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I always envisioned his arm holding a bow, but the artist for this picture shows a cloth, similar to a bull fighter. Interesting perspective.

Yeah, it's strange. The first picture in my post shows a shield and a sword, and the other shows a cloth and a club. Of course, it's too late to ask the artist(s). :whistle:

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The Abandoned City Of Pripyat, Ukraine

On April 26, 1986, during a test to see how much power was needed to keep the No. 4 reactor operating in the event of a blackout, this reactor at the Chernobyl Nuclear Station exploded causing fire, which lead in the next few days to huge damage of the building, releasing extremely dangerous amounts of radioactive chemicals into the air, which over time contaminated millions of square miles in dozens of European nations.

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Chernobyl Reactor #4 explodes

The IAEA (International Atomic Energy Agency) estimates that approximately 30 people were killed by the explosion and related radiation exposure, with several thousand additional deaths due to higher cancer incidence possible over the long term.

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Pripyat is an abandoned city located in the north of the Kyiv region of Ukraine, about 180 km from Kyiv, on the banks of the Pripyat River, 2 km from the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, not far from the border with the Republic of Belarus. The city was the closest one to Chernobyl’s #4 reactor.

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This city was home to employees of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant - one of the largest nuclear power plants of its time in Europe. It housed about 50,000 inhabitants and was ordered abandoned 36 hours after the Chernobyl #4 reactor exploded, mainly due to high levels of radiation.

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33 years later, Pripyat continues to be a ghost town, and it is estimated that radiation levels will remain deadly for at least 20,000 years.

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Do Tasmanian Devils Make Good Pets?

Tasmanian Devils can make marvelous pets and become very attached to the people they live with.

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In the wild, Tasmanian devils will allow themselves to be picked up and handled even when they are feeding. This is amazing, for most animals, even a family dog, do not like to be disturbed when eating.

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Tasmanian devils feed on any flesh and will even kill animals larger than themselves. Tasmanian devils are one to two feet long with a foot-long tail.

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Their coat is black with white patches at the throat. The devils are thought to exist only in Tasmania, though at one time they were residents of Australia, until they went extinct there.

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An owner that kept and bred these animals as pets says that they are extremely affectionate.

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A Tasmanian farmer had a devil that he used to take with him wherever he went, even into the city. He kept it on a leash as though it was a dog.

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Per "official" list of Tasmanian Devil prey: "Eats aardvarks, ants, bears, boars, cats, bats, dogs, hogs, elephants, antelopes, pheasants, ferrets, giraffes, gazelles, stoats, goats, shoats, ostriches, lions, jackals, muskrats, minks, dingoes, zebras, foxes, boxes, octopus, penguins, people, warthogs, yaks, gnus, newts, walrus, wildebeests....and especially RABBITS!"

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Per "official" list of Tasmanian Devil prey: "Eats aardvarks, ants, bears, boars, cats, bats, dogs, hogs, elephants, antelopes, pheasants, ferrets, giraffes, gazelles, stoats, goats, shoats, ostriches, lions, jackals, muskrats, minks, dingoes, zebras, foxes, boxes, octopus, penguins, people, warthogs, yaks, gnus, newts, walrus, wildebeests....and especially RABBITS!"

Hence, "Tasmanian devils feed on any flesh and will even kill animals larger than themselves."

In other words: If it moves, it qualifies as a snack. :hugegrin:

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Whittier, Alaska

Whittier, Alaska, is a sleepy town on the west side of Prince William Sound, tucked between picturesque mountains. But if you're picturing a small huddle of houses, think again.

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Instead, on the edge of town, there stands a 14-story building called Begich Towers — a former Army barracks, resembling an aging hotel, where most of the town's 200 residents live.

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Begich Tower apartment living room

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Begich Tower clinic

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Begich Tower convenience store

An impossibly long, single-lane tunnel is your only way into Whittier, and your only way out. Make it to the other end of those dimly lit miles, and you'll find all the ingredients of a city. Except instead of a sprawling, urban center, this town has been scaled to fit almost entirely into one lonely Alaskan tower.

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The two-and-a-half mile-long tunnel leading into Whittier is never that crowded—it physically can't be. At about 16 feet wide, it can only accommodate traffic flowing in one direction at a time. What it empties out into is a smattering of buildings, few of which still serve their original purpose.

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Funny Story about Whittier:
The Alaska Marine Highway, which is a ferry service, docks in Whittier in the summer. Many(~10) years ago some idiot, following his GPS, actually drove off the dock into Prince William Sound. He was furious, "Where was the Highway!!"

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Funny Story about Whittier:
The Alaska Marine Highway, which is a ferry service, docks in Whittier in the summer. Many(~10) years ago some idiot, following his GPS, actually drove off the dock into Prince William Sound. He was furious, "Where was the Highway!!"

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Bruges, Belgium

What could be more romantic and inspiring than a place that looks like a backdrop for a fairy tale? The medieval overtones of Bruges’ cobblestone streets lead to countless historical, architectural and artistic wonders.

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Market square

Marvel at ornate houses lining intricate canals, and understand why this is a favorite destination for all types of travelers.

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The whole city emanates an appreciation of the past, a love of the present, and enthusiasm for the future. Don’t miss Hof Bladelin, Groeninge Museum, Church of Our Lady, and Belfry and Market Halls.

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If you set out to design a fairy-tale medieval town, it would be hard to improve on central Bruges (Brugge in Dutch), one of Europe's best preserved cities. Picturesque cobbled lanes and dreamy canals link photogenic market squares lined with soaring towers, historical churches and lane after lane of old whitewashed almshouses.

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For many the secret is already out; during the busy summer months, you'll be sharing Bruges' magic with a constant stream of tourists in the medieval core.

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To really enjoy Bruges, stay one or two nights – day trippers miss out on the city's stunning nocturnal floodlighting – and try to visit midweek to avoid weekend crowds.

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The best times to visit are in spring, when daffodils carpet the tranquil courtyard of the historic begijnhof retreat, or outside of Christmas in winter, when you'll have the magnificent, if icy, town almost all to yourself.

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The Tree That Inspired Dr. Seuss's Story "The Lorax" Falls.

It was reported in the news yesterday that a Monterey cypress (Cupressus macrocarpa) that was thought to have inspired the Truffula trees in Dr. Seuss' "The Lorax" had fallen.

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The shaggy tree was thought to be around 100 years old, according to Tim Graham, arborist and spokesman for the San Diego Parks and Recreation Department. It lived not in Truffula Valley, but rather in the arguably less-colorful Ellen Browning Scripps Park looking out over the coast of La Jolla, California, part of San Diego. And rather than going out with a "THWACK!" at the hands of a Super Axe Hacker, this zany tree simply fell down.

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The lone Monterey cypress tree, known to locals as the "Lorax tree," was visible to Theodor Seuss Geisel, aka Dr. Seuss, from his mountaintop home in La Jolla, where he lived from 1948 until he died in 1991, according to the La Jolla website. It was at that mountain home that he wrote many of his books, including "The Lorax" (Random House), which was published in 1971.

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"The Lorax" follows a monkey-like, mustached creature trying to defend the Truffula trees from corporate greed. This "speaker of the trees" was also likely inspired by a real-life observation, in this case the long-limbed patas monkeys that Dr. Seuss saw while on safari in Kenya, according to a previous Live Science report.

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Graham told Live Science that it's unclear why the tree fell (they have a call in for the Lorax to speak for this tree). The tree was older, as far as this species goes, "but the arborist said that overall the tree was in good shape," he said.

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Pedro Martin Ureta

Love is a power that makes people do extraordinary things. And sometimes, people make sure that their love is remembered for the rest of eternity. Shah Jahan, was one such Mughal emperor who built the beautiful Taj Mahal in the loving memory of his wife: and now there is this man, Pedro Martin Ureta, who planted a huge guitar-shaped forest to dedicate to his deceased wife.

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Argentine farmer Pedro Martin Ureta

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7,000 cypress and eucalyptus trees.

Pedro is a farmer who hails from Laboulaye, Argentina. The story begins when he and his now-dead wife, Graciela Yraizoz, were flying in a plane over the Pampa forests in Argentina. Graciela suggested that they should plant a guitar-shaped forest, as the guitar was her favourite instrument.

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Graciela Yraizoz

Unfortunately, in 1977, while Graciela was with their 5th child, she died due to pregnancy complications. She was merely 25 years of age. A few years after his wife's death, Mr. Ureta decided to comply with her wishes about the design of the farm. Landscapers he consulted were predictably nonplussed, so he took on the job himself. "You just put a guitar in front of you and begin to take measurements and study proportions," he says.

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As seen from up high

His giant guitar is an unusual example of what's known as land art, in which forms are built into the natural environment, said Nancy Somerville, chief executive officer of the American Society of Landscape Architects. Working tirelessly to plant and cultivate the trees, Ureta created a perfect guitar shape, complete with a star-shaped hole in the middle. Using mostly cypress trees to form the outline, Ureta used blue eucalyptus trees to accent the strings on the neck of the guitar. Easily visible from airplanes, the guitar brings joy to many who fly over the Pampas.

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The most amazing thing is that Mr. Ureta – who has a great fear of flying - has not seen his farm from the sky but only through photographs. The strength of love can make you do any impossible task. Love is indeed a great feeling which embraces our life with contentment.

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Dice

Dice must be made very carefully, so that each cube is perfectly balanced on all six sides. Otherwise, certain sides of the cube will turn up more than others.

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Today, most dice are made of plastic, either by hand or by machine. After the cube is formed, the spots are drilled into the faces of the die.

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Then each hole is filled with a drop of paint that weighs exactly the same as the plastic that was removed to make the hole. In this way, all six sides of the die remain balanced, no matter how many spots each side has.

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“Loaded” dice, those made for cheating, contain a weight of some kind inside each die, close to one of the six sides. When loaded dice are rolled, the weight helps the cubes land often on the weighted side, so the opposite faces will come up more often than they should.

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