Archive for November, 2013

Meet The Longest Married Couple In The US

marriageAccording to IB Times –

The longest-married couple in the United States is getting ready to celebrate an 81st wedding anniversary. According to Reuters, John and Ann Betar eloped on Nov. 25, 1932, leaving their Syrian neighborhood in Bridgeport, Conn. for New York City to start a new life together in order to thwart Ann’s father’s plan of marrying her to a man 20 years her elder. She was 17 years old and John was 21. “Everyone was hopping mad, and my wife’s aunt consoled my father-in-law by telling him not to worry, the marriage won’t last,” said John, who is now 102.

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Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade Balloons – The Early Years [pics]

Wired presents 18 photos of the balloons from the early days of Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade – about 75 years ago.

See all the pictures HERE


Anticipating A Thanksgiving Feast? Come Back To Reality With The School Lunch Blog

As most Americans are anticipating an incredible feast of Thanksgiving turkey tomorrow, I must bring you back down to earth with  Fed Up, the school lunch blog. It features pictures of some of the worst stuff served in school cafeterias – yummmmm!

Eat it up HERE


First Ever “Selfie” From 1839

585px-RobertCornelius-sAccording to –

The image in question was taken in 1839 by an amateur chemist and photography enthusiast from Philadelphia named Robert Cornelius. Cornelius had set his camera up at the back of the family store in Philadelphia. He took the image by removing the lens cap and then running into frame where he sat for a minute before covering up the lens again. On the back he wrote “The first light Picture ever taken. 1839.”

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Here’s a lightly-Photoshopped black & white version

Smart Glasses Let Nurses See Veins Through Skin

xspecs-lgFinally, X-ray Specs are a reality!

According to ComputerWorld –

Epson and Evena Medical today unveiled smart glasses that allow nurses at the bedside to see “through” a patient’s skin to the vasculature beneath. The companies claim the new Eyes-On Glasses System technology makes even hard-to-locate veins easy to find for intravenous placement. The Eyes-On Glasses System allows nurses to “see” veins beneath the surface of the skin. The Eyes-On Glasses System is based on Epson’s Moverio Smart Glasses Technology, an Android-based, see-through wearable display launched earlier this year that allows users to interact with apps and games.

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Artist Drops Stones Into Paint To Create Flowers [pics]

Orchid_sWired reports –

Fabian Oefner is a night owl, but that’s mostly by necessity. The Switzerland-based artist does most of his work after dark, long after the sunshine stops streaming into the big windows of his studio. This is when he’s finally able to capture some truly magical moments. Oefner is best known for his brightly colored paint experiments that make invisible natural forces like gravity, air pressure and centrifugal force visible.

See all the pics and a video of the artist HERE.


CBS Will Stream 4 Days Of Its 1963 Live JFK Coverage

1963dallasThis week marks 50 years since President Kennedy was assassinated. According to TheVerge, CBS will stream their original programming from 1963. The stream will start at 12:40 PM (Central Time, 1:40 PM Eastern) on Friday, November 22, the exact time it was originally broadcast 50 years ago, and will continue for four days.

The stream will be HERE

Read TheVerge article HERE

For even more, scans of St.Louis newspapers from that weekend are posted HERE.

Scientists Discover Oldest Living Animal (and kill it)

MingClam260x320CBS News reports –

A group of researchers working in Iceland in 2006 discovered a really old clam. They wanted to figure out just how old it could be, so they decided to open it up and count the growth rings along the clam’s hinge ligament. They got their answer — and it was shocking. They said the clam was 405 years old. They’d found the oldest living animal in the world (excluding primitive metozoans). Only, it wasn’t living anymore, because opening it up had killed the clam. And little did they know, their measurement was wrong. Ming the clam was an entire century older than they first calculated. They recently measured again. And now they say it was actually 507 years old.

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Scottish Town Paints Wiggly Road Lines For ‘Traffic-Calming’ Scheme

wigglylinesThe DailyMail Reports –

Motorists are being driven round the twist by a set of wiggly white lines in the middle of a road. The meandering markings are meant to be part of a new ‘traffic-calming’ scheme through the village of Arnprior in Scotland. They match up with red indentations that have been painted at the roadside to slow vehicles down. But some drivers say they look like the work of a drunk – and an opposition councillor claimed they cost 50 per cent more than conventional straight lines.

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Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta – Timelapse Video

Defining “The” – Is It Possible?

This short article from mental_floss attempts to define the word “the”. After reading the article, I still feel that the word hasn’t been well defined, if that is even possible.

dictionary-page-sIt’s the most frequent word in the English language, accounting for around 4 percent of all the words we write or speak. It’s everywhere, all the time, so clearly it must be doing something important. Words have meaning. That’s fundamental, isn’t it? So this word “the,” a word that seems to be supporting a significant portion of the entire weight of our language, what does this word mean? It must mean something, right?

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