Woman named Marijuana Pepsi at birth earns PhD… she is now Dr. Marijuana Pepsi

Despite her name, Dr. Marijuana Pepsi Vandyck says that she doesn't drink Pepsi and has never tried smoking weed.

Despite her name, Dr. Marijuana Pepsi Vandyck says that she doesn’t drink Pepsi and has never tried smoking weed. Photo: Facebook via Daily Mail

Dr. Vandyck, 46, has refused to change the name her mother gave her at birth despite lifelong external pressure to do so. She has now earned her PhD in education leadership from Wisconsin’s Cardinal Stritch University. Dr. Vandyck graduated in May.

“I’ve grown into my name because I am a strong woman. I’ve had to be,” she was quoted saying in an interview with Daily Mail.

“People make such a big deal out of it, I couldn’t get away from it,” she told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, saying that teachers would relentlessly question the veracity of her name, some even insisted on calling her Mary, which she hated.

Dr. Vandyck works at a small liberal arts college in Wisconsin and lives with her husband on a small hobby farm in Illinois with pigs and chickens. She works in real estate and uses the name “MP Vandyck” on her signs to prevent teenagers from jacking her ‘For Sale’ signs. She has two conventionally-named sisters called Robin and Kimberly.

Despite her name, Dr. Vandyck says that she doesn’t drink Pepsi and has never tried smoking weed.

 

Winners Of The Greatest Photoshop Battles Ever (New Pics)

Every now and then, a photo so ambiguous emerges, it’s just begging to be featured on the subreddit r/photoshopbattles. Some of the winners below.

Man Holding Fish While Bear Stands Behind Him

Man Holding Fish While Bear Stands Behind Him

 

A Hawk Staring At The Camera

A Hawk Staring At The Camera

This Mount Fuji, Japan – Pink Valley

This Mount Fuji, Japan - Pink Valley

This Fishing Leopard

This Fishing Leopard

Cat Beard

Cat Beard

This Pissed Cat

This Pissed Cat

This Cute Retriever’s Face Perfectly Centered Behind A Decorative Cast Iron Fence

This Cute Retriever's Face Perfectly Centered Behind A Decorative Cast Iron Fence

Porcupine Walking On Its Hind Legs

Porcupine Walking On Its Hind Legs

This Security Guard Eagerly Chasing A Streaking Swimsuit Model

This Security Guard Eagerly Chasing A Streaking Swimsuit Model

This Big Dog In A Sink

This Big Dog In A Sink

Trump Sandwich.

Trump Sandwich.

Train Through a Football Stadium

Going to any sporting event to watch your favorite teams play, as opposed to staying at home and watching the live broadcast, has its perks. Stadium is all about the experience—the noise, the crowd, the shouting, the occasional disruption—it all adds to the thrill. So imagine how thrilling the experience must be for spectators watching the TJ Tatran Čierny Balog club play against visiting teams, when the game is disrupted by an old steam train chugging right through the stadium between the stands and the pitch. This municipal stadium in Čierny Balog in Slovakia is the only stadium in the world with a pair of live railway tracks cutting across it.

Čierny Balog Stadium

Čierny Balog is a large municipality, a conglomeration of thirteen villages, which was one of the centers of the anti-Nazi Slovak National Uprising during the Second World War. The historical narrow gauge railway was built in the early 1900s, originally to transport wood between Čierny Balog and Hronec. Later, the network was extended to transport wood from the forests and by the middle of the 20th century the railway had a total length of nearly 132,000 kilometers, and was the most extensive forestry railway network in Czechoslovakia.

When the railway was laid in 1914 there was no football pitch. That was built later, as the village grew. In 1982 the the railway stopped operating, but ten years later, it started running again as a heritage railway for tourists.

The Čierny Hron railway track is now 17 kilometers long.

The football stadium belongs to the local TJ Tatran Čierny Balog club. It’s a small stadium with only two stands on one side, and open on the rest. The tracks pass directly in front of the stands.

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That’s quite a lovely Jackson Pollock, isn’t it?

From the Woody Allen movie “Play It Again, Sam”.

“Allan: That’s quite a lovely Jackson Pollock, isn’t it?
Museum Girl: Yes, it is.
Allan: What does it say to you?
Museum Girl: It restates the negativeness of the universe. The hideous lonely emptiness of existence. Nothingness. The predicament of Man forced to live in a barren, Godless eternity like a tiny flame flickering in an immense void with nothing but waste, horror and degradation, forming a useless bleak straitjacket in a black absurd cosmos.
Allan: What are you doing Saturday night?
Museum Girl: Committing suicide.
Allan: What about Friday night?”

The museum girl’s glass is obviously half empty.

 

Falcons on a Plane

Falconry has been popular for many centuries around the world. Falconry is the use of Falcons to hunt other creatures. It is especially popular in the United Arab Emirates and Qatar in the Middle East.

The sport of falconry began over 5,000 years ago in Iran, and spread over the centuries to East and West. The sport was introduced to Qatar through Bedouin tribes who used the birds as a tool for hunting. They discovered that it was much easier to allow the raptors to take down birds migrating across the Arabian Peninsula than it was to shoot them down themselves. This Bedouin method of falconry set the basis for the modern version of the sport practiced in Qatar.

 

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Although, over the centuries, falconry has virtually disappeared from the European continent, the sport lives on in the Middle East. In Qatar, you can still purchase falcons in downtown Doha at falcon souqs or through private dealers. The best raptors can cost thousands of dollars and may even be issued their own Qatari passports to ensue they are not stolen or taken out of the country without the owner’s permission. Due to these elaborate methods of theft prevention, it is not uncommon for you to be seated beside a full-grown falcon when travelling on a Middle Eastern airliner.

 

In a Qatar Airways economy cabin of a flight between Baku, Azerbaijan, and Doha, Qatar, a group of Qatari men sit on the plane with their treasured birds. The men practise the art of falconry and to escape the heat of Qatar flew for a week to the cooler weathers of Azerbaijan to let the birds fly. The birds cost over US$10,000 each, have micro-chips in their legs so they can find them if they fly off and documents allowing them to travel abroad.

 

In a Qatar Airways economy cabin of a flight between Baku, Azerbaijan, and Doha, Qatar, a group of Qatari men sit on the plane with their treasured birds. The men practise the art of falconry and to escape the heat of Qatar flew for a week to the cooler weathers of Azerbaijan to let the birds fly. The birds cost over US$10,000 each, have micro-chips in their legs so they can find them if they fly off and documents allowing them to travel abroad.

 

 

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From Airport Guide Traveller:

Live animal facility

All pets travelling via Hamad International Airport enjoy the comfort of our dedicated live animal facility while they wait for their connecting or departing flights. This is a secure and climate-controlled environment that is supervised by trained animal handlers.

Collecting your pet

An airline representative in  the baggage claim area will deliver your pet to you in person. Please contact the Airline Baggage Service office near Belt 1  (map) if you need any assistance. Once you’ve collected the rest of your checked baggage please proceed to Customs where your pet’s travel documents will be inspected.

Things to remember

  • Please inform your airline well in advance to finalize travel arrangements and documentation for your pet.
  • Please make sure your pet is secured in a suitable container and has access to food and water.

Falcons

Some airlines, such as Qatar Airways, will allow your falcon to travel with you in the passenger cabin (only in Economy Class). Other airlines may accept your falcon for travel but only as checked baggage. Before starting your journey please consult your airline for guidance.

 

An amazing specimen from Kazakhstan:

 

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