Amazing Photos

•May 24, 2015 • 1 Comment

Brinicle
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Brinicles are the underwater equivalent of icicles. They form beneath ice when a flow of saline water is introduced to ocean water.

Volcanic lightning
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Volcanic plumes produce immense amounts of electrical charge and static. In rare cases, this can spark a violent lightning storm.

Sprites, Elves and Blue Jets
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These colourful shapes are the result of electrical discharges in the atmosphere.

White rainbows
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These rainbows form in fog, rather than rain. The condensation reflects little light, and as a result, the rainbow is made up of very weak colors like white rather than the vibrant colors of a traditional rainbow.

Fire Whirls
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Fire whirls are whirlwinds of flame. They occur when intense heat and turbulent wind conditions combine.

Catatumbo Lightning
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At the mouth of the Catatumbo River in Venezuela, a very unique mass of storm clouds swirl, creating the rare spectacle known as Catatumbo lightning. The storm occurs up to 160 nights a year, 10 hours per day and 280 times an hour.

Moonbow
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Moonbows are rainbows produced by light reflected off the surface of the moon, rather than the sun. Due to the small amount of light reflected off the moon, moonbows are quite faint.

Glory
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A glory is an optical phenomenon, similar to a rainbow, that resembles a halo. It occurs when light tunnels through air inside rain droplets and emit the light backwards. Yes, that’s as crazy as it sounds.

Waterspouts
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Waterspouts are vortexes, which occur over a body of water. No water is sucked in and the sprout is made entirely from water given off by condensation.

Morning Glory
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Morning Glory clouds are incredibly rare, so much so, that we don’t know what causes them. They’re most commonly seen at fall in the small town of Burketown in Australia.

Lenticular Clouds
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Lenticular clouds are lens-shaped clouds that form when moist air flows over a mountain and piles into large and layered clouds. Due to their strange shape, these clouds are often mistaken for UFOs.

Penitentes
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Penitentes are tall, thin blades of hardened snow and ice that form at high altitudes. At such a height, the sun’s rays are able to turn ice into water vapor without melting it first. Some areas randomly turn into vapor more quickly than others, forming depressions in the smooth surface. Over time, they transform into jagged fields which face the same direction as the sun.

Supercells
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Supercells are the rarest and most dangerous type of storms. While they are formed just like other storms, the vertical rotation of their updraft means that they can sustain themselves for far longer.

Frost Flowers
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Frost flowers are formed when sap in the stem of plants freezes and expands, cracking the stem. Water then draws through the cracks and freezes upon contact with the air, eventually forming exquisite patterns.

Mammatus Clouds
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Mammatus clouds are cloud pouches that form and hang underneath the base of a cloud. When air and clouds holding different levels of moisture mix, the heavier one sinks below the lighter.

Snow Donuts
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Snow donuts are formed when chunks of snow are blown along the ground by wind, picking up material along the way. The inner layers are weak and can easily blow away, leaving a donut.

Belt of Venus
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The Belt of Venus is a pink glowing arch seen across the sky when the shadow of the Earth’s translucent atmosphere casts a shadow back upon itself.

Asperatus Clouds
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Asperatus Clouds were only classified in 2009. As a result, we know little about them other than the fact that they look amazing.

Street Treats

•May 21, 2015 • 2 Comments

He works on the street in Ann Arbor Michigan. He should illustrate children’s books as the man (David Zinn) is amazing.

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David Zinn is an artist from Michigan. He runs around all day in the streets of Ann Arbor, with street construction, cracks, etc. on the road with chalk to create a lot of street fairy tales.

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David’s most famous creation was undoubtedly a little Monster called Sluggo. Sluggo has a green body and a long, round eyes, it and its partners have also become a small street In Ann Arbor unique scene.

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A Very Special Service Dog

•May 20, 2015 • Leave a Comment

Tragic

•May 18, 2015 • 1 Comment

So You Think You’re Pretty Good at Spotting a Phishing Email?

•May 15, 2015 • 2 Comments

Here is a quiz to see how good you are at spotting a phishing Email. There are only 10 questions so it doesn’t take very long to take the test. I got 8/10 which is pretty good but I really should have gotten 10/10. Give it a shot and see how you do.

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/mcafee-intel-security-phishing-quiz-can-you-spot-a-scam-dont-be-so-sure/

Patriots Super Bowl Ring

•May 10, 2015 • Leave a Comment

For those of you not in the USA and who do not follow American football, there was alleged deflating of the footballs by the New England Patriots. This made it easier for their quarterback to grip the ball under the cold game-day conditions. The winner gets a very expensive, diamond encrusted ring for being the winner. This is a parody on that ring.

A Poem for Us

•May 9, 2015 • 1 Comment

A little house with 3 bedrooms
One bathroom and a car on the street.
A mower that you had to push
To make the grass look neat.

In the kitchen on the wall
We only had one phone,
And no need for recording things,
Someone was always home.

We only had a living room
Where we would congregate,
Unless it was at mealtime
In the kitchen where we ate.

We had no need for family rooms
Or extra rooms to dine.
When meeting as a family
Those two rooms would work out fine.

We only had one TV set
And channels maybe two,
But always there was one of them
With something worth the view.

For snacks we had potato chips
That tasted like a chip.
And if you wanted flavor
There was Lipton’s onion dip.

Store-bought snacks were rare because
My mother liked to cook
And nothing can compare to snacks
In Betty Crocker’s book.

Weekends were for family trips
Or staying home to play.
We all did things together
Even go to church to pray.

When we did our weekend trips
Depending on the weather,
No one stayed at home because
We liked to be together.

Sometimes we would separate
To do things on our own,
But we knew where the others were
Without our own cell phone.

Then there were the movies
With your favorite movie star,
And nothing can compare
To watching movies in your car.

Then there were the picnics
At the peak of summer season,
Pack a lunch and find some trees
And never need a reason.

Get a baseball game together
With all the friends you know,
Have real action playing ball —
And no game video.

Remember when the doctor
Used to be the family friend,
And didn’t need insurance
Or a lawyer to defend?

The way that he took care of you
Or what he had to do,
Because he took an oath and strived
To do the best for you.

Remember going to the store
And shopping casually,
And when you went to pay for it
You used your own money.

Nothing that you had to swipe
Or punch in some amount,
And remember when the cashier
Had to really count?

The milkman used to go
From door to door,
And it was just a few cents more
Than going to the store.

A time when mailed letters
Came right to your door,
Without a lot of junk mail ads
Sent out by every store.

There was a time when just one glance
Was all that it would take,
And you would know the kind of car,
The model and the make.

They didn’t look like turtles
Trying to squeeze out every mile;
They were streamlined, white walls,
And really had some style.

One time the music that you played
Whenever you would jive,
Was from a vinyl, big-holed record
Called a forty-five.

The record player had a post
To keep them all in line
And then the records drop down
And play one at a time.

Oh sure, we had our problems then,
Just like we do today
And always we were striving,
Trying for a better way.

Oh, the simple life we lived
Still seems like so much fun,
How can you explain a game,
Just kick the can and run?

And the boys put baseball cards
Between bicycle spokes
And for a nickel, red machines
Had little bottled Cokes?

This life seemed so much easier
And slower in some ways.
I love the new technology
But I sure do miss those days.

So time moves on and so do we
And nothing stays the same,
But I sure love to reminisce
And walk down memory lane.

With all today’s technology
We grant that it’s a plus!
But it’s fun to look way back and say,
Hey look, guys, THAT WAS US!

 
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