Sunday, August 26, 2018



While children of identical twins are legally first cousins, genetically, they are actually half siblings.

Da Nang is the fourth largest city in Vietnam after Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) , Hanoi and Haiphong.  It is located on the coast of the East Sea at the mouth of the Han River and was a major US and allied base during the Vietnam War as the place where arriving combat troops landed.  Today memories of the war have faded with the focus now being on tourism.  West of Da Nang is the  Ba Na Hills station and resort.  A cable car opened in 2013 carries tourists to and from the resort and holds the world record for longest non-stop single track cable car at 5801 metres in length. Unveiled in June this year, Ba Na Hills now has another eye-catching atraction:  the Golden Bridge.  The bridge is located 1,400m above sea level and is held up by a pair of giant hands, which have been finished with a weathered effect to create an aged and weathered appearance.

The Ba Na cable car

The Golden Bridge


Artist James O’Neal turned this . . .

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In 1979 Robert G. Barbour of Los Angeles applied to the California Department of Motpor Vehicles for personalised plates.  The form had provision for 3 choices so he applied for “SAILING” and “BOATING”.  Not having a 3rd choice that he wanted, he wrote in the 3rd box “NO PLATE”.  That is what he received: NO PLATE.

He soon began receiving warning letters that fines had not been paid and even summonses to attend court. It vtrurned out that that law enforcement officers were writing "no plate" on citations for illegally parked vehicles without licence plates. When the information was entered into a Department of Motor Vehicles computer and the fine remained unpaid, the computer would come up with Barbour's name and address.  Over the next 7 nmonths he received over 2,500 parking notices.  He responded with a form letter advising that they check the vehicle particulars to confirm that it was not his vehicle at fault, which usually resulted in cancellation of the notice.  His attempts to get the DMV to change its procedures were unsuccessful, the DMV telling him to change his plates but by that time he had become attached to them.

Finally, about two years after the whole situation began, the DMV issued a notice to law-enforcement agencies requesting they use the word, "none" instead of "no plate" on citations.  According to Barbour: "As soon as they did that, the tickets slowed down to a real light trickle. For the last couple of years, I haven't gotten more than five or six tickets a month." He attributes those to officers and clerks unfamiliar with current procedure.

Said Gary Taulbee, a systems coordinator with the San Francisco Municipal Court traffic division: "They probably got through because it was thought that no one would be crazy enough to have plates that said NO PLATE. We're just hoping that no one will come up with plates that say NONE."

There have been similar instances of licence holders receiving numerous fines and penalty notices when they have registered their cars and, in one case, a motorcycle. with the registrations:


In response to an enquiry by Byter Leo M:

President Donald Trump donates his presidential salary, as he promised to do during his campaign.  He writes a cheque each quarter in an amount equivalent to one-fourth of his annual salary to the following federal agencies: the National Park Service, the Department of Education, the Department of Health and Human Services, the Department of Transportation, and the Department of Veterans Affairs.

According to Forbes, President Obama donated $1.1 million (an amount representing 34% of the $3.2 million aggregate salary he received over eight years in office) to charitable causes during his term in office.  He also donated the entire $1.4 million he received as the winner of the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize


You know that little pocket at the front of your jeans, ever wondered what it’s for?

Back in the 1800s, cowboys used to wear their watches on chains and kept them in their waistcosts. To keep them from getting broken, Levis introduced this small pocket where they could keep their watch.


The word Avocado comes from a Nahuatl Indian (Aztec) word “ahu├ícatl” meaning testicle. It is thought that the reference is either due to the avocado’s shape or the fact that it was considered to possess aphrodisiac qualities by the Aztecs. In Spanish, “ahu├ícatl” became “aguacate” and eventually “avogato” and then “avocado”.


Some Avocado Facts:

An Avocado Is A Fruit, And More Specifically A Berry:
Technically an avocado is not a vegetable but a fruit, more specifically, a single-seeded berry. A fruit is “the matured ovary of a flower” and consists of a tough outer layer (the skin or rind), a middle layer we typically think of as the flesh of the fruit and a casing around a seed (or seeds).

An Avocado Has More Potassium Than A Banana:
A single avocado has 975 milligrams of potassium, while a banana, well-known for being loaded with potassium, delivers just half that, with 487 milligrams per large fruit.

They’ll Ripen More Quickly With A Banana Or An Apple Around:
Bananas and apples release ethylene gas, a naturally-occurring plant hormone. If you store your unripe avocados in a brown bag with an apple or a banana, the gases trapped in the bag will help the avocado.

Avocados Are One Of A Few High-Protein Fruits:
One avocado packs four grams of protein, among the highest amount coming from a fruit.

It’s good-quality protein:
While they don’t contain every single amino acid required in the body’s protein-building process, they do have all 18 of the important ones, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. Plus, all of that protein is available for the body to use, while some of the protein you might get from meat sources is not.

You Can Swap Them Into Baked Goods Recipes For Butter:
The creamy texture and healthy fats make for a surprisingly-easy baking substitution. In the right ratios, you can ditch some butter and replace with avocado for healthier chocolate chip cookies, banana bread and brownies.  See recipes at:

You Don’t Have To Eat Them To Reap Their Benefits:
Nutritional perks aside, avocados can play a key role in your healthy hair and skin routine. The antioxidants, amino acids and essential oils inside an avocado can help repair damaged hair, moisturize dry skin, treat sunburns and maybe even minimize wrinkles.  Click on the following link:

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