2.27.2020

GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS THAT WERE SET AT CASINOS


Land-based casinos are dynamic places where a lot of things occur. The larger ones have thousands of employees and host amazing stories of success and failure. Not only this (for example, best online casino Canada real money is too), but they have hosted some world records.

Bacon Cheeseburger

It is always good to start with food. Minnesota’s Casino holds the Guinness World Record for the largest bacon cheeseburger who was heavy 914 kilograms. The previous record-holder was more than twice less the weight of the Minnesota beast. It took a crane to flip the patty and it took hours for the meat to be cooked.  The burger was three meters wide and had 18 km of cheese and another 18 of pickles, 27 kg of bacon and 23 kg of lettuce and sliced onions. When the burger was finished, all of the gamblers helped in eating it and it had an estimated 4 million calories. Talk about bad cholesterol.

Guitar Smashing

Some people adore guitar smashes whilst some strongly oppose it saying that it is a waste of good guitars. We’ll get to that later. In 2010 in Florida’s Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino 1914 people smashed their acoustic guitars as part of the big opening. The guitars weren’t playable or at least the Hard Rock Hotel said so and they also donated $50k of real guitars to local schools’ musical sections. Not too shabby. But still, it always feels like such a waste of guitars and wood.

Two World Records in One Card Throw

Rick Smith Junior managed to beat two World Records at the same time in 2002 in Cleveland. The card throw reached almost 66 meters making it the farthest throw but it was also flying at the speed of 92 mph which accounted for the fastest throw. If this card hit a person, there would be serious if not fatal injuries. The same magician also set two more World Records in 2014 and 2015 for the most accurate throw and the highest throw of almost 22 meters.

The Biggest Blackjack Table

This is an extremely fun record and it was set in California in 2012. The table is approximately 200 square meters of area and the dealer stands in the middle of the table whilst the game lasts.

The Biggest Slots Tournament

The tournament included more than 3000 players and the winner received $21k and a trip to Las Vegas for a second tournament. These are just some of the world records set in casinos and there are numerous others. Share your story with us in the comments section.

2.25.2020

JAGUAR E-TYPE: ONE OF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL CARS OF ALL TIME


The Jaguar E-Type, or the Jaguar XK-E for the North American market, is a British sports car that was manufactured by Jaguar Cars Ltd between 1961 and 1975. Its combination of beauty, high performance, and competitive pricing established the model as an icon of the motoring world.


The E-Type's claimed 150 mph (241 km/h) top speed, sub-7-second 0 to 60 mph (97 km/h) acceleration, unitary construction, disc brakes, rack-and-pinion steering, and independent front and rear suspension distinguished the car and spurred industry-wide changes.


The E-Type was based on Jaguar's D-Type racing car, which had won the 24 Hours of Le Mans three consecutive years beginning 1955, and employed what was, for the early 1960s, a novel racing design principle, with a front subframe carrying the engine, front suspension and front bodywork bolted directly to the body tub.


On its release in March 1961, Enzo Ferrari called it "the most beautiful car ever made". In 2004, Sports Car International magazine placed the E-Type at number one on their list of Top Sports Cars of the 1960s. In March 2008, the Jaguar E-Type ranked first in The Daily Telegraph online list of the world's "100 most beautiful cars" of all time.


Outside automotive circles, the E-type received prominent placement in Diabolik comic series, Austin Powers films and the television series Mad Men.



2.24.2020

1968 OPEL GT: THE FIRST GENERATION


The very hot little Opel GT is a front-engine, rear-drive two-seat sports car manufactured and marketed by Opel in two generations — separated by a 34-year hiatus. There was one green Opel GT that lived in my hometown of Ypsilanti, Michigan. I never did know who owned it. Maybe some of you Ypsi folks remember...


The first generation Opel GT (1968-1973) debuted as a styling exercise in 1965 at the Paris and Frankfurt motor shows. The production vehicle used mechanical components from the contemporary Opel Kadett B and two-door hard top bodywork by French contractor Brissonneau & Lotz. The styling of the GT was often cited as similar (but smaller) to the 1968 Chevrolet Corvette which went on sale in September 1967. Read the Specs Here



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ALBERT EINSTEIN GENIUS: SEASON 1 NOW ON HULU


Genius is an American anthology period drama television series developed by Noah Pink and Kenneth Biller which premiered on April 25, 2017, on National Geographic. Seasons 1 and 2 are both featured on HULU now.



I watched Season 1 last night and never slept until all 10 hours were over. Wow, you know, I knew very little about Albert Einstein. His life was quite controversial in many ways. His work was everything to him but his wives were most prominently influential in his successes, though uncredited.

Johnny Flynn and Geoffrey Rush as young and elder Einstein

The first season follows the life of Albert Einstein, from his early years, through his time as a patent clerk, to his later years as a physicist who developed the theory of relativity; the season is based on the 2007 book Einstein: His Life and Universe by Walter Isaacson.

Samantha Colley is amazing as Mileva Marić Einstein

In April 2017, National Geographic renewed the series for a second season, which follows the life and artistry of Pablo Picasso portrayed by the wonderful Antonio Banderas and aired from April 24 to June 19, 2018.


In April 2018, National Geographic renewed the series for a third season, which is set to follow the life of the famous singer Aretha Franklin and will premiere in May 25, 2020. Read More

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ARTHUR DARK'S HOLLYWOOD GRAVEYARD YOUTUBE VIDEO TOURS!


I really loved The Hollywood Graveyard Youtube Channel that I spent hours watching tonight!  Geez, those videos must have involved a lot of work by Arthur Dark and The Hollywood Graveyard Community. THG has a large group of folks that photograph the graves of the famous and historical graves in their neck of the woods. They cross the country, and the oceans, to pay their respects to legends around the globe, like Lucille Ball, Mary Tyler Moore, Rick James, and many more. I loved taking the video tour am sure you will enjoy the tour as well. Check out their other videos on their website.

The first video I watched was about the cast and crew of The Wizard of Oz. I loved it so much I went searching for more...



Here is a full list of stars: Johnny Mercer, Jan Hooks, Margaret Mitchell, Asa Candler, Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes, Frederick Douglass, Susan B. Anthony, George Eastman, B.F. Goodrich, Lucille Ball, Brad Anderson, Kristen Pfaff, Rick James, Shirley Chisholm, Uncle Sam Wilson, Virgil Earp, Boothill Graveyard, Dennis Hopper, Tommy Bolin, Esther Rolle, Lizzie Borden, Thelma Todd, James Dole, Richard Denning, Evelyn Ankers, Marie Laveau, Nicolas Cage (future site), Percy Sledge, Donald Meek, Jack Swigert, Christa McAuliffe, Bernie Mac, Helen Morgan, John Panozzo, Jesse Owens, Joan Tabor, Grim Natwick, Mary Tyler Moore, Jason Robards, Dagmar, Charles Schulz, Buddy Baer, Lolly Vegas, Walter Huston, Richard Kiel, Nate Dogg, Glenn Quinn, The Knotts, C.S. Forester, Thurl Ravenscroft, Bradley Nowell, Baby Marie Osborne


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2.21.2020

KIMMER'S TOP 5 MICHIGAN BOOKS FOR FEBRUARY


In this news-breaking narrative, decades of women who brought down sexual predator Larry Nassar offer groundbreaking new insight, with the first known survivor and many others sharing their stories exclusively for the first time.



We think of Larry Nassar as the despicable sexual predator of Olympic gymnasts -- but there is an astonishing, untold story. For decades, in a small-town gym in Michigan, he honed his manipulations on generations of aspiring gymnasts. Kids from the neighborhood.

Girls with hopes of a college scholarship. Athletes and parents with a dream. In The Girls, these brave women for the first time describe Nassar's increasingly bold predations through the years, recount their warning calls unheeded, and demonstrate their resilience in the face of a nightmare.


In 1906 George Shiras III (1859 -1942) published a series of remarkable nighttime photographs in National Geographic. Taken with crude equipment, the black-and-white photographs featured leaping whitetail deer, a beaver gnawing on a tree, and a snowy owl perched along the shore of a lake in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. The pictures, stunning in detail and composition, celebrated American wildlife at a time when many species were going extinct because of habitat loss and unrestrained hunting.




As a congressman and lawyer, Shiras joined forces with his friend Theodore Roosevelt and scientists in Washington, DC, who shaped the conservation movement during the Progressive Era. His legal and legislative efforts culminated with the passage of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act.


Come See About Me, Marvin is accessible, honest poetry about and for real people. In the collection, Brian G. Gilmore seeks to invite the reader into a fantastical dialogue between himself and Marvin Gaye-two black men who were born in the nation's capital, but who moved to the Midwest for professional ambitions.



In trying to acclimate himself to a new job in a new place-a place that seemed so different from the home he had always known Gilmore often looked to Marvin Gaye as an example for how to be. These poems were derived as a means of coping in a strange land.



Detroit is home to an amazing architectural sculpture-a host of gargoyles, grotesques, and other silent guardians that watch over the city from high above its streets and sidewalks, often unnoticed or ignored by the people passing below.



Jeff Morrison's Guardians of Detroit: Architectural Sculpture in the Motor City documents these incredible features in a city that began as a small frontier fort and quickly grew to become a major metropolis and industrial titan. Detroit developed steadily following its founding in 1701.

Aretha Franklin and Linda Solomon

"Aretha was private. I respected this and she trusted me." Linda Solomon met Aretha Franklin in 1983 when she was just beginning her career as a photojournalist and newspaper columnist. Franklin's brother and business manager arranged for Solomon to capture the singer's major career events-just as she was coming back home to Detroit from California-while Franklin requested that Solomon document everything else.



Everything. And she did just that. What developed over these years of photographing birthday and Christmas parties in her home, annual celebrity galas, private backstage moments during national awards ceremonies, photo shoots with the iconic pink Cadillac, and more was a friendship between two women who grew to enjoy and respect one another.

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THE FOLSOM PROJECT: CINEMATIC CONCEPT ALBUM THE WOLF & THE SKULL


THE FOLSOM PROJECT Releases Their Debut Cinematic Concept Album THE WOLF & THE SKULL

San Francisco, CA – From the mind of composer, producer, and multi-instrumentalist Romsam Malpica, a new way of presenting cinematic atmospheres through an audiovisual experience has been born under his moniker THE FOLSOM PROJECT. A mix of Orchestral Rock, Trap, and Trip-hop, THE FOLSOM PROJECT draws inspiration from Romsam’s experience with film scoring and dark sound design, which he explores on his debut cinematic concept album THE WOLF & THE SKULL, releasing online February 21 everywhere music is streamed and sold, followed by an official CD release on March 13, 2020.

THE FOLSOM PROJECT was conceived in 2015 while Romsam was studying music production for a year at Pyramind in downtown San Francisco, CA. Originally from Jalisco, Mexico, Romsam was inspired by his new surroundings, and he took the name of the street where his SF Music Academy was located for THE FOLSOM PROJECT.

It was here that Romsam Malpica began to develop the concept of an “audible action thriller.” The resulting debut album THE WOLF & THE SKULL is a soundtrack to the story he tells of a sick and troubled doctor in charge of a biochemical lab in the middle of the woods. The doctor works on the mysterious Folsom Project, which hides a dark truth. The story is told through the eyes of “The Wolf,” an animalistic creature that awakens in the woods with no memory and a thirst for vengeance, and explores The Wolf’s journey to unravel the truth about his past and stop the doctor at all costs.



The first single to introduce the album’s concept was “Dr. Schmidth,” which was released digitally in the summer of 2019 and is, as Romsam calls it, “the villain’s ballad.” Following that release was “Iceland,” the next single that explores a conversation between the secondary characters Ali and Bob, aka The Skull. Ali is in her mid-twenties and was abducted by the Project, while The Skull is a biogenetic scientist and the doctor’s partner.

These first two singles culminated with the digital release of The Wolf & The Woods EP, which featured the first five songs off the new full-length album. Romsam also designed visual elements across all the artwork and videos for the project to help establish the main color and tone of the album’s story, set amongst the dark imagery of the woods and featuring characters like The Wolf, The Lady in White, or The Skull with his mysterious yet unknown intentions.

Get a taste of the cinematic audiovisual experience provided by THE FOLSOM PROJECT and the new debut album THE WOLF & THE SKULL, releasing online February 21 everywhere music is streamed and sold, followed by an official CD release on March 13, 2020.


To order THE WOLF & THE SKULL on digital services please visit: https://smarturl.it/TFPWolfandSkull

To order THE WOLF & THE SKULL on Bandcamp please visit: https://thefolsomproject.bandcamp.com/

For more information about THE FOLSOM PROJECT please visit: www.thefolsomprojectmusic.com


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TEN OF PENTACLES: GOOD FORTUNE AND ABUNDANCE


This is a great day to spend with family. If you haven't contacted family members recently then you may wish to think about picking up the phone, or better yet, visit. They will be pleased to see you and you may learn something interesting.

For love: Any problems you've been having with your partner's family should smooth out today. Talk of your own family and plans for the future are also in order. Everything is positive with the Ten of Pentacles.

For work: Great day to be at work today. You may even find there is talk of a promotion or raise. If you have been looking for a new job or going for interviews then the outcome looks very promising.

2.20.2020

SELF MADE: MADAM CJ WALKER ENTREPRENEUR NEW NETFLIX SERIES!


Left: Walker in 1912; Right: Octavia Spencer as the inspiring businesswoman in the Netflix series “Self Made,” which debuts this month. (Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of A'Lelia Bundles / Madam Walker Family Archives; Netflix)

Madam C.J. Walker, born Sarah Breedlove in Louisiana in 1867, was the most successful black wellness mogul of her day. Now a new Netflix series will show how this enterprising daughter of freed slaves empowered generations of black women to prosper.


Breedlove was in her 30s when she began treating her bald spots with beeswax, copper sulfate, and sulfur. She found it so effective she sold it to other black women door-to-door in Denver. In 1908, having married a Colorado journalist named Charles J. Walker, she launched a beauty school in Pittsburgh with the profits from “Mrs. Walker’s Wonderful Hair Grower.” Soon she was training a legion of women who earned a living selling her products.




Sarah married her third husband, Charles Joseph Walker, a newspaper advertising salesman she met while living in St. Louis, in 1906. He became her business partner in the venture, too. This is how she became known as Madam C.J. Walker.

She marketed herself as an independent hairdresser and retailer of cosmetic creams. Her husband’s advertising experience proved beneficial in promoting the business but the biggest asset was Sarah going door-to-door teaching other black women how to groom and style their hair using her scalp condition and healing formula, Madam Walker’s Wonderful Hair Grower. Read More


Self Made: Inspired by the Life of Madam C. J. Walker is an upcoming American drama web television limited series, based on the biography On Her Own Ground by A'Lelia Bundles, that is set to premiere on March 20, 2020 on Netflix.

 
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