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Getaways To Escape The Snow

If you have worn layers on top of layers and shoveled snow until you are absolutely tired of it, then it’s probably time to take a break. Traveling to somewhere that it sunny and warm may sound quite expensive, but it doesn’t have to be.

There are so many countries and cities around the world that you can explore during the months of winter without breaking the bank. Take a look at these affordable locations and prepare to swap your mittens out for a nice cool umbrella drink.

Bangkok, Thailand

Bangkok is very balmy and hot during the summer, but luckily for you, the temperature drops to an easy average of 80 degrees between the months of November and April. If you’ve been looking to go on a vacation to Asia, the city of Bangkok is much more affordable than other, more popular locations.

Taxis will charge less than $2 a mile and a meal at a restaurant is usually about $1.50. Hotel prices are also exceptionally low, with an average ranging from about $20-$100. Another plus is that you can take part in the beautiful Chinese New Year festivities they have in December.

Peru

Peru is a gorgeous, exotic and affordable place to have a warm getaway in the winter. The village is located a couple of hours southward of Lima. It has lush cliffs, incredible wildlife and blue water all around it. Here, you can explore miles of amazing tree lines and sand dunes.

Meals, as well as cocktails, are very fresh and incredibly affordable. An entire day of eating out will cost you about $20, complemented by drinks that cost below a dollar on average. It costs about $25-$125 to stay a night in Peru.

Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico

The Yucatan Peninsula is Mexico’s hidden gem. It has beaches of white sand and the water extends further than the eye can see. You will completely forget about the snow at home. This island has a very slow-paced vibe which is completed by the fact that there are no vehicles that move faster than golf carts because cars are not allowed there.

There are miles and miles of coast just waiting to be explored either by snorkeling or kayaking. There are also a lot of amazing deals on dining and hotels because it isn’t as much of a tourist attraction as other places in Mexico. You will save a lot on transportation because you will most likely be walking everywhere.

An average meal ticket costs about $12 and on average, a night a hostel costs about $115.

Galveston, Texas

If you want a tropical getaway but do not want to leave the United States, then Galveston Island, Texas is just what you need. Galveston is about 50 miles from Houston so it is easy to find affordable plane tickets.

It never snows in Galveston as the average temperature in winter is 65 degrees. This small island is just 27 miles long, there’s just enough for you to explore through an extended weekend. Because the coastline is so long and the temperature is perfect, you will believe that you’re in the tropics. It costs about $150 a night to sleep in Galveston and about $10-$45 to have a meal.

Hawaii

If you are looking to travel within America, Hawaii is a great option for you. Some cities in Hawaii are quite expensive, but there are also some sweet and more affordable cities and beaches. Also, you will save some money by traveling between the months September and December, before the holidays, because after that, the prices of flights and hotels will rise considerably.

The prices of plane tickets in Hawaii and 40% more expensive during the peak season than they are during the offseason; hotel prices can rise up to 50%.

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Bucket List: 2 Best Snorkeling Hot Spots

For anyone who enjoys the act of snorkeling, your main problem is probably going to be finding good locations. While snorkeling is a very fun and widely practiced experience, it does rely upon having a quality location to do it.

This is why snorkeling is something you might not get the chance to do too often; you might simply not have the opportunity. If this sounds like the problem that you face, then we have two recommendations for you to check out: Jamaica, and the US Virgin Islands.

Jamaica For Snorkeling

If you are serious about enjoying the unique art of snorkeling, then you should probably look to take a trip to Jamaica as soon as you can. These kinds of experiences are best enjoyed if you head out towards Negril, Booby Cay. If you got to here, you will find a small island that was more or less made to be a snorkeling paradise.

Indeed, fans of Disney films like “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea” will immediately notice the similarities that exist here. This stunning location is known to locals as Gilligan’s Island, named after the birds that float around the location.

It’s one of the best places to come and visit for those who enjoy a spot of snorkeling away from the usual. If you are serious about making sure you can enjoy the underwater cave systems of the region, then this is the place to start.

You will find that you get to enjoy many little trips through caves where you will see amazing coral reefs combined with amazing fish of all styles and varieties floating all around you.

As far as enjoying snorkeling goes, a trip to Gilligan’s Island is absolutely up there for places to go and see.

U.S. Virgin Islands For Snorkeling

If you like to take your snorkeling extra serious, though, you want to make sure that you come to the US Virgin Islands. Few other parts of the sea can promise to give you such a rich helping of culture, and nowhere else could really offer you the same opportunity for relaxation and enjoyment. Specifically, though, we recommend that you come and check out the amazing Trunk Boy over at St. John.

The reasons why are immediately apparent when you arrive. It’s the smallest of the three islands, around 673ft in length, but it’s amazing. It’s got some incredible underwater snorkel trails for you to head along, and it often gives you the chance to see all of the various living organisms that live around this part of the sea.

If you are serious about making sure you can have some proper fun, though, make sure that you take a trip over to the St. Thomas island as well. It’s the largest of the three islands, and is far busier and teeming with life. Definitely worth your time, though, if you want to enjoy getting up-close and personal with one of the most stunning snorkeling sites known to man.

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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.

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Best Quotes for St. Patrick’s Day

As we all know, the Irish are people with a rather fantastic sense of humor. They know how to make others laugh, and their history of high-quality humor has long been a national attribute. Whether it’s gallows humor to lift negative spirits after a tough period or a comic appeal to get phones ringing and donations rolling in for a good cause, the Irish are more than just lucky: they are kind-hearted, funny and awesome people.

With St. Patricks Day not too far around the corner, we wanted to help bring you a little example of the wonderful sense of humor that the Irish are so popularly known for. If you would like to see first-hand proof of the multi-faceted, layered approach to Irish comedy, then read over this. you should immediately understand why the whole world joins them in celebrating St. Patricks Day in the kindness, spirit and charm that has been such a major attribute of the Irish for so long.

Get a taste of these awesome quotes, and when the big day arrives you should find it easy to mix in with the Irish who appear from all corners of the Earth to have a good time and some great craic!

The Ballad of St. Patrick

This awesome little poem is a fine example of just how comical the Irish can be. Take a read through this, you’ll understand why this day holds such significance in Irish culture:

Saint Patrick was a gentleman

Who through strategy and stealth

Drove all the snakes from Ireland

Here’s a drinkee to his health!

But not too many drinkees

Lest we lose ourselves and then…

Forget the good Saint Patrick

And see them snakes again!

The Blessing of the Irish

May the Good Lord take a liking to you… but not too soon!

If there was ever a good luck saying that an Irishman could give you, this might just be the most fantastic of them all. If you are serious about having a good time in the presence of some Irishman, you’ll likely get used to hearing them say this to you!

Nobody Like the Irish

There are only two kinds of people in the world, The Irish and those who wish they were.

This tremendous saying is a fine example of what it’s like to be Irish. Top of the world, top of the morning and in full understanding that the rest of the world has a hankering to be Irish themselves!

Who else can have such a good time without causing a scene, anyway?

What It All Stands For

“There are many good reasons for drinking,

One has just entered my head.

If a man doesn’t drink when he’s living,

How in the hell can he drink when he’s dead?”

This is probably the most succinct explanation of what it’s like to be Irish. If you don’t like a good drink, then you might just be in the wrong company in this life!

 

 

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World’s Longest Zip Line Opens in The Middle East

While the city of Dubai has been famous for its tourism, in the United Arab Emirates another city, Ras Al Khaimah, is on its way to attract millions of tourists now.

Recently they opened for business the world’s longest zip line, beating the previous record of the monster zip wire in Puerto Rico which was 2.5 kilometers (1.5 miles) long. This new zip wire is 2.83 kilometers (1.75 miles) long, in other words, it is 28 soccer fields long and located at the Jebel Jais Mountain. Watch the video below!

If you ever wanted to fly like a superman, you should really visit this place. You glide 1680 meters (1 mile) above sea level at a speed of 150 kph (90 mph). The ride is both short and scary.
This 2-minute ride costs $177 but it is said to be worth the money. If you are not scared of heights and have got the money, nothing can stop you.

The ride is open to all ages as long as the person weighs a minimum of forty-five kilograms (100 pounds) and a maximum of 150 kilograms (330 pounds). There are two lines, side by side, so you can ride alongside your friends or family.

The ride is in the mountainous region which gives it a natural view, as the ride was built without changing or harming the existing area. While you are at the place, you can also take the adrenaline rushing cable car ride which is almost one kilometer long.

They also plan on building an ice rink (in the desert?!), a hiking area and mountain biking routes for the tourists to enjoy. Moreover, they are also planning to make a new viewing deck which will be 1300 meters above the Jebel Jais which will showcase the mountains view.

 

The Emirates have set the goal of one million visitors to Ras Al Khaimah by the end of 2018. Let’s see if they will be able to reach their target or not. Stay tuned!

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Back To The Past: Weird Flight From Auckland to Hawaii Goes Back in Time

While most people had a thoroughly awful 2017 if you look at social media and the news, it appears that some people had to endure it for longer than you might have expected. For anyone who was on the HA446 flight, part of Hawaiian Airlines, they got a little weird insight into just how odd time can be.

The plane, set to leave Auckland at 11:55 PM on New Year’s Eve, would be arriving at Honolulu at 9:45 AM on New Year’s Eve. Given there is close to a full day of time difference from one place to the next, though, it meant that some people got to enjoy New Year twice!

The arrived in Honolulu on December 31st, 2017, despite having been in the skies on January 1st, 2018. A rather odd story, this was one immediately got people wondering just how rare an occurrence this would have been for people flying. Given the fact that most flights are nowhere near as challenging to work out or as distant apart in terms of time zones, this must be one of the few flights in the world where this was made possible.

So, with plenty of people having to miss out on their New Years celebration during the flight, this made it easier for people to get the chance to enjoy it in the wonderful world of Hawaii once they finally landed. The journey was brought to the attention of many people after it went viral on social media, when Sam Sweeney, a transport reporter, posted about it on Twitter with an image showing proof of the madness that was taking place in the skies above us.

As you might imagine, the tweet was re-tweeted en masse as people began to overload the post with GIFs – some appropriate, some less so. One of the most commonly seen, of course, was the famous Back to the Future GIFs that often get posted the minute anything remotely points to an odd consequence of time.

However, is this really so unusual?

According to one person, Anna Wallenstam, this happens a lot. She posted a reply to the Tweet, bursting the party balloons for everyone, stating: “That happens every time a plane crosses the current midnight line – think of it as the border between the kingdoms of 2017 and 2018 – in the wrong direction on New Years.

“In other words, it happens a lot. Still seems to surprise a lot of people every year.”

Indeed, eagle-eyed viewers soon spotted that on this night alone, six planes took off from Taipei in 2018 and landed in US and Canadian locations in 2017. So, it’s not quite as unique as we thought earlier, unfortunately.

Still, it’s a pretty cool occurrence, right?

 

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Predator Accosts Man Cycling Through Woods

In life, we can often find ourselves just looking to escape from day to day living from a little while. We can do that in all manner of ways, from a quick trip on foot to a nice little cycle through some lovely terrain. However, if you happen to step out into the wilds and the woods, you had best be prepared to look after yourself. YouTube channel Deep Bush Survival is living proof of the need to be vigilant wherever we go; you never know what kind of monsters are out there waiting for you!

They show off all manner of videos about survival and getting out of tight spots in the world. One of their most recent videos, though, is one of their most popular – watch it and you will see why…

Shot in October 2015, this video shows one of their team heading off for a ride in a mountainous, forested area on his bike. Relatively away from civilization from the looks of things, he’s cutting around on his bike and continues to showcase a wonderful, temperate location that really is quite wonderful to look at. In the middle of the video, though, we see something rather terrifying appear amongst the long grass.

At first, he does not even appear to notice it in the grass, such is the quality of its camouflage. He only notices the creature when it begins to slowly rustle through the grass to get closer to him. Immediately, he realises that he is in a lot of danger – far more than you would expect going on a standard trip like this.

It’s a mountain lion; one of the most dangerous creatures that you could likely run into in the wild, unarmed and on your own. These are extremely powerful, intelligent and agile cats that could, if they catch you, do you some deal damage – in fact, it’s likely it could even kill you!

As you might imagine, he takes a few steps back but the lion only takes this as encouragement that it has him on the run and proceeds to bound towards him. If it wanted dinner, it was going to catch him in a matter of seconds.

Trying to talk it down, informing it that he is “much bigger” that cat seems entirely unbothered. It starts to circle him like any predator would, creating a rather anxious moment that leaves you wondering how the man is going to get out of this one alive. Trying to scare it away with loud noises, the mountain lion makes some terrifying, low grumbles – showing it’s hungry, and ready to strike.

He tries to mimic its noises, only proceeding to anger it further. A small gap in the film shows us the lion still following the man to the end of a path. Rather than keep this cat and mouse game going, though, he starts to walk towards it in a bid to try and make it think twice – and it does so.

Seemingly put off by not having everything its own way, the cat turns around and stalks back into the woods, off to threaten someone else. With over 2m views at the time of writing, this video is a perfect example of how quickly things can turn dangerous in the wild – and how quickly they can go back to normal, too. How would you react in such a situation?

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Kayaker Explores Hidden Ghost Ship

When we look around the news, it’s very easy to come across awesome stories that just make us think about the possibilities of the world around us. So many things go undiscovered for years to come, and when they are found it can feel like a whole new world being discovered. For kayakers, though, being able to get out and explore deeper and in more agile circumstance than most boat-users is one of their major advantages.

Romanian kayakers in particular tend to find a lot of awesome stuff when they travel – but one came across something extra special and went to explore it. The Empire’s Strength is an old boat that sits just off the Black Sea coast, close to Costinesti, and has become a regular haunt for those looking to enjoy some exploration.

One kayaker filmed himself making his way through the small cracks and dents within the ship, deciding to risk the potential damage and decay inside to see what awaited inside. Large hidden pieces poking through the water and sharp, torn edges meant that this was no easy trip; wrong moves could be very dangerous indeed.

Even the slightest budge could have forced the decrepit ship to begin falling in on itself, so the kayaker was VERY careful as he edged through each part of the ship, always taking care to explore carefully. The interior was damaged to incredible levels, with the interior being no better than the exterior in terms of visual appeal.

The ship itself was covered in horrible algae, and nothing looked like it could be in any form of useful or even salvageable operation. The ship, though, according to one operator, could have been built by Harland and Wolff, the creators of the famous Titanic.

The ship was a major part of the United Kingdom’ old Ministry of War, serving as a transport ship and to help add a touch of extra bulk and power to the navy of the time. Many boats like it were destroyed and abandoned during the war, and this was no different. While it did survive the war itself, it did not last for too long afterward. It served mostly as a meat transport from Britain to Argentina in the mid-40s.

It was eventually run aground on the Black Sea and was left to rot. Now defunct, it just floats where it is, a floating grave of the past wonders and powers of the British navy and its potential.

While today its nothing more than a husk of something once-special, it makes a wonderful tourist trip for people who are brave enough to make their way in. If you ever find yourself here and have the skills and bravery to kayak in, why not do so? You might find it to be as eye-opening and as enlightening as this kayaker’ video shows!

While the video does not provide anything scary or untoward, it’s nice to see the interior of something that, in operation, was such a glamorous, powerful and important vessel.

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Discovering the Sterling Hill Mine

When we hear of people finding unique and amazing items hidden away, it’s always easy to doubt the accuracy. How often do people turn up having found something that nobody else? It’s a super-rare feat and for that reason it is quite hard to believe in. However, the Sterling Hill Mine in Ogdensburg, New Jersey, is a fine example of what we can find with a bit of digging deeper underneath the surface overall.

Once a massive mining town, today it’s nothing like its old self. It was once actually a full-on company town for the New Jersey Zinc Company, and it was like that for a long period of time. As you might imagine, this left a bit of a mark on the community. The mine itself was closed down in 1986 and, sensing something of an opportunity, Dick and Bob Hauck chipped in together and bough the mine at a taxation sale.

Becoming a mine and a tourist attraction, it helps to show people about the hard graft of mining labor and, in a way, serves as a reminder to future generations of how hard things once were. At 35 miles along, it’s one of the longest underground structures in the USA. However, much of that 35 miles is rather interesting to come and look into – if you have the time.

Indeed, a 1990 section of the mine was blasted – around 240-feet in length – to help create a fantastic combination of colours. The area, known as Rainbow Tunnel, looks like a rainbow has dripped from above ground and stained the area, such is the vibrant energy of the colours on the wall.

The Skyland Region, though, is home to all manner of wonderful stones – from sapphires and rubies to jewels and gems of all kinds, this is one of the main reasons why people come down to see these amazing crystal combinations.

The mine itself has a long history, going back as far as the 1630s when British settlers dug in hoping to find copper. It was provided to William Alexander, or Lord Stirling, and before long the mine was known as Stirling Hill. Sold on in 1765 to Robert Ogden, it kept changing hands for many years until the NJZC bought it in the late 1800s. however, in the late 1900s it was forced to be sold to the previously mentioned brothers.

Now the Sterling Hill Mine Tour & Museum of Fluorescence, it is a unique and wonderful home to so many stunning and exciting images. The amazing colours that flow through the mines as well as the growing collection of gems throughout just helps to sell the image of a truly wonderful location that, despite its challenging past and poor working conditions, today stands as a wonderful representation of the beauty beneath our own world.

With over 300 kinds of minerals and roughly 10% of all known minerals found in here, it’s a true representation of the unique beauty of nature. From ores that shine through the limestone to beautiful gems that glisten even in the darkness, this is a truly spectacular place to visit for both beauty and history.

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An Iconic Stone Circle in the British Isles Unveils a Secret Thousands of Years old.

An array of stones arranged in a square was discovered under the Avebury world heritage site considered to be the largest stone circle in the world. The discovery includes a dozen large stones, each approximately 3 meters wide and weighing 40 tons each. According to researchers, the probably indicate the location of an important house dating back to 2000 B.C.

The researchers working at the site theorize that the original site included 100 huge stones arrayed in a circle with a 330 meter diameter. 24 miles from Avebury lays Stonehenge which in comparison is about quarter of the site’s size.

More Impressive than Stonehenge

Avebury is threatening to steal Stonehenge’s thunder by offering a richer, unique and more impressive subterranean attraction – a line of stones. Unlike other stone circles in the area, the stones in the Avebury array were arranged in a square – a parameter that researchers are paying a lot of attention to. According to The Telegraph, the oddest find was a wooden house that occupied the site at around 3500 BC.

Researchers theorize that the Neolithic hut was built by Avebury’s ancestors that as time passed it become an icon of birth of the community that after 1000 years descendents constructed the monumental square around its foundations, lining with massive stones enclosing an obelisk.

Oldest structure in a prehistoric site

Dr Mark Gillings from Leicester University School of Archaeology and Ancient History says that the square has the potential to be the one of the oldest structures in the prehistoric site. “We identified and mapped a line of prehistoric stones that were concealed and buried together with locations of other stones that were destroyed. Together we identified a unique square structure in the internal southern circle.”

According to common beliefs, stone circles were designed as an assembling area for pagan ceremonies, but many of them were destroyed, probably in the mid evil era when they were associated with paganism. Gillings says “There were probably many similar stones around this area at the time. It was quite and engineering feat for the time to arrange them in such a form. It was an endeavor that demanded a lot of hard work.”

In the centuries that followed, the square was dismantled and the stones were used to construct the three impressive stone circles which still stand today. The team also uncovered evidence that lines of stones once cut across the southern inner circle, like spokes on a wheel.

Almost 100 years of research

The new finds conclude Alexander Keiller ‘s research. Dr. Joshua Polard Secretary of the Prehistoric Society and the UK editor of the Journal of Social Archaeology and an archeology professor at Southampton University commented. Keiller, originally a marmalade magnate first discovered the a curious line of standing stones next to a fallen down obelisk in 1939 and started digging (despite thinking it was a middle ages structure). Oddly enough he found mainly domestic artifacts rather than ritual ones. When World War 2 broke out, the dig was abandoned and the site all but forgotten.

Pollard said to The Telegraph: “Our careful programme of geophysical survey has finally completed the work begun by Keiller. Megalithic circles are well known from the time when Avebury was built during the late Neolithic, but square megalithic settings of this scale and complexity are unheard of.”

Dr Nick Snashall, National Trust archaeologist at Avebury, added: “This discovery has been almost eighty years in the making but it’s been well worth waiting for. The completion of the work first started by Keiller in the 1930s has revealed an entirely new type of monument at the heart of the world’s largest prehistoric stone circle, using techniques he never dreamt of.”

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They Looking For Lost Uranium. What They Found Literally Electrified Them!

For three decades, since 1942 to 1972 mankind thought it beat nature when the first sustainable nuclear chain reaction was created. All this changed in 1972 when French Pierrelatte uranium enrichment facility compared samples from the Oklo Uranium mine in Gabon, on the west coast of Africa. The U isotope concentration dropped form the normal 0.72% to 0.6%. This could have meant that some isotopes made it to the wrong hands and nuclear weapons or dirty bombs could be made. The French Commission for Nuclear Energy (CEA) began to investigate. What they found was no less than dumbfounding!

The CEA ran a series of tests only to find that the two most significant isotopes of the uranium mined at Oklo showed strange results. Finding more questions than answers, the CEA investigated the uranium ore in the Oklo mine and found concentration levels as low as 0.44%. The reduction in the U isotope is the result of the process in a nuclear reactor. Eliminating all the impossible, the only answer that was left, as improbable as it sounded, was that the mine operated as a natural fission reactor that generated self-sustaining nuclear chain reactions about Earth about 2 billion years ago. Further investigations found other natural fission reactors in the area.

Natural Fission Reactors

The first nuclear power plant went online in 1951. In 1956, five years after the first nuclear powered electric plant was erected, a chemist from the University of Arkansas, Paul L. Kuroda theorized that a combination of uranium and water could become a natural fission reactor, in earth’s early history.

While examining the concentration in the Oklo mine, it was discovered that the original uranium core had higher concentration levels of the Uranium-235 – the isotope ideal to fuel a fission reaction. Isotope u-235 naturally decays into thorium and releases a neutron in the process. The released neutron races towards another U-235 atom and a fission process is commenced.

One of the reasons fission reactions are controllable today are because of low concentrations of u-235 – 0.7% on average. In comparison 4.5 billion years ago, concentration levels were much higher and broke down as time went by. Scientists claim that at a concentration level above 3.2%, probability says a reaction will continue all on its own. Therefore, a key factor that made the reaction possible was that at the time, the fissile isotope U235 made up about 3.2% of the natural uranium, which is comparable to the amount used in some of today’s reactors. It is unknown if Kuroda ever imagined he would be able to view his theory in practice, but evidently, he’s a lucky scientist!

Unique Phenomena

The Oklo, Okelobondo mines and Bangombe mines, located 35 k”m from the Oklo mines are the only known places that natural nuclear fission occurred. For almost 2 billion years it generated an average of 100 Kwh until the uranium 235 was exhausted and no more fission activity could take place. The reactor eventually slowed to a stop, leaving only a few traces behind that it ever existed – including the enigma of the “missing uranium” – the enigma that sparked the research!

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Why Are People Waiting for 4 Hours In Line at Disney World? The Answer is Pandora!

Why are people waiting 240 minutes at Walt Disney World? The answer lies in Animal Kingdom. Animal Kingdom recently unveiled the latest expansion to the Disney theme parks, Pandora: World of Avatar. Pandora is a themed area based on the 2009 film Avatar by James Cameron. The project was under development for six years, and now the wait is finally over. Well, in terms of waiting for Pandora to open. Disney fans are so excited about the new Pandora attractions that they’re waiting in line for over 4 hours! Let’s see why.

What’s in Pandora at Animal Kingdom?

In Pandora, you get to feel like you’re on the ex-planetary moon from the film, with all of the wildlife and plants that exist there. Now that Animal Kingdom is open past dark, the new themed area gives fans nighttime experiences that draw them further into the world of Avatar. Pandora stands in the area that was previously Camp Minnie Mickey and focuses on conservation, celebrating the power of nature over us all.

So what exactly are fans standing in line for at Pandora? Disney has two attractions in the area. The first, Avatar: Flight of Passage, where visitors can “take flight” on the back of a Banshee. Flight of Passage is a simulated reality ride that has you soar across the Pandora landscape and features a storyline about the plot to increase the natural population of the Banshee. The attraction’s queue features a walk into the caverns of Pandora where you see images illustrating the connection of the Banshees and Na’vi, the Pandora inhabitants. Next you’ll be taken to a laboratory where you “link” with your banshee. The attraction is described as “incredibly immersive.”

The second attraction is a 4 ½ minute dark ride called Na’vi River Journey. Guests board a boat to travel the Kasvapan River and see the bioluminescent world of Avatar. You’ll see the native animals and plants of the region. It’s a lush landscape where guests will really feel like they’ve left the world behind. The purpose of the attraction — besides offering a place to cool down on a hot day — is taking guests on a search for the Shaman of Songs. The Shaman of Songs is a 10-foot tall Na’vi woman who is a crucial part of the attraction and is a display of the most-advanced Audio Animatronics Disney has ever developed. Early reviews have named the ride a crowning achievement in Disney attractions — which, if you look at all Disney has done over the years, says a lot!

Exploring Pandora at Animal Kingdom

After the attractions, what else is there to do in Pandora? Just walking around the themed area can be enough, thanks to the extensive work Disney put into their creation. Walking through the Valley of Mo’ara, you’ll see Avatar’s floating mountains, a Na’vi drum circle and exotic plants “come to life at night.” You can have some native cuisine of the moon at Pandora’s Satu’li Canteen. Satu’li Canteen features food inspired by Pandora with whole grains, fresh fruits, and other delicious parts of the Na’vi harvest. As a fast casual restaurant, it’s a place where you can stock up on energy before battling the long wait times of the area.

Pandora also features Pongu Pongu Lounge, a drink stand with bioluminescent frozen cocktails, desserts and Na’vi-themed beers. You’ll probably want to make a pit stop here when the Florida heat starts bearing down on you, that’s for sure! Finally there’s a gift shop, Windtraders. Windtraders features merchandise inspired by Pandora, with plush, Na’vi artifacts, toys, art and more. Why? Because it’s Disney, that’s why, and everyone likes to remember their trip with a souvenir. After all, Pandora will be boosting some pretty intense wait times as it’s only a week old — why not show off to all of your friends that you were one of the first visitors?

Why are people waiting 240 minutes at Walt Disney World? The answer lies in Animal Kingdom. Animal Kingdom recently unveiled the latest expansion to the Disney theme parks, Pandora: World of Avatar. Pandora is a themed area based on the 2009 film Avatar by...

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Are You Brave Enough for The Scary Clown Motel?

Are you suffering from coulrophobia? If your answer is yes, you should probably skip this text. If you do not know that this word describes someone who has fear of clowns, read the story of The Clown Motel from Nevada.

Although the name of hotel may sound to you like a scary book by Stephen King or just another horror movie, this is a real place, located in Tonopah, Nevada. This former mining town has convenient inn for truckers, bikers and other travelers traveling long road. But, this is not a really good place for you if you fear clowns. The first ones are located outside the motel, and it is pretty easy to guess what is expecting you. Other clowns will be waiting you inside- in the lobby there is a human- sized clown in a chair, holding in his lap- yes, you guessed it- a clown. The front office also has numerous shelves filled with clowns (it is estimated that there are over 500 of them!), but that is not all. Every room in this motel is clown- themed, with portraits of famous clowns on doors and walls.

And, if this all is not scary enough, the location of Old Tonopah Cemetery will contribute to atmosphere of creepiness. It is located just beside the motel, giving this location a perfect spot for restless night.

Tonopah currently has population of about 2,500 people, but in the previous century, this was a perspective city with population of about 50,000, mainly miners. Actually, Tonopah was considered second richest strike of silver in Nevada. The cemetery was founded in 1901, and in following years, around 300 people were buried here. Their graves were marker with wooden crosses, and tin signs contain their names. Beside miners, among buried people there are town citizens who died in plague in 1902, and miners who died in 1911, in fire inside the mine. Today, there is a wooden fence surrounding the graveyard… and all of this can be seen from room of The Clown Motel.

Although you may expect stories about strange events, there are no evidences of such activities. In the online world, this motel is characterized as “eccentric, offering free Internet and mini breakfast”. Yet, many guests make request for staff to remove or cover clown paintings in rooms.

When The Clown Motel became famous on the Internet, people decided to go to Tonopah in order to spend the night there. The entire story brought to this location the title of “America’s scariest motel”. As expected, this motel attracts mainly young people expecting something supernatural and scary. However, Bob and Deborah Perchetti, owners of motel for over 20 years, state that this is a family oriented place, and that they are always pleased to receive feedback from their customers. Bob also said the title brought much publicity, and he believes that this is good for his business.

So, The Clown Motel might just be the perfect place for rest between Las Vegas and Reno…if you are brave enough to stay here!

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Even in those warmer months the summer high temperatures of the mountain can be a frigid negative 40 F; only about half the climbers who attempt it succeed in reaching the summit.
Denali is in the elite; a member of the climber’s holy grail of Seven Summits that comprise the tallest peaks on each continent and that makes it a prime destination for many a mountaineer. One such intrepid soul is mountain guide and freelance photographer Ben Adkinson. This last June, Adkinson achieved his second successful climb to Denali’s summit out of ten expeditions onto the mountain and captured his entire dramatic experience in photos.
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