Aliens, Adolf Hitler and the Mystery Villa in Fuerteventura in the Canary Islands

Aliens and Adolf Hitler might not seem to have much in common. But lying in isolated mountainside in one of the most secluded areas of the Canary Islands lies an spacious villa that has given birth to mysterious legends about both

This spacious villa lies hidden from the world nestling between the mountains and the wild Atlantic ocean on Fuerteventura. It can only be reached after a hair raising drive along a dirt track in the mountain borders. The sheer isolation of Villa Gustav Winter holds a mystery which has yet to be explained.

This mystery starts with the appearance and position of the villa itself. It is surrounded by land which has exactly the same shape and proportions of the island of Fuerteventura itself. And the villa’s location within this enclosed replica corresponds geographically to its true position…

Was this location and shape the result of exact mathematical positioning, a signal to some alien life form or just sheer fluke? The truth will probably never come to light but theories abound.

German-born Gustav Winter arrived on Fuerteventura in the 1930s. He worked for a large company that had just acquired a great expanse of land in the south of the island – the peninsula of Jandia.

Winter became known for his mysterious dark glasses and accompanying black dog and was responsible for building the first port at Morro Jable. However, it is not for these reasons that he is best remembered. His name will always be connected to the small isolated hamlet of Cofete where he built the villa that later gave birth to countless myths.

Originally, the villa was said to have been built to establish agriculture in the region. It was modelled on a villa built in the Black Forest in 1893. But rumours began spreading after the appearance of armed guards accompanied by large dogs started guarding the walls of what was becoming more of a fortress than a villa.

Anyone trying to get to the villa had to first identify themselves to the guards who would then call Winter. If they were granted permission to enter, they then had to travel along a dirt track road which, according to urban legend, was built by political prisoners held captive at a concentration camp at Tefia. An airport runway was also built there and put at Gustav’s disposal.

Rumours were flamed after accounts from people allowed into the villa described the five rooms in the attic as being completely tiled over, of a large kitchen and of vast dark cellars and caves stretching under the villa and into the mountainside. Were the tiles to stop any radio signals being picked up by eavesdroppers?

And why would such an important engineer as Gustav, who held the rank of Colonel and who was at the forefront of an important shipyard in Bordeaux, hide himself in the middle of nowhere to practice farming while his country was at war? He was a man of considerable importance – at a time …

The Biggest Problems With Knives and Cutlery

Looking back, knives were first used millions of years ago as essential tools firstly made of rock and flint. It was through technology that has evolved blades made from copper, bronze, steel, ceramics and titanium along with the flint’s practicality as an effective cutting instrument. These have inspired the production of a very wide range of different modern blade patterns and styles that we know of today.

Generally, we see different versions of a knife following culture and origin, but even so, the knife’s serviceable characteristic made it the best tool that spends time in the hands of cooks and chefs. Different types of kitchen knives provide different efficiency and accuracy in cutting different kinds of food, but little did we know, the biggest problem in almost all home kitchens is dull knives. A lot people find it the biggest hindrance in cooking.

Just about every friend’s kitchen I go to, I see different kinds of knives but very few are sharp. The only kitchens I’ve been in where there are sharp knives are those of meat butlers who are selling meat and those where no one cooks and where the knives and cutlery are kept inside the drawers. If most of your kitchen knives are dull and you don’t sharpen them on a regular basis, even on high-end cutlery, your knives are almost certainly dull.

Myth says a sharp knife is safer than a dull knife. This is because using dull knife requires excessive force to cut the food which can slip off food and cause injury to the user. A sharp knife cuts food finely requiring only a little force, so cutting gets much easier along with a good control of the knife, and the user is more likely to be safe. Since kitchen knives become dull time after time, it is only necessary to take best care of them by regular sharpening. Besides it’s one of the ways we can make our knives useful and long-lasting.

Another thing about knives myth says is it should have a full tang. This probably works for heavy duty knives obliged to cut coarse leather and firewood, but not for kitchen knives which are generally only designed for delicate cutting of soft ingredients for food. On the contrary, it will give you problems getting full tang knives as it is rare for high end kitchen knives, or even stainless knives with a full tang. In short, know the kinds of knives you are in most need of so you don’t fall on marketing hypes.

Another thing that is both true and false is that knife sets are a better deal than individual knives. Although you get more metal in a set compared to buying same pieces individually, large sets usually come in a large number or knives that you will not use. On the other hand, you can use the other metals when your useful ones get dull, dirty, or broken. So either you buy a premium set of knives, cutlery …

Ensure Your Kitchen Sink Stays Unclogged With Three Easy Steps

Ever started trying to cook or wash dishes and found out that the kitchen drain was clogged. What a nuisance! Food particles, gunk, cold grease and grime all play their part in stopping up your sink.

Luckily there are easy steps that anyone can take to prevent this from happening. A little preventative maintenance goes a long way. By following this advice and keeping your sink clean you can avoid having to call an emergency plumbing company who will charge you extremely high fees for short-notice service.

Tip #1

Grease builds up in your sink like you would not believe. Many times when grease is being poured into your sink it is hot and is in a liquid form. It is just coming off the stove, oven or microwave. But as it is going in the sink it cools, rather quickly. As it does so it becomes rather thick and over time forms a gooey barrier that keeps not only water from leaving but catches all kinds of debris.

You need to pour a degreaser down your sink on a regular basis, especially after you have cooked any kind of meat. Pour it slowly and make sure a lot of it gets to the drain pipe.

After you pour some degreaser into your sink let it sit there a while. Boil some hot water and then pour it down the drain. Do this one a month and you will find that very little grease is trapped in your drain.

Tip #2

Here is a mix that does an excellent job at cleaning your drain: boiling hot water, apple-cider vinegar and baking soda.

Start by pouring some baking soda down your drain. Make sure it cakes the lining on the inside of your sink. Next, pour a couple teaspoons of vinegar and let it react with the baking soda. As it reacts it will also clean the drain. It will break up food particles, bacteria and left over deposits that did not get washed down. Wait five minutes and then pour the hot water down the drain. Presto! All of the grease and debris is washed away.

Tip #3

Garbage disposals are worth their weight in gold. The problem is we think they can handle more than they actually can. Do not put large chucks of food down your sink. Try to throw as much food as you can away if its trash. The garbage disposal is the last ditch effort but too many people use their sinks as a glorified trash can.

By following these three tips you should avoid having to ever call a plumber out to unclog your kitchen sink.…

Islam: The Elephant in America’s Kitchen

There is an elephant in America’s kitchen, and it’s growing every day. It’s hard to understand why people keep feeding it. Our government leader’s feed it, our church leaders feed it and the news media, well, they force feed it. The elephant even has a name. Islam.

Islam’s actions are obvious and often, and very destructive to America’s ability to move around its kitchen. In Dearborn, Michigan, known these days as Dearbornastan, a Muslim man has filed suit against Little Caesar’s Pizza. A $100 million dollar suit by the way. Little Caesar’s sin? They delivered a pizza with pepperoni allegedly containing pork, a no-no for Sharia Law adherents. Sharia Law? Yep, this Muslim man is offended. The elephant eats.

Moving from Dearborn, we go east to New York City where a 21-year-old Queens College student, a Pakistani Muslim, called police with a harrowing tale of abduction and a hate crime; they were calling him a racist name and all while branding guns. A terrible experience for anyone. Except, when the NYPD started investigating they discovered it was all a hoax. The student made it all up. The elephant has a snack.

One borough over in Brooklyn, the Brooklyn Tech High School, has a prom coming up. And again, the elephant is hungry. The Muslim students demand concessions. Prom is going to fall during Ramadan, and the Muslims will be fasting. We should note here that there are no concessions for Jewish or Christian students. But, after a meeting the Muslim Student Association, yes, there is one, the Principal agreed they would never again have Prom during Ramadan, and they will not serve food to anyone at the Prom until after 9 PM when the Muslim Fast is over. The elephant scraps up another few bites of America’s freedoms.

Let’s move south to Jacksonville, Florida as many New Yorkers do. Daniel Pipes, writing in the National Review, he cites a plaque he saw in the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens. He said he rubbed his eyes in disbelief as he read a plaque on an Islamic exhibit, celebrating the culture of the Ottoman Empire when it took over a renowned church in Istanbul. It read, “In addition to their renowned patronage of architecture, which yielded the conversion of the Church of Hagia Sophia in Istanbul into a congregational mosque… ” It struck Pipes as obscene. Was it the truth?

The Museum’s statement is far from the truth. The elephant was hungry again. As the Ottomans approached Pipes wrote the church was still thronged. The Holy Liturgy was ended, and the service of matins was being sung. At the sound of the tumult outside the huge bronze gates of the building were closed. Inside the congregation prayed for the miracle that alone could save them. They prayed in vain. It was not long before the doors were battered down. The worshippers were trapped. A few of the ancient and infirm were killed on the spot, but most of them were tied …

Composting Tea Leaves and Teabags

If you drink tea and have a garden, composting used tea leaves is an easy way to promote sustainability, even if you do not compost any other material. Tea leaves are rich in nutrients and loose tea makes an outstanding mulch which can be applied directly to the soil in your garden. The tea can be collected in a container and placed directly on your garden daily or every few days. Composting tea leaves turns a waste product into a valuable resource, which has two main benefits:

  • Reducing waste
  • Enriching your soil for free and without using any synthetic fertilizers

Composting Tea Bags:

While loose-leaf tea can be applied directly to your garden, teabags require slightly more effort. Many teabags are not biodegradable. In recent years, there has been an increase in the use of nylon teabags. Nylon is a synthetic material which will not break down if added to compost. Some teabags are made of paper but are not compostable because they contain metal staples or other non-biodegradable materials.

Even with fully biodegradable teabags, one must exercise caution. Many tea companies claim that their teabags are biodegradable and compostable, but say nothing about the amount of time required for decomposition. Some teabags, especially the higher-quality ones marketed as “tea sachets”, are made of silk, which is natural but decomposes slowly. Even paper takes longer to decompose than most kitchen waste. Whereas the leaves inside a teabag are suitable for direct application to a garden, depending on conditions, the bag itself may take a year or more to fully decompose–much longer than most fruit and vegetable compost.

Break Open Tea Bags:

Breaking open teabags is a good practice whether your teabag is biodegradable or not. While in the long-run, it is best to avoid purchasing tea packed in nylon bags and other non-biodegradable packaging, if you do drink such teas, you can compost the contents of each bag and dispose of the bag in your normal trash. If you are drinking tea packaged in bags that are biodegradable but decompose slowly, breaking open the bag can allow you to separate the leaves, suitable for direct application to your garden, from the bag which will likely take a longer time to decompose. A time-saving trick for breaking open tea bags is to let them sit overnight to dry out; when dry, the leaves will no longer cling to the inside of the bag.

Drink Loose Tea:

Lastly, if you are interested in sustainability, drink loose tea. Not only does it taste better and save money, but it also saves energy. The packaging process for making teabags is involved and uses energy and materials that are unnecessary. Not only will using loose tea make it much easier for you to compost your tea leaves, it will improve your tea-drinking experience and help you promote sustainability in other ways as well.…

Use This Homemade Garlic Oil Recipe to Repel Raccoons

Raccoons can start to become a real nuisance this time of year. The weather is nicer and the nightly temperatures are higher, making the spring and summer season prime time for raccoon activity. If you live near wooded or forested areas, or in an area that is known for nuisance raccoon interference, it is wise to do everything you can in order to protect your property from raccoon infestation and damage. This includes removing all food and water sources from the exterior of your home, keeping trash cans locked up and latched, sealing up vulnerable entry points in your roof and siding, and implementing non-harmful strategies to scare raccoons away.

The most effective methods for scaring raccoons away involve safe and humane solutions like automatic lighting, ultrasonic sound machines, and of course, repellants. It is not recommended to purchase store-bought wildlife repellants because they may contain hazardous chemicals that can be dangerous for raccoons, pets, people, and plants. Instead, make your own raccoon repellant right from the comfort of your very own kitchen. Continue reading to learn a wonderful and effective raccoon repellent recipe that calls for organic ingredients like garlic and mineral oil.

What You Will Need:

  • 9 Cloves of Garlic
  • Mineral Oil
  • Ground Cayenne Pepper
  • Plastic Spray Bottle
  • Enclosed Glass Container
  • Water

Note: All of these ingredients you can purchase at either a grocery store or department store. Each item is inexpensive and easy to find.

What to Do:

Mince 3 ounces of fresh garlic cloves. You probably only need 6 or 7 cloves to get 3 ounces of minced garlic, but having extra on hand is always good.

Combine the 3 ounces of minced garlic with 2 tablespoons of mineral oil in a glass container.

Seal the glass container and let the mixture marinate for 24 hours.

After 24 hours has passed, combine 16 ounces of water, 1 tablespoon of ground cayenne pepper, and 2 tablespoons of the garlic mixture in a plastic spray bottle. Shake it well.

Put on your protective gloves (and eyewear if you have it) and spray the perimeter of your property with the solution. Also spray areas where you have actually seen raccoons. Avoid common areas and areas where your pets play. The cayenne pepper can irritate their eyes and nose.

Note: Before spraying the perimeter of your property, be sure to test a small area of grass and plants to make sure your solution is not harmful.

Re-apply the solution every 4 days, and after heavy rain. Keep the garlic mixture refrigerated for higher potency.…

The Importance of Kitchen Design

Professional and competent kitchen design services are carried out by architects, interior designers, and/or efficient installers. Or, if you are design savvy, you yourself can design the look and layout of your kitchen.

Results of a survey conducted by Kitchen and Bath Business Magazine in 2010 showed that 16% of the people surveyed had already renovated their kitchen in the previous financial year, while 22% understood the importance of kitchen design services and showed interest, but were undecided due to the lack of enough funds.

The Remodeling magazine’s Cost vs. Value Report for the year 2011-2012 shows that for middle-range budgets, a major remodeling of a standard 200 sq ft of kitchen space can cost up to $57,494; whereas, a minor remodeling would cost up to $19,588. For upscale remodelers, the costs could go up to $110,938 for a major remodel.

When you decide to invest such an amount of money in your kitchen renovation, the importance of procuring the most appropriate kitchen design services cannot be overlooked. Hence, invest in kitchen design to make sure that you’re getting the most bang for your buck.

Unique space should be assigned to different kinds of utensils, containers and chinaware, in accordance with their usage and order of importance, so that they don’t create one big mess. Design your kitchen so that you can avoid bending over, stooping or running into appliances during your day-to-day activities. Drawers and cabinets should not clash with each other or with other equipment like the oven-door when you open them. Also, the design and appearance of the floor, walls, ceiling, countertops, and the cabinetry should go hand-in-glove while suiting your taste and budget. Invest in an efficient designer and a meticulous installer to see astonishing results and a trouble-free time in the kitchen.

Anyone can design a kitchen layout, putting all the appliances, cabinets, and countertops in the right places. However, you may run into some trouble in you are planning to turn two rooms into one kitchen, for example. In such cases, a professional can help you make the most of your space, taking into account your existing windows and walls. In most cases, all you have to do is look for inspiration from online pictures on home and garden sites. The general style of your kitchen is going to be determined by the materials you buy: flooring, cabinets, countertops, and appliances.…

What Benefits Can a Range Hood Bring to a Kitchen?

Many people nowadays are considering investing in a range hood – whether an aluminium one or a stylish copper hood – as a design element in their kitchen area; these features can look stunning and really add to the ambience and feel of a kitchen space. With many different designs available too, it is easier than ever to find a perfect match for your interior decor.

There are several other key advantages, however, to having an aluminium or copper hood in your kitchen, extending well beyond just style. Here are some of the benefits that a range hood can bring to your kitchen space that you may never have even considered.

The first benefit of having a copper hood in your kitchen is that it drastically improves air quality. This may seem like an obvious point – after all, many people invest in these items as they are a way of ventilating a space that would otherwise be hard to do. Grease, smoke and steam are all extracted by a range hood, meaning the environment gets less saturated with pollutants.

The extent of this benefit, however, is often underestimated – all the by-products of cooking mentioned above can actually have a detriment to human health. Hot grease inhaled and on the skin is unpleasant at the very least, causing nasty burns in a worst case scenario. Steam and smoke can also case major eye, nose and throat irritation as well as lung damage.

It is also worth mentioning that your aluminium or copper hood also rids the area of carbon monoxide. This noxious gas in very present in kitchen areas, with serious health consequences for people who are exposed to a high level of it in the short and long term.

A range hood will also protect the user of the cooker from excess heat. As any amateur chef knows, it can often get very steamy in the kitchen, especially when preparing a meal for a large dinner party for family or friends. An aluminium or copper hood can provide a great deal of relief when preparing food, sucking the excess heat out of the kitchen and therefore giving you fresher air to breathe.

In this way, a copper hood cannot only be a health benefit, but improve comfort in the kitchen. This is especially true in an area that is not exceptionally well ventilated with windows or doors to provide a refreshing through draught. Those with smaller kitchen spaces would therefore be well off considering investing a range hood for this very reason.

In addition to making working the kitchen a lot more pleasant and making the environment safer to work in, a range hood also has the added benefit of making for a cleaner space. As mentioned previously, grease and other pollutants can make your cooking environment grimy, so proper ventilation provided by a copper hood can minimize how much cleaning you have to do.

It is also worth noting that many ranges themselves are actually very simple …

Faucets Review: Which Among the Huntington Brass Faucets Suit You?

Although faucets essentially perform the same functions, it is quite easy to observe that faucets come in various forms, whether they’re intended for bathrooms, kitchens or elsewhere. If you have been fascinated by or at least gotten familiar with the brand Huntington Brass, then this page will be able to aid you.

Huntington Brass Faucets come in a variety of collections that each have characterizing traits and intended target users. These diverse products can be classified together into three main collections- Platinum, Décor and Professional.

The first main category is the Platinum Collection. This main group is divided into Signature, Platinum Luxury and Residence Collections. Under the Signature group are four types of Huntington Brass Faucets. These are Intrigue, Favari, Monarch and McMillan.

If you want to appear elegant but a desire to avoid the label of being too conservative or too liberal, then Intrigue faucets may suit you best. These faucets have relatively simple but definitely non-boring patterns. A big advantage of the Intrigue class is its compatibility with virtually any bathroom or kitchen decoration. This makes sure that your selected product will not stand out too much or won’t just be neglected.

Favari is ideal for supporters of minimalism. There’s a significant number of people who strongly concur that art is not about the quantity of comprising characters, but rather it is purely about the impression impacted upon the observer. Favari design showcases a viewpoint that is straight to the point. Its plain but neat nature exudes a level of sophistication that even non-minimalists may appreciate.

Monarch contrasts Favari but this does not mean that one is weaker compared to the other. Both can be deemed attractive, but they differ in terms of their target audiences. Monarch marks an impression through the carefully crafted details and timeless curves that distinguish this faucet type from others. This demonstration of curves and fine details embodies grace and analytical sophistication.

The new and the old don’t have to always belong to two distinct entities. If you want to mix contemporary with classic, then McMillan faucets are your best options. The hex design is the classical component, while the flair exemplifies modernity.

If you don’t like Huntington Brass Faucets falling under the Signature Platinum Collection, you can always try the Platinum Luxury Collection and Residence Collections. Atlantis, Jewel, SeaCrest, Wyndamere, Wyndamere Classic, Montage and Versailles are the available options under the Luxury Collection while the Residence Collection is made up of Bellezza and Remington faucets. If you can afford spending lavishly, then you may consider any of the Luxury Collection faucets. They come with higher prices but their increased sophistication and appeal will definitely factor out the added expense. If you don’t want too much deviance but still desire some uniqueness, then Bellezza or Remington will definitely do.

If you don’t find the Platinum Collection interesting, you can always take a look at faucets included in Décor Collection. Available models are Emory, Merced, Carmel, Sienna and Cypress. These models are characterized by …

How to Open a Halfway House Or a Recovery Home

To begin with, let us tell you that this article is going to smash any preconceptions out there regarding opening a halfway house in the USA. You do not need a license, permit, or any other document to open a halfway house. If any person, government official, government agency, zoning commission, etc. tells you otherwise, they are engaging in illegal and unfair practices. Know your rights (see bellow links to know your rights).

NATIONAL LAWS (ADA) ALWAYS SUPERSEDE LOCAL LAWS.

Just for a hypothetical situation; let’s say that 3 people who have depression decide to become roommates in a home. Should they be shut down and kicked out of the neighborhood because of their disability? Does that mean they have to get a license or permit to stay? Of course not. They are protected under the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act), as well as other determinations (see links below) against such discrimination. Havingchemically dependent persons in a home is no different!!! Alcoholics and addicts have the same laws to protect them.

It is a well known fact that City Councils have tried to stop halfway houses in their neighborhoods by stating that a halfway house with alcoholics and/or addicts, in other words disabled persons, (and alcoholics and addicts qualify as disabled under the ADA), must not have roommates (as in 2 people in a room at a house), which prevents most halfway houses from opening.

If you have a house, and you want to open a halfway house, and your mortgage payment is $700.00 per month (see additional expenses at the bottom of this paragraph), there are many things to consider before accepting residents into your house. Let’s say, hypothetically, you follow licensing and zoning guidelines. With the average charge to a resident with a substance abuse problem, being around $125.00 per week, you can see that if you went with what the license division / politicians tell you, (which are illegal tactics), you would be out of business shortly. Keep in mind that in addition to your mortgage payment are things such as: utilities, phone service, water, food, furniture, cooking utensils, beds, sheets- basically everything you would need to survive, etc.

On the other hand, if you did not license your house, you could put in 2 or 3 people in a room and keep your halfway house open. In other words, helping others to get a hand up at living sober. Please read more details below…

NATIONAL LAWS (ADA) ALWAYS SUPERSEDE LOCAL LAWS.

How to open a Recovery Home, Halfway House, Sober Living Home OR starting a Half Way House/Recovery Facility*- Resources to assist you. This article includes information on the standards and requirements of opening and operating a Halfway House/Recovery Home- NOTE: Not every county in the United States approaches standards and licensure in the same way- it is best to contact your local licensure department and/or zoning division.

The first thing you should know about opening a halfway house is that you do not need a …