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The Flintstones – Public Nuisance

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It is pretty sad when people object to you building Dinosaurs, Woolly Mammoths and Fred Flintstone piss off the neighbors!!!  Check this out!

Design

The house was designed by architect William Nicholson and built in 1976 as one of several experimental domed buildings using new materials. It was constructed by spraying shotcrete onto steel rebar and wire mesh frames over inflated aeronautical balloons. It has approximately 2,700 sq ft (250 m2) of living space including three bedrooms, one accessed via a spiral staircase inspired by an ice-cream cone that at the top is the same diameter as the room, and two bathrooms, and has a two-car garage. All the interior surfaces are rounded, and the master bathroom has a floor of rocks instead of tiles. Originally off-white in color, the house was repainted deep orange in 2000, and one of the domes was later painted purple.

Nicknames

The house is known popularly as “The Flintstone House”, from The Flintstones, a Hanna-Barbera Productions animated cartoon series of the early 1960s about a Stone Age family. It is also known as the Dome House, the Gumby House, the Worm Casting House, the Bubble House, and “The Barbapapa House”, from Barbapapa, a character and series of books created by Annette Tison and Talus Taylor in the 1970s.

Disrepair, restoration and remodeling

By the mid-1980s the house had fallen into disrepair, as water runoff from higher on the mountainside damaged the foundation, causing the walls to crack. After failed attempts at sealing the cracks, it was extensively restored in 1987.

San Francisco Bay Area architect Eugene Tsui undertook to remodel the house during the first decade of the 2000s. The results of Tsui’s remodel appear as the “Edises Kitchen” project, pictured on Tsui’s website. Tsui’s original concept for the remodel, including a proposed complementary second residence on the property, is detailed in depth on his earlier site.

In late 2017, new owners installed large oxidized steel sculptures of dinosaurs, a woolly mammoth, a giraffe, and Fred Flintstone in the yard.

Complaint

The house was unpopular with some neighbors, and inspired the formation of a local architectural review board. In March 2019, the town of Hillsborough filed a complaint against the current owner of the house, Florence Fang. The complaint alleges that the current owner’s modifications are a “public nuisance” and that she did not receive the proper permits for her modifications. In March 2019, Fang retained the law offices of former San Francisco Mayor Joseph L. Alioto and Angela Alioto to respond to the Hillsborough Complaint.

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Do The Mashed Potato

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Wow!  Criminals are getting kinda….weird these days!!!  Sounds like something you might see on one of the Hallmark Mystery Movies!!  Check this out!

It’s a mashed Mississippi mystery.

Jackson residents were mystified after bowls of mashed potatoes suddenly appeared on their cars, porches and mailboxes.

Jordan Lewis described the Belhaven neighborhood as a quirky one, with residents decorating road signs and putting Christmas trees in potholes.

But the probe into the puzzling potato problem is even new for them.

Lewis told WLBT-TV she spotted her first bowl of mashed potatoes on her car’s windshield.

“I walked outside yesterday morning at 7 a.m. and I got in my car and that’s when I noticed a white bowl on my windshield. It was full of rainwater. I threw it away and I was grossed out by it,” she said. “I just thought this is a harmless prank by some kids or college students in the area.”

Michaela Lin said she found a bowl of mashed potatoes on her mailbox. She said some of the potato-finders have connections to Belhaven University, a local private Christian university, which may be a clue.

“So far I have realized some of the ‘victims’ of the mashed potatoes are actually staff or Belhaven students or alumni. I feel like there has to be a connection there!” Lin told WLBT-TV.

However, Sebastian Bjernegard said some residents fear there’s a more sinister message behind the potatoes.

“Some people were thinking maybe the mashed potatoes were poisoned to kill animals,” he told WJTV, noting he almost stepped into a bowl of potatoes Tuesday. “I didn’t taste it. I have a three-second rule, so I didn’t touch it. But some people were worried.”

It was not immediately clear if anyone has eaten the potatoes. News outlets reported residents have not alerted law enforcement.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Unhappy Meals #FeelYourWay

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When my mom first told me about this…I was sort of dumbfounded.  I mean…really???

Anyway….here is the scoop:

No one is happy all the time. That’s the message Burger King is trying to communicate with a lineup of burger meals focused on “real” moods to help raise awareness about mental health.

Timed to Mental Health Awareness Month in May, the “Real Meals” include the Blue Meal, Salty Meal, Yaaas Meal and DGAF (Don’t Give a F—) Meal. They include a Whopper, french fries and a drink.

“Burger King restaurants understands that no one is happy all the time. That’s why they’re asking guests to order a Whopper meal based on however they might be feeling,” an online release says.

The effort also pokes fun at McDonald’s, which markets Happy Meals, boxed kids’ deals that include a toy. Burger King launched an ad on YouTube showing a montage of people in various emotional states, using the line: “No one is happy all the time. And that’s OK.”

The ad swaps Burger King’s well-known chorus from the 1970s, “Have it your way,” with “Feel your way.” The music also has been changed to be more authentic to the idea that people can have a range of feelings.

This isn’t the first time Burger King has teased McDonald’s. In December, it sold its trademark Whopper for 1 cent. To get the deal, customers had to download the Burger King app on their phones. Then when they went within 600 feet of any of more than 14,000 McDonald’s restaurants, the app used geolocation technology to “unlock” the Whopper-for-a-penny deal.

The fast-food competitors have also launched rival promotions at similar times and tweak their menus to stay on top of trends. Burger King is trying a vegetarian Whopper, while McDonald’s added a meatier burger to its breakfast menus in October.

Burger King, which is owned by Restaurant Brands International, has partnered with Mental Health America for the campaign. The group’s president and chief executive, Paul Gionfriddo, said: “While not everyone would think about pairing fast food and mental health, MHA believes in elevating the conversation in all communities in order to address mental illness Before Stage 4 (when someone has severe symptoms).”

“By using its internationally-known reputation to discuss the importance of mental health, Burger King is bringing much-needed awareness to this important and critical discussion — and letting its customers know that is OK to not be OK.”

On Monday, Burger King reported a same-store quarterly sales increase of 2.2 percent. It said that price hikes on its nuggets and the reintroduction of its spicy chicken nuggets helped sales, but parent company Restaurant Brands International saw adjusted earnings of 55 cents per share, falling short of estimates of 58 cents per share.

McDonald’s latest quarterly earnings, issued Tuesday, beat estimates, with earnings of $1.78 per share, versus an expected $1.75. It said a range of promotions and an investment in self-serve kiosks and other technology helped it beat expectations, though it noted that tech spending will mean higher expenses this year.

The limited-edition Burger King meals will be available in Seattle, Miami, Los Angeles, New York City and Austin, Texas, while supplies last.

 

There Is Even A Music Video For This

Pine-Sol Apple Juice Debacle Of 2018

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(CNN) — Instead of apple juice, children at a Hawaii preschool were served Pine-Sol by mistake, according to a Hawaii Department of Health report.

A classroom assistant at Kilohana United Methodist Church in East Oahu was preparing a snack for the children and grabbed a bottle of the cleaning liquid from a clean-up cart in the kitchen on November 27. The assistant apparently mistook it for apple juice because of its similar color, the school’s director told the health department inspector.

The teacher was helping students in the restroom when the assistant poured the Pine-Sol into cups in the classroom. The teacher “smelled that it was not apple juice and stopped the students from drinking it,” according to the report.

The cleaning liquid was in the original Pine-Sol bottle with its label. The inspector noted that a rubbish can and other cleaning supplies were on the cart, and no food items.

CNN affiliate KHON reports that emergency medical services evaluated three students who took small sips of the cleaning liquid, but none needed treatment.

The assistant no longer works at the school, KHON reports.

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Scotty – The Largest T-Rex To Roam The Earth

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Does my Mom know me or what???  An article about the Largest T-Rex ever???? This is right up my alley!!  And it HAS MY NAME!!!!!

 

“CBS This Morning” got the first glimpse at the largest tyrannosaurus rex ever to have roamed the Earth. The massive creature, named Scotty, weighed an estimated 20,000 pounds — about 8,000 more than the average T. rex — and will soon go on display at the Royal Saskatchewan Museum in Canada.

Researchers don’t know if it’s a boy or girl, but named it Scotty because when they made the discovery, they celebrated with a toast using the only spirit on hand: a bottle of scotch.

Scotty was found back in the early 1990s in Canada’s Badlands, which were popular dinosaur stomping grounds, reports CBS News’ Jamie Yuccas. It took almost a decade to pull it all out of the ground and it wasn’t until recently that scientists realized just how big it really was.

Scott Persons was at the original dig site and led the team reconstructing Scotty. He says its bones reveal Scotty had a tough ride back in Mesozoic times.

“Scotty lived a hard-knock life. It’s got evidence of a broken jaw, an impacted tooth, a section of its tail where the vertebrae seem to have been compressed possibly from the bite of another tyrannosaur,” Persons said. “These are not injuries from a single injury in his life but from a continued life of a lot of lumps.”

Paleontologists believe Scotty weighed nearly 20,000 pounds, or about as much as six and a half Volkswagen Beetles. Scotty was such a behemoth it edged out Sue, the famous T. rex at the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago, which was 40 feet long and weighed more than 18,000 pounds.

Wes Long spent more than 10 years unearthing Scotty’s bones from the ground and helped reconstruct the carnivorous king.

“You are in awe of what you are uncovering. You will be zipping away with your air hammer and all of a sudden a piece of rock would fly off and there is like a beautiful tooth there, and you are just like, ‘Wow, this thing, it’s huge, like massive,'” Long said.

Scientists found they had about 65% of the skeleton intact, including the skull and lower jaw; vertebrae from the neck, back and tail; and parts of the hips, leg and shoulder. All the parts make up an astonishing sight people from all over the world are coming to see.

Asked why people love the T. rex so much, Long said, “Well, it’s just has had that long history even in pop culture as being the big bad dinosaur, and it’s just one that people could really identify with. … It’s just been a popular dinosaur throughout history.”

Scotty will go on display to the public this Friday. In addition to its size, it has other claims to fame: for instance, when it roamed the earth nearly 70 million years ago, it likely reached its 30th birthday, making it the longest-lived T. rex on record.

5 Things You Didn’t Know About Charles Manson…

 

So….I have to confess that when my Mom sent me this list…I actually knew all 5 of the items listed below.  I seem to have an obsession with True Crime…and Manson has always fascinated me!  Have actually read the book Helter Skelter twice.  Go figure!

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Anyway…here goes:

Manson Had a Previous Criminal Record

Manson’s first known crime was committed at age 12 when he stole money at a grocery store. He later stole cars and took them over state lines, which is a federal crime, forged checks and stole mail. At age 13, he committed an armed robbery. At 17, he committed rape and was accused of domestic abuse when he was 20 years old.

He Had Previously Visited the Home of Sharon Tate

Manson considered himself a great musician and had made friends with Dennis Wilson, who was the drummer with the popular music group, the Beach Boys. Manson ended up living at Wilson’s house for several months, along with about a dozen of his followers, costing Wilson a great deal of money and even stealing a gold record from the musician. Despite this, Wilson introduced Manson to record producer Terry Melcher, actress Doris Day’s son, and they visited the home where Sharon Tate lived.

Although Manson Masterminded the Murders, He Never Participated in Them

Manson’s cult followers are known to have killed eight people at Roman Polanski’s home, including pregnant actress Sharon Tate; Abigail Folger, the coffee heiress; Wojciech Frykowski, author; Jay Sebring, a hairstylist; and Steven Parent. Cult follower Bobby Beausoleil, accompanied by Susan Atkins and Mary Brunner, killed Gary Hinman, who was the music teacher who introduced Manson to Dennis Wilson. Following the Tate murder, he and his followers murdered Leno LaBianca, a supermarket exec, and his wife, because Manson thought the Tate murders were handled sloppily.

The Name “Helter Skelter” Was Taken From a Beatles Tune

Manson had the grand ambition of running the country, and he thought a race war would do that. He called his movement “Helter Skelter” after the song by the Beatles. Manson reasoned that blacks would win the race war initially but would be unable to run the country themselves, and that is where white people would step in. He used the fear of a war between the races to compel his followers to commit the murders.

A Change in California Law Saved Manson From the Death Penalty

Manson, along with his followers Susan Atkins, Patricia Krenwinkel, Tex Watson and Leslie van Houten, were all convicted and sentenced to the death penalty in California in 1971. However, the death penalty was overturned in California the following year, so all their death sentences were commuted to life in prison. Manson died in prison at age 83 on November 19, 2017, after never having expressed any remorse for the killings.

5 Things You Didn’t Know About McDonalds…

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***Being A Stock Holder in McDonalds (yup…one share!  And I keep getting my quarterly checks…LOL) You would think that I would have known these…but NOPE!***

On October 5, 1902, American entrepreneur Ray A. Kroc was born. Kroc rose from humble beginnings and built McDonald’s into the most famous and successful fast-food restaurant in the world.   Here are five things you probably didn’t know about McDonald’s.

McDonald’s Was Originally a Barbecue Joint

By the time Kroc first visited the restaurant, it was serving a small assortment of burgers, sides, and drinks. However, between its creation in 1940 and 1948, McDonald’s was actually a barbecue joint, serving ribs and meat-based sandwiches. Even in that incarnation, it was incredibly popular with the local teens and quickly became a hangout. In 1948, the founders of McDonald’s, two brothers named Dick and Mac McDonald, actually closed the restaurant for some massive menu overhauls. They reopened as a burger joint with a unique ordering and cooking system that was light-years more efficient than other restaurants.

McDonald’s Created Its Drive-Thru Specifically to Help Soldiers

McDonald’s was not the first restaurant to have a drive-thru; that honor goes to Red’s Hamburg in Missouri (the story that In-N-Out had the first drive-thru isn’t quite correct—it’s not the oldest overall, but the chain is the oldest existing company with a drive-thru). But in 1975, the manager of the McDonald’s in Sierra Vista, Arizona, introduced a drive-thru as a solution to a vexing problem: The fact that the local soldiers at Ft. Huachuca couldn’t come into the restaurant in uniform. An old decorum rule stated that soldiers couldn’t wear uniforms in public and off-base, which meant the soldiers couldn’t waltz into the restaurant for a burger. The manager heard that another McDonald’s was toying with the idea of a drive-thru when it occurred to him (the Sierra Vista manager) that the drive-thru would be a perfect compromise. Soldiers could order, but they wouldn’t have to get out of the car, and thus they technically wouldn’t be in public in their uniforms.

McDonald’s Didn’t Have In-Restaurant Seating Until the 1970s

Until the 1970s, McDonald’s locations were pretty spartan. There were a few outdoor benches, but the custom was for people to eat in their cars or take the food home. In the 1970s, though, McDonald’s and other fast-food places began adding indoor seating when they found out that people wanted to eat there, but in a sheltered environment (rain-soaked fries are no fun), much like they would at a full-service restaurant. Interestingly, in 2016, the chain both expanded and reduced its restaurant-like offerings; some locations are playing with a remote ordering system and table service, while others are going back to the takeout-only model with no indoor space for customers.

The Longest-Running McDonald’s Still in Existence Was Independent of the Chain Until 1990

The original location is now a museum, but the oldest running McDonald’s marched to its own drummer for decades. Kroc originally came on board to help the McDonald brothers with franchising, and one of those franchises, in Downey, California, signed a special agreement that basically freed it from the dictates of the main corporate office. The company took over the location in 1990, but until then, the restaurant didn’t have to add the same menu items or have the same decor. Even now, while it’s part of the main chain, the location still serves the beloved deep-fried apple pie, which was discontinued in 1992 and replaced with a baked version.

McDonald’s Was an Unwitting Player in One of the Biggest Game Scandals of the 20th Century

In July 2018, the Daily Beast ran a story that amazed readers. It detailed how the Monopoly game run as a promotion for McDonald’s became the center of one of the biggest scandals of the 20th century. Employees who were supposed to handle the security for the prize pieces instead took those pieces for themselves, giving them to friends, relatives, and acquaintances who they thought they could trust. The scam ran for 12 years until the FBI was able to stop it.

The Lorax…Is It Real??

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(CNN)One of Dr. Seuss’ most beloved characters may actually have a real-life counterpart, and no, it’s not as horrifying as it sounds.

Admit it: While his fictional, fantastical creatures have shaped many a childhood imagination, we as a human species are probably better off that there are no ACTUAL Whos or Grinches or Kwuggerbugs roaming about.

But the Lorax, Seuss’ orange environmental ambassador, lines up suspiciously well with a type of monkey found in Africa.

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According to the study, the Lorax and the patas monkey share several traits, from their stout primate stature to their bushy faces and even their voices.
“[I]t is probable that Geisel encountered [patas monkeys] at the Mount Kenya Safari Club,” the study says. “Even the voice of the Lorax (a ‘sawdusty sneeze’) resembles the ‘whoo-wherr’ vocalization of patas monkeys; the ‘whoo’ is a loud, wheezing expiration of air.”
The similarities don’t stop there. The researchers also noted the Lorax’s beloved Truffula trees not only resemble the whistling thorn acacia, a type of tree found on the African Savannah, but that particular tree actually provides food for the patas monkey.
While all of this is informed conjecture (after all, Dr. Seuss wrote and drew a lot of really weird stuff), the appearance of the Lorax (the character) combined with the purposeful ecological message of “The Lorax” (the book) do paint an interesting picture.
“These findings support our hypothesis that Geisel drew inspiration from a cercopithecine monkey and its ecology,” the study reads. “When put together with the fact that the book was written while on safari in Kenya, the coincidence seems striking.”

What is wrong with people??

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I know this is not my typical kind of post on here…but I just had to post it.

WHAT THE F**K IS WRONG WITH PEOPLE THESE DAYS?  Even if this turns out to NOT be true….something happened.  Something to provoke this enough to make the news.  That is what is wrong with this world.  This. Sort. Of. Crap.

Here is the article:

*Six Miami Fire and Rescue firefighters are now unemployed after a noose was placed over a photo belonging to an African-American colleague.

Although the city wouldn’t say exactly what happened beyond calling it “sexually explicit and racially offensive conduct,” the Miami Herald — citing sources — said the noose was created out of twine and placed over a black lieutenant’s family photo.

Several colleagues also drew a penis and other lewd images on several photos, including one of his wife, and one of his children and their grandmother, the newspaper said.

The city said the fire chief learned of the incident on September 9 and suspended 11 firefighters with pay. Ultimately six of them were fired on Wednesday, but the investigation is ongoing into lesser involvement by others who were at the station, and the findings could lead to suspensions or demotions,” the statement said.

“City of Miami Fire Rescue is an ethnically and racially diverse department and one of the best in the country,” City Manager Daniel Alfonso said. “We cannot and will not tolerate behavior that is disrespectful, hurtful and compromises the integrity of the department and the City of Miami.”

Miami officials have scheduled a news conference Friday morning to discuss the investigation.

The fired firefighters were identified as Cpt. William Bryson, Lt. Alejandro Sese, Kevin Meizoso, Justin Rumbaugh, David Rivera and Harold SantanaNBC 6 in Miami is reporting that all six firefighters are denying the allegations.

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