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Two men led a team of 80 people, spent 5 years collecting 1.2 million golden orb spiders, milked them for their silk, and created the rarest textile on Earth: A golden silk cape.

 

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Boy Vanishes During Carnival Ride?

A mother in Malaysia was mystified when she filmed her son on a carnival attraction and noticed that the boy who had been sitting beside him had somehow inexplicably vanished in the middle of the ride. The very weird video was reportedly captured by Nur Afrina Rosni, who explained that the incident occurred earlier this month during a family trip to a fairground in the city of Johor. During the excursion, her son Muiz wanted to go on an attraction that featured 'flying cars' spinning in a circle and, since the adults were deemed too big for the attraction, the boy was seated next to another youngster, but things soon took an eerie turn when the ride got underway.

In Rosni's video from the fairground, Muiz and his mysterious companion can be seen zipping past the camera in one of the ride's yellow carts. However, when the faux automobile comes back around a second time, only her son is visible and the other youngster has seemingly vanished into thin air. "When the ride finished," the bewildered mother recalled, "my son came down, but the boy next to him did not appear anywhere." Strangely, when she asked Muiz where his curious companion had gone during the ride, the boy did not remember anyone sitting next to him and he was equally perturbed when he saw the video. "It was scary, but my son is okay," Rosni said while musing that she is still perplexed by the odd disappearing act.

When she shared the video on social media, the footage quickly went viral with viewers offering various suggestions for what could have occurred. As one might imagine, some observers have suggested that Muiz was actually riding alongside a ghost, while more skeptical individuals theorized that the 'mystery boy' had simply ducked down at the moment the cart came around in front of Rosni, but she dismissed this explanation since the youngster's white shirt should have been visible if that were the case. Others have argued that the scene is a clever hoax using two pieces of footage spliced together, though she insists that is not the case and that the video is genuine.


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Mike Tyson admits he was on MAGIC MUSHROOMS for his exhibition fight with Roy Jones Jr in 2020, claims he couldn't 'feel the punches' – and wishes he 'did this shit' during his career!

Mike Tyson has admitted that he was on magic mushrooms during his exhibition fight with Roy Jones Jr in 2020, which left him unable to feel any of his opponent's punches.

The boxing icon returned to the ring for the first time in 15 years in November 2020, taking on fellow great Jones Jr in an eight-round exhibition bout which controversially ended in a draw.

Tyson largely dominated the bout and put on a performance that exceed expectations in Los Angeles. And the heavyweight dubbed as 'the Baddest Man on the Planet' revealed he took psychedelic drugs to help him through the bout.

'We don't use [mushrooms] to run away,' he explained during an appearance on The Pivot podcast, after being asked if his drug advocacy was at times self-medication for other issues.

'It helps me train, it helps me box better. When I'm fighting, I really don't feel the punches. It's really just some f**king magical s**t. You saw me just fight [against Jones]. I was on shrooms.

'I wouldn't fight without them, are you crazy? And some weed. I wish I did this s**t during my career, I'm so f**king mad I didn't know about this s**t. The word drugs is negative.'


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Meanwhile in Nashville, Tennessee:

‘Snip for Shake Deal’: Nashville Hot Dog Restaurant Offering Free Milkshake for Proof of Vasectomy

Daddy’s Dogs, a gourmet hot dog restaurant in Nashville, announced on Wednesday that men who bring in proof of vasectomy will get a free milkshake in return. The restaurant has dubbed the offer their “Snip for Shake” deal.

In a video posted to Instagram, Sean Porter, also known as Dr. Big Daddy and founder of Daddy’s Dogs, began by saying, “Hi there, I’m Dr. Big Daddy. The world is a pretty crazy place right now, but I have a way to make it just a little bit better.”

He then introduced the restaurant’s new “Snip for Shake” deal, saying, “We are giving away one free milkshake with proof of vasectomy. Just bring in a note from your doctor saying you have the snip, and we’ll give you any milkshake you want.”

“There’s nothing like an ice-cold milkshake after a vasectomy,” Porter concluded.

The video ends directing viewers to visit Urology Associates P.C. in Nashville for “more information” and to book their “next free milkshake.” According to their website, Urology Associates P.C. serves Middle Tennessee with over 20 board-certified urologists and 12 advanced practice providers, providing male and female urological care in over 10 locations. One of the procedures they offer for men is vasectomy.



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A walrus has been spotted on the beach on Poland's northern coast, the first ever such sighting of the Arctic mammal in the Baltic Sea.

 

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A fast food blast from the past! Perfectly-preserved BURGER KING restaurant that was built in 1987 is discovered behind the wall of a Delaware mall - 13 years after it shut



A fully intact Burger King built in 1987 has been discovered behind the wall of a Delaware mall. Jonathan Pruitt posted the photo of the vintage burger-joint to a Facebook page where it was then shared to Twitter and Reddit and has since gone viral. This Burger King has been closed since 2009 and its entrance is only accessible via a key and is hidden from those passing by. The photos of the abandoned restaurant show pastel-colored tables and booths, 80s style vintage décor, patterned wallpaper and white wire chairs. One Twitter user shared her own experience when she posted a video with the caption 'lmao that was literally my storage room back in 2019.' The attention from the photo even reached a Burger King spokesperson who verified that the restaurant 'lines up closely' with those in the 80s. Despite the attention, the space is still empty and mall manager Tom Dahlke is searching for someone to open its doors.

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Colorado funeral home owner admits to selling body parts for cash.

Is this lady and her mother descendants of Burke and Hare?

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A former Colorado funeral home owner pleaded guilty to secretly dissecting corpses and selling body parts without consent from mourning relatives.
Megan Hess — who operated the Sunset Mesa funeral home in Montrose and a human body parts business called Donor Services from the same building — admitted in federal court Tuesday to defrauding at least a dozen families who had paid to have their late loved ones cremated.
Colorado funeral home owner Megan Hess admits to selling body parts for cash (nypost.com)

.... shocking that this could be happening in 2022.... or what? :eek:

Cheers.
 

nivek

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Fisherman catches extremely rare blue lobster

US fisherman Lars-Johan Larsson uploaded a photograph of the ultra-rare catch to Twitter earlier this month where it has since been generating a great deal of interest with over 500,000 likes and 43,000 retweets.

While most lobsters are typically red or brown, a genetic abnormality can - on rare occasions - produce an individual with vibrant, bright blue coloration.

According to the Lobster Institute at the University of Maine, the odds of discovering one of these brightly colored crustaceans is a mere 1 in 2 million.

Fortunately in this case Larsson took the decision to release the animal back into the ocean. "This blue lobster was caught off the coast of Portland yesterday and returned to the water to continue to grow," he wrote.




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wwkirk

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Man lives for 82 years without ever seeing a woman.

Meh. I bet there have been many blind monks, as well as non-monks, who never saw a woman.

Slightly, off-topic, but what's the big whoop on never seeing a woman anyway? If the ideal is to be faced with temptation but not give in, then it would be more impressive to have interacted with women to some significant degree yet never giving in to sexual desire.
 

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Cannibal describes how he first ate human flesh after killing a man and deciding to 'try it': Russian boiled chunk of thigh… then fried a piece

Cannibal describes how he first ate human flesh: Russian boiled chunk of thigh… then fried

A convicted killer living out his remaining days in a Russian penal colony has spoken about how he ate his human flesh for the first time after killing and dismembering a man. Vladimir Nikolayevich Nikolayev, 63, also known as 'Vladimir the Cannibal' was convicted of killing two men in Novocheboksarsk in 1997. 'I was coming home from a party a little drunk. And next to the door of my building another guy, also drunk, asked me for a light,' Nikolayev recounted. 'We started arguing and got into a fight. He hit me, and I hit him, and it turned out he died.' He assured the filmmakers that he had had no intention of eating his victim when he murdered him, and the idea only occurred to him as he was dismembering his body and handling the flesh. 'What was I to do?' he continued. 'I dragged him to the bathroom, undressed him, and started cutting him apart.' It was only after taking off the man's head and limbs that he realised there was nothing stopping his curiosity to eat this man. 'All of a sudden something struck me and I thought I would try him.'

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Human, horse remains from Battle of Waterloo found in Belgium: ‘incredibly rare’

Human, horse remains from Battle of Waterloo found in Belgium: ‘incredibly rare’​

Archaeologists made an “incredibly rare” find Wednesday in Belgium when they uncovered the remains of soldiers and horses who died in the 1815 Battle of Waterloo.

The discovery was made by the team after resuming excavation of the Napoleonic battlefield for the first time since it was halted in 2019, the BBC reported.

“We won’t get any closer to the harsh reality of Waterloo than this,” said Professor Tony Pollard — one of the directors of the project.

“I’ve been a battlefield archaeologist for 20 years and have never seen anything like it.”

Napoleon Bonaparte — who ruled France from 1804 to 1814 — surrendered to British forces at Waterloo after being severely outnumbered.

The French defeat at Waterloo signaled the end of the Napoleonic Wars which had raged across Europe for nearly 23 years.

Though tens of thousands died in the fighting, historians said discoveries on the fabled battleground are rare because large numbers of bones were sold and ground down to be used as fertilizer on farms.

Archaeologists made an incredibly rare find of human and horse remains that had been preserved since the Battle of Waterloo. Archaeologists made an “incredibly rare” find of human and horse remains that had been preserved since the Battle of Waterloo.Chris van Houts The team plans to continue excavating the battlefield through July 15, 2022 in hopes of finding more discoveries. The team plans to continue excavating the battlefield through July 15, 2022 in hopes of finding more discoveries.Chris van Houts The French defeat at Waterloo signaled the end of the Napoleonic Wars which had raged across Europe for nearly 23 years. The French defeat at Waterloo signaled the end of the Napoleonic Wars which had raged across Europe for nearly 23 years. Chris van Houts [IMG alt="A series of musket balls discovered on the Waterloo Battlefield.
"]https://nypost.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/2/2022/07/waterloo-belgium-dig-site-skeleton-4.jpg?w=1024[/IMG]A series of musket balls discovered on the Waterloo Battlefield. Chris van Houts
But in 2015, a human skeleton was uncovered during the building of a new museum and parking lot and in 2019, amputated human leg bones were unearthed in an excavation of the main allied field hospital, according to Newsweek.
 

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Vincent Van Gogh: Hidden self-portrait discovered by X-ray

Vincent Van Gogh: Hidden self-portrait discovered by X-ray​


A previously unknown self-portrait by Vincent Van Gogh has been discovered hidden on the back of another painting.
Experts at the National Galleries of Scotland made the find when the canvas was X-rayed before an exhibition.
The hidden self-portrait was covered by layers of glue and cardboard on the back of an earlier work called Head of a Peasant Woman.
The gallery's senior conservator Lesley Stevenson said she felt "shock" to find the artist "looking out at us".
She said: "When we saw the X-ray for the first time, of course we were hugely excited.
"This is a significant discovery because it adds to what we already know about Van Gogh's life."

The Dutch artist often re-used canvases to save money, turning them over and then working on the other side.
Head of a Peasant Woman
IMAGE SOURCE,NATIONAL GALLERIES OF SCOTLAND
Image caption,
Senior curator Frances Fowle with Head of a Peasant Woman
His work did not sell during his lifetime and his fame came only after his death in 1890, at the age of 37.
Van Gogh became one of the most famous and influential figures in Western art history.
Head of a Peasant Woman entered the National Gallery of Scotland (NGS) collection in 1960, as part of a gift from a prominent Edinburgh lawyer.
It shows a local woman from the town of Nuenen in the south of the Netherlands, where the artist lived from December 1883 to November 1885.
It is thought that Van Gogh later painted the self-portrait on the other side at a key moment in his career, after he moved to Paris and was exposed to the work of the French impressionists.

About 15 years after his death, Head of a Peasant Woman was loaned to an exhibition at the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam.
The back of the painting
IMAGE SOURCE,NATIONAL GALLERIES OF SCOTLAND
Image caption,
The self-portrait is hidden beneath glue and cardboard
It is believed that this is when the canvas was stuck down on cardboard before being framed.
It appears that Peasant Woman was considered more "finished" than the self-portrait on the other side.
The painting changed hands several times and in 1923 was acquired by Evelyn St Croix Fleming, whose son, Ian, became the creator of James Bond.
It was not until 1951 that it came to Scotland, having entered the collection of Alexander and Rosalind Maitland, who later donated it to the NGS.
Experts at the gallery said it may be possible to uncover the hidden self-portrait, but that the process of removing the glue and cardboard will require delicate conservation work.

Research is ongoing to work out how that can be done without harming Head of a Peasant Woman.
an x-ray image showing the hidden Vincent Van Gogh painting
IMAGE SOURCE,NATIONAL GALLERIES OF SCOTLAND
Image caption,
An X-ray image showing the hidden Vincent van Gogh painting
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However, visitors to an exhibition in Edinburgh will be able to see the X-ray image for the first time through a specially-crafted lightbox.
It shows a bearded sitter in a brimmed hat with a neckerchief loosely tied at the throat. He fixes the viewer with an intense stare, the right side of his face in shadow and his left ear clearly visible.
Prof Frances Fowle, senior curator of French Art at the National Galleries of Scotland, described the discovery as "an incredible gift for Scotland".
She said: "Moments like this are incredibly rare. We have discovered an unknown work by Vincent Van Gogh, one of the most important and popular artists in the world."
Several such self-portraits and other works have previously been found painted on the back of earlier canvases from the Nuenen period.

 

Standingstones

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Vincent Van Gogh: Hidden self-portrait discovered by X-ray

Vincent Van Gogh: Hidden self-portrait discovered by X-ray​


A previously unknown self-portrait by Vincent Van Gogh has been discovered hidden on the back of another painting.
Experts at the National Galleries of Scotland made the find when the canvas was X-rayed before an exhibition.
The hidden self-portrait was covered by layers of glue and cardboard on the back of an earlier work called Head of a Peasant Woman.
The gallery's senior conservator Lesley Stevenson said she felt "shock" to find the artist "looking out at us".
She said: "When we saw the X-ray for the first time, of course we were hugely excited.
"This is a significant discovery because it adds to what we already know about Van Gogh's life."

The Dutch artist often re-used canvases to save money, turning them over and then working on the other side.
Head of a Peasant Woman
IMAGE SOURCE,NATIONAL GALLERIES OF SCOTLAND
Image caption,
Senior curator Frances Fowle with Head of a Peasant Woman
His work did not sell during his lifetime and his fame came only after his death in 1890, at the age of 37.
Van Gogh became one of the most famous and influential figures in Western art history.
Head of a Peasant Woman entered the National Gallery of Scotland (NGS) collection in 1960, as part of a gift from a prominent Edinburgh lawyer.
It shows a local woman from the town of Nuenen in the south of the Netherlands, where the artist lived from December 1883 to November 1885.
It is thought that Van Gogh later painted the self-portrait on the other side at a key moment in his career, after he moved to Paris and was exposed to the work of the French impressionists.

About 15 years after his death, Head of a Peasant Woman was loaned to an exhibition at the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam.
The back of the painting
IMAGE SOURCE,NATIONAL GALLERIES OF SCOTLAND
Image caption,
The self-portrait is hidden beneath glue and cardboard
It is believed that this is when the canvas was stuck down on cardboard before being framed.
It appears that Peasant Woman was considered more "finished" than the self-portrait on the other side.
The painting changed hands several times and in 1923 was acquired by Evelyn St Croix Fleming, whose son, Ian, became the creator of James Bond.
It was not until 1951 that it came to Scotland, having entered the collection of Alexander and Rosalind Maitland, who later donated it to the NGS.
Experts at the gallery said it may be possible to uncover the hidden self-portrait, but that the process of removing the glue and cardboard will require delicate conservation work.

Research is ongoing to work out how that can be done without harming Head of a Peasant Woman.
an x-ray image showing the hidden Vincent Van Gogh painting
IMAGE SOURCE,NATIONAL GALLERIES OF SCOTLAND
Image caption,
An X-ray image showing the hidden Vincent van Gogh painting
1px transparent line

However, visitors to an exhibition in Edinburgh will be able to see the X-ray image for the first time through a specially-crafted lightbox.
It shows a bearded sitter in a brimmed hat with a neckerchief loosely tied at the throat. He fixes the viewer with an intense stare, the right side of his face in shadow and his left ear clearly visible.
Prof Frances Fowle, senior curator of French Art at the National Galleries of Scotland, described the discovery as "an incredible gift for Scotland".
She said: "Moments like this are incredibly rare. We have discovered an unknown work by Vincent Van Gogh, one of the most important and popular artists in the world."
Several such self-portraits and other works have previously been found painted on the back of earlier canvases from the Nuenen period.

That image of Vincent is probably more valuable than the image of the peasant woman.
 

Standingstones

Celestial
Vincent Van Gogh: Hidden self-portrait discovered by X-ray

Vincent Van Gogh: Hidden self-portrait discovered by X-ray​


A previously unknown self-portrait by Vincent Van Gogh has been discovered hidden on the back of another painting.
Experts at the National Galleries of Scotland made the find when the canvas was X-rayed before an exhibition.
The hidden self-portrait was covered by layers of glue and cardboard on the back of an earlier work called Head of a Peasant Woman.
The gallery's senior conservator Lesley Stevenson said she felt "shock" to find the artist "looking out at us".
She said: "When we saw the X-ray for the first time, of course we were hugely excited.
"This is a significant discovery because it adds to what we already know about Van Gogh's life."

The Dutch artist often re-used canvases to save money, turning them over and then working on the other side.
Head of a Peasant Woman
IMAGE SOURCE,NATIONAL GALLERIES OF SCOTLAND
Image caption,
Senior curator Frances Fowle with Head of a Peasant Woman
His work did not sell during his lifetime and his fame came only after his death in 1890, at the age of 37.
Van Gogh became one of the most famous and influential figures in Western art history.
Head of a Peasant Woman entered the National Gallery of Scotland (NGS) collection in 1960, as part of a gift from a prominent Edinburgh lawyer.
It shows a local woman from the town of Nuenen in the south of the Netherlands, where the artist lived from December 1883 to November 1885.
It is thought that Van Gogh later painted the self-portrait on the other side at a key moment in his career, after he moved to Paris and was exposed to the work of the French impressionists.

About 15 years after his death, Head of a Peasant Woman was loaned to an exhibition at the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam.
The back of the painting
IMAGE SOURCE,NATIONAL GALLERIES OF SCOTLAND
Image caption,
The self-portrait is hidden beneath glue and cardboard
It is believed that this is when the canvas was stuck down on cardboard before being framed.
It appears that Peasant Woman was considered more "finished" than the self-portrait on the other side.
The painting changed hands several times and in 1923 was acquired by Evelyn St Croix Fleming, whose son, Ian, became the creator of James Bond.
It was not until 1951 that it came to Scotland, having entered the collection of Alexander and Rosalind Maitland, who later donated it to the NGS.
Experts at the gallery said it may be possible to uncover the hidden self-portrait, but that the process of removing the glue and cardboard will require delicate conservation work.

Research is ongoing to work out how that can be done without harming Head of a Peasant Woman.
an x-ray image showing the hidden Vincent Van Gogh painting
IMAGE SOURCE,NATIONAL GALLERIES OF SCOTLAND
Image caption,
An X-ray image showing the hidden Vincent van Gogh painting
1px transparent line

However, visitors to an exhibition in Edinburgh will be able to see the X-ray image for the first time through a specially-crafted lightbox.
It shows a bearded sitter in a brimmed hat with a neckerchief loosely tied at the throat. He fixes the viewer with an intense stare, the right side of his face in shadow and his left ear clearly visible.
Prof Frances Fowle, senior curator of French Art at the National Galleries of Scotland, described the discovery as "an incredible gift for Scotland".
She said: "Moments like this are incredibly rare. We have discovered an unknown work by Vincent Van Gogh, one of the most important and popular artists in the world."
Several such self-portraits and other works have previously been found painted on the back of earlier canvases from the Nuenen period.

There are so few Van Gogh paintings in private hands. I hope this one doesn’t get hidden away for another 100 years.
 
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