The Daily Tulip — News From Around The World

Thursday 26th October 2017

Good Morning Gentle Reader…. Well if your reading this on Facebook it means that I haven’t been blocked again, which makes a change….. I don’t know why, but the International Space Station crosses the sky here quite often, saw it this morning, along with two of three smaller satellites twinkling as they crossed the heavens… It seems like only yesterday, that the Russians launched Sputnik, no not the web based newspaper but the small satellite, that shocked the world and effectively started the Space Race back in the 1960’s .. what amazing steps we have taken since that auspicious moment… Man on the Moon, Voyager I and II leaving this Galaxy and venturing out into the unknown, and NASA’s Cassini spacecraft wrapping up a 20 historic years in space, and collecting data as it crashed into Saturn’s atmosphere and burned up like a meteor.,,, Boy.. haven’t we come a long way….

COUPLE’S AMAZON PACKAGE CONTAINED 65 POUNDS OF POT…. A Florida couple who ordered some storage totes from Amazon said their package arrived with a little something extra — 65 pounds of marijuana. The Orlando woman said she and her fiancé ordered four 27-gallon storage totes from Amazon recently so they could put some items in storage. She said they were immediately suspicious when the packages arrived. “They were extremely heavy, heavier than you would think from ordering four empty bins,” the woman, who did not want to be identified by name, told WFTV. She said the cause of the extra weight became clear from the smell when they opened the boxes. “When the first officer got here, she was in disbelief,” the woman said. The boxes contained the plastic bins the couple ordered, but the totes themselves contained boxes filled with a total 65 pounds of marijuana. The package had been shipped by Amazon’s Warehouse Deals via UPS from a Massachusetts facility. The marijuana was turned over to police and the couple spent more than a month attempting to get answers from Amazon in a series of email exchanges. The customers said they were never able to speak to a supervisor and they eventually received an email with a $150 gift card and a message saying: “I am unable to do anything else at this time.” The couple said they only wanted an apology and an explanation. “There was no concern for a customer’s safety. I mean, this could have turned into a worst-case scenario,” the woman said. Amazon said it is cooperating with law enforcement to investigate the unusual incident.

A VALATIE, N.Y., WOMAN EXPERIENCED A SIMILAR CONFUSION IN JANUARY…. When a package arrived at her home that she thought was a box of toys she was due to review for her blog. Pamela Marks said the box was labeled as coming from JAKKS Pacific, a California-based company that makes toy tie-ins for companies including Disney and Nintendo, but she opened the package to discover it actually contained about 7 pounds of marijuana. Marks turned the package over to police and an investigation was launched.

STEPHEN HAWKING’S PHD THESIS CRASHES UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE WEBSITE…. The University of Cambridge’s website crashed on Monday after posting famed theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking’s PhD thesis online. The university in England made Hawking’s thesis paper available to download online in a series of PDF files which drew droves of people to the website and caused it to crash.
Hawking wrote the doctoral thesis titled “Properties of expanding universes” in 1966 when he was 24 years old and gave Cambridge permission to post it to the university’s Open Access repository. “By making my PhD thesis Open Access, I hope to inspire people around the world to look up at the stars and not down at their feet; to wonder about our place in the universe and to try and make sense of the cosmos,” Hawking, now 75 said. Before it was posted online, hundreds of people traveled to Cambridge every month to view a physical copy of the thesis. More than 200,000 digital objects including 15,000 research articles and 2,400 theses are available on the repository, called Apollo, and the university hopes Hawking’s decision will encourage other great minds to make their work available. “Each generation stands on the shoulders of those who have gone before them, just as I did as a young PhD student in Cambridge, inspired by the work of Isaac Newton, James Clerk Maxwell and Albert Einstein,” Hawking said. Dr. Arthur Smith, deputy head of scholarly communication at Cambridge, said all graduating PhD students will be required to deposit an electronic copy of their doctoral work for preservation. Hawking was flattered by the high demand to view his thesis and stressed the importance of providing a foundation for future scholars. “It’s wonderful to hear how many people have already shown an interest in downloading my thesis — hopefully they won’t be disappointed now that they finally have access to it!” he said. “Anyone, anywhere in the world should have free, unhindered access to not just my research, but to the research of every great and enquiring mind across the spectrum of human understanding.”

RODIN SCULPTURE FOUND IN NEW JERSEY TOWN HALL…. An archivist in New Jersey discovered a multi-million dollar sculpture by French sculptor Auguste Rodin at a town hall. The bust of Napoleon Bonaparte was put on display at the Hartley Dodge Memorial building, which serves as the town of Madison’s town hall, after curator of collections Mallory Mortillaro identified the work of art in 2014. Mortillaro discovered the bust pressed against a wall and recognized it as a possible Rodin before sliding her hand along the side of the sculpture to discover the famous artist’s signature. “That’s weird, I thought. Why does it say Rodin?” she said.
The sculpture had been donated without paperwork so Mortillaro informed the trustees of her finding and emphatically encouraged them to authenticate the piece. “She said, ‘You don’t understand. I think we have a Rodin,’” Nicolas Platt, the foundation’s president, said. Mortillaro reached out to various scholars to confirm the sculpture’s authenticity before finally getting in contact with Rodin expert Jerome Le Blay, formerly of the Rodin Museum in Paris, who offered to fly from Paris to see the piece. The piece was ultimately authenticated, but an announcement was delayed due to insurance and security concerns. The Napoleon sculpture is worth at least $4 million, but Platt said the foundation has no plans to sell the unique piece of art. People are curators their entire lives and don’t end up finding a blue whale in a boat. That’s what [Mortillaro] did,” Platt said. Mortillaro attended the unveiling and was on hand to answer questions about the sculpture and its origins. “It’s a really special thing to be able to give to the world,” she said.

JUSTIN TRUDEAU’S FAMOUS PANDA CUDDLE SCULPTED IN BUTTER…. A butter sculpture at the Canadian National Exhibition is drawing attention online for its adorable subject matter: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau cuddling panda cubs. The sculpture, previewed in a photo tweeted by the exhibition’s official Twitter account, is being molded by David Salazar and his team of artists at the Toronto event. The sculpture is based on a viral photo tweeted by Trudeau last year when he was given the opportunity to share a snuggle with the Toronto Zoo’s giant panda cubs, Jia Panpan and Jia Yueyue. “What is better than seeing yourself made of butter @JustinTrudeau!” the CNE tweeted. Salazar said his team of artists will be working on the Trudeau sculpture as well as more than a dozen others depicting animals that rose to viral fame, including the infamous Ikea monkey. “It’s pretty funny working with butter. It’s a little surreal,” Salazar told the Toronto Star…. I had my palm greased to write this one, thought I would slip it in…..

Well Gentle Reader I hope you enjoyed our look at the news from around the world this, Thursday morning… …

Our Tulips today are stunning… Purple so rich one would think they were grown for a Queen…..

A Sincere Thank You for your company and Thank You for your likes and comments I love them and always try to reply, so please keep them coming, it’s always good fun, As is my custom, I will go and get myself another mug of “Colombian” Coffee and wish you a safe Thursday 26th October 2017 from my home on the southern coast of Spain, where the blue waters of the Alboran Sea washes the coast of Africa and Europe and the smell of the night blooming Jasmine and Honeysuckle fills the air…and a crazy old guy and his dog Bella go out for a walk at 4:00 am…on the streets of Estepona…

All good stuff….But remember it’s a dangerous world we live in

Be safe out there…

Robert McAngus