Fabulous Photographs... it's quite a fascinating world
The end of Australia
This is what it looks like when a praying mantis takes on a bird.
This is called cross sea. A cross sea is a sea state with two wave systems traveling at oblique angles.
This is what an eight-ton Orca jumping 20 feet out of the water looks like.
This is what a bubble looks like mid-pop.
This is what Wiltshire, England looks like.
This is what the Seattle skyline looks like.
This is what a sunset looks like from above the clouds.
This is a volcano in Ethiopia that burns bright blue.
This is what lions look like in the rain.
This is what a tree farm looks like.
This is what a huge rhododendron tree looks like.
This is how massive Tokyo is.
This is what a rainstorm over the city of
Denver looks like.
This is a process called guttation. The plant is expelling water due to a positive root pressure.
This is what a Russian Red Fox looks like.
This is what the clovers that cover the floor of the California Redwood Forest look like.
This is what Jupiter looks like from the bottom.
This is what a castle on an island in Ireland looks like.
This is what Venice looks like from above.
This is what the Dark Hedges of Northern
Ireland look like.
This is what the pyramids look like from Cairo street.
This is what the border of the United States and Canada looks like.
This is what two hours??? worth of lightning
on one pic looks like.
This is what an Osirian Rose looks like.
This is what the turquoise ice formations on
Lake Baikal, Russia look like.
This is how Mt. Fuji cuts through the clouds.
This is what a snail drinking from a bubble looks like.
This is what Ice Canyon, Greenland looks like.
This is what sunset looks like from space.
This is what an illegally-taken picture from one of the Greta Giza Pyramids looks like.
This is what the Apollo Metalmark Butterfly looks like.
This is what the sun looks like when shot in Ultraviolet.
This is what an oasis in Libya looks like.
This is what blue butterflies in the Amazon rainforest in Brazil look like.
This is what an Icelandic ice cave lit up by a burning flare looks like.
This is what a Lenticular cloud over
Mount Fuji looks like.
This is what it looks like underneath a breaking wave.
This is how you tow an iceberg In Newfoundland, icebergs are harvested for their water.
This is what Paris looks like from the Eiffel Tower.
Holy Roman Emperor Maximillian I wore these armored gloves from 1508 until his death in 1519. (Now we know where Star Wars got some of their designs)
The Cau Vang, outside the city of Da Nang in Vietnam is held up by two giant stone hands.
This amazing 16th Century ring unfolds into an astronomical sphere.
This 500-year-old boxwood miniature from the 16th century was created in the Netherlands
This small ornate ax was made in Germany during the late 1500s.
Carbonized bread from Pompeii that still has the baker's stamp on it, 79 AD.
18th century carved door in Germany with incredible workmanship
A futuristic-looking 1938 Dymaxion, designed by American inventor Buckminster Fuller
The library inside of the Waldsassen Abbey in Bavaria holds thousands of volumes bound in white pigskin.
'Cow shoes' used by moonshiners in the Prohibition days to disguise their footprints, 1924
Designed and built in the late 1800's, this steamer trunk coverts into a stand-up dresser so the traveler doesn't have to unpack.
The 1936 Stout Scarab is one of the first minivans.
Marketed as a toy for kids, U-238 Atomic Energy Labs came with three different types of live uranium ore and a Geiger counter.
Shoes worn by Allied spies during World War II to steer the adversaries in the opposite direction
The ornate Elephant Tower of the Carlsberg Brewery in Kopenhagen, 1901.
A triple-decker bus roaming the streets of Berlin, Germany.
Extreme tree pruning crew from the late 1800s.
17 year-old Juliane Koepcke was sucked out of an airplane in 1971 after it was struck by a bolt of lightning. She fell 2 miles to the ground, strapped to her seat and survived after she endured 10 days in the Amazon Jungle.
90-year-old Grandma in the Czech Republic passes time by artistically painting houses.
Nicknamed 'Methuselah' this Californian bristlecone pine tree was seeded in the year 2833 BC, which makes this tree 4,850 years old.
Wonder .. for sure... how the age of this tree is known?
Infants sleeping in the open air after lunch at a maternity hospital in Moscow, 1958
Mildred Burke, a pioneer of women's pro-wrestling who began wrestling men at carnivals in 1935. She would go on to wrestle over 200 men, losing to only 1.
One of the most iconic photographs ever taken/ Bob Hope, John Wayne, Ronald Reagan, Dean Martin, and Frank Sinatra (circa 1975)
The ornate Klementinum Library in Prague.
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At 106, War Hero Captain Pete Goutiere
Is Still Flying High
Aviator Flew 680 Missions Over the “Hump”
During World War II
World War II ace, Captain Pete Goutiere, traveled as a passenger in a restored Douglas C-47 Dakota that participated in D-Day Invasion commemorative events in Europe in May, 2019. Incredibly, Pete had flown that very airplane in the Pacific theater in September 1944. His name is still visible in the plane's log book, 75 years later.
Katonah, New York, October 12--He survived 680 missions over the infamous “Hump” during World War II, flying through ice storms, barely skimming the peaks of the Himalayas and dodging attacks from Japanese fighter planes. Consequently, the COVID-19 Pandemic was not going to deter Captain Pete Goutiere from celebrating his 106th birthday! On Sunday, September 27, 2020, friends and colleagues staged a drive-by birthday party past Pete’s home in Katonah, New York.
Pan Amers were among colleagues and friends who staged a drive-by birthday celebration as World War II Hero Pete Goutiere marked his 106th birthday.
The Centenarian came out to greet them and pose for pictures with well-wishers, some from Pan Am. They recalled the days when he was part of an elite group of pilots with China National Aviation Corporation, flying supplies from India to China. The Japanese had cut off the primary route between the countries, The Burma Road. The only way to bring fuel, troops, food and other supplies to Allied forces fighting in China, was over the perilous Hump.The Hump refers to the Eastern end of the Himalayan Mountain Range between China and India. This notorious air corridor, its icy peaks the world’s highest, challenged the most daring and competent pilots. Japanese fighter planes hunted the unarmed supply aircraft but the weather over the mountain peaks was equally dangerous. Ice storms weighed down aircraft’s wings, monsoon rains hammered heavily loaded, unpressurized two-propeller airplanes and violent winds generated lethal down drafts that tossed planes to their doom. More than 500 planes were lost over this treacherous airway and over 3000 airmen perished.Pete Goutiere was part of one of Pan Am’s many heroic efforts in support of the global war effort - the China National Aviation Corporation (CNAC). After Pearl Harbor was bombed, Pete volunteered for the U.S. Army Air Corps but was rejected since he was over the twenty-six-and-a half age limit. He joined Pan American Air Ferries, a subsidiary of Pan Am, formed to ferry all types of airplanes to U.S. armed forces and allies. Pete ferried planes from the United States to Africa. He flew via South America, Ascension Island in the mid-Atlantic, through Africa and on to India, the jumping-off point to combat areas. The trip took 90 flight hours over 14 days.
As a Captain for CNAC, Peter Goutiere flew 680 missions over the Himalayas' infamous "Hump," bringing vital supplies to Allied forces in China.
When war broke out between Japan and China, Pan Am sent 10 DC-3s and several pilots to fly the planes from India to China. (Pan Am owned 45% of CNAC until after WWII). Pete joined CNAC, which was funded by Pan Am, on December 1, 1942. Just four months later, he earned his Captain’s wings. Pete flew for CNAC until 1947 when the operation was disbanded.Pan Am's contribution to the war effort spanned its facilities in the Pacific, Africa and South America. The airline lent its advanced aircraft and communications technology, planes and personnel, helping to maintain aircraft, train pilots, transport supplies and troops and much more. From the attack on Pan Am’s base on Wake Island to the post-war Berlin Internal German Service that provided transport from Berlin to West Germany and Europe, Pan Am’s people served their country proudly. Many died in the line of duty and others suffered in internment camps.After the war, Pete took his talents to India and the Middle East, working first for the Maharajah of Jaipur. He then trained Jordan’s young King Hussein in piloting the new Boeing 707 jet. The monarch showed his gratitude as a witness to Pete’s marriage to his wife Evelyn. They honeymooned in the ancient city of Petra.Moving to the US, he went to work for the FAA in 1962, training and check riding pilots. In 1973 he became the agency's man in Lebanon. He would have liked to have remained in Lebanon, but when war broke out in 1975, he left the country with little more than the clothes on his back. He was transferred to the New York office where he continued investigating accidents around the world until his retirement at age 81. In 2019, The Pan Am Museum Foundation presented Pete with a plaque recognizing his dedicated serviced to Pan Am.Details of Pete Goutiere's impressive and colorful career were published in an article by noted aviation writer, Christine Negroni, who is also a member and firm supporter of the Pan Am Museum Foundation. The article drew messages of praise and congratulations from Pan Amers and aviators around the world.Christine Negroni flew with Pete in May 2019 as passengers in a restored Douglas C-47 Dakota that participated in D-Day Invasion commemorative events in Europe. She notes, with some awe, that Pete had flown that very airplane into the Pacific theater in September 1944. “I watched as he leafed through the logbook, finding his own writing on the pages, still legible three-quarters of a century later.”Note to Editors: Captain Pete Goutiere is available for interviews. Please contact Anne Sweeney at 732-329-6629 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Safety Measures at The Cradle of Aviation MuseumDuring this time of concern for the safety and well being of all visitors, it is important to know the museum puts safety first. Please know, in accordance with NYS mandates, all museum visitors over the age of 2 must wear a face mask. Disposable face masks will be made available for anyone who does not have them.About The Cradle of Aviation MuseumThe Cradle is home to over 75 air and spacecraft and is located on Charles Lindbergh Blvd. in Garden City, NY. For more information call 516-572-4111 or visit www.cradleofaviation.org.About the Pan Am Museum FoundationThe Pan Am Museum Foundation's mission is to develop a Pan Am Museum, furthering the legacy of Pan American World Airways and its importance in aviation history. The Foundation seeks to reunite all former employees and affiliates of Pan American World Airways and those interested in aviation, and to serve future generations by promoting an appreciation of all aspects of the aviation industry. Students, teachers, researchers and the community-at-large will find enrichment through the museum's educational programs. The Pan Am Museum will preserve and exhibit Pan Am artifacts commemorating the company's history, contributions to aviation, and the extraordinary people of Pan Am.The museum will conduct special events and educational programs to further illuminate the impact Pan Am had on aviation, international travel, and the assistance it gave to the U.S. government and global concerns. The Foundation welcomes collaboration with all Pan Am organizations.
Penicillin became a sustainable treatment when it was discovered in mold on a cantaloupe:
"The story of Fleming's accidental discovery of penicillin has been told many times, but hardly any two versions are quite the same. The first thorough account of the discovery was not published until 1944, a decade and a half after the events it describes, by which time details were already blurring, but as best as can be said, the story seems to be this: In 1928, while Alexander Fleming was away on a holiday from his job as a medical researcher at St. Mary's Hospital in London, some spores of mold from the genus Penicillium drifted into his lab and landed on a petri dish that he had left unattended. Thanks to a sequence of chance events -- that Fleming hadn't cleaned up his petri dishes before departing on holiday, that the weather was unusually cool that summer (an thus good for spores), that Fleming remained away long enough for the slow-growing mold to act -- he returned to find that the bacterial growth in the petri dish had been conspicuously inhibited.
"It is often written that the type of fungus that landed on his dish was a rare one, making the discovery practically miraculous, but this appears to have been a journalistic invention. The mold was in fact Penicillium notatum (now called Penicillium chrysogenum), which is very common in London, so it was hardly momentous that a few spores should drift into his lab and settle on his agar. It has also become commonplace that Fleming failed to exploit his discovery and that years passed before others finally converted his findings into a useful medicine. That is, at the very least, an ungenerous interpretation. First, Fleming deserves credit for perceiving the significance of the mold; a less alert scientist might simply have tossed the whole lot out. Moreover, he dutifully reported his discovery, and even noted the antibiotic implications of it, in a respected journal. He also made some effort to turn the discovery into a usable medicine, but it was a technically tricky proposition -- as others would later discover -- and he had more pressing research interests to pursue, so he didn't stick with it. It is often overlooked that Fleming was a distinguished and busy scientist already. He had in 1923 discovered lysozyme, an antimicrobial enzyme found in saliva, mucus, and tears as part of the body's first line of defense against invading pathogens, and was still preoccupied with exploring its properties. He was hardly foolish or slapdash, as sometimes implied.
"In the early 1930s, researchers in Germany produced a group of antibacterial drugs known as sulfonamides, but they didn't always work well and often had serious side effects. At Oxford, a team of biochemists led by the Australian-born Howard Florey began searching for a more effective alternative and in the process rediscovered Fleming's penicillin paper. ... [The principal investigator at Oxford, Ernst] Chain was gifted in many fields and considered a career as a concert pianist before settling on science. But he was also a difficult man. He had a volatile temperament and slightly paranoid instincts... [H]e ... found to his astonishment that penicillin not only killed pathogens in mice but had no side effects. It appeared to be the perfect drug: one that could devastate its target without wreaking collateral damage. The problem, as Fleming had seen, was that it was very hard to produce penicillin in clinically useful quantities. Under Florey's command, Oxford gave over a significant amount of resources and research space to growing mold and patiently extracting from it tiny amounts of penicillin.
"By early 1941, they had just enough to trial the drug on a policeman named Albert Alexander, who was a tragically ideal demonstration of how vulnerable humans were to infections before antibiotics. While pruning roses in his garden, Alexander had scratched his face on a thorn. The scratch had grown infected and spread. Alexander had lost an eye and now was delirious and close to death. The effect of penicillin was miraculous. Within two days, he was sitting up and looking almost back to normal. But supplies quickly ran short. In desperation the scientists filtered and reinjected all they could from Alexander's urine, but after four days the supplies were exhausted. Poor Alexander relapsed and died.
"With Britain preoccupied by World War II and the united States not yet in it, the quest to produce bulk penicillin moved to a U.S. government research facility in Peoria, Illinois. Scientists and other interested parties all over the Allied world were secretly asked to send in soil and mold samples. Hundreds responded, but nothing they sent proved promising. Then, two years after testing had begun, a lab assistant in Peoria named Mary Hunt brought in a cantaloupe from a local grocery store. It had a 'pretty golden mold' growing on it, she recalled later. That mold proved to be two hundred times more potent than anything previously tested. The name and location of the store where Mary Hunt shopped are now forgotten, and the historic cantaloupe itself was not preserved: after the mold was scraped off, it was cut into pieces and eaten by the staff. But the mold lived on. Every bit of penicillin made since that day is descended from that single random cantaloupe."
|author: Bill Bryson|
|title: The Body|