Saturday, July 23, 2016

Beautiful 21,000 sq. ft. Bookstore in Brazil

El Ateneo Grand Splendid bookstore - Buenos Aires, Argentina - 5 Jan. 2015

By Nan Palmero from San Antonio, TX, USA (El Ateneo Book Store) [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Via Twisted Sifter

One look and it is easy to see why this bookstore was named by The Guardian as the 2nd most beautiful in the world in 2008.

It is called El Ateneo Grand Splendid and located in Barrio Norte, Buenos Aires, Brazil.   It built around 100 years ago and opened in 1919 as a grand theater with a seating capacity of 1,050.

In the 1920's it was converted into a movie theater and was destined for demolition until Grupo Ilhsa leased it and turned it into the bookstore in 2000.

The building was designed by architects Peró and Torres Armengol.   It has frescos on the ceiling painted by frescoed ceilings by Nazareno Orlandi, lovely sculpted columns,  theater boxes and rounded balconies with ornate details and an elegant red stage curtain.

For more information, visit the  official website

Buenos Aires - El Ateneo 164

By Stanley Wood (originally posted to Flickr as Buenos Aires - 164) [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Friday, July 22, 2016

Not Your Typical Lounge Act

My cousin posted this on Facebook and it leaves me at loss for words.  I can't say I have ever seen anything quite like this (nor do I want to again).

How in the heck do you describe this video with half naked guys with pans strapped over their privates and a spoon between their knees in bathrobes and cowboy hat with a girl dressed as a clown singing a Country song in German?

"Cowboy Bucket Bongo with a Dame Singing Ditty in Deutsche."?
           "German Brokeback Mountain, the Musical"?
            "Tears of a Clown with 4 Dudes a Drummin"

           "Singin and a Dingin"?

            "The Gong Show:  Hamburg & Lexington Style"?

I don't know if I can ever look at a metal bucket the same way again.

What are your thoughts?   Please feel free to post them in the Comments section.


Sunday, July 17, 2016

Tokyo Cat Man - 10 Persian Cats in a Pram

If I saw this I would have to stop traffic to get out to see it.   A man in Tokyo takes not one, not two, not even just three cats, but 10 cats for a walk pushing them around in pram (stroller) like you would a baby or small child.

What I can't figure out is how he gets them all to contentedly (for the most part) to stay crammed into the pram (stroller) and allow him to push them around and not run off. I never had any luck getting kittens to ride in my Barbie car without as a child.

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Meringue from Chickpea Water

Next time you open a can of chickpeas you might want to save the water from the can as it can be used to make an egg-free meringue or whipped cream.  

The water from the can, called "Aquafaba" can be whipped and stiffened like egg whites to make a meringue or sweetened to make a Vegan whipped cream replacement.

There are a variety of recipes and on Youtube

Saturday, July 2, 2016

Stairway to Heaven Firework Display

This 1650 foot tall display was created by Chinese Artist Cai Guoqiang as a tribute to his grandmother who raised him. It was at a show in Quanzhou, China and made from metal and gun powder with the 18 foot metal ladder taken up to the sky in a hot air balloon.

For further details and more pictures see a full article at Daily Mail UK.

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Saturday, June 18, 2016

8 Strange New Deep Sea Creatures

A Ninja Lantern Sharks (smaller than house cats), Sock Worms, Hoff Crabs, named after David Hasselhoff' chest hair. eyeless Shrimps, Anglerfish, Harp Sponge. "Casper" octopus, Crostata Jellyfish. The depths of our oceans continues to be a mystery...