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1000 Palestinian children form Pablo Picasso's Dove of Peace: Peace on Earth, "love all", Mount of Temptation, Jericho,West Bank

it took some 1000 children from United Nations schools to create Pablo Picasso's dove outside the West Bank city of Jericho, produced as part of the ‘Peace on Earth’ project

Top: Pablo Picasso’s Peace Dove; Bottom: Palestinian students at UN schools stand to form image as dove of peace

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Palestinian children stand to form Pablo Picasso's Dove of Peace as part of a project by British aerial artist John Quigley and the United Nations Relief Works Agency (UNRWA), at the foot of the Mount of Temptation in the West Bank city of Jericho November 25, 2011. It took some 1000 children from United Nations schools to create the project produced as part of the "Peace on Earth" project, a global musical prayer for peace which will be broadcast globally from Bethlehem's Manger Square on Christmas day, a U.N. press release said.

Palestinian pupils at UN schools form group image as dove of peace
25 November 2011 - Hundreds of children from United Nations-run schools in the Jericho area of the occupied Palestinian territory today created a massive aerial image jointly with the renowned artist John Quigley to send out a peace message to the world.  read more »

Mysterious giant Lego man washes ashore bearing cryptic message - 2007: Netherlands; 2008: England; 2011: US (Florida)

children play with a giant smiling Lego man that was fished out of the sea in the Dutch resort of Zandvoort in 2007

children play with a giant Lego man which has washed up on a beach in Brighton after floating all the way from Holland in 2008

Florida, US, 2011 - beachgoers pose with giant Lego man on Siesta Key Public Beach before it was picked up by the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office

Dutch Lego man, 2007: stood in front of the drinks stall for kids to play with; UK Lego man, 2008: stayed on Brighton Beach for beach-goers to enjoy; US Lego man, 2011: taken into police custody, to stay in jail for 90 days.

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Lifesize Lego Man washes up on Florida beach, taken into police custody
[Oct 27 2011] - Police in southern Florida are scratching their heads over a life-sized Lego man bearing a cryptic slogan that washed up on the beach.

The 8-foot-tall red, yellow and green Lego man was discovered Tuesday on Sarasota's Siesta Key Beach. "It doesn't make sense," said Jeff Hindman, who found the eight-foot-tall, 100-pound fiberglass figure during his morning walk, according to the Herald Tribune.

Hindman said he initially thought the Lego man was beached marine life, but when he dragged the statue out of the water and stood him up, Hindman discovered the ominous message "NO REAL THAN YOU ARE" across the front of the Lego shirt. The figure's back reads "EGO LEONARD" and has the number eight.  read more »

16 mysterious sights: Salar de Uyuni, Eye of Africa, Desert Floor Drawings, Racetrack Playa, Spotted Lake, Cotton Castle...

Mysterious Sights: Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia
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Mysterious Sights: Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia

Salar de Uyuni is a magical place: When covered by water, the world’s largest salt flat becomes a mirror, and anyone walking across it appears to be walking on clouds. The salt crust, which covers 4,086 square miles in southwestern Bolivia at 11,995 feet above sea level, is nearly flat, which makes it ideal for calibrating the altimeters of satellites. Salar de Uyuni's origins lie in prehistoric lakes; it is a major breeding ground for several species of flamingoes.

Mysterious Sights: the Richat Structure

Mysterious Sights: Eye of Africa, Mauritania

The Eye of Africa - whose official name, the Richat Structure, seems so mundane in comparison - was spotted in central Mauritania by astronauts on early space missions. In the expanse of the Western Sahara Desert, the formation has a diameter of about 30 miles. At first, scientists thought a meteorite had hit the Earth, causing this impression. But now it is believed to be a symmetrical uplift that erosion has revealed. No one has explained yet why it is circular.

Mysterious Sights: the Richat Structure

Mysterious Sights: Middle East Desert Floor Drawings  read more »

Disney World opened 40 yrs ago today: "family amusement park...to walk, sit...relax, stay human, stop swearing, start smiling"

Impetus for Disney World came from Walt Disney (above in 1953) who disliked all of the businesses that opened around Disneyland in California

Orlando, Florida - in the late 1960s construction began on the shores of Bay Lake..the site of the future 1,057-room hotel in Decmeber 1970.

The iconic centerpiece of the Magic Kingdom - destined to become one of the world's most photographed building - goes up at Disney World in Orlando, Florida, 1971.

Cinderella Castle at Disney World

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Disneyland, the original California park, was groundbreaking in every possible way. Prior to Disneyland’s creation, amusement parks were, by and large, dirty, dangerous places aimed almost exclusively at teenagers. Parents didn’t go on rides, they sat on benches while the kids played. As an animator, Walt Disney had already earned a reputation as a maverick, a rebel genius who was able to sell adult audiences on feature-length cartoons, something his peers had claimed would never work. Disneyland was the culmination of many of Walt’s big dreams, a different kind of park, where parents and children could have fun together. Walt Disney told stories, and Disneyland allowed guests to become a part of those stories.

Walt Disney World History Year by Year  read more »

Visionary, innovator, inventor, business giant Steve Jobs: "think different".. "There is no reason not to follow your heart."

*update* 22 August 2014
Jobs prefaced his Stanford remarks by saying: "I never graduated from college. Truth be told, this is the closest I’ve ever gotten to a college graduation."

Steve Jobs in 1981
Steve Jobs in his Los Angeles office in 1981, five years after he co-founded Apple.

Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak in 1976
Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak in 1976, when they founded Apple. Jobs sold his Volkswagen minibus and Wozniak his two Hewlett-Packard calculators to raise the money they needed.

Steve Jobs on Macworld cover in 1984.
On the cover of Macworld, a sister publication of Computerworld, in 1984.

Steve Jobs and John Sculley
During happier times with John Sculley. Jobs lost the helm at Apple in 1985 after a power struggle with Sculley, who was CEO of Apple at the time, and Jobs left to found NEXT.

Steve Jobs bought Pixar in 1986
In 1986, Steve Jobs bought Pixar from George Lucas for less than $10 million. The company later was renamed to Pixar Animation Studios. This photo is from the 2003 opening of 'Finding Nemo'. Pixar was ultimately sold to Walt Disney in 2006.  read more »

"War does not determine who is right - only who is left." - The Honourable Bertrand Russell

"War does not determine who is right - only who is left." - The Honourable Bertrand Russell

"War does not determine who is right - only who is left." - The Honourable Bertrand Russell

ebook Quotable Wit and Wisdom - Collection 1 available via Amazon Kindle eBooks and Apple iBookstore

Handsome soul. Handsome fellow. Charlie Chaplin: "I am for people. I can't help it." A gentleman, poet, lonely, always hopeful

Charlie Chaplin without makeup and mustache, circa 1920

Chaplin with Einstein

Charlie Chaplin in movie Modern Times

Chaplin with Gandhi

Charlie Chaplin - a gentleman

Daily Show’s Jon Stewart Looks Like Charlie Chaplin

Charlie Chaplin
Born: April 16, 1889, London, England
Died: December 25, 1977, Vevey, Switzerland

- A man's true character comes out when he's drunk.
- A tramp, a gentleman, a poet, a dreamer, a lonely fellow, always hopeful of romance and adventure.
- I remain just one thing, and one thing only, and that is a clown. It places me on a far higher plane than any politician.
- We think too much and feel too little.
- I am for people. I can't help it.
- I do not have much patience with a thing of beauty that must be explained to be understood. If it does need additional interpretation by someone other than the creator, then I question whether it has fulfilled its purpose.
- I don't believe that the public knows what it wants; this is the conclusion that I have drawn from my career.
- I have no further use for America. I wouldn't go back there if Jesus Christ was President.
- A day without laughter is a day wasted.  read more »

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