How To Build a Snow Candle

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These are neat.

When I grew up in Sweden a common thing to do with the children (that would be me back then) was to build snow lights. As you have a lot of snow, it gets dark at 3pm and you want the children to play outside you would hand them a bunch of candles and send them out to build snow lights all around the house. Later on you would light them up and stand in the kitchen window to look at them.
Well, back then, being a child and everything, it was the coolest thing to see as a well build one can burn all through the night and still be lit in the morning.

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The Genesis Experiment

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Riiiiiiiiight.

We need your help. We’re not asking for your money or information, only your thoughts. If you can participate in this thought experiment for a few seconds, or a few minutes, it may change the world.

This experiment, the Genesis Experiment, is based on a very simple concept: Physical life, in this dimension, is a concentrated bit of thought. Here is our hypothesis:

If millions of people concentrate on a small vial of water, a single-celled life form might be created. If this produces positive results, it will change our entire understanding of nature. Your participation is crucial.

We have a hermetically sealed vial of medical-quality sterile liquid water placed at an isolated location in North Carolina. We want you to think about this vial of liquid and visualize life teeming inside. We will then have this vial tested by a certified biologist. If life is found inside, the implications could be enormous.

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The 442nd Regimental Combat Team

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The Japanese-American battalion in WWII which was one of the most decorated units in American military history while many of their family members back home were imprisoned in internment camps.

The 100th performed so well in training that, on January 1, 1943, the U.S. Government reversed its decision on Japanese Americans serving in the armed forces, and approved the formation of a Japanese American combat unit. The U.S. Army called for 1,500 volunteers from Hawaii and 3,000 from the Mainland. An overwhelming 10,000 men from Hawaii came forth. However the announcement was met with less enthusiasm on the Mainland, where the vast majority of draft age men of Japanese ancestry were held in internment camps.

President Roosevelt announced the formation of the 442nd Infantry Regimental Combat Team (the “Go For Broke” regiment), famously saying “Americanism is not, and never was, a matter of race or ancestry”. Nevertheless, families of the regiment’s members remained interned.

The Beatles’ Apple Boutique

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The Apple boutique started life in the 19th century as a four-story house. Over the years it evolved into an office and shops in the busy part of London at the corner of Baker Street and Paddington Street. During the 60’s three Dutch designers, Mr. Simon Posthuma, Ms. Josje Leeger, and Ms. Marijke Koeger had an initially successful fashion boutique called the Trend in Amsterdam. It was closed due to financial problems. Simon and Marijke wandered around Europe before moving to London where they met Simon Hayes and Barry Finch. Hayes became the business manager while Finch joined the 3 Dutch designers who became known as the “Fool.” Pattie Harrison was familiar with them and even wore some of their designs. How it all started is not clear, but in September 1967 the Beatles gave the “Fool” 100,000 pounds to design and stock the new Apple Boutique.

The Brazilian Robin Hood

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An interesting article about Lampião.

For some he is a Robin Hood, for others – with his partner-in-crime Maria Bonita – he represents South America’s Bonnie and Clyde.

The outlaw Lampião is the most famous son of the backlands of the Sertão, the semi-arid poor interior of Brazil’s northeast.

Revered by some as a hero and others as a heartless bandit, his story has taken on folklore-like status and his name reverberates in every town.

Born Virgolino Ferreira in 1898 in an area largely governed by land owners and their often brutal militia, Lampião turned to violence when he sought revenge against Sertão police who killed his father in 1919.

His gang of revolutionaries roamed the vast wastelands for two decades, accumulating wealth, distributing some to the poor, and plotting against the government of the day.

More pictures and info on him and his gang here.

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