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Music History #8: “New York Mining Disaster 1941″

“New York Mining Disaster 1941 (Have You Seen My Wife, Mr. Jones)” Written by Barry and Robin Gibb (1967) Performed by Bee Gees Getty Images The Music When the Bee Gees debut US single was released in April 1967, a lot of people thought it was The Beatles masquerading as another band. Even the name Bee Gees was [...]

9 Pet Races You Might Want to Host Yourself

Forget heading to the track to catch the horses, instead, grab your pets and some fellow pet owners and throw your own races right at home. Need a little inspiration? Here are a few great pet races: Dachshunds (Video Link) This is one of the biggest pet racing sports around, in part because it’s sponsored by a major [...]

8 Lovely Libraries in Australia and New Zealand

We’ve covered Europe’s, Asia’s, Africa’s, North America’s and South America’s most beautiful libraries; now it’s time to take a look at Australia and, while it isn’t technically a part of the continent, New Zealand as well. Victorian State Library, Australia This library is not only massive – containing over 2 million books – it also has some [...]

11 Things That Happened on Other Cool Dates

11/22/11 is the 791st anniversary of Frederick II being crowned Holy Roman Emperor, the 293rd anniversary of Blackbeard’s beheading, the 254th anniversary of the Austrian defeat of Prussia in the Seven Years’ War’s Battle of Breslau, the 48th anniversary of John F. Kennedy’s assassination, and what would have been novelist George Eliot’s 192nd birthday. [...]

10 Cool Underground Hotels

My husband and I were watching some apocalyptic group building an underground shelter on TV, and I remarked that living underground is quite cozy and pleasant -as long as you have ready access to the outside (of course, being trapped is a nightmare). My father was a geologist, and I grew up in cave country, [...]

Waterspouts at Close Range

(Video Link) The sky gods are angry at Australia! Several waterspouts were seen off the coast of New South Wales, and a news camera crew got very close to them: The video, taken from a helicopter by Australia’s Channel 7, showed several powerful columns of swirling air blasting along the water’s surface near the coastline. Channel Seven says [...]

Town overrun by abandoned wild horses

Horses believed to have been left behind by gypsies terrorize South Wales town. Some are dying of starvation, others have been hit by cars. All 250 ho…

UK’s Youngest Grandfather

A man from South Wales was fuming that his 14-year-old daughter got pregnant, but he couldn’t stay mad for long because 1) he became a father himself at 14, and 2) At 29, he’s just broken the UK record for youngest grandfather! He said: “I know myself how tough it is being a teenage parent and [...]

The Oldest Cat Living In The World | On Record Ever

Is Lucy, 39, the oldest cat in the world? – She may be deaf and a bit stiff in the morning but when you consider Lucy the moggy has just turned 39, it’s understandable. Lucy of Llanelli, South Wales, with no medical problems except for hearing loss, is 39-years-old, The Daily Mail reported yesterday, which makes [...]

Melbourne’s Webb Bridge

The Webb Bridge is a pedestrian and cyclist bridge across the Yarra River in Melbourne, Australia. It’s designed to resemble eel traps used by the Koori, a people native to New South Wales and Victoria. The bridge was constructed out of material recycled from a previous rail bridge of the same name. via DVICE | Photo [...]