Video: Historical Old Knives – Lufkin, Texas

Historical Old Metal

Percy Richardson is the owner of The Knife Shop in Lufkin, Texas and he’s making some really unique knives from the metal of old warships.


This Is How Japan Cleans Its Bullet Trains In 7 Minutes Flat 1:38

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The ‘Swacch Bharat Abhiyan’ initiated by Narendra Modi is one of the pet projects of the central government and it seems Indian railways can learn a lot about how to keep the trains clean from Japan’s 7-Minute miracle turnaround. The Shinkansen bullet train cleaning crew in Japan give a unique demonstration of pride and diligence in this video by showing us how to keep the trains clean with a very quick turnaround time.

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7-Minute Miracle/7分間の奇跡

The Russian ghost town & a time capsule in the making (9 Pics)

Called Пирамида in Russian, it was initially founded by Sweden in 1910 and was later sold to the Soviet Union in 1927.

The town of Pyramiden. Photo Credit

This now-abandoned town rests at the foot of the Billefjorden on the island of Spitsbergen. The name given to this town is the same as the name of the mountain in whose shadow Pyramiden lies.

Where seagulls find their peace. Photo Credit

To show how remote this mining town is, one can use the fact that the closest settlement is some 50 km to the south, where Svalbard’s capital, Longyearbyen, is located.

The perfectly preserved interior. Photo Credit

The owner of this town is the Arktikugol Trust – a state-owned mining company that ran Pyramiden, allowing some 1000 residents to live and work here during its heyday.

Abandoned mining equipment. Photo Credit

The town was more than successful and for some 70 years, it did what it could do best – extract coal. But when the last piece of coal was removed so was the future of this little town, and on 31 March 1998 that’s exactly what happened.

The last resident to permanently leave the mining site was on 10th October of that same year. Once you enter the derelict buildings and houses, one cannot help but get a sort of a ghastly feeling, as if time itself decided to slow down to an almost complete halt.

Inside one of the buildings in Pyramiden. Photo Credit

Up until 2007, almost nothing had been moved and was to be found on the exact spot where it was left by its rightful owner, as if someone chased the residents of Pyramiden out of their homes in a hurry.

The interior of one of the buildings. Photo Credit

Kjartan Fløgstad, a Norwegian author wrote a book that immortalizes Pyramiden, and The History Channel made a documentary called Life After People which featured this town. The real thrill comes when one finds out that due to the rare climate surrounding this mining town, it is almost impossible for the buildings to decay.

Furthermore, scientific research has proven that the buildings would hold their ground and be visible for the next 500 years to come.

A house made of bottles. Photo Credit

Another eye opener related to this town is that in the auditorium of the cultural center in Pyramiden one can find the Красный октябрь or Red October, the world’s northernmost grand piano.

Red October the Northernmost piano. Photo Credit

And if this is not enough, Pyramiden also has the northernmost monument to Vladimir Lenin and the world’s northernmost swimming pool.

The northernmost monument to Vladimir Lenin. Photo CreditThe only way one can reach this northern mining town is by boat or by snowmobile. Entering the buildings is forbidden without an official permit.

Speaking Truth: Trump’s People

Good info. Hard to believe that there are 10 States that have more people on welfare than working – What an unfair burden for working families there.


After reading this, I still wonder, with SPECIFICITY and in DETAIL, how Barak Hussein Obama was twice elected President!   The only explanation I find credible is that more takers than working taxpayers actually voted.

Read the last item and then look at Trump’s Cabinet. No wonder D.C. is in a turmoil. Trump’s picks are bosses and expect their employees to WORK.

This is what bothers a lot of people about Trump. he won’t accept a can’t do attitude, or inexperienced, incompetent performance. He will get results, it just might not be smooth or pretty.

Here are some amazing stats: Make sure you read to the bottom.  An eye opener!
(Or should be!)

New Mexico
New York
South Carolina

These 10 States now have More People on Welfare than they do Employed!

2. Last month, the Senate Budget Committee reports that in fiscal year 2012, between food stamps, housing  support,child care, Medicaid and other benefits, the average U.S. Household below the poverty line received $168.00 a day in government support.   What’s the problem with that much support?   Well, the median household income in America is just over $50,000, which averages out to $137.13 a day.

To put it another way, being on welfare now pays the equivalent of $30.00 an hour for 40 hour week without having to actually work, while the average job pays $24.00 an hour.

3. Check the last set of statistics!! The percentage of each past president’s cabinet who had worked in the private business sector prior to their appointment to the cabinet. You know what the private business sector is:  A real-life business not a government job.

Here are the percentages:

38%    T. Roosevelt
40%    Taft
52%    Wilson
49%    Harding
48%    Coolidge
42%    Hoover
50%    F. D. Roosevelt
50%    Truman
57%    Eisenhower
30%    Kennedy
47%    Johnson
53%    Nixon
42%    Ford
32%    Carter
56%    Reagan
51%    GH Bush
39%    Clinton
55%    GW Bush
8%   Obama

This helps explain the bias, if not the incompetence, of the last administration: ONLY 8% of them have that’s right!  Only eight percent – the least, by far, of the last 19 presidents! And these people tried to tell our corporations how to run their businesses?

How could Obama, president of a major nation and society, the one with the most successful economic system in world history, stand and talk about business when he’s never worked for one?  Or about jobs when he has never really had one?  And, when it’s the same for 92% of his senior staff and closest advisers?  They’ve spent most of their time in academia, government, and/or non-profit jobs or as “community organizers.”

Pass this on, because we’ll NEVER see these facts in the main stream media.

This Mysterious Underground Building Still Baffles Everyone (13 Pics)

This                                                           Mysterious                                                           Underground                                                           Building Still                                                           Baffles                                                           Everyone

June 8, 2015 – In 1835, a laborer in Kent, England, was doing his usual field work. What wasn’t so usual was when he struck the soil with his spade and it just disappeared into the Earth. Apparently, he was standing on something hollow, but from the surface, could see nothing.

Word spread, and a local schoolteacher soon volunteered his young son, Joshua, to be lowered into the hole with a candle. If you think dipping your child into a mysterious cavern in the Earth seems a bit, well, unsafe, we do, too. Luckily, Joshua was fine, and what he saw underground was a breathtaking mystery.

When Joshua was pulled out, he described rooms filled with hundreds of thousands of carefully arranged shells.

Needless to say, the adults were a bit skeptical, but when the hole was widened and they saw if for themselves, they were stunned. There was a passage, a rotunda, and an altar chamber, and the whole thing was covered in a mosaic of shells.

Joshua’s father, the schoolteacher, immediately thought of the financial benefit that this place might have. He quickly bought up the land and began renovating the grotto, making it suitable for visitors. Two years later, in 1837, the Margate Shell Grotto opened to the public for the first time. And he was right; it did catch on with the public, and it’s still open and enjoying visitors today. Today, it’s also got a museum, gift shop, and cafe.

But there’s still a major question hanging in the air: who built this, and why?

With all these shells so carefully arranged, it’s clear that someone spent a lot of time — and money — on this creation. The shells are arranged in sun and star shapes, and vaulted ceilings and altar-like spaces lead some to believe it once had religious significance. Yet no one knows for sure, and no one is even sure how old the structure is.

Theories about its origin place it as being built as long as 3,000 years ago.

Other theories also run the gamut between ordinary and totally out there. Some think it was created as an aristocrat’s folly sometime in the 1700s. Others think it might have been used as an astrological calendar, or that it’s connected with the Freemasons or the Knights Templar. Still, others maintain it is connected to a mysterious Mexican culture that lived some 12,000 years ago.

Shell grottoes were actually quite popular in Europe in the 1700s among the wealthy.

There’s only one catch: the Grotto’s location was on farmland, and that land has never been part of a large estate, where follies would have been built. Even in 1835, there was no record of its construction, which would have been a major undertaking. People have been so stumped by this that in the 1930s, people held seances in the hopes of contacting the spirits of whoever built it.

Visitors from the 1930s left their mark on some scallop shells in the grotto.

The shells in the grotto, which include scallops, whelks, mussels, cockles, limpets, and oysters, can all be found locally. Only the flat winkle shells had to be brought in from elsewhere.

The arrangement of the shells must have taken countless hours of painstaking work.

In all, there are over 2,000 square feet of shell mosaic in the grotto.

Many of the shells in the grotto have faded over time and lost their luster through water damage. This recreation shows what they might have looked like at the time the grotto was built. It would have been full of dazzling color.

(via Kuriositas, Wikipedia)

To determine the age of the shells, they could be carbon dated. However, on the Shell Grotto’s FAQ page, it’s stated that this process is very expensive, and other conservation issues are currently prioritized. Perhaps one day, we’ll at least know when this was built. For now, our imaginations can run wild with all the possibilities of the Shell Grotto’s mysterious past. Was it a smuggler’s hideout? A secret temple? An underground party room? The life’s work of a madman? Whatever it was, someone obviously cared about it enough to decorate it like this.

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Monsters of Texas – Lakes, Rivers and the Ocean (3 Pics)

As someone who lives just outside Dallas, Texas and also as someone who writes extensively on the subject of Cryptozoology, I am occasionally asked about the issue of lake-monsters in the Lone Star State. Do such creatures exist in Texas? Are there reports of Nessie-like animals in the state’s lakes? How many reports are there? Let’s take a look. We’ll begin with a startling story from May 13, 1872. The location: the waters off the coast of the Texas city of Galveston. According to the written words of a Captain Hassel, of a Norwegian ship, the St. Olaf

“…Two days before arrival at Galveston, and about 4:30 P.M. on May 13, weather calm, smooth sea, lat.26 52″, long. 91 20″, I saw a shoal of sharks passing the ship. Five or six came under the vessel’s stern, but before we could get out a line they went off with the rest. About two minutes after, one of the men sang out that he saw something on the weather bow, like a cask on its end. Presently another one called out that he saw something rising out of the water like a tall man. On a nearer approach we saw it was an immense serpent, with its head out of the water, about 200 ft. from the vessel. He lay still on the surface of the water, lifting his head up, and moving the body in a serpentine manner.”

The captain continued: “Could not see all of it; but what we could see, from the after part of the head, was about 70 ft. long and of the same thickness all the way, excepting about the head and neck, which were smaller, and the former flat, like the head of a serpent. It had four fins on its back, and the body of a yellow greenish color, with brown spots all over the upper part and underneath white. The whole crew were looking at it for fully ten minutes before it moved away. It was about six feet in diameter. One of the mates has drawn a slight sketch of the serpent, which will give some notion of its appearance.”

Moving on, there’s the legend of the monster of Lake Granbury, Texas. Its name: “One-Eye.” The lake itself is not at all far away from where I live and, since 2005, I have visited it on several occasions. The creature is described as having dark-colored skin, a long neck, a very small head, and a humped back. Ronan Coghlan, an Irish investigator of all manner of Fortean anomalies, says: “Whether it has attained a one-eyed state by accident or whether it is naturally one-eyed, I cannot say.”

The lake itself is less than half a century old, which obviously makes many wonder how on Earth it can be the home to a monster – or even more than one. On this issue, it’s worth noting that the lake acts as a dam for the Brazos River. Notably, that very same river has many old tales attached to it of massive fish dwelling in its waters. For example, a number of people have told me of sightings of large animals swimming in the Brazos River – animals that they perceived as monstrous. However, the descriptions make me strongly suspect that what the witnesses actually saw were huge Alligator Gar. Texas Parks and Wildlife notes: “Although alligator gar may reach three feet in length in three years, their growth rate slows with age, and the fish may take 20 to 30 years to reach a length of six feet.”

It would not surprise me at all if some truly massive examples of Alligator Gar were the cause of a few lake/river monsters in Texas. In fact, I’m pretty much positive that’s the case. But, there have been some weirder cases from Lake Granbury. As one example, on a Saturday afternoon in the summer of 1999, a very large creature was seen partially and briefly beached on the shore of the lake. The boyfriend and girlfriend in question were sure that the beast – close to twenty feet in length – was a huge eel. Although an eel of such an immense size sounds very unlikely, reports ofgiant eels do proliferate.

Up until 2008, I lived very close to the shores of White Rock Lake, Dallas. While living there, I heard a couple of tales of monster-sized creatures in the lake. One came to me from the late Rob Riggs – whose 2001 book, In the Big Thicket, is a study of Bigfoot in Texas’ Big Thicket. Years ago, Rob told me of, and introduced me to, a friend of his who swore he knew that a baby alligator was let loose in the lake, many years ago. An urban legend? Probably, yes. But, it’s still one for the files. I have also heard of tales of huge catfish in White Rock Lake, which would not surprise me at all.

So, yes, Texas does have its very own monsters of the deep. Some may be oversized examples of known creatures. Others are likely the result of friend-of-a-friend-type tales. But, a few might very well be genuine unknowns.

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Florida Survival Tips

By Tim Lawler – 1 month ago

Whether you are just visiting Florida, just moved here or been a native Floridian all of your life, these Florida survival tips could help you out!

1) The seagulls on the beaches are like a mafia hit.

Edit Mine. Mine. Swooping in on those french fries like they had a debt to pay. There’s always the little kid who’s food gets stolen right out of his little innocent hands. Seagulls show no mercy. they eat every last bit of food and then in a flash they’re gone! Keep your food guarded very well. leave nothing unattended!
2) We have 7 bottles of sunscreen and at least one of them is spf 50.

One for each car, one for the alcove, one for the backyard, one in the garage, and 4 extras in the Editlaundry cupboard just in case. The Sun is sooo strong down here. We are the southernmost state in the United states, the  closest state to the equator and you can feel it! It will turn your skin into extra crispy bacon in an hour’s time!  It only takes a few of those burns to learn to always have a bottle of screen ready. An ounce of spray is worth a pound of cure!

3) 14 ft gators on the golf courses.

Meet Big Humpback. This gator is 100 years old 14 feet long and weighs in excess of 1,000 lbs.

see ya later! He eats things as small as you for breakfast without breaking a sweat.

He does not care about your golfing and will not let you play through.

Give this animal his space. Alligators will eat you.

4) You know it’s cold when it rains iguanas.

The weirdest thing happens here when it gets down in the 40’s here. It rains iguanas. They fall from

Iguana move to Florida somedaythe trees like ripe fruit. It’s too cold for them. They go into a type of hibernation and they just go stiff!

There’s a story that a new Florida resident saw all these ‘frozen’ iguanas in their back yard and gathered them up to take the poor reptiles to the local vet.

Halfway there in the warm car they started to come alive and were scurrying all through the car and on his back. It was a madhouse and he almost got in a wreck!

Iguanas are not to go in your car.

5) It rains while the sun is shining.

Clouds? We don’t need no stinking clouds. EditWe get rain with it bright and sunny just as much as dark and overcast. After all it is the sunshine state.

In some parts of Florida the afternoon rains come like clockwork. Is it 3 pm? Here’s two inches of rain in 15 minutes for ya!

Waterspouts, downpours, lightning capitals of the world.

We are the sunshine state but we are extreme weather land also.

Keep a change of clothes and an umbrella in your car.

6) Your car will kill you if it’s not parked in the shade.

In the summer it gets hot, real hot. Like your tires melt a little hot. Leather seats and seat belt buckles will burn you like a branding iron.

We always try to get the spot in the shade. it could be an extra 100 feet away from the door but it’s worth it.

In the north we get remote control car starters to warm up the car. In the south we do the same thing for the opposite reason. For the love of god keep that ac fully charged and rocking!

The shade is your friend.

7) No one knows how to drive in Florida

Somehow the very worst drivers from the entire eastern half of the country have all found their way Editto the state of Florida. I kid you not. They come from the south, the north, the Massholes, the AARP. A good quantity of our drivers are used to driving on the left side of the road too. Put them altogether and you have the makings for a great Mad Max movie, but a horrible driving scene.

A good defense is your best offense around here. Just keep your eyes on the road and your insurance card handy. You’ll need it soon enough!

8) Hurricanes aren’t a big deal until they hit category 2 or above.

Up to 95 mph winds is just a really bad storm for us. We deal with wind and rain all the time. No Editbig deal. We just bring in our deck umbrellas. When Cat II gets announced though we turn into food packrats and buy all the bread and water we can. we buy stuff to eat that normally we would never buy. Like oh a hurricane’s coming? Let me get 3 boxes of twinkies and enough beef jerky to last a month. Also canned soup suddenly makes it back on the list. Weird, I know.

So relax until you see the hurricane projected to be a category two at landfall or if Jim Cantore is in your town lol.

9) Flip flops and a hoodie are all you really need to survive winters here.

Okay, maybe some socks too, but basically the worst you’re going to get is a few 40 degree mornings Editwarming up to 60’s later in the day.

It’s Florida, that’s why we come here for the amazingly mild winter.

10) Conch is pronounced “conk” not as it’s spelled. Speak like the locals.

It is not an insult to be called a conch sucker, rather more of a term of endearment.

Key West, the conch republic, has been the place to eat these spiral shelled molluscs for over 3,000 years (according to tribal artifacts).

The queen conch or Strombus Gigas is a super delicious gastropod that we in Florida eat as part of our rites of passage and rights as a resident.

I think in the bylaws it is a requirement to remain a citizen one must consume conch.

So keep these few survival tips in mind and you’ll do just fine in Florida. 

Origins of Houston’s Street Names

These are the name origins of Houston’s iconic streets, buildings and other features

By Heather Leighton, / Houston Chronicle
Published 4:48 pm, Sunday, April 30, 2017
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  • Allen ParkwayKey road that leads to downtown HoustonNamed after John Kirby Allen and Augustus Chapman Allen — the two men who founded Houston on August 30, 1836. Photo: Brett Coomer, Staff / © 2016 Houston Chronicle

Photo: Brett Coomer, Staff
League City

This was a cattle town long before the city got its name. According to the League City website, wealthy Galvestonian J.C. League bought property in the area and platted a town, naming it League City after himself.
Residents who preferred the original name, Clear Creek, fought back and forth with League City for several years, even moving the local post office back and forth, until finally merging with League City.
Allen Parkway

Key road that leads to downtown Houston
Named after John Kirby Allen and Augustus Chapman Allen — the two men who founded Houston on August 30, 1836.
Houston’s history reaches back to August of 1836 when the founders of the Bayou City established what would become the metropolis that we all know and live in today.
Though since 1836, a lot of people have come and gone while leaving their mark on the city – most notably their names.
Of the millions of people that have called this city home, there are a few icons who made such a difference in the Space City’s culture that some of Houston’s iconic features were named after them.Story continues below.
May 6, 1971: On this day, the Houston Cotton Exchange building was added to the National Register of Historic Places. Tweet host Michael Callahan, @MCallahanTV!

Media: Chron

Sure there are obvious Houston features like George Bush International Airport and Johnson Space Center – which are both named after former presidents with strong Texas ties – but what about Agustus and John Kirby? Or John and Dominique de Menil?
Click through the slideshow above to see the namesakes of some of Houston’s most iconic places. Continue clicking to learn how Houston’s neighborhoods got their names, as well.

Texas: Celebrating 100 Years of Ellington Field

The Texas Times –
Celebrating 100 Years of Ellington Field

A lot has changed in Houston, Texas over the past 100 years.  
For one, the city’s population is now about seventeen times what it was in 1917.  We’ve found better ways to beat the year-round heat than 300-pound blocks of ice, thankfully.  And you don’t see too many horses and buggies riding down Houston’s Westheimer Road anymore.
But one institution that has stood the test of time, and is still up-and-running on its 100th anniversary this month, is Houston’s Ellington Field–and you could say its history is the story of a lifetime.
Ellington Field was built in May of 1917 – just weeks after the United States entered World War I – when the War Department purchased 1,280 acres of land south of Houston.  The location was chosen for its favorable flight conditions.  It would soon be the site of a first-class pilot training base to meet the rising demand for military pilots in Europe.
The 120th Aero Squadron was transferred from San Antonio’s Kelly Field to Ellington Field, and civilian pilots were brought in from across the nation to train America’s newest airmen for battle.  They trained quickly and efficiently, and returned home from Europe as victors of the Great War.
The end of the war threatened the deactivation of Ellington Field, but it wasn’t long before another unit took advantage of the prime real estate.  In 1923, when the War Department authorized the Texas National Guard to establish its first aviation squadrons, the 111th Observation Squadron — tasked with mapping, photography, and reconnaissance support for the U.S. 36th Infantry Division — found its home on the runways of Ellington Field. 
When “Houston’s Own” 111th Squadron moved west to smoother runways at the newly-built Houston Municipal Airport in 1927 (known today as Houston Hobby), Ellington Field became obsolete.  Prairie grass grew so tall over Ellington’s runways that the War Department resorted to leasing the land to cattle grazers for revenue. 
But the rise of the Second World War created new demand for pilots, navigators, and bombardiers – and required top-notch training facilities to get them ready for battle fast.  Once again Houston’s favorable flight conditions, and the desire to protect the area’s oil refineries that fueled war efforts, brought the War Department’s focus back to Ellington Field.  The government still owned the abandoned base, and Houston’s rapid growth had made Ellington Field more accessible by highway and rail.
Once again, Ellington Field became a premiere flight training facility, home to the U.S. Army Air Corps’ Bombardment Academy of the Air.  Its well-trained pilots again returned home victorious and were so essential to the war effort that they led the United States to establish an independent U.S. Air Force.
As a reflection of the U.S. commitment to the Air Force, Ellington Field became Ellington Air Force Base.  Its buildings and runways were renovated for a fleet of larger and heavier aircraft, and it became the new home to the Civil Air Patrol, a public service unit centered on emergency service missions such as search and rescue and disaster relief.
Soon, the U.S. was ready for a new type of flight.  In the early 1960s, NASA officials traveled the nation to survey locations to house their new astronaut training complex, and they came to the same conclusion the War Department did 45 years earlier: the Houston climate was perfect for flight training.  That, along with Houston’s infrastructure, access to deep-water ports, and its first-class universities, led them to choose Houston as their new headquarters, and Ellington Air Force Base as their new astronaut flight training facility.  It’s where Neil Armstrong trained to maneuver in low-gravity zones, withstand G-forces, and even plant an American flag before he became the first man to land on the moon in 1969.  And it’s now supporting NASA’s next great mission: landing a human on Mars. 
Today, on Ellington Field’s 100th anniversary, it is one of the few World War I installations still in use.  It just became one of only ten FAA licensed commercial spaceports in the United States.  It accommodates NASA, supports civilian airports, and the Ellington Joint Reserve Base boasts the unique distinction of serving all five branches of the U.S. military – Air Force, Army, Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard.
For a century, Ellington Field has been a second home to those leading U.S. aviation and space exploration, defending democracy across the globe, and providing hope and support to Americans after natural disasters.  I am proud to commend its 100 years of meaningful service.