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The great parakeet hunter



I am a CAT and will sleep where I like!



A mysterious airplane in Google Maps

I was searching for an address in Kissimmee, FL, in Google Maps today, and when I switched to the satellite view, this is what I found.  Say what?  An attractively colored airplane sitting on the street in front of someone’s house in a residential neighborhood of Kissimmee, Florida?  I even went and checked it out on another computer, just to make sure it wasn’t some monitor glitch.  (Or a hallucination on my part.)  It wasn’t.


Having given this more thought throughout the day, and given the blurriness of the airplane image and the fact that it doesn’t show up at the same address in Bing Maps, or in the street view pictures of these two houses, I suspect that an airplane just happened to be flying past, in between the Google satellite and the ground, at the exact moment that the satellite was snapping the photo.  If so, that is so cool, and raises the possibility that there are other blurry airplane images scattered randomly throughout Google Maps.  If you have ever found one (or any other seemingly misplaced aerial object), please share with us via a comment!

This "Dear John" response deserves a prize













The Hugo Jaeger archive of Nazi photos

Attached is a Powerpoint file of the rare color photos of Adolf Hitler (the sound wears thin quickly).  Before watching the slide show read the story below:

The Story:

Between 1936 and 1943, German photographer Hugo Jaeger was granted unprecedented access to Adolf Hitler, traveling and chronicling, in color, the Fuhrer and his confidants at small gatherings, public events, and, quite often, in private moments.Unlike Hilter’s main photographer, Heinrich Hoffmann, Jaeger specialized in taking color photos of the Nazi propaganda spectacles as well as Hitler himself. The strength of Jaeger’s photographs was in expressing the hypnotic power of the spectacle of the Nazis and the creation of the Fuehrer mythology that the majority of the Germany people subscribed to.In 1945, when the Allies were making their final push toward Munich, Jaeger found himself face to face with six American soldiers in a small town west of the city. During a search of the house where Jaeger was staying, the Americans found the leather suitcase in which Jaeger had hidden thousands of his color negatives. He knew he would be arrested (or worse) if the Americans discovered his film and his close connection to Hitler. But what happened next astonished him:Inside the suitcase that held the Hitler images, Jaeger had also placed a bottle of cognac. Happy with their find, the soldiers proceeded to share the bottle with Jaeger and the owner of the house. The suitcase was forgotten.

And after the Americans left, Jaeger packed the slides into preserving  jars and buried them on the outskirts of town, fearing that his work would be seen as incriminating by the advancing Allied troops.He finally retrieved the colllection for good–2,000 transparencies, all of them, amazingly, still in good shape.  In 1965, he sold them to the American magazine Life, making public for the first time some of the best photographs of Hitler. Then his work disappeared from public view, gathering dust in the archives of the Getty Images photo agency, where it has remained unappreciated and largely unknown until now.

Just wish they could have been captioned with the names of the party members and military officers.

The Mayan calendar and the end of the world

The government has embarked upon an initiative to convince people that the world is not going to end on December 21.  Of course, the people who believe that the world is going to end on December 21 are the very people least likely to believe the government when it tells them anything…