5 Jul 2015

19 of the world’s iconic landmarks before they were finished

The Empire State Building is a 102-story skyscraper located in Midtown Manhattan, New York City, on Fifth Avenue between West 33rd and 34th Streets. It has a roof height of 1,250 feet (381 m), and with its antenna spire included, it stands a total of 1,454 feet (443 m) high.
Its name is derived from the nickname for New York, the Empire State. It stood as the world’s tallest building for nearly 40 years, from its completion in early 1931 until the topping out of the original World Trade Center’s North Tower in late 1970

1. The Empire State Building – 1931

2. The Statue of Liberty – 1885

3. The Eiffel Tower – 1888

4. Tower Bridge, London – 1892

5. U.S. Capitol Building – 1861

6. Flatiron Building – 1902

7. Lincoln Memorial – 1920

8. The Golden Gate Bridge – 1936

9. Chrysler Building – 1930

10. Christ The Redeemer, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – 1931

11. Hoover Dam – 1932

12. Mount Rushmore – 1933

13. Space Needle, Seattle – 1961

14. Gateway Arch, St. Louis – 1965

15. Sydney Opera House – 1966

16. World Trade Center – 1970

17. Luxor, Las Vegas – 1993

18. Petronas Towers, Malaysia – 1995

19. Burj Khalifa – 2008

4 Jul 2015

Long Exposure Photos Of Glowworms Turn New Zealand Cave Into Starry Night (11 Pics)

This surreal long-exposure photography of glowworms was captured by new-media artist Joseph Michael. The Auckland, New Zealand-based photographer took these pictures in 30 million-year-old limestone cave formations on North Island.
“The exposures varied on the cave and how close I could get. 5 mins for the close ups. 30 mins or 1hr for some of the wider ones,” Michael explains on Facebook. There “was a bit of experimentation involved. Getting the ISO / f stop mix right. The blue light in some of the pics is a soft LED which is powered from my car battery / inverter combo.”
Arachnocampa luminosa is a species of fungus gnat endemic to New Zealand. The larva hangs down snares of silk that are up to 40 cm (15.75 in) to catch their prey; the hungrier the larva, the brighter they glow.

3 Jul 2015

Bakery Owners Fined $135,000 For Refusing To Serve Lesbians

Sweetcakes By Melissa owners Melissa and Aaron Klein were fined $135,000 today “in damages for emotional and mental suffering resulting from the denial of service.” Earlier this year, the Oregon couple refused to bake a wedding cake for a lesbian couple and they have been in a legal battle ever since.
In a preliminary finding, the Kleins were found guilty of discrimination based on sexual orientation. The fine is retribution for their refusing to serve the lesbian couple.
From The Blaze:
“This case is not about a wedding cake or a marriage. It is about a business’s refusal to serve someone because of their sexual orientation. Under Oregon law, that is illegal,” the bureau’s order said.
“Within Oregon’s public accommodations law is the basic principle of human decency that every person, regardless of their sexual orientation, has the freedom to fully participate in society,” it added. “The ability to enter public places, to shop, to dine, to move about unfettered by bigotry.”
The couple reacted to the ruling in a Facebook statement.
“This effectively strips us of all our first amendment rights. According to the state of Oregon we neither have freedom of religion or freedom of speech,” the statement said. “We will NOT give up this fight, and we will NOT be silenced. We stand for God’s truth, God’s word and freedom for ALL americans.”
“We are here to obey God not man, and we will not conform to this world,” it continued. “If we were to lose everything it would be totally worth it for our Lord who gave his one and only son, Jesus, for us! God will win this fight!”

Official List of LAZIEST States in America, Where Does Yours Rank?

It really doesn’t take much to stay physically active these days, and you don’t have to go to the gym every other day to stay fit, either.
A 10-minute bike ride after work every day would be more than sufficient to do the trick.
But with busy lifestyles, families, and work, more and more Americans seem to be having trouble finding the time and energy to exercise properly.
We hear practically non-stop from the loony left how the greatest threat facing humanity is climate change.
These nuts couldn’t be more wrong, and I’m not just talking about the science.

No, the biggest threat to humanity isn’t global warming, it’s laziness. Both economically and physically speaking.
For example, obesity isn’t some disease killing people like the modern day bubonic plague. It’s an issue of self-control and a lack of physical exercise. The main cause of obesity is laziness.
A recent study was conducted to find out what the laziest states in the country were, and a top 10 list of the worst offenders was put together. …

From The Blaze:
FindTheBest and the data site HealthGrove took a look at exercise statistics collected by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and discovered that one in four people in the U.S. have not exercised outside of work in the last month.
In 2012, adults 20 years and older were asked the following question in a survey: “During the past month, other than your regular job, did you participate in any physical activities or exercises such as running, calisthenics, golf, gardening or walking for exercise?”

Here’s a map of the U.S. that shows a county breakdown with dark blue representing a low number of physically inactive people and dark orange representing high number of physically inactive people:
Here’s the official Top Ten list:
10. North Dakota: 24.8 percent of people are physically inactive
9. Indiana: 27.2 percent of people are physically inactive
8. Kentucky: 27.8 percent of people are physically inactive
7. Alabama: 28.4 percent of people are physically inactive
6. Louisiana: 29.3 percent of people are physically inactive

5. Oklahoma: 29.8 percent of people are physically inactive
4. West Virginia: 30.5 percent of people are physically inactive
3. Arkansas: 30.6 percent of people are physically inactive
2. Tennessee: 31.3 percent of people are physically inactive
1. Mississippi: 32.9 percent of people are physically inactive

People Reveal Their Biggest Regrets In Life Before They Die (20 pics)