Archive for May 2016

“They are evil monsters who attack us night and day,”   Leave a comment


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Fishermen from a village in Senegal are living in fear as attacks by ‘killer hippos’ have risen dramatically in recent years.

An astounding 25 people from the village of Gouloumbou have been mauled to death by the voracious creatures lurking in a nearby river tributary over the last decade.

Many others have been attacked by the hippos, sometimes on multiple occasions, but managed to survive albeit with gruesome injuries and truly terrifying tales.

The unsettling encounters have grown so frequent that many villagers have stopped fishing altogether for fear of falling victim to the hippos.

“They are evil monsters who attack us night and day,” lamented one Senegalese fisherman to the AFP, “because of them, we haven’t been fishing.”

The situation has had a devastating effect as fishing is one of the few sources of income for the impoverished village.

Their chief has pleaded with authorities to help them cope with the outbreak of angry hippos, but so far has only received the promise of a handful of motorized boats for the fishermen.

However the ostensibly safer fishing vessels may not be enough to quell the bloodthirsty hippos, which have been known to attack boats as well as villagers making use of the waters for drinking and cleaning.

According to the chief, the villagers once had an friendly relationship with the hippos that resided in the river, but clearly something has happened in recent years to disrupt that harmony.

Hopefully some kind of solution to the disruption can be found and the fishermen of Gouloumbou can go back to working on their river without concern for the monstrous creatures ‘fishing’ for them.

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Posted May 31, 2016 by markosun in Animals, Monsters

Goose Family on the Red River   Leave a comment


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Mom in front, Dad bringing up the rear, or vice versa, hard to distinguish which is which.

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Posted May 31, 2016 by markosun in Animals

Miss Universe Costume Competition   Leave a comment


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Posted May 29, 2016 by markosun in Space Aliens, Sports

Winnipeg Shots   Leave a comment


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Posted May 29, 2016 by markosun in Winnipeg

Futuristic Soldiers   Leave a comment


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In the future what will give the soldier the advantage, body armour or weaponry?  The weapons will surely have immense lethality, but will the body armour really guard against those weapons? Hard to predict.  At least body armour provides a chance for survival.

This looks like winter camouflage, or some urban mix that helps a soldier blend into cityscapes. Similar to the storm troopers.

 

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Various vision enhancements to see in any environment

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Today, U.S. Army Delta Force Operators

 

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Posted May 28, 2016 by markosun in Military

Demon Hotel Spectres still Lurking in the Neighbourhood   Leave a comment


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For many decades the apartment building at 44 Hargrave Street in Winnipeg stood; the last decade, as an abandoned husk. Only local legends and street gossip hinted at strange occurrences that may have happened behind the eerie brick facade. However, after it was no longer a place for “human” tenants, some say the old abandoned brick edifice became a haunt for other types of tenants. Besides scurrying rats, cockroaches and crazed derelict squatters, downtown residents have reported tales of stranger occupants in the macabre location. From ghostly faces, demonic entities, hair-raising screams and other paranormal monstrosities, the Demon Hotel was a place to avoid, only to be approached by the bravest and most audacious souls.

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Then on April 6, 2015 the haunted hotel of downtown Winnipeg went up in flames. Blamed on teenage vandals, many have wondered whether paranormal forces were involved in any way. Some secretly welcomed the incident, hoping the cleansing flames may have at last exorcised the supernatural evil possessing the haunted halls. Others however, openly speculated that the destruction of the building by fire merely dispersed angry spirits into the neighbourhood, or perhaps even locked the unearthly forces into the ruins of the site, creating a zone of evil.

The above history and  information courtesy of http://demonhotelofhargrave.blogspot.ca/

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Hellish entity spotted during the raging fire

 

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The firefighters are somehow oblivious to the torched demon. 

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Today the Demon Hotel site is a barren lot. But who knows what lurks beneath?

 

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A passerby got a snapshot last fall of what looks like a plant demon! As quick as it appeared, it melted back into the cursed ground that was The Demon Hotel.

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In the last couple days new photos have emerged with horrifying images from the same neighbourhood as The Demon Hotel. Just a couple blocks to the west of the Hotel location, new blood curdling entities were reported to have infested some very old houses.  Intrepid reporter and paranormal investigator Nad Deane immediately grabbed his camera and magnetic-pulse anomaly analyzer (MPAA) and headed to Edmonton street.

Within minutes Nad’s MPAA starting detecting forces so strong that it overheated. Nad then pulled out his camera and went to work.

Nad’s mind-blowing heart-stopping photographs:

 

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What in the name of the almighty prowls that attic?

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Just across the street. What the hell is that thing!!?

 

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Two houses down the street

 

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The blue face (strangled?) of a damned soul for eternity!

Further investigation and updates to follow.

See also:

https://markosun.wordpress.com/2010/01/18/demon-hotel-exorcism-unsuccessful/

https://markosun.wordpress.com/2010/06/10/demon-hotel-evil-propagating/

https://markosun.wordpress.com/2014/08/14/demon-hotel-demolition-halted-as-workers-terrified-by-demonic-forces/

 

Posted May 27, 2016 by markosun in Monsters, Paranormal, Winnipeg

Need to Ship Your Yacht? There’s a Boat for That   1 comment


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For the super-rich who don’t want to sail their yachts across the ocean, no problem, have it shipped.

It’s springtime, which means it’s also time for the annual migration of yachts from the Caribbean to the Mediterranean.

And for yacht owners who don’t want to bother with the time and hassle of an ocean crossing, there’s an alternative: shipping the yacht by boat.

A growing number of companies are offering “yacht shipping” services, where yachts are loaded and carried on giant cargo ships to distant locations. Most of the boats being carried are charter boats on the seasonal migrations between the Caribbean and the Mediterranean.

Yet yacht-shuttles are also carrying boats to the South Pacific, and remote parts of Asia and Latin America. The services allow boat owners to fly in, use their boats and then have them transported to their next location. Industry executives estimate that more than 4,000 yachts will be transported by boat this year.

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“For a lot of owners, time is of the essence,” said Catalina Bujor, spokesperson for Dockwise Yacht Transport, the largest of the yacht transporters. Dockwise also runs a “yacht shuttle” between Newport, Rhode Island and St. Thomas.

Yacht transporters say that in addition to saving time, yacht-shipping allows owners to avoid the wear and tear that can come with an ocean voyage. After long ocean trips, boats can often require re-painting and repairs. Most yacht-shippers allow one passenger—sometimes the yacht captain—to accompany their boats on the voyage.

Dockwise recently introduced its latest yacht-carrying mega-ship, called Yacht Express. It can carry more than a dozen boats, depending on their size. The largest yacht Dockwise has shipped was over 200-feet long. But many of the boats it carries are smaller sailboats, sport-fishing boats and leisure cruisers.

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The Yacht Express and other yacht-carriers are semi-submersible, which means the ship’s cargo bay fills with water to allow the boats to pull into the ship. Once they’re loaded and fastened, the water is drained for the ocean voyage. The process is reversed when the ships get to their destination.

Shipping a yacht isn’t cheap. The cost of shipping a 120-foot yacht would be about $175,000, according to Dockwise.

Dockwise shipped about 600 boats last year and expects similar numbers this year. The yacht industry is still struggling from an over-supply of yachts for sale and charter, with prices still down 30 percent or more from the pre-crisis peak.

Yet for yacht-shippers, demand continues to slowly rebound.

“We’ve managed to do well despite the economy,” Bujor said.

How the Yacht Express Works:

First, the vessel submerges to allow the yachts to sail in the dock bay without hitting the deck.

All aboard! The yachts are in, but there is still plenty to do to prep for delivery.

The yachts’ engines are switched off and divers enter the water to determine the clearances for each vessel. This helps determine where rubber mats and wooden cribbing blocks are placed. Divers also put the prepared temporary supports in place.

Later the deck will be drained and supports are fastened in place by welders.

A deck’s eye view of the yachts with their sea fastenings in place.

Boats secured, the cargo ship heads to its destination.

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Posted May 27, 2016 by markosun in Ships