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An Incredible Jeweled-Dinosaur Discovery In Australia!

Excavators made an incredible find in the outback of Australia of Opal-encrusted Dinosaurs which seems to be a completely new species.

Phil Bell from the University of New England, Australia said they discovered approximately 60 bones from an adult dinosaur which included part of a brain case along with other bones from approximately 3 different animals.

The fossils were initially discovered in an opal mine in New South Wales in the 80s, donated to a museum then dismissed for approximately 30 years. This species has been named “ Fostoria dhimbangunmal”. It seems these dinosaurs date back from the mid-Jurassic period to the late Cretaceous which is approximately 175 million years ago. The Iguanodontian is a clade of herbivorous dinosaurs who were two-legged.

The discovery was published in the Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology.

What are Opalized Fossils?

Opalized fossils are similar to other fossils accept they are preserved in silica, not rock. Opal forms in cavities of rocks and if a living part, such as a bone, is buried in the sand or clay before turning to stone, the opal can create a fossil replica of the buried object.

Partial skeletons of extinct reptiles have been formed and discovered in other areas of Australia but finding a complete opalized dinosaur skeleton is the rarest in the entire world. Scientists have found single bones or a tooth but to recover dozens of bones from one skeleton is extraordinary.

Originally, it was believed that the fossils came from just one dinosaur but upon further examination, they discovered they had 4 shoulder blades from different sized animals. The team finally identified 4 Fostoria skeletons from juveniles to adults. This clearly revealed these animals came from a herd. The team said this is the first time such a discovery has ever been made in Australia.

Excavators made an incredible find in the outback of Australia of Opal-encrusted Dinosaurs which seems to be a completely new species.

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A Pop-Up Cabin That’s Actually Real? Check It Out!

Do you ever hear about people who have ‘pop-up homes’? You no doubt raise your eyebrows with slight uncertainty. And you aren’t the only one. The idea of a pop-up home is usually reserved for things like video games, where you can place a building with a tap of the finger. But in real-life? Usually, building a strong and sturdy home would take a fair bit more planning and good work!

That being said, we live in a wonderful and exciting world. A pop-up cabin is a term that you might draw derision at, but when you see it actually in place it all becomes a lot easier to understand. If you were able to have a “home” delivered that essentially gets put together in a day, would you do it?

Yes, that includes the plumbing, electrics, air conditioning, etc. – everything is there that you would expect to see. Well, thanks to Italian mastermind Renato Vidal, this is completely possible.

This is an interesting way to get the idea of a flat-pack home. It will come together in just six hours, apparently, and they come built ready to handle even the strongest of earthquakes. So, if you want to build your own home but don’t have the time or means, then a home like this might just be what you are looking for!

Everything comes ready to be enjoyed. It’s like buying some flat-pack furniture from a store: it all arrives ready to go and to be enjoyed. It’s a ridiculous experience, really. All you need to do is populate it with the furniture that you want, and you will be left with more or less a fully home that is built entirely to the way that you would have wanted!

Getting a flat-pack home

Want to know more about this? Then check out M.A.Di, the company behind it. They build up the cabins without any foundations and then they place it for you on some level ground. However, it’s recommended that you get a concrete foundation put in place for the home to sit on prior to it being delivered.

If this something you would be genuinely interested in, we’d recommend speaking to the team behind it before you make a purchase.

It is, though, one of the smartest ideas we have ever seen when it comes to building a home. They can even be packed up and moved. Now, when you choose to move to a new town or neighborhood, you could literally pack your home onto the back of a truck and drive away!

It’s a little like the episode of The Simpsons when Springfield essentially has to move on. It is, though, crucially, a high-quality, respectable build quality that isn’t some gimmick. These are solid, structurally impressive homes that you could easily live in if you were looking to move home.

If you are serious about buying a new property you can take with you, be sure to look at M.A.Di cabins.

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Put Your Name on Mars 2020 Rover!

NASA is giving people of every age and nationality the opportunity to have their names etched into its upcoming Mars 2020 rover which is set to launch on its expedition to the red planet next year.

All you have to do to be one of the lucky names heading to Mars is fill out the online form on NASA’s website before September 30. Once every name is submitted, NASA will have the scientists at the Microdevices Laboratory at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California use a beam of electrons to etch every one of them into a silicon chip.

The lines of text will be smaller than one-thousandth the width of a human hair, allowing over one million names to be carved into one single chip the size of a penny.

Most likely, NASA will end up having to use more than one chip, considering the 2.4 million people who submitted their names to be written on Mars’s InSight lander last November. This chip (or chips) will be fitted onto the rover underneath a glass cover.

Get a boarding pass to Mars

Those who submit their names will also receive “frequent flyer” points along with a souvenir “boarding pass to Mars” as part of NASA’s public engagement campaign to highlight missions related to the space agency’s exploration plans for the moon and Mars.

Every time you participate in a flight, you will be awarded miles, and as they accumulate, you can use these miles to download mission patches. For instance, those who had their names etched on the InSight lander earned about 300 million frequent flyer miles as that is the distance it traveled to get to Mars.

“This opportunity provides an incredible way for every person, in every nation around the world, to be part of this experience and to see their own names written among the stars,” Lori Glaze, director of NASA’s Planetary Science Division, told Newsweek.

This newest mission is meant to gather data on Mars’s climate and geology, search for signs of past microbial life and collect samples to bring back to earth. The 2,300-pound rover is scheduled to launch as soon as June in 2020 with the projected landing date being around February 2021.

“It’s an exciting time for NASA, as we embark on this voyage to answer profound questions about our neighboring planet and even the origins of life itself,” said Thomas Zurbuchen, from NASA’s Science Mission Directorate in Washington, in a statement. “As we get ready to launch this historic Mars mission, we want everyone to share in this journey of exploration.”

NASA’s long-term mission is to return humans to the moon in 2024 and to have them on the red planet in the 2030s. This 2020 mission is just one step towards the feats they are hoping to accomplish in the future.

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Nevada Wilderness Rated Among Darkest Places in The World

If you feel like you are someone who dislikes the darkness, then we heavily recommend that you keep away from a remote part of the Nevada wilderness. Why? It’s just been rated as one of the darkest places that you will find on this planet. However, while some of us don’t like to be in the dark, stargazers might want to head on over here.

As we continue to build up cities and towns at a rapid pace, artificial lighting dulls and dims our potential for seeing the sky. It often means that we miss out on some of the most amazing shots of stars in the sky. However, if you head on over to the Massacre Rim wilderness study area in Nevada, you’ll find one of the ‘darkest’ places in the world.

This has been rated by the International Dark Sky Sanctuary. This is the latest of seven places to be added to their collection, giving stargazers the perfect place to go and check out. Found to the furthest parts north of Washoe County, this unique location is one that truly lets the sky shine at its most stunning best.

If you are interested, the definition given by the association for these darkest places is “exceptional or distinguished quality of starry nights and a nocturnal environment that is protected for its scientific, natural, or educational value, its cultural heritage and/or public enjoyment.”

A first for Nevada

As the fourth sanctuary of its kind based in the United States, this is the first to be based in the state of Nevada. It’s quite the find and has managed to really an extra layer of interest and intrigue to one of the most beautiful parts of the United States.

Speaking about this was the Friends of Nevada Wilderness Executive Director, Shaaron Netherton. She remarked that: “People lucky enough to venture there on a clear moonless night will not only see the enormity of the Milky Way but will also be awestruck to view our neighboring galaxy, Andromeda, with the naked eye.”

The Friends of Nevada Wilderness group are working to help get this sanctuary applied alongside the Bureau of Land Management. This would see it join other dark sky sanctuaries across the United States including Utah, New Mexico, and Texas. Another part of America which hosts a dark sky sanctuary is that of the Gabriela Mistral, Chile.

However, don’t expect any new rule changes or the like to come into play due to this new designation. It’s merely going to help raise the profile of the area, particularly for those who like to view the world through such a unique and satisfying lens.

If you feel like you are someone who dislikes the darkness, then we heavily recommend that you keep away from a remote part of the Nevada wilderness. Why? It’s just been rated as one of the darkest places that you will find on this planet. However, while...

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Instagrammer Turns Sashimi into Jaw-Dropping Works of Art

You may have memories as a child of your mother telling you, “Don’t play with your food!” Well, you might want to share mikyoui00’s Instagram profile with her to show her just what you can do if you make playing with your food a regular practice.

“See, Mom, maybe I could have had over 33,000 followers like mikyoui00 does if only I had been allowed to fool around a bit with what’s on my plate!”

You’ve Never Seen Sliced Fish Like This

Well, next time you’re feeling up to a fancy restaurant, maybe just light a few candles and try replicating one of mikyoui00’s intricate designs instead. He has taken the art of cooking to a whole different level with how he uses sashimi, a Japanese delicacy of sliced raw fish or meat.

He doesn’t just make neat designs; he creates fantastic creatures, sets beautiful scenes. He forms angelic beings, positions rock stars with guitars, and sets a snowboarder on a ride down a mountain.

How It All Started

What’s incredible is that mikyoui00 isn’t a famous chef; in fact, he’s not a chef by profession at all. He simply loves to cook at home – and is great at it, too! – and has a particular flair for aesthetics. He began by using these fun, artistic techniques to teach his son how to make sashimi and would post each one on Instagram with the hashtag #SashimiArt.

 My job has nothing to do with art or design. I really started working with fish during the summer of last year,” mikyoui00 told Nippon. “I wanted to teach my son about how to slice and prepare sashimi, and over the course of teaching him, I ended up really getting into it myself.”

What Goes Into Sashimi Art

Now, preparing sashimi isn’t as simple as just slicing up some meat or fish; it involves several different techniques, like the Sugata-zukuri cut, for instance, which involves slices that are arranged and designed within the fish, or usu-zukuri slices, where it’s sliced so thin that they’re almost translucent. You’ll find these and many other techniques in mikyoui00’s posts.

 Other Instagrammers attempt to do similarly with their sashimi, but their floral spreads or shades of colors are nothing compared to mikyou000’s actual works of art. In fact, if they would keep from going bad, you could almost begin framing them and putting them in museums! You can see his creations for yourself on his Instagram page.

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Archaeologists Discover Pompeii Snack Bar

Through research, archaeologists have discovered an ancient snack bar in the ruins of Pompeii.  The colorful frescoes of a counter managed to survive after 2,000 years under volcanic ash.

The Archaeological Park of Pompeii announced the find and released images of the incredibly preserved bar or thermopolium.  It is believed that this space was once commercial property, serving hot food.

“Thermopolium”

The counter is covered with two very vibrant paintings.  One showed a Nereid, or sea nymph, sitting on a horse and the other shows a worker sitting in a snack-bar kind of environment. Archaeologists said the likeness of this image is similar to modern day advertising for the same kind of business.

Several vessels known as amphorae were found by the counter which are very similar to those shown in the fresco.  Excavations at the Regio V section, located at the intersection of Vicolo delle Nozze d’Argento and Vicolo dei Balconi, revealed 8 thermopolia at Pompeii in the past.

Interim director of the archaeological park, Alfonsina Russo, said that even if structures like these are well known, discovering more of them, along with other items that served in commercial and daily life, continues to transmit powerful emotions that bring us back to those very tragic moments of the volcanic eruption.

That said, the ruins of Pompeii have given us a very unique look into Roman civilization.

In 79 C.E., the eruption of Mount Vesuvius served as a time capsule, preserving the ancient city for thousands of years. This long forgotten city along with Herculaneum were forgotten until excavation began in the 18th century.

Since that time, archaeologists have unearthed frescoes, several human bodies, and even the remains of a horse.

Through research, archaeologists have discovered an ancient snack bar in the ruins of Pompeii.  The colorful frescoes of a counter managed to survive after 2,000 years under volcanic ash.

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This Guy Sent A Big Mac to Space, Then Ate It!

I’m not really sure how many people have actually contemplated what a Big Mac Burger would actually taste like after visiting outer space.  Well, this guy decided to find out by launching his McDonald’s Big Mac into space at 100,00 feet, 24-miles high with temperatures reaching minus 50% Celsius.

Tom Stanniland, a UK YouTuber, known as Killem on the video platform, told his more than 2 million viewers he wanted to send the very first McDonald’s burger into space and then actually eat it once it was returned to earth.

Stanniland told Today.com that he had seen many things sent to outer space but never anyone sending a burger, so he wanted to be the guy to do it first.  He said it took a few weeks to prepare the launch and making sure they had everything exactly in-place to make it happen.

To make his goal a reality, he needed a weather balloon, four canisters of helium, a GoPro camera, the Big Mac burger, and glue to fasten the burger inside the polystyrene box.  One section of the burger was left unglued so he could eat it once it returned.

In his 20-minute video, Stanniland said there were so many things to take into consideration including everything that could go wrong.  He did all the math and said the balloon could pop, his GoPro camera could freeze or overheat, the string could snap off, or the tracker could stop working.

If at First You Don’t Succeed

His first attempt failed but during the second try, he was able to launch the balloon.  He waited patiently for the balloon’s return though he feared the tracker could be lost but, lo and behold, the Big Mac burger returned to Earth, landing in a football field.

Unfortunately, when he took a bite out of the burger, it was dry, powdery, and frozen.  He said he had to chew it for approximately 2 minutes to force it down.  His final comment was he wouldn’t recommend it to anyone!

McDonald’s in the UK responded to Stanniland’s space project “We always knew the Big Mac was out of this world”.  My thoughts – I’d say, this is something better enjoyed right here on earth and in its natural environment.

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Hilarious Flight Attendant Performs Rap For Passengers

The airports and airplanes have become part of our day to day because thanks to airplanes we can travel long distances in a short period of time. Everyone who has traveled by plane knows that unusual things happen in airports and on planes, but people who travel constantly say that the trip is boring and routine, but this time it turned out to be the opposite.

The truth is that a flight attendant had the passengers have fun while she did Rap following the safety instructions. This stewardess really has talent!

A man named Robert Stratton was waiting for his Southwest Airlines flight from Los Angeles to leave for Salt Lake City, Utah, on March 23, when suddenly a stewardess, named Adele, went into action and started doing some Rap.

Robert said that at the beginning, Adele asked all the passengers to accompany her to do some music, after that she began to venture into a Rap with some of the safety instructions before starting the flight. Adele in her Rap said important things like “make sure your belts are tight because we will be very far from the ground very soon”.

Robert said he had never had such a fun flight before and said that all passengers on board enjoyed the rap of Adele, as it was really fun.

Being A Flight Attendant

Some flight attendants say that their work is not easy since some passengers turn out to be rude and annoying, but there are always educated people who make the work of the assistants easier and more pleasant.

To be a flight attendant it is necessary to go through hard training, besides that some minimum and maximum age requirements must be met, and they must also master several languages, but the most important thing is that they must have good health and resistance to be able to swim and run in extreme cases.

In addition to all that, they must also have a good charisma to be able to talk and socialize with people on the plane without any problem or difficulty. The truth is that, despite all this, there are always flight attendants who are in charge of surprising the passengers with their incredible singing or dancing skills, although this is not necessary, it becomes a useful tool to keep the passengers happy.

We must always remember where we come from and we must bear in mind that no job is easy, each one requires an effort that we do not normally perceive, for that reason it is very important to respect people regardless of their jobs.

Music is considered the universal language and Adele knows it very well, for that reason she used her Rap to keep passengers safe and happy while dictating the necessary safety instructions before starting the trip. Adele is the best Flight Attendant in the world!

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Passenger Hail Pilot Who Ordered 23 Pizzas for Flight Stranded on Tarmac

You’re a pilot with a plane full of passengers; you’re all stuck on the tarmac for hours due to annoying snow delays, and you can feel spirits dampening and tempers rising. What do you do?

Well, I’ll tell you what the pilot of an Air Canada Flight 608 did when he was placed in this exact scenario. The flight had been diverted to Fredericton, New Brunswick when the destination ought to have been Halifax, and as the unease grew, the pilot made a decision.

Pizza party!

Apparently, that pilot and I are agreed on one essential thing – pizza is the cure to all ailments. The captain ordered twenty-three whole pizzas to be delivered to the plane and handed out to passengers.

I’m pretty sure Minglers Restaurant and Pub in Oromocto had never been asked to deliver to such a location, but that didn’t cause them to hesitate. They delivered all twenty-three pizzas in just an hour!

 Though they were short-staffed on this stormy night in New Brunswick, the workers at Mingler were happy to bring joy, said Roch Larivée, the owner, and the manager on the floor that night, Jofee Larivée, said they were all “laughing all night” about the unique request. The delicious pizzas were made and delivered promptly and cheerfully!

Passenger Philomena Hughes stated, “It was something that could have been very stressful. He made it a lot easier. There was lots of help, there were a couple of Air Canada Jazz pilots that were traveling on the plane and they were helping to pick up the pizza and distribute it.

Everybody chipped in, so he didn’t want to take the whole credit for himself.” All Larivée and the pilot wished to do was lift some spirits, and it seems they accomplished just that!

 According to Hughes, the pilot was also careful to keep his passengers thoroughly informed on what was happening the entire eight hours they were on the plane after boarding in Toronto. He even called Minglers himself to thank them personally for their aptitude! And now this once-ordinary, kind pilot is a hero!

You’re a pilot with a plane full of passengers; you’re all stuck on the tarmac for hours due to annoying snow delays, and you can feel spirits dampening and tempers rising. What do you do?

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Oldest Tattoo Kit Ever Found Was Made from Human Bone

In 1963, scientists found a group of four tattoo combs and an ink pot on oceanic Polynesia’s Tongatapu island.  The island is one of 170 found within the South Pacific. Carbon dating has revealed the tool kit is 2,700 years old, making it the oldest complete tattoo kit found to date.

Sadly, the inkpot was lost in 2003 during a bushfire. Two of the tattoo tools were created from animal bones, most likely a sea bird.  Testing on the other two tools concludes that they were fashioned from the bones of larger mammals, quite possibly humans.

Griffith’s Australian Research Center for Human Evolution weighed in for an interview.  The foundation’s Michelle Langley explained the theory that the bones were human: “As there were no other mammals of that size on the island at the time, and human bone is known to be a preferred material for making tattooing combs, we believe they are most likely made from human bone.”

Michelle excitedly claims the kit is a phenomenal discovery, adding that it is very rare to find any kind of complete tool kit in the archeological record.

The tool kit was used by the indigenous peoples of the Pacific’s Oceanic region to etch monochromatic designs on their skin. These tattoos hold a high place in these peoples’ culture. Michelle describes the importance of the tattoos: “When Christian missionaries came through and banned tattooing on certain islands, people would travel to other islands to get their tattoos as they represented important aspects of their beliefs and traditions.”

Amazingly, the kit seemed to be owned by one tattoo artist who seemed to have been repairing a broken tool in the kit.  It has been theorized that the artist received a new kit because this one was too broken to be repaired. It might be that the tattoo kit was left behind by accident.

3,000 Years Old

The tattoo kit might be nearly 3000 years old, but the toolkit is largely unchanged. The same tools and techniques are used even today.

The Journal of Island and Coastal Archaeology released the findings, stating that the kit answers many questions about the art of tattooing in the Neolithic period. Very few haft bone tattoo combs have been found in archaeologist digs.

Researchers hope to find a new understanding of the movement of bone comb tattooing, and whether it spread with the expansion of people or was developed in West Polynesia.  Scientists reached the conclusion that these angle-hafted bone combs were of West Polynesia origin, and first used in Polynesia 2700 years ago.

These conclusions were explained by associate professor Geoffrey Clark, from the Australian National University School of Culture, History, and Language, in this statement: “These bone tattoo combs are a very specific type of technology found across Oceania.

The question has always been whether these tools were introduced to the Pacific through migration or were they developed in Polynesia where we know tattooing has a very prominent role in society and spread from there. This discovery pushes back the date of Polynesian tattooing right back to the beginnings of Polynesian cultures around 2,700 years ago.”

A team of researchers in North America had found an unrelated tattoo tool in southeastern Utah earlier this year. Dating back 2000 years in the past, the tool was the oldest to be found in North America and was made from the tip of a cactus spine attached to a skunk-brush handle.

In 1963, scientists found a group of four tattoo combs and an ink pot on oceanic Polynesia’s Tongatapu island.  The island is one of 170 found within the South Pacific. Carbon dating has revealed the tool kit is 2,700 years old, making it the oldest...

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Purr-fect Soldiers: Cats of the Armed Forces

When we look at our cats, it’s hard to imagine they would lift a paw if they didn’t have to. Some cats were feline helpful when they served soldiers in the armed forces. Don’t believe us?  Read these fascinating kitty stories right meow.

Mourka

Mourka held court in Stalingrad from 1942 to 1943. He managed to hold onto his nine lives while carrying top secret information about the Germans back to Russian headquarters. He managed to pass along vital information to his comrades regarding German positions during the German Siege. Chances are, he was rewarded for his time and loyalty by the HQ kitchen.

Able Seacat Simon

In 1948, Able Seacat Simon began his tour of duty aboard the Royal Navy’s HMS Amethyst. He was adopted as the ship’s local ratter and received two awards for his dedication to eradication. One of his awards was the Amethyst Campaign Ribbon, a recognition for his valiant services during an incident involving Chinese forces.

His other award was the Dickin Medal for animal gallantry. No other cat has received the Dickin Medal. When Simon died, he was buried with full Royal Navy honors.

Salty and Kitten

Salty was an unintentional hero when she stowed away on an amphibian plane with her kitten. She launched herself to mascot status when she accidentally flew on the plane to rescue a downed pilot at sea. Salty served her tour of duty at California’s San Diego Coast Guard Air Station.

There is no doubt each of these cats, and many more who remain unrecognized brightened the lives of soldiers who were far from home and far from family and their own pets as they served their countries.

We salute you, cat heroes.

PFC Hammer

Pfc Hammer was a saving grace to US Army troops in Iraq. In 2004, Pfc Hammer adopted the troops and began systematically mousing and ratting for them. The cat’s tireless dedication to killing pesky rodents meant that their supplies were safe from infestation and contamination.

The troops made Pfc an honorary unit member and enlisted the help of two rescue groups, Military Mascots, and Alley Cat Allies, to make sure he returned to the states with his group. Pfc Hammer currently lives with his army friend, Staff Sgt. Rick Bousfield, in Colorado.

Peebles

Peebles was another mascot and crew favorite during WWII. An honorary member of the HMS Western Isles crew, Peebles was a very intelligent cat who would perform tricks, like jumping through a hoop as shown above.  Peebles was known to shake stranger’s hands when they came into the wardroom.

When we look at our cats, it’s hard to imagine they would lift a paw if they didn’t have to. Some cats were feline helpful when they served soldiers in the armed forces. Don’t believe us?  Read these fascinating kitty stories right meow.
Mourka

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SpaceX Makes a Splash in History

At 8:45 AM EST, SpaceX shuttle Crew Dragon landed in the Atlantic Ocean, just about 230 miles from the Florida coast.

The splash landing was the culmination of a successful journey lasting six days. The ship was designed to rendezvous with the International Space Station and head safely back to earth.

With the success of the mission, the spaceship will be cleared to carry astronauts in the future. The Crew Dragon’s success means that it is slated to become the first manned mission for NASA since July of 2011. Since 2011, American astronauts have been hitching rides into space aboard Russia’s Soyez rockets.

The Crew Dragon’s mission started with its launch from Florida’s Kennedy Space Center on March 2nd.  It met up with the ISS and remained linked to the space station for five days before returning to earth.

America Finally Returns to Space

Once all of the data has been collected and analyzed, the 14000-pound space shuttle will be cleared to carry a live crew.  This mission carried only 400 pounds of cargo and a crash dummy.  This mission was one of SpaceX’s most important, and it will help Americans return to space again.

Per NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine, speaking to Science Insider about the importance of this mission, “This is a critically important event in American history. We’re on the precipice of launching American astronauts on American rockets from American soil again for the first time since the retirement of the space shuttle.”

Boeing and SpaceX have contracts with NASA that authorize them to build rockets and be a part of the space agency’s continuing mission launches.  Boeing received $4.2 billion for its CST-100 Starliner ship. SpaceX has received $2.6 billion for its contract.

NASA and SpaceX aren’t spending a lot of time celebrating their successful mission.  It’s estimated that we could see a manned mission to and from the ISS as soon as July.  Doug Hurley and Bob Nehnken, both from NASA, are expected to man the capsule at that time and launch into history.

At 8:45 AM EST, SpaceX shuttle Crew Dragon landed in the Atlantic Ocean, just about 230 miles from the Florida coast.

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Check it out: The Roosevelt New Orleans Vintage Contest

If honest with ourselves, many of us have lifted items from hotels we have stayed in. Whether it’s a wonderfully plush bathrobe, an ashtray from the bar, or silverware from an in-room dinner. It’s not so much the idea of stealing something, it’s about having a souvenir from your stay at a 5-star hotel.

Well the Roosevelt New Orleans, which is a Waldorf Astoria Hotel, is celebrating its 125th anniversary. To celebrate the occasion, anyone who turns in the most unique item taken from the hotel will actually be rewarded.

Between now and July 1, 2019, they will be given 7 free nights in their Presidential Suite, free private dinners cooked by the executive chef, and luxurious spa treatments! Considering rooms go for $1,500 per night, this package is worth well over $15,000!

Considering the Roosevelt’s rich history, you will have plenty of time to return something unique before July 1st! Originally opened in 1893, it was called the Grunewald Hotel on Canal Street. The hotel was named after its owner, Louis Grunewald who was a successful Bavarian businessman.

In 1923, the hotel was renamed the Roosevelt and became well-known for its Blue room and The Sazerac Bar located off from the lobby where many legendary musicians performed including Cab Calloway, Jack Benny, Louis Armstrong, and Ray Charles.

In 1965, the hotel became a Fairmont until the basement was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina, closing in 2005. The current owners bought the property in 2007, refurbished and remodeled everything bringing it back to its glory days and was reborn as the Roosevelt in 2009.

Tod Chambers, the General Manager, said they restored everything from the lavish décor to the original logo from the famous Sazerac Bar. They are accepting all items from any time period in the hotel’s history for their Historic Giveback Contest in July.

Vintage Blue-Room Items

They want to celebrate the hotel’s entire history and will place all items returned on display in the lobby. They will also return these items to their owners, if they want them, after the ceremony in July.

To date, they have received Grunewald plates, stemware, faded menus, and, believe it or not, a full tablecloth! Other returned items include giant brass room keys, bud vases, and one former guest turned in an album recorded in the Blue Room by Jan Garber in 1959. Even though the album is too scratched up to play, they are looking into avenues to have it digitally reproduced.

Wendy Tannehill, who turned in the old album and some old glassware, said they heard about the contest. Her parents and grandparents always visited The Roosevelt to listen to the bands playing there. Her husband and she found other memorabilia from the hotel on eBay. It seems her family has been in love with the Roosevelt for a very long time!

Chambers said that swiping things of sentimental value was actually a crime of endearing passion! There’s something in knowing they have an item that reminded them of the Roosevelt in their own homes. He said there are an estimated 700 glasses, with the Sazerac Bar logo, that were “borrowed” from the bar during the holiday season alone.

So many of these returned items will give everyone a chance to recapture a little bit of history and have some fun along the way. They are receiving other items every week and expect to see many more before July!

Anyone who has items from this famous hotel stowed away, you might want to consider turning them in for a chance at winning the contest! On top of that, all items will be returned to you!

If honest with ourselves, many of us have lifted items from hotels we have stayed in. Whether it’s a wonderfully plush bathrobe, an ashtray from the bar, or silverware from an in-room dinner. It’s not so much the idea of stealing something...

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Dogs Refused to Continue Dog Sled Race

Musher Nicolas Petit had to drop out of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dos Race when his dogs refused to continue along the trail. Petit along with his 10-dog team had been ahead in this year’s race when the dogs suddenly stopped approximately 14 miles out of Shaktoolik on a Sunday night.  They were more than three-quarters of the way in the 1,000-mile race.

While camped on the sea ice, Petit said two of his dogs started fighting so he started yelling at one of them.  He said he never shouts at his dogs but at that moment everyone heard him!  He went on to say that at that point they wouldn’t go on, so they camped where they were to see if anything would change.  Petit placed second in the race the year before.

He said it was confusing, his dogs were eating and didn’t seem to have any physical issues. This was the second time Petit’s sled was flipped upside down on a 50-mile stretch of trail that ran from Shaktoolik and Koyuk. This stretch has been described as a bleak, flat, and a deadly monotonous leg.

When Petit’s team stopped, Pete Kaiser took the lead in the race, passing him on the trail and was the first to reach Koyuk which is approximately 171 miles from the finish line in Nome.

What Is The Iditarod?

This is a long-distance sled dog race that runs annually in the month of March.  It starts in Anchorage and ends in Nome. The entire race stays within the borders of the state of Alaska.  Mushers and their team of dogs cover anywhere from 8 to 15 days and sometimes even longer.

Musher Nicolas Petit had to drop out of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dos Race when his dogs refused to continue along the trail. Petit along with his 10-dog team had been ahead in this year’s race when the dogs suddenly stopped approximately 14 miles out of...

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Watch: Artist Creates Purr-Fect Mural

When a person loves something with all their being, they tend to show that off. This is especially true for cat lovers and they can be the worst. Cats on their clothes (no, we don’t mean the hair), cats on their jewelry, cats on their eye glasses, even on their walls!

What is great about that is it can be a form of art that will stay with you forever. Some like it painted on a canvas and framed in a delicate, ornate frame. Others like it as a mural, directly on the wall.

One such mural was painted by freelance illustrator and graphic designer Stephanie Ho. The Temasek Polytechnic graduate worked as an in-house designer with two different companies before heading out on her own path, so that she can design things like this big little project.

A cat-loving couple from Singapore commissioned a mural from Stephanie that will demonstrate just how much they love cats. Armed with Nippon Odorless All-in-One paint, Stephanie took a total of six hours to draw a meowtain of cats next to a big window in their Build-to-Order apartment.

The couple had one special requirement for the meowtain though – that it would include the Labrador from the husband’s family and the Shih Tzu that the wife used to have.

Stephanie took due diligence to record her creative process as she begins drawing the cats from the ground up. Each cat has her own personality, just like in real life! We think it’s meowvellous, and looks completely worth the S$1,000 the couple paid for it!

When a person loves something with all their being, they tend to show that off. This is especially true for cat lovers and they can be the worst. Cats on their clothes (no, we don’t mean the hair), cats on their jewelry, cats on their eye glasses, even on...