Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Mysterious Stairway Story...!

When you want a bit of "feel good" news, turn to this story of the mystery stairway from Listverse.

The Miracle Of Loretto Chapel

These days, religious miracles seem to be in terribly short supply. A pall has even been cast over such seemingly infallible characters as Mother Teresa. But New Mexico’s Loretto Chapel, built in 1878, might just give credence to idea that saints walk among us.

During the building of the chapel, the architect was shot to death, and when the project was completed, the building was missing one key feature: a way to get to the choir loft, which was 6.7 meters (22 ft) above the ground. There was no room for a conventional staircase, and the nuns were averse to using ladders because they were afraid of snagging their long habits. The legend goes that the sisters of Loretto prayed for nine days, and on the final day, a bedraggled man arrived on a donkey and asked permission to solve their problem.

Using only the most basic of tools (not even nails), he created a glorious winding helix staircase over the course of a few months. At first glance, the structure seems to defy the laws of physics, as it appears to have no central means of support. Upon finishing, the unidentified carpenter simply went on his way without being paid. The nuns, taken by the majesty of his creation, believed that the man was none other than St. Joseph, patron saint of carpenters. Other theories have been advanced, probably the most plausible being that the man was an itinerant French carpenter named Francois-Jean Rochas.

The staircase itself has since been thoroughly examined, and while beautiful, it is not exactly a marvel. The helix is so tight that the center portion acts as its own support, keeping it from toppling over. It has also been judged as very unsafe, acting as a spring when people climb on it. Today, the Loretto Chapel is privately owned, and frequently stages weddings where couples are allowed to pose on the staircase.

Who ever the carpenter was that built the stairway, he did a beautiful job. The mystery may be in wondering how it was done with the tools available at that time. Pretty amazing for sure!

Coffee out on the patio this morning. In the 60s, but the sun is shining!

Monday, January 22, 2018

Mother Nature Strikes Again...!

Just when we think that we have Her figured out a bit, Mother Nature throws us one more curve ball from Her arsenal.

This story , taken from Listverse, is about one of the most interesting puzzles presented to us by nature in quite a while. See if you don't agree.

Purple Slime In Lyngen Fjord

Photo credit: Roger B. Larsen/UIT

In August 2015, fishermen fishing off the coast of Northern Norway began reporting a strange phenomenon in the area. A thick, purple, mucoid slime had appeared almost overnight, covering millions of cubic meters around the Lyngen Fjord.

[2]Experts who investigated the phenomenon likened the texture of the slime to that of margarine and initially believed it to be the remains of dead jellyfish. The slime covered the fish that the fishermen were catching and even messed with their sonar equipment. A fisheries expert said that he had never seen anything like the purple substance in the fjords.

However, now almost three years later, no real confirmation has been given that the slime did indeed come from a type of jellyfish. Therefore, the reason for its existence remains a mystery.

One thing about Nature's mysteries...they can be quite colorful.

Coffee out on the patio again this morning. That's a good thing, right?

Sunday, January 21, 2018

More Sunday 'Toons...!

Once again we travel back to the olden days for some older 'toons from long ago.

And maybe one more...

That's all I had this morning. Enjoy the rest of the day.

Coffee out on the patio again this morning!

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Mister Potato Head Gets His Start...!

No matter what the event, someone has to be first, right?

Well, as it turns out, Mister Potato Head was the first ever toy commercial on national television. Guess we have Hasbro toys to thank for all our future ads on the tele.

How Mr. Potato Head Changed the Advertising Business

A story of goofy vegetables and the power of television.

IN THE 1950S, BOTH TELEVISION and toys were striking out in bold new directions. Television commercials were rapidly becoming the leading form of advertising, assuming dominance over radio. At the same time, a number of soon-to-be classic toys were making their way to market, including the frisbee, Barbie dolls, and the era-defining hula hoop. But in 1952, before all of those, Hasbro’s Mr. Potato Head hit store shelves.

Timing played a big role in the fact that in April of 1952, an ad for an anthropomorphized tuber became the first ever televised toy commercial. As a 2012 BBC article explains, up to that point toy ads had appealed to parents, since they were the ones doing the buying. But the Mr. Potato Head TV ad was aimed directly at children. It was a revolutionary advertisement, even if the concept of marketing directly to kids didn’t immediately catch on.

That original commercial is not online, but the video above, a mid-1950s Mr. Potato Head commercial available on YouTube, provides a pretty good idea of what that first commercial looked like: young kids showing their excitement for the toy. (Here is where I should also note that the original Mr. Potato Head package included 28 facial features that kids could practice with on a styrofoam head, but were meant to be stuck in an actual potato).

According to the 2003 book Spree: A Cultural History of Shopping, it wasn’t until three years later, when toy commercials began accompanying the wildly popular Mickey Mouse Club program, that toy advertisements meant to be viewed by children really took off. Of course this was just the beginning of a long-running debate about whether anyone should be advertising to children in the first place. But for better or worse, Mr. Potato Head was the first. Pretty impressive for a vegetable.

I used to have a Mr. Potato Head when I was a kid. Played with it quite a bit if I remember correctly.

Coffee out on the patio this morning for a change.

Friday, January 19, 2018

Kiss Of Death On Freaky Friday...!

Of all the things in this world you might think would cause you harm, a simple kiss would probably fall low on the list of dangerous activities.

Here is a case from Listverse that proves that all kisses are certainly not created equal.

Myriam Ducre-Lemay

Photo credit: The Independent

In October 2012, 20-year-old Myriam Ducre-Lemay attended a party in Montreal with her new boyfriend before heading back to his place for the night. The two shared a kiss as they were getting into bed, only for Myriam to suddenly experience a lot of trouble breathing. It turned out that Myriam’s new boyfriend had eaten a peanut butter sandwich before brushing his teeth. He was unaware that she had a severe peanut allergy.

With only a broken inhaler and no EpiPen with her, Myriam was immediately taken to the hospital by ambulance. Though the ambulance arrived only eight minutes after being called, Myriam died as a result of oxygen deprivation to the brain. Myriam’s mother has used her tragic death as an opportunity to call for those with allergies to wear a Medic Alert bracelet and carry an EpiPen at all times.

It only makes sense to me that anyone having an allergy that could threaten their life would wear a medical alert bracelet, or at the very least tell their partner about such a condition...just in case. Communication could save your life sometimes.

Coffee inside at least one more day...OK?

Thursday, January 18, 2018

More Maritime Mysteries...!

I thought you might enjoy these ghost ship mysteries. Just a little different, ya know?

Coffee inside again. Way too cold outside .

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Cowboy Film For Western Wednesday...!

Here is a new way to look at western Wednesday. Something a bit different.

Hope you enjoyed the trip to the movies for today. Maybe they weren't the best, but I've seen worse.

Coffee inside again, because we have snow on the ground here again!