Archive for April, 2013

A Brief History of the High Five

hi5Mental_floss presented a short history of the high five. It’s exact origin seems to be in doubt, but it first appeared in the late 1970’s. I thought it was older than that. –

Since 2002, the third Thursday of April is recognized as a National High Five Day—24-hour period for giving familiars and strangers alike as many high fives as humanly possible. A few University of Virginia students invented the day, which has since evolved into a “High 5-A-Thon” that raises money each year for cancer research. Here are a few more facts to get you in the celebrating spirit.

Read about it HERE




Aerial Pictures from TheFabWeb

Another great set of photos from TheFabWeb – this time it’s various things shot from above – mostly landscapes.

Check out the pics HERE



Scientists Grow Kidney in Lab

lab-kidneyBBC reports –

A kidney “grown” in the laboratory has been transplanted into animals where it started to produce urine, US scientists say. Similar techniques to make simple body parts have already been used in patients, but the kidney is one of the most complicated organs made so far. A study, in the journal Nature Medicine, showed the engineered kidneys were less effective than natural ones. But regenerative medicine researchers said the field had huge promise. Kidneys filter the blood to remove waste and excess water. They are also the most in-demand organ for transplant, with long waiting lists.

Continue reading HERE



Dog Wants a Kitty [video]

Woman Fights $105,000 in Parking Tickets

pmeterThe ChicagoTribune reports –

Jennifer Fitzgerald has been fighting more than $100,000 in parking tickets on her junk car after she says it had been abandoned by her former boyfriend for three years in an employee parking lot at O’Hare International Airport.

Continue reading HERE


Bishop Rock – Smallest Island With A Building

According to Wikipedia –

Bishop Rock is a small rock, known for its lighthouse, at the westernmost tip of the Isles of Scilly in Cornwall. It is listed in the Guinness Book of Records as the world’s smallest island with a building on it. The rock has room for nothing more than the uninhabited 49-metre-tall lighthouse. Building of the original iron lighthouse was begun in 1847, but it was washed away before it could be completed. The present building was completed in 1858 and was first lit on 1 September of that year. Below and inside the lighthouse are 9 floors with spiral staircase to the 2nd floor with a door (made from gun metal (likely bronze) and installed in 1887) that leads down an external metal (likely bronze) ladder to climb down to the large exterior base. From the base another metal ladder provides access to stone staircase to the water line.

Continue reading HERE

Large pic of Bishop Rock Lighthouse


Outstanding Portraits From TheFabWeb Vault

A great set of portraits that TheFabWeb originally posted last year.

Click HERE to see all the pics



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