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Pile of ancient skulls, artifacts found in Mexico (Photos)

Sunday, January 27th, 2013 | NEWS, SCIENCE, World with No Comments »

A pile of ancient skulls were reportedly found in Mexico. Aside from the skulls, several artifacts were also unearthed in a deserted area that used to have a vast lake.

Below are some of the images that shows the pile of ancients skulls found in Mexico together with artifacts that attracts looter in the area.

1935 Neon Light in Clifton’s Cafeteria left on for 77 years has $17K in electric bills

Sunday, May 27th, 2012 | BUSINESS, NEWS, World with No Comments »
1935 neon light inside Clifton's Cafeteria


Image Credit: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times

A 1935 neon light was left on for 77 years in the Broadway eatery, Clifton’s Cafeteria. Building owner, Andrew Meieran, estimates that the neon lamp has eaten up over $17,000 worth of electricity.

The long-forgotten neon light, believed to have been installed in 1935, was discovered to be on during an extensive renovations made on the downtown eatery. Clifford Clinton acquired the lease to Boos Bros. Cafeteria on Broadway and 7th Street and converted the place into a forest-themed restaurant in 1935.

The walls of the restaurant featured numerous hand-tinted transparencies of mountain and forest landscapes, each of which was backlit by a rectangular neon light.

One such light was installed in a window-like nook in a basement restroom, where it softly illuminated a woodland scene.

In 1949, the nook was covered over with plastic and plywood when part of the restroom was partitioned off as a storage area.

But for some reason, workmen never got around to disconnecting the electricity. For the next 62 years the illuminated tubing was hidden within the wall. Meieran estimates that the neon tube has racked up more than $17,000 in electrical bills.

The glowing light was discovered last February 9, 2012 when Meieran inspected the small storeroom with a member of his renovation crew.

“We were using flashlights, and I thought I caught a glimpse of a little light coming through the wall,” Meieran said. “I asked, ‘What is that?’”

The pair shut off their flashlights, thinking the beams were reflecting off something in the wall. A faint light still glowed within the pitch blackness of the storeroom.

Wondering whether the light might be coming from the basement next door, Meieran peeled away more of the wall covering. When the hole was large enough to stick his phone camera through, he reached inside and snapped several pictures, including one that clearly showed electrodes at the base of neon tubing.

Puzzled, Meieran uncovered the entire 3-by-5-foot nook, exposing six rows of neon tubing. Blackout paint covered one half of the neon tubes to obscure them.

Koga said she was amazed that insects or rodents weren’t drawn to the warmth of the fragile neon tubes, jeopardizing their operation. She speculated that being out of the weather and away from human touch for so long has contributed to the light’s longevity.

Meieran bought the building from the Clinton family for $3.6 million and plans to spend an additional $3.5 million on renovations before reopening it next year. He said workers have found other treasures within its walls and hidden crannies.

The building was constructed in 1904 as a furniture store, and renovation workers have uncovered a steel support post that was painted with directions to various store departments, as well as a non-functioning “ice water” neon sign from the 1930s.

Workers have also unearthed vestiges of past renovations. A piece of Sheetrock used in a 1949 remodeling bears the autographs of a number of workers.

Other items recovered by workers include Edison incandescent light bulbs circa 1932, original Boos Bros. Cafeteria tableware, an ancient Orpheum playbill and long-hidden original subway wall tiles and decorative honeycomb floor tiles in the cafeteria’s serving line area.

Yohio Seremedy Japanese Rock Star Looks Like a Real-Life Doll (Photo, Video)

Saturday, May 26th, 2012 | ENTERTAINMENT, Music, NEWS, World with No Comments »
Yohio Seremedy

Yohio Japanese Rock Star
Image Credit: Universal Music Japan

Yohio, Seremedy band’s Japanese rock star who looks and dresses like a woman and a real-life doll, is actually a Swedish teenage boy.

Looking at Yohio will make one believe that he’s a woman. However, when he starts to speak, you will notice that difference.

The 16-year-old Yohio dresses like a doll, sounds like a man and plays guitar. Yohio is fluent in speaking several languages that include Japanese, English and Swedish.

Reports say that Yohio has a huge following in Japan. Teenage girls were all praises for Yohio because of his “feminine beauty”.

Yohio reportedly describes himself as a “bishonen,” which means a “beautiful boy” in Japanese.

The Swedish teen joined a Visual Kei band called Seremedy which was signed by Universal Music Japan. Yohio released his solo mini album debut entitled, Reach the Sky, last April 25.



SKY☆LiMiT: Yohio single from his album Reach the Sky
Image Credit: sivabouse on Youtube

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Crystal Lagoons Corp. has largest outdoor pool in San Alfonso del Mar resort (Photo)

Thursday, May 24th, 2012 | BUSINESS, LIFESTYLE, Travel, World with No Comments »

San Alfonso del Mar resort in Algarrobo, Chile owns the Crystal Lagoons Corp.‘s world’s largest outdoor pool.

San Alfonso del Mar resort's Crystal Lagoon
San Alfonso del Mar resort
Image Credit: Crystal Lagoon’s Corp.
The $1.2 billion Crystal Lagoon measures over half of a mile long or about 3,323 feet and was constructed for five years. It has an annual maintenance cost of over $3 million.

Crystal Lagoon is also the world’s deepest pool at 115 feet. It is being filled with 66 million gallons of sea water directly taken from the sea using filtration method.

The San Alfonso del Mar resort pool is even larger than 20 Olympic-sized pools measuring 164-by-82-feet. It is six times bigger than the Orthlieb Pool in Casablanca, Morocco.

Heath Ledger’s tree house worth $3M sold to Josh Hutcherson (Photo)

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012 | Celebrity, ENTERTAINMENT, NEWS, World with No Comments »
Heath Ledger's Tree House

Heath Ledger’s tree house
Image Credit: Realtor.com

Heath Ledger’s ‘Tree House’ was reportedly sold to The Hunger Games star Josh Hutcherson.

The two-bedroom house of Heath Ledger, shared with his ex-partner Michelle Williams, was put on sale last year for $3 million (£1.9 million). There was no information if Hutcherson paid the house in full.

The late Ledger reportedly bought the place, dubbed the tree house by locals because of the dense foliage that surrounds it, from comedienne Ellen DeGeneres in 2005.

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