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Vienna Cemetery Introduces Funeral LEGO Sets

Kids will have a blast assembling a LEGO crematorium, hearse, grave and more now available from the Vienna Funeral Museum.

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Lego crematorium oven set available from the Vienna Funeral Museum

Build your own funeral piece by piece with these LEGO kits from Bestattungsmuseum, the Vienna Funeral Museum in Vienna’s Central Cemetery. The museum’s gift shop and online store recently unveiled custom Lego sets designed to help kids answer the big questions like “What happens to grandpa in a crematorium?”

“Taboos create fears and uncertainties,” the Vienna Psychotherapy Association said. “The child feels that something is wrong, and then he is left alone with that.”

So to teach kids about death, the museum partnered with a company to produce some gloriously morbid Legos.

“For the small and large undertaker of tomorrow,” the description from the Historical Hearse set reads.

Other sets currently available include a WWI-era funeral tram, Lego graveyard with tombstone and excavator, a fourgon used to transport the deceased, a crematorium oven with a casket and urn, a horse-drawn “corpse carriage,” a bereaved family with the skeleton of the deceased, and minifigures in mourning.

Lego bereaved family

Lego bereaved family minifigures with the deceased

Lego graveyard

Lego cemetery with casket, gravestone, and excavator for digging your own graves

Lego horse-drawn funeral carriage

Lego horse-drawn corpse carriage with coffin

Historic Vienna funeral tram

WWI-era Vienna funeral tram with 2 coffins and Lego undertaker

Lego hearse

Lego hearse

These morbid LEGO sets are available now right here.

Thanks to Dead Sled Brand for putting this on my radar.

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Richard Branson’s Surprising Take on UFOs and Extraterrestrials

Sir Richard Branson — the billionaire business magnate, airline executive, space plane pioneer, possible space traveler and avowed thrill seeker – weighed in recently on the possibility that UFOs seen my military pilots are crafts from another planet, and his answer may surprise many who admire his accomplishments, particularly in private space travel.

“There’s no question that there are millions of other civilizations out there, but none of them are within reach of Earth and therefore, my instinct is: extremely unlikely.”

Is he saying that there are millions of other Richard Bransons out there, but none of them – including him – have figured out how to leave their planet’s gravity and travel to another world? Actually, Branson HAS figured out how to pilot a UFO (more on that later), but he’s of the opinion that distance defeats brainpower and technology in the quest to cross the galaxy. In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Branson also expressed his doubts that governments or militaries are hiding evidence of it from the public.

“I can’t understand why these UFO discussions are always behind closed doors and done in secrecy. It just creates even more suspicion. If people had really discovered a UFO, you can’t keep things secret in this day and age, it would be everywhere.”

Take that, Area 51 Stormers! In fact, it’s already well-known what Branson thinks of those who believe UFOs are spaceships from other planets. At 4 am on the morning of April 1, 1989 (note the date), Branson took off in London in a custom hot air balloon shaped like a flying saucer, complete with strobe lights that blinked every ten seconds. (Great photos of the balloon here.) The balloon flew over London’s M25 highway as the morning rush hour was commencing, bringing traffic to a halt and causing TV and radio stations and local police departments to be flooded with calls reporting a UFO. Branson was loving every minute of it.

“We could see every single vehicle grinding to a halt and hundreds of people looking up at the UFO flying over them. It was great fun watching their reactions.”

His original plan was to make a dramatic landing in historic Hyde Park but the craft was blown off target, so the skilled balloonist brought it down in Surrey Field instead, which was quickly surrounded by police. Just like in a bad sci-fi movie, the cops sent a lone officer out to meet the ‘spaceship’. Branson was ready for him.

“The UFOs door opened very slowly, with tonnes of dry ice billowing from it. A dwarf that we had carried on board, dressed in an ET outfit, walked down the platform towards the bobby. He promptly turned and ran in the opposite direction! The police initially didn’t see the funny side of it and threatened to arrest us for wasting their time. But they soon joined in the general merriment of it.”

Branson with his late test pilot Steve Fossett.

So Sir Richard Branson doesn’t believe that recent UFO sightings are extraterrestrial ships, doesn’t believe any have ever visited Earth and are being hidden from the public, and doesn’t think much of those who get excited about UFO sightings in general. However, being the good entrepreneur that he is, Branson tries to save face and not ‘alienate’ his customer base.

“And so I don’t think there’s any credible sightings yet. It would be wonderful if it were true.”

Before you report your next UFO sighting, check to see if Richard Branson is in town.

Source: Mysterious Universe

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‘Storm Area 51’ spawns copycat campaigns

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Anyone for a trip to the Bermuda Triangle ? 

Inspired by the recent social media phenomenon, other people have started setting up their own ‘storm’ events.

Keen to ride the momentum of Matty Roberts’ wildly successful (yet squarely tongue-in-cheek) campaign to see thousands of people storm the Area 51 facility in Nevada, Facebook user Anthony Carnovale has launched his own effort to solve another of the world’s most enduring mysteries.

Entitled “Storm The Bermuda Triangle, It Can’t Swallow All Of Us”, the new endeavour seeks to send as many people in to the infamous 270,000-square-mile stretch of ocean as possible.

Carnovale has even set up a fundraiser to book live music performances for the event.

“I’m legit trying to throw a party for everyone so they’ll come to my thing,” he wrote. “This is the time for assembly to show this country we can organize. Let’s go have a good time.”

“Let’s still clap these sea monster cheeks. Ok. Let’s all just have fun.”

The event is just one of several dozen to have cropped up in the wake of the success of the original ‘Storm Area 51’ campaign with others targeting everywhere from SeaWorld to the White House.

As things stand, a whopping 2.5 million have signed up to go to Area 51 on September 20th.

Exactly how many people will actually turn up on the day however remains unclear.

Source: Independent

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Strange “Black Hole” Wave Clouds Form Over London During Trump Visit

United States President Donald Trump visited the Royal Family in London in June for a scheduled diplomatic appearance. President Trump’s family also joined him on his trip, as many of them are members or contributors of his administration.

The London meeting was highly publicized throughout the world, and especially in the UK where protesters clashed in response to the US President’s visit.

If you are superstitious, you may have looked into the sky during Trump’s visit and felt that perhaps nature was having a reaction to all of the tension that was in the air. The sky looked very ominous over the city of London for the President’s arrival.

Tourists and residents alike reported seeing a strange cloud formation hovering over the Houses of Parliament.

Photos of the strange formations began popping up online throughout the day. Various pictures showed different areas throughout the city that were covered by clouds that looked like strange waves.

IFL Science pointed out that while these cloud formations may look ominous, they are an entirely natural phenomenon, just one that researchers don’t know very much about yet.

Experts believe that these formations are caused by Asperitas clouds, which is a rare cloud formation that resembles rippling ocean waves in the sky.

According to the MET office, “Asperitas (formerly referred to as Undulatus Asperitas) is a distinctive, but relatively rare cloud formation that takes the appearance of rippling waves. These wave-like structures form on the underside of the cloud to makes it look like a rough sea surface when viewed from below.”

Asperitas clouds are still a bit of a mystery to scientists, who are currently unsure of how these clouds are even formed. Most experts agree with the theory that these clouds are formed in the aftermath of thunderstorms, but they have also been spotted in calmer environments, so that may not be a determining factor.

Another theory suggests that they are formed when mammatus clouds descend into areas of the sky where wind direction changes with height causing the wave-like movement. Researchers believe that this would also cause the wave-like effect seen in asperitas clouds.

The below time-lapse video shows how the clouds move through the sky like waves.

Oddly enough, Asperitas clouds were undocumented until 2008, when the cloud society proposed they be listed in the World Meteorological Organisation’s International Cloud Atlas.

That proposal was not actually accepted until 2015, when enough data was collected to show that the clouds deserved their own classification.

However, it is important to note that some sources say that the official classification finally came in 2017.

Despite the strange weather, the visit of US President Donald Trump continued as scheduled. His appearance sparked clashes between protesters who were in support or opposition to his policies.

In a later speech, the President called the protests “fake news,” and said that there were only a small number of demonstrators on the streets.

Jeremy Corbyn, leader of Britain’s opposition Labour Party, addressed protesters who gathered in central London on Tuesday.

Speaking of the president, Corbyn said, “In welcoming visitors from the U.S, I hope there can be a conversation. I am not, absolutely not refusing to meet anybody. I want to be able to have that dialogue to bring about the better and more peaceful world that we all want to live in.”

However, Corbyn also expressed his “disappointment” with the harsh words that the president had for the Mayor of London recently.

“I am very disappointed, particularly today on their wonderful festival of Eid, that our mayor has been attacked the way that he has. I am proud that our city has a Muslim mayor, that we can chase down Islamophobia, racism of any kind, within our society. Racism divides. Exploitation of minorities divides,” Corbyn said.

While in London, President Trump praised the outgoing Prime Minister Theresa May for her handling of the Brexit situation. Trump held a private meeting, and an extensive public press conference with May.

Boris Johnson, the current favorite to replace May, declined a meeting with Trump, but did hold a brief phone call with the president. Some political commenters believe that Johnson turned down a meeting with Trump as a sort of election time publicity stunt.

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