Unique ‘Jetsons’ house for sale in Oklahoma

Unique 'Jetsons' house for sale in Oklahoma

A house for sale in Tulsa, Okla., is drawing attention online due to its resemblance to the saucer-shaped house from “The Jetsons.”

June 29 (UPI) — An unusual house for sale in Oklahoma is drawing attention online due to its resemblance to the titular family’s domicile from classic cartoon series The Jetsons.

Nancy Davis Vandenhende of Halloran Home Team – eXp Realty, who showed the unusual Tulsa home in a popular TikTok video, said the house features its own elevator that takes residents and visitors up to the saucer-shaped main floor of the house.

The home features windows on all sides and features a “breathtaking view of the Tulsa Skyline,” the listing states.

“It reminds me of The Jetsons. Views from every turn,” Vandenhende told KOKI-TV.

The two-bedroom, three-bathroom home was built in 2005. The current asking price is $415,000.

Two different perspectives on the Hereafter 


60 Minutes recently did a story on the monks and monasteries of Mount Athos in Greece.  Mount Athos is a mountain and peninsula in Macedonia, Greece. A World Heritage Site, it is home to 20 Eastern Orthodox monasteries and forms a self-governed monastic state within the sovereignty of the Hellenic Republic.  It is an amazing place with huge monasteries and breath-taking landscapes.  The architecture is intrinsically beautiful.  Art is everywhere.

The Monks live very simple lives: no electricity, telephones, computers or even radios.  They work hard making cheese and other foods.  They are also artisans and woodworkers, sculptors and artists.

And they mainly pray.  They pray all day long, continuously.  When asked by the 60 Minutes journalist Bob Simon why they pray so much, the Monks stated they are preparing for the next life after death when they will come face to face with Jesus. 

These men give up everything to prepare for death.  A death that their faith assures them will be in heaven in communion with Jesus Christ and the Christian God. To them the ultimate reality is not the here and now.  But the future, after death.

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One of the greatest physicists of the modern world takes a different approach and understanding.

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A belief that heaven or an afterlife awaits us is a “fairy story” for people afraid of death, Stephen Hawking has said.

 In a dismissal that underlines his firm rejection of religious comforts, Britain’s most eminent scientist who passed away in 2018 said there was nothing beyond the moment when the brain flickers for the final time.

 Hawking, who was diagnosed with motor neurone disease at the age of 21, shared his thoughts on death, human purpose and our chance existence in an exclusive interview with the Guardian back in 2013.

The incurable illness was expected to kill Hawking within a few years of its symptoms arising, an outlook that turned the young scientist to Wagner, but ultimately led him to enjoy life more, he has said, despite the cloud hanging over his future.

“I have lived with the prospect of an early death for the last 49 years. I’m not afraid of death, but I’m in no hurry to die. I have so much I want to do first,” he said.

“I regard the brain as a computer which will stop working when its components fail. There is no heaven or afterlife for broken down computers; that is a fairy story for people afraid of the dark,” he added.

Hawking’s latest comments go beyond those laid out in his 2010 book, The Grand Design, in which he asserted that there is no need for a creator to explain the existence of the universe. The book provoked a backlash from some religious leaders, including the chief rabbi, Lord Sacks, who accused Hawking of committing an “elementary fallacy” of logic.

The physicist’s remarks draw a stark line between the use of God as a metaphor and the belief in an omniscient creator whose hands guide the workings of the cosmos.

In his bestselling 1988 book, A Brief History of Time, Hawking drew on the device so beloved of Einstein, when he described what it would mean for scientists to develop a “theory of everything” – a set of equations that described every particle and force in the entire universe. “It would be the ultimate triumph of human reason – for then we should know the mind of God,” he wrote.

The book sold a reported 9 million copies and propelled the physicist to instant stardom. His fame has led to guest roles in The Simpsons, Star Trek: The Next Generation and Red Dwarf. One of his greatest achievements in physics is a theory that describes how black holes emit radiation.

In the interview, Hawking rejected the notion of life beyond death and emphasised the need to fulfil our potential on Earth by making good use of our lives. In answer to a question on how we should live, he said, simply: “We should seek the greatest value of our action.”

In answering another, he wrote of the beauty of science, such as the exquisite double helix of DNA in biology, or the fundamental equations of physics.

Hawking suggested that with modern space-based instruments, such as the European Space Agency’s Planck mission, it may be possible to spot ancient fingerprints in the light left over from the earliest moments of the universe and work out how our own place in space came to be.

So here we are. What should we do?

We should seek the greatest value of our action.

The Monks are preparing for the next life.  That is the ultimate and greatest reward for their actions.  Stephen Hawking is living in the here and now.  The only true reality that we really do experience according to Hawking, the infinite moment as the Zen say.   And Hawking is seeking the greatest value of his actions in this immediate moment. 

Odd and Creepy Old Photos

‘Child with a Hand Grenade, Central Park’, 1962

Barney at one of my birthday parties in the 90s.

Scarecrows playing football, 1976

Dripping Dolls Heads in a Factory, Photographed by Merlyn Severn, 1947

Taking Tea with Mummy: the Mummies of Venzone, Italy, Photographed in 1950

Alice and the Dormouse, Photographed by Ernest Barraud, 1887

Halloween Masks, New York, 1960s, Photographed by Arthur Tress

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In 1970, a teenage stowaway named Keith Sapsford fell to his death from an airplane.

On February 22, 1970, an Australian teen named Keith Sapsford snuck onto the tarmac at Sydney Airport and hid inside a Tokyo-bound plane. It was the last decision he ever made. [disaster]

The Snake Woman Saite Layton, Cole Bros. Circus, 1947

The Kamloops Indian Residential School ran by the Catholic Church (1937)

Three French circus performers from around 1900-1930

The Catholic Church with the Nazi Third Reich

New Year in a psychiatric hospital, Moscow, 1988. Photographer: Pavel Krivtsov

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Man walks 3.4 miles while balancing a guitar on his chin

What people won’t do!

June 28 (UPI) — An Idaho man broke a Guinness World Record by walking 3.4 miles while balancing a guitar on his chin.

David Rush, who has broken nearly 250 Guinness World Records to promote STEM education, said it took him 1 hour and 7 minutes to break the record for greatest distance traveled while balancing a guitar on the chin.

Rush walked 13 laps around a track — a total 3.4 miles — before the guitar fell. The total was enough to claim the record.

Rush said he has to “fight a light breeze” during his walk, and afterward he found himself so dizzy and sore he had to lie down on the ground for a time to recover.

Meet Mr. Happy Face, the World’s Ugliest Dog with the ‘sweetest soul’

A Chihuahua-Chinese crested mix, rescued from neglect and hoarding, takes home top prize at annual contest.

Mr. Happy Face won the World’s Ugliest Dog Competition in Petaluma, Calif., on June 24. (Josh Edelson/AFP/Getty Images)

When Jeneda Benally registered Mr. Happy Face for the World’s Ugliest Dog contest, she didn’t think he could possibly win because he’s “too beautiful.”

But the rescued 17-year-old Chihuahua-Chinese crested mix with a protruding tongue, tilted head and white mohawk came out on top.

“I describe Mr. Happy Face as having the ears of a bat, the tufted hair like Robert Smith from The Cure, a tongue longer than Gene Simmons quite possibly, a snarl just as cool as Billy Idol, and he’s got eyes that are filled with so much love.”

The idea is to promote adoption and rescue, especially for pooches that might otherwise be overlooked. The winner gets a $1,500 US ($1,930 Cdn) prize and a trip to New York City to appear on the Today show.

“Many of the contestant dogs have been rescued from shelters and puppy mills, to find loving homes in the hands of those willing to adopt,” the organizers wrote.

A woman with clear pinkish sunglasses, smiling with mouth agape, holds up a small dog in her hands. He's a gray Chihuahua-Chinese crested mix with a bald body and a tuft of mohawk-style white hair on his head. His his is titled to one side, and his pink tongue is producing from his wrinkly black lips. The way he's being held shows his pink, bald belly.
Jeneda Benally holds up Mr. Happy Face as she reacts to the news that he’d been crowned World’s Ugliest Dog. (Josh Edelson/AFP/Getty Images)

Mr. Happy Face exemplifies that mission perfectly.

“He’s getting a lot of extra attention, and I think that’s pretty fabulous for him. I mean, considering that when I adopted him from the shelter just 10 months ago, he was considered to be probably the most unadoptable dog there,” Benally said.

That’s not just because of his unusual esthetic. He also has tumours and neurological issues that require lifelong medicine and medical care.

Three people in sunglasses stand side by side holding small, wrinkly dogs.

Benally, centre, holds up Mr. Happy Face. On the right is Ann Lewis of Coos Bay, Ore., with her dog Wild Thing, the second-place winner of the World’s Ugliest Dog contest. On the left is Scotch Haley of Pleasant Hill, Calif., with his dog Monkey, the third place winner. (D. Ross Cameron/The Associated Press)

As a survivor of neglect and hoarding, he’s also got some psychological wounds.

“When I adopted him, he was afraid of human touch,” Benally said. “It took three months until I was allowed to touch Mr. Happy Face’s face.”

Benally says that when she adopted Mr. Happy Face, she was told he only had an estimated six weeks to live at the most. She took him home anyway, hoping to provide some love and comfort in his final days.

Ten months later, he’s going strong.

“So it definitely shows what love and caring and nurturing can do to someone’s life,” she said.

A woman in pinkish orange sunglasses, jeans, and a T-shirt that reads 'Old dogs rock,' smiles and squats on stage next to a small Chihuahua-Chinese crested dog mix with a bald gray body, a white tuft of hair, a head that tilts sideways, and a pick tongue that protrudes from the side of his wrinkly mouth.

Benally on stage with Mr. Happy Face on stage during the World’s Ugliest Dog competition. (Josh Edelson/AFP/Getty Images)

Nowadays, Benally says Mr. Happy Face is thriving and spreading joy wherever he goes. She’s a musician and plans to take the pooch on tour with her this summer, and host meet and greets with him before and after each show. She’s also hoping to set up some visitations with children’s hospitals.

“Even though I named him Mr. Happy Face because I thought his face was happy, I have seen the joy and the happiness, the smiles, that he brings to other people’s faces,” she said.

“So I kind of feel like, well, maybe I named him because it’s the effect that he has on people. And maybe I just didn’t know that yet.”

Benally supports the contest’s mission to promote adoption. As a Navajo woman, she says she wants to use Mr. Happy Face’s newfound fame to promote organizations that help “rez dogs” — stray dogs that live in First Nations or Native American reservations — including the Blackhat Humane Society, Mountain Girl Rescue and the Tuba City Humane Society.

After all, she says doing something kind is the best way to honour Mr. Happy Face — a dog who, despite his “Ugliest” title, brings beauty to the world.

“He is the sweetest soul that one could ever hope to encounter in their life,” she said.

Florida nabs largest python ever found in state

The giant snake

Her last meal was an entire white-tailed deer, and she was on her way to a rendezvous with a male snake when the largest python ever found in Florida met her demise.

Weighing in at 215lbs (98kg) and nearly 18ft long (5m), the female Burmese python was caught after researchers used a male “scout” to find her.

She wrestled with biologists for 20 minutes before she was “subdued”, they said Wednesday.

Pythons have become pests in Florida as invasive snakes with no major predators,  out-competing native species.

The serpents have been periodically found in the state since irresponsible pet owners released or allowed pet pythons to escape years ago, with many then going on to thrive in Florida’s subtropical climate.

The record-setting Burmese female killed by researchers from the Conservancy of Southwest Florida was about the height of a giraffe if stretched out vertically, according to state biologist Ian Bartoszek.

She had been slithering around the Florida Everglades forest when biologists, using a male python named Dionysus outfitted with a radio transmitter, found her.

He stopped at a spot in the western part of the forest. “We knew he was there for a reason, and the team found him with the largest female we have seen to date,” Mr Bartoszek said. She was also discovered to have been pregnant with an astonishing 122 eggs.

The largest male ever found there was 16ft and 140lbs.

It is estimated that she was up to 20 years old when caught.

Researchers have been hunting pythons in Florida for over 10 years in an effort to protect native species in the region’s ecosystem.

Since being established in 2013, the Conservancy of Southwest Florida’s python programme has removed over 1,000 pythons from around 100 sq miles in southwest Florida.

Florida also runs an annual contest asking the public for help with hunting pythons. The “Python Challenge” will run from 5 to 14 August and is expected to draw around 600 participants from 25 different states.

Prizes include $2,500 (£2,050) for most snakes captured, and $1,500 for the longest snake caught.

Last year’s winner captured 223 pythons, while the longest snake was 15 feet long. All snakes must be killed humanely.

BBC

Thomas Barbey: Photo Manipulation Artist before Photoshop

Thomas Barbèy grew up in Geneva, Switzerland, across the street from the “Caran D’ache” factory, the largest manufacturer of art supplies. He started drawing seriously at the age of 13, using black “encre de Chine” and gouaches for color. His influences were Philippe Druillet, Roger Dean and H.R. Giger.

After living in Geneva for 17 years and designing posters for musical bands, he decided to move to Italy. Thomas lived in Milan for 15 years making a living as a successful recording artist, lyricist and fashion photographer. Today, he resides in Las Vegas and travels the world, taking his camera wherever he goes.

Thomas has been a photographer for over twenty years now and prefers to use his old Canon AE1s when he shoots in 35mm or his RB67 when he shoots in medium format. More recently, he has been doing Black and White Photomontages for the sole purpose of doing Fine Art, without working for a specific client.

He’s combined several images taken over a period of twenty years to create surreal situations with the help of the enlarger in a dark room. His work has a specific style and is very characteristic. He only works with Black and White, including Sepia toning at times. Thomas exhibits in galleries throughout the world and is included in many private collections. 

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Animated Art

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The Graphics Interchange Format (better known by its acronym GIF) is a bitmap image format that was introduced by CompuServe in 1987 and has since come into widespread usage on the World Wide Web due to its wide support and portability.

The format supports up to 8 bits per pixel for each image, allowing a single image to reference its own palette of up to 256 different colors chosen from the 24-bit RGB color space. It also supports animations and allows a separate palette of up to 256 colors for each frame. These palette limitations make the GIF format less suitable for reproducing color photographs and other images with continuous color, but it is well-suited for simpler images such as graphics or logos with solid areas of color.

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Toddler helps his twin brother who is in trouble  

A two-year-old boy in Utah is being hailed as a hero after he somehow summoned the strength to move a dresser that had toppled over and trapped his twin brother.

The incredible incident occurred last week when the two rambunctious toddlers, Bodie and Brock Shoff, were climbing on top of the set of drawers and their combined weight caused it to fall to the floor.

In the process, Brock became dangerously wedged under the dresser, much to the consternation of his brother Bodie.

Rather than run and get help, the level-headed youngster simply regains his bearings from the fall, assesses the situation, and then sets about rescuing his brother.

Although the first few attempts prove futile, eventually Bodie seems to muster a miraculous level of force and actually moves the dresser from atop the struggling Brock, allowing him to squirrel out from the predicament.

Amazingly, the boys’ parents were completely unaware of what had happened until they spotted the downed dresser on the nanny cam monitor and rushed into the room.

Initially uneasy about sharing the video with the world, the Shoff’s ultimately concluded that the frightening scene should be seen so that other parents could be more aware of such dangers in the home.

Fortunately, in this instance, young Brock was up and running moments after being freed from the dresser, seemingly no worse for wear from the jaw-dropping misadventure.