I’m not afraid of tomorrow

Noah’s Ark : Everything I need to know, I learned from Noah’s Ark .

ONE : Don’t miss the boat.
TWO
: Remember that we are all in the same boat!
THREE
: Plan ahead. It wasn’t raining when Noah built the Ark .
FOUR
: Stay fit. When you’re 60 years old, someone may ask you to do something really big.
FIVE
: Don’t listen to critics; just get on with the job that needs to be done.
SIX:
Build your future on high ground.
SEVEN
: For safety’s sake, travel in pairs.
EIGHT
: Speed isn’t always an advantage. The snails were on board with the cheetahs.
NINE
: When you’re stressed, float awhile.
TEN
: Remember, the Ark was built by amateurs; the Titanic by professionals.
ELEVEN
: No matter the storm, when you are with God, there’s always a rainbow waiting.

Buddhist Temple Built with 1.5M Recycled Beer Bottles

Buddhist Temple Built with 1.5M Recycled Beer Bottles

Built using more than a million beer bottles, this incredible temple in the north-east of Thailand is a novel way to recycle any empties. The resident Buddhist monks at the Wat Pa Maha Chedi Kaew complex encourage local authorities to deposit any used bottles at the temple which they then use to build new structures. Having already built the a temple and even shelters, the monks who live in the town of Khun Han really have got into the spirit of recycling.

Buddhist Temple Built with 1.5M Recycled Beer Bottles

Buddhist temple Glass houses: There are 20 buildings made of bottles in the complex
Sometimes known as Wat Lan Kuad, or Temple Of A Million Bottles, the temple uses the discarded bottles to construct everything from the crematorium to the toilets. Altogether there are about 1.5million recycled bottles in the temple, and the monks at there are intending to recycling even more. ‘The more bottles we get, the more buildings we make,’ says Abbot San Kataboonyo.Buddhist temple

Buddhist Temple Built with 1.5M Recycled Beer Bottles

Buddhist temple Room with an interior view: The visitors’ toilets are a unique spectacle
‘They kept this up until they had nearly one million recycled bottles ready to construct their pagodas and temple. ‘Even though drinking is a sin in Buddhism, this still seems like a positive use of beer and lager bottles.’ Representing the cleansing of the human mind, the beer-bottle-temple is now on an approved list of eco-friendly sightseeing tours in South-East Asia.

Buddhist Temple Built with 1.5M Recycled Beer Bottles

Buddhist Temple Built with 1.5M Recycled Beer Bottles

Buddhist Temple Built with 1.5M Recycled Beer Bottles

Buddhist Temple Built with 1.5M Recycled Beer Bottles

Buddhist Temple Built with 1.5M Recycled Beer Bottles

Buddhist Temple Built with 1.5M Recycled Beer Bottles

Buddhist Temple Built with 1.5M Recycled Beer Bottles

Buddhist Temple Built with 1.5M Recycled Beer Bottles

Buddhist Temple Built with 1.5M Recycled Beer Bottles

Buddhist Temple Built with 1.5M Recycled Beer Bottles

Buddhist Temple Built with 1.5M Recycled Beer Bottles

Buddhist Temple Built with 1.5M Recycled Beer Bottles

Buddhist Temple Built with 1.5M Recycled Beer Bottles

Buddhist Temple Built with 1.5M Recycled Beer Bottles

Buddhist Temple Built with 1.5M Recycled Beer Bottles

Buddhist Temple Built with 1.5M Recycled Beer Bottles

Buddhist Temple Built with 1.5M Recycled Beer Bottles

Buddhist Temple Built with 1.5M Recycled Beer Bottles

Buddhist Temple Built with 1.5M Recycled Beer Bottles

OLD PHONES

The Reis Receiver (developed before A.G. Bell invented the telephone)

Some of the telephones in my personal collection

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The Reis Transmitter 1862-1872

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Paramount Collections Eiffel Tower 1892 Reproduction Decorator Phone
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Paramount Collections American Eagle 1911S Reproduction Phone
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Paramount Antique Wall 1903 Reproduction Phone

(Model # ANTIQUE-WALL)

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The McDonough Transmitter
The McDonough Transmitter
THE GALLOWS TELEPHONE The Gallows Model
THE CENTENNIAL TRANSMITTER \ THE CENTENNIAL MODEL
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Tobacco Pipe

 

5 Parts of a Tobacco Pipe

A pipe is a very simple tool used to hold burning tobacco. The smoke released from the burning tobacco is then drawn through a small tube and into the pipe smokers mouth. As simple as a pipe seams there is an incredible amount of skill that goes into making a finely crafted pipe. The Indians of North and South America over the course of a thousand years were only able to craft crude pipes made out of stone or clay. However, the European craftsmen were able to perfect the art of pipes in only a couple of centuries. Below you will find a diagram of a pipe and the 5 different parts that make up a pipe.

  1. Bowl – This is where the tobacco is burned
  2. Shank – Generally part of the bowl is used to neck the pipe down.
  3. Stem – Stem fits tightly into the shank via a mortise and tenon joint
  4. Lip – Raise ring around the Stem
  5. Filter – Generally a metal piece attached to the Stem
Tobacco Pipe Parts

Once a pipe is assembled, filled, and lit the smoke travels from the bottom of the bowl, through the shank, around the filter, through the stem, and into the mouth. The lip provides the mechanism to keep the stem from slipping from the mouth. The total design of the modern day pipe comes from years of trial and error and experimentation.

Tobacco Pipe Materials

Briar Pipe

Briar Tobacco Pipe

The Briar pipe is always the first choice of any pipe smoker. Briar comes from a tough little tree called Erica Arborea, which is a member of the heather family. It grows no more than 20 feet high, and would never be thought of as a premier pipe material. The burl, which pipes are made from, is found just under the ground. It’s not tree trunk nor roots, it’s actually the meeting place for the two.

Today nearly 30,000,000 tobacco pipes are manufactured across the world and the Briar Pipe is in reach of nearly every pipe smokers’ wallet. Ebay is an excellent place to find a great deal on a briar pipe, so check out their huge selection.

Meerschaum Pipe

Meerschaum Pipe

Meerschaum is a mineral that comes primarily from Turkey. This material is soft and easily shaped but wasn’t used as a pipe material until the discovery of tobacco. Its scientific chemical name is hydrous magnesium silicate and is thought to be remnants of prehistoric sea shells. Once the pipes are carved they must be dried and polished. Meerschaum’s are renowned for the cool, mellow smoke, and remain very popular today. Meerschaum pipes have quite a long break-in period, but the smoker is rewarded with a beautiful autumn brown pipe and a full ripe quality and flavor.

Corn Cob Pipe – Did you know that a small town in Missouri pumps out 15,000,000 corn cob pipes a year? The corn cob pipe industry has been supporting farmers since 1969. Farmers can sell the corn kernels then hand over the cobs to the pipe makers. The corn cob pipe is a great starter pipe since they are readily available and extremely cheap. Most pipe smokers prefer corn cob pipes only to the coveted Briar Pipe.

Corn Cob Pipe
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EVOLUTION OF ENGLISH CLAY TOBACCO PIPES, 1580-1860
(Source: Ivor Noël Hume, Artifacts of Colonial America, 1985:303)

 

30 PIPES SET OF FAMOUS PEOPLE
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  • 30 PIPES SET OF FAMOUS PEOPLE
  • 30 PIPES SET OF FAMOUS PEOPLE
  • 30 PIPES SET OF FAMOUS PEOPLE
  • 30 PIPES SET OF FAMOUS PEOPLE
  • 30 PIPES SET OF FAMOUS PEOPLE
  • 30 PIPES SET OF FAMOUS PEOPLE
  • 30 PIPES SET OF FAMOUS PEOPLE
  • 30 PIPES SET OF FAMOUS PEOPLE
  • 30 PIPES SET OF FAMOUS PEOPLE
  • 30 PIPES SET OF FAMOUS PEOPLE
30 PIPES SET OF FAMOUS PEOPLE
The collection is composed of 30 pipe designs which where adored by famous smokers.
The International Unique Collections – always choosing among the most original and successful collections worldwide – present “The Thirty Pipes set of Famous people”.
30 pipe designs which where adored by famous smokers. They belong to the following well-known personalities:
1. Sigmund Freud
2. Sherlock Holmes
3. Albert Einstein
4. Greta Garbo
5. Jack Lemmon
6. Anthony Hopkins
7. Pablo Picasso
8. Ernest Hemingway
9. Neil Armstrong
10. Clark Gable
11. Joseph Rudyard Kipling
12. Roald Amundsen
13. Vincent Van Gogh
14. Cary Grant
15. James Joyce
16. Gerald Ford
17. Douglas Mac Arthur ουρ
18. Graham Bell
19. Leonardo Da Vinci
20. Bertrand Russell
21. George Simenon
22. Charles Baudelaire
23. Johann Sebastian Bach
24. Bing Crosby
25. Jerry Lee Lewis
26. Jean Paul Sartre
27. Arthur Miller
28. Isaac Newton
29. Marc Twain
30. Pablo Casals  

The collection will number only 4490 series for Greece and a Certificate of Authenticity signed by the International Unique Collections will accompany each one.
Extra gift: a wooden display-a real ornament for your house – with three shelves especially designed for the collection of pipes.

Van Gogh Smoking a Pipe (In the Manner of van Gogh), Tom Keating (1917-1984 British)  (475-2183 / BON 43552       © Bridgeman Art Library, London)  

Van Gogh Smoking a Pipe (In the Manner of van Gogh)
Tom Keating (1917-1984 British)

 

The Treachery of Images by Renee Margritte The famous pipe. How people reproached me for it! And yet, could you stuff my pipe? No, it’s just a representation, is it not? So if I had written on my picture “This is a pipe,” I’d have been lying!

The Treachery of Images by Renee Margritte

The famous pipe. How people reproached me for it! And yet, could you stuff my pipe? No, it’s just a representation, is it not? So if I had written on my picture “This is a pipe,” I’d have been lying!

Self Portrait, 1911, Maurice de Vlaminck (1876-1958 French), Oil on canvas, Musee National  d Art Moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France (1443-343 © SuperStock)

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Shown here is actor Glenn Ford, who passed away in 2006.

Albert Einstein of course…..

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Even female celebrities such as Andie McDowell. I bet she doesnt complain about the pipe smell.

President Gerald Ford

Orson Welles
Orson Welles

How can you have a list of pipe people without this pic?

How about this guy

George C Scott

Mark Twain

Cary Grant

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And the crooner Bing Crosby….. Though the Schwartz fellow is easily the more intelligent looking and handsome of the pics(I accept cash or money order Melvin).

Paul T. Spaniola 7 time world champion pipe smoker

Fred McMurray, yeah the My Three Sons guy. He didn’t just smoke a pipe for the show. In real life he was indeed an avid pipe smoker

Oh well, not exactly famous, but here is a pic of me leading my company towards battle during a Civil War reenactment in Lamoni, Iowa.

The picture Michael wanted to show:

Mr. Norman Rockwell

I first saw this painting in an art appreciation book as a Freshman in college 30 years ago. I loved it and had to have it. I tracked down the fact that it belonged to the Corchoran Gallery in NYC. I contacted them asking for a reproduction.

Ever since then it has had a prominent place wherever I lived. Whenever I caught a girlfriend looking at it I said “Study it closely and be forewarned”. One of them married me anyway…. 26 years ago.

The Pipe Smoker

The Fabulous Sartre

The Fabulous Sartre!

Marcos

Even we anarchists enjoy a good pipe! (Subcomandante Marcos of the EZLN, a figurehead of the anti-globalization movement and leader of the uprising in Chiapas. Always depicted with a pipe.)

Lt. Cmdr Data from Star Trek: The Next Generation.

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Pipes were frequently shown in this popular animation series from the late 50’s and early 60’s. Here is Bullwinkle J. Moose himself:

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(Allegedly) Barack Obama’s Father:

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Pipesmoker gone bad

Yes, Joe Stalin

Incredible thread!!! Here’s my submission, since I got here late.

Arthur Miller and Marilyn Monroe.Arthur Miller and Marilyn Monroe

images from the Pipe Club of London



Marshal Tito smoking a pipe while working at his desk-Yugoslavia-1945

The great W. Somerset Maugham:

W. Somerset Maugham relaxing at home

William Faulkner

William Faulkner
(seems like pipes and writers are a natural fit)

Anwar al Sadat ,President of Egypt(1970-81)

Hermann Goering

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Bertrand Russell

Bertrand Russell

Pipesmokers in uniform:

General George S. Patton

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Pipe-smoking actors:

Humphrey Bogart

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Pipe-smoking actors:

Gary Cooper

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Pipe-smoking actors:

Errol Flynn

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Pipe-smoking actors:

Henry Fonda

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Pipe-smoking actors:

Bob Hope

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Pipe-smoking actors:

Jack Lemmon

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Pipe-smoking actors:

Gregory Peck

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Pipe-smoking actor/govern(at)or:

Arnold Schwarzenegger (better known for his cigar)

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Top Gear's Jeremy Clarkson

Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson caused a stir when he lit a Porsche branded pipe during a show in 2007. The BBC refused to apologize.

Pipe-smoking men of letters:

John Steinbeck

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Alexander Graham Bell

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Ernesto “Che” Guevara

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Vincent van Gogh

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Philosopher Edmund Husserl

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Psychiatrist Carl Jung

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Ronald Reagan (clearly an advertisement…I don’t think he made a habit of it)

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The Prince of Wales who became the Duke of Windsor (Edward VIII)

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In an ad for Sasieni from Vanity Fair (1926)

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Post-WWII German playwright Friedrich Wolf

Composer Carl Orff

Actor Lee Van Cleef

Croatian literateur Milorad Pavić

Clark Gable

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Actor Rudolph Valentino

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A few old magazine illustrations and advertisements with pipe smokers posted at the blog of the Houndstooth Kid.

Suit ad from the Saturday Evening Post

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Illustration from Esquire

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Montgomery Ward Catalogue (1940)

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A couple more vintage magazine illustrations

At the club

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The collegiate look

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Finally, the Houndstooth Kid himself

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People Who Have Lived The Longest Life

 

10 People Who Have Lived The Longest LifeAll the art of living lies in a fine mingling of letting go and holding on. (Henry Ellis). As far as possible, I prefer to start my writing with a quotation so that my readers can gain some knowledge as well as know about some interesting quotes of renowned persons.

These are the persons who squeeze their life time experience into a single quote for the world to benefit from. Anyways, let us not deviate from the topic and that is the people who lived the longest life on earth. According to a survey, long life is attributed 10% to the genes and 90% to the habits of an individual. Although there are some other beliefs as well in the light of different religions but let us stick to the general concept. Living a long life allows one to see a whole new generation of the world when almost everything has changed. Here is the top 10 countdown

10. Kamato Hongo

10 People Who Have Lived The Longest Life

16 September 1887 – 31 October 2003 (disputed) 116 years and 45 days.
She lived in Kagoshima and celebrated her 116th birthday a month before her death. She was suffering from pneumonia. She lived with her daughter in Kagoshima and was 58 years of age when the World War II ended.

9. Carrie C.White

10 People Who Have Lived The Longest Life

18 November1874 – 14 February 1991 — 116 years 88 days.
She lived in nursing home not because she was weak and feeble but because she underwent a nervous breakdown in 1909.

8.Elizabeth Bolden

10 People Who Have Lived The Longest Life

15 August 1890 – 11 December 2006 — 116 years 118 days.
She was born in Somerville Tennessee. She had 75 great-great-great-great grand children and you can well imagine from the figure that how many grand children in total she must be having. It is really amazing. She is from United States.

7 .Tane Ikai

10 People Who Have Lived The Longest Life

18 January 1879 – 12 July 1995 — 116 years 175 days.
She belonged from Japan and outlived her daughter and her three sons. She moved to a retirement home at the age of 93 and suffered from strokes two times before her death at the age of 166 due to kidney failure.

6. Maria Esther Heredia de Capovilla

10 People Who Have Lived The Longest Life

14 September 1889 – 27 August 2006 — 116 years 347 days.
She was born in Ecuador and was the daughter of a colonel. Unlike the other in the list, she never smoked or drank hard liquor. The best part about Maria is that even at the age of 116 her health was not teetering at the brink of collapse rather she used to read newspaper, watch television and walk without the aid of a stick.

5. Marie – Louise Meilleur

10 People Who Have Lived The Longest Life

29 August 1880 – 16 April 1998 — 117 years 230 days
She was a Canadian and her death was due to a blood clot at the age of 117. Can you just imagine the age of her daughter ? yeah, she was 90 years old at that time. Some things are really hard to believe but it is a fact guys.

4. Lucy Hannah

10 People Who Have Lived The Longest Life

16 July 1875 – 21 March 1993 — 117 years 248 days
She was a American national and is the oldest African American who ever lived. Although, her family claimed her to be of 118 years of age but it was then recorded at 117 after verification.

3. Sarah Knauss

10 People Who Have Lived The Longest Life

24 September 1880 – 30 December 1999 — 119 years 97 days.
She lived in America and was born in a small coal-mining town called Hollywood. Her daughter also lived 101 years and when asked about her mother she said that her mother was a very peaceful and calm person. May be that is the reason of her long life. At the time of her death, doctors did not diagnose any illness with Sarah and said that she just simply expired. After all, we all have to go one day. This is what we all humans believe be it be any religion of the world.

2. Shigechiyo Izumi

10 People Who Have Lived The Longest Life

29 June 1865 – 21 February 1986 — 120 years 237 days
How much can you work during your lifetime? 60 may be 70 years. Ok make it 80 years for your sake. But guys, this man had a working life of 98 years. He was a Japanese national and used to drink brown sugar shochu which is an alcoholic beverage distilled from barley or rice. He said that his long life is a godsend of gods, Buddha and the sun. The most fascinating thing about this man is he took up smoking at the age of 70. He died of pneumonia.

1. Jeanne Calment

10 People Who Have Lived The Longest Life

21 February 1875 – 4 August 1997 — 122 years 164 days.
She is a French and outlived her daughter and grandson. At the age of 90 she had no living heirs and sold her apartment to a lawyer Andrea- Francois Raffray in a contingency contract. He was to pay her 2500 francs every month until her death. He paid 180,000$ to her which is the double the value of the.

EVOLUTION

Evolution, a topic which opposes well science and religion, but hey, it’s not a post to make a debate or anything else, it’s just humor.
First, we did not create these images and secondly, I warn you right away, most of them are insulting or can at least be seen as insulting to the majority of countries/continents that are represented and not just Africa…
You have to look at them to the ‘thousandth degree’ because these images use openly the worst clichés that we can have on one country or continent…

So why do we publish them, well because I think we can laugh at these pictures if we don’t take them seriously, so relax and don’t forget it’s just humoristic.
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Facts about Human Body

Scientists say the higher your I.Q. The more you dream.

Interesting Facts about Human Body (Must Read)

-The largest cell in the human body is the female egg and the smallest is the male sperm.

Interesting Facts about Human Body (Must Read)


-You use 200 muscles to take one step.

Interesting Facts about Human Body (Must Read)

-The average woman is 5 inches shorter than the average man.

Interesting Facts about Human Body (Must Read)

-Your big toes have two bones each while the rest have three.

Interesting Facts about Human Body (Must Read)

-A pair of human feet contains 250,000 sweat glands.

Interesting Facts about Human Body (Must Read)

-A full bladder is roughly the size of a soft ball.

Interesting Facts about Human Body (Must Read)

-The acid in your stomach is strong enough to dissolve razor blades.

Interesting Facts about Human Body (Must Read)

-The human brain cell can hold 5 times as much information as the Encyclopedia Britannica.

Interesting Facts about Human Body (Must Read)

-It takes the food seven seconds to get from your mouth to your stomach.

Interesting Facts about Human Body (Must Read)

-The average human dream lasts 2-3 seconds.

Interesting Facts about Human Body (Must Read)

-Men without hair on their chests are more likely to get cirrhosis of the liver than men with hair.

Interesting Facts about Human Body (Must Read)

-At the moment of conception, you spent about half an hour as a single cell.

Interesting Facts about Human Body (Must Read)

-There are about one trillion bacteria on each of your feet.

Interesting Facts about Human Body (Must Read)

-Your body gives off enough heat in 30 minutes to bring half a gallon of water to a boil.

Interesting Facts about Human Body (Must Read)

-The enamel in your teeth is the hardest substance in your body.

Interesting Facts about Human Body (Must Read)

-Your teeth start growing 6 months before you are born.

Interesting Facts about Human Body (Must Read)

-When you are looking at someone you love, your pupils dilate, and they do the same when you are looking at someone you hate.

Interesting Facts about Human Body (Must Read)

-Your thumb is the same length of your nose.

Interesting Facts about Human Body (Must Read)

At this very moment I know well you are putting this last fact to the test…
…now remove your thumb from your nose and pass this on to the friends you think might be interested in comparing their thumbs to their noses as well. 🙂