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Vladimir Putin has an uncanny magical ability to jump on and ride anything!   1 comment


Vlad Putin may be an iron-fisted, mean, take no prisoners autocratic thug, but this guy has mesmerized the Russian flocks into believing he is the God-like master who wields his powers in the interests of the masses.  The people of the Motherland like Putin’s no-nonsense bring-down-the-hammer foreign policy.  Democracy experiment out the window, long live the vigorous and potent despot ruling from the walled palace: this is the Russian way! Long live absolute power, oppression and tyranny!

Another reason Putin grabs hold of the imagination of the masses is his ability to ride anything. If this guy would enter the rodeo circuit in North America he would be champion in no time.  There is nothing that the average Russian likes more than to have a supreme leader who can jump on and take control.

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Vlad’s amazing ability to ride the giant Siberian cave grizzlies

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Not to mention the giant Ural Bobishka Cat

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Vlad has even mastered our winged friends…

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and the aquatic creatures

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The physically impressive man can ride robots!

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The ex-KGB agent is a beast

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Posted January 31, 2015 by markosun in Uncategorized

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The World’s Pyramids from the ancient to the modern   Leave a comment


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The most famous pyramids are in Egypt, but there are plenty of others around the globe. Among the ancients who also built these temples are Egypt’s neighbors in Sudan and the Maya in Mexico.

The United States and France have pyramids too—though they were built in the 20th century, as tourist attractions.

The photos in this gallery show pyramids both ancient and new, during times of growth, unrest, domination, and peace.

In the above photo, from a 1921 National Geographic article titled “From London to Australia by Aëroplane,” a man sits before the Great Sphinx in Giza, Egypt. Though the image looks peaceful, the country at the time was growing restless under a British protectorate.

The fourth largest pyramid in the world isn’t a tomb in Egypt. It’s a hotel in Vegas.

In this photo from a 1996 National Geographic article, a plane takes off in front of the Luxor Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada. The hotel was modeled on the Great Pyramid in Giza and is among a group of Las Vegas “megaresorts” constructed in the 1990s.

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An old-fashioned Vickers Vimy biplane flies over the Pyramids of Giza at dawn in 1995.

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The Pyramid of the Magician in Uxmal, Mexico, was built by the Maya at least a thousand years ago. In this 2006 photo, sunlight illuminates the structure’s grand stairway.

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The pyramid entrance to the Louvre museum in Paris was still controversial when it appeared in this 1989 National Geographic photo.

Though the museum’s director said that he was happy with the addition, critics argued that the glass pyramid clashed with Paris’s historic architecture. Before the project had even begun, the French newspaper Le Monde accused the pyramid’s American architect of treating the Louvre courtyard as “as an annex to Disneyland.”

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This 1967 photo shows the Pyramid of Cestius, which was built in Rome at the time of the Roman Empire’s love affair with Egyptian culture.

The Roman Empire’s control of Egypt began in 30 B.C. and lasted until the seventh century A.D. During the empire’s Egyptian craze, Romans imported Egyptian art and architecture or built their own “Egyptian” structures in Rome.

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A man appears to knock at a pyramid door in Meroë, Sudan. Like the pyramids of Egypt, these structures were built as tombs for royalty.

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Sundogs on the horizon in Winnipeg   Leave a comment


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Which side of the road do they drive on?   Leave a comment


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Some countries drive on the left others on the right. British colonialism more or less led to many countries driving on the left. Australia, India and South Africa are a few examples.  France was the catalyst for driving on the right.  Certain wagons developed in the United States had the brake handle on the left, the brakeman therefore was sitting on the left side of the wagon by the back wheel. In order to see oncoming wagons and horses he needed his driver to drive on the right. Many different reasons.

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Leading a horse or a cart: keep right. It appears to be a universal practice that people, being right-handed, tend to lead horses with their right hand while walking on the left side of the horse. To best control the horse and to avoid collisions between wide carts, it is best for the person leading the horse or cart to walk between the vehicle and oncoming traffic, thus keeping the cart or horse to the right. This also facilitates conversations between people meeting, and it is more comfortable for the person walking to be in the centre of the road than to be at its edge.

Wagon teams with postilion riders: keep right. In some countries, teams of horses pulling a wagon were driven by a person riding one of the horses in the team. This is called postilion control. A right-handed rider mounts from the left and controls the team with a whip held in the right hand, and therefore must mount the left-rear horse of the team. From this position, the driver has the best view of the distance between his vehicle and oncoming traffic by keeping to the right.

Wagon teams driven from the wagon: keep left. In some places, teams of horses pulling a wagon were driven by a person sitting on the wagon. A right-handed driver controls the team with a whip held in the right hand, and so must sit on the far right-hand side of the vehicle, or the whip will hit the vehicle and anyone else seated on the wagon. From the right-hand side of the vehicle, the driver finds it easiest to maintain separation with oncoming traffic by keeping to the left. It is also easier to quickly turn the team to the left than to the right if the whip is in the right hand, so it is better to keep left so that a quick left turn can be made off the road in case of a potential collision.

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Did Napoleon make Europe change sides of the road?

Yes. France probably always drove on the right, and Napoleon required the countries he conquered to conform to French practice. Many other conquerors have done the same.

Did the United States ever drive on the left?

Yes. The evidence we have been able to collect is mostly indirect, but it seems almost certain that in the early years of English colonization of North America, English driving customs were followed and the colonies drove on the left, gradually changing to right-hand driving after independence. Kincaid quotes an English author writing in 1806 as saying, “in some parts of the United States, it is a custom among the people to drive on the right side of the road,” implying that in other parts, people still drove on the left. We also know for certain that the colonies farther north along the coast drove on the left well into the 20th century (see the question about Canada below). I have read that the first law requiring drivers to keep right was passed in Pennsylvania in 1792, and that similar laws were passed in New York in 1804 and New Jersey in 1813, but I don’t yet have primary sources for this information so it is possible that these states weren’t changing sides, but only codifying existing practices in law. Other anecdotes from various sources also support the conclusion that most states drove on the left until some time in the early 1800s. American cars had their steering wheels on the right (the best arrangement for driving on the left-hand side of the road) until the early 1900s (see the discussion of this below).

However, Kincaid is not convinced that left-hand driving was ever widespread in the American colonies. He points out that the colonists were not exclusively English (for example, the Dutch settlers of New Amsterdam, which later became New York, would have been accustomed to driving on the right), and says that the first vehicles used by the colonists were carts and postilion-control wagons such as the Conestoga, which are best driven on the right. Wagons like the stagecoach (best driven on the left) were not introduced until much later — too late to change the established practice.

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Did Canada ever drive on the left?

Yes, until the 1920s in some areas, but never in Ontario or Quebec.

Ontario and Quebec have always driven on the right because the first European settlements in these areas were French. (There were of course plenty of native people living there before the French arrived, but in this as in other things, Europeans made the rules.) In the early European conquest of North America, the French controlled the interior from Quebec all the way to Louisiana, and drove on the right. The English occupied the coast and drove on the left in Atlantic Canada and probably in New England. When the English won control of Quebec from France, the French people living there were permitted to retain many customs, including their language, religion, civil law, and evidently the custom of driving on the right. Settlement continued to spread inland across the continent, remaining on the right-hand side of the road.

British Columbia and the Atlantic provinces, however, were administered separately from Upper and Lower Canada, and even after Confederation remained staunchly English and on the left side of the road. They switched to the right in the 1920s in order to conform with the rest of Canada and the USA:

  • British Columbia: 1 January 1922
  • New Brunswick: 1 December 1922
  • Nova Scotia: 15 April 1923
  • Prince Edward Island: 1 May 1924

Newfoundland drove on the left until 1947, and joined Canada in 1949.

More information about the changeover in Nova Scotia is given below in the section “Changing from one side to the other”.

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San Francisco 1906 just 4 days before the earthquake. They drive on the right but and the drivers sit on the right.

Posted January 30, 2015 by markosun in Uncategorized

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Frankenstein Monster takes breaks drinking tea and smoking cigarettes   Leave a comment


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English actor Boris Karloff (1887 – 1969) relaxes on the set of the film ‘Bride of Frankenstein,’ in which he reprises his role as Frankenstein’s creation.

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Still wearing the monster makeup for his role in ‘Bride of Frankenstein,’ Boris Karloff sits down for a snack on set.

His given name was William Henry Pratt, but he went by his stage name, “Boris Karloff” (1887-1969). Karloff found fame in the breakthrough role as Frankenstein’s monster in the 1931 film.

As a British man, Karloff and is often pictured with an iconic cup of tea — sometimes in full costume.

Makeup stylists heightened and flattened the 44-year-old’s head using cotton and gum, then stiffened his eyelids, painted his fingernails black and smeared his skin with green greasepaint, which made him appear deathly white on film.

Karloff was 5 feet, 11 inches, so to increase his height, costumers fitted him with platform boots (each boot weighed around 13 pounds and was formed from two boots designed for asphalt spreading). He wore a jacket with sleeves that were too short and two pairs of pants. The cameras filmed his scenes at a low angle to create the illusion of heft.

The finished look (complete with the monster’s famous metal bolt electrodes and scars) was quickly copyrighted by Universal studios.

Karloff never became an American citizen despite living there for several years. He spent the last 10 years of his life in a cottage in rural England. He never changed his name, signing documents “William H. Pratt, a.k.a. Boris Karloff.”

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Jack P. Pierce applies makeup and combs Karloff’s hair for ‘Frankenstein.’

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Greek-born American makeup artist Jack P. Pierce applies makeup and combs the hair of British actor Boris Karloff for his role as the monster in ‘Frankenstein.’

Boris Karloff And James Whale In 'Frankenstein'

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Boris Karloff (with cigarette) is dirtied by director James Whale in between scenes from ‘Frankenstein.’

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Left to right: Actors Boris Karloff, Colin Clive and Ernest Thesiger pause for a cigarette break on the set of ‘Bride of Frankenstein,’ directed by James Whale. They are still in costume as two mad scientists and a monster.

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Boris Karloff became the epitome of ‘Frankenstein’ but also played an impressive Captain Hook in ‘Peter Pan.’

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The Great Canadian Maple Syrup Heist   Leave a comment


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Police in Quebec have made two more arrests in connection with the $18 million dollar maple syrup heist in Quebec. Police allege the crime took place over the course of a year between 2011 and 2012.

Teriak Caron of Victoriaville and Inuok Caron of Holy Rosary will appear at the Trois- Rivières court house to face charges of theft over $5,000 and possession of stolen syrup with the intent to sell it.

According to police documents, an elaborate team of thieves was assembled to steal 6 million pounds of maple syrup for sale on the black market.

Both men are related to Avik Caron who police say was one of the central players in the theft.

How did $18M worth of maple syrup go missing from a warehouse in Quebec?

What started as a routine inventory check at a warehouse in Saint-Louis-de-Blandford, Quebec, in July 2012 unveiled one of the weirdest capers in Quebec history.

In that warehouse was stored the world’s back-up supply of maple syrup: 16,000 barrels of it. To most, it didn’t sound like anything worth stealing or protecting. After all, it’s just a condiment. But what thieves knew was that one barrel of maple syrup is worth 13 times the price of crude oil – and in that warehouse there was $30 million of inventory.

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The back-up supply of syrup, otherwise known as the Global Strategic Reserve, was stored in that warehouse in the event of a bad harvest year. It’s owned by the Federation of Quebec Maple Syrup Producers, an organization which, by law, strictly regulates the production and sale of all wholesale maple syrup in Quebec.

When the Federation rented the space in June 2011, it knew there was minimal security at the warehouse. There were no cameras or alarms in place – but, it defends, it couldn’t have imagined someone wanting to steal maple syrup.

But someone did.

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And, according to police documents, an elaborate team of thieves was assembled to pull it off. People who had access to the warehouse allegedly joined up with a network of truck drivers, rented warehouses across the province – and made connections with people in the maple syrup industry who knew how to move six million pounds of contraband syrup on the black market. Much of the illegal syrup ended up outside the province, in Ontario, New Brunswick and largely, the U.S. Only a quarter of the syrup was ever recovered.

According to police documents, while the criminal ring was quickly moving the syrup out of the warehouse, they made sure to refill the barrels with water — aware someone might come to check on the inventory at any point.

One of the men who worked for the Federation told police that he noticed water around one of the barrels one day and approached his supervisor. According to allegations contained in court records, his manager offered him a thousand dollars in hush money – and even more to join the cause. By day he would work for the Federation – by night, he says he worked for the criminal organization.

By all accounts the Federation was completely unaware that, for a year, barrels were being stolen from their prized reserve.

But neighbours had their suspicions.

Raymond Pepin found the volume of traffic on the narrow road leading to the warehouse unusually busy. Trucks would drive up and down the access road at all hours; Saturday at midnight, Sunday morning. What’s more, he said, the gate was often left open and the lock was cut.

It would take months to realize the size of the heist – and months more for police to interview more than two hundred witnesses.

In then end, 26 people were arrested. Two people have pleaded guilty; charges against another three have been dropped, while the rest maintain their innocence. Trial dates haven’t been set. And the money– possibly $18 million – which someone may have fetched for selling that much syrup, was never retrieved.

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Top States/Provinces Producer of Maple Syrup

Province of Quebec, Canada:  7, 989,000 gallons harvested.

State of Vermont, USA:  890,000 gallons harvested.

Province of Ontario, Canada:  400,000 gallons harvested. *

State of New York, USA:  312,000 gallons harvested.

State of Maine, USA: 310,000 gallons harvested.

Province of New Brunswick, Canada:  300,000 gallons harvested.*

State of Wisconsin, USA:  117,000 gallons harvested.

State of New Hampshire, USA:  87,000 gallons harvested.

State of Michigan, USA:  82, 000 gallons harvested.

State of Ohio, USA:  65,000 gallons harvested.

State of Pennsylvania, USA:  54,000 gallons harvested.

State of Massachusetts, USA: 29,000 gallons harvested.

Province of Nova Scotia, Canada:   22, 000 gallons harvested. *

State of Connecticut, USA: 9,000 gallons harvested.

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Posted January 30, 2015 by markosun in Uncategorized

Brand New Footage of possible Bigfoot and UFO’s   Leave a comment


Here are good examples of these paranormal mysteries being recorded because everybody has a camera.

Compelling Footage of Skunkape/Bigfoot From Lettuce Lake Park Florida

A reader of Bigfoot Evidence, Matt M. (no relation to Matt Moneymaker), sent us a video that completely blew our minds. While canoeing in a swamp outside of Tampa, Florida, the witness spotted something “walking” and diving in a gator infested area. He starting filming what he thought was a bear. The only problem is that Lettuce Lake Park is a 240-acre Hillsborough County-run park where bears tend to stay clear from. When the following footage was sent to us, Matt was still unsure of what he filmed. Upon closer inspection, we’ve concluded that this is no bear. Check out the length of its arms and its gate. Yeah — we know bears can walk on their hind legs too, but this does not resemble a bear at all.

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This is the same location of the famous 1980 sightings by U.S. air force personnel. Aliens are attracted to this place.

UFO Sighting in Rendlesham Forest, England

25/01/15 – Spotted three balls of light in the sky yesterday afternoon (Sunday 25th Jan, 2015) whilst walking around Rendlesham Forest and couldn’t believe what I was seeing! Had a very weird feeling that I shouldn’t have been there.

Quickly recorded it on the phone and have uploaded it to see whether anyone else witnessed anything similar yesterday too. Very strange!

I know Rendlesham has a long history with UFO sightings but didn’t really believe in it as I haven’t seen anything odd in all the years I’ve lived here until yesterday! Regularly take my dogs for a walk around the area and have never seen anything as strange as this. Anyone have any idea what this may have been?

Posted January 29, 2015 by markosun in Uncategorized

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