Amazing Places On Our Planet

2017 Rewind: Amazing Places on Our Planet

2016 Rewind: Amazing Places on Our Planet

2015 Rewind: Amazing Places on Our Planet

Top 10 Most Beautiful Countries in Europe

BEAUTIFUL ISRAEL / HOLY LAND Top Tourist Destinations

ITALY top tourist destinations,

INCREDIBLE Places In NORWAY you WONT BELIEVE EXIST

WORLD’S BEST TRAIN RIDE? Bergen to Oslo (Norway)

Japan’s Tokaido Shinkansen Bullet Train | Mighty Trains

ROME – ITALY , BEST OF ROME 2017

Ancient Monuments of Egypt

Egypt – A Journey Down The Nile

LONDON & ENGLAND, Top Tourist UK Destinations,

Brazil Trip 2017 (HD 1080p)

Dubai Billionaires and Their Luxury Homes and Toys – Documentary

TOKYO – JAPAN 4K

Christmas in New York City 2017 / Walk Tour through Manhattan [4K]

Alaska Vacation Travel Video Guide

The Longest Tunnel in The World

Switzerland, the Complete Tour

Trans-Siberian Railway 2017

Canada From Coast To Coast Vacation Travel

Madagascar (Documentary, Discovery, History)

Secrets Of The Australian Ocean | Wild Things

 

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Did You Know???

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Strange and interesting facts about the USA

#1   In more than half of all states in the United States of America, the highest paid public employee in the state is a football coach.

#2   It costs the U.S. government 1.8 cents to mint a penny and 9.4 cents to mint a nickel.

#3   Almost half of all Americans (47 percent) do not put a single penny out of their paychecks into savings.

#4   Apple has morecash than the U.S. Treasury.

#5   The state of Alaska is 429 times larger than the state of Rhode Island, but Rhode Island has a significantly larger population than Alaska does.

#6   Alaska has a longer coastline than all of the other 49 U.S. states put together.

#7   The city of Juneau, Alaska, is about 3,000 square miles in size. It is actually larger than the entire state of Delaware .

#8   When LBJ’s “War on Poverty” began, less than 10percent of all U.S. children were growing up in single parent households. Today, that number has skyrocketed to 33 percent.

Why:  the ‘breadwinner’ is Uncle Sam’s welfare program.

#9   In 1950, less than 5 percent of all babies in America were born to unmarried parents. Today, that number is over 40 percent.

#10  The poverty rate for households that are led by a married couple is 6.8 percent. For households that are led by a female single parent, the poverty rate is 37.1 percent.

#11   In 2013, women earned 60 percent of all bachelor’s degrees that were awarded that year in the United States.

#12   According to the CDC, 34.6 percent of all men in the U.S. are obese.

#13   The average supermarket in the United States wastes about 3,000 lbs of food each year.  Meanwhile, approximately 20 percent of the garbage that goes into our landfills is food.

#14   According to one recent survey, 81 percent of Russians now have a negative view of the United States. That is much higher than at the end of the Cold War era.

#15   Montana has three times as many cows as it does people.

#16   The grizzly bear is the official state animal of California.  But no grizzly bears have been seen there since 1922.

#17   One recent survey discovered that “a steadyjob” is the number one thing that American women are looking for in a husband, and discovered that 75 percent of women would have a serious problem dating an unemployed man.

#18   According to a study conducted by economist Carl Benedict Frey and engineer Michael Osborne, up to 47 percent  of the jobs in the United States could soon be lost to computers, robots and other forms of technology.

#19   The only place in the United States where coffee is grown commercially is in Hawaii.

#20   The original name of the city of Atlanta was “Terminus“.

#21   The state with the most millionaires per capita is Maryland.

#22   One survey of 50-year-old men in the U.S. found that only 12 percent  of them said that they were “very happy”.

#23   The United States has 845 motor vehicles for every 1,000 people.

#24    48 percent of all Americans do not have any emergency supplies in their homes what so ever. Even fewer have fire extinguishers.

#25   There are three towns in the United States that have the name “Santa Claus“.

#26   There is actually a town in Michigan called “Hell“. (I wonder how far down the road from Detroit that is?).  Also one called ‘Climax’.

#27    If you have no debt and also have 10 dollars in your wallet … you are wealthier than 25 percent of all Americans.

#28   By the time an American child reaches the age of 18, that child will have seen approximately 40,000 murders on television.

 

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Friends

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A newlywed young man was sitting on the porch on a hot, humid day, sipping iced tea with his father.

As he talked about adult life, marriage, responsibilities, and obligations, the father thoughtfully stirred the ice cubes in his glass and cast a clear, sober look on his son.

“Never forget your friends,” he advised, “they will become more important as you get older.”

“Regardless of how much you love your family and the children you happen to have, you will always need friends. Remember to go out with them occasionally, do activities with them, call them.”

“What strange advice!” Thought the young man. “I just entered the married world, I am an adult and surely my wife and the family that we will start will be everything I need to make sense of my life.”

Yet he obeyed his father. He kept in touch with his friends and annually increased their number. Over the years, he became aware that his father knew what he was talking about. Inasmuch as time and nature carry out their designs and mysteries on a man, friends were the bulwarks of his life.

After 77 years of life, here is what he learned:

Time passes.

Life goes on.

Distance separates.

Children grow up and become independent; it breaks the parents’ hearts, but the children become separated from the parents. (not always, but many do)

Jobs come and go.

Illusions, desires, attraction, sex … weaken.

People do not do what they should do.

The heart breaks.

The parents die.

Colleagues forget the favors.

The races are over.

But true friends are always there, no matter how many miles away they are or for how long. A friend is never more distant than the reach of a need, intervening in your favor, waiting for you with open arms or blessing your life.

When we started this adventure called LIFE, we did not know of the incredible joys or sorrows that were ahead. We did not know how much we would need from each other. Love your parents, take care of your children, and keep a group of good friends too.

You might send this to your friends (even those you seldom see) who help make sense of your life … I just did.

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Puns for the Educated Minds

Unknown 1. The fattest knight at King Arthur’s round table was Sir Cumference. He acquired his size from too much pi.

2. I thought I saw an eye doctor on an Alaskan island, but it turned out to be an optical Aleutian.
3. She was only a whiskey maker, but he loved her still.
4. A rubber band pistol was confiscated from algebra class, because it was a weapon of math disruption.
5. No matter how much you push the envelope, it’ll still be stationery.
6. A dog gave birth to puppies near the road and was cited for littering.
7. A grenade thrown into a kitchen in France would result in Linoleum Blownapart.
8. Two silk worms had a race. They ended up in a tie.
9. A hole has been found in the nudist camp wall. The police are looking into it.
10. Time flies like an arrow Fruit flies like a banana.
11. Atheism is a non-prophet organization.
12. Two hats were hanging on a hat rack in the hallway. One hat said to the other: ‘You stay here; I’ll go on a head.’
13. I wondered why the baseball kept getting bigger. Then it hit me.
14. A sign on the lawn at a drug rehab center said: ‘Keep off the Grass.’
15. The midget fortune-teller who escaped from prison was a small medium at large.
16. The soldier who survived mustard gas and pepper spray is now a seasoned veteran.
17. A backward poet writes inverse.
18. In a democracy it’s your vote that counts. In feudalism it’s your count that votes.
19. When cannibals ate a missionary, they got a taste of religion.
20. If you jumped off the bridge in Paris , you’d be in Seine.
21. A vulture boards an airplane, carrying two dead raccoons. The stewardess looks at him and says, ‘I’m sorry, sir, only one carrion allowed per passenger.’
22. Two fish swim into a concrete wall. One turns to the other and says ‘Dam!’
23. Two Eskimos sitting in a kayak were chilly, so they lit a fire in the craft. Unsurprisingly it sank, proving once again that you can’t have your kayak and heat it too.
24. Two hydrogen atoms meet. One says, ‘I’ve lost my electron.’ The other says ‘Are you sure?’ The first replies, ‘Yes, I’m positive.’

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The Best Sermons Are Lived, Not Preached

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1. Today, I interviewed my grandmother for part of a research paper I’m working on for my Psychology class.  When I asked her to define success in her own words, she said, “Success is when you look back at your life and the memories make you smile.”
2. Today, I asked my mentor – a very successful business man in his 70s- what his top 3 tips are for success.  He smiled and said, “Read something no one else is reading, think something no one else is thinking, and do something no one else is doing.”
3. Today, after my 72-hour shift at the fire station, a woman ran up to meat the grocery store and gave me a hug.  When I tensed up, she realized I didn’t recognize her. She let go with tears of joy in her eyes and the mostsincere smile and said, “On 9-11-2001, you carried me out of the World Trade Center.
4.  Today, after I watched my dog get run over by a car, I sat on the sideof the road holding him and crying.  And just before he died, he licked the tears off my face.
5.  Today at 7AM, I woke up feeling ill, but decided I needed the money, soI went into work. At 3PM I got laid off. On my drive home I got a flattire. When I went into the trunk for the spare, it was flat too. A man ina BMW pulled over, gave me a ride, we chatted, and then he offered me a job. I start tomorrow.
6.  Today, as my father, three brothers, and two sisters stood around mymother’s hospital bed, my mother uttered her last coherent words before she died. She simply said, “I feel so loved right now. We should have gotten together like this more often.”
7. Today, I kissed my dad on the forehead as he passed away in a smallhospital bed. About 5 seconds after he passed, I realized it was the firsttime I had given him a kiss since I was a little boy.
8. Today, in the cutest voice, my 8-year-old daughter asked me to start recycling. I chuckled and asked, “Why?” She replied, “So you can help me save the planet.” I chuckled again and asked, “And why do you want to save the planet? “Because that’s where I keep all my stuff,” 
9. Today, when I witnessed a 27-year-old breast cancer patient laughinghysterically at her 2-year-old daughter’s antics, I suddenly realized thatI need to stop complaining about my life and start celebrating it
10. Today, a boy in a wheelchair saw me desperately struggling on crutcheswith my broken leg and offered to carry my backpack and books for me. Hehelped me all the way across campus to my class and as he was leaving he said,“I hope you feel better soon.”
11.  Today, I was feeling down because the results of a biopsy came backmalignant. When I got home, I opened an e-mail that said, “Thinking of you today. If you need me, I’m a phone call away.” It was from a high schoolfriend I hadn’t seen in 10 years.
12. Today, I was traveling in Kenya and I met a refugee from Zimbabwe. Hesaid he hadn’t eaten anything in over 3 days and looked extremely skinny and unhealthy.  Then my friend offered him the rest of the sandwich he was eating. The first thing the man said was, “We can share it.”
The best sermons are lived, not preached.
I am glad I have you to send these to.
These are worth passing on…hope you enjoy them as much as I did!
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Stuff you didn’t know you didn’t know!  

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Men can read smaller print than women can; women can hear better.

Coca-Cola was originally green.

It is impossible to lick your elbow.

The State with the highest percentage of people who walk to work: Alaska

The percentage of Africa that is wilderness: 28%

(now get this…) The percentage of North America that is wilderness: 38%

The cost of raising  a medium-size dog to the age of eleven: $ 16,400

The average number of people airborne over the U.S. in any given hour: 61,000

Intelligent people have more zinc and copper in their hair..

The first novel ever written on a typewriter, Tom Sawyer.

The San Francisco Cable cars are the only mobile National Monuments.

Each king in a deck of playing cards represents a great king from history:

Spades – King David – Hearts – Charlemagne –  Clubs – Alexander, the Great – Diamonds – Julius Caesar

111,111,111 x 111,111,111 = 12,345,678,987, 654,321

If a statue in the park of a person on a horse has both front legs in the air, the person died in battle. If the horse has one front leg in the air, the person died because of wounds received in battle. If the horse has all four legs on the ground,the person died of natural causes.

Only two people signed the Declaration of Independence on July 4, John Hancock and Charles Thomson. Most of the rest signed on August 2, but the last signature wasn’t added until 5 years later.

Q. Half of all Americans live within 50 miles of what? A. Their birthplace

Q. Most boat owners name their boats. What is the most popular boat name requested? A.  Obsession

Q.. If you were to spell out numbers, how far would you have to go until you would find the letter ‘A’? A.  One thousand

Q. What do bulletproof vests, fire escapes,windshield wipers and laser printers have in common? A.  All were invented by women.

Q. What is the only food that doesn’t spoil? A. Honey

Q. Which day are there more collect calls than any other day of the year?  A. Father’s Day

In Shakespeare’s time, mattresses were secured on bed frames by ropes. When you pulled on the ropes, the mattress tightened, making the bed firmer to sleep on.  Hence, the phrase…’Goodnight , sleep tight’

It was the accepted practice in Babylon 4,000 years ago thatfor a month after the wedding, the bride’s father would supply his son-in-lawwith all the mead he could drink. Mead is a honey beer and, because their calendar was lunar based, this period was called the honey month, which we know today as the honeymoon.

In English pubs, ale is ordered by pints and quarts… So in old England , when customers got unruly, the bartender would yell at them ‘Mind your pints and quarts, and settle down.’ . . .It’s where we get the phrase ‘mind your P’s and Q’s’

Many years ago in England , pub frequenters had a whistle baked into the rim, or handle, of their ceramic cups. When they needed a refill , they used the whistle to get some service. ‘Wet your whistle’ is the phrase inspired by this practice.

At least 75% of people who read this will try to lick their elbow!

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Historical Trivia

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Did you know  the saying “God willing and the Creek don’t rise” was in reference to the Creek Indians and not a body of water?  It was written by Benjamin
Hawkins in the late 18th century.  He was a politician and Indian diplomat.  While in the south, Hawkins was requested by the President of the U.S. to return
to Washington .  In his  response, he was said to write, “God willing and the Creek don’t rise.”  Because he  capitalized the word “Creek” it is deduced that he
was referring to the Creek Indian tribe and not a body of water.
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In George  Washington’s
days, there were no cameras.  One’s image was either sculpted or painted.  Some  paintings of George Washington showed him standing  behind a desk with
one arm behind his back while others showed both legs and both arms.   Prices charged by painters were not based on how many people were to be painted,
but by how many limbs were to be painted.  Arms and legs are  ‘limbs,’ therefore painting them would cost the  buyer more.  Hence the expression, ‘Okay, but
it’ll cost you an arm and a leg.’
(Artists know hands and arms are more difficult to paint)

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As  incredible as it sounds, men and women took baths only twice a year (May and October) Women kept  their hair covered, while men shaved their heads  (because of
lice and bugs) and wore  wigs.   Wealthy men could afford good wigs made from wool. They couldn’t wash the wigs,  so to clean them they would carve out a loaf of  bread,
put the wig in the shell, and bake it for  30 minutes.   The heat would make the wig big and fluffy, hence the term ‘big wig… ‘  Today we often use the term ‘here comes the Big Wig’ because someone appears to be or is powerful  and wealthy.

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In the late 1700’s, many houses consisted of a large room with only one chair. Commonly, a long wide board folded down from the wall, and was used for dining. The  ‘head of the household’ always sat in the chair while everyone else ate sitting on the floor.   Occasionally a guest, who was usually a man, would be invited to sit in this chair during a meal. To
sit in the chair meant  you were important and in charge.  They called the one sitting in the chair the ‘chair  man.’ Today in business, we use the expression or  title ‘Chairman’
or ‘Chairman of the Board.’

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Personal  hygiene left much room for improvement.. As a  result, many women and men had developed acne scars by adulthood. The women would spread bee’s
wax over their facial skin to smooth out their complexions.  When they were speaking to each other, if a woman began to stare at another woman’s face she was told,
‘mind your own bee’s wax.’  Should the woman smile, the wax would  crack, hence the term ‘crack a smile’.  In addition, when they sat too close to the fire, the wax would melt . .. . Therefore, the expression  ‘losing face.’

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Ladies wore corsets, which would lace up in the front. A proper and dignified woman, as in ‘straight laced’ wore a tightly tied lace..

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Common  entertainment included playing cards. However,  there was a tax levied when purchasing playing  cards but only applicable to the ‘Ace of  Spades..’
To avoid paying the tax, people would purchase 51 cards instead.  Yet, since most games require 52 cards, these people were  thought to be stupid or dumb
because they weren’t  ‘playing with a full deck..’

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Early  politicians required feedback from the public to determine what the people considered important.  Since there were no telephones, TV’s
or radios, the politicians sent their assistants to local  taverns, pubs, and bars.  They were told to  ‘go sip some Ale and listen to people’s
conversations and political concerns. Many assistants were dispatched at different  times.  ‘You go sip here’ and ‘You go sip there.’ The two words
‘go sip’ were eventually combined when referring to the local opinion and, thus we have the term ‘gossip.’

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At local  taverns, pubs, and bars, people drank from pint  and quart-sized containers. A bar maid’s job was  to keep an eye on the customers and
keep the drinks coming.  She had to pay close attention and remember who was drinking in ‘pints’  and who was drinking in ‘quarts,’ hence the
phrase  ‘minding your ‘P’s and Q’s’.
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One more: bet you didn’t know  this!
In the  heyday of sailing ships, all war ships and many freighters carried iron cannons. Those cannons fired round iron cannon balls.  It was  necessary to keep a
good supply near the cannon.  However, how to prevent them from rolling about  the deck?   The best storage method devised was a square-based pyramid with
one ball on top, resting on four resting on nine, which rested on sixteen.  Thus, a supply of 30 cannon balls could be stacked in a small area right next to the cannon.
There was only one  problem….how to prevent the bottom layer from sliding or rolling from under the others. The solution was a metal plate called a ‘Monkey’ with 16 round
indentations. However, if  this plate were made of iron, the iron balls would quickly rust to it. The solution to the rusting  problem was to make ‘Brass Monkeys.’ Few landlubbers
realize that brass contracts much more  and much faster than iron when chilled.  Consequently, when the temperature dropped too far, the brass indentations would shrink so
much that the iron cannonballs would come right off the monkey; Thus, it was quite literally, ‘Cold enough to freeze the balls off a brass monkey.’
(All this  time, you thought that was an improper expression, didn’t you.)

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