Four sisters with a combined age of 389 years earn Guinness World Record

Sisters Arlowene Johnson Overskei, Marcene Johnson Scully, Doris Johnson Gaudineer and Jewell Johnson Beck earned a Guinness World Record when their combined age was verified at more than 389 years.

Sept. 26 (UPI) — A quartet of Wisconsin-native sisters with a combined age of 389 years were awarded the Guinness World Record for highest combined age of four living siblings.

Arlowene Johnson Overskei, 101; Marcene Johnson Scully, 99; Doris Johnson Gaudineer, 96; and Jewell Johnson Beck, 93, were awarded the title when Guinness World Records verified their combined age of 389 years and 197 days as of Aug. 22.

The sisters took the record from the Goebel family, who were verified as having a combined age of more than 383 years earlier this year.

“We are still living, and that’s something to celebrate,” Gaudineer told the Madison Daily Leader.

Canadian Landmark ‘Teacup Rock’ Wiped Away by Hurricane Fiona

A beloved rock formation in Canada is no more after Hurricane Fiona swept over the eastern part of the country over the weekend. According to a local media report, the natural landmark dubbed ‘Teacup Rock’ sat on the shore of Prince Edward Island’s Thunder Cove Beach and had become something of an iconic location which was photographed countless times by awestruck travelers and people celebrating milestone occasions in their life. However, the teacup-shaped chunk of sandstone was no match for the massive storm that battered the island on Saturday and when the proverbial dust finally settled, it was sadly discovered that the formation had been wiped away by the hurricane.

The demise of ‘Teacup Rock’ led to several people venturing to Thunder Cove Beach on Sunday to see the shocking sight for themselves and to mourn the loss of the landmark. One visitor observed that, in her travels, she had “seen many great things,” such as the Great Wall of China and the Giza Pyramid, but she found that the formation was “more magnificent” than those sites, since “she formed herself from nature.” This sadness was echoed by another person who regrets that future visitors to the island “will not get to experience the ‘wow’ factor of coming around the rocks through the water to see the Teacup.”

While the famous formation vanishing from the landscape is undeniably jarring, it would seem that local residents have been expecting this turn of events for the last few years due to the precarious way in which the sandstone sat upon the beach. “Every year, every fall, we think, ‘Oh it’s gonna be gone this winter,'” explained resident Katie McCrossin, “you always think it’s gonna be the ice that takes it. But Hurricane Fiona was quite the storm.” To that end, she mused that, while the disappearance of Teacup Rock was unfortunate, it was also a natural occurrence not unlike how it came to be in the first place as “the coastline is forever changing.”

Futuristic concept aircraft carriers 

Aircraft carriers have always evoked awe and amazement with their size and capabilities of launching airplanes from their giant decks.  Today the giant carriers that patrol the oceans belong to the United States Navy.  These ships displace 100,000 tons and are over a thousand feet long.  The U.S. currently has 11 of these super carriers with another under construction.  Other countries have aircraft carriers but nothing approaching the size of the American ships.

France has carriers less than half the size of the U.S. carriers.  The U.K. has carriers with a displacement of 65,000 tons.  Other than the U.K and France there a few other countries with smaller carriers.  But there are two countries with very big carriers.  Not as big as the U.S. but bigger than the U.K and French ships.  Russia has one and China has another one. 

Admiral Kuznetsov is the Russian carrier.  It displaces 65,000 tons and does limited patrolling in the Mediterranean. 

There was a second carrier of the same design that apparently has landed up in the hands of the People’s Liberation Army Navy of China,  the Varyag.

Varyag being towed in Istanbul.

Varyag was to be an Admiral Kuznetsov class multirole aircraft carrier of the Soviet Union. She was known as Riga when her keel was laid down at Shipyard 444 (now Nikolayev South) in Nikolayev December 6, 1985.  Design of the carrier was undertaken by the Nevskoye Planning and Design Bureau.  She was launched December 4, 1988, but she was renamed Varyag (Varangian) in late 1990, after the famous Russian cruiser.

Construction stopped by 1992, with the ship structurally complete but without electronics. With the dissolution of the Soviet Union, ownership was transferred to Ukraine; the ship was laid up, unmaintained, then stripped. In early 1998, she lacked engines, a rudder, and much of her operating systems, and was put up for auction.

It was purchased at auction for US$20 million by Chong Lot Travel Agency, a company widely believed to be a front for Chinese People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) Chong Lot stated that the ship would become a floating entertainment center and casino in the Chinese SAR of Macau. However, this has been proven incorrect as the ship is docked in Dalian and painted PLAN grey. The Chinese Navy has reportedly named the carrier Shi Lang and received delivery of the ship in October 2010.  Defense News and Intelligence sources claim that the ship has been refitted and will be put through Sea Trials in the summer of 2011.

Now that China is about to have an aircraft carrier in its inventory, there are some futuristic concept carrier designs showing up on-line with Chinese colours and aircraft. 

This catamaran design would be very fast in the water and allows for basically 2 carrier megastructures to be fused together.

These giant ships would be giant targets also.  The enemy would throw everything they had at the beast.  These ships would be very susceptible to U.S. cruise missiles and torpedoes.

Taking the futuristic carrier concept to a whole new level is the idea of an aircraft carrier that could fly itself.  A big nuclear powered platform that could fly at high altitude and launch fighter jets and helicopters while airborne.

These renderings show the power plants as giant fans along the sides of these leviathans.  It would be a lot of tonnage to keep in the sky for extended periods.

These giant flying ships would also be very detectable to radar and other sensors.  But maybe they would have a cloaking capability, which would allow them to pass into enemy airspace undetected and unleash the wrath of the fighter bombers zooming off the decks. 

The one below has the power fans running down the centre of the ship.  It looks like a Chinese design.

Black Dynamite

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Black Dynamite is a 2009 American blaxploitation action comedy film starring Michael Jai White, Tommy Davidson, and Salli Richardson. The film was directed by Scott Sanders and co-written by White, Sanders, and Byron Minns, who also co-stars.
The plot centers on former CIA agent Black Dynamite, who must avenge his brother’s death while cleaning the streets of a new drug that is ravaging the community. The film, which is a parody of the blaxploitation genre, had a trailer and funding even before a script was written. Black Dynamite was shot in 20 days in Super 16 format. The film was released in the United States on 16 October 2009 for only two weeks (with an ‘official’ premiere at the Toronto After Dark film festival) and was well received by critics. It was released on home video on February 16, 2010.

Some funny scenes. This movie has some side-splitting laughs.


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