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Does George Washington – Owes Library Fines, about $100,000 in Late Fees?


According to the website Lowering the Bar  President George Washington has been accused by a New York Library for failing to return valuable library materials checked out during his presidency. It seems the former President  took out two books on in October of 1789, one  on international law and another that contained transcripts of debates in Britain’s House of Commons.  The books were due back November 2, 1789.  If it’s found to be true, that neither book was ever returned this would mean that , setting aside the value of the items themselves, and adjusting for inflation, Washington currently owes about $100,000 in late fees.

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13 Remarkle Artists and their 100 Extraordinary Paper Art Designs

yula1bert-simonsOver a thousand years richard-sweeneyago paper art originated in Japan. Hardly talked about today; this medium of paper art, and its unique styles ranging from complex to book carvings has become a very popular art form. (pictured -art from Yulia Brodskaya,  Bert Simmons, and Richard Sweeney)

Here are over 100 such designs from 13 remarkle artists. Some of these designs can be located in museums and also in various  exhibitions within the world.  PAPER ART 


Bread Shoes – Yes, you can wear them and eat them?

River View Observer “Site Seeing” Bringing you interesting posts from around the web. 

 BREAD SHOES: bread-shoesHere’s an interesting concept shoes made of bread and according to the website where you can buy these  “Loafers”  You won’t have to pluck down a lot of dough. 

 Eatable…dries itself… made from bread…first in fashion…needs no pressing…feels good in dry climate …won’t sag


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Hudson County Waterfront Would All But Disapear; If and When, the Oceans Rise

Here’s an interesting but eerie “Site Seeing” post.

Look at the Hudson County, New Jersey waterfront on the left- its all but gone.


Interactive Flood Maps show us how familiar land contours will change as the oceans rise.

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Wicked Plants;The Weed That Killed Lincoln’s Mother and Other Botanical Atrocities

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Amy Stewart’s new book, Wicked Plants: The Weed That Killed Lincoln’s Mother and Other Botanical Atrocities

A tree that sheds poison daggers; a glistening red seed that stops the heart; a shrub that causes paralysis; a vine that strangles; and a leaf that triggered a war. In Wicked Plants, Stewart takes on over two hundred of Mother Nature’s most appalling creations. It’s an A to Z of plants that kill, maim, intoxicate, and otherwise offend. You’ll learn which plants to avoid (like exploding shrubs), which plants make themselves exceedingly unwelcome (like the vine that ate the South), and which ones have been killing for centuries (like the weed that killed Abraham Lincoln’s mother).

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Can Scavenger is Mulit -Millionaire…Who Knew?

“Tin-Can” Curt Degerman, a well-know aluminum can scavenger in the Swedish town of SkellefteÃ¥, was apparently a multi-millionaire when he died last year. He was apparently very thrift and also a shrewd investor. From Sweden’s The Local:
The relatives of a man who spent the last three decades collecting empty cans on the streets of a town in northern Sweden were surprised to learn he was worth millions when he died.


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