Thursday, November 29, 2012
During an early morning response to a house fire in Santa Rosa de Temuco, Chile, firefighters witnessed the unbelievable. A mother dog risked her life to save her puppies from the fire surrounding the burning house, which started because of a car bomb.
The mother dog, Amanda, raced back and forth between the house,
putting her 10 day old puppies in the safest place she could find - a firetruck!
She didn't stop racing back into the fire until
all of her puppies were safely away from the fire.
The firemen on scene could not believe their eyes.
Most people have never seen a dog this smart or this brave!
After rescuing all of her pups from the blaze,
Amanda sat down next to them, protecting them with her body.
Onlookers called an emergency veterinary service
and she and her pups were rushed to the hospital.
Aside from one puppy being treated for serious burns,
the entire family are alive and well - thanks to the bravery of Amanda,
the heroic mother!
This is not an email forward . . . it comes from facebook!
Monday, November 26, 2012
Sculptures of Native American scenes made out of paper by Allen and Patty Eckman
These stunningly detailed sculptures may only be made from paper -
but they are being snapped up by art fans for tens of thousands of pounds.
The intricate creations depict Native American scenes and took up to 11 months
to make using a specially formulated paper.
Husband and wife team Allen and Patty Eckman
put paper pulp into clay moulds
and pressurise it to remove the water
The hard, lightweight pieces are then removed
and the couple painstakingly add
detailed finishings with a wide range of tools.
They have been making the creations since 1987 at their home studio,
in South Dakota, America,
and have racked up a whopping £ 3 million selling the works of art
The pieces depict traditional scenes from
Native American history of Cherokees hunting and dancing
The most expensive piece is called Prairie Edge Powwow which sold for £47,000
Allen said: "We create Indians partly because my great, great grandmother
was a Cherokee and my family on both sides admire the native Americans...
I work on the men and animals and Patty does
the women and children" explains Allen.
"I enjoy most doing the detail. The paper really lends itself to unlimited detail.
I'm really interested in the Indians' material, physical and spiritual culture
and that whole period of our nation's history I find fascinating.
From the western expansion, through the Civil War and beyond is of great interest to me."
Allen explained their technique: "It should not be confused with papier mache.
The two mediums are completely different. I call what we do 'cast paper sculpture'"
..."Some of them we create are lifesize and some we scale down to 1/6 lifesize"
"These sculptures are posed as standing nude figures
and limited detailed animals with no ears, tails or hair"
"We transform them by sculpting on top of them - creating detail
with soft and hard paper we make in various thicknesses and textures.
"We have really enjoyed the development of our fine art techniques over the years
and have created a process that is worth sharing. There are many artists
and sculptors who we believe will enjoy this medium as much as we have."
1910 Ford Model R
Show this to your friends, children and/or grandchildren!
THE YEAR IS 1910
This will boggle your mind, I know it did mine!************ ********* ***********The year is 1910One hundred years ago.What a difference a century makes!Here are some statistics for the Year 1910:************ ********* ***********The average life expectancy for men was 47 years.Fuel for this car was sold in drug stores only.Only 14 percent of the homes had a bathtub.Only 8 percent of the homes had a telephone.There were only 8,000 cars and only 144 miles of paved roads.The maximum speed limit in most cities was 10 mph.The tallest structure in the world was the Eiffel Tower!The average US wage in 1910 was 22 cents per hour.The average US worker made between $200 and $400 per year.A competent accountant could expect to earn $2000 per year, A dentist $2,500 per year, a veterinarian between $1,500 and $4,000 per year, and a mechanical engineer about $5,000 per year.More than 95 percent of all births took place at HOME .Ninety percent of all Doctors had NO COLLEGE EDUCATION! Instead, they attended so-called medical schools, many of which Were condemned in the press AND the government as 'substandard.'Sugar cost four cents a pound.Eggs were fourteen cents a dozen.Coffee was fifteen cents a pound.Most women only washed their hair once a month, and used Borax or egg yolks for shampoo.Canada passed a law that prohibited poor people from entering into their country for any reason.The Five leading causes of death were:1. Pneumonia and influenza2. Tuberculosis3. Diarrhea4. Heart disease5. StrokeThe American flag had 45 stars ...The population of Las Vegas , Nevada , was only 30!!!!Crossword puzzles, canned beer, and iced tea hadn't been invented yet.There was no Mother's Day or Father's Day.Two out of every 10 adults couldn't read or write andOnly 6 percent of all Americans had graduated from high school..Marijuana, heroin, and morphine were all available over the counter at the local corner drugstores.Back then pharmacists said, 'Heroin clears the complexion, gives buoyancy to the mind, Regulates the stomach and bowels, and is, in fact, a perfect guardian of health' ( Shocking?)Eighteen percent of households had at least one full-time servant or domestic help ....There were about 230 reported murders in the ENTIRE U.S.A. !I am now going to forward this to someone else without typing it myself.From there, it will be sent to others all over the WORLD - all in a matter of seconds!Try to imagine what it may be like in another 100 years.IT STAGGERS THE MIND
I looked up the population for 1910 in the US and it was 92,228,496
Google search “the most colorful river in the world” and you’ll get lots of hits!
The Most Colourful River In The World
The river shown in the photographs is the Caño Cristales, which is located near the town of La Macarena in Columbia , South America . The river, world famous for its colourful display, has been called "the river that ran away to paradise", "the most beautiful river in the world" and "the river of five colours".
During Colombia 's wet season, the water flows fast and deep, obscuring the bottom of the river and denying the mosses and algae that call the river home the sun that they need. And during the dry season there is not enough water to support the dazzling array of life in the river. But during a brief span between the wet and dry seasons, when the water level is just right, the many varieties of algae and moss bloom in a dazzling display of colors. Blotches of amarillo , blue, green, black, and red - and a thousand shades in between - coat the river.
The part of the river where the colourful blooms occur is quite isolated and is not accessible by road. Adventurous tourists can now fly into La Macarena and then make their way to to the river site on foot as part of guided tours. The site was effectively closed to tourists for several years because of guerrilla activity in the region along with concerns about the impact of unregulated tourist traffic. However, the site was reopened to visitors in 2009.
So far, some 1,000 people have visited Caño Cristales, including around 100 foreign tourists.
The tours will follow four clearly marked and authorized paths and one is no longer permitted to stay overnight or cook, as this was ruining the area previously.