Wednesday, August 16, 2017
AUSTIN, TX — Police on Thursday released video footage showing a car plunging seven stories from a downtown Austin garage last month.
The footage is cringe-worthy, showing the moment the car hits the pavement below and ends up upturned. On its way down, the vehicle clips another car seemingly exiting the garage. Within seconds, passersby are shown rushing to the wreckage in an attempt to aid the driver.
The motorist, a woman in her 30s, was rushed by medics to Dell Seton Medical Center with serious injuries.
Austin-Travis County EMS medics transported the woman to Dell Seton Medical Center after the July 13 incident that occurred at 508 Brazos St. at around 8:30 a.m.
Police said at the time that the car broke through a barrier on the 7th floor before falling into an alley below.
The incident marked the second time a car had broken through protective barriers fronting a parking spot in less than a year. Another motorist broke through the barrier in September 2016, leaving his car dangling from the top floor of the garage for several hours.
The male motorist in the first incident escaped the incident unscathed. Police Release Footage of Car Plunging 7 Sotries in Downtown Austin
The term "opaline" in current times refers to many forms of opaque and colored glass. In France the term opaline is used to refer to multiple types of glass and not specifically antique colored crystal or semi-crystal. The idea that the term opaline is strictly antique French crystal is incorrect. For instance when shopping in France you may see a piece of American slag glass for sale labeled opaline in reference to the color of glass and not the age, origin or content of the glass.
Opaline glass is also a decorative style of glass made in France from 1800 to the 1890s, though it reached its peak of popularity during the reign of Napoleon III in the 1850s and 1860s. The glass is opaque or slightly translucent, and can appear either white or brightly colored in shades of green, blue, pink, black, lavender and yellow. The glass has a high lead content which defined it as "demi-crystal" or semi-crystal. The primary influences on this style of glass were 16th century Venetian milk glass, and English white glass produced in 18th century Bristol.
Many different pieces were produced in opaline glass, including vases, bowls, cups, coupes, decanters, perfume bottles, boxes, clocks and other implements. The popularity of Opaline glass began during the reign of Napoleon. Cities involved in the production included Le Creusot, Baccarat, and Saint-Louis, Réunion, as well as various locations in England.
All opaline glass is hand-blown and has a rough or polished pontil on the bottom. There are no seams and no machine engraving. Many pieces of opaline glass are decorated with gilding. Some with handpainted flowers or birds. Several have bronze ormolu mounts, rims, hinges or holders. Real opaline glass was produced only in France. In the 20th century Italy produced a similar glass and called it opaline veritable. [wiki]
Made in 1947 by the U.S. War Department. Important that people learn from the past so they don't repeat it. Admonishes Americans that they will lose their country if they let fanaticism and hatred turn them into "suckers." "Let's forget about 'we' and 'they' -- let's think about us!" In the context of the emerging Cold War, this film appears paradoxical.
Tuesday, August 15, 2017
Bear swipes car for joyride, then poops inside: A bear broke into an SUV and took it for a joyride in Colorado — before crashing it, trashing the interior and pooping inside
Poll: Almost half of Republicans believe Trump won popular vote - Delusional or stupid, you decide.
Reddit asks: Doctors, what's the stupidest thing you've had to explain to a patient? - Entertaining read. Another fine example of need for public education funding.
Driver in Los Angeles repeatedly rear-ends another car. Drugs are a hell of a drug.
Go to the link below to read more about this amazing sight. It's not albino, the eyes are black. Apparently, there are about 100 of these animals that get their coloring from a genetic mutation.
Monday, August 14, 2017
A general noticed one of his soldiers behaving oddly.
The soldier would pick up any piece of paper he found, frown and say, "That's not it," and put it down again.
This went on for some time, until the general arranged to have the soldier psychologically tested.
The psychologist concluded that the soldier was deranged, and wrote out his discharge from the army.
The soldier picked it up, smiled and said, "That's it."
Sunday, August 13, 2017
Saturday, August 12, 2017
The Death of Stalin is a forthcoming Franco-British satirical period comedy-drama film directed by Armando Iannucci which chronicles the events that transpired after the death of Joseph Stalin in 1953.
In theaters September 2017.