Monthly Archives: June 2015

Some Of The Most Impressive Structures In The World Have Dark Purposes.

Certain architectural wonders of the world hold some of the most insane secrets. You can look at these structures and their beauty and not know what is really hiding there. When you go inside, what do you expect to find? Palatial furnishings? A crazy party? How about this: you walk into some of these beautiful achievements in human architecture only to find that it is just an impressive burial ground?

That’s right, these beautiful structures are homes to the dead.

1.) The Taj Mahal

Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan built the Taj in Agra, India in memory of his wife, Mumtaz Mahal (between 1632 and 1653 AD). The emperor and his wife are both buried here. Talk about a wedding present!

2.) The Great Pyramid Of Giza

The Great Pyramid of Giza is believed to be a tomb for the Egyptian Pharaoh Khufu. All that for just one guy? Impressive.

3.) Humayun’s Tomb

Delhi, India is the home to the burial place of the second Mughal Emperor Humayun and other Mughal nobility. Humayun’s wife Hamida Banu Begum commissioned the tomb in 1562 CE.

4.) Anıtkabir

This Turkish monument stands as the burial place of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, founder and first president of the Republic of Turkey.

5.) Masjad-i-Nabvi

The tomb of the Prophet Muhammad sits beneath the green dome of the Masjid-i-Nabvi, or “Mosque of the Prophet” in Medina, the second-holiest city in Islam. Some additions were appended since its construction, but it remains more or less the same as when it was first built.

6.) Mausoleum of Genghis Khan

In Ordus, China, you’ll find this monument commemorating Ghengis Khan. His actual burial site is unknown, but this mausoleum is a cenotaph to Genghis Khan.

7.) Castel Sant’Angelo

Rome, Italy is home to the Castel Sant’Angelo. The tomb of the Roman emperor Hadrian was built between 135 AD and 139 AD. It was later used as a fortress, and now functions as a museum.

8.) Capuchin Catacombs of Palermo

Capuchin monks mummified the bodies of the dead, dressed them up in everyday clothing and then put them on the monastery walls for display in this Palermo, Italy monestary. Apparently, getting entombed was quite a status symbol in the Capuchin monastery. Prominent citizens of the town would ask to be preserved in certain clothing and even have the clothes changed on a regular basis according to contemporary fashion!

9.) Nintoku Mausoleum

Sakai, Japan is home to one of the largest mausoleums in the world, the burial site of the 6th emperor of Japan, Nintoku.

10.) Westminster Abbey

This English cathedral is home to the remains of many literary geniuses. Geoffrey Chaucer, William Blake, Lord Byron, Charles Dickens, John Keats, Rudyard Kipling, William Wordsworth, Jane Austen and the Brontë sisters, are either buried or commemorated here.

11.) Tomb Of Cyrus The Great

While not as impressive as some of the other structures listed here, the burial grounds of the Persian Empire founder lay in Cyrus’ historic capital Pasargadae.

12.) The Catacombs Of Paris

Recently featured in the film, As Above, So Below, the catacombs in Paris have an interesting history. Paris suffered from diseases caused by improper burials and mass graves in church cemeteries. Local authorities decided that they would remove thousands of bones and place them stacked in the abandoned underground quarries.

13.) Les Invalides

Paris, France is the home to this impressive mausoleum. Originally a 17th century hospital and retirement home for war veterans, Les Invalides now houses a military museum and the tomb of Napolean Bonaparte, as well as other French military figures.

14.) Newgrange

It is believe that this Irish burial ground was built somewhere between 3100-2900 BCE and is home to thousands of prehistoric humans.

15.) Lincoln’s Tomb

In Springfield, Illinois, you can find the tomb of the 16th President of the United States. Abraham Lincoln is buried with his wife and children in this monument.

16.) Mazar-e-Quaid

The tomb of the founder of Pakistan, Mohammad Ali Jinnah, was completed in the 1960s and lies in the heart of Karachi.

17.) Lenin’s Tomb

This impressive structure is home to the embalmed corpse of Vladimir Lenin. Lenin’s Tomb was completed in 1930, located in the Red Square of Moscow.

18.) Forest Lawn Great Mausoleum

How can we deny that we treat our entertainers like royalty? Founded in 1906, the Forest Lawn Mausoleum is the burial place of choice for many American entertainment greats. Clark Gable, Walt Disney, Lucille Ball, Nat King Cole, Carole Lombard and Humphrey Bogart are all buried here.

19.) Qin Shi Huang Mausoleum

This insane Chinese mausoleum dates back t0 210 BCE, was discovered in the underground necropolis of the first Emperor of China, Qin Shi Huang. To date, 8,000 soldiers, 130 chariots with 520 horses and 150 cavalry horses, all life-size, were uncovered.

20.) Shah-i-Zinda

According to legend, Shah-i-Zina is the burial place of Kusam ibn Abbas, a cousin of the Prophet Muhammad and patron saint of Samarkand, where this tomb is located.

21.) The Pantheon

This famous Roman piece of architecture was originally a temple to the gods, but used as a tomb and church since the Renaissance. Buried here are two Italian kings, the painters Raphael and Annibale Carracci, and the composer Arcangelo Corelli.

22.) St. Peter’s Basilica

The Vatican City’s crowning achievement to Catholicism is the burial place of Saint Peter, as well as 91 popes. Construction of the present building ended in 1626.

23.) Tana Toraja

The Toraja people in Sulawesi, Indonesia have an interesting burial arrangement. They bury their dead in a stone cave carved out of a rocky cliff. A wood-carved effigy called a tau tau, carved with the likeness of the dead person, is then placed in the balcony of the tomb to represent the dead and watch over their remains.

24.) The Valley Of Kings

It took nearly 500 years to contstruct the burial site of Egyptian Pharaohs and powerful nobles, from the 16th to 11th century BCE. It includes the “cursed” tomb of King Tutankhamun.

Getting buried in the ground doesn’t seem quite right anymore, eh? You’re starting to want a more lavish burial plot. Well, you better start saving some money is you want to a king’s burial, because it costs a king’s ransom.

Before Getting Their Iconic Roles, These 40 Actors Had To Audition, Too.

What do Hugh Laurie, Megan Fox and Steve Carell all have in common?

The most obvious answer is that they’re hugely famous actors. They didn’t always have household names, though. It took a lot of blood, sweat, tears and dramatic pauses for these actors to get where they are today. Do you want to know what they really have in common? 

Along with 37 other actors, they’re included in this reel of rare audition tapes. Before getting their iconic roles, all of these actors had to jump through hoops and audition like everyone else. Seeing these guys before they became the characters we know and love is so cool.

(Prank Media via Uproxx)

It’s easy to see why they were cast in their roles. These actors really knew how to make the casting directors react, with both drama and comedy. It’s amazing to see where it all started… share this epic video with others by clicking on the Share button below. 

‘A regrettable mistake’: New York Times calls Michael Brown ‘no angel’

Margaret Sullivan, the New York Times’ public editor, confessed Monday afternoon that a writer’s use of the term “no angel” to describe Michael Brown was “a regrettable mistake” and saying that the 18-year-old killed by a Ferguson, Mo., police officer was no angel seemed “to suggest that this was, altogether, a bad kid.”

New York Times writer John Eligon used the phrase in a profile of Brown published yesterday, and the backlash was profound.

The author of the piece says, in hindsight, he would have changed the wording:

“I understand the concerns, and I get it,” Mr. Eligon said. He agreed that “no angel” was not a good choice of words and explained that they were meant to play off the opening anecdote of the article in which Mr. Brown saw an angelic vision. That anecdote “is about as positive as you can get,” Mr. Eligon said, and noted that a better way to segue into the rest of the article might have been to use a phrase like “wasn’t perfect.”

“Hindsight is 20/20. I wish I would have changed that,” he said.

 

#BarackObamaBirthdayWish: Some useful additions to Obama’s birthday list

What do you think President Obama wants most for his birthday?


http://twitter.com/#!/scatbug/status/364035557950623744

As for the birthday dinner?

http://twitter.com/#!/kpiper1980/status/364022628836589569

Twerk-off! Did John McCain inspire the Miley Cyrus twerk-tongue? [pics]

Who wore the Miley Cyrus twerk-tongue better? The Shamnesty Shakin’ originator, John McCain?

Or the furry-lovin’ imitator?

Will the post-VMA nightmares never end?

It gets better(?)

Related:

Full Twitchy coverage of Miley Cyrus

15 Tees That Completely Understand Your DIY Addiction

Because we all have our gateway craft.

1. If you have ever jeopardized your moral fiber for Modge Podge…

Get it here.

2. If you’ve left a party to knit in the bathroom…

Get it here.

3. If you’ve considered opening a new credit card just to support your scrap booking habit…

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4. If crafting has ever left you in a dream-like state…

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5. If you’ve smuggled knitting needles onto a plane at least once in your life…

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6. If sewing makes you question your life choices…

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7. If all you ever want to do is DIY…

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8. If you would give up most things for stitching…

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9. If you’ve spent all of your money on pretty tools…

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10. If you only ever talk about crafting…

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11. If you’re never without a skein or two…

Get it happens.

12. If you have your scrapbooking supplies in your will…

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13. If glitter brings you all the joy in the world…

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14. If you have given up friends for yarn…

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15. If you can’t imagine a world without sewing…

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Jose Canseco offers Cinco de Mayo history lesson; Suggests re-naming holiday

Really? Tell us more.

With those pieces of Canseco’s speculative history in mind, he suggested a new name for Cinco de Mayo:

Suffice to say that the “science isn’t settled” on Canseco’s version of historical events.

USFailways: US Air refuses to let Army Ranger hang up his uniform jacket

US Airway is learning a valuable lesson in a) common sense and b) don’t anger a First Class passenger with access to Twitter.

First, here’s the story a reader tipped us off to earlier today:

Passengers: Flight attendant refused to hang Army Ranger’s uniform jacket

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Passengers onboard a U.S. Airways flight from Portland, Oregon to Charlotte were outraged after they said a flight attendant mistreated an Army Ranger Thursday morning.

They told Channel 9 that First Sergeant […] asked a flight attendant if he could hang up his uniform jacket to keep it from getting wrinkled. That flight attendant said the service is available only to first class passengers and refused to let other passengers, who volunteered, to switch seats with him.

Those on the flight claimed the flight attendant even yelled at passengers who tried to ask other attendants.

Now, the reason that this story has gone viral is largely due to the efforts of Kirbs72, a reported First Class passenger on the same flight who took to Twitter to express his outrage:

@USAirways the airline that I have flown almost 100,000 miles on this year disgraced a heavily decorated soldier right in front of me. Shame

— Kirbs72 (@Bkirby72) October 9, 2014

According to my flight attendant you have a policy to not hang the dress coats of Army Rangers not seated in first class. #antiusair

— Kirbs72 (@Bkirby72) October 9, 2014

@USAirways : my flight attendant says you have a policy to not hang the dress coats of Army Rangers not seated in first class. #antiusair

— Kirbs72 (@Bkirby72) October 9, 2014

@USAirways I am the first class customer! None of us had coats. What's the next excuse?

— Kirbs72 (@Bkirby72) October 9, 2014

@USAirways three of us in first class begged your poorly trained associate to hang this heroes decorated jacket. To no avail

— Kirbs72 (@Bkirby72) October 9, 2014

@USAirways when the man stepped in the plane your attendant SHOULD have said it would be my honor to hang your jacket sergeant.

— Kirbs72 (@Bkirby72) October 9, 2014

@USAirways not a soul in first class had a coat. Not one! I will share with the Chairman that are also upset with me. Oh and the media

— Kirbs72 (@Bkirby72) October 9, 2014

@USAirways may be viral on Facebook by the end of the day. USAir deserves to lose business over this. A disgrace

— Kirbs72 (@Bkirby72) October 9, 2014

@bkirby72 Please DM your record locator and we'll forward an email to Flight Services for internal review. We're following you now.

— US Airways (@USAirways) October 9, 2014

US Airways has promised Kirby72 that they’re now aware of the situation and are in the process of an internal investigation. That’s good news, but we wonder how many other soldiers have been treated as shabbily.

Editors note: We are not publishing the name or photograph of the soldier.