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Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Bill Clinton Portrait "Hides" Monica in the Background!

Bill Clinton NELSON SHANKS/NATIONAL PORTRAIT  at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington D.C.

Renowned portrait artist Nelson Shanks has done some work before with Ronald Reagan and Princess Diana but his painting of the 42nd president at a New York City studio in 2005 is getting a different kind of attention now. While the portrait was done with the artist's usual conservative realistic style, its turning out from his own pronouncements that he took some risks in expressing his interpretation of the Clinton legacy - right on the painting itself! 

The most infamous blue dress in the world, associated with the most sensational Presidential scandal in recent history

Shank by his own admission "hid" some unflattering symbolism in the painting -- a barely noticeable shadow in the painting's background on the fireplace mantle, supposedly cast by a blue dress- which was his way of evoking Monica Lewinsky, the intern with whom Clinton had a scandalous fling while in office. According to the painter,  the dress-shaped shadow is in fact an allusion to the "literal shadow" that the Monica Lewinsky scandal cast on Clinton's legacy,
Artist Nelson Shanks works on a portrait of former president Bill Clinton in his Andalusia, Pa., studio in 2005. The portrait was commissioned by the National Portrait Gallery in Washington. (Photo: Eileen Blass, USA TODAY)

"Let's face it, that's a metaphor," the artist tells in an interview with Philadelphia Daily News, adding, "....a major shadow across [Clinton's] presidency.There's some humor attached to it," Shanks admits. "But I hope it's deeper than that. I hope it's reflective of history and an anecdote that history should respect and know about at the same time." 
Bill Clinton looking up at his portrait during its unveiling at the Smithsonian Castle Building in Washington. Photograph: Haraz N Ghanbari/AP

No one (including the Clintons) have asked us to remove the portrait from the gallery," a spokeswoman for the N.P.G. tells PEOPLE

Friday, February 27, 2015


Check out  these hilarious photos by photographer artist Edy Hardjo of action figures of our favorite superheroes "facing"  everyday life situations like we all do: jealousy, bodily needs and human emotions. Hilarious and BRILIANT!  Bravo! 

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Priest "swallowed" by the Grave During Burial Rites!

NOT THE ACTUAL EVENT...this is the only apt picture I saw in the net for this post. :-). Photo courtesy of  "Someone Having A Worse Day Than You" post on calvinscanadiancaveofcool.blogspot.com
 "It was very disagreeable. The funeral atmosphere ended and perhaps because of everyone's nervousness, there was something comical in the air. I was very embarrassed but I managed to continue with the funeral rites."

Thus said by Rev. Alex Novais de Brito, a Roman Catholic priest who fell into a grave while praying at the burial of one of his parishioners, saying further that the incident "ruined the moment " according to the local police in central-western Brazil .

He was praying over the coffin at the Campo da Esperanca (Field of Hope) cemetery near Brasilia, São Paulo when the ground suddenly gave way and he and three others at the funeral service fell into the grave. 
No one was seriously hurt.

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Monday, February 9, 2015

ONE OF CHILE'S GREAT MYSTERIES SOLVED- Vanished plane with Chile soccer stars found 50 years later!

Members of the top-division Chilean team Green Cross, several of whom died in the 1961 plane crash.
Finally bringing closure to Chile's worst ever aviation disaster in the 60s,  climbers in Chile's Andes mountains say they have found the wreckage of a missing plane that disappeared more than half a century ago with a team of soccer stars on board.
A DC-3 similar to the accident aircraft

LAN Chile Flight 210 crashed in the Andes on 3 April 1961. All 24 people on board were killed including members of the CD Green Cross team of 8 professional footballers and 2 members of the coaching staff.

The remains of the aircraft were discovered in Maule 190 miles south of capital
city Santiago - at an altitude of 3,200 meters.

Eliseo Mourino
The best-known player to have perished in the crash was likely Eliseo Mourino, who won 25 caps for Argentina and lifted the Copa America for his country in 1955 and 1959. He was winding his career down at Green Cross after eight seasons at Argentiena giants at Boca Juniors, and five at Banfield.
This accident is one of the worst tragedies in professional sport, and echoes the darkest day in Manchester United's history - February 6, 1958.
Darkest day in Manchester United's history - February 6, 1958. 23 people - including eight players and
three members of the club's staff - suffered fatal injuries in the Munich air crash.

On that day in 1958, 23 people - including eight players and three members of the club's staff - 
suffered fatal injuries in the Munich air crash.Flying back from a European Cup tie against Red Star
Belgrade, the team plane stopped in Germany to refuel. The first two attempts to take off from
 Munich airport were aborted; following a third attempt, the plane crashed.

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Friday, January 30, 2015

DEADLY MARRIAGE PROPOSAL: Woman Jumps for Joy Down A Cliff!

Bulgarian woman Dimitrina Dimitrova, 29, died after she fell off a cliff in Ibiza, Spain seconds after celebrating her boyfriend's marriage proposal according to the British newspaper the Mirror . Her boyfriend worked as a waiter on the island and Dimitrova arrived two days before the accident.

Dimitrina jumped up in excitement after her boyfriend proposed to her on top of a cliff in Ibiza. Quoting police officials, she lost her balance and tragically fell off the 65-foot cliff.

She initially survived the accident but later died from heart attack and physical injuries as the paramedics arrived.

Dimitrova left two children, aged five and six.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

FINALLY: Mayweather vs Pacquiao- COMING IN 2015!...?

"Mayweather vs Pacquiao- COMING IN 2015!...." well... that at least is what was flashed on the big video screen during a first-half stoppage in play at a Miami Heat game on Tuesday night......with a question mark ending the caption though...Miami’s jumbotron promptly showed the two boxers in a split screen where Pacquiao and Mayweather seemed amused looking at the encounter..

During the NBA game between the Miami Heat and Milwaukee Bucks, the unprecedented meeting of the two welterweight champions happened inside the American Airlines Arena in Florida. The fighters were both sitting courtside, directly across from one another.  During halftime, Pacquiao and Mayweather approached each other, shook hands and chatted briefly, then exchanged phone numbers.
Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather hug briefly after speaking at a Miami Heat game.from rappler.com
"He gave his number to me and said we will communicate with each other," said Pacquiao, adding that he had never before met Mayweather in person. Asked to clarify if the exchange meant the two would negotiate directly about meeting in the ring, Pacquiao said that was the case.
Pacquiao, Mayweather chat, exchange phone numbers during a chance encounter in a Miami Heat game.

Mayweather did not respond to a question asked by an AP reporter. 
The boxing icons have yet to finalize the details of the fight—if it will even happen. A bout between the two would almost certainly be the richest ever in boxing, potentially grossing as much as $250 million. Mayweather's take alone could exceed $100 million.

Monday, January 19, 2015

6 to 7 MILLION for Pope Francis in the Philippines-Largest Papal Crowd in History:makes the list of largest peaceful gatherings in history!

Manila: Pope Francis celebrates a huge open-air Mass for a rain-drenchedcrowd of millions in the Philippine capital on Sunday. 
World record. Filipinos fill the Rizal Park and the areas nearby to attend the mass
celebrated by Pope Francis (inset) at the Quirino Grandstand on Sunday. Ey Acasio
and AFP

On January 2015, over 6 to 7 million attended the Concluding Eucharistic Celebration in Manila, ending the 5-day apostolic and state visit of Pope Francis in the Philippines, making the largest papal crowd in history, surpassing previous record (listed below).

This amazing Catholic feat now makes it to the list of the largest historic peaceful gatherings of people in one place for a single event beating some of the more notable gatherings in very recent history:

                             More than a million barefoot devotees parade a centuries-old icon of Jesus Christ through                                       Manila in the Philippines' biggest religious festival, ©Ted Aljibe (AFP)

Millions of pilgrims have arrived in Mecca for Islam's annual Hajj pilgrimage

  • An estimated 3.16 million people made the annual Hajj to MeccaSaudi Arabia in 2012 (1.4 million from Saudi and 1.75 Foreigners).

President Barack Obama gives his inaugural address to a worldwide audience from the West Steps of the U.S. Capitol after taking the oath of office in Washington, D.C., Jan. 20, 2009

People hold panels to create the eyes of late Charlie Hebdo editor Stephane Charbonnier, known as "Charb"
  • An estimated 1.2-1.6 million people, including several heads of state, marched in Paris (with a total of 3.7 million marching across the world) on 11 January 2015 for an anti-terrorism rally in the aftermath of the Charlie Hebdo shooting; the gathering was the largest in French history.

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