Sunday, January 31, 2016

Ham The Chimp

Ham (July 1956 – January 19, 1983), also known as Ham the Chimp and Ham the Astrochimp, was a chimpanzee and the first hominid launched into space, on 31 January 1961, as part of America's space program.

Ham's name is an acronym for the lab which prepared him for his historic mission — the Holloman Aerospace Medical Center, located at Holloman Air Force Base in New Mexico.

On January 31, 1961, Ham was secured in a Project Mercury mission labeled MR-2 and launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida, on a suborbital flight.

Ham had his vital signs and tasks monitored using computers on Earth.

The capsule suffered a partial loss of pressure during the flight, but Ham's space suit prevented him from suffering any harm.

Ham's lever-pushing performance in space was only a fraction of a second slower than on Earth, demonstrating that tasks could be performed in space.

Ham's capsule splashed down in the Atlantic Ocean and was recovered by a rescue ship later that day.

He only suffered a bruised nose. His flight was 16 minutes and 39 seconds long.

After the flight, Ham lived for 17 years in the National Zoo in Washington, D.C.


Friday, January 29, 2016

Pablo Picasso's Self Portrait At Age 16 Compared To Age 72

Pablo Picasso is known for his unique and abstract art style. When you compare a self portrait he painted at the age of 16 to one he painted at the age of 72 you can see just how much his style changed over the years.


Thursday, January 28, 2016

60 Minutes and Audi

In 1986, ’60 Minutes’ ran a scathing exposé on the Audi 5000, alleging it could wildly accelerate on its own. 

However, their on-air demonstration used a rigged car to show falsified results. 

Gov’t tests later vindicated Audi but their sales had already plummeted. 

’60 Minutes’ never apologized. 

The “60 Minutes” whitewash of Audi wasn’t the first time a major news network was caught rigging an automotive test. 


Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Women Around The World Are Now Embracing This Bizarre Trend

Another new bizarre fashion trend is making waves and women are loving it. The trend called is called "Aegyo sal" and the point of it is to create bags under your eyes to make yourself look sleep deprived. Women all over the world this that it makes them look young and happy but really it just makes them look like they have a bad hangover.


Wank Wipes

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Ruby Ridge: US Government shoots, kills family members and family dog at their home

Randy Weaver, a white separatist, had been targeted by the federal government after failing to appear in court to face charges related to his selling of two illegal sawed-off shotguns to an Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) informant. 

On August 21, 1992, after a period of surveillance, U.S. marshals came upon Harrison; Weaver; Weaver’s 14-year-old son, Sammy; and the family dog, Striker, on a road near the Weaver property. 

A marshal shot and killed the dog, prompting Sammy to fire at the marshal. In the ensuing gun battle, Sammy and U.S. Marshal Michael Degan were shot and killed. A tense standoff ensued, and on August 22 the FBI joined the marshals besieging Ruby Ridge.

Later that day, Harris, Weaver, and his daughter, Sarah, left the cabin, allegedly for the purpose of preparing Sammy’s body for burial. 

FBI sharpshooter Lon Horiuchi, waiting 200 yards away, opened fire, allegedly because he thought Harrison was armed and intending to fire on a helicopter in the vicinity. Horiuchi wounded Weaver, and the group ran to the shed where Sammy’s body was lying. 

When they attempted to escape back into the cabin, Horiuchi fired again, wounding Harrison as he dove through the door and killing Vicki Weaver, who was holding the door open with one hand and cradling her infant daughter with the other. 


Tuesday, January 26, 2016

The year was 1955

I’ll tell you one thing, if things keep going the way they are, it’s going to be impossible to buy a week’s groceries for $10.00

Did you hear the post office is thinking about charging 7 cents just to mail a letter?

If they raise the minimum wage to $1.00, nobody will be able to hire outside help at the store!

When I first started driving, who would have thought gas would someday cost 25 cents a gallon. Guess we’d be better off leaving the car in the garage!

I’m afraid to send my kids to the movies any more. Ever since they let Clark Gable get by with saying DAMN in GONE WITH THE WIND, it seems every new movie has either HELL or DAMN in it.

I never thought I’d see the day all our kitchen appliances would be electric. They’re even making electric typewriters now!

The fast food restaurant is convenient for a quick meal, but I seriously doubt they will ever catch on.

There is no sense going on short trips anymore for a weekend. It costs nearly $2.00 a night to stay in a hotel.

No one can afford to be sick anymore. At $15.00 a day in the hospital, it’s too rich for my blood!

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Monday, January 25, 2016

Celebrities Who Won An Oscar With Less Than 20 Minutes Of Screen Time

These celebrities proved that it's not the length of the time you're on the screen that counts, it's what you do with it.

Anthony Hopkins, ‘The Silence of the Lambs’ (1991)
Screen time: 16 minutes
Although the final time count is debated (some say it’s only 12 minutes), Hopkins’ portrayal of Dr. Hannibal Lecter was a short one. This didn’t stop the Academy from awarding him Best Actor in 1992.

Gloria Grahame, ‘The Bad and the Beautiful’ (1952)
Screen time: 9 minutes, 52 seconds
Less than 10 minutes landed Grahame the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her performance as Rosemary. She held the record for winning an Oscar for the shortest-timed role for 25 years.

Anne Hathaway, ‘Les Miserables’ (2012)
Screen time: 15 minutes
Maybe it was the fact that she cut off all her hair and lost 25 pounds to play the unlucky Fantine, but Hathaway nabbed the statue for Best Supporting Actress despite only being in 15 minutes of a 158-minute movie.

Anthony Quinn, ‘Lust for Life’ (1956)
Screen time: 8 minutes
Quinn’s character Paul Gaugin stole the screen and won him the 1957 Best Supporting Actor award.

Ned Beatty, ‘Network’ (1976)
Screen time: 5 minutes, 53 seconds
He only had one scene as corporate chairman Arthur Jensen, but apparently that was plenty of time to warrant an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor. When defending his opinion that no actor should ever turn down a role, he jokingly said, “I worked a day on ‘Network’ and got an Oscar nomination for it.”

Judi Dench, ‘Shakespeare in Love’ (1998)
Screen time: 8 minutes
Dench won Best Supporting Actress for her role as Queen Elizabeth, and when accepting the Oscar she joked, “I feel for eight minutes on the screen, I should only get a little bit of him.”

Ingrid Bergman, ‘Murder on the Orient Express’ (1974)
Screen time: 14 minutes, 18 seconds
Bergman won the only Oscar (Best Supporting Actress) out of 6 nominations for the movie in 1975. Out of her 14 minutes onscreen, 5 of them were in one interrogation scene that was shot in one take.

Viola Davis, ‘Doubt’ (2008)
Screen time: 8 minutes
Accounts differ on the actual time Davis played a mother whose son may have been molested onscreen, but she still competed against her co-star Amy Adams for Best Supporting Actress in 2009. The award ended up going to Penelope Cruz for ‘Vicky Christina Barcelona.’

Ruby Dee, ‘American Gangster’ (2007)
Screen time: 10 minutes
Dee’s 70 year career was rewarded in 2008 with her first and only Oscar nomination for her brief role as Denzel Washington’s mother in the Ridley Scott crime epic.

David Niven, ‘Separate Tables’ (1958)
Screen time: 15 minutes, 38 seconds
Niven scored his first and only Oscar for Best Actor when he played Major Pollock, a war vet whose hidden past is revealed in a seaside hotel during off-season.

Beatrice Straight, ‘Network’ (1976)
Screen time: 5 minutes, 40 seconds
Onscreen for an even shorter time than her co-actor Beatty, Straight stole the record from Gloria Grahame and won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her performance as Louise Schumacher, the jilted wife of William Holden’s character in the movie.

Hermione Baddeley ‘Room at the Top’’ (1959)
Screen time: 2 minutes, 20 seconds
Had she won, Baddeley would have knocked both Straight and Grahame out of the water with her record. However, she was just nominated for Best Supporting Actress in 1960 with a little over 2 minutes of screen time.

via mentalfloss


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