Friday, 4 September 2009

Looking Back - Titanic Wreck Captured On Film

On this day in 1985, the first pictures of the wreck of the Titanic were released 73 years after the liner sank with the loss of 1,500 lives.
The wreck had been discovered three days earlier by a joint American-French expedition lead by the explorer Dr Robert Ballard.
The ship is lying at a depth of 2.5 miles (4 km) and was filmed by an unmanned submarine called Argo.
Enhanced images taken from the film have allowed researchers to identify the ship's boilers sitting on the sea bed.
The research team sent down more colour cameras but said they had no plans to attempt to salvage the wreck or explore its contents.
A survivor of the sinking, Eva Hart, said she was relieved they were not planning to disturb the site. "I feel that it's my father's grave, and the grave of 1.500 people" she said.
Salvage expert Kendall McDonald said it would be impossible to raise the hull from that depth. "it couldn't withstand any kind of lifting ... it's a scrapyard", he told the BBC.
It took two ships, the assistance of the US Navy, a huge amount of sophisticated equipment and eight weeks of searching to make the discovery.
Dr Ballard returned the following year on a US Navy vessel and made 11 dives to the wreck in a three man submarine.
Many expeditions have visited the Titanic since, despite objections from some survivors and their relatives who believe the site should be left untouched.
In 1994 a US court granted the New York-based company RMS Titanic, Inc. exclusive salvage rights to the wreck.
Eva Hart died in 1996 aged 91.
To see the first ever pictures of the sunken Titanic, click on the following link:

Who Am I?

Can you solve today's Who Am I puzzle? All you have to do is study the 10 clues given below and from them, work out the name of our mystery celebrity.

01 I was born on 7 September 1936.
02 I died on 3 February 1959.
03 I was born in Lubbock, Texas.
04 As a young boy I learned to play piano, guitar and fiddle.
05 I was in a duet with Bob Montgomery singing bluegrass music.
06 I was on the same bill as Elvis Presley, when he appeared in my home town of Lubbock.
07 I also opened a show for Bill Haley & his Comets.
08 I signed-up with the Decca label in 1956.
09 In 1958 I married Maria Elena Santiago.
10 I wrote a song about my relationship with my wife entitled True Love Ways.

Who do you think I am?

The Man Rules

Men are not mind readers.
Learn to work the toilet seat.
You're a big girl. If it's up, put it down.
We need it up, you need it down.
You don't hear us complaining about
you leaving it down.
Sunday sports, it's like the full moon
or the changing of the tides.
Let it be!
Crying is blackmail.
Ask for what you want.
Let us be clear on this one:
Subtle hints do not work!
Strong hints do not work!
Obviously hints do not work!
Just say it!
Yes and No are perfectly acceptable
answers to almost every question.
Come to us with a problem only if you
want help solving it. That's what we do.
Sympathy is what your girlfriends are for.
Anything we said six months ago is
inadmissible in all argument.
In fact, all comments become null
and void after seven days.
If you think you're fat, you probably are
Don't ask us.
If something we said can be interpreted
two ways and one of the ways makes you
sad or angry, we mean the other one.
You can either ask us to do something,
or tell us how you want it done. Not both.
If you already know best how to do it,
just do it yourself.
Whenever possible, please say whatever you
have to say during commercials.
Christopher Columbus did not need
directions and neither do we.
All men see in only 16 colours, like
Windows default settings.
Peach for example is a fruit, not a
colour. Pumpkin is also a fruit.
We have no idea what mauve is.
If it itches, it will be scratched.
We do that.
If we ask what is wrong and you
say 'nothing', we will act like nothings
wrong. We know you are lying, but it
is just not worth the hassle.
If you ask a question you don't want
an answer to, expect an answer you
don't want to hear.
When we have to go somewhere anything
you wear is fine ..... Really!
Don't ask us what we're thinking about
unless you are prepared to discuss such
topics as Football, Cricket, Cars or Golf.
You have enough clothes.
You have too many shoes.
I am in shape. Round is a shape.
Thank you for reading this. Yes, I know,
I'm sleeping on the couch tonight. But did
you know men really don't mind that?
It's like camping

Interesting Headstones

Why Women Lie!

One day, when a seamstress was sewing while sitting close to a river, her thimble fell into the river. When she cried out, the Lord appeared and asked, "My dear child, why are you crying?" The seamstress replied that her thimble had fallen into the water and that she needed it to help her husband in making a living for their family. The Lord dipped His hand into the water and pulled up a golden thimble set with sapphires.
"Is this your thimble?" the Lord asked. The seamstress replied, "No." The Lord again dipped into the river. He held out a golden thimble studded with rubies.
"Is this your thimble?" the Lord asked. Again, the seamstress replied, "No." The Lord reached down again and came up with a leather thimble.

"Is this your thimble?" the Lord asked. The seamstress replied, "Yes." The Lord was pleased with the woman's honesty and gave her all three thimbles to keep, and the seamstress went home happy.

Some years later, the seamstress was walking with her husband along the riverbank, and her husband fell into the river and disappeared under the water. When she cried out, the Lord again appeared and asked her, "Why are you crying?" "Oh Lord, my husband has fallen into the river!"

The Lord went down into the water and came up with George Clooney. "Is this your husband?" the Lord asked.

"Yes," cried the seamstress. The Lord was furious. "You lied! That is an untruth!" The seamstress replied, "Oh, forgive me my Lord. It is a misunderstanding. You see, if I had said 'no' to George Clooney, you would have come up with Brad Pitt.

Then if I said 'no' to him, you would have come up with my husband. Had I then said 'yes' you would have given me all three. Lord, I'm not in the best of health and would not be able to take care of all three husbands, so THAT'S why I said 'yes' to George Clooney.

And so the Lord let her keep him.

The moral of this story is:

Whenever a woman lies, it's for a good and honourable reason, and in the best interest of others. That's our story and we're sticking to it ..................yeah right!

Thought For Today

We cannot hold a torch to light another's path without brightening our own.
Ben Sweetland

Brainteaser Answer

The answer to Thursday's brainteaser
The egg of the Giant Swallowtail butterfly.