What A Man Did With This Tree Trunk Will Blow Your Mind

What A Man Did With This Tree Trunk Will Blow Your Mind. Whatever You’re Thinking…It’s Better.

November 20, 2013 In the News

One tree, four years of work and an indescribable amount of talent: that’s what it took to create this incredible masterpiece. A famous Chinese wood carver chopped down a single tree and tirelessly worked on it for over four years to make this piece. 

 

It all started out with a simple tree…

 

Then Zheng Chunhui, a famous wood carver, spent over

four years creating this masterpiece.

 

 

The carving is based on the famous Chinese painting

“Along the River During the Qingming Festival.”

The original artwork was created over 1,000 years ago.

 

The piece won the Guinness World Record for the longest

wooden carving and measures over 40ft (specifically, it is

12.286 meters long, is 3.075 meters tall at it highest point,

and is also 2.401 meters wide).

 

The intricate carvings of daily life in ancient China are so

detailed and perfect, they could drop your jaw.

 

It’s no surprise that this incredible work of art is drawing

so much attention. It’s amazing, but not just because it’s

so big, but also because it’s so incredibly detailed.


Dildos and Same-Sex Marriage

Arguments for the Oxford Comma

http://www.thestranger.com/slog/archives/2010/03/17/an-argument-for-the-oxford-comma

This description, published in The Times, of a documentary by Peter Ustinov:
"... highlights of his global tour include encounters with Nelson Mandela, an 800-year-old demigod and a dildo collector."
And another:

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2013/dec/11/comma-twitter-erupts-over-obama-castro-marriage/#.UqkxTOGqdO4.twitter
“Top stories: World leaders at Mandela tribute, Obama-Castro handshake and same-sex marriage date set.”


The Ultimate BB Gun

Worth watching: The Ultimate BB Gun---Some Interesting History: This is an incredible story that explains how the Lewis and Clark expedition intimidated the Indians and were never seriously threatened.

This is the air rifle that Lewis and Clark took on their expedition and AMAZED the Indians!
It takes 1500 strokes to pump this rifle to full pressure, after which it could shoot more than 400 . 46 cal . round balls, each of which can blast a clean hole through a 1 inch pine board at 100 yards.
This is a VERY interesting  gun!  How many of you very gun-knowledgeable folks out there even knew that a rifle like this ever existed, especially back then?

This video is with sound and great on full screen.
 
Click here: 



GERMAN WONDERLAND

You will be amazed, if not blown away by this 5 minute video presentation covering model railroad layouts of all kinds & various locations around the world, operating planes/other vehicles... & even recognition to our Space Shuttle program! 

There have been little clips about this place for the past few years, it is still not finished but is growing to that conclusion as they will soon run out of space.

A short review, it was started by two brothers as a place to show their hobby, it started growing by leaps & bounds. Soon they were joined by other 'Model Railroad Clubs' and other craftsmen. Some were electricians, model makers, Carpenters, computer programmers. Their wives would stop by to see what they were doing and usually bring them a lunch.

One thing led to another. Three of the ladies had worked at a bakery, several visitors would ask if they had a snack bar. The Idea was planted; some of the carpenters came and built a nice restaurant area for the bakery and a kitchen too. If the fresh Coffee smell didn't get you then the bakery definitely would.This was about 5 years ago. One of the Breweries came and furnished all of the tables and chairs, serving counter and, etc.

Their latest finished area is the airport. Planes look like they are flying and landing.

GERMAN WONDERLAND link below - AMAZING

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ACkmg3Y64_s


Chinese Airline Engine Repair

Just in case any of you are considering flying with or for a Chinese airline.

  

A pilot for a Chinese carrier requested permission and landed at  FRA ( Frankfurt , Germany) for an unscheduled refueling stop.

The reason soon became apparent to the ground crew:  The Number 3 engine had been shutdown previously because of excessive vibration, and because it didn't look too good. It  had apparently been no problem for the ground crew back in China: as they took some sturdy straps and wrapped them around two of the  fan blades and the structures behind, thus stopping any unwanted wind-milling (engine spinning by itself due to airflow passing through the  blades during flight) and associated uncomfortable vibration caused by the sub optimal fan.

 

 

Note that the straps are seat-belts.... how resourceful!

After making the "repairs", off they went into the wild  blue yonder with another revenue-making flight on only three engines!

With the increased fuel  consumption, they got a bit low on fuel, and just  set it down at the closest airport (FRA) for a quick refill.

 

That's when the problems started: The Germans, who are kind of picky about  this stuff, inspected the malfunctioning engine and immediately grounded the aircraft. (Besides the seat-belts, notice the appalling condition of the fan blades.)

The airline operator had to send a chunk of money to get the first engine replaced (took about 10 days). The repair contractor decided to do some impromptu inspection  work on the other engines, none of which looked  all that great either.

The result: a total of 3 engines were eventually changed on this plane before it was permitted to fly again.

 

 

 

 And you all were worried about toys with lead paint!!!!