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Thursday, July 2, 2015

THE MOST HAUNTED PRISONS IN AMERICA!

   There are several prisons located throughout the United States that are said to be the most haunted prisons in America today. Individuals who are considered to be hobbyists and those that are considered to be professionals in the area of ghost hunting often find prisons to be enticing when it comes to the opportunity to validate life after death. It is not uncommon for these investigators to capture unexplained voice phenomenon on digital audio recorders, indications of strong magnetic fields with the KII Meter, and even frightening images in pictures and video recordings. Here, I will profile 2 of the most haunted prisons in America today.



Moundsfield West Virginia Penitentiary




The Moundsfield West Virginia Penitentiary is considered to be one of the scariest prisons on Earth according to individuals who have spent any length of time in the immense structure that once served as a prison. Construction on this building started in 1866. In 1876, the prison was completed. Individuals who were ordered to stay at this particular prison had to endure many harsh conditions, including cells that were only seven feet long by five feet wide.




Inside Moundsfield Penitentiary




   Naturally, several of the inmates died while serving time at this penitentiary. Many were put to death due to the nature of their crimes. It has been estimated that nearly 85 of the men were put to death by way of hanging. This was from the opening of the establishment until the year 1949. Starting in 1951 all the way until 1959, electrocution executions were performed. Nine men were killed in this fashion. Then, luckily for many inmates, West Virginia did away with the punishment of the death penalty.








   The prison quickly became overcrowded. Emotions ran high, and rumors of haunting's began. In 1995, the prison closed its doors officially. Since then, several stories of haunting's have been told. For example, there was indoor area that was used for recreational purposes when it was impossible for inmates to go outside due to environmental conditions. This was called the "Sugar Shack". Today, several people have stated that they have seen apparitions and other unusual events occur in this particular area of this haunted prison.










   In addition to the haunting's in the "Sugar Shack", there are other events that have occurred in and around the prison that seem to be directly related to the paranormal. Strange sounds, including those that sound like distant talking and even mournful cries have been heard echoing through the building.  Many people have even stated that they feel as if they are being watched or followed by something in the shadows that linger in the corners of the Moundsfield West Virginia Penitentiary.



Alcatraz




   Alcatraz in California is considered to be not only one of the most haunted prisons in America, but also one of the scariest places on Earth in its entirety! There are even traces of actual proof that spirits reside in this prison. Many have what they claim to be ghost videos, while others have strange sounds retrieved from digital audio recorders that sound like voice. Then, of course there are what many claim are ghost pictures. This haunted prison has often been call "Hellcatraz" by various inmates, and it seems to hold a piece of hell for these inmates-even in the afterlife!





Some of Alcatraz's guests




   This prison opened its doors for the first time in 1934. It was considered to be a "Federal Prison" on what is commonly called "Alcatraz Island". The Federal Government felt as if this was an ideal location for military operations initially, and then considered it to be ideal for inmates that were serving sentences for serious crimes. Various people ranging from the Indians, to captured soldiers from other countries, and even leading Mobsters served time and even died while under the lock and key of Alcatraz.




Alcatraz Cell




   Throughout the history of this prison, several have claimed that it is haunted. There are great deals of individuals who believe that the area is actually a portal to the world of spirits. While many died here, and often felt as if this was the only escape, the spiritual activity seems to indicate that their spirits are bound to Alcatraz forever. Individuals who have researched the structure have documented some very strange and spooky sensations and experiences, ranging from full body shadows to floating lights that seem to be quite intrusive.



Alcatraz ghost



   One of the most interesting accounts of haunting's in the depths of Alcatraz, is what is believed to be a poltergeist, or a demonic haunting in which several have referred to as "The Thing". It is said that no one person is immune from this haunting. It is described as a spirit that is not only honing extreme anger, but as a spirit that is completely evil. Witnesses claim that this evil presence has immensely terrifying glowing eyes that appear to see right though the souls of a person!






Ghost picture




   In addition to this, there is a strong, negative energy that flows throughout the building and even onto the island grounds. Several have heard noises that sound like that of many men pleading and crying for help, as if they are being completely tortured and are desperate for relief. In addition to this, chains can be heard dragging along the floor and even falling abruptly out of nowhere-despite the fact that there is no reasonable explanation for this sound. In addition to this, the ghostly lighthouse often appears, shining its light-which is odd, considering the lighthouse no longer stands. This is why this haunted prison in America is considered to be one of the scariest places on the Earth today!
    Whether you are looking for haunted places to go, or simply enjoy studying history, the haunted prisons in America are quite attractive when it comes to pursuing your interests of scaring yourself!

ALL AMERICAN SOAP BOX DERBY FROM AKRON, OHIO!!







    The Soap Box Derby is a youth soapbox car racing program which has been run in the United States since 1934. World Championship finals are held each July at Derby Downs in Akron, Ohio. Cars competing in this and related events are unpowered, relying completely upon gravity to move.

History

    In the wake of the first car races, local kid auto races took place in the US at a very early stage. In 1914 the motion picture Kid Auto Races at Venice starring Charlie Chaplin was shown in the cinemas. The first All-American race was held in Dayton on August 19, 1934, after an idea by Myron Scott, a photographer for the Dayton Daily News. The following year, the race was moved to Akron because of its central location
and hilly terrain. In 1936, Akron civic leaders recognized the need for a permanent track site for the youth racing classic and, through the efforts of the Works Progress Administration (WPA)Derby Downs became a reality.
    An accident in 1935 captured the public's interest, and boosted the event's profile. A car went off the track and struck NBC's top commentator and sportscaster Graham McNamee while he was broadcasting live on the air. Despite a concussion and other injuries (which would necessitate a two-week hospital stay), McNamee described the collision to his listeners and finished his broadcast.










    Using standardized wheels with precision ball bearings, modern gravity-powered racers start at a ramp on top of a hill, attaining speeds of up to 35 miles per hour. Rally races and qualifying races in cities around the world use advanced timing systems that measure the time difference between the competing cars to the thousandth of a second to determine the winner of a heat. Each heat of a race lasts less than 30 seconds. Most races are double elimination races where a racer that loses a heat can work their way through the Challenger's Bracket in an attempt to win the overall race. The annual World Championship race in Akron, however, is a single elimination race which uses overhead photography, triggered by a timing system, to determine the winner of each heat. Approximately 500 racers compete in 2 or 3 car heats to determine a World Champion in each of six divisions.










    During its heyday in the 1950s and 1960s, when Chevrolet was a sponsor and famous TV and movie stars made guest appearances, as many as 70,000 people would gather in August to eat snow cones and cheer hundreds of youthful racer/builders (boys only in early years) ages 11–15 who were the champions of local races around the nation and from several foreign countries. In 1947, actor James Stewart was appearing in the Broadway play Harvey; in order to attend the event, he cancelled a weekend's worth of performances and refunds were issued to ticketholders. At its peak, the Derby was one of the top 5 sporting events in terms of attendance.









    Today there are broader categories that extend the age range to younger racers and permit adults to assist in construction. This is especially helpful for younger children who cannot use power tools, as well as to provide an outlet for adults.
Starting in 1993, the All-American Soap Box derby began the Rally World Championship. The Rally derby, works on a grand prix style of race where each district, 10 in all, send back a number of champions based on number of racers and races in each district.

Ultimate Speed Challenge

    The Ultimate Speed Challenge is an All American Soap Box Derby sanctioned racing format that was developed in 2004 to preserve the tradition of innovation, creativity, and craftsmanship in the design of a gravity powered racing vehicle while generating intrigue, excitement, and engaging the audience at the annual All-American Soap Box Derby competition. The goal of the event is to attract creative entries designed to reach speeds never before attainable on the historic Akron hill. The competition will consist of three timed runs (one run in each lane), down Akron’s 989’ hill. The car and team that achieve the fastest single run will be declared the winner. The timed runs are completed during the All American Soap Box Derby race week.









    In 2004, during the inaugural run of the Ultimate Speed Challenge, the fastest time was achieved by a car designed and built by the Pearson family, driven by Alicia Kimball, and utilizing high performance pneumatic tires. The time achieved on the 989' track was 27.190 seconds. Jerry Pearson returned to defend the title with driver Nicki Henry in the 2005 Ultimate Speed Challenge beating the 2004 record time and breaking the 27.00 second barrier with a 26.953 seconds elapsed time. John Wargo, from









    California, put together the 2006 Ultimate Speed Challenge winning team with driver Jenny Rodway. Jenny set a new track record of 26.934 seconds. In 2009, Derek Fitzgerald’s Zero-Error Racing team, with driver Jamie Berndt set a new track record time of 26.924 seconds. In 2010, Mark Overmyer’s Clean Sheet Racing team with wheel experts Duane Delaney and Mark Estes, and driver Jim Overmyer set the track record at 26.861 seconds in the opening heat of the opening round. Several minutes later, driver Sheri Lazowski, also of Team Clean Sheet, lowered the record to 26.844 seconds.







Scandals

    In 1973, 14 year old Jimmy Gronen of Boulder, CO was stripped of his title two days after winning the national race. Suspicions were running high even before the finals, and Gronen was actually booed by many spectators.
    The unusual dimensions of Gronen's margins of victory and heat times tipped off derby officials to illegal circumstances surrounding Gronen's racer. Subsequent X-ray examination of his car revealed an electromagnet in the nose. When activated at the starting line, the electromagnet would pull the car forward by attracting it to the steel paddle used to start the race. Gronen would activate the electromagnet by leaning his helmet against the backrest of his seat, which activated its power source. This became









very evident as Gronen's heat times progressively slowed down as the race wore on, because the electromagnet lost strength each time it was activated. Usually, heat times get faster each time a racer completes a heat. Videotape of the race also showed a suspiciously sudden lead for Gronen just a few feet after each heat began. The margin of victory for a race heat will normally be no more than 1 to 3 feet. Gronen's early heat victories were in the 20 to 30 feet range. (Aluminum insulator plates were added to the starting ramps in 1974 to render an electromagnetic system useless.) 
    Midway through the 1973 race, Derby officials also replaced Gronen's wheels after chemicals were found to be applied to the wheels' rubber. The chemicals caused the tire rubber to swell, which reduced the rolling resistance of the tire.









    In the final heat, Gronen finished narrowly ahead of Bret Yarborough. Within two days, Yarborough was declared the 1973 champion.
    Gronen's uncle and legal guardian at the time, wealthy engineer Robert Lange, was indicted for contributing to the delinquency of a minor and paid a $2,000 settlement. Lange's son, Bob Lange Jr. (and Jimmy Gronen's cousin) had won the previous 1972 Derby using a car considered to be indistinguishable from the vehicle used by Gronen. Boulder, Colorado was also banned from any future participation in the All-American Soap Box Derby.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

PARIS AIR SHOW FROM FRANCE!






    The Paris Air Show (Salon International de l'Aéronautique et de l'Espace, Paris-Le Bourget) is an international trade fair for the aerospace business. It is held at Le Bourget Airport, North Paris, France every odd year, alternating both with the Farnborough International Exhibition and Flying Display and the Internationale Luft- und Raumfahrtausstellung Berlin.  The 51st International Paris Air Show was  held from 15 to 21 June 2015 at Le Bourget Exhibition Centre a few kilometres from Paris.
    The Paris Air Show is a commercial air show, organised by the French aerospace industry's body the Groupement des Industries Françaises Aéronautiques et Spatiales (GIFAS) whose main purpose is to demonstrate military and civilian aircraft to potential customers. It is one of the most prestigious in the world; traditionally, some major sales contracts are announced during the show as part of the corporate communication of the manufacturers. All major international manufacturers, as well as the military forces of several countries, attend the Paris Air Show.



SOME SHOW FIGURES










One of the early exhibits



    In addition to industrial visitors, during the closing days of the salon, the show welcomes a large number of public visitors from France and many other European countries, when admission is not limited to visitors with industry affiliations.

History

    The Paris Air Show traces its history back to the first decade of the 20th century. In 1908 there was a section of the Paris Automobile Show dedicated to aircraft. The following year, an air show was held at the Grand Palais from September 25th to October 17th, during which 100,000 visitors turned out to see products and innovations from 380 exhibitors. There were four further shows before the First World War. The show re-started in 1919, and from 1924 it was held every two years before being interrupted again by the Second World War. It re-started again in 1946 and since 1949, has been held in every odd year.












    The air show continued to be held at the Grand Palais, and from 1949 flying demonstrations were staged at Orly Airport. In 1953, the show was relocated from the Grand Palais to Le Bourget. During the late 1960s and early 1970s, the show emerged as a powerful international rival to the Farnborough Air Show. The 1971 show featured a full scale mock-up of an Airbus A300 while the new DC-10 and Lockheed Tristar were present at the 1973 edition. Among major accidents, there were two crashes of Convair B-58 Hustler bombers, in 1961 (during aerobatics) and 1965 (during landing). The show suffered its worst accident in 1973 when a Tupolev Tu-144 crashed killing the six crew and eight people on the ground.












1973

    At the Paris Air Show on June 3, 1973, the first Tupolev Tu-144 production aircraft (registration 77102) crashed. While in the air, it undertook a violent downward manoeuvre. Trying to pull out of the subsequent dive, the plane disintegrated and crashed, destroying 15 houses and killing all six on board and eight on the ground.
The causes of this incident remain controversial. Theories included: The Tu-144 was forced to avoid a French Mirage chase plane which was attempting to photograph its canards, which were very advanced for the time, and that the French and Soviet governments colluded with each other to cover up such details; that the cause of this accident was due to changes made by the ground engineering team to the auto-stabilisation input controls prior to the second day of display flights. These changes were intended to allow the Tu-144 to outperform Concorde in the display circuit; the deliberate misinformation on the part of the Anglo-French team. The main thrust of this theory was that the Anglo-French team knew that the Soviet team were planning to steal the design plans of Concorde, and the Soviets were allegedly passed false blueprints with a flawed design.












1989

    An-225 with Buran at Le Bourget Airfield, 1989 The "38th Paris International Air and Space Show" or "1989 Paris Air Show", featured a variety of aerospace technology from NATO and Warsaw pact nations. A MiG 29 crashed during a demonstration flight with no loss of life. The then Soviet space shuttle Buran and its carrier Antonov An-225 was displayed outside of Russia at this show.











2005

    An AH-64 Apache at the 2005 Paris Air showThe 2005 show, held June 13th-19th, witnessed the return of American companies in large numbers following the downscaling of their presence in 2003 in relation to the Iraq War. Another strain in relations in 2005 was the recently launched World Trade Organisation litigation, which involved action filed by the United States against the EU member States alleging WTO-inconsistent subsidies to Airbus.
    The Airbus A380 opened the show with a flying display












2007

    The 2007 Paris Air showThe Airbus A330 MRTT tanker/transport, Antonov An-148 regional jet, Bell/Agusta BA609 tilt-trotor, Socata TBM 850 and the S4 Ehécatl unmanned aircraft were presented for the first time.

2009

    In 2009, the Show marked a hundred years of technological innovation in aeronautics and space conquest. The event was held from 15 to 21 June, at Le Bourget.



2011

The 2011 show was the 49th presentation, and hosted over 2,100 international exhibitors in 28 international pavilions. A total of 150 aircraft were on display, including the solar airplane Solar Impulse.   The show was marked by the presence for the first time of a Chinese manufacturer, COMAC; and by the arrival of three new Boeing aircraft, passenger and cargo versions of the 747-8 and 787.
A demo A380 was damaged the day before the exhibition opened and needed a replacement; while the new Airbus A400M military transport aircraft had an engine failure, but could still perform some demonstration flights  

2013

American fighter jets were not on display for the first time in more than two decades because of sequestration.










  

MAKE YOUR OWN MODGE PODGE!!!


DIY: Decoupage







Here's a great way to save some money on your craft addictions; make you own Decoupage! And it really works plus it's easy to do.

You need....


A jar
Elmers Glue
Water


Empty the glue into a jar. My jar is just an old Salsa Bottle.


Add Water. You need it to be 50% glue and 50% water.


Shake shake shake





And you are done!!
I know it works because i used it to paste this paper label onto the jar :)
It could make a great gift for your crafting buddies




Tuesday, June 30, 2015

HOLIDAYS TO CELEBRATE IN JULY!











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    When you think of July holidays, Independence Day is probably the first that comes to mind. There are a lot of holidays in July; here is a list of observances to celebrate each day this month - and, of course, ideas for clebrating them.





July 1: Zip Code Day - Honor this holiday by memorizing the zip codes for all the neighboring cities.
July 2: I Forgot Day - Today you don't need an excuse; just say, "Sorry - I forgot."

July 3: Compliment Your Mirror Day - Take a good look in the mirror and compliment the person you see on the other side.

July 4: Independence from Meat Day - No, it's not just Independence Day on the 4th of July; it's also Independence from Meat Day!

July 6: Take Your Webmaster to Lunch Day - I wonder who made up this holiday...?








July 7: Chocolate Day - Finally, it's here! You can eat all the chocolate you want - for the whole day - without the guilt.

July 8: SCUD Day (Savor the Comic, Unplug the Drama) - Sounds like a scuddy holiday.

July 9: Martyrdom of the Bab - I was curious who the Bab was, so I looked it up. No wonder I didn't know what it was; Martyrdom of the Bab is a Baha'i holiday. Silly me.

July 10: Don't Step on a Bee Day - Every day should be don't step on a bee day. I've done it. It hurts.

July 11: World Population Day - You make up less than a billionth of the world population. Don't you feel special?






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July 12: International Town Criers Day - I bet you didn't know the town crier had a day of his own, did you?

July 13: Embrace Your Geekness Day - Come on, we all have an inner geekness. Embrace it!

July 15: Gummi Worm Day - Mmm...another excuse to celebrate sugar!

July 16: Hot Dog Night - How will you celebrate Hot Dog Night 2010?






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July 17: Yellow Pig Day - If you can't find a yellow pig, just paint one yellow. I'm sure no one will notice.
July 18: National Ice Cream Day - Have it any way you want.

July 19: National Get Out of the Dog House Day - What were you doing in there, anyway?

July 20: National Lollipop Day - Jeez, whoever makes up the national holidays sure likes his or her sugar! I won't complain, though.

July 21: Legal Drinking Age Day - Hmm, I wonder what you're going to do on Legal Drinking Age Day?




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July 22: Rat-catchers Day - What would we do without them??

July 23: Gorgeous Grandma Day - To celebrate all you hot grandmas out there!

July 24: Tell an Old Joke Day - Tell everyone you see the oldest, moldiest joke you've got.

July 25: Thread the Needle Day - Apparently this is a game, but I've never played it.

July 26: One Voice - You've only got one voice, so be sure to use it.








July 27: Take Your Houseplant for a Walk Day - What?? You've never taken your houseplant for a walk? No wonder it's getting so big.

July 28: National Milk Chocolate Day - Wow, are there really two days in a month dedicated to chocolate?!

July 29: Rain Day - I wonder if it always rains on July 29th...




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July 30: Cheesecake Day - This is my favorite, so make sure you don't forget to celebrate Cheesecake Day.