05 December 2017

Air Show Disaster in Ontario, Canada

This is tough to see. It just shows the dangers of attending 
these events.  Amazing photo below shows great detail. 

The pilot at low level had no control over his aircraft. 

It narrowly misses a crowd gathered for the air show and 
slams into four buildings.   One can only imagine the horror 
of the occupants inside those buildings.
No one   was killed, but it probably scared the crap out of them.


26 July 2017

CIA Applicants

The CIA had an opening for an assassin. After all of the background checks, interviews, and testing were done there were three finalists...

Two men and a woman.

For the final test, the CIA agents took one of the men to a large metal door and handed him a gun.
"We must know that you will follow your instructions, no matter what the circumstances.

Inside of this room, you will find your wife sitting in a chair. Kill Her!!!"
The man said, "You can't be serious. I could never shoot my wife."
The agent said, "Then you're not the right man for this job."

The second man was given the same instructions. He took the gun and went into the room. All was quiet for about five minutes. Then the man came out with tears in his eyes." I tried, but I can't kill my wife."
The agent said, "You don't have what it takes. Take your wife and go home."

Finally, it was the woman's turn. She was given the same instructions to kill her husband.

She took the gun and went into the room. Shots were heard, one shot after another. They heard screaming, crashing, banging on the walls.
After a few minutes, all was quiet. The door opened slowly and there stood the woman.

She wiped the sweat from her brow, and said, "This gun is loaded with blanks, I had to beat him to death with the chair!"

03 July 2017

02 July 2017

The Good Old Days

21 Pictures Only Baby Boomers Will Understand
#1:  Cars Were Colorful!  Most cars these days look fairly bland, but in the 50's, our cars were big, bright, and fun!  
#2.  We Got Dressed Up for Birthday Parties.  And sometimes there was even a pony there!
#3:  We Played in the Streets:  We didn't have to text our friends back in the day - we'd all just come outside and get to playing!
#4:  Gas Was Very Cheap:  On some days, it was only $0.20 a gallon, and beyond that, the people at the station could also fix just about anything!
#5:  Ben Franklin 5-10 Was Everything:  We loved going to these stores.  They had just about anything and everything you could think of. 
#6:  If it Wasn't the Ben Franklin, it Was the A&P! 
#7: Our Skates Got "Locked" with a Key.  They were also made almost entirely of metal and very hard to skate on!
#8:  The Drive-In Was The Place to Be:  This 1950's photo from South Bend, Indiana shows how popular they were!
#9:  Car Seats Were More Like Couches:  That's right - 
hey were big, long, and you could slide all the way across!  
#10:  The Freezer Actually Had to be DEFROSTED!:  That's right, every now and then you'd have to manually defrost the freezer - sometimes took all day with a lot of scraping!
#11:  Grandma Let Us Do Everything.  Well, maybe that hasn't changed so much, but we LOVED eating off the beaters!
#12:  Sometimes Your Food Came On Roller Skates!  That's right - certain restaurants had "roller girls" who would zoom your food out to you!
#13:  We got DOWN at the Sock Hop!
#14:  Sunday Drives Were A Thing:  That's right - on Sunday, many of us would load up the family car and just go cruising over to the neighbors or just around town!
#15:  There Was One TV.  And, surprise, we didn't argue all night about who should get to watch their favorite show.  Most of the time, we all liked the same shows!
#16:  The Playgrounds were VERY Different:  At recess, we'd swing from the monkey bars with wild abandon and often even stand on the swings and go as high as possible.  And still, we survived!
#17:  TV Had "Sign Off" Messages.  Remember these?  TV would go off at midnight and sometimes even go as far as playing the National Anthem all night.
#18: Just One Hula Hoop Wasn't Enough:  Some of us could do multiple at a time!
#19:  We didn't Text, But We Did Pass Notes!  And we were experts at not getting caught!
#20:  We Had Xylophones That We Kept on a Pull String.  That's right - there was nothing like the Pull a Tune!
#21:  We Got Bottled Cokes and Loved Them:    That's right - no cans or plastic bottles back then.  We were 100% excited when we'd find a cooler like this to get that ice cold bottle!

21 May 2017

Interesting Facts about our World

the coldest spot on earth
East Antarctic Plateau ... 
On the high ridge of the East Antarctic Plateau, 
the temperature can drop to as low as -135.8  degrees Fahrenheit, which was recorded in August, 2010. 

Where is the world's  most populated city ? 
Shanghai  ... 
At a whopping 24,150,000 permanent inhabitants, 
Shanghai  is the only city that is home to over 24 million people in one city. 
            Where is the world's least populated city? (the picture is the clue) 
Vatican City  ... 
With a paltry population of 842, the city-state of 
Vatican City  is the smallest city and state in the world. 
Where is the world's  wealthiest city ? 
Tokyo  , Japan  .. 
That tower might as well be made of gold since Tokyo tops the charts 
with a GDP of $1,520 billion, beating New York City by a mere $310 billion. 
Where is the world's  poorest city in the poorest country ? 
Kinshasa  , Congo  .... 
it is the poorest city in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, 
which is also the  poorest country in the world, at a GDP of $55 billion. 
Many of its residents live on less $1 a day. 
What is the highest point in the world?  (this one is easy) 
Mount Everest ... 
Towering 29,029 feet in the air, the top of Mount Everest 
is the closest you can get to touching outer space while still standing on Earth. 
Where is the lowest point in the world? 
The Challenger Deep Trench 
It is   the lowest known natural point in the world 
at  35,797 ft  below sea level   at the bottom of the Mariana Trench. 
Only three people have ever made it to the bottom in a submersible, one of which was filmmaker James Cameron. 
            What is the most photographed place         in the U.S.? 
Surprise:  the Guggenheim building in New York... 
Photos have always told stories, but in today's world of cell phone cameras and social media, 
that story is relayed as data to companies who monitor everything we do. 
Geotagged data was culled by Sightsmap using a Google-based image sharing software, 
and can show us the most photographed places in the world, right down to this landmark. 
The strange winner is this building in New York City.  Guess it impresses a lot of visitors. 
Where is the wettest spot on Earth?  (and it's not the Amazon!) 
Mawsynram  , India  ... 
In this city in India, it rains an average of  467.35 inches per year, 
and has a record of 1000 inches in 1985...much more than any rain forest! 
Where is the  driest spot  on Earth?   (It's not the Sahara!) 
The Atacama Desert ... 
The  600 miles of South America's Atacama desert is recorded as the driest place on Earth, no contest. 
This desert has an average of only 4 inches of rain every hundred years. Incredible, but true. 
What city claims to be the  sunniest place in the U.S.? 
Yuma  , Arizona  ... 
In this city in Arizona, the sun shines for an average of 11 hours a day. 
The usual forecast is sun for 90 percent of the year, averaging a total of 4015 daylight hours each year. 
            Where is the most expensive city to live in?   (It's not in the U.S. thankfully) 
Singapore  ... 
This city has recently beat out Tokyo, Japan, for the title of "most expensive city" for 2014. 
Cars can cost between 4-6 times as much in Singapore from what they cost in the US or UK 
(for example, a Toyota Prius actually costs about $150,000.00 there). 
Where is the  least expensive city  to live in? 
Mumbai  , India  .. 
At the other end of the spectrum, Mumbai, India, is the cheapest place to live in the world, 
according to the Worldwide Cost of Living Index, 2014. 
For some comparison, a loaf of bread that would cost $3.36 in Singapore, 
would only cost $0.91 in Mumbai.  A lot of poverty brings the cost of living down. 
What country consumes the  most food per capita? 
The overweight United States ... 
We eat an average of 3,770 calories a day each. 
Shamefully, obesity is becoming more of a problem every year. 
Where is the world's  oldest city ? 
Damascus           ... 
There's quite a bit of controversy over which city gets to officially claim the title of "oldest continuously inhabited city. 
However, Damascus is the safest bet, with evidence of civilization that extends back over 11,000 years. 
Which is the  youngest country  in the world? 
South Sudan  ... 
The people of South Sudan were formally recognized as an independent country in 2011 , 
making it the youngest country in the world to-date. 
            Which is the world's most visited city? 
London  ... 
After a several years of competition with Bangkok, London has regained its place as the world's most visited city 
(according to MasterCard's 2014 Global Destinations City Index). 
The city sees about  18.69 million international visitors annually , generating  $19.3 billion in revenue for their city. 
What is the world's  least popular country ? 
Iran  ... 
            On that same rating scale, Iran has come in dead last (at a 79% negativity rating) for many years. 
Only 15% of people polled viewed Iran in a positive light. 
Where is the world's  most dangerous  city to live in? 
San Pedro  , Honduras    ... 
This city averages over three murders a day . 
The violence stems from the city's role as a major hub for illegal drug and arms trafficking. 
Which country consumes the  most caffeine  in the world? 
Sweden    ... 
The strong coffee in Sweden will put a spring in your step, and hair on your tongue. 
The Swedes consume an average of 388 mg of caffeine in coffee per person, per day 
(that's almost 5 Red Bulls in the U.S.). 
Which country in the world  drinks the most alcohol ? 
Belarus  ... 
In the little country of Belarus, each person above the age of 16 
drinks an average of 4.62 gallons of alcohol every year. 
That's a lot of booze. 
            Which country is the most bicycle friendly in the world? 
The Netherlands …    
By comparing cities using the average number of bicycle trips made daily, one city reigns supreme: 
Groningen  in the Netherlands.  About 50 percent of the population commute via bike daily, 
making it the city with the greatest proportion of cyclists. 
However, many other cities in the Netherlands have a great bicycling tradition. 
            Where is the world's most energy efficient city? 
Reykjavik  , Iceland  ... 
All of the energy and heat used by the citizens of Reykjavik, Iceland 
come from geothermal plants and renewable hydropower 
making it the most sustainable and energy efficient city in the world. 
This city has also been replacing traditional buses with hydrogen-fueled buses, 
from which the only emissions are water. 
Which country has the  longest life expectancy  in the world? 
Monaco  ... 
According to the World Health Organization's study from 2013, 
Monaco  tops the charts for longest living citizens with an average life expectancy of 87.2 years. 
Men in Monaco live an average 85.3 years, and women live longer to an average of 89 years. 
Which country has the  shortest life expectancy ? 
Sierra Leone   
On the opposite side of that coin, the population of Sierra Leone live only to an average of 47 years. 
The men of Sierra Leone live to an average of 47 years old, whereas 
women live a little longer, an average of 48 years. 
Poverty plays a big roll in their short life expectancy. 
What country would qualify as the most stressed-out nation in the world 
because of their living conditions? 
Nigeria  ... 
By looking at the homicide rate, the GDP per capita, continued income inequality, 
corruption, lack of education opportunities and unemployment numbers, 
one thing is clear: Nigeria's people are, hands-down, the most stressed out population in the world. 
Which city has the highest average IQ? 
Hong Kong  ... 
There are a lot of factors that affect an IQ score, ranging from national and personal wealth, to simply what test is used. 
As a result, these findings are highly controversial, but suggest that Hong Kong has the highest IQ level, 
at an average of 107 points per person. 
*However, Hong Kong is a special administrative region of China, 
meaning that it falls within the sovereignty of the People's Republic of China, 
yet does not form part of Mainland China, because it has it's own government. 
So these results are questionable. 
Which foreign city is the world's most well-connected one for internet use ? 
Seoul  , South Korea    
Surprisingly, despite China's 618 million internet users who spend an average of 18.7 hours a week surfing the net, 
China  didn't even make the top 10 for internet connection. 
Seoul  ,Korea  is a different story considering the average connection speed, availability, 
(including free access), openness to innovation, support of public data, and privacy/security, 
Seoul  , South Korea  is the champion of internet-connectedness. 
With 10,000 government supported  free WiFi spots dotting the city, 
and an internet speed that goes unchallenged globally, Seoul is an internet junkie's paradise. 
    Wasn't that interesting?  I'll bet you learned something new, I know I did!