Saturday, December 12, 2015

Infobytes

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Back in 2010 when Arnold Schwarzenegger was the Governator, he vetoed some legislation.

The proposed legislation had been sponsored by Assemblyman Tom Ammiano, who had booed, heckled and jeered Arnie when they both attended a fundraiser function a month earlier.

The Governator’s practice, when rejecting signing legislation into law, was to write to the sponsor to explain his refusal and to post the letter on his website. Assemblyman Ammiano’s bill was no different, the letter being:


A closer look revealed a hidden message, not as elaborate as the the Da Vinci Code but certainly a lot more direct:


Schwarzenegger commented that it was all a “wild coincidence.”

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It’s not the first use of such a message.

This tombstone was erected in Montreal's Cimetière Notre-Dame-des-Neiges




It was erected a s a joint effort by the wife and the mistress of John Laird McCaffery (15 October 1940 — 14 August 1995 and has been verified as authentic by snopes.com

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The newly opened Shanghai Natural History Museum was inspired by the geometry of a spiralling nautilus shell. The building curves elegantly downwards, with the lower three floors dropping below ground level. Enclosed within this 'shell' is a centrally placed pond which gives way to a series of rocky garden terraces, in the style of a traditional Chinese 'Mountain and Water' garden.

Each of the four external walls symbolises a separate element of the natural world: the living wall represents forests; the north wall is a rock face relating to Earth's geology and plate tectonics; there is a glazed façade harnessing the power of the sun; whilst the internal lining of the 'shell' displays a beautiful white lattice in a cellular pattern - combining an intricate multilayered glass, concrete and steel construction - which references the complex system of a living organism. 




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Artist Christine McConnell likes to decorate her parents house . . .

For Halloween:



For Christmas:



She’s also a gun at cake decorating:

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When Queen Victoria’s hubby Prince Albert died in 1861 aged 41, the Queen mourned him for 40 years.

Whenever the Royals had their photo taken thereafter, Albert’s marble bust was included:

Mourning photo: Queen Victoria's five daughters (Beatrice, Alice, Helena, Victoria & Louise). The bust is of their father, Prince Albert, who died in 1861. Photograph dated 1862.

The Family of Queen Victoria surrounding a bust of Albert, the late Prince Consort (from left): The Princess Alice, The Princess of Wales, Queen Victoria, The Prince of Wales, The Princess Beatrice, The Prince Leopold, The Princess Victoria, The Princess Helena, and Prince Louis of Hesse (Alice’s husband), 1863.

The Queen, gazing at a bust of Prince Albert, together with the Prince and Princess of Wales, married 10 March 1863

Btw, it is not known how the male genital piercing now known as a Prince Albert came to be so known. There are suggestions that the Prince Consort was so well endowed he needed to anchor his manhood to his leg via a chain when horseriding and the ring was what the chain was attached to. Others suggest that it was invented by Beau Brummel as a means of attaching his penis to his trousers and thus to keep it 'down' - the fashion then was for very tight crotches. Although there is no conclusive proof, it was reported in contemporary newspapers that Prince Albert liked the idea and so adopted the custom himself, thus giving rise to the name.




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