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  • RIP: Bruce Brown, 1937-2017: Iconic California surf filmmaker passes away (The Endless Summer)

    12/11/2017 8:08:25 AM PST · by EveningStar · 26 replies
    Surfline ^ | December 11, 2017 | Drew Kampion
    Bruce Brown, longtime surf filmmaker and director of the seminal “Endless Summer” just passed at 80 years old. Drew Kampion wrote the following for our Surfing A-Z entry on Brown: Prior to 1964, the media saw surfers as rebellious thugs, and Hollywood made them out to be a bunch of idiots. Filmmaker Bruce Brown single-handedly changed that with The Endless Summer. It portrayed the wave as a kind of Holy Grail and surfers as knights on a quest. In one stroke, he replaced Hollywood's buffoonery with the popular mythology that endures today.
  • SNOW-MAGEDDON! Britain is paralysed [trunc.]

    12/11/2017 2:13:18 AM PST · by jjotto · 47 replies
    [UK] Daily Mail ^ | 11 December 2017 | Mark Duell and Martin Robinson
    SNOW-MAGEDDON! Britain paralysed with 50,000 BA passengers stranded, hundreds of schools shut and dangerous icy roads on 'Black Monday' - after lows of -12.2C overnight with WORSE still to come. 'Black Monday' with more snow due and swathes of ice on the roads as temperatures dropped to -8C, Schools across the UK have been shut today after the country was hit by a so-called 'snowbomb' yesterday. Thousands of homes were left without power and Brits faced travel chaos as trains and flights were cancelled. In particular, Birmingham will grind to a halt on Monday after all of its schools will...
  • The Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Bay Bridge that never was

    12/10/2017 1:01:51 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 44 replies
    Curbed San Francisco ^ | December 8, 2017 | Brock Keeling and Alex Bevk
    Editor's Note: This article was originally published in June 2012 and has been updated with the most recent information. After the construction of the Bay Bridge in 1933, San Francisco began considering duplicating the bridge and running a second one further south across the bay. Enter Frank Lloyd Wright, a little-known architect whose idea and design for a second Bay Bridge never came to fruition. The noted architect hated the idea of a second steel structure similar to the San Francisco–Oakland Bay Bridge. Partnering with engineer Jaroslav J. Polivka, Wright proposed a concrete "Butterfly Bridge,” spanning from Army Street (now...
  • In 1961, the Bel Air-Brentwood Fire burned more than 500 structures

    12/10/2017 12:59:16 PM PST · by SamAdams76 · 23 replies
    LA Curbed ^ | December 6, 2017 | Elijah Chiland
    Multiple fires sweeping through Los Angeles are creating nightmarish scenes that, for many longtime residents, may bring back memories of the Bel Air-Brentwood Fire of 1961—arguably the most destructive in the city’s long history. The blaze started the morning of November 6, and at at 8:15 a.m., a construction crew reported that brush was burning above Stone Canyon, just off Mulholland Drive. As former Los Angeles firefighter Frank Borden recalled in 2015, a “dark billowing cloud of smoke” soon began to appear above the canyon, making it clear before many fire crews were even dispatched to the scene that this...
  • If You Love Deer, You’ve Got to Love Hunting

    12/09/2017 1:53:30 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 22 replies
    Newsday ^ | December 9, 2017 | Noah Comet
    Many of my friends oppose hunting, and while I share some of their views — especially concerning mere trophy hunting, which I do oppose — I question the logic of their conclusions about deer. I have never shot an animal. I don’t own a firearm or archery equipment. I fish, and I’ve considered deer hunting, but I’ve never cleared the early hurdles: the expense of buying the gear and the time required to hone the necessary skills. It’s a daunting prospect for a beginner, especially one like me, who’s never had anyone to show him the ropes. Recently, a friend...
  • 47-Point “Non-Typical” Buck Found in Southeast Oklahoma

    12/08/2017 9:20:09 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 28 replies
    Two sportsmen came across quite the find in southeast Oklahoma! Josh Hughes and Drake Fletcher found a rare buck dead and hanging in the fence near their hunting property. They took the buck, nicknamed the Hughes-Fletcher Buck, to the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation. “This unique specimen of a whitetail carries an impressive 47 points, with a spread of over 20 inches, and a green gross score of 269 3/8 inches,” read a post on the Oklahoma Game Wardens Facebook page. The current Oklahoma State Record Non-Typical Whitetail has a score of 248 inches. The buck was aged at approximately...
  • The solar eclipse burned a crescent wound on a woman's retina. She wasn't wearing proper glasses.

    12/08/2017 4:17:52 PM PST · by SMGFan · 50 replies
    Like so many others, 26-year-old Nia Payne wanted to view of August’s historic solar eclipse but didn’t have a pair of protective glasses. She walked outside on Staten Island and glanced at the sun — 70 percent was covered — for about six seconds before deciding she needed eye protection. She borrowed a pair of what looked like eclipse glasses from someone nearby, then looked directly at the sun for 15 to 20 seconds. They weren’t the right glasses. For two days after, Payne saw a black spot, shaped like a crescent similar to the eclipse itself, in the center...
  • Elite thoroughbred race horses killed in California wildfire....B^(

    12/08/2017 8:02:24 AM PST · by Red Badger · 26 replies ^ | December 8, 2017 | ANDREW DALTON and JULIE WATSON
    Hundreds of elite thoroughbred race horses sprinted away from flames Thursday as one of California's major wildfires tore through a training center in San Diego County. Not all made it. There was no official count of how many animals were killed in the hazy confusion as both horses and humans evacuated, but trainers at San Luis Rey Downs estimated that at least a dozen had died, possibly far more. Horses worth hundreds of thousands of dollars who are usually carefully walked from place to place were simply set free and encouraged to run away as flames engulfed the center near...
  • Man Rescues Rabbit From Fires, Instantly Restores Our Faith in Humanity

    12/07/2017 11:41:18 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 28 replies
    CNN ^ | Thu December 7, 2017 | Madeline Holcombe
    As Californians suffer the devastation caused by wildfires that have burned through more than 100,000 acres, one man braved the flames to save a wild rabbit and instantly became the hero we didn't know we needed. Video of the daring rescue shows a Ventura County highway near La Conchita engulfed in smoke and flames. An orange-and-black singed sky fills the screen. But then, a wild rabbit darts across traffic and into the burning brush. A man, stopped on the road and wearing just shorts and a hoodie, races after him. The rabbit is both out of reach and in danger....
  • Astronomers Spot Two Massive Galaxies Surrounded by a Halo of Dark Matter at the Dawn of Time

    12/06/2017 11:31:18 AM PST · by Red Badger · 89 replies ^ | 12/06/2017 | By John Wenz
    Less than a billion years after the Big Bang, two titans speed toward each other. NRAO/AUI/NSF; D. Berry ======================================================================= Just 780 million years after the universe formed in the Big Bang, two galaxies speed to confront each other in a head-on collision that will lead to a merger between the two—and one of them is towing along a clump of dark matter larger than any spotted before. The research paper, published today in Nature, highlights a little-understood era of the universe known as the Epoch of Reionization. This is when the first galaxies came together and lit up the universe...
  • Ancient human ancestor 'Little Foot' makes public debut

    12/06/2017 8:25:42 AM PST · by Red Badger · 17 replies
    CNN ^ | Updated 8:47 AM ET, Wed December 6, 2017 | By David McKenzie
    The Little Foot fossilized skeleton could date back 3.67 million years. ============================================================================================ Johannesburg, South Africa (CNN)South Africa's Cradle of Humankind, an expanse of farmland and rolling hills outside Johannesburg, has already unlocked some of the great mysteries of evolution. The unveiling of a near-complete fossil hominid skeleton dating back 3.67 million years will only solidify the importance of the region. "Little Foot" is the oldest fossil hominid skeleton ever found in Southern Africa, the lead scientist examining the discovery said on Wednesday. The fossil skeleton takes its name from the small foot bones discovered by scientist Ron Clarke in 1994...
  • More Than 100 Reindeer Slaughtered by Trains in Norway

    12/05/2017 9:54:38 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 31 replies
    New York Post ^ | November 27, 2017 | Natalie Musumeci
    More than 100 reindeer have been fatally mowed down by freight trains in northern Norway in the past week in a pre-Christmas “bloodbath,” according to reports. One train killed 65 deer on the tracks on Saturday and another 41 died in the same gruesome fashion between Wednesday and Friday of last week during the animals’ winter migration. “I’m so angry that I’m dizzy,” Ole Henrik, the owner of the 65 dead reindeer, told NRK, a Norwegian government-owned radio and television public broadcasting company.
  • Surviving A Double Grizzly Attack [Video via YT 17:44 minutes]

    12/05/2017 3:59:01 AM PST · by beaversmom · 15 replies
    You Tube ^ | Jun 21, 2017 | Jason Matzinger
    Video Link "I sit down with Bozeman Montana local and double grizzly bear attack survivor Todd Orr as he shares his harrowing story of survival after being mauled by a sow grizzly bear twice in 15 minutes! What would you do if your worst nightmared happened... TWICE."
  • Coyote Attacks 3-Year-Old on Front Porch of Washington Home

    12/04/2017 4:08:09 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 58 replies
    Families in a Washington state community have noticed an uptick in coyote sightings lately. Within a 24-hour span, the city of Snoqualmie received seven reports of coyotes in the area—including an attack on a 3-year-old girl while she was on her porch, according to KCPQ. Douglas Lucas says his daughter was attacked by a coyote who came up to the front porch of their home and pounced on the child on Thursday. “It bite me,” said 3-year-old Sophia about her encounter with a coyote. The little girl was outside with her father on the front porch of their home. Lucas was up on...
  • Huge New Bay Area Open Space Preserve Opens to Public

    12/02/2017 1:49:57 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 24 replies
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | December 2, 2017 | Paul Rogers
    For the past 175 years, it’s been a Mexican land grant, a dairy farm, a hideout for members of Jesse James’ outlaw gang, an oil field, a redwood logging mill, a cattle ranch and a retreat for heirs to the Weyerhaeuser lumber and Folgers coffee fortunes. Now, this scenic 6,142-acre expanse in rural San Mateo County — with stunning views of the Pacific Ocean — will finally be opened to the public. On Friday, the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District will open six miles of trails for hikers and horseback riders through the La Honda Creek Open Space Preserve, which...
  • Festive fun for all the First Family! Trump and Melania light the National Christmas tree(tr)

    11/30/2017 6:05:08 PM PST · by KC_Lion · 21 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 30 November 2017 | REGINA F. GRAHAM FOR DAILYMAIL.COM
    President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump kicked off the holiday season in the nation's capital Thursday evening by lighting the National Christmas for the first time. For the special event that also included the Pageant of Peace ceremony, the first family was joined by hosts Dean Cain and Kathie Lee Gifford on the White House Ellipse. Several White House officials were in attendance for the popular occasion including Donald Trump Jr.'s family and Tiffany Trump. ....The program kicked off with Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke introducing the president while speaking from the podium. 'Merry Christmas, America,' he said, referring...
  • 2 wingsuit flyers BASE jump into a plane in mid-air (VIDEO, HOLY SMOKES!!!)

    11/29/2017 5:47:54 PM PST · by Ciaphas Cain · 35 replies
    YouTube ^ | November 28, 2017
    French wingsuit flyers recently completed an unbelievable stunt following a B.A.S.E. jump from the top of the Jungfrau mountain in Switzerland. Fred Fugen and Vince Reffet, known as the Soul Flyers, caught up with and flew into a plane in mid-air. As part of their project A Door in the Sky, which they had spent several months training for by completing more than 100 test flights in Empuriabrava in Spain, the duo B.A.S.E jumped from the top of the Jungfrau, one of Europe’s highest mountains, and flew into a Pilatus Porter light aircraft in mid-air. Now that's a different way...
  • Lurking in Toilets, Swimming the Streets: Snakes of Bangkok Move In

    11/28/2017 4:08:55 PM PST · by NRx · 20 replies
    NY Times ^ | 11-28-2017 | RICHARD C. PADDOCK and RYN JIRENUWAT
    BANGKOK — Panarat Chaiyaboon was using the toilet in her downstairs bathroom in July when she felt a sharp bite on her thigh. She jumped up to see a scene straight out of a nightmare: an 8-foot python emerging from her toilet. She rushed to the hospital, bleeding heavily, and still bears the marks from eight tooth punctures that were around half an inch deep. That snake was captured. But a week later, Ms. Panarat’s 15-year-old daughter found a second python in the same toilet. The daughter was so shaken, she went to stay with relatives. It could be argued...
  • Watch this friendly 8-point buck walk up to a deer hunter. (Spoiler: Everyone lives)

    11/28/2017 5:20:01 AM PST · by SJackson · 17 replies
    Fox News ^ | 11-28-17
    A deer hunter in Wisconsin took a cell phone video of an unusual encounter with a young buck on Saturday during the state’s opening day for deer season. Dan Hartley, a resident of Janesville, Wis., who said he’s been hunting deer for four decades, said he was in the woods and found a comfortable spot against an old tree to wait for deer, the Reno Gazette Journal reported. Hartley said he spotted an 8-point buck that emerged from a thicket about 20 yards away from where he’d been sitting. Hartley said the deer was too young for him to shoot...
  • Trump’s first White House Christmas includes annual Nativity scene

    11/25/2017 8:07:14 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 71 replies
    The Hill ^ | November 25, 2017 | Julia Manchester
    First lady Melania Trump is set to unveil the White House’s holiday decor on Monday, marking the Trump family's first Christmas in the White House. The first lady received a tree on Monday along with first son Barron Trump, and has shared several sneak peeks of the Christmas decor on social media. One key element that has yet to be revealed is a Nativity scene, the White House confirmed on Saturday. Here’s a look at what this holiday season involves at the White House: 50th anniversary of Nativity scene display The first lady's office confirmed to The Hill that the...