hours of sleep each day, in broken down segments of 45 minutes naps. It would have been extremely cramped living in such a confined space. On top of all this, the temperature outside the balloon would have been well below zero and Fossett would have had to regularly climb outside the gondola to change fuel or to check on the burners.”

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Hubble Space Telescope Picture of the Week

The Hubble telescope has been in orbit above our atmosphere happily snapping pictures for over 25 years now. Remember the blunder post-launch when a lens was not calibrated properly because of the centimetres / inches blunder on its specification plans? And nobody realized of course until it was already launched and in orbit? The heroic astronaut had to fix it on a space walk so saving NASA from total ridicule and a waste of billions of $$$ of American tax payers money?

Well now the images to be found on this page (and others) are fascinating and this site features the best one of every week weekly.

This rich and dense smattering of stars is a massive globular cluster, a gravitationally-bound collection of stars that orbits the Milky Way. Globular clusters are denser and more spherical than open star clusters like the famous Pleiades. They typically contain hundreds of thousands of stars that are thought to have formed at roughly the same time. Studies have shown that this globular cluster, named NGC 6139, is home to an aging population of stars. Most globular clusters orbiting the Milky Way are estimated to be over 10 billion years old; as a result they contain some of the oldest stars in our galaxy, formed very early in the galaxy’s history. However, their role in galactic evolution is still a matter of study. This cluster is seen roughly in the direction of the centre of the Milky Way, in the constellation of Scorpius (The Scorpion). This constellation is a goldmine of fascinating astronomical objects. Hubble has set its sights on Scorpius many times to observe objects such as the butterfly-like Bug Nebula, surprising binary star systems, and other dazzling globular clusters.

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