U.S. Navy Photographer(s)



Behold the Horizon Observatory on the peak of the Halde Hoheward, a rehabilitated slag heap near the town of Herten in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. According to the observatory’s website: “On the plateau of the Halde Hoheward’s summit, approximately 100 m higher than the surrounding, the horizon observatory was created in 2008. It consists of a circular plane with a diameter of 80 m and two large arcs of 43 m and 45 m radius that span this plane. The surface of the plane is absolutely horizontal and is the perfect mathematical horizon for an observer located at its centre.”


JWK - Special Forces Commando Unit in Lubliniec

(phot. I. Dorożański)


Today’s picture was taken in Kuwait.  As his army retreated from Kuwait, Saddam Hussein ordered the ignition of the oil fields that scatter the country. The effect was an ecological disaster of unimaginable scale. 


In the spring of 1967, with war expected any day, Israeli civilians dig trenches in the streets, not just to serve as defensive positions but also protection against air-attack.


Operator with a Norsk Data minicomputer, 1971


Historical Trivia: Samuel Colt’s First Patent

Samuel Colt applied for his first revolving pistol patents in the United States, Britain and France during the mid 1830s.  Colt worked on his design for several years, producing wooden models and technical drawings before a working prototype was finally built for him by Baltimore gunsmith John Pearson.

Colt delayed applying for a US patent on the advice of Henry Leavitt Ellsworth, a family friend and the first commissioner of the US patent Office, as this would have prevented him filing patents in Britain.  Colt  travelled to Europe 1835, where the first patent for his revolving cylinder pistol was granted, not in the US but in Britain on 22nd October, 1835. It would be another four months before Colt’s design (pictured above) was granted a US patent on the 25th February, 1836.

In December 1836, Colt’s US patent was one of the thousands of original designs dating since 1790, that were lost in a devastating fire at the US Patent Office’s temporary storage at Blodgett’s Hotel in Washington, DC.  The fire saw some 10,000 patents and models lost however, luckily Colt’s patent was one of just 2,800 that were recovered.

The Handgun Story, J. Walter (2008)

Patent Drawings Source


"Pssh. Professional sports are lame and made for the lowest common denominator." *puts on fedora and watches Minecraft streams*


With the provocations of Egypt in May of 1967, culminating in the blockade, Israel had no intention of simply rolling over. The government had long made clear that a blockade of their Red Sea access would be seen as an act of war, and regardless of Nasser’s intentions, Israel was willing to accept it as such. 
On the morning of June 5th, an all-out strike was launched without preamble. In what has since often been heralded as the most successful air operation of all time, the Israeli air attack was able to destroy over 450 Egyptian, Jordanian and Syrian aircraft, or more than 2/3 of the Arab states’ entire air forces, and significantly damage most military airfields. Surprise complete, most were knocked out on the ground. Possessing less than 200 combat aircraft at the beginning of the war - and losing only 19 that day - Operation Focus caused a major swing in the balance of forces, and afforded Israel an unexpected level of air superiority for the duration of the Six-Day War.


Views don’t get much better than this over the fjords of Norway.
Just be careful not to roll over too far during the night.
If you’d like to explore Norway, you can find available hotels here.
(Image via noctula on Pinterest)

(Quelle: germanmilitary)



Big fish (2003)