Abandoned water park
John Webber’s grandfather gave him this golden cup to play with when he was just a child back in 1945. When John was moving house last year, he discovered it in a shoebox under his bed and on a whim decided to get it valued. And a good thing that he did, because it turned out to be a rare piece of ancient Persian treasure worth a million bucks!
Webber, 70, told The Guardian newspaper that his grandfather had a "good eye" for antiques and picked up "all sorts" as he plied his trade in the town of Taunton in south-west England.
"Heaven knows where he got this, he never said," he added, revealing that as a child, he used the cup for target practice with his air gun.
After nearly 50 years of service, the aircraft career USS Kitty Hawk, will be decommissioned. This oldest active ship in the US Navy will make its final departure from Japan this Wednesday.
The Kitty Hawk, with sailors lining its decks, pulled away from Yokosuka port just south of Tokyo to the cheers of hundreds of schoolchildren and the sounds of brass bands.
The Kitty Hawk, the last conventionally powered aircraft carrier in the Navy, is to be replaced later this summer by the USS George Washington, a nuclear-powered carrier.
After leaving Japan, the Kitty Hawk will make a stop at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii and then travel on to the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard in Bremerton, Washington, to be decommissioned.
The ship, commissioned in 1961, was assigned to Japan in 1998. It has since made 20 deployments in the western Pacific and participated in Operation Enduring Freedom in Iraq.
It was the oldest active ship with the longest total period of active service in the Navy.
"Since it arrived in August 1998, the Kitty Hawk has been a visible symbol of strength in a rapidly changing world," U.S. Ambassador to Japan Thomas Schieffer said. "Goodbye Kitty Hawk, hello George Washington."
An unsuspecting passenger who flew to Tokyo is carrying one million yen's worth of cannabis compliments of customs authorities after a sniffer dog failed a test, officials said yesterday.An officer at Narita International Airport on Sunday stuffed 142 grams (five ounces) of the drug into the side pocket of a randomly selected black suitcase coming off an overseas flight so that the animal could detect it. "The dog couldn't find it and the officer also forgot which bag he put it in," a customs office spokeswoman said. "If by some chance passengers find it in their suitcase, we're asking them to return it," she said.The 38-year-old officer was quoted by the spokeswoman as saying: "I knew that using passengers' bags is prohibited, but I did it because I wanted to improve the sniffer dog's ability." He was reprimanded by the head of customs at Narita."This case was extremely regrettable. I would like to deeply apologise," said the airport's customs chief Manpei Tanaka. The cannabis, which has a street value of one million yen (9,680 dollars), was in a metal box wrapped with newspapers.Japan strictly prohibits both hard and soft drugs, with people imprisoned for possession of even small amounts of cannabis.
On May 27th, 1937, the new Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco officially opened to pedestrian traffic. Vehicles weren’t allowed until the next day. Wired has a look at the bridge’s construction timeline stretching back to 1869, and some statistics.
The Golden Gate Bridge was an engineering marvel. The site alone — buffeted by high winds and split by the swirling currents of the Golden Gate — made construction treacherous. The sheer size of the bridge (the longest suspension bridge in the world until the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge opened in 1964) required several innovations in bridge-building technology, especially where it came to constructing the two colossal anchorages in — and under — turbulent water.
Of all the mind-boggling statistics surrounding the bridge’s construction, and there are plenty, perhaps the most jaw-dropping involves the two main suspension cables. Each measures 7,659 feet in length and each used hundreds of pencil-thick wires bound together to make a cable just over three feet in diameter. In all, more than 80,000 miles of steel wire was needed, enough to circle the earth three times. (Thanks Neatorama!)
More Bridge Trivia
May 6, 2008—After 9,000 years of silence, Chile's Chaitén volcano (pictured on May 3) is erupting with lava, ash—and lightning. Since the volcano awoke on May 2, it has continued erupting intermittently, blanketing the area in ash and forcing more than 4,000 people to flee. The mingling of lightning and ash seen above may be a "dirty thunderstorm." The little-understood storms may be sparked when rock fragments, ash, and ice particles in the plume collide to produce static charges—just as ice particles collide to create charge in regular thunderstorms.
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Today is Sheelah's Birthday. She is a Taurus
- Taurus (The Bull) Keyword: "I have".
The Taurus person is resourceful, thorough, dependable, responsible and loyal. They can also sometimes be stubborn, indulgent, insecure and possessive. Suitable occupations are where perseverance, practicality and responsibility are awarded.
The earth form of Taurus is fertile soil that has green growing plants. (Like the Park)
Today we have planned to hit the park for some frisbee and ball then we're heading to the supermarket to get a big cow bone for her to chew on.
Tonight we'll visit Choa, Maggie and Herbie and share the birthday wealth (beef jerky)
In lieu of gifts please make a monetary or food donation to your local shelter.
I would love to take a cruise to Alaska and see some icebergs (I know these are in Antarctica) but because of my dislike of the cold and fear of the open sea and the whole ship+iceberg=blockbuster movie thing. I will probably never get to see them. I wonder where I get this defeatist streak. How does one overcome parental programming? But, I digress--Icebergs are pretty.
San Joaquin County Parks and Recreation and the Delta Fly Fishers will welcome youngsters to Oak Grove Regional Park for the 24th Annual Fishing Derby For Kids on Saturday, June 7, 2008.
Kids age 15 years and younger are invited to fish for catfish FREE at Oak Grove’s 10-acre lake during the event, which begins
at 6:15 a.m. Approximately 1,400 lbs. of catfish will be planted prior to the derby.
Young anglers will compete for prizes in similar age groups (i.e.: 8 and under, 9 to 12 and 13 to 15) and food will be available for purchase. Kids and adults will also be able to participate in a fish simulator game operated by the California Striped Bass Association. The simulator, where participants will use an actual rod and reel while watching the fish on a video screen, will allow someone to experience fighting one of five species: a smallmouth bass, trout, salmon, dorado and sailfish.
There is no registration fee for the event, however, a $3 fishing permit fee and valid CA. fishing license are required for those sixteen (16) years of age or over who would like to fish. A $5 vehicle-parking fee will also apply. All State Fish and Game laws apply. Participants must supply their own fishing equipment.
Oak Grove Regional Park is located on Eight Mile Road and Interstate 5 in Stockton. Park gates will be open at 6:15 a.m., derby registration closes at 10 a.m. and the last weigh-in is at 12:30 p.m. Prizes will be awarded shortly thereafter. For more information, call (209) 331-2050.
(A) The number of physicians in the U.S. is 700,000
(B) Accidental deaths caused by Physicians per year are 120,000.
(C) Accidental deaths per physician is 0.171.
Statistics courtesy of U.S. Dept of Health Human Services.
Now think about this:
(A) The number of gun owners in the U.S. is 80,000,000. (Yes, that's 80 million..)
(B) The number of accidental gun deaths per year, all age groups, is 1,500.
(C ) The number of accidental deaths per gun owner is .000188.
Statistics courtesy of FBI
So, statistically, doctors are approximately 9,000 times more dangerous than gun owners.
Remember, 'Guns don't kill people, doctors do.'
FACT: NOT EVERYONE HAS A GUN, BUT ALMOST EVERYONE HAS AT LEAST ONE DOCTOR.
Please alert your friends to this alarming threat. We must ban doctors before this gets completely out of hand!!!!!
Out of concern for the public at large, I have withheld the statistics on lawyers for fear the shock would cause people to panic and seek medical attention