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Real back to future? Man’s 1993 Yearbook Photo Predicts Chicago Cubs Win 2016 World Series 

Chicago Cubs fans are looking at a 1993 yearbook photo taken in Mission Viejo, California as a sign of good fortune.

The Cubs last won a World Series in 1908, but in 1993, Michael Lee outrageously predicted a World Series win for the Cubs in his yearbook picture.

He cheekily added, “You heard it here first.”

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Michael Lee’s 1993 yearbook photo predicts a 2016 World Series win for the Chicago Cubs

The photo has since gone viral after Twitter user Thomas J. Dale posted a photo of the yearbook prediction that he said his mother found.

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*mom walks into my room* -look at my yearbook from ’93 #…
This dude called the cubs winning the series in 2016 for his senior quote.

Admittedly, faking a yearbook pic is well in the realm of a capable photoshop hoaxer.

However, one Reddit user named number1makeitso claims to have found four other copies of the same yearbook, and that Lee’s prediction is in those yearbooks as well. The user posted them on Imgur as evidence:

And Lee’s former classmate Marcos Meza never forgot the prediction, according to WGN TV.

“When [Lee and I] connected on Facebook in 2009 I sent him the photo and told him we were nearing 2016. He posted the photo of his prediction on August 8th,” Meza told the station. “After my Dodgers lost it was time for me to make this go viral and BeLEEve in the Cubs for 2016.”

The station has been in contact with Lee, who, fittingly, lives in the Chicago area and is waiting to see if his prediction comes true.

Source: Man’s 1993 Yearbook Photo Predicts Chicago Cubs Win 2016 World Series 

A Supermoon Like This One Won’t Come Again Until 2034 

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On Nov. 14, skywatchers will be treated to a supermoon so big and bright that it’s being billed as a “super-dupermoon” or an “extra-supermoon.”

Supermoons aren’t especially uncommon, but this will be the nearest that a full moon has come to Earth since January 26, 1948. The full moon won’t get this close again until November 25, 2034.

The term supermoon refers to a full moon that occurs when our planet’s natural satellite is at its closest point to Earth in its elliptical orbit. Astronomers call that point perigee, and so “perigee moon” is another term for supermoon. (The point at which the moon is most distant from Earth in its orbit is known as apogee.)

A supermoon can appear up to 14 percent bigger and 30 percent brighter than an apogee full moon, according to NASA. The effect is most pronounced when the moon is viewed near the horizon.

This supermoon is one of three to occur during the last three months of 2016. There was a supermoon on Oct. 16, and there will be another on Dec. 14. But this one coming up will be the most special of the lot ― so try not to miss it.

What’s the best way to see the supermoon?

“Just find a dark area clear of trees,” Dr. Noah Petro, a scientist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, told The Huffington Post in an email. “Anytime after dark is good and once the moon is up. There is no prime time when people have to do it, but the moon has to have risen for people to see it! : )”

Nuff said.

Source: A Supermoon Like This One Won’t Come Again Until 2034

Here’s What Happens To Airplanes When They’re Too Old To Fly 

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Airplanes can’t fly forever, so what happens when they’re too old to take to the skies?

Many of them make a final flight to a disassembly specialist like Air Salvage International to be painstakingly broken up for recycling or transport to a landfill.

“They’re fully airworthy when they arrive and sometimes look like they’re about to go on another trip with a load of holiday-makers on board,” Mark Gregory, ASI’s founder and CEO, told The Huffington Post. “It can be quite sad.”

ASI, located in central England, provides an “end-of-life service” for between 50 to 60 planes at its Cotswold Airport base each year ― taking apart everything from Cessna Citations and Learjets to Airbus A320s and Boeing 737s and 747s.

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Almost all of an airplane’s parts can be recycled somehow, Gregory said, especially the metal frame. 

How much can be recycled depends on a plane’s design and age. In general, almost 95 percent of newer airplanes (particularly narrow-bodied ones) can be saved from the landfill, but the percentage is not as high for older planes.

The interior plastic side panels and baggage bins can be problematic ― especially in the wide-bodied Boeing 747s, because of their size. “We’re working with universities on getting a better method,” Gregory said, adding, “they haven’t really come up with a solution yet.”

“It’s evolving, though,” he continued. “There’s lot of things we do now which we never used to. For example, all the windows now are Perspex, which can be fully recycled.”

Aircraft manufacturers are addressing the recyclability of their new planes now more than ever, Gregory said.

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Mark Gregory, 55, used money from his severance package to set up ASI two decades ago. It now handles around 14 percent of the worldwide aircraft disassembly market.

Sometimes, the soon-to-be-scrapped planes yield unexpected surprises — like the $4 million worth of cocaine that company engineers found stashed inside an airplane bathroom in 2010.

“The drugs were actually worth more than the value of the aircraft,” Gregory said. Police seized the haul, possibly hidden during a trans-Atlantic flight from South America to Europe several months earlier.

Law enforcers later told Gregory to be careful about any future discoveries of white powder wrapped in refuse sacks. “They asked me if I’d thought if it could have been explosives,” he said. “I really hadn’t. We’re now much more cautious.”

Along with dropped coins and mislaid cell phones, ASI’s dismantlers once found a pilot’s long-lost wallet. “It had been under the captain’s seat for two years and he hadn’t been able to find it,” said Gregory. “We traced him to Australia and sent it back to him.”

An A319 front section awaiting transportation to its new home – a cabin crew training company.

ASI engineers try to maximize the financial and environmental return of each plane and every item on board. First, they extract the engine, which can have a value of $2 to $4 million and sometimes makes up 80 to 85 percent of the entire aircraft’s worth. They then re-lease it back to an airline or break it up for spare parts to sell. 

“We then go for the other critical items — all the avionics, air conditioning, brakes, fuel pumps and transmitters,” Gregory said. Most of these items also return to the aviation industry’s supply chain.

ASI sells some aircraft sections to flight training schools and others to the entertainment industry for movies like “World War Z,” “Johnny English” and the “Batman” and “Star Wars” franchises.

“Our facilities have also been used for various adverts and photo shoots, including a ballerina who was posing on a wing of an aircraft,” Trish Channon, ASI’s sales administrator, told HuffPost.

The company has also supplied the rear of a Boeing 737 to the Thorpe Park amusement park in Surrey, England, as a prop on one of its rollercoaster rides.

Aviation fans can buy seats from dismantled aircraft for $185 to $430, depending on whether they want coach class or the captain’s chair. ASI repurposes any unsold foam and cushions to pack up the cockpit controls and other devices so they can be delivered. Fashion designers sometimes buy the seat belt buckles.

Disassembly of a Dart Herald in 1997, Bournemouth,UK. One of our very early projects.

ASI handles around 14 percent of the worldwide aircraft disassembly market. But it started small.

Gregory, now 55, was a licensed engineer for the now defunct Dan-Air airline. When the company laid him off 20 years ago, he used his severance package to buy an oldHawker Siddeley HS 748 from the company. He dismantled it entirely by himself at the airfield and stored its parts in his garden shed before selling them.

“I thought, ‘This is a good thing to do, I quite enjoy doing this,’ so I went on to meet other people who wanted parts from aircraft that had been parked up,” he told HuffPost.

Fortuitously, just as Gregory was setting up his company, the first generation of planes from the late 1960s and early 1970s were reaching the end of their lives. He acknowledges he could have been in the “right place at the right time.” 

Business soon picked up, and after scrapping a fleet of 11 Heralds, a major airline asked him to dismantle a Boeing 747.

The company moved to its current location at the former British Royal Air Force base at Cotswold Airport, 100 miles west of London, around 18 years ago, and opened two modern hangars in 2011. “The climate is ideal around here, as it’s away from the sea,” said Gregory. “Airports by the coast are fantastic for passengers, but the salt air isn’t good for storing aircraft.”

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ASI’s engineers work on the clean-up operation of a British Airways Boeing 777 that crashed just short of London’s Heathrow Airport in 2008.

Stripping down and storing aircraft remains ASI’s core business. But it also conducts special projects, like partially dismantling two Concordes and an RAF Nimrod so they could be transported to museums and rebuilt for display.

ASI has also worked for the United Kingdom’s Ministry of Defense and the U.S. government, although the exact details are classified.

Gregory is also branching out further into aircraft maintenance, leasing planes and trading parts ― all under the ASI umbrella.

“FLASHBACK” to December 1997, Guernsey. This incident related Fokker F27-500 was our first recovery project.

And then there’s the harrowing job of accident recovery. ASI’s engineers go out on behalf of an airline or investor’s insurer to pick up what’s left of a crashed plane and transport it to another location for inspection.

“We usually look after the plane until the case is closed. Sometimes [the case] will remain open for quite a long time, so we hold the wreckage in storage,” said Gregory. “Once the case is closed, we either destroy [the aircraft] on request of the insurers, or they may put it up for tender and it will be sold to whoever wants to buy it.”

ASI’s engineers have worked on high-profile crashes, including the tragic 2010 Afriqiyah Airways crash in Libya and the 2008 British Airways crash, when a Boeing 777 crashed just short of the runway at London’s Heathrow Airport.

“The majority of the aircraft crashes we deal with are non-fatal,” said Gregory. “They’re minor mishaps, such as if a wheel comes off and runs into the grass. Now and again we do [deal with fatal crashes], but only after the guys have cleared up human remains and personal effects.”

Our 45 tonne excavator doing what it does best…goodbye Hawker Siddeley125 !

From its humble beginnings, ASI has grown substantially over the past two decades ― and Gregory is keen for the momentum to continue. He wants his company to become a “one-stop shop” for the aviation industry, looking after airplanes for their entire lifecycle.

“I’d like to work with the lessors and the banks so that when they write their leases on the aircraft, they use this place as a hub,” Gregory said. “When the banks and lessors buy their aircraft from the manufacturer and then lease it to an airline for 10 years, at the end of that lease, the airline would have to return it to a location ― and I want that location to be here.”

“In the U.S., they have these kind of places,” Gregory added. “But there’s no fixed place for them here. We’d like to look after them from cradle to grave.”

Source: Here’s What Happens To Airplanes When They’re Too Old To Fly

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Watch Barack And Michelle Obama Zombie Dance To ‘Thriller’ 

In a performance that likely left their daughters Malia and Sasha ghost white with embarrassment, President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama tried dancing to Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” on Friday.

Dressed in casual clothes, the Obamas appeared onstage with several children during a Halloween celebration at the White House. With awkward zombie hands and a bit of stiff shimmying, the duo treated trick-or-treaters to their best mom and dad moves.

Watch the Obamas’ cheesy and adorable take on “Thriller” below.

Michael Jackson might not have been impressed.

Source: Watch Barack And Michelle Obama Zombie Dance To ‘Thriller’

Miley Cyrus Only Wears Her Massive Engagement Ring For Liam Hemsworth 

Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth may try to stay coy about their rekindled relationship, but we all know they’re back on. Hemsworth said it himself ― we’re not dumb.

On Thursday, Cyrus appeared on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” where she addressed her relationship by opening up about her engagement ring, which she started wearing again earlier this year after she and Hemsworth seemingly got back together.

After Ellen DeGeneres asked Cyrus if she was wearing her ring, the former “Hannah Montana” star said she was, then explained, “This is really weird because this is like real jewelry and most of my jewelry is made out of gummy bears and cotton candy and they don’t look that good together because they kind of mix up so sometimes I replace it with an actual unicorn or a Looney tune.”

She added, “And [Liam]’s kind of like what’s going on? I’m like, this isn’t really my aesthetic, but I’ll wear it because you love me.”

During her appearance, Cyrus also spoke about campaigning for Hillary Clinton in Virginia last weekend.

“It was great,” she said. “It wasn’t about what a horrible guy Trump is, a nasty guy Trump is, it was really about what a great woman she is. And we would choose her no matter what.”

“The reason I went, too, was because as someone who was openly supporting Bernie Sanders, I was kind of speaking to those people that now find themselves undecided, which I find ridiculous,” she added. “Because in life, we don’t always get the choices that we want. We don’t always get what we want, so you do with what you have. These are our choices and it is terrifying if someone besides Hillary Clinton ― we shouldn’t even say the name ― becomes president.”

Source: Miley Cyrus Only Wears Her Massive Engagement Ring For Liam Hemsworth

The Girl From The Haunting ‘Daisy’ Ad Is Back, This Time To Warn Against ….

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The girl from one of the most iconic political ads ever is back.

Few political ads are more iconic than the “Daisy” ad of 1964. Yet, Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s campaign has put together its second spot reminiscent of that ad, this time featuring the girl from the original.

The original “Daisy” ad, put together by Lyndon B. Johnson’s campaign to raise the prospects of Sen. Barry Goldwater (R-Ariz.) recklessly ushering the U.S. into a nuclear war, was broadcast on television just once. Still, the image of a girl picking petals from a daisy as an atomic bomb as its set to be launched haunted voters and earned the spot a place in campaign history for its dark, persuasive impact.

On Monday morning, the Clinton campaign released a 30-second spot featuring Monique Luiz, the girl from the original “Daisy” ad, to argue that GOP nominee Donald Trump lacks the stability and temperament to be given power over the nuclear arsenal.

“The fear of nuclear war we had as children, I never thought our children would ever have to deal with that again,” Luiz says in the ad. “And to see that coming forward in this election is really scary.”

The rest of the ad features a sequence from MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” that reports Trump questioned foreign policy officials on why the United States couldn’t simply use its nuclear weapons. There is also a line from Trump about his desire to bomb enemies into oblivion.

Clinton’s campaign has tried this tactic once before, with an ad featuring a nuclear missile launch officer praying the day would never come that Trump had the power to order a launch.

Trump has spoken openly about his lack of discomfort with the prospects of nuclear weapons proliferation, arguing that countries will acquire them regardless of how hard the United States tries to prevent it. Under the guise of being unpredictable, he’s also refused to rule out using nuclear weapons in Europe and elsewhere.

People who work on proliferation (and even those who are just scared deeply about the prospects of nuclear war) find the lack of attention to this part of Trump’s portfolio to be utterly baffling. Former Sen. Bill Bradley (D-N.J.) was so dumbfounded by the fact that no one was talking about it that he launched a super PAC and put out a “Daisy” ad of his own on the topic.

“I believe he is a danger to the country because he doesn’t have the experience to diffuse a crisis before it reaches the nuclear level,” Bradley told The Huffington Post. “Look at the debates. He couldn’t focus for an hour and a half. You need a president who can focus 24/7.”

Clinton’s team has now done two ads on the topic. So it stands to reason that they believe the issue still can move the dial, or at least become a conversation topic over the campaign’s closing week.

Source: The Girl From The Haunting ‘Daisy’ Ad Is Back,