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Indianapolis 500 versus Monte Carlo Grand Prix: Train to the Race

Yes as far as the races: Indianaplis 500 and Monaco Grand Prix; there are a lot of differeces. We won’t try and appear intelligent; let’s conclude they are HUGE spectator events that happen every May.

In 1911, The Peoria & Eastern  Railway will convey about 70,000 to the Indianapolis Speedway.  1963 The Peoria & Eastern runs the last of its “500” specials. The trains are profitable, but do not fit into the company’s long-range plans.

Beginning in 1929, the Grand Prix of Monaco is also a really huge event.  Compare to Monaco F-1 Grand Prix held end of May. SNCF (French National Railways) runs through Monaco over a high speed electrified line from French Riviera to Italy. Most trains are eight car Alstom-manufactured trainsets. Four of these are owned by the Principality of Monaco and painted royal colors of red and white with royal crest. Limited roads into Monaco and very limited parking. Frequent busses run in two and three sections. The course of the race has been modified over the years, but the current route from the beach to the casino used to be a tramway route.

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Running Away With The Circus

The New York Times Magazine created a great circus article.

Ringling Brothers Circus of 1890 was a mindblower. And yet its most popular feature that year was not its freaks or its flying-trapeze artists. It was not even the Boneless Wonder. No, the standout attraction was the incandescent light bulb.

There are light bulbs at the circus today, but they are used to illuminate the things that are most popular now: the trained animals, the women shooting out of a cannon through the air, the men balancing on high wires. Nobody would pay to see a light bulb anymore.

‘‘That’s my point,’’ said Kenneth Feld, the chairman and C.E.O. of Feld Entertainment, which has owned the circus almost continuously since 1967. ‘‘The circus changes. It was a big deal, and then it wasn’t.’’

‘‘The train is like a city on wheels,” said Stephanie Sinclair, who spent 11 days photographing the ‘‘blue unit’’ — one of two units, each a completely different show, that travel the country each year. Everyone on the train knows one another, but the various sets of performers don’t mingle much. They practice so often and so rigorously that when the train is in motion — the average distance between cities is 350 miles — they shut down: They sleep, they watch TV, they read. The train stops only to refill the water stock and, occasionally, for the animals to stretch out on longer trips; whenever it does stop, the performers immediately begin rehearsing again.

There are more than 300 people in the blue unit, representing 25 different countries and speaking everything from Russian to Arabic to Guarani. A few travel in cars and trailers, but a majority, 270, live on the trains. Only about 100 of them are actual performers; the rest are support staff like trainers, teachers, animal minders, carpenters. (One of the show’s publicists lives on the train, too.) Most come from multigeneration circus families, to the extent that collectively, the circus staff represents thousands of years of circus history. They spend 44 weeks of the year traveling an average of 20,000 miles from coast to coast on a train that is 61 cars — a full mile — long. In total, the train comprises four animal stock cars, 32 living coaches, two concession storage cars, 19 equipment cars, a generator car, a shop car, an auxiliary shop car and, of course, the pie car, which is the train’s diner, open whenever the train is moving.

Texas Pizza Worker Saves Kidnapped Child

The Feels

On July 9, Courtney Best, 26, stepped outside of the Papa Murphy’s pizza in Corpus Christi, Tx. where she works, for a quick cigarette. Instead of going out back—her normal routine–for a smoke, on this day, she stepped out front and the move may have saved child’s life.

“I stepped outside, I was standing by the trashcan, and I [saw] a white car pull up, and I just happen to take my phone with me, cause we don’t look at our phones at work, and I looked down and I saw ‘white Dodge Avenger Amber Alert,’ and I was like, ‘Nah, that’s not him,'”

Courtney Best Being Interviewed

The Amber Alert was for 7-year-old Nicolas Gomez who had been abducted from Alice, Tx.

Best told the news station that she saw the man who was with a child but still wasn’t convinced that the person was suspect.

“The man was walking across the parking…

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Tips and Tricks from a Seasoned Yellowstone Employee with 10 Best Hikes


10424335_10203282713407329_5437186434933099255_n Backcountry campsite 2S1 on Lower Slough Creek

Contrary to popular belief, Yellowstone National Park is not a drive through wildlife safari or petting zoo. The animals will bite, gore and tear you to shreds if you pet them while taking a selfie.

I’ve spent 2 summers working at Canyon Lodge and Lake Lodge engaging with hundreds of visitors per day. I haven’t seen it all, but I’ve seen a lot. I’ve seen a father put his 2 year old on the back of a bison laying down for a photo op, cars with all four doors open stopped in the middle of the road with the passengers all taking pictures of the mamma bear and cubs 20 ft away, tourists trying to pet the newborn elk with the mother charging towards them, visitors doing handstands off trail on the edge of the very unstable Grand Canyon, families who yell at me…

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Sensory Overload: Changu Lake

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The Tsongmo Lake or Changu Lake is a glacial lake in the East Sikkim, India, some 40 kilometres (25 mi) away from Gangtok, the capital of the state of Sikkim. Its elevation is 3,780 m (12,400 ft). During the winter season the lake remains frozen.he lake surface reflects different colours with change of seasons. The lake is held in great reverence by the local Sikkimese people. Buddhist monks prognosticated the future of the country after studying the changing colours of the lake. As the lake is located in a restricted area it is essential for all Indians visiting the area to obtain permits. In case of foreign nationals special permit is essential. It’s better to go with travel agents because they will do all the documentation for our trip.Changu lake (10)Changu lake (7)Changu lake (5)Changu lake (9)Changu lake (2)Changu lake (1)

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Places where sun never sets by Thomas Salzano

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A 24 hour to 20 hour daytime which fluctuates per the closeness to the shaft, for an amplified time period, that basically implies that for quite a long time and months by and large it is brilliant and sunny! These spots clearly have a particular geological area, near to the shafts of the earth. This marvel happens on the grounds that the Earth is tilted on its hub by give or take 23 degrees. At the posts, North Pole and South Pole, this implies that the sun just ascents and sets once every year.

These phenomena are watched all the more close to the North Pole, the Arctic Circle, attributable to it having human settlements. What’s more, despite the fact that they likewise happen in southern districts close to the Antarctic Circle, inferable from it being a uninhabited landmass, it is just ever experienced by researcher missions or the odd…

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