Archive for the ‘True Stories’ Category

Café La Ruina

Tuesday, 13 July 2021

Café La Ruina in Poznan, Poland, before and after.

[Found in here.]

Soviet Era KGB Telephones

Tuesday, 6 July 2021

At first I though it might be a gag/hoax/photoshop, then I found this:

[Top images found here.]

Footballhead

Thursday, 1 July 2021

The Colonel -1981 Eastern Kentucky University yearbook

In the 1920’s, Eastern students who wished to be known as something other than “The Maroons” voted for the Leopard as the school mascot. A plan to purchase a leopard from the Memphis, Tennessee zoo came to nothing and the students remained Maroons.

In 1963 President Robert Martin established the Colonel as the mascot, who continues in that capacity to the present day. The original Colonel design was by Louisville Courier-Journal editorial cartoonist Hugh Haynie.

[Top image found here, background story from here.]

I’m sure it meant something.

Tuesday, 29 June 2021

From Lustige Blätter 1919.

Funny papers was the title of a German-language satire magazine. After a brief start-up phase in Hamburg, the magazine was published as a weekly newspaper from 1886 to 1944 in Berlin. It was founded and published by the writer Alexander Moszkowski.

[Image found here. Note that there is no Wikipedia entry for  Lustige Blätter in English.]

Just Another Saturday in London

Monday, 28 June 2021

On Saturday 26 June 2021 there was a massive protest against government regulatory abuse in the UK.

Some protesters were seen throwing tennis balls at the Houses of Parliament. One protester, who did not wish to be named, said: “They have little messages on them. Most of them are not very nice.” – BBC Report

Image was assembled with screen-capped stills from a helicopter video posted on Twitter.


Update: BBC NEWS estimated the crowd size.

Alex Baker’s Photographic Memory

Thursday, 24 June 2021

Alex Baker, an 11-year-old boy with autism, has a photographic memory that allows him to reproduce a skyline or aerial cityscape after visiting a city, or seeing it in a book, just once. His perspective sketches include London, Paris, New York, and many other cities.

“I took Alex to London when he was five and we were only there for the day, but he came home and drew all the London Underground system in detail,” said his mother, Laura Jackson.

Amazing.

[Images and story from here, more here.]

Ghost Pipefish

Wednesday, 23 June 2021

“I saw some brown algae, it looked like seaweed. I moved my hand and the current blew it all one way but a bit of it was moving the other way. I put my torch on and there was this big eye looking at me.”

[Image and quote found here.]

The Perfect Storm Birds

Wednesday, 16 June 2021

An image of a storm (near Earth, Texas, by photographer Laura Rowe) was posted on Facebook recently by Pam M.

Then someone enhanced it…

I ramped it up a notch, just because.

[With apologies to Laura Rowe and Alfred Hitchcock.]

California’s Big Squirt

Tuesday, 15 June 2021

[Questionable brilliance from 1951 found here, via here.]

Volcano

Thursday, 10 June 2021

Geldingadalir Volcano in Iceland went though its almost 3 month existence through different phases of eruptions. First it was Explosive Eruption, then Fire Lava Geyser, Strombolian Eruption and now is in Hawaiian Effusive Eruption. In couple of last days eruptions are coming back in almost exactly 10 minutes intervals. These Three Eruption in this video were taken last night (June 8/9 2021). This program compliment yesterday footage taken during the day time and it’s up to you decide whether Volcano Eruption are better during the day or night.” –  Jiri VonDrak

[Image is a screencap from video at 04:43.]


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