52 Places to Go in 2017

Lion cubs in the Duba Plains. João Silva/The New York Times

Botswana

Old lions, new digs in the heart of the Okavango.

If you’ve seen an African wildlife documentary in the last 30 years, chances are good that the filmmakers Dereck and Beverly Joubert had a hand in it. This spring the Jouberts, National Geographic explorers in residence, along with the company Great Plains Conservation, will open Duba Plains Camp, a luxury tented camp in a private 77,000-acre portion of the Okavango Delta that’s rife with lions, elephants and species specific to northern Botswana like the red lechwe. Expect safaris on boats with built-in camera mounts (when water levels allow) and a chance to see the descendants of Ma di Tau, the star of “The Last Lions.” — Tim Neville

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Christa the feminine divine. [via Nina Reznick]



She’s at St John the Divine. Kind of shocking and, though a little emaciated, being female she’s inevitably more erotic than the male version.

She should be better known but, in this climate, it would take some courage to publish her.

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52 Places to Go in 2017

Agra, India

Beyond the Taj Mahal, new attractions beckon.

Navigating the stunning, sprawling Taj Mahal will get easier when an orientation center opens this year, but 2017 also promises new reasons to venture beyond: Nearby streets have been repaved; the Agra Pavilion, a glass-walled dining complex, will host more than a dozen vendors and restaurants; and the Mughal Museum, a collaboration with the architect David Chipperfield and Studio Archohm, has broken ground. In addition, India’s fastest train and longest expressway now cut travel time from Delhi and Lucknow. — Ratha Tep

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Some ideas for the New Year! [via David Adashek]

THOUGHT for the day:
SOME PEOPLE ARE LIKE SLINKIES - NOT REALLY GOOD FOR ANYTHING BUT THEY BRING A SMILE TO YOUR FACE WHEN THEY'RE PUSHED DOWN THE STAIRS.




THESE REALLY WORK!!  I checked this out on Snopes.com and it's for real! 

AMAZING, SIMPLE HOME REMEDIES:

 1. AVOID CUTTING YOURSELF WHEN SLICING VEGETABLES BY GETTING SOMEONE ELSE TO HOLD THE VEGETABLES WHILE YOU CHOP.

2. AVOID ARGUMENTS WITH THE FEMALES ABOUT LIFTING THE TOILET SEAT BY USING THE SINK.

3. FOR HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE SUFFERERS ~ SIMPLY CUT YOURSELF AND BLEED FOR A FEW MINUTES, THUS REDUCING THE PRESSURE ON YOUR VEINS.  REMEMBER TO USE A TIMER.

4. A MOUSE TRAP PLACED ON TOP OF YOUR ALARM CLOCK WILL PREVENT YOU FROM ROLLING OVER AND GOING BACK TO SLEEP AFTER YOU HIT THE SNOOZE BUTTON.

5. IF YOU HAVE A BAD COUGH, TAKE A LARGE DOSE OF LAXATIVES. THEN YOU'LL BE AFRAID TO COUGH.

6. YOU NEED ONLY TWO TOOLS IN LIFE - WD-40 AND DUCT TAPE.  IF IT DOESN'T MOVE AND SHOULD, USE THE WD-40.  IF IT SHOULDN'T MOVE AND DOES, USE THE DUCT TAPE. 

7. IF YOU CAN'T FIX IT WITH A HAMMER, YOU'VE GOT AN ELECTRICAL PROBLEM. 








52 Places to Go in 2017: Canada



A northern neighbor is a world to explore.

Canada is huge — the second-largest country by area. It’s also a world unto itself, with cosmopolitan cities, barely explored natural wonders and everything in between. And this is the year to visit: In honor of the 150th anniversary of its confederation, when the original colonies came together as one country, Canada is rolling out the welcome mat. All of the country’s more than 200 national parks and historic sites are offering free admission through the year, from the turquoise lakes and mountain peaks of Banff in Alberta to the rolling dunes and red sandstone cliffs of Prince Edward Island along the Atlantic Coast to the newest reserve, the glacial-rounded Mealy Mountains in Labrador. Meanwhile, in the capital, Ottawa, a full year of celebration is planned; more events will be on offer in Montreal, which turns 375. And did we mention the exchange rate? A weak Canadian dollar means American travelers get more for their money. So 2017 offers an ideal time to go north.



Meryl

Only Meryl Streep could overtake the 2017 Golden Globes ceremony with her empowered acceptance speech for her Cecil B. DeMille award, seizing the opportunity to overtly take a jab at the imminent führer of America, Donald Trump, without ever even mentioning his name.

Acclaimed Japanese Jazz Pianist Yōsuke Yamashita Plays a Burning Piano on the Beach

The opportunity arose at the behest of Kanazawa’s 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, who staged Burning Piano 2008.

Jia Jiang adventures boldly into a territory so many of us fear: rejection. By seeking out rejection for 100 days — from asking a stranger to borrow $100 to requesting a "burger refill" at a restaurant — Jiang desensitized himself to the pain and shame that rejection often brings and, in the process, discovered that simply asking for what you want can open up possibilities where you expect to find dead ends.



More Unusual Japanese Houses [via Nina Reznick]

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This and the following two houses are the work of one particularly inspired architect, Terunobo Fujimori. Just where does he get his ideas from?
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He may have a thing for elevation, or so these three, otherwise distinct, examples seem to suggest.
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And he sure knows how to make a unique home for his clients and their families.
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Yet, he's not the only one. Japan is full of inventive minds, ready to outdo each other with the most outlandish homes ever conceived.
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And there are always plenty of people interested in realizing these blueprints and having them built in their own space.
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Of course, it's not just the Japanese that have to put up with neighbors who want to be different. But I don't recall ever seeing anything quite like this pyramid house.
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With lighting, some of the house do look incredibly spectacular. Though you have to wonder what they look like on the inside. It may seem that the weirder they look on the outside the less space they have on the inside. 
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But there's always a new house that puts paid to that.

 

MORE REINDEER PEOPLE [via Nina Reznick]






Unusual Japanese Houses [via Nina Reznick]

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Japan is a place known to have some unique architecture.
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Of course, we often think of the traditional wooden houses of former days, but things are changing fast.
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As old houses get torn down one by one, land owners routinely set about creating their own dream home.
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And while for most people that means going with the common style of the day, there are always exceptions.
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So, although many of Japan's streets are lined with neat looking but simple houses, expertly designed to absorb the shock of earthquakes, some people take things a little further.

Owning a Specimen of the World’s Rarest, Most Controversial Cat Breed Costs $23,000



Created by crossing a wild Caracal and an Abyssinian cat, the Caracat is currently the world’s rarest and most expensive cat breed. It numbers only 30 specimens, and owning one costs 1.5 million Russian rubles, or $23,400.
Wild Caracals have long been revered for their exotic beauty and elegance. In ancient Egypt they were often embalmed and buried with pharaohs and depicted in intricate murals, while in China, emperors gave them away as special gifts.

The Caracat is an extremely rare and controversial breed. According to Ruptly TV, an outfit of Russia Today, there are only 30 Caracat specimens in the world today, which has to do with the difficulties of mixing two different size felines – a wild Caracal, which weighs around 30 pounds, with a domestic Abyssinian, which weighs about 10 pounds. Cat Breeder Jacquie Barnes-Hookey says that “because of the difference in the length of gestation, the kittens only rarely survive.”

“Caracat breeders are putting the mother through the stress of conceiving a huge kitten or two, with only a small percentage of F1s (first generation) surviving. That can’t be good for any mother,” Barnes-Hookey adds.


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Cat breeder Barbara Galbraith Furbish also agrees that while the Caracat “is an amazingly beautiful animal, to intentionally cross a species that would not otherwise be inclined to cross ‘au naturale’ is the wrong kind of ‘gene fiddling'”. She adds that because of the unnatural cross between a Caracal and a Abyssinian cat, one can see both “the wild animal pleading behind those eyes to be released” and “the panicked domestic.”

And as with any exotic hybrids, owners of Caracats have to consider other problems as well: genetic defects that make the animal unable to properly digest food, resulting in inflammatory bowel disease, the possibility of death following a rabies vaccine that would otherwise not affect a domestic cat, a tendency to play rough (frequent biting), and pungent urine spraying (characteristic of wild cats).

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Seduction is a Life Skill!

In 2009 & 2012 Chen was nominated as one of the "YWCA Women of Distinction in Vancouver," and was recently honored by the Australian government with a Distinguished Talent Permanent Visa for her international achievements in the arts. As the international author of "My Seductive Cuba, a unique travel guide", Chen has won two awards in the US, including the prestigious IPPY Book Award. With a passion for dance and creative movement, Lizra offers students seduction workshops and focused lectures and seminars about the art of seduction in our everyday lives.



Galileo's Hypothesis Proved [via David Adshek]

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Galileo in 15th century, discovered that any object falling to earth, falls at the same rate of time . He mentioned that a cannonball and a feather, if dropped from the same height will touch the ground at the same time provided there is no air resistance. He had difficulty explaining it for quite a long time .

4 centuries later with the current Technology it has been experimentally demonstrated.

Its a great visual treat to watch  

People go to great lengths to protect man’s best friend.

One day while hunting one of the highly trained dogs was chasing some pigs by scent and collided with a big buck kangaroo that then held and wrestled the dog by its protective gear (boars have tusks like knives), the owner was horrified that his dog or the kangaroo would get hurt and run in to save both parties. You can see the dog trying to escape, wanting nothing to do with the kangaroo. The big buck kangaroo releases the dog when the owner gets close but then moves in to try and attack the human.

The man then confronts the animal, who lets go of the dog and the fight begins. After several hops, the man punches the kangaroo directly in the face, forcing him to bounce backward.

The punch stops the roo and makes him think about the situation, giving the owner and the dog time to disengage from the big wild animal and leaving it to hop off and I suppose wonder about what just happened. We laughed at the absurdity of the situation and at how unfortunate it was for the dog and kangaroo.

Our 6 foot-7 inch friend felt no malice to the kangaroo but had to step in and fix a bad situation before it got worse.

These Realistic-Looking Leather Shoes Are Actually Made of Chocolate, Cost More Than Real Shoes

Featuring perfectly replicated seams, soles and shoelaces, as well as impressively realistic finish, these life-size chocolate shoes seem made of genuine brown leather.

The “Gentleman’s Radiance” chocolate line is the creation of master chocolatier Motohiro Okai of Rihga Royal Hotel’s chocolate boutique L’éclat, in Osaka, Japan. Each leather show measures 26 centimeters (10.2 inches) in length, and is crafted exclusively from chocolate, including the insole and laces. The shoes come in three different shades of brown leather – light, dark and red-brown – and have a realistic shiny finish which Okai achieved after a painstaking process of trial and error.




Each pair of life-size chocolate shoes comes bundled with shoe care accessories, including a shiny shoehorn made from chocolate and a jar of “shoe cream” that actually contains round disks of tempered chocolate.

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The workmanship and attention to detail that went into creating the Gentleman’s Radiance chocolate shoes is best reflected by the obscene price tag of a pair – 29,160 yen (US$258.45). Only nine pairs will be made available for purchase, and only by reservation.

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If you’re actually considering spending more money on a pair of chocolate shoes than most people spend for actual footwear, you should know that reservations for the Gentleman’s Radiance line will be accepted between January 20 – February 7, with deliveries for 7-14 February, in time of Valentine’s Day.

Great new inventions [via Cacciatore}


A pen that lets you scan and write in any color.



Wall outlets with USB chargers.


It should also come with a built-in night light


And the ultimate outlet would also have extension cords built into the wall


Traffic lights with countdown indicators