Hoover, the talking seal Hoover (1971? – July 25, 1985) was a harbour seal who was able to imitate basic human speech. He was an orphan when he was found by George and Alice Swallow in Maine in 1971. George and Alice decided to take him home. At first the baby seal didn't want to eat, but soon he ate at the pace of a Hoover (hence his name). When Hoover outgrew the bathtub, he was transferred to the pond outside their house where he began to imitate people's voices. Thanks to this, he became famous, and appeared in publications like Reader's Digest and The New Yorker and television programs like Good Morning America.
Top 10 Best Ghost Photographs While trying to decide which ghost photos are the “best” is largely an exercise in subjectivity, it’s difficult to know which ones are the best with any degree of objectivity. These are the photos I consider the most authentic “captures” of ghosts ever caught on film, but I leave it to you to decide for yourself how real they may be. Of course, I realize that almost any photo can be hoaxed, but many of these were taken many years or even decades before digital cameras and the advent of Photoshop and other photo manipulation software came on the scene, making them somewhat more difficult to fake than it would be today. 10. The Queensland Photo, 1946 Taken in 1946 in Queensland, Australia by a mother who was taking a picture of her teenage daughter’s grave. 9. This famous photo taken in 1924 apparently shows the faces of two recently deceased crewmen appearing in the waves alongside the merchant ship S.S. 8. 7. 6. Taken by Reverend R.S. 5. 4. 3. 2. 1. J.
Erich Hartmann Erich Alfred Hartmann (19 April 1922 – 20 September 1993), nicknamed "Bubi" by his comrades and "The Black Devil" by his Soviet adversaries, was a German fighter pilot during World War II and is the most successful fighter ace in the history of aerial warfare. He flew 1,404 combat missions and participated in aerial combat on 825 separate occasions. He claimed, and was credited with, shooting down 352 Allied aircraft—the destruction of each termed an "aerial victory"—while serving with the Luftwaffe. During the course of his career, Hartmann was forced to crash-land his damaged fighter 14 times due to damage received from parts of enemy aircraft he had just shot down or mechanical failure. Hartmann scored his 352nd and last aerial victory on 8 May 1945. In 1956, Hartmann joined the newly established West German Luftwaffe in the Bundeswehr, and became the first Geschwaderkommodore of Jagdgeschwader 71 "Richthofen". Early life Luftwaffe career To the frontline
Comedy College: Lessons in Laughter - Totie Fields Born Sophie Feldman, Totie Fields was a New York-accented yenta doing self-deflating fat jokes amid her extroverted kvetching. In 1963, when Totie began performing in the Catskills, women weren't necessarily expected to offer their opinions or ideas. Totie did, though, treating the crowd like friends and blowing up stories about everyday events to comic proportions. She was a regular on The Ed Sullivan Show in the '70s, and she was making a big impression on future comics. There was no way to not pay attention to Totie Fields. Material excerpted from: Totie Fields Live; Mainstream Records Inc., S/6123 (no date given).
Mitik, The Orphaned Baby Walrus Earlier this year, fisherman off the coast of Alaska rescued an orphaned baby walrus. Named ‘Mitik’ by the 14 year old daughter of one of the rescuers, the adorable five week old baby walrus was then sent to the New York Aquarium via Anchorage. After surviving a bladder infection and Hurricane Sandy, Mitik is now doing well in his new home in Coney Island, Brooklyn. In the meantime, we’ve collected 17 of the most heartwarming pictures of this photogenic walrus pup as he grows from slightly large to gigantic with the mustache to match: Yahoo CEO Carol Bartz Under Fire, but Company’s Problems May Not Be Fixable The second episode of Season 4 brought us another wedding ceremony for the ages, and ended with a bang. [Warning: SPOILERS] In retrospect, we really should have seen it coming. I am referring, of course, to the Big Shocking Plot Twist at the end of Sunday night’s episode of Game of Thrones. (WARNING: If you haven't seen "The Lion and the Rose" yet, stop reading now. We got our first clue last week when Arya Stark and The Hound stumbled across a tavern in the woods. "Needle?" "Lots of people name their swords," Arya said. "Lots of cunts," The Hound replied. Turns out this vulgar little exchange was actually the first half of an elaborate joke. But what a punchline it was. "Such a great sword should have a name," Joffrey shouts to his guests. "Widow's Wail," one of them shouts back. "Widow's Wail," Joffrey says. The king, in other words, is a c--t. First we learned there's no room for heroes on Game of Thrones. Joffrey was the King of C--ts. Just consider Sunday night’s episode.
Divers meet extremely playful wild seals Wanna play? Here's a fun one that is sure to put you in a good mood. Jason Neilus, along with some friends, dove in the waters off the coast of the Farne Islands, near Northumberland, England. He writes: "We've been visiting here for the last six years to say hello to the seal pups and we've never had this much interaction before - they were everywhere and all over us!!!!" Enjoy: I guess they literally had these seals' seal of approval! Reddit/Screen capture Vimeo/Screen capture Via Vimeo, BoingBoing See also: The exquisitely beautiful view from the ISS at night: Our planet like you've never seen it before!
Rainbow Family The Rainbow Family of Living Light (commonly shortened to the Rainbow Family) is a loosely affiliated group of individuals committed to principles of non-violence and egalitarianism. They put on events known as Rainbow Gatherings. Origins and practices The Rainbow Family was created out of the Vortex Gathering in Canby, Oregon (30 miles south of Portland, Or.) from August 28 to September 3, 1970. The first official Rainbow Family Gathering was held in Strawberry Lake, Colorado, on the Continental Divide, in 1972. Regional Rainbow Gatherings are held throughout the year in the United States, as are national and regional gatherings in dozens of other countries. Those who attend Rainbow Gatherings usually share an interest in intentional communities, ecology, New Age spirituality and entheogens. The use of alcohol in "Rainbowland" is discouraged, but not banned, and is a heated topic within the Rainbow community. Goals The Gatherings In addition to these larger U.S.
Goliath the elephant seal and his keeper at Vincennes Zoo, Paris (1936)