“The Hottest Pizza.”

The world’s hottest pizza was created by Paul Brayshaw, of Paul’s Pizza, in Saltdean, England, a self-confessed spicy food fanatic and fan of the Man vs Food TV show.
After opening his own pizza place, Paul decided to include a challenge on the menu, and stared working on the hottest pizza he could make. He used one of the strongest chilies on the planet – the ghost chili – and spiced it up even more with a special chili paste with chili extract.
The 32-year-old father of two says the Saltdean Sizzler starts out as a regular pizza, with a homemade dough base, regular Italian tomato and herb sauce and fresh mozzarella, but turns into a world of pain after he adds his killer sauce.
Apparently it even changes from a nice “red tomato color” to an “evil black/red”.
Ever since he put it on the menu last year, Paul has sold over 1,300 Saltdean Sizzlers, but only eight men and one woman have managed to eat all six slices of the 10-inch pizza.
Saltdean-Sizzler – Photo: Paul’s Pizza/Facebook
Word of the Saltdean Sizzler’s hotness spread like wild fire, and Paul was even contacted by the Guinness Book of Records, who told him that if it would score more than 1 million units on the Scoville scale, it would be awarded the title of world’s hottest pizza.
After a series of tests, scientists at Warwick University rated Brayshaw’s creation at over 3.2 million on the Scoville scale, which makes it three times spicier than the world’s strongest chili and police pepper spray.
Paul himself has only been able to finish two slices of his hot delicacy, and says the after effects are much worse than eating the pizza.
“There was no pleasure. Just pain. It was unbearable. I was scared about swallowing it.
The pain subsided after 20 minutes but then the relentless stomach ache started. I would never do it again. I would not wish it on anyone,” said 28-year-old Christopher Barnard, one of the brave souls that dared take on the Saltdean Sizzler challenge.
via World’s Hottest Pizza Is Three Times Stronger than Police Pepper Spray | Oddity Central – Collecting Oddities.

The Bearded Man of the Future.

lnkoyz4evktvimktg9edThe February 1, 1939 issue of Vogue ran this photo of the 21st Century man.
The caption appears below.
The picture can also be found in the book Exit to Tomorrow: World’s Fair Architecture, Design, Fashion 1933-2005.
Gilbert Rhode banishes buttons, pockets, collars, ties.
The man of the next century will revolt against shaving and wear a beautiful beard, says the designer of boilers, pianos, clocks and metal furniture.
His hat will be an an antennae – snatching radio out of the ether. His socks disposable, his suit minus tie collar and buttons.
via Bearded Men of the 21st Century (1939).

“Green Gourmet Giraffe”.

street art hosier lane-7After posting a series of street art posts, I have continued to photograph street art when possible. I enjoyed doing the series so much that I want to continue it on an occasional basis.
Today I bring you street art from one of Melbourne’s most famous street art locations, Hosier Lane.
It is a small lane in the block bounded by Russell St, Flinders St, Swanston St and Flinders Lane in the CBD or city of Melbourne.
After taking photos of so much street art recently I was really struck just how touristy this lane seems compared to other street art locations.
Where usually I find it pleasing to go off the beaten track and take photos in peace and quiet, Hosier Lane is busy with people wielding cameras.
Likewise the walls of Hosier Lane are busy – with artwork. I haven’t visited often but from a few infrequent visits I think the art there changes far more regularly than in other locations.
I suspect if you go there today, a few months after my visit, much of the artwork you encounter might be different.
via Green Gourmet Giraffe: Street Art in Melbourne #9 Hosier Lane June 2014.

Gloria Grahame “Shameless.”


Gloria Grahame circa 1950. Photo by Silver Screen Collection/Getty Images.
Gloria Hallward, an acting pupil of her mother (stage actress and teacher Jean Grahame), acted professionally while still in high school. In 1944 Louis B. Mayer saw her on Broadway and gave her an MGM contract under the name Gloria Grahame.
Her debut in the title role of Blonde Fever (1944) was auspicious, but her first public recognition came on loan-out in It’s a Wonderful Life (1946).
Though her talent and sex appeal were of star quality, she did not fit the star pattern at MGM, who sold her contract to RKO in 1947.
Here the same problem resurfaced; her best film in these years was made on loan-out, In a Lonely Place (1950).
Soon after, she left RKO. The 1950s, her best period, brought Gloria a supporting actress Oscar and typecast her as shady, inimitably sultry ladies in seven well-known film-noir classics.
Rumors of being difficult to work with on the set of Oklahoma! (1955) sidelined her film career from 1956 onward. She also suffered from marital and child-custody troubles.
Eight years after divorce from Nicholas Ray, who was 12 years her senior (and reportedly had discovered her in bed with his 13 year old son), and after a subsequent marriage to Cy Howard ended in divorce, in 1960 she married her former stepson Anthony Ray who was almost 14 years younger than her.
This led Nicholas Ray and Cy Howard to each sue for custody of each’s child by Grahame, putting gossip columnists and scandal sheets into overdrive.
Read the full article via Gloria Grahame – Biography – IMDb

Birmingham Street Art.


Birmingham street art by Goosensei

All pictures provided by Street Art Birmingham

The city – particularly around Digbeth – is attracting talented artists who use the urban landscape as their canvas.

And the good thing about street art is, it changes from month to month.

In December we spoke to street artist Rebecca Wright – who runs http://www.streetartbirmingham.co.uk with fellow artist Karl Paragreen – she said: “Street art is all around us, in urban spaces across the world.

“It is a a creative phenomenon and its form is not only focused on the artwork but on the environment that it surrounds.


Birmingham street art by Gent48

“Our website is dedicated to showcasing the amazing work of the cities local street artists.

“Spray paint, stencils, paste-ups, stickers, installations…whatever its shape or form, this is where it’s at.

“Over time a catalogue of photos will grow and develop to document the diverse Birmingham scene.”


Birmingham street art by Gent48

See more Images via 23 new must see Birmingham street art works – Birmingham Mail.

“The Invisible Men of Everest.”

79040-cb1234These are times of crucial change for Sherpa culture, and in particular for the subculture of the Sherpa climbing community.
Since Sherpas first were hired away from their potato farms to carry loads for an expedition in 1907, Sherpa culture has arguably been more influenced by the Western passion for mountaineering than by any other single force.
In less than a century, they have come from wondering about the sanity of the mikaru, their term for foreign climbers, to being among the best mountaineers in the world themselves.
Sherpas hold speed records on Everest. They work as guides on Denali and Mount Rainier. In 2012, Mingma and Chhang Dawa Sherpa of Seven Summit Treks became the first two brothers to climb all 14 of the world’s 8,000-meter (26,000-foot) peaks.
It’s hard to imagine that the Sherpa porters on the British expeditions to the Tibet side of Everest in the 1920s did not even have a word for “summit.”
Instead, they were convinced, as Wade Davis notes in his book Into the Silence: The Great War, Mallory, and the Conquest of Everest, that the foreigners were treasure hunters searching for a statue of a golden cow or yak to melt down for coins.