25 de Abril Bridge – Lisbon

Ponte 25 de Abril – Lisboa, originally uploaded by FasterDix.


The 25 de Abril Bridge (translation: 25th of April Bridge, in Portuguese: Ponte 25 de Abril, pron. IPA[‘põt(ɨ) ‘vĩt(ɨ) ‘sĩku dɨ ɐ’bɾiɫ]) is a suspension bridge connecting the city of Lisbon, capital of Portugal, to the municipality of Almada on the left bank of the Tagus river. It was inaugurated on August 6, 1966 and a train platform was added in 1999. It is often compared to the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, USA, due to their similarities and same construction company. With a total length of 2,277 m, it is the 19th largest suspension bridge in the world. The upper platform carries six car lanes, the lower platform two train tracks. Until 1974 the bridge was named Salazar Bridge. There is an unproved controversy on which Salazar wanted to name the bridge D. João I, after John I of Portugal.

more at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/25_April_Bridge

Me, David and Patrizia… all disappeared!

Me, David and Patrizia… all disappeared!, At the end, that’s good!
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The term “abduction phenomenon” describes claims of non-human creatures kidnapping individuals and temporarily removing them from familiar terrestrial surroundings.[1] People alleged to have been abducted are called “abductees” or “experiencers.” The abductors, usually interpreted as being extraterrestrial life forms, are said to subject experiencers to a forced medical examination that emphasizes the alleged experiencer’s reproductive system.[2] Some aspects of the phenomenon are more benign, however, as the alleged entities often warn against environmental abuse and the dangers of nuclear weapons,[3] consequently, while many of these purported encounters are described as terrifying, some have been viewed as pleasant or transformative.

The first alien abduction narrative to be widely publicized was the Betty and Barney Hill abduction in 1961.[4] Reports of the abduction phenomenon have been made around the world, but are less common outside of English speaking countries, especially the United States.[5] The contents of the abduction narrative often seem to vary with the home culture of the alleged abductee.[5]

Mainstream academics and members of the skeptics movement generally doubt that the phenomenon occurs literally as reported, and have proposed a variety of alternate explanations. Such skeptics often argue that the phenomenon might be a modern-day folk myth or vivid dreams occurring in a state of sleep paralysis. The alien abduction phenomenon has been the subject of conspiracy theories, and as such it has become a staple of popular science fiction works such as The X-Files. At the present time no generally accepted empirical scientific evidence exists to corroborate the claims of abduction proponents.