Meet The Man With The World’s Largest Collection of Coca-Cola Cans

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Davide Andreani first drank a Coke when he was six years old. A native of Pesaro, along the Adriatic coast of Italy, Davide doesn’t recall anything special about the beverage at first sip. His father would often travel for business and one of the things he would bring back to his son as a memento would be a special can of Coke. The first one in his collection was from Germany in 1979, featuring the word “Coca-Cola” translated from various languages in the world.

Davide has always been a collector at heart. When he was young, he would seek after unique coins and stamps. Now he is only interested in Coke cans. There isn’t a particular reason for the beverage choice, other than his passion for assemblage and that it is something he got into at an early age. Today, Davide’s collection consists of over 20,000 distinct cans of Coca-Cola.

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Digging through the garbage for empty cans is not how one develops a surplus like Davide’s. A lifetime of meticulous searching of the globe has brought him to where he is today. The assortment of cans on display in his collection are those that the Coca-Cola company had only released for a limited time, sometimes not available to the public. Unique cans are usually produced for commemorative purposes, such as the celebration of special events like sporting events, Christmas and other holidays, the opening of a new factory, or a presidential election. The rarest and most hard are those that are gold or silver in color, some worth upwards of $500.

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The internet has helped contribute to Davide’s growing soft drink collection. His website is used to display his individual findings and to communicate with others hoping to trade their rare collectibles. He has several duplicates (not included in the total count), which are used to swap with fellow collectors.

Someday, Davide hopes that his collection will be displayed in a museum. His modest home is where the cans live today, and it is not nearly big enough to showcase all of his findings. Approximately 5,000 cans line his walls and pile up on his floor, with another 15,000 or so catalogued and buried away in the garage. Thus far, the Coca-Cola company hasn’t had much interest in acquiring Davide’s tremendous collection.

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Davide received a Guinness World Record in August of 2013. The award title is “Largest Collection of Soft Drink Cans – Same Brand.” In order to distinguish the title, the GWR judge closed Davide’s home for two days to count every can. At the time of certification, the assortment totaled 10,558 unique Coca-Cola cans from 87 different countries. Davide’s collection, now much larger in size, still holds the Guinness World Record.

Other than his amusing hobby, Davide enjoys playing volleyball, tennis, and working with computers. His dream is to visit every country in the world (all while pursuing the rarest soda cans, I’d presume), but for financial reasons he is content with sightseeing via the World Wide Web. When asked whether he enjoys the taste of the soft drink that inspired his life’s work, Davide responded “I drink Coca-Cola very little.”

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A Real Cone of Silence in Washington D.C.

The Environmental Protection Agency is spending nearly $25,000 to construct a secure, soundproof communications booth in the office of Administrator Scott Pruitt, according to government contracting records.

“What you are referring to is a secured communication area in the administrator’s office so secured calls can be received and made,” EPA spokeswoman Liz Bowman said in a statement. “Federal agencies need to have one of these so that secured communications, not subject to hacking from the outside, can be held. It’s called a Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility (SCIF). This is something which a number, if not all, Cabinet offices have and EPA needs to have updated.”

It would look something like this:

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Edward Scott Pruitt (born May 9, 1968) is an American lawyer and Republican politician from the state of Oklahoma who is the fourteenth Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Nominated for the EPA position by President Donald Trump, Pruitt was confirmed by the United States Senate to lead the EPA on February 17, 2017.

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Pruitt represented Tulsa and Wagoner Counties in the Oklahoma Senate from 1998 until 2006. In 2010, Pruitt was elected Attorney General of Oklahoma. In that role, he opposed abortion rights, same-sex marriage, the Affordable Care Act, and environmental regulations as a self-described “leading advocate against the EPA’s activist agenda.” In his campaigns for Oklahoma Attorney General, Pruitt received major corporate and employee campaign contributions from the fossil fuel industry, taking in at least $215,574 between 2010 and 2014, even though he ran unopposed in the latter year. As Oklahoma’s Attorney General, Pruitt sued the Environmental Protection Agency at least 14 times regarding the agency’s actions. In 2012, Pruitt was elected as chairman of the Republican Attorneys General Association, and re-elected for a second term in February 2013.

Pruitt rejects the scientific consensus that human-caused carbon dioxide emissions are a primary contributor to climate change, and has falsely claimed there is no scientific consensus on climate change. As EPA administrator, Pruitt reversed and delayed numerous environmental rules, relaxed enforcement of existing rules, and halted the agency’s efforts to combat climate change.

From the 1960’s TV spy comedy ‘Get Smart’ the Cone of Silence. Agent 86, Maxwell Smart, always wanted to use the Cone of Silence when what he thought was sensitive information was going to be discussed with the Chief.

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Portable Cone of Silence

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Hold on to your hats. The World is suppose to end tomorrow!

End of the world on April 23?

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A slew of numerologists and other assorted nuts are predicting Monday, April 23 will be the day the world ends.

How the tin-hat brigade came to believe this day will be the end was quite a journey.

So far there are two theories: Planet X (honest) is going to slam into earth or it will be the second coming of Jesus Christ.

One of doyennes of the doomsday scenario is David Meade, however, he’s taking April 23 off the table. Think sometime between May and December is when we’ll be obliterated.

Meade — a prominent conspiracy enthusiast — is warning something called “Nibiru” is now among us.

 “The Book of Revelation states that men will approach Armageddon on horseback.

“Nibiru is here and the earth will be prepared for the next event on its calendar,” he told the Daily Express.

“That’s all in the Book of Revelation, too.”

And hopefully, you have your act together because Meade thinks the souls of the righteous will ascend to heaven. The unworthy? Well, it looks like “the pits of hell” for us.

But before the Rapture, look to seven lousy years of horror and suffering hammering the planet from one end to the other.

After that, the survivors are supposedly sailing because the Kingdom of Christ will apparently establish a 1,000-year-long reign of “peace and prosperity,” Meade claims.

“So the world isn’t ending anytime soon – in our lifetimes, anyway!” the prophet proclaimed.

Meade had previously predicted the earth would end on Sept. 23, 2017. That one was slated to be a Planet X hit job but it never materialized.

However, boffins are unconvinced.

Jonathan McDowell — an astronomer at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics — mocked Meade’s claims, calling them “a hoax.”

“I don’t know what to say except that it’s nonsense,” he told the Express. “Nibiru and other stories about wayward planets are an Internet hoax. There is no factual basis for these claims.”

This Rapture thing looks like fun.

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Today’s Pics

Mr. Jack

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Moscow

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Hong Kong

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Somewhere in Russia

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Unknown location

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Verne Troyer (Mini Me, just passed away) and Chewbacca actor Joonas Suotamo

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Empire State Building

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Dubai

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Yellow Submarine

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Gas station

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Winnipeg Jets street party

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Jets fans

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Assiniboine River in Winnipeg meltdown

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Syrian War Tunnels

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Syria ‘chemical’ attack: Douma’s warren of war tunnels revealed

A man rides a motorcycle in a tunnel in Douma, Syria, 20 April 2018