P Photography Challenge






Perfectly Packed and Stacked.



A few interesting concidences.




So by the way coincidence comes from the latin cum- (“with”, “together”) and incidere (a composed verb from “in” and “cadere“: “to fall on”, “to happen”).

Often in religion people cannot accept coincidence and therefore believe it is so arranged or a miracle or whatever. Then the definition of coincidence no longer applies of course.


Mark Twain was born on the day of the appearance of Halley’s Comet in 1835, and died on the day of its next appearance in 1910. He himself predicted this in 1909, when he said: “I came in with Halley’s Comet in 1835. It is coming again next year, and I expect to go out with it.”

Oregon’s Columbian newspaper announced the winning Pick 4 lottery numbers for June 28, 2000 in advance. The newspaper had intended to print the previous set of winning numbers but erroneously printed those for the state of Virginia, namely 6-8-5-5. In the next Oregon lottery, those same numbers were drawn.

In 1979, the German magazine – Das Besteran – ran a writing competition. Readers sent in unusual stories, but they had to be based on true incidents. The winner, Walter Kellner of Munich, had his story published . He wrote about a time when he was flying a Cessna 421 between Sardinia and Sicily. He encountered engine trouble at sea, landed in the water, spent some time in an emergency dinghy and was then rescued. This story was spotted by an Austrian, also named Walter Kellner, who said that the German Kellner had plagiarized the story. The Austrian Kellner said that he had flown a Cessna 421 over the same sea, experienced engine trouble and was forced to land in Sardinia. It was essentially the same story, with a slightly different ending. The magazine checked both stories, and both turned out to be true, even though they were nearly identical.

Morgan Robertson’s 1898 novella Futility had many parallels with the RMS Titanic disaster; the book concerned a fictional state-of-the-art ocean liner called Titan, which (like the Titanic) eventually collides with an iceberg on a calm April night whilst en route to New York, with many dying because of the lack of lifeboats. Various other details in the book coincide with the Titanic disaster. Later, she wrote a book, Beyond the Spectrum, that described a future war fought with aircraft that carried “sun bombs”. Incredibly powerful, one bomb could destroy a city, erupting in a flash of light that blinds all who look at it. The war begins in December, started by the Japanese with a sneak attack on Hawaii.



Death calls 2x

On July 28th 1900, the King of Italy Umberto I was having dinner in a restaurant in the city of Monza. It turned out later that the restaurant’s owner looked identical to the king. The restaurant owner’s name was Umberto, his wife’s name was the same as the queen’s and the restaurant was opened on the same date as the king’s inauguration. The Restaurant-owner Umberto was shot dead the next day. So was King Umberto.


Claude Volbonne killed Baron Rodemire de Tarazone of France in 1872. 21 years earlier, the Baron’s father had been murdered by somebody else called Claude Volbonne.

On February 13, 1746, a Frenchman, Jean Marie Dubarry, was executed for the murder of his father. Precisely 100 years later, on February 13, 1846, another Frenchman, also named Jean Marie Dubarry, was executed – for the murder of his father.

On the 26th November, 1911, three men were hanged at Greenberry Hill in London after being convicted of the murder of Sir Edmund Berry. Their names were Green, Berry and Hill.


I found this on the internet – where else?

An alternative for 2 Subjects


Maybe this would have been a better subject for the Photo Challenge – Two subjects?




Not a very good photo though.


Weekly Photo Challenge: Two Subjects



Who feeds the bird?


The vendor and his ware.



Photo challenge


Who lived here?



Not a very good photo I agree – it was taken with one of the first generation digital cameras..



This house featured in a book which then became a movie and it belonged to a famous person. Do you know?


Paraskevidekatriaphobia – Fear of Friday 13th (for view from the side)


Most cultures have superstitions centred on the number thirteen. Let us start with a Greek word, which will impress your friends: Paraskevidekatriaphobia, meaning an irrational, even morbid, fear of Friday the 13th. Incidentally, you can trace the synonym friggatriskaidekaphobia to Frigga the goddess of Friday.

The word Paraskevidekatriaphobia was coined by therapist Dr Donald Dossey, in fact he claims whimsically that if you can pronounce the word then you are cured of the dreaded Friday 13th affliction

One famous study by Scanlon TJ, Luben RN, Scanlon FL, Singleton N. found that there were more car accidents on Friday February 13th than there were on Friday February 6th despite the fact that fewer people drove on February 13th. Guy is cynical, if you do enough studies you will find one that proves your point, their figures are 65 for Fri 13th, 45 for Fri 6th – not a big sample

Friday 13th Superstitions

It is bad luck to fall out of a thirteenth story window on Friday.
American Proverb

Do you believe that getting married on a Friday brings bad luck ?
Of course, why would Friday be an exception? Anon


And now for something completely different


Can your praying mantis ride a bike?

Macro photographer Eco Suparman, 23, captured this incredible shot of a praying mantis.

Doomsday Preppers


‘doomsday preppers’


People fascinate me no end sometimes. Who wants to live forever? And like poor old Rip van Winkle come back and all your friends and acquaintances are long gone dead and buried. What would have happened if Sleeping Beauty did in fact sleep for a 100 years?


But with this one I think I smell a rat – a rat of big $$$ and suckers with more money than sense!

Well, how about one of these luxurious condos, which come with all the mod-cons, as well as a pool, a movie theater and a library – oh, and a guarantee that it will survive Doomsday if and when that fateful day comes.

For these luxury flats, deep below the Kansas prairie in the shaft of an abandoned missile silo, are meant to withstand everything from economic collapse and solar flares to terrorist attacks and pandemics.


read more here


Are you in the market ?

Amazing technology


As it should be!  Progress!  Without it we’re goners!    


This is almost unbelieveable!  Watch several of the additional scenes.

This is unreal. However, go back 10 years or so and what were your thoughts about some of the things we have today?

If you own Apple shares, keep a close eye on what’s happening next. Don’t believe the hype about Apple going to $600 per share and beyond.

Wonder why HP, Dell and other leading computer manufacturers believe the end of the computer as we know it is near.

It’s not the iPad that has them concerned about the future, it is developments like the ones Corning is working on.


Where on Earth?


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