Saturday, June 24, 2017
Original captions, extra by moi. . .
Construction on the Golden Gate Bridge began on January 5, 1933 and cost $35 million to build. However, it was completed ahead of the projected schedule and under budget by $1.3 million. Pretty impressive for such a huge undertaking.
Some additional construction pics:
Spinning the main cables
This isn’t a temperpedic mattress. The prone position pilot bed was designed to counteract pilot fatigue, helping them to combat gravitational forces experienced during flight.
The Schienenzeppelin, a railcar designed to look like a Zeppelin, seen from the rear, was designed by Franz Kruckenberg in 1929. The German engineer developed a myriad of high speed trains in the 20’s and 30’s. The Schienenzeppelin reached a world record speed of 143 mph.
Some additional pics . . .
I wonder about the safety of people on platforms near that giant propeller at the back.
The first slide in Britain, invented by Charles Wicksteed, photo taken 1922. It certainly looks more fun than most modern-day slides, probably because it was a lot less safe. Between the rickety ladders leading children to the top, and the unsmoothed, blister-riddled wooden slide itself, this would have been quite an experience.
Some additional pics . . .
In the early days, there were separate slides for girls and for boys, though some boys seem to have sneaked on to these ones. The separation eventually stopped and the slides could be used by everyone.
Charles Wicksteed (in the centre of this picture) first made the slide for his amusement park, Wicksteed Park in Kettering, Northamptonshire, the first park of its kind in the UK. He then went on to sell them around the world. Wicksteed also invented other playground equipment.
Seven Spielberg with a miniature Indiana Jones set. Spielberg is likely the most passionate, and intelligent, movie director of all-time. He knows how to perform every job on set, and could probably do them better than most employees.
The original model of Mount Rushmore, 1941. Money ran out before it could be completed. The massive sculpture which dominates the landscape of the Black Hills region took many years to develop. The project began in 1927 and was completed in 1941.
Shortly after Washington, Jefferson, and Lincoln’s faces were completed and dedicated in 1937, a bill was introduced in Congress to add the face of Susan B Anthony, American social reformer and women’s rights activist, to the mix, but times were tough, and an appropriations bill limited funding for adding another head. Teddy Roosevelt’s head would be added and dedicated as planned in 1939, but Susan B. Anthony never made it to the mountain.
A 250 kilo / 550 pounds diving suit from the 1900’s.
I was half expecting the above suit to start yelling “Danger, Will Robinson! Danger!”
At 5,000 pounds, this manta ray nearly destroyed a boat after getting caught in the anchor line. It had to be killed with a high-powered rifle by the Coast Guard.
The all-terrain Model T, 1918, was a brief entry into the Ford line of vehicles. Rather than using a modern day 4-wheel drive system, it relied on large military wheels and snow cables.
Friday, June 23, 2017
. . .and what better day to have a merry heart than Bytes' Funny Friday. the theme being religion.
A woman went to the post office to buy stamps for her Christmas cards.
"What denomination?" asked the clerk.
"Oh, my goodness! Have we come to this?" said the woman.
"Well give me 50 Baptist and 50 Catholic!"
As the storm raged, the captain realised his ship was sinking fast.
He called out, "Anyone here know how to pray?"
One man stepped forward. "Aye, Captain, I know how to pray."
"Good," said the captain, "You pray while the rest of us put on our life jackets - we're one short."
The story of Adam and Eve was being carefully explained in the children's Sunday School class.
Following the story, the children were asked to draw some picture that would illustrate the story.
Bobby drew a picture of a car with three people in it. In the front seat was a man and in the back seat, a man and a woman.
The teacher was at a loss to understand how this illustrated the lesson of Adam and Eve.
Bobby was prompt with his explanation. "This is God driving Adam and Eve out of the garden!"
A zoo-keeper noticed that the monkey was reading two books - the Bible and Darwin's The Origin of Species.
In surprise he asked the monkey "Why are you reading both those books"?
"I want to know, said the monkey, "whether I am my brother's keeper or my keeper's brother."
Bacon proves God has a sense of humor.
He invents the greatest meat in the world, then bans His chosen people from eating it.
God used to create universes and flood the entire Earth. Now he appears on toast.
Anyone else less than impressed with the Almighty’s recent behavior?
Dolly Parton and Queen Elizabeth went to the Pearly Gates on the same day.
They both met with an Angel to find out if they would be admitted to Heaven.
The angel said "Unfortunately, there’s only one space in Heaven today so I must decide which one of you will be admitted."
The Angel asked Dolly if there was some particular reason why she should go to Heaven.
Dolly took off her top and said, "Look at these, they’re the most perfect breasts God ever created and I’m sure it will please God to be able to see them every day, for eternity."
The Angel thanked Dolly, and asked Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth the same question.
The Queen walked over to a toilet, pulled the lever and flushes it without saying a word.
The Angel immediately said, "OK, your Majesty, you may go into Heaven."
Dolly was outraged and asked, "What was that all about? I showed you two of God’s own perfect creations and you turned me down. She simply flushed a commode and she got admitted to Heaven! Would you explain that to me?"
"Sorry, Dolly," said the Angel, "but even in Heaven, a royal flush beats a pair – no matter how big they are."
Not on the topic of religion, but I like it . . .
A group of terrorists hijacked a plane full of accordion players. They called ground control with a list of demands. Then they told the negotiator if their demands aren't met they will release one accordion player an hour.
. . . back on the theme:
Q: Why do they say 'Amen' at the end of a prayer instead of 'Awomen'?
A: The same reason they sing Hymns instead of Hers!