Saturday, April 28, 2018

Ijnteresting Photographs


Charlie Z sent me an email with the comment “Too good not to pass on”. It came with a comment “Spend some time looking through these photos, and you'll thoroughly enjoy yourself. You probably will not believe what you see.” It was accompanied by a link. 

The photos featured come from a site called Weird World and they are fascinating. See for yourselves in the following pics and captions. Additional comment is by moi and in some instances I have had to use alternate photographs where I coul;d not repost what was sent. 

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1,500 year old Angel Oak in South Carolina.



















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It is the oldest living thing in the United States east of the Rocky Mountains. 

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Swedish Naval Base 

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Muskö Naval Base is a Swedish underground naval facility on the island of Muskö just south of Stockholm. Construction started in 1950 and it was completed in 1969. It has 3 docks, originally designed for destroyers and submarines. In order to connect the base to the mainland, the Muskö road was built at the same time as the base. This crosses several bridges and intermediate islands before finally accessing the island of Muskö through the Muskö Tunnel, a 3 km (1.9 mi) long, dangerously narrow road tunnel running some 70 metres (230 ft) under the sea. In 2004 the Swedish government closed the base. A survey carried out in 2000 concluded that sedimentation in the tunnels leading to docks contained PCBs, organotin compounds and heavy metals, mainly mercury and copper. 


Looks like something out of a James Bond movie, eh what? 

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A mysterious lake, over 10m deep, appeared overnight in the drought stricken Tunisian desert. 

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Lac de Gafsa, also called 'Mysterious Lake', appeared unexpectedly in 2014 in Tunisia. Although the origin of the formation of the lake is not clear, the most likely explanation is that a minor earthquake ruptured the rock above the water table sending millions of cubic meters of water up to the surface. Since the lake’s discovery by desert shepherds, it has become a tourist attraction, but aithorities have warned that there should be no swimming, the water is stagnant and it could be radioactive, the area being rich in phospates. 


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Japan's Okinawa Island has more than 450 people living above the age of 100, and is known as the healthiest place on Earth. 

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Okinawa had the longest life expectancy in all prefectures of Japan for almost 30 years prior to 2000. The relative life expectancy of Okinawans has since declined, due to may factors including westernization. In fact, in 2000 Okinawa dropped in its ranking for longevity advantage for men to 26th out of 47 within the prefectures of Japan. 

Japan has the highest life expectancy of any country: 90 for women and for men, 84. Compare this to America where the average life expectancy for women is 81 years old, and 76 for men. 

There are more than 400 centenarians in Okinawa. Although there is a myriad of factors for differences in life expectancy, a large factor is the cuisine. People from all around the world have tried to emulate the "Okinawa diet" to reap its health benefits, believed to be because it is nutritionally dense yet low in calories. This is also true of the Mediterranean diet. 

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There is a school in England where they have beem wearing the same uniform for 460 years. 

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Christ’s Hospital, also called the Bluecoat School, Housey and CH, is an English coeducational independent day and boarding school with Royal Charter located in the Sussex countryside just south of Horsham in West Sussex. It prides itself on maintaining traditions, which includes having the same uniform since 1552. It is possibly the oldest in existence and has hardly altered since Tudor times. It consists of a long blue coat, belted at the waist, worn with matching knee breeches, yellow socks and white neck bands. The girls wear the same coat but with matching skirt. The uniform is provided to all pupils free of charge. Pupils are allwoed to select their own footwear and for many of the pupils at Christ’s Hospital, Dr. Martens have since 1987 been the perfect accompaniment. 




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Christ’s Hospital was and is a charity school. When the School was founded over four and half centuries ago, the City of London gathered up ‘fatherless and poor children’ and cared for them. Through the generosity of the citizens of London smart new clothes were provided for the children of Christ’s Hospital. The uniform was, in accord with Tudor style, very colourful. There has been much speculation as to why blue and yellow was chosen. It was thought that both these colour dyes were not expensive, and blue and yellow could also have been chosen to distinguish the children in the care of Christ’s Hospital from those attending other schools. The linings of the coats were dyed yellow and their ‘stockings’ were always knee length and also dyed yellow. 

In 2010 school chiefs toyed with the idea of updating the uniform and gave students a vote on the issue. Of the the school's 800 pupils, more than 95 per cent voted to keep it. 

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Sky that looks like a rough sea. 

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Just to prove it . . . 


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1800’s vampire hunting kit 

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According to Ripley Believe It or Not’s! Vice President of Exhibits and Archives, Edward Meyer, the man responsible for the largest collection of “19th century” vampire killing kits in the world: 

“The kits were acquired by people in preparation of possibly meeting a vampire during their international travels to Eastern Europe and their usage dates back to the mid-1800s. Most were created in the Boston area and were available by mail order. The kits were purchased by wealthy Americans headed to Eastern Europe – Transylvania then, Romania now. Travelers brought back terrifying tales of vampires with them from the region – well before Dracula was brought to life by Bram Stoker.” 

Nonetheless there are doubts about whether such kits really did exist. 



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