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Going, Going, Gone! Moon Rocks Sold For 600K!

Most of us will never experience exploring outer space to discover it’s many mysteries. Outer space and the oceans, now known as the “Blue Planet”, are the only two true final frontiers.

There are those of great wealth who are trying to make plans for commercial space flights which only goes to show how very enticing outer space really is.

A Piece Of The Moon

This brings us to the subject of this post.  What if you could actually have a piece of space in your hand?  Moon rocks have become a very strong attraction and people will pay almost anything to own one.  Well, just recently, a moon rock sold at auction in Boston for 600K!!

You might wonder why it sold for such a huge price tag.  Well, the average meteorite will be the size of a golf ball or a walnut. They are really small after entering our atmosphere because they are traveling so fast and are burned up in the process.

These meteorites are not exactly plentiful so you don’t have a lot of options for getting your hands on one. This particular lunar meteorite came in at an amazing 12 pounds which is extremely rare!

This 12-pound meteorite was put up for auction by RR Auction in Boston, MA and sold for $612,500 to someone representing the Tam Chuc Pagoda complex, located in the Ha Nam Province in Vietnam.

Where Was This Moon Rock Found?

You might think it was brought back to earth from the moon by an astronaut but you’d be wrong.  When astronauts collect and bring back rocks from the moon, these rocks become government property.

As it’s impossible for you to jump on a flight to the moon, the only way you could possibly come into possession would be right here on Earth.

This particular rock was found by Aerolite Meteorites in a remote region in Northwest Africa. It’s believed this meteorite landed on Earth thousands of years ago.

Paraphrasing Geoff Notkin, CEO of Aerolite Meteorites, they knew the minute they saw this rock it was extraordinarily unusual and about as close to a once-in-a-lifetime find as you can get.

Now Known As The Moon Puzzle

Even though the original meteorite weighed 12 pounds, it’s actually broken up into 6 different pieces with the largest weighing 6 pounds. That’s how it got its nickname the Moon Puzzle because the pieces all fit together just like pieces of a puzzle.

Robert Livingston, president of RR Auctions, said he was so proud to have the meteorite at the auction and believes this Moon Puzzle will be a great inspiration for all students interested in science for generations to come.

Another unique quality of this meteorite, it has a partial fusion crust which simply means as it entered Earth’s orbit, it burned.  In most cases, people will not usually pay 600K for an object that is burned and broken but then again, there are not a lot of meteorites available for the public.

I would have to ask myself if I had that kind of money, would I spend it on a damaged moon rock? Maybe I would do just that!

In the meantime, all we can do, for now, is fantasize and try to imagine what it would be like to travel to outer space.  We can only wonder if reincarnation really exists and come back as Captain Kirk and Spock traveling at the speed of light on the Starship Enterprise!!

Most of us will never experience exploring outer space to discover it’s many mysteries. Outer space and the oceans, now known as the “Blue Planet”, are the only two true final frontiers.

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Tech News

Robot Hotel Fires Half Its Robotic Workers

If you are concerned about losing your job in hospitality to artificial intelligence soon, there is no need to worry.

A hotel in Nagasaki, Japan called the Hen-na (“Strange”) Hotel ‘fired’ more than 50% of the 243 robots working there because instead of providing benefits to guests, they turned out to be quite inconvenient.

The hotel used robots to check-in guests, take luggage to rooms and answer queries. There is even a robot in each room called Chu-ri who helps turn off lights, set alarms and provide weather forecasts.

Multi-Lingual Robot

Describing the experience of a guest at the hotel, their website says that you will be greeted at the front desk by multi-lingual robots who will help check you in or out. In the cloakroom, a robotic arm will take your luggage and store it.

These fun moments are a mix of human and robotic, and they will definitely warm your heart.

Also, as soon as you register your face with their facial recognition system, the struggle of carrying a room key around and worrying about losing it is completely gone.

Human Touch

This type of Android paradise sounds blissful on paper. But the experience of the guests staying at the hotel is quite the opposite. Most of the time, they still need receptionists to answer questions at the front desk and the Chu-ri robots break down regularly.

The Wall Street Journal says that Yoshihisa Ishikawa’s robot regularly talked to him in the middle of the night because it was triggered by his snoring.

This hotel received attention worldwide in 2015 when it was first opened. It was a glimpse of what the future could possibly look like. Now, technology has advanced to a point where the hotel ‘staff’ are outdated and cost too much to repair when they are broken.

For now, it is unclear whether the hotel plans to restock its robotic population, but at least the guests can sleep through the night without malfunctioning robots in their rooms.

If you are concerned about losing your job in hospitality to artificial intelligence soon, there is no need to worry.

A hotel in Nagasaki, Japan called the Hen-na (“Strange”) Hotel ‘fired’ more than 50% of the 243 robots working there...

Inspiring Stories

Watch: Bus Driver Finds Baby All Alone

Here’s quite a shocking video from Milwaukee. A toddler is seen walking barefoot on a street in winter. The hero was Milwaukee County Transit System employee, bus driver Irena Ivic, and the baby girl belonged to a local resident.

“I couldn’t believe that somebody left the child on the street,” an outraged Ms. Ivic was quoted.

The father said the child’s mother had brought her to a nearby church, but possibly forgot her for reasons having to do with mental illness. Luckily for the little girl’s parents, the police have decided not to file charges. Let’s keep our fingers crossed, and prayers for the little girl that she makes it through childhood in good health.

This video has gone viral on major channels, and it sends chills down the spine for many reasons. Not only can we not imagine our own baby wandering free and unsupervised through a major city, but Milwaukee is one of those northern cities that’s freezing cold in December.

You can see all the adults are bundled up. Babies don’t understand. She seemed OK for the first few minutes, but you can be sure if the heroic Ms. Ivic had not deviated from her paid obligation and gone above and beyond the call of duty, the outcome would have been too tragic to contemplate.

In the video, we first see the baby girl, not even one year old, half-running on a sidewalk on an overpass bridge. It’s hard to tell if she is distraught, but if the father’s remarks bear any weight, then perhaps the child is looking for her mother.

Stop The Traffic!

Ms. Ivic sees the toddler and makes an unscheduled stop after a red light at an intersection. Ms. Ivic exits and runs across the street, holding her hand out to stop oncoming traffic. She picks up the child without hesitation, bringing her back to the bus. The bus is warm, and the baby suddenly shows complete ease in the arms of Irena Ivic.

Ms. Ivic says “I’m shaking,” and then another Good Samaritan passenger approaches from the passenger area, and provides her jacket for the incredibly underdressed baby. The baby is wearing a light onesie, no hat or gloves, and is barefoot!

The fire department sends an EMT to the scene, where the baby is taken, and eventually reunited with her father. Even more incredibly is that a quick thinking citizen was able to capture the entire even on his cell phone camera!

Milwaukee officials and Ms. Ivic’s peers referred to her actions as “humanity at its best”. We have to agree, and applaud Ms. Ivic and everyone who drop whatever they are doing to help a distressed citizen in need, no matter how small.

Ms. Ivic is a Serbian immigrant who came to America with the Golden Rule, saying if she ever found herself in a similar situation, she will always help. We can certainly use more people like Irena Ivic, no matter where they come from.

Unfortunately, this isn’t a one off situation in Milwaukee, where nine missing children have been recovered by MCTS drivers in the last few years.

Here’s quite a shocking video from Milwaukee. A toddler is seen walking barefoot on a street in winter. The hero was Milwaukee County Transit System employee, bus driver Irena Ivic, and the baby girl belonged to a local resident.
“I couldn’t believe...

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Man Finds Old Flag At Garage Sale, Jumps Back When He Flips It Over

When Walter Brown went to a flea market in Texas he couldn’t believe what turned up there.  He found the flag and started investigating the writing.  The flag seemed out of place and he wondered what it was doing there.  It turned out to be an unbelievable find.

Surprise Find

Walter continued to decipher the writing on the flag and when he looked up at his wife there were tears in her eyes.  The longer he examined the flag, the more he became aware of what exactly he had found that day.

When Walter Brown went to a flea market in Texas he couldn’t believe what turned up there.  He found the flag and started investigating the writing.  The flag seemed out of place and he wondered what it was doing there.  It turned out to be an...

Science

China Grows First Plant On The Moon

Cotton seeds that were transported outside the earth by a Chinese probe for planting on the moon have finally started growing. This thus makes it the very first time that a plant will be grown on the moon.

While announcing it, images of the sprouted cotton seed were displayed by research experts from China. While the Chinese probe and the plant were on the moon.

This achievement makes China, the first to have its spaceship stationed in a distant part of the moon. This happened with a Yutu 2 landing on the 3rd of January on Aitken Basin – the most prominent crater on the moon.

Aside from growing a cotton seed, the China Probe called this surgeon, “Change 4”. With the primary purpose to achieve a set of activities. Such as examining the propensity to discover liquid, possibly water, in the planet’s poles and reaching a low lunar frequency radio astronomy research.

Growing a plant was among one of the experiments to see if plants can survive in a close-to-zero gravity pull.

China Is Out To Conquer Space

 

As the spaceship touched down on the moon, it began its experiment by watering the cotton seed. Days later, the seedling sprouted a shoot.
Although man has achieved some level of success in growing a plant in space, no one has tried this on the moon until now.

The head of the research team, who also doubles as a lecturer and dean of Chongqing University’s Institute of Advanced Tech spoke overwhelmingly of their success in a story on the institution’s website.

“We have successfully rewritten our human existence with this achievement. Growing a cotton seedling on a plane surface as the moon. Thus making it the first that anyone would ever come across whenever he visits the moon. The first of its kind,” Xie said.

The researchers are taking it a notch higher by planting a host of other plants like rapeseed, potato, fruit fly eggs, etc.

The University’s blog has reported that the experiment is designed to show the development of life in intense radiation and low gravity environments. In addition to aid in setting up a plan on how humans can build resources for new missions and projects on the moon.

The country’s desire to conquer space is not only based on how it can grow plants or resources, but China’s version of NASA also reported that Chang’e 4’s preceding mission, Chang’e 5, is to begin towards the last quarter of the year. Its purpose is to get bits of the moon for study in its laboratory.

China is primed to land on the moon in the year 2020. It will be the first of many to come. The deputy in charge of CNSA (China’s version of NASA) made this announcement on Monday in Beijing, China, during a News conference.

Cotton seeds that were transported outside the earth by a Chinese probe for planting on the moon have finally started growing. This thus makes it the very first time that a plant will be grown on the moon.

While announcing it, images of the sprouted cotton...

Lifestyle

Finally In: No Amount Of Alcohol Is Good For You

Alcohol really isn’t good for you and science has confirmed it! I am sure you won’t like this when you’re done reading it if you’re a drinker but what must be said must be said!

Almost everyone enjoys a drink now and again. It’s now a norm for people to gather together and drink while passing the time. Different cultures and people even have the drinks they prefer. At some point, alcohol was more accessible than clean water!

Over time, many studies have been conducted. A good number came up with the advantages of alcohol and encouraged people to continue drinking even while pregnant! As much as these studies tell us it’s good for us, we know deep within us that it really isn’t, but we carry on.

No Safe Amount

The whole bit of alcohol is good for you was a hoax, a well-packaged lie that will be broken down in this article. There is no safe amount of alcohol one can drink. It’s all unhealthy, and many scientists have come to prove this.

Researchers gathered together to look at the total positive and negative effects of alcohol. They wanted to use this data to come to a conclusion on alcohol, and they took data from over 190 countries and over twenty five years.

The data comprised of studies showing how often people drank and also the health risks involved in drinking. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation funded the research.

They wanted to know if there were any positives in drinking moderately. I’m certain no one expects to drink heavily and still find benefits. The shocking thing was that although there have been reports stating that drinking in moderation could have positive effects this study said otherwise.

The study showed that drinking in moderation could potentially provide benefits against diseases like diabetes. Good yes? No! The study said more. Drinking in moderation could potentially cause tuberculosis! And that’s not all. Drinking could lead to road accidents and self-harm as well!

Denmark?

Fun fact: the study showed that Denmark has the most drinkers in the world!

In general, the adverse effects of alcohol grow over time and only get worse. In essence, there’s no light at the end of that tunnel. The study shows that the rate at which people are consuming these drinks contradicts with most health guidelines.

The use and consumption of alcohol cause bad health among a lot of people and what’s more, it shortens the lifespan of a good number of people as well (men especially).

The study also warned that if policy actions are not taken, the future generations stand a chance of feeble health. The mentality that alcohol is right for you has to be dropped as we are all seeing that alcohol has more negative effects than positive ones.

As alcohol now contributes more and more to death and disability, the study shows that the best amount of alcohol to be consumed by anyone is none at all. Of course, that would hurt many among us who enjoy their drinks, but results don’t lie!

Alcohol really isn’t good for you and science has confirmed it! I am sure you won’t like this when you’re done reading it if you’re a drinker but what must be said must be said!

Almost everyone enjoys a drink now and again. It’s now a norm for...

Animals

Watch: Porcupine Vs. Human

Porcupines are slow-moving and docile animals. They don’t harm anyone and they are no threat to other animals, unless they are attacked. Armed with thousands of sharp quills, their only defense is to bristle their quills and swing their bodies to jab an attacker in the mouth.

Contrary to the widespread myth, they cannot shoot their quills. They can’t even move quickly so they would be easy prey without them. Their natural reaction is usually to stand their ground or to slowly walk away. They will climb a tree if given the chance.

Porcupines eat plants and bark, scraping off the tough outer bark to get at the soft and tasty inner bark of trees. They will also chew on wood, especially if it has been coated in salt, such as the posts at the side of a highway.

They are adorable creatures with a furry face that resembles a beaver. Even their large teeth are similar to those of a beaver. Humans don’t normally get a close look because these animals are shy and will retreat or move higher in a tree.

Tom was out in the wilderness near Sault St. Marie when he came across this very fat porcupine happily chewing on a sapling. Tom was taking his dogs for a walk on the trail but saw this creature in the tree. He secured his dogs and then decided to walk over and see the porcupine close up.

Expecting that it would climb or walk away to safety, he believed his approach would prevent a meeting with his dogs. Instead of retreating, the porcupine looked at him calmly and then chattered his teeth. Tom is a friendly fellow and he began recording and speaking with the porcupine in a hilarious fashion, asking for a repeat of the teeth chattering.

As if happy to oblige, the porcupine actually did what was asked. Tom, ever the gentleman, thanked the porcupine for being so agreeable and ended the recording. The result is a very unusual conversation and exchange between a man and a wild porcupine.

Porcupines are slow-moving and docile animals. They don’t harm anyone and they are no threat to other animals, unless they are attacked. Armed with thousands of sharp quills, their only defense is to bristle their quills and swing their bodies to jab an...

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Beaches That Are Considered Deadly

Summer is right around the corner and everyone is looking forward to heading out and enjoying a weekend at the beach.

That said, what most people do not know, there are many beaches around the world that are rated as very dangerous. You should know where these beaches are in order to keep your family and friends safe over the summer months.

Some beaches are home to cobras, alligators, and even lions roaming around the sand dunes.  So, let’s get started with some of the most deadly beaches you should stay far away from.

NEW SMYRNA BEACH, FLORIDA

New Smyrna Beach is located in Volusia County in Florida and has witnessed more shark bites than any other area in the world during 2007.  Then in 2008, they beat their own record of shark bites with a shocking 24 bites.  Quite honestly, if up close and personal with a shark is not in your summer plans, stay far away from this beach. Over the past 5 years, New Smyrna beach has seen eight shark attacks that have resulted in death.  Smyrna Beach is home to the bull shark who is also able to swim and fish in fresh water.

If the thought of sharks is not something that bothers you, you will probably enjoy their many recreational opportunities such as fishing, sailing, golfing, hiking, and motor boating.  The area is also known for its excellent surfing.  So, if enjoying their other activities along with being next to a 290 pound animal with a bite force of 5,914 newtons is insignificant to you, have a ball!  By the way, newtons are the international system of unit force.  It is equal to the force of one kilogram which is an acceleration of one meter per second, equivalent to 100,000 dynes.

Click next to see where you should avoid, or not?

Summer is right around the corner and everyone is looking forward to heading out and enjoying a weekend at the beach.

That said, what most people do not know, there are many beaches around the world that are rated as very dangerous. You should know where...

Vacation

Anguilla: Your Next Travel Destination

When you look about setting up a little holiday and trip abroad, you often look to the same old places. Locations in Spain, Southern Europe, the United States, and Asia often come up.

If you are looking for something a touch more ambitious and unique, though, might we recommend that you take a look at Anguilla?

It’s not a place that many people will have heard of. When you first set your eyes on it, though, you will absolutely wish that you had placed eyes on it long ago.

It’s a stunning little Caribbean place to head off to and is perfect for everyone from happy grandparents to party animals looking to let loose.

It’s affordable, too, and is one of the most popular locations for those who love a white sand beach. With various shades of blue water to cast your eyes across, too, you will feel like you have stepped foot into a beautiful, chromatic paradise.

Treat Your Taste Buds In Anguilla

Part of what makes coming here so fun is the food. Eating in Anguilla is very easy, with 100+ restaurants to pick from. This allows you to enjoy many Caribbean foods, with foods that come inspired by Africa, Europe, and the Caribbean.

If you are looking to enjoy a bite to eat, then you will find that every day offers unique foods and possibilities that you would probably never find back home!

On top of that, the selection of drinks and delightful options out there is diverse, too. Parties on the beach feel like they never stop, and getting access to drinks of all kinds is very easy indeed.

From a trip to the awesome Dune Preserve Brach Bar to a visit to the annual music festival, the Moonsplash, you will find it easy to eat, drink and dance the night away.

Embrace A Unique Culture

Another amazing part of coming here is that you get to enjoy learning about a location which is rich and delightfully draped in history.

From a trip to the amazing Wallblake House through to an enjoyable journey around the old plantation sites that once stood here, you can enjoy both the good and the bad history of this Caribbean paradise.

Indeed, you can even take a harrowing tour through the old 1700s slaves quarters, left here by Will Blake. It’s a sordid part of history, but one we should never forget to avoid repetition of previous mistakes.

Whether you choose to take in Anguilla by swimming around the Shoal Bay East or you choose to charter a private boat to go wherever you please, Anguilla offers you many unique experiences.

From places like the Little Bay to a trip through the stunning Cuisinart Golf Resort and Spa, you can embrace both the rich history and the modern amenities.

Mixed in with weather that feels straight out of a paradise, and it’s so easy to see why trips to Anguilla should be high up on your list of places to see.

From a fishing trip to a tour of the Old Salt Factory, you can find that your desire for stunning weather, rich entertainment, and amazing culture can all be achieved if you choose to come to a location as immense as Anguilla.

When you look about setting up a little holiday and trip abroad, you often look to the same old places. Locations in Spain, Southern Europe, the United States, and Asia often come up.
If you are looking for something a touch more ambitious and unique, though...

Animals

Get Your Dog A Beer. Now You Can (Can? Can!)

For many dog owners, their dog tends to be among their closest friends. The kind of loyalty often shown by a dog simply does not happen too often in life. It’s for this reason that, when we have a dog, we can enjoy social activities with it like we would a friend.

If you ever wanted to enjoy a cold one with your canine, though, you would be putting its health at active risk. Thankfully, though, you no longer need to worry about that.

While drinking has long been a part of the culture in the west, many of us do enjoy just a few quiet drinks.

This means that, as you sit with your dog, you might choose to give him a little sip of your beer. Thanks to the developers behind the wonderfully named Good Boy beer, you can now give him a full tin all to himself!

The dog can now enjoy a nice can of beer with you, making sure that both parties get to enjoy a wonderful social experience. If you want to sit with your mates and have a few beers, then you can now make sure your dog does not feel left out of the social experience.

Created in Houston, Texas, Good Boy Beer is made by the creative duo of Meg and Steve Long. The best thing about this, too, is that the beer is actually free entirely of alcohol. So, don’t worry, you won’t need to worry about your dog getting drunk and wrecking the place!

Instead, this drink works as a helpful and enjoyable digestive aid. The beverage is sold in over 20 locations now and looks set to take a pretty huge jump in popularity in the near future.

What Does This Beer Involve?

Good Boy Beer, then, is made to help ensure that your dog can enjoy a drink with you. It’s made using many of the same tools that you would work within a brewery, but there is no fermentation process that takes place.

Made from safe and natural ingredients, this tasty treat will make sure that your dog can enjoy a drink that helps its food to settle after a meal.

It’s got important ingredients in there, including turmeric as well as a happy helping of meat and vegetables. This helps to make sure that your dog can enjoy the beer – we just probably wouldn’t recommend that you try one yourself.

If you find yourself in a bar in the near future and you want to bring your dog with you, you should recommend they start selling Good Boy Beer. With it being sold in a range of dog-friendly establishments, this “beer” looks set to be a major hit.

There are some comical flavors and names out there for it already, with some very pun-tastic names used throughout the collection. If you want to help your dog enjoy the delightful act of having a beer with you, then, this might just be the perfect place to start out!

For many dog owners, their dog tends to be among their closest friends. The kind of loyalty often shown by a dog simply does not happen too often in life. It’s for this reason that, when we have a dog, we can enjoy social activities with it like we would a...

Galleries

The Coolest Couple Of The Year Since 1972

Who was the coolest couple of the year? Who did you look at and say “wow… that looks like true love” but found yourself saying it over and over? I’m sure you would love to see these couples go on with their love, wouldn’t you?

Here’s a look back at those glamorous couples whose love felt just as real and intense as your crush from chem class.

1972: Carly Simon and James Taylor

Musical power couple Carly and James got married in 1972, just a year after they began dating. But Carly had her sights set on James way before they first met.

“I saw his picture on the cover of TIME magazine when I was walking home with my sister and I said, ‘I’m gonna marry that man,’” she once revealed to People.

Love comes to an end

They had two children together, and at the beginning, they were a happy couple as fans could see with their hit duets “Mockingbird” in 1974 and “Devoted to You” from 1978.

Continue down the time-tunnel of love:

Who was the coolest couple of the year? Who did you look at and say “wow… that looks like true love” but found yourself saying it over and over? I’m sure you would love to see these couples go on with their love, wouldn’t...

Lifestyle

Man Builds A $230,000 House In 700-Year-Old Cave

The pressures of modern life mean that most of us have probably dreamt at one time or another of fleeing to the hills. But real-life caveman Angelo Mastropietro has made his hermit dream a reality – by spending over £160,000 turning a 250 million-year-old cave in the Wyre Forest into his dream home.

The completed house’s features are anything but stone age – it even has WiFi!

The ambitious makeover captured the imagination of viewers when it was featured on Channel 4’s Grand Designs in September.

The 38-year-old, originally from Worcestershire, was living a high-flying life as the head of a successful recruitment company in Australia when he was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2007.

The condition led to him being temporarily paralyzed – and inspired him to seek a simpler life.

He was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, and that was what made him question the lifestyle that he was living. Sooner he started his project about his man cave which is super modern located in Worcestershire county.

It was no surprise that he made an astonishing cave like this as his last name means ‘Master of the Stone’ that is probably in his blood. This cave reportedly inspired Tolkien while he was writing Lord of the Rings.

“The rock house kinda came along, you know without a shadow of a doubt. I was passionate about that as I was setting up my company.” says Angelo.

Lord of the Rings Style

This has to be one of the coolest houses in the world. Another plus side is that it seems that it was relatively cheap to make! Most homes nowadays are a lot more expensive than what this man put into that cave house! Who says a cool house has to be costly?

He also had to spend a lot of hours working on the house, to make this cave his dream house. “

In the end, I spent somewhere around 1000 hours basically breaking rocks, cutting rocks, burrowing rocks. You know to total around 70 or 80 tons of rubble that I excavated out of this rock house by hand, and real proof of that is the whole of the terrace outside, is literally 100 square meters of terrace out there. None of that was there when I started .”

Antony explains how he had to do the work himself in his man cave.

Although the cave was initially built as a holiday let, Angelo still harbors the ambition of one day living full time in his unusual property. So amazing!

 

A story, a man, a cave, that can teach us a valuable lesson that anything is possible if we give our best, if we believe in ourselves and work hard. Maybe one day we can all have a place like this if just get our hands dirty and have 1000 hours to make a holiday space like this!

Please share this fantastic video with your family and friends as it will surely interest them! This is one video that no one should miss!

Videographer / Director: Jon Dean
Producer: Tom Midlane, Nick Johnson
Editor: Kyle Waters

The pressures of modern life mean that most of us have probably dreamt at one time or another of fleeing to the hills. But real-life caveman Angelo Mastropietro has made his hermit dream a reality – by spending over £160,000 turning a 250...