Now that’s a cup of Joe! Or should we say Billy!! Proof that some of the best and rarest items come in the most unexpected shapes and forms. This distinct coffee cup speaks of more than just Java… it speaks of dreams … before Billy Jamieson became a household name, he was pitching the premise of a one-of-a-kind reality show to powerhouse executives as “Heads or Tales”… not a bad idea given the nature of the show that would eventually become known as History Television’s “Treasure Trader”.

We are big fans of Billy and Jessica, so this item is Not For Sale.

RIP Billy

read more about Billy, the one the only.

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The missing remains of Staff Sgt. Thomas L. Meek of Lisbon La. and Capt. Henry S. White of Kansas City, Mo. were found 70 years after their dive bomber crashed in the South Pacific.

In July 1943, White and Meek left the Turtle Bay Airfield on Espiritu Santo Island in New Hebrides (now called Vanuatu) and never returned. The plane crashed on a nearby coral reef but searches failed to yield results until 2010, when both the remains of White and Meek were discovered. Also found in the aircraft were U.S. and Australian coins, U.S. military captain’s bars, and a U.S. military I.D. tag bearing Meek’s name and service number.

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The Great Exhibition, which took place in Hyde Park, London, in 1851, included a number of taxidermy exhibits. Hermann Ploucquet, a German taxidermist, exhibited anthropomorphic taxidermy: animals engaged in human activity. The Morning Chronicle of August 12, 1851 noted that Ploucquet’s exhibits were “one of the most crowded points of the Exhibition.” The Great Exhibition, which attracted some six million visitors, is generally held to be the turning point for taxidermy; many of the displays were of a high technical standard and utilized great artistry in scenes and tableaux that, compared to the simply posed species on display in museums, provoked great excitement. Queen Victoria recorded in her diary that his work was “marvelous.”

A WWII bomb which was buried for decades in the dirt of of a German construction site killed a digger driver and injured eight additional workers.

The explosion occurred as the digger lifted dirt and debris from the site. It shook nearby buildings and cars and was felt a kilometer away.

In the 1940’s, allied bombs tried to cripple the Nazi war effort by bombing factories in the industrial northwest of Germany. Explosives are found quite frequently throughout the country to this day.

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Upon browsing through the internet, one will find that the practice of human sacrifice by several different cultures or religious groups throughout the world to appease the gods, or God, flies in the face of religious idealism.

Unfortunately, in Iran the act of stoning is cloaked in religion since it specifically falls under the dictates of “God’s law” for the purpose of fulfilling or abiding by God’s will, which makes it a human sacrifice.

Stoning is a recognized form of execution under Iran’s penal code, which is based on Islamic Law. Considering that the Quran does not mention stoning as a prescribed method of execution, the practice finds its legality under Iran’s debatable interpretation of Sharia law, which is considered by Muslims to be God’s law.

So how is stoning carried out? After the convicted individual, who is a female in the vast majority of cases, is wrapped in a white shroud from head to toe and buried in a hole up to her breasts, rocks are then thrown at her head until she dies. Article 104 of Iran’s Penal Code specifically states that the appropriate stones for carrying out the killing “not be large enough to kill the person by one or two strikes; nor should they be so small that they could not be defined as stones.” According to reports, anywhere from ten to thirty minutes of pelting the victim’s head with rocks by a group of citizens usually accomplishes the goal.

One of the most famous cases is that of Sakineh Mohammedie Ashtiani, a forty-three-year-old mother of two who was convicted of adultery by an Iranian court and was sentenced to death by stoning in 2006. The international publicity, generated through her children, led to numerous diplomatic conflicts between Iran’s government and the heads of certain western governments. As a result, her execution has been stayed indefinitely.

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Zoologist and conservationist William Temple Hornaday (1854 – 1937) was another mover and shaker in the world of taxidermy. He worked for Ward’s Natural Science Establishment, which supplied taxidermy specimens to museums. One specimen hunting trip resulted in a display of two orangutans, named The Fight in the Tree-Tops, after which he was appointed chief taxidermist at the Smithsonian Museum in Washington D.C. He heard that the American bison were being decimated and, though troubled by the morality of the exercise, went to Montana to hunt for several specimens. Hornaday was so appalled by the skeletal remains of so many slaughtered bison that he highlighted their plight, and his work resulted in the creation of federally protected bison ranges in the American north-west. His famous bison display can today be seen at The Museum of The Northern Great Plains in Fort Benton, Montana.

The most famous attraction in Hiawatha, Kansas is a 1930’s tomb sitting in Mount Hope Cemetery near the southeast edge of town. John Milburn Davis came to Hiawatha in 1879 at the age of 24. After a short time, he married Sarah Hart, the daughter of his employer. Her family did not approve. The Davises started their own farm, prospered and were married for 50 years. When Sarah died in 1930, the Davises were wealthy. Over the next 7 years, John Davis spent most of that wealth on Sarah’s grave.

The amount spent on the Davis Memorial has been estimated at anywhere between $100,000 and several times that amount. In any case, it was a large amount and included the signing over of the farm and mansion. This was during the Depression, when money was tight.

Several reasons are offered for the extravagance including great love or guilt, anger at Sarah’s family, and a desire that the Davis fortune be exhausted before John’s death.

The Davis Memorial grew by stages, which is bit of a shame. If it had been planned, it might have been built on a larger lot and made more attractive. The memorial began with a typical gravestone, but John worked with Horace England, a Hiawatha monument dealer, making the gravesite more and more elaborate. There are 11 life-size statues of John and Sarah Davis made of Italian marble, many stone urns and a marble canopy that is reported as weighing over 50 tons.

 

 

Perhaps the most intriguing story surviving from the visit of Halley’s Comet in 1910 concerns the Oklahoma virgin who was nearly sacrificed to save the world when it came in contact with the Comet’s tail. The sheriffs arrived just in time to prevent the sacrifice of a virgin by demented Americans calling themselves “Select Followers.”

The story first appeared on May 19, 1910 in at least two newspapers far from the alleged scene of the action in Aline, Oklahoma. However, data didn’t match concerning the young lady’s age, the place where she was found, and the clothes that she was wearing (or lack thereof). The position of the Oklahoma Historical Society is simply stated. “None of the above considerations confirm or deny the Jane Warfield story.”

It is difficult to prove that something DID NOT happen, but when ALL of the existing evidence is negative, then we can be fairly positive that it did not, but the rumor is in the air.

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195 grams Plain Flour
1/2 teaspoon Baking Soda
110 Grams Unsalted Butter
100 Caster Sugar
1 Egg
1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
Pinch of Salt
    • In one bowl, mix together the flour, salt and baking soda.
    • In a second bowl, beat butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. 
    • Add in the egg and vanilla extract along with the flour mixture. Continue to mix until you get a smooth dough
    • Pour your dough into a plastic type bag and refrigerate for around 3 hours. You want the dough to settle so you can work with it.

 

Now the fun part!
Preheat oven at 170c

  • Lightly flour a clean surface and roll out your dough with a rolling pin. Grab your heart shaped cutter, or use a steady hand and cut them puppies out!
  • Place your shaped dough onto parchment paper and refrigerate for 15 mins. This will make sure your dough doesn’t lose its shape when you place it in the oven. 
  • Bake your cookies for around 10 to 15 mins. If you like your cookies quite soft, take them out around the 10 minute mark.
  • Decorate with icing if you please.

Happy Valentine’s Day!!

This is a proud and beautiful Native American maiden. With shining ebony hair, feathers, beads, and dream catcher… she is a beauty.
She stands 25″ tall.
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King Tutankhamun was mummified with his heart carved out, covered in black liquids, his penis kept erect—but why? Egyptologist Salima Ikram has an answer: that Tut was buried to resemble the underworld god Osiris as a way of battling a religious revolution that was gaining momentum in Egypt, LiveScience reports. Either Tut or his embalmers believed that his disguise would help fortify Egypt’s multiple-god religion and stamp out a new movement spearheaded by Akhenaten, a pharaoh who was probably Tutankhamun’s father. Akhenaten wanted Egyptians to worship Aten, the sun disc, and he promoted his crusade by desecrating images of other gods.

So embalmers made Tutankhamun look like Osiris: black oils and resins to recreate the dark skin, an erect penis to signify Osiris’ regenerative powers, and the carved-out heart because Osiris’ brother Seth had cut out and buried Osiris’ heart. Ikram admits it’s all theory, but it does bring the mystery of Tut’s burial full circle to Howard Carter, who discovered the mummy in 1922 and noted that “the king was indeed being shown as Osiris, more than was usual in royal burials.” (For more, see why Tut “spontaneously combusted” in his coffin.)

 

 

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