Category: Beauty


Yosemite Climbers Expect To Reach Top Of El Capitan On Wednesday

 

 

 

 

 

” Two climbers trying to become the first to scale a 3,000-foot (900-meter) face of the El Capitan rock formation in Yosemite National Park in California without bolts or climbing tools believe they will reach the top on Wednesday, representatives said.

  Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson, who began their latest attempt to conquer El Capitan on Dec. 27, started climbing the final 11 “pitches” of the so-called Dawn Wall on Tuesday, spokeswoman Jess Clayton said.

  The Dawn Wall of El Capitan is divided into 32 climbing pitches, which are varying lengths of rock that the climbers are trying to master with only their hands and feet. The wall has been scaled before, first by legendary climber Warren Harding in 1970, but never before without climbing tools.”

 

Toronto Sun

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Minnesota Brothers Create Amazing Sea Turtle Snow Sculpture

 

 

 

 

 

” A trio of Minnesota brothers is upping their snow sculpture game. For the past four years the Bartz brothers of New Brighton, Minnesota have used their front lawn, and snow from Mother Nature, to create amazing works of art.

  Their past creations include a walrus, shark, and puffer fish. This year the brothers created a giant sea turtle sculpture out of snow.”

 

 

     Just over a year ago we featured these brothers for their creation of the “Snow Shark” . This year’s creation comes to us thanks to WHOTV

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Harbin International Ice And Snow Sculpture Festival

 

 

 

 

 

” The Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival, commonly known as Harbin Ice Lantern Festival or simply called Harbin Ice Festival, mainly consists of four theme parks:Harbin Ice and Snow World, Harbin Ice and Snow World, Songhua River Ice and Snow Harbin Valley, and Zhaolin Park Ice Lantern Fair.”

 

 

 

 

” The festival has been held since 1963. It had been interrupted for a number of years during the Cultural Revolution but had been resumed by 1985. Along with Japan’s Sapporo Snow Festival, Canada’s Quebec City Winter Carnival, and Norway’s Ski Festival. The Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival is listed as the top 4 ice and snow festivals in the world.”

 

 

 

” Traditionally, the Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival open in mid-December and last to the late February. But its official opening ceremony usually held on January 5th each year. And the time is usually considered as the official date of the formal beginning of the festival. The festival includes many interesting activities and events, such as ice and snow carnival, international ice sculptures competitions, ice lantern show, sliding, ice-sailing, sledging, ice hockey, ice football, speed skating, cross-field skiing and Alpine skiing competitions, fishing, swimming, ice and snow film art show, painting exhibition, calligraphy display, photo exhibition, folk song and dance performances, wedding ceremonies on ice, trade talks, trade fairs and all kinds of national or international sports events etc.”

 

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Flying Frenchies And Parrot To Shoot Extreme Sports Thanks To Bebop Drone

 

 

 

 

 

” Globally known for their famous base jump with a human catapult from the highest cliff in the world and for having walked on a rope between two hot-air balloons, the Flying Frenchies now provide a new point of view of their exploits thanks to their drone.

  Controlled by its Skycontroller, the Parrot Bebop Drone shot the latest stunt of the Flying Frenchies: the first base jump from a trapeze. A world premiere! “

 

Thanks to Parrot

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After Family’s Presents Were Stolen, Lexington Police Officers Took Kids Shopping

 

 

 

” After a family’s Christmas presents were stolen, Lexington police officers who responded to the call found a way to make sure the family would still have a good Christmas.

  Jason Rothermund, president of the Fraternal Order of Police Bluegrass Lodge, said the officers, Tim Ball, James Dellacamera and Benjamin Blank, contacted the organization and asked if there was money left over from their annual event, Shop with A Cop, in which officers take children in Lexington out shopping for presents.

  Rothermund said they did have leftover funds, which were then used to buy gifts for the family.

” These officers took the initiative to go above and beyond what they normally do,” he said.

  The original Christmas gifts were recovered later the same day they were stolen, but the officers took the kids shopping for more presents because they didn’t have a lot originally, said police spokeswoman Sherelle Roberts.

  Christina Edwards, 28, has custody of her nieces, Jaylin Beeman, 6, and Destiny Edwards, 4 months, and her nephew, Brayden Edwards, 3. She is raising them by herself.

  When the officers came back later saying they wanted to take the kids shopping, Edwards was thrilled.

” I felt very blessed that somebody would want to help,” she said.

  Edwards said the officers had $300 to spend on the kids, and the kids had a great time shopping for their gifts at Meijer. Brayden and Jaylin each got pajamas, clothes and shoes. Brayden got a SWAT team badge, helmet and gun, as well as a soccer ball and other toys. Jaylin picked out Barbie dolls and a Barbie jeep.

  Rothermund said the most important thing about what the officers did is that they didn’t have to do it, they wanted to.

”  This is the type of story that makes me proud to be a police officer,” he said. “It’s why people become police officers.” “

Thanks to Kentucky.com

The Artist Picks His Favorite Paintings

 

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BALL OF FIRE (18×15 inches, watercolor; 2008)

 

 

” Guy Harvey is many things, nearly all of them related to the ocean and his love and appreciation of that environment. Dr. Harvey is best known internationally as a prolific and talented painter of marine animals, his interest in marine biology (in which he holds a PhD) and his countless hours of underwater observation leading to an obsession with accurate detail. By 1988, Harvey was widely recognized as a top game-fish artist in the world.

  Harvey is also one of the staunchest advocates of marine conservation on the planet. In 1999, the artist/diver/cinematographer/explorer collaborated with Nova Southeastern University in Dania Beach, Florida, to establish the Guy Harvey Research Institute, one of only a handful of private organizations dedicated exclusively to the science-based conservation of marine fish populations and biodiversity.

  You can read more about Harvey here.

  Sport Fishing is honored to share with our audience this exclusive gallery, not merely of 50 Guy Harvey  paintings, but the 50 favorites picked by the artist, with a  comment from him on each. It’s also worth mentioning that a portion of all Harvey’s art sales go to the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation. Reproductions are available for most images here or call 954-581-0073. “

 

 

See all fifty paintings at SportFishing.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Megyn Kelly On Jimmy Kimmel 12.17.14

 

 

 

Sky’s Not The Limit: World’s First ‘Jetman’ Flies Over Dubai Desert

 

 

 

 

 

” A former fighter pilot and Guinness record holder – known as ‘Jetman’ – has performed a new stunt, taking over the skies of the United Arab Emirates. High-flying Swiss national Yves Rossy teamed up with Dubai, flying above the wealth of its land.

” To fly alone is great, but to fly with another guy is greater,” Rossy, who is equipped with a pair of jet-propelled wings, said in a new 4K video, before taking part in a formation flight with Hungarian aerobatics champion Veres Zoltan, conquering the heights in cloudless Dubai.

  Rossy and his futuristic jet suit have partnered with Dubai to push yet higher boundaries within the realm of anti-gravity experiences.

  Naming his challenge a “culmination of decades of fulfilling a childhood dream through technological innovation, determination, teamwork and courage,” the ex-Swiss Air Force pilot took to the skies of the UAE, celebrating its 43rd National Day, as both he and Sheikh Hamdan – the Crown Prince of Dubai – announced on social media.”

 

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Clouds Fill Grand Canyon In Rare Weather Event

 

 

 

 

 

 

” A rare weather phenomenon at the Grand Canyon had visitors looking out on a sea of thick clouds just below the rim.

  The total cloud inversion is expected to hang inside the canyon throughout Thursday.”

Grand Canyon Clouds

” Cory Mottice of the National Weather Service says the weather event happens about once every several years, though the landmark was treated to one last year.

  The fog that has been shrouding parts of northern Arizona is courtesy of recent rains. Mottice says the fog is able to stick around and built up in the Grand Canyon overnight when there is no wind.”

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Runner Uses GPS App To Propose Marriage

 

 

 

” A British runner popped the question on Facebook by spelling out “will you marry me” with a GPS tracking app’s map function.

  Ben Chudley, 28, of Portsmouth, England, said he enjoys using his GPS running app to create “Urban Pictionary” drawings and messages while out running and he decided to use the app to ask girlfriend Olivia Abdul for her hand in marriage.

  Chudley said his run was about 15 miles, but he only used 5.7 miles with the GPS app so the ensuing map showing his route would spell out “will you marry me.”

  Chudley said he posted the map on Facebook so Abdul would see it before he arrived with flowers and a ring.”

 

UPI Odd News

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Antelope Canyon Photo Sells For Record $6.5M

 

LIK USA Peter Lik's Phantom

 

 

 

” The world’s most expensive photo depicts Arizona’s Antelope Canyon, near Page on the Navajo Reservation.

  Landscape Photographer Peter Lik sold his print, titled “Phantom,” for $6.5 million to a private collector in November.

  The black-and-white photo depicts an underground cavern inside Arizona’s Antelope Canyon, a slot canyon formed as rainwater eroded the stone into narrow passageways.

  The canyon, first opened to the public in 1997, attracts photographers and sightseers to marvel at its uniquely smooth, flowing corridors and arches, Navajo Nation parks officials said.”

 

AZCentral.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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‘Brummie’ Is The Least Attractive Accent

 

 

 

 

 

” A quick analysis of English dialects shows that there are roughly as many in the British Isles as there are in the whole of North America – including Canada, Bermuda and Native American dialects. The same categorization would, in North America, result in there being about one dialect per 10m people; in the British Isles there would be one for every 1.3m. Britain is highly peculiar in its linguistic variation, and the cultural contours associated with these differences make a small country feel large.

  First impressions of unearned features, such as accents, still have an impact on success, in employment, social life and elsewhere. New YouGov research looks at public opinion towards 12 of the main accents of the British Isles, revealing clear winners and losers, at least in terms of what is seen as attractive.

  The Birmingham accent, more specifically ‘Brummie’, has lost the battle of appeal. In net terms it scores -53, 20 points below than the second-lowest: ‘Scouse’, the accent of Liverpool, on -33. “

 

 

YouGov has all the details

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

All I Want For Christmas Is You – Marist Remake

 

 

 

Published on Dec 4, 2014

” Happy Holidays from the Leo Hall Ground Floor!

  I do not own the rights to this song
All credit goes to Mariah Carey

Watch the original here!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yXQVi… 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gift Wrapping Hack

 

 

 

Published on Dec 9, 2014

” Cool gift wrapping hack from Takashimaya Department Store in Japan.”

 

 

 

   For those viewers who would prefer to see the method from a more relaxed perspective , BuzzFeed offers screenshot gifs of the wrapping process , step by step .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Welcome Home At Heathrow International Airport

 

 

 

 

” Winding down the week with some feel-good stuff: How does making music make you “FEEL?” Look at all these people of different ages, races and cultures getting down and getting emotional about music being made … with just the sounds of humans.”

Duff’s Sweet Spot: Chocolate Yule Log Tree Stump

 

 

 

Published on Dec 1, 2014

” Duff Goldman creates the yule log chocolate tree stump, a visually stunning dessert inspired by the Holiday Baking Championship.

  Get the recipe: http://www.FoodNetwork.com/ChocolateY…

  For more recipes, videos and photos from Holiday Baking Championship, go to:http://www.FoodNetwork.com/BakingCham…

  For more Holiday Baking ideas from Food Network, check out http://www.FoodNetwork.com/HolidayBaking “

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Soldier’s Christmas

 

 

” We hope you’ll enjoy and share our best video yet as we honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice for this nation. Let’s make it a Christmas to remember — and to never forget that our freedom comes at a very high price.

  A portion of the proceeds from the sale of this song will be donated to Operation 300 which hosts adventure camps for the children of our fallen heroes. Thank you to all who have served.

Madison Rising: Music With Meaning. “

Published on Dec 2, 2014

” Like us on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/madisonrising
Buy at Amazon.com – http://www.amazon.com/Soldiers-Christ…
Buy on iTunes – https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/sol…

CDs, t-shirts, posters and more available at the Madison Rising store: http://shop.madisonrising.com/

To book the band, please contact: booking@madisonrising.com “

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The first video is of the fireworks display itself in it’s entirety …

Burj Al Arab 15th Anniversary / UAE National Day Fireworks 2014

 

 

     … while the second video offers a view of the stage pageantry leading up to the fireworks as well as a closer view of the fireworks display itself … Enjoy .

UAE 43rd National Day, Burj Al Arab Firework 2014, Full HD

 

 

 

Australian Lawyer Breaks World Record For Christmas Light Display

 

 

 

 

 

” They say everything’s bigger in America. Bigger, maybe, but not biggest — at least when it comes to Christmas lights. That superlative belongs to Australian lawyer David Richards, who recently assembled a holiday light display featuring more than 1.2 million bulbs at a shopping mall in Canberra.

  Richards didn’t hang the entire installation himself; he had plenty of volunteers. The massive Christmas light display was assembled as a way to raise money for SIDS and Kids ACT (Australian Capital Territory), a local charity offering sudden infant death syndrome counseling and support services.

  Though visitors to the display will be welcomed free of charge through the New Year, donations will be encouraged. The lights will be powered using electricity donated from a local energy company.

  Richards is no stranger to outdoing the competition when it comes to holiday decorations. Last year, he set the Guinness World Record for largest residential Christmas light display, outfitting his house and yard with more than half a million bulbs.

  This year, Richards took his talents to a commercial space. “I couldn’t do it again to my neighbours or my family,” he told The Guardian. “

 

Thanks to UPI

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

World’s Biggest Christmas Tree Stands In Dortmund, Germany

 

 

 

 

Published on Nov 24, 2014

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At a massive 45 metres high, the world’s biggest Christmas tree lights up in Dortmund, Germany. Report by Sarah Kerr. “

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Courtesy Of Space Exploration

 

 

Photo: The clearest picture of Mercury ever taken.

 

 

  This colorful view of Mercury was produced by using images from the color base map imaging campaign during MESSENGER’s primary mission. These colors are not what Mercury would look like to the human eye, but rather the colors enhance the chemical, mineralogical, and physical differences between the rocks that make up Mercury’s surface. “

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thanksgiving Turkeys From Giada De Laurentiis

 

 

Candy Turkeys

 

 

 

Ingredients

1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
30 candy corn candies, plus 6 white tips of candy corn
6 chocolate sandwich cookies
6 mini peanut butter cups
6 malt balls
1 cup Red Frosting, recipe follows
6 chocolate sandwich cookies with top cookies removed

Red Frosting

1/2 stick (1/4 cup) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2 tablespoons whole milk
Red food coloring, as needed

Directions

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bunny Mellon’s Blue Diamond Sells For More Than $32.6 Million, Sets Two World Auction Records

 

 

 

 

 

 

” A 9.75-carat fancy vivid blue diamond from the collection of Mrs. Paul Mellon sold for more than $32.6 million, shattering its high estimate of $15 million at Sotheby’s New York Thursday. The price set a world auction record for any blue diamond; and at more than $3.3 million per carat, it set a world auction record for price-per-carat for any diamond.

  The pear-shaped diamond was sought after by seven bidders who competed for 20 minutes for the gem, Sotheby’s said. It ultimately sold to a Hong Kong private collector who named it “The Zoe Diamond.”

“ From the moment I saw this diamond, I knew that it would be one of the most important stones that I will ever have the privilege of presenting at auction,” said Gary Schuler, head of Sotheby’s Jewelry Department in New York. “Mrs Mellon’s diamond absolutely deserves the place in the record books that it achieved tonight.” “

 

Forbes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Group Of Birds Fly Simultaneously Away

 

 

 

 

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