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This day in history: 27 June 2022: World's First ATM Installed in Enfield, London (1967). ATMs, or automated teller machines, can be used by bank customers to process several different kinds of account transactions, such as cash withdrawals, deposits, and fund transfers, and to review account statements and balances. Most consider the world's first ATM to be the one invented by John Shepherd-Barron and installed by Barclays Bank in North London on June 27, 1967.



Amazing Things

It looks like a regular tree, but the Manchineel can kill you. Everything about it is extremely toxic. If you touch its leaves, they will cause "a strong allergic dermatitis." It's so bad that, if you stay under its foliage while it's raining, the water will cause instant blistering wherever it touches you., 31 May 2022

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It looks like a regular tree, but the Manchineel can kill you. Everything about it is extremely toxic. If you touch its leaves, they will cause "a strong allergic dermatitis." It's so bad that, if you stay under its foliage while it's raining, the water will cause instant blistering wherever it touches you.


Earth Mazing

When sperm whales need a nap, they take a deep breath, dive down about 45 feet and arrange themselves into perfectly-level, vertical patterns. They sleep sound and still for up to two hours at a time between breaths, in pods of 5 or 6 whales, presumably for protection. No one knew whales slept vertically until a 2008 study documented the behavior. And no one captured really good photography of it in the wild until 2017. French photographer Stephane Granzotto was documenting sperm whales in the Mediterranean for his book on the creatures when he came across these sleeping whales., 15 May 2022

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When sperm whales need a nap, they take a deep breath, dive down about 45 feet and arrange themselves into perfectly-level, vertical patterns. They sleep sound and still for up to two hours at a time between breaths, in pods of 5 or 6 whales, presumably for protection. No one knew whales slept vertically until a 2008 study documented the behavior. And no one captured really good photography of it in the wild until 2017. French photographer Stephane Granzotto was documenting sperm whales in the Mediterranean for his book on the creatures when he came across these sleeping whales.


Time Travellers

1929 Rocket Car of Upstate New York, 14 May 2022

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1929 Rocket Car of Upstate New York


The Fabulous Weird Trotters

A mother wolf spider carrying her babies. Credits : Nightfall Photograph, 12 May 2022

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A mother wolf spider carrying her babies. Credits : Nightfall Photograph


Amazing Things

This is how enemy aircraft were detected before the invention of radars., 12 May 2022

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This is how enemy aircraft were detected before the invention of radars.


C O N N E C T I N G

A Magical View in Iceland💚🖤, 03 May 2022

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A Magical View in Iceland💚🖤


Architecture Hub

Fenghuang Ancient Town, China See more: themindcircle.com/fenghuang, 16 April 2022

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Fenghuang Ancient Town, China See more: themindcircle.com/fenghuang


World Beauties and Wonders

Atacama, Chile is the land of geoglyphs. Among the nearly 5,000 glyphs discovered there in the past 50 years, none is greater than the Atacama Giant. The largest prehistoric representation of a humanoid figure, it stretches 390ft or 119 metres. Difficult to age, it is believed to have been created between 600 and 1500CE. Thought by some to be an extraterrestrial being who had contact with humans, the glyph is located about 500 miles (800 kilometers) south of the Nazca Lines in Peru….🗿 page:Instagram : https://www.instagram.com/anatolianleo ), 16 April 2022

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Atacama, Chile is the land of geoglyphs. Among the nearly 5,000 glyphs discovered there in the past 50 years, none is greater than the Atacama Giant. The largest prehistoric representation of a humanoid figure, it stretches 390ft or 119 metres. Difficult to age, it is believed to have been created between 600 and 1500CE. Thought by some to be an extraterrestrial being who had contact with humans, the glyph is located about 500 miles (800 kilometers) south of the Nazca Lines in Peru….🗿 page:Instagram : https://www.instagram.com/anatolianleo )



Amazing Things

This is the strongest leaf in the world, the Victoria Water Lilly, capable of holding up a human., 13 April 2022

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This is the strongest leaf in the world, the Victoria Water Lilly, capable of holding up a human.


World Beauties and Wonders

Looking a lot like Superman’s Fortress of Solitude, this crystal cave was only discovered 20 years ago outside Pulpi, Spain. Found beneath a silver mine, geologists quickly realized it was not exactly a cave. At 160ft deep it was determined that this egg shaped cavern was actually one of the largest geodes known to exist. The selenite crystals are believed to have started growing through a self-feeding mechanism of salt provided by dissolving calcium sulphate. Geologists have yet to date the age of the crystals… page:Instagram : https://www.instagram.com/anatolianleo ), 13 April 2022

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Looking a lot like Superman’s Fortress of Solitude, this crystal cave was only discovered 20 years ago outside Pulpi, Spain. Found beneath a silver mine, geologists quickly realized it was not exactly a cave. At 160ft deep it was determined that this egg shaped cavern was actually one of the largest geodes known to exist. The selenite crystals are believed to have started growing through a self-feeding mechanism of salt provided by dissolving calcium sulphate. Geologists have yet to date the age of the crystals… page:Instagram : https://www.instagram.com/anatolianleo )


Amazing Things

Garbage collectors in the Turkish capital have opened a public library comprised entirely of books once destined for the landfills. The library, located in the Çankaya district of Ankara, was founded after sanitation workers started collecting discarded books. For months, the garbage men gathered forsaken books., 13 April 2022

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Garbage collectors in the Turkish capital have opened a public library comprised entirely of books once destined for the landfills. The library, located in the Çankaya district of Ankara, was founded after sanitation workers started collecting discarded books. For months, the garbage men gathered forsaken books.


Historic Photographs

Drive-in Diners were very popular, this one didn’t require a server on skates. The Motormat drive-in, invented by Kenneth C.Purdy, where the food tray was sent out on rails (1948) Los Angeles. The little awnings provide a quaint touch., 10 April 2022

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Drive-in Diners were very popular, this one didn’t require a server on skates. The Motormat drive-in, invented by Kenneth C.Purdy, where the food tray was sent out on rails (1948) Los Angeles. The little awnings provide a quaint touch.


World Beauties and Wonders

This image is of the Namibian Desert... exactly where it meets the sea. page:Instagram : https://www.instagram.com/anatolianleo ), 09 April 2022

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This image is of the Namibian Desert... exactly where it meets the sea. page:Instagram : https://www.instagram.com/anatolianleo )




Mind Blowing Facts

I could go back to 10 hours of sleep every night!, 08 April 2022

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I could go back to 10 hours of sleep every night!


Our World

Henningsvaer Idrettslag Stadium, located in the small fishing village of Henningsvær, Lofoten islands, Norway. Henningsvaer stadium has acquired global renown for its spectacular setting as it overlooks the beautiful Norwegian Sea not far from the Arctic Circle. 📷 Unknown (Credit to owner), 27 March 2022

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Henningsvaer Idrettslag Stadium, located in the small fishing village of Henningsvær, Lofoten islands, Norway. Henningsvaer stadium has acquired global renown for its spectacular setting as it overlooks the beautiful Norwegian Sea not far from the Arctic Circle. 📷 Unknown (Credit to owner)


Traces of History and Archeology and Art

LIGHTHOUSE, Þrídrangaviti, Westman Islands, Iceland 🇮🇸 (Photo by: Morgunblaðið/Árni Sæberg, 2009) Precariously perched on a rock pillar in the Westman Islands around six miles from Iceland’s mainland, the Þrídrangaviti lighthouse is arguably the most isolated lighthouse in the world, and most definitely the scariest. The solitary structure, sitting some 120ft above the raging North Atlantic sea was built in 1939 (without helicopters), which makes imagining how they ever built this place, even more impossible. Sæberg flew with the national coastguard helicopter, TF LÍF to take the photo of the lighthouse. It's quite incredible how people actually managed to build this lighthouse, just as WW2 began. In 1939 there were no helicopters so people would have had to sail to the cliff and scale it. In an old article in Morgunblaðið, project director Árni G. Þórarinsson says in an interview, "The first thing we had to do was create a road up to the cliff. We got together of experienced mountaineers, all from the Westman Islands. Then we brought drills, hammers, chains, and clamps to secure the chains. Once they got near the top there was no way to get any grip on the rock so one of them got down on his knees, the second stood on his back, and then the third climbed on top of the other two and was able to reach the nib of the cliff above. I cannot even tell you how I was feeling whilst witnessing this incredibly dangerous procedure." Þrídrangar, the three pillars of rock are in fact four pillars named Stóridrangur, Þúfudrangur, Klofadrangur and the fourth one is nameless. In 1938 a road was constructed to Stóridrangur and the following year the lighthouse was raised. Many years later a helipad was set up on Stóridrangur where helicopters can land. Please follow us on Instagram! https://www.instagram.com/tracesofhistory0/ 👍🏻, 23 March 2022

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LIGHTHOUSE, Þrídrangaviti, Westman Islands, Iceland 🇮🇸 (Photo by: Morgunblaðið/Árni Sæberg, 2009) Precariously perched on a rock pillar in the Westman Islands around six miles from Iceland’s mainland, the Þrídrangaviti lighthouse is arguably the most isolated lighthouse in the world, and most definitely the scariest. The solitary structure, sitting some 120ft above the raging North Atlantic sea was built in 1939 (without helicopters), which makes imagining how they ever built this place, even more impossible. Sæberg flew with the national coastguard helicopter, TF LÍF to take the photo of the lighthouse. It's quite incredible how people actually managed to build this lighthouse, just as WW2 began. In 1939 there were no helicopters so people would have had to sail to the cliff and scale it. In an old article in Morgunblaðið, project director Árni G. Þórarinsson says in an interview, "The first thing we had to do was create a road up to the cliff. We got together of experienced mountaineers, all from the Westman Islands. Then we brought drills, hammers, chains, and clamps to secure the chains. Once they got near the top there was no way to get any grip on the rock so one of them got down on his knees, the second stood on his back, and then the third climbed on top of the other two and was able to reach the nib of the cliff above. I cannot even tell you how I was feeling whilst witnessing this incredibly dangerous procedure." Þrídrangar, the three pillars of rock are in fact four pillars named Stóridrangur, Þúfudrangur, Klofadrangur and the fourth one is nameless. In 1938 a road was constructed to Stóridrangur and the following year the lighthouse was raised. Many years later a helipad was set up on Stóridrangur where helicopters can land. Please follow us on Instagram! https://www.instagram.com/tracesofhistory0/ 👍🏻


The Jesus And Mary Chain

Released on this day 30 years ago in 1992. Available on the following streaming platforms: Qobuz: https://www.qobuz.com/gb-en/album/honeys-dead-the-jesus-and-mary-chain/0825646642588 Apple Music: https://music.apple.com/gb/album/honeys-dead-expanded-version/464697396 Tidal: tidal.com/browse/album/7985624 Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/393zSY3AcIiFZFEvBXaoum?si=Hs1qxQAcS36EFyHyLJELIQ, 23 March 2022

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Released on this day 30 years ago in 1992. Available on the following streaming platforms: Qobuz: https://www.qobuz.com/gb-en/album/honeys-dead-the-jesus-and-mary-chain/0825646642588 Apple Music: https://music.apple.com/gb/album/honeys-dead-expanded-version/464697396 Tidal: tidal.com/browse/album/7985624 Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/393zSY3AcIiFZFEvBXaoum?si=Hs1qxQAcS36EFyHyLJELIQ

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In the news

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Cape Town weather

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NASA to Launch Capstone, a 55-Pound CubeSat to the Moon: NASA has grandiose plans for sending astronauts back to the moon. Posted on 27 June 2022.

Monkeypox outbreak in U.S. is bigger than the CDC reports. Testing is 'abysmal': The testing system set up by the CDC actually deters doctors from ordering a monkeypox test, and many physicians aren't familiar with the disease, resulting in too few tests and little tracking. Posted on 25 June 2022.

Youngest South Africa tavern victim was 13 - minister: Most of the 21 who died in the sudden and unexplained incident were teenagers, the police minister says. Posted on 27 June 2022.

Lessons Learned from the Life of Videogame Executive Bernie Stolar: VentureBeat reports: Video game legend Bernie Stolar, former president of Sega of America, has passed away at the age of 75, friends said. Posted on 27 June 2022.

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Some of the tech in my workday

Best programming language?

The PYPL PopularitY of Programming Language Index is created by analyzing how often language tutorials are searched on Google.

The TIOBE Programming Community index measures popularity based on the number of skilled engineers world-wide, courses, third party vendors and search engine activity.

w3techs analyses page content to determine the technology used, and also uses publicly available information from sources such as Alexa, Google, Microsoft and ipinfo.io.

While Java and Python top the popularity charts, more than 80% of all websites run on PHP.


Longer term weather forecast

Cape Town weather

  • Mon 27: sky is clear

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