thanks for the stunning pics, Barbara (Part 2)
Mount Kilimanjaro from above
Word of the Day
|Definition:||(noun) The most condensed and constricted region of a chromosome, to which the spindle fiber is attached during mitosis.|
|Usage:||Down syndrome, a congenital disorder caused by the presence of an extra twenty-first chromosome, can result from aberrant functioning of the centromere.|
The Waterfall Island at Iguazu Falls
Idiom of the Day
To quit or abandon something, especially an endeavor or enterprise. Can also be worded as "jack in something." Primarily heard in UK.
Beautiful view from the lighthouse. Lengkuas island, Indonesia
Live Aid (1985)
Live Aid was a multi-venue rock concert held simultaneously in London and Philadelphia that raised about $280 million for famine relief in Africa. The event was organized by musician Bob Geldof, who founded the supergroup Band Aid in 1984 to raise money for the same cause. About 170,000 attended the Live Aid shows, and more than 1.5 billion viewers around the world watched them on TV. Performers included David Bowie, Paul McCartney, Queen and more.
Harrison Ford (1942)
|Ford is an American actor who had minor roles on screen and TV before achieving stardom in George Lucas's 1977 hit movie Star Wars. He then took on the role of Indiana Jones and graduated to dramatic films like Blade Runner, Witness, and The Fugitive. His rugged good looks and wry charm made him one of the most popular actors of his day. A noted conservationist, Ford has had a species of spider and a species of ant named for him.|
Tribute of the Three Cows
|This event takes place on the Pierre St. Martin, in the Pyrenées Mountains between Spain and France, on July 13 every year. Representatives of the French valley of Barétous and those of the Spanish valley of Roncal meet at the summit at 10 o'clock in the morning and pile their hands on top of each other's in a show of friendship. Then the French hand over three cows, which must be healthy two-year-olds. This tribute was imposed by treaty in 1375, when the two valleys were at war with each other, and the Roncal cowmen emerged as the victors.|
Brain Games Don't WorkLast year started on a $2 million sour note for brain-training game company Lumosity. That’s the amount the company, which advertised itself via assertions its products could improve memory, focus, even reverse symptoms of Alzheimer’s, agreed to pay the Federal Trade Commission over charges that these claims were unsubstantiated.
Brain Games Don’t Work
1585 - A group of 108 English colonists, led by Sir Richard Grenville, reached Roanoke Island, NC.
1832 - Henry Schoolcraft discovered the source of the Mississippi River in Minnesota.
1836 - John Ruggles received patent #1 from the U.S. Patent Office for a traction wheel used in locomotive steam engines. All 9,957 previous patents were not numbered.
1896 - Philadelphia’s Ed Delahanty became the second major league player to hit four home runs in a single game.
1939 - Frank Sinatra made his recording debut with the Harry James band with the songs "Melancholy Mood" and "From the Bottom of My Heart."
1982 - The All-Star Game was played outside the United States for the first time. They played in Montreal, Canada.
1984 - In Arkansas, Terry Wallis was injured in a car accident and was left comatose. He came out of the coma in June of 2003.
1998 - "Image of an Assassination" went on sale. The video documentary is of Abraham Zapruder's home video of U.S. President Kennedy's assassination in Dallas.
Calgary Stampede 2017
Jul 7-16, 2017 | Calgary, AB
White hats, big belt buckles and bull-riding sound like a scene from the Wild West, but every July the Calgary Stampede takes over the city with the world’s largest rodeo. A celebration of the western way of life, the Stampede puts together 10 days of parades, musical performances, rodeo events, food and more for what they call The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth.
further information: Calgary Stampede | Alberta Canada
Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix 2017
Jul 7-16, 2017 | Pittsburgh, PASchenley Park|1 Overlook Dr
Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix is a unique festival that takes place at Schenley Park.
further information: PVGP Home
Harley-Davidson of Erie BikeFest 2017
Jul 8-16, 2017 | Erie, PA
Harley-Davidson of Erie BikeFest is a unique festival that takes place at Multiple Locations in Erie.
further information: Harley-Davidson of Erie BikeFest
Creating the Palm Islands in Dubai
The Kodiak bear (Ursus arctos middendorffi) is a subspecies of brown bear that inhabits the islands of the Kodiak Archipelago in southwest Alaska. One of the largest bears alive today, it commonly reaches sizes of 300 to 600 kg (660 to 1,300 lb). Its diet, lifestyle, and physiology are similar to other brown bear subspecies, such as the mainland grizzly and the now-extinct California grizzly bear.
Fearless in the Flames
When farmers in West Bengal finish their harvest of wheat or rice, they often burn the straw and stubble that’s left behind. It’s a quick–if destructive and banned—way to clear the field and return some of the crop’s nutrients to the soil in preparation for the next season’s planting. The practice is also a boon to local birds. As insects flee the flames, birds like these black drongos (Dicrurus macrocercus) swoop in to take advantage of the bounty.
Earth, Jupiter, and Venus seen from Mars
Neuschwanstein Castle, Germany
Morning in Tuscany
Buddhist monks, lantern lighting ceremony
Coastal village of Manarola, Italy
Unreal photo of Dubai
Crazy supercell thunderstorm clouds
Stunning. Lake Louise in Canada
Bee Papaver Jigsaw Puzzle
Living on the edge of the abyss
The beauty of Guilin, China
Waterfalls at Plitvicka Jezera, Croatia
The Most Jaw Dropping Photos
1. Soviet soldiers stand dumbfounded at a large pile of human ashes found at the Majdanek concentration camp in 1944.
Majdanek Concentration Camp was a facility run outside Lublin, in Poland, during the German occupation. It was captured in 1944 by Soviets, who are shown here confronted with the evidence of what was happening within the camp.
2. A burial at sea on board the USS Lexington in 1944
The USS Lexington, also referred to as “The Blue Ghost,” was built during World War II. Much of the action the ship saw was in the Pacific theater of the war, and burials at sea were not uncommon for fallen comrades.
3. Future presidents Bill Clinton and George Bush with Governor George Wallace at a BBQ in 1983.
Taken at an event, this photograph shows President George W. Bush and President Bill Clinton together long before either of them became president. At the time, Bush was Vice President to President Ronald Reagan, and Clinton was Governor of Arkansas.
4. Underwater detonation of 15 kiloton nuclear weapon
Known as the Baker Test, this detonation occurred in 1946 as part of Operation Crossroads. It took place in Bikini Atoll in the Pacific, and was a test of the same type of bomb used on Nagasaki. The detonation occurred ninety feet underwater in the midst of a fleet of decommissioned vessels in order to simulate the effects of nuclear weapons in naval scenarios.
5. Lucky British soldier shows off his damaged helmet, 1917
Helmets during this time period were mostly to protect from shrapnel, and this soldier is demonstrating how his helmet did just that! His head is bandaged from the wound, but his helmet still saved his life.
6. Two German soldiers and their mule wearing gas masks in WWI, 1916
Mules were vulnerable to poison gas during WWI, just like humans, so they were equipped with gas masks over their muzzles. These gas masks helped prevent poison gas inhalation, keeping the animals safe during war.
7. Spectators standing upon tables to get a glimpse of the Versailles Treaty being signed, France, 1919
In this photo, spectators watch as the Versailles Treaty is signed. The Versailles Treaty put the full responsibility of the war on Germany’s shoulders, which ultimately led to Hitler’s rise to power.
8. Gadget, the first atomic bomb
The very first atomic device was nicknamed The Gadget. It was named that because it wasn’t a deployable weapon. Words like “bomb” were avoided during the project in order to lessen the risk of espionage. The design was similar to that of Fat Man, the bomb used on Nagasaki.
9. A US soldier offers his hand to a woman leaving a cave where she had hidden with her child during the battle between Japanese and U.S. fighters
During WWII, the Japanese told their citizens that Americans would rape and murder them if they were captured. They also told their citizens that in order to become a United States Marine, soldiers had to murder their own parents. Most Japanese citizens were too terrified to accept aid from Americans. This photo is of a US soldier offering help to a woman and her child who had hidden in a cave.