A young farm kid wrote home after joining the marines with this hilarious letter. A version of this has been floating around the web for a while, but a reader recently submitted this slightly altered version, and it’s a great read.
Dear Ma and Pa:
I am well. Hope you are. Tell Brother Walt and Brother Elmer the Marine Corps beats working for old man Minch by a mile. Tell them to join up quick before all of the places are filled.
I was restless at first because you get to stay in bed till nearly 6 a.m. But I am getting used to it, so I like to sleep late. Tell Walt and Elmer all you do before breakfast is smooth your cot, and shine some things. No hogs to slop, feed to pitch, mash to mix, wood to split, fire to lay. Practically nothing.
Men got to shave but it is not so bad, there’s warm water. Breakfast is strong on trimmings like fruit juice, cereal, eggs, bacon, etc., but kind of weak on chops, potatoes, ham, steak, fried eggplant, pie and other regular food, but tell Walt and Elmer you can always sit by the two city boys that live on coffee. Their food, plus yours, holds you until noon when you get fed again. It’s no wonder these city boys can’t walk much.
We go on “route marches,” which the platoon sergeant says are long walks to harden us. If he thinks so, it’s not my place to tell him different. A “route march” is about as far as to our mailbox at home. Then the city guys get sore feet and we all ride back in trucks.
The sergeant is like a school teacher. He nags a lot. The Captain is like the school board. Majors and colonels just ride around and frown. They don’t bother you none.
This next will kill Walt and Elmer with laughing. I keep getting medals for shooting. I don’t know why. The bulls-eye is near as big as a chipmunk head and don’t move, and it ain’t shooting at you like the Higgett boys at home. All you got to do is lie there all comfortable and hit it. You don’t even load your own cartridges. They come in boxes.
Then we have what they call hand-to-hand combat training. You get to wrestle with them city boys. I have to be real careful though, they break real easy. It ain’t like fighting with that ole bull at home. I’m about the best they got in this except for that Tug Jordan from over in Silver Lake . I only beat him once. He joined up the same time as me, but I’m only 5’6″ and 130 pounds and he’s 6’8″ and near 300 pounds dry.
Be sure to tell Walt and Elmer to hurry and join before other fellers get onto this setup and come stampeding in.
Your loving daughter,
Boom! Marine, farm kid, and a young girl? Doesn’t get much tougher than that.
Some people are more tempted than others to cheat. Is it possible your horoscope sign can reveal the relationship mistakes you are going to make? Maybe even if you are prone to cheating? See below to check out what your odds are.
Virgos are often reliable, smart and practical. But they can be perfectionists, cranky and negative. All these different sides of you add up to you being faithful, although you may cheat out of spite. Try to stay level-headed and work on making your current thing perfect.
Pisces are people who truly feel. Artistic in nature, they are also generous, compassionate and faithful. Though you have bouts of sadness and many fears, you detest being alone. Therefore, you are very likely NOT to cheat. But if you do happen to, you’ll feel much guilt over it for a long time. Having an equally creative and kind partner will boost your own good qualities and keep you stuck to them.
Everyone knows Leos like to be the center of attention. But they are also proud, courageous and loyal. Despite your loyalty, your need to be in the spotlight may cause you to wander away to someone who will put you on a pedestal. Make sure your partner knows you need extra attention like gifts and sex.
An aquarius is hard not to love. They are truthful, fair and affectionate. Yet you may be unpredictable and you’re interested in many things, so it makes it hard for you to focus on just one. Though you are flirty, you are a one guy/gal kinda person. Lock that down!
While Cancers are very emotional, they still need stability. You may be pessimistic about your current relationship, but your loyalty will make you less likely to cheat than other signs. While you often put others first, you may drag on a dead relationship for fear of hurting the other person.
Determination and ambition are both enviable qualities. You are, however, also conceited and untrusting. Both the positives and negatives about you may want you to jump in the sack with someone at work. You need a partner who is as driven and career focused as you. No scrubs!
Ah, the twins. Gemini have a lot of facets to their personality, which makes them indecisive. Their good qualities are that they are sociable, communicative and fun. But because you are restless, you might get swept away by a stranger who can give you what your current partner cannot. Try making a list of your current man/woman’s positive traits and learn to fall in love with them again.
Curious, energetic and extroverted, a Sagittarius loves life. Because of your wanderlust, you often grow impatient. You are also bad at keeping things on the DL, so an affair wouldn’t be kept secret. You could stray if your partner isn’t giving you what you need in the bedroom. So communicate with your S.O. and tell them to spice it up.
Taurus are reliable, sensual, loyal and practical. They are, however, stubborn and possessive. While you might see the word “loyal” and think you won’t cheat, being sensual is also a major part of your personality. There’s a good chance you might look elsewhere. While others rely on you, it’s hard for you to rely on others. Spice up things with your partner in the bedroom!
Scorpios are notoriously sexy and passionate. They like to sow their wild oats, be as fierce as Tyra and intense with everything and everyone. But you actually crave security and devotion making you less likely to cheat than find that special someone for the long haul.
Aries are supposed to be spontaneous, daring, active and energetic. In their faults, Aries are vain, egotistic and impatient. So it’s no wonder they have a wandering eye. If you’re partner doesn’t put your first, you have a tendency to say, “Bye, Felicia!” Communication is especially important when you are an Aries.
Hot and heavy, Libras appreciate the beautiful things in life. You might stress yourself out because it’s hard for you to say no to people. You’d think it’d make sense for you to be a cheater, you probably won’t do it physically. But you will admire prospects from afar. There’s nothing wrong with a little crush!
You might not want to skip breakfast any more with these super easy muffin tin recipes. The French Toast Cups look so delicious, I think I will try them first.
1. French Toast Cups
With a whiskey cream cheese glaze. Get the recipe.
2. Egg, Cheese & Veggie Muffins
Just about any leftover veggies you have on hand work — this version uses bell peppers and frozen peas. Get the recipe.
3. Baked Pancake Muffins
So cute, it’s almost upsetting. Get the recipe.
4. Blueberry, Yogurt & Oatmeal Muffins
5. Very Berry Muffins
Berry good, berry fine. Get the recipe.
6. Nutella Cinnamon Rolls
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7. Mini German Pancakes
“Mini” just means you should eat more of them. Get the recipe.
8. Funfetti Breakfast Muffins
Funfetti for breakfast? I’ll take it. Get the recipe.
9. Quinoa Omelette Bites
Packed with protein. Get the recipe.
10. Granola Cups with Yogurt & Fresh Berries
Edible bowls are so underrated. Get the recipe.
11. DIY Freezer-Friendly Oatmeal Cups
Double the batch, freeze half, then just reheat and eat on busy mornings. Get the recipe.
12. Peanut Butter Cereal Cups
13. Parmesan Hash Brown Cups
Have you ever seen a finer stack in this life? You have not. Get the recipe.
14. Hash Brown Nests with Bacon and Avocado
A nest I could/would call home. Get the recipe.
15. Muffin Tin Huevos Rancheros
16. Homemade Breakfast Sandwiches
Way better than McMuffins. Get the recipe.
17. Bacon-Wrapped Egg Muffins
Breakfasts are (always) better when they’re wrapped in bacon. Get the recipe.
These 21 one-pot pastas look absolutely DELICIOUS! Simple enough to make, and the best part…clean up should be a breeze!
1. Spinach & Artichoke Wonderpot
2. One-Pan Enchilada Pasta
Get the recipe HERE
3. One Pot Vegan Orecchiette
4. One-Pan Pasta With Cherry Tomatoes and Basil
5. Skillet Orecchiette With Sausage & Broccoli Rabe
6. One-Pot Linguine With Roasted Red Peppers, Sun-Dried Tomatoes & Brie
7. One-Pot Pasta Primavera
8. One-Pot Spicy Chicken Riggies
9. One-Pot Spaghetti With Ricotta, Spinach & Sun-Dried Tomatoes
10. One-Pot Bacon, Tomato & Blue Cheese Shells
11. One-Pot Vegan Spaghetti Alla Puttanesca With Chickpeas & Artichoke
12. Effortless Thai Pasta
13. One-Pot Southwest Pasta With Corn, Beans, & Peppers
14. Stove Top White Macaroni & Cheese
15. Clams With Linguini, Garlic, & Tomatoes
16. One-Pot Chili Mac & Cheese
17. Ramen Noodles & Beef Skillet
Get the recipe HERE. This one’s pretty low brow, but hey, we all have our moments when that’s necessary!
18. Creamy Sausage & Spinach Tortellini
19. One-Pot Pasta With Chicken Sausage, Kale, and Mushrooms
20. One-Pan Chicken Alfredo
21. Creamy One-Pot Penne With Broccoli, Carrots, & Sun-Dried Tomatoes
Hope you’ll try some of these great pasta recipes and let us know how they turn out. Most of all ENJOY!
This little girl’s dream of having her daddy back with her was made possible with a little “magic” and the help of Snow White at Disneyland. So AWESOME!
These Vicks VapoRub health tips are definitely worthwhile sharing. Who knew Vicks VapoRub had so many uses?
An 18 year old student from Chicago, named Shea Glover, conducted an independent project which evidently turned into a social experiment regarding beauty.
She invited a bunch of people, some of whom she knew, some total strangers, and asked them to pose in front of her camera. As they were standing there, Glover would tell them the purpose of her project:
“I’m taking pictures of things I find beautiful,” she said…
The impact of her words had a very emotional effect on her subjects. Check out the pictures and the video below to see the effect of what one kind word can do for you.
Watch the full video below and see their reactions for yourself:
Here Are 16 Awesome Uses For LEGO You Never Thought Of. #14 Is Straight Up Awesome!
Since 1949, LEGOs have been a part of our lives, making walking barefoot through our children’s toy rooms a dangerous minefield. (Studies will soon show that stepping on a LEGO brick while barefoot is the most painful thing a person can experience, second only to childbirth.) As of 2013, LEGO has produced 560 billion bricks, contributing to all of the amazing kits that have been built over the years, from Star Wars to Simpsons.
LEGOs were made so that children could think outside of the box and build whatever their hearts desired. So, it makes sense that some people came up with some pretty cool things you can build with LEGO:
1.) A heart friendship necklace.
2.) Adorable structural repair.
3.) Fun home design for kids (and adults).
4.) An awesome educational tool for kids.
5.) Actual buildings made of LEGOs.
6.) Prosthetic legs for our animal friends.
7.) A custom key holder, so you’ll never lose your keys again.
8.) An awesome cell phone charging station.
10.) Custom-made knife block (that you should please, please keep away from children).
11.) A computer case that you can build to your specifications.
12.) Cool cuff links for your wedding day.
13.) Adorable night lights for your child’s room.
14.) Nerdy houses for your pets.
15.) Sort-of comfortable furniture for your home.
16.) An adorable gift box (and an awesome idea for an engagement ring box).
I’ll never look at a box of LEGOs the same way again. I feel a little silly just following the instructions. By now, my entire home could have been built out of LEGO!! (H/T Mashable)
(Via: Viral Nova)
These psychological life hacks have been practiced by successful people throughout the years. Maybe it’s time you took advantage of these mind tricks that can vastly improve your life!
This guy uses a pack of dollar store color pencils and glue, but comes out with something pretty amazing!
He bought a pack of simple colored pencils.
These very wise words, spoken by Charles J Sykes, should be posted in every school or kid’s bedroom, as they definitely will NOT be taught these rules in the classroom!
Rule 1 : Life is not fair – get used to it!
Rule 2 : The world doesn’t care about your self-esteem. The world will expect you to accomplish something BEFORE you feel good about yourself.
Rule 3 : You will NOT make $60,000 a year right out of high school. You won’t be a vice-president with a car phone until you earn both.
Rule 4 : If you think your teacher is tough, wait till you get a boss
Rule 5 : Flipping burgers is not beneath your dignity. Your Grandparents had a different word for burger flipping: They called it opportunity.
Rule 6 : If you mess up, it’s not your parents’ fault,so don’t whine about your mistakes, learn from them.
Rule 7 : Before you were born, your parents weren’t as boringas they are now. They got that way from paying your bills,cleaning your clothes and listening to you talk about how cool you thought you were: So before you save the rain forest from the parasites of your parent’s generation, try delousing the closet in your own room..
Rule 8 : Your school may have done away with winners and losers, but life HAS NOT. In some schools, they have abolished failing grades and they’ll give you as MANY TIMES as you want to get the right answer.
*This doesn’t bear the slightest resemblance to ANYTHING in real life.
Rule 9 : Life is not divided into semesters. You don’t get summers off and very few employers are interested in helping you FIND YOURSELF.
*Do that on your own time.
Rule 10 : Television is NOT real life. In real life people actually have to leave the coffee shop and go to jobs.
Rule 11 : Be nice to nerds.
Chances are you’ll end up working for one..
Source: Charles J. Sykes/snopes
This Budweiser tribute, which was only aired ONCE, is a reminder of a history changing event, none of us will ever soon forget!
A woman pays a mortician to change her husband’s suit, but she never expected him to do this!
All big game animals can be dangerous when injured or cornered, the following list shows the top 15 most perilous animals to hunt, where the hunter may become the hunted!
African Bull Elephants
For the seasoned African hunter, the elephant is a coveted trophy hunt. But, as the world’s largest land animal, he can be a challenging and dangerous target. African elephants differ greatly from their Chinese or Indian cousins in size and temper. Male African elephants (bulls) stand up to 13 feet tall and can weigh over 7,000 pounds. Elephants are also exceptionally intelligent.
Combining their weight, size and intelligence, elephants also have an aggressive streak and have been known to go on rampage or charge hunters.
The spotted hyena is Africa’s most common large carnivore. Over the years, humans and hyenas have come into close contact in Africa, leading to mutual predation. Reputed to be cowardly and timid, the hyena can be bold and dangerous, attacking humans and other animals. Hyenas will readily feed on human corpses and may develop bold behaviour towards living humans, having acquired a taste for human flesh.
Hyenas stand about 36 inches at the shoulder and can weigh up to 150 pounds, depending on the animal’s origin in Africa.
Leopards are nocturnal hunters and hunting them with a light is illegal. This makes them incredibly challenging to catch in the dark and all the more dangerous for the hunter.
A leopard’s diet varies greatly, depending on what’s available, from dung beetles to adult elands weighing up to 2,000 pounds. These large cats will also take domestic livestock when other food sources are scarce. Leopards are the kings of stealth and will stalk close to their prey and then run a short distance to take it down. They kill through suffocation by grabbing their prey by the throat and biting down. Leopards have been known to take humans as prey.
Although known to be less aggressive than the larger crocodile (which is illegal to hunt in North America), attacks by alligators are not unheard of, especially in or near cloudy waters where the attack can often be a case of mistaken identity. Alligator bites are serious injuries, due to the reptile’s bite force and risk of infection. As human populations increase, and as they build houses in low-lying areas or fish or hunt near water, incidents are inevitable where alligators invade, or appear to invade, human life.
As with all crocodilians, and as opposed to many mammals where size eventually diminishes as the animal gets older, healthy alligators continue to grow throughout their lives and the oldest animals are the largest. Very old, large male alligators reach an expected maximum size of up to 15 feet in length, and weigh up to 1,000 pounds. But larger specimens have been reported.
Found in many countries around the world, the wild boar has a long history with humans. While domestic pigs, both captive and feral, have been in North America since the earliest days of European colonization, it wasn’t until the 19th century that wild boars were introduced to the New World. Wealthy landowners released the boars as big game animals.
A wild boar is very a tough animal and hunters need to make sure the shot is in the kill zone. An injured wild boar can turn on a hunter and become very dangerous. Although they don’t have claws, they do have sharp tusks, which can cause a lot of damage if the hunter is gouged.
Although their size varies greatly depending on environment, a western wild boar can reach up to 440 pounds.
Adult male polar bears can weigh up to 1,500 pounds and reach almost 10 feet in height, making them the largest predator on Earth. Given their massive size; a sense of smell that is second-to-none, being able to detect seals up to 1.6 kilometres away and under three feet of ice; and sprinting speeds up to 40 kilometres an hour, the polar bear is one of North America’s most dangerous animals to hunt. Although their typical prey is seal, polar bears will kill and eat pretty much anything they can stalk and catch – including people.
For hunting, the polar bear has a few tricks to rely on. When still-hunting, the bear uses its excellent sense of smell to locate a seal breathing hole and crouches nearby, waiting in silence, for a seal to appear. The bear may lay in wait for several hours. When the seal exhales, the bear smells its breath, reaches into the hole with a forepaw and drags it out onto the ice. The polar bear kills the seal by biting its head to crush its skull. The polar bear also hunts by stalking seals resting on the ice, getting in close and then rushing the last 30 or 40 feet for a surprise attack. With hunting methods such as these, and a coat that helps the bears blend seamlessly with the surrounding snow, hunters need to be acutely aware of their surroundings.
Also known as a mountain lion, puma or panther, this North American big cat is intelligent and curious, known to stalk hunters just to observe their behaviour. In the majority of cases, cougars mean no harm and fade away into the background before a hunter can take notice. But on occasion, when a cougar attacks a human, he usually has no hint of the cat’s presence until it’s on top of him. The primary danger from a cougar is not being charged while hunting – it’s being stalked and attacked before you have time to bring your gun to your shoulder.
Cougars are the fourth largest cat, with adults standing up to 35 inches at the shoulder and adult males reaching 7.9 feet in length. Males typically weigh between 115 and 220 pounds.
The North American bison is one of the largest of the world’s bovines, known for its vitality and unpredictable temperament. Herds of bison were slaughtered for their hides during the 19th century, similar to elephants hunted for their ivory in Africa, but hunting these animals one-on-one is a potentially dangerous adventure.
Bison are generally not as aggressive as their African cousin, the Cape buffalo, but they are much bigger and can be difficult to kill. If they feel threatened or take exception to a hunter’s behaviour, they have been known to charge. With the bison’s massive frame and horns, this could spell disaster for the hunter standing in the way.
There are two subspecies of bison in North America – the plains bison and the wood bison. A bison has a shaggy, long, dark brown winter coat, and a lighter-weight, lighter brown summer coat. Plains bison are often in the smaller range of sizes, and wood bison in the larger range. Head-and-body length ranges from 6.6 to 11.5 feet long, the tail adding 12 to 36 inches. Shoulder height in the species can range from 60 to 73 inches and weight can range from 700 to 2,000 pounds.
Tuskless African elephants
After hundreds of years of being hunted for their ivory, there is a shift happening in the gene pool of African elephants and a larger population is tuskless, both male and female.
In areas where elephants are overpopulated, some parks have permits for hunters to take tuskless elephants of either sex, but generally hunters will be looking for cows. Cow elephants are notoriously more aggressive than bulls and protective of not only their own young, but also other young in the herd. Tuskless bulls also tend to be more aggressive than tusked bulls.
Lions and other African big cats are some of the most challenging and dangerous animals to hunt. With exceptional night vision, keen intelligence, fearlessness, speed and agility, a hunter can quickly become the hunted. There have been several documented cases of man-eating lions in Africa – lions that specifically target humans as prey.
Lions range in size from about 380 pounds to 420 pounds, depending on where they are found in Africa, with lengths up to eight feet, two inches.
Hippos are considered to be one of the most dangerous large animals in Africa. They are, by nature, extremely aggressive and territorial, and female hippos are protective of their young. Attacks against humans are well documented, with hippos tipping over boats that enter their water space or chasing humans on land with no apparent provocation.
The hippo is the third heaviest land animal, after the rhinoceros and elephant. Despite their weight and stocky legs, hippos have been recorded as running at 30 kilometres an hour over short distances. Combine these characteristics with their aggressive and unpredictable nature and you have an exceptionally dangerous animal.
Unlike it’s Asian counterpart, the water buffalo, the African Cape buffalo has never been domesticated and is only distantly related to other larger bovines.
Known as “The Black Death,” the Cape buffalo’s unpredictable nature makes it hazardous for humans to hunt and has been known to gore or kill over 200 people every year. A wounded Cape buffalo will ambush and attack its pursuers.
Cape buffalo can stand up to 5.6 feet at the shoulder and weigh as much as 2,000 pounds.
Grizzly and Brown Bears
Grizzly and brown bears are actually the same species – the division is geographical, not genetic. On the coast, they are brown bears. Inland, they are grizzly bears. Abundant forage, particularly the Alaskan salmon runs, provide the opportunity for the coastal brown bears to reach their phenomenal size. An adult grizzly might weigh up to 700 pounds, 400 pounds for a female. A very large brown bear might weigh 1,000 pounds and an exceptional example can tip the scale at 1,600 or more pounds. That is bigger than most buffalo, which in prehistoric times were dinner for grizzlies.
Both grizzly and brown bears are temperamental, ferocious and can be very unpredictable. They are also intelligent and curious.
A rhino’s size and speed once made it one of the most dangerous animals to hunt. Due to excessive poaching, however, most species of rhinoceros are now threatened with extinction. The exception is the white rhino, which can be hunted in South Africa and Nambia. These brawny beasts can measure about six feet at the shoulder and weigh up to 7,700 pounds. Despite their weight, rhinos can charge at speeds of almost 50 kilometres an hour.
Even though they are such large creatures, they are very good at hiding on the African landscape. Big game hunters consider them one of the most difficult and frustrating game to hunt.
Hunted for their fur and for the threat they pose to wildlife, livestock and people, the wolf has been a targeted quarry for hunters for thousands of years. Wolves are generally taken in the late fall or early winter, when their coats are at peak quality, and when the snow makes it easier to track them.
A shot wolf must be approached with caution, as they have been known to play possum. A wolf that has been trapped or cornered by hunters may act aggressively, and older, more experienced wolves may fight savagely.
Male North American gray wolves, also known as a timber wolf or western wolf, can reach a weight of up to 100 pounds and is a species that has adapted well to today’s challenges, capable of hunting large prey.
How do you take anesthetics when at the dentist? Are you willing to get an injection? Or is gas more your style? This dentist had a very unusual idea to distract her patient so he could tolerate the pain….
A man goes to a female dentist to have a tooth extracted. She pulls out a large syringe to give him an anesthesia shot.
“No way, no needles! I hate needles!” the man exclaims
So she starts to hook up the nitrous oxide tank, and the man says, “I can’t do the gas thing either. Just the thought of having a mask on my face suffocates me!”
The dentist then asks the patient if he had any objections to taking a pill. “No,” he says, “I’m fine with pills.” So the lady dentist gives him two little blue pills and he swallows them. “What are those?” he asks. “Viagra,” she calmly replies.
“I’ll be damned,” said the man, “I didn’t know Viagra works as a pain killer.”
“It doesn’t,” says the wise lady, “But it’ll give you something to hold on to when I pull your tooth.”
WOW! Absolutely incredible what lengths some people will go to just to spite someone!
The man who bought a house in front of an anti-gay church and painted with LGBT flag Colors
The Westboro Baptist Church (WBC) is known for its extreme ideologies against the gay community, and its members pull out all the stops to spread their hateful views. Aaron Jackson, founder of Planting Peace, a non-profit which advocates equal rights for the LGBT community, decided to fight the Westboro Baptist Church on their own turf by buying a house across from the group’s headquarters and painting it in the color of LGBT Flag.
The project, which the nonprofit is calling the “Equality House,” is the first battle in a new campaign Planting Peace plans to wage against the group. (Source)
The company who built the world’s shallowest shop to protest expropriation
The Sam Kee Building, located at 8 West Pender Street in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, is noteworthy for being the shallowest commercial building in the world, according to the Guinness Book of Records.
At the turn of the 20th century, the Sam Kee Company — one of the wealthiest firms in Chinatown — purchased a standard-sized lot. The basement extends beneath the sidewalk and originally housed public baths while the ground floor was used for offices and shops. The top story was used for living quarters.
In 1912, however, the city widened Pender Street and expropriated 24 feet (7.3 m) of the above-ground portion of the property — effectively (or so it was first believed) making conventional commercial use of the remaining frontage impractical, if not impossible. In 1913, the architects Brown and Gillam designed this narrow, steel-framed building’s ground-floor depth (from storefront to rear of building) to measure 4’11” (1.50 m), with a second-floor depth (from overhanging bay window to rear) of 6′ (1.83 m).
The building is considered the shallowest commercial building in the world, but in recent years its status has been challenged by the “Skinny Building” in Pittsburgh. (Source)
The man who built an ugly house to protest his adopted daughter being taken away
The building on the corner of South Kent and Riverview roads in Gaylordsville is definitely unusual. It consists of a five-tiered cake-like building with walls that locals say are made of old bottles.
The story about how this pink-hued edifice came to be is even stranger. Residents claim the house was built as a protest by long-time resident Jan Pol against state authorities.
In 1961, authorities took away Pol’s custody of his teenage foster daughter’s baby. The allegation was that Pol fathered the baby, which he rejected as an ugly rumor. According to a book published by him, he built the house as a monument to injustice.
The once tallest building in Buenos Aires that was built in revenge for a broken heart
“Kavanagh building” by Marcos Prack – Flickr: kavanagh. | The only place from where you can get a good view of the Basilica is the alley named Corina Kavanagh Street. (Photo Source)
In the 1930s, Irish heiress Corina Kavanagh spent her entire inheritance on a skyscraper in a Buenos Aires, now known as the Kavanagh Building. Construction began in late 1934, and by 1936 the Kavanagh Building was complete. The construction pace was not the only record broken by the Kavanagh Building — it was the tallest reinforced concrete structure in the world at the time and remained the tallest building in Latin America for many years.
But even more astonishing, is the reason why it was built to begin with. As the story goes, Corina’s engagement to the son of an aristocratic Anchorena family had been called off because she wasn’t considered of high enough social standing. Kavanagh bought the land between the Anchorena family’s palace and their family church and had the building constructed specifically to make sure their view of the church was completely obstructed.
Even today, the only place to get a good view of the Basilica of the Holy Sacrament is the alley that runs between the Plaza Hotel and the Kavanagh Building Tower, aptly named Corina Kavanagh Street. (Source 1 | Source 2 | Source 3)
The pie shaped house supposedly built after a bitter divorce
In 2013, a tiny pie-shaped house built out of spite was sold in Seattle.
Originally constructed in 1925, the history of the 830-square-foot home is one cloaked in myth and mystery. One legend claims the home was the result of a divorce settlement when a judge awarded the husband the house and the wife the front yard. Rumor has it the woman built the sliver of a home in the front yard out of spite for her husband. Over time, the story was proved to be just that — a story. Another, more widely shared legend is one even the home’s former owner believes.
The story alleges the home went up after the next-door neighbor, who wanted to buy the pie-shaped corner lot, made a low-ball offer to the property owner. The property owner was so mad at the offer he built the house to get back at his neighbor, who eventually ended up moving. (Source)
The man who built a house to block the windows from apartments built next to his land
The Richardson Spite House in New York City was built in 1882. It was four stories tall, 104 feet (31.7 m) wide, and only five feet (1.5 m) deep. Joseph Richardson, the owner of the plot, built it after the owner of an adjacent plot, Hyman Sarner, unsuccessfully tried to purchase the land. Sarner considered the plot useless by itself and offered only $1000; Richardson demanded $5000. The deal fell through. Sarner then proceeded with the construction of his apartment house and arranged for windows overlooking Lexington Avenue.
When the building was finished, Richardson noted the windows and decided to take revenge. He had an apartment building constructed on his land. It was a functional (albeit impractical) apartment building with eight suites, each consisting of three rooms and a bath.
Richardson, despite his wealth, was tight with his money and moved into one of the tiny apartments with his wife. He rented out the other apartments for $500 a year.
The Spite House was demolished in 1915. (Source)
The millionaire who painted a $22m home with stripes as revenge on a neighborhood council’s decision
Take a walk to the exclusive Kensington neighborhood of London and one house will catch your eye. The controversial £15m ($22m) home has been causing quite a stir. It was allegedly painted in bright red and white stripes by Zipporah Lisle-Mainwaring — a wealthy, Swiss-based property developer protesting a council planning decision and has infuriated neighbors.
Residents surrounding her stripy townhouse in a cobbled cul-de-sac say they are “horrendously unhappy” with the new exterior of the three-story terraced home and likened it to a “beachside hut.”
The homeowner’s application to demolish the building and rebuild it with a two-story basement was turned down by the Kensington and Chelsea council. The stripes followed soon after the council’s decision, prompting neighbors to speculate that the paint job was intended to make a point. (Source)
The man who built a mansion just to overshadow his brother’s house
Originally located in Phippsburg, Maine, this mansion was built by Thomas McCobb in 1806. Dubbed the “Mansion In The Wilderness,” it was the finest house in the region. After a long time away at sea, McCobb returned home to find that his stepbrother Mark had inherited the family home.
McCobb moved on — to a plot of land right across the street from his stepbrother and built an even more luxurious mansion than the old family estate. The resulting structure was an elegant Federal-style home topped with an octagonal cupola.
Dubbed “Spite House,” it remained on a knoll, overshadowing the older house until it was discovered by Donald Dodge of Philadelphia. He bought the house and moved it to a new location in Rockport, Maine, where he added two wings to the estate. (Source)
The rich man who bought a house next door to his ex-wife and erected a giant middle finger sculpture
Alan Markovitz combined anger management with artistic expression when he moved next door to his ex-wife in a house located on Orchard Lake, Michigan and subsequently installed a statue of a middle finger in his front yard. It is pointed towards his new neighbor and illuminated by a spotlight at night.
Markovitz reportedly spent $7,000 on the 12-foot-high garden “ornament” but claims it is a “coincidence” that he ended up in a house next door to his ex-wife, who is believed to have moved into the property when they divorced. (Source)
Dan Pauly is a fourth generation wood-working artisan best known for his amazing rustic cabins made from reclaimed wood. The Minnesota-based craftsman builds saunas, sheds, bunkies and outhouses with his signature roof and chimney.
Dan, whose great-grandfather emigrated to the US in the late 1800s, built many barns in central Minnesota, some which still stand today.
Below you will find a small gallery of Dan’s fantastic works.