The Milky Way from Mount Teide

The video clip below was taken from Mount Teide on Tenerife, largest of the Canary Islands.  The photographer describes it as follows: This was filmed between 4th and 11th April 2011. I had the pleasure of visiting El Teide.  Spain´s highest mountain (12,198 feet/3,718 meters) is one of the best places in the world to photograph the stars and is also the location of Teide Observatory, considered to be one of the world´s best observatories. The goal was to capture the beautiful Milky Way galaxy along with one of the most amazing mountains I know, El Teide. I have to

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English-isms, translated

Received via e-mail: As a British-Colonial expatriate, allow me to assure you, this is more accurate than most Brits would like to admit!  Miss D., having read it, sighs, and says she now understands why she sometimes doesn’t understand me . . . Peter

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Doofus Of The Day #594

Today’s award goes to an inebriated motorist in Washington state.  The Seattle Times reports: Police discovered that the owner had reported his car stolen because he did not want his buddy, whom he believed to be inebriated, driving the Audi. How reporting the car stolen would prevent his friend from taking the wheel is not clear. But the “victim” was right about his buddy’s  condition, according to Seattle police. The 911 caller was arrested on suspicion of making a false police report. The 911 caller’s buddy was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence. There’s more at the link.

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Doofus Of The Day #593

Today’s award goes to the government of Miami-Dade County in Florida.  Autoblog reports: Have you ever bought a brand new cars only to forget where you put it? How about 300 of them? Probably not – unless you’re Miami-Dade County, which was recently reunited with 298 vehicles it bought brand new between 2006 and 2007. The county “discovered” this fleet of no-mileage vehicles after reading about them in a Spanish-language newspaper there (see the source for more images). Most of the misplaced motorcade is made up of Toyota Prius hybrids whose warranties either expired with very few miles on the

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The Los Angeles riots: 20 years later

I’m sure many readers remember the Los Angeles riots of 1992, including the infamous Reginald Denny incident, which was featured on TV news reports all over the world.  (I watched it in South Africa, and remember thinking that LA was getting more and more like some parts of South Africa in terms of civil unrest!)  They began on April 29th, 20 years ago tomorrow (Sunday). I’ve read a number of reports of what it was like to be in the middle of those riots.  Perhaps the most graphic account (although some have questioned its veracity in parts) was recently republished

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The lost world

That’s the title given to this video of Kauai, fourth largest of the Hawaiian Islands.  The creator notes: This entire film was filmed on the island of Kauai over a 9 day period. The first 3 days were spent hiking the Napali coast, a 11 mile hike along the coast. We did this for 3 days. After this we spent 2 more days exploring the island. I did this with 8 other friends. After the 5 days were up with them, they all flew back to Oahu where everyone was living, and I stayed on the island on my own

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Pictures from the past

The New York City Department of Records has announced that almost a million historic photographs of the city will be made available in an online gallery.  The Daily Mail reports: Culled from the Municipal Archives collection of more than 2.2 million images going back to the mid-1800s, the 870,000 photographs feature all manner of city oversight — from stately ports and bridges to grisly gangland killings. Workers dig in Delancey Street on New York’s Lower East Side, July 29, 1908 The project was four years in the making, part of the department’s mission to make city records accessible to everyone,

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“Confessions of a mechanic”

That’s the title of an article in the Brisbane Times of Australia.  It contains a number of weird and funny episodes in an auto mechanic’s experience.  Here’s one to whet your appetite. After having an accident on the way to work, a mechanic had to call in a favor with his colleagues. A witness had seen the incident and reported it to police, citing the vehicle’s registration number. The rego was traced to the mechanic’s business and within an hour the police had shown up with a few questions. In the meantime the mechanic and his mates had ripped the

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