On this day in history 29th June 1995

U.S. space shuttle docks with Russian space station

On this day in 1995, the American space shuttle Atlantis docks with the Russian space station Mir to form the largest man-made satellite ever to orbit the Earth.

This historic moment of cooperation between former rival space programs was also the 100th human space mission in American history. At the time, Daniel Goldin, chief of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), called it the beginning of “a new era of friendship and cooperation” between the U.S. and Russia. With millions of viewers watching on television, Atlantis blasted off from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in eastern Florida on June 27, 1995.

Just after 6 a.m. on June 29, Atlantis and its seven crew members approached Mir as both crafts orbited the Earth some 245 miles above Central Asia, near the Russian-Mongolian border. When they spotted the shuttle, the three cosmonauts on Mir broadcast Russian folk songs to Atlantis to welcome them. Over the next two hours, the shuttle’s commander, Robert “Hoot” Gibson expertly maneuvered his craft towards the space station. To make the docking, Gibson had to steer the 100-ton shuttle to within three inches of Mir at a closing rate of no more than one foot every 10 seconds.

The docking went perfectly and was completed at 8 a.m., just two seconds off the targeted arrival time and using 200 pounds less fuel than had been anticipated. Combined, Atlantis and the 123-ton Mir formed the largest spacecraft ever in orbit. It was only the second time ships from two countries had linked up in space; the first was in June 1975, when an American Apollo capsule and a Soviet Soyuz spacecraft briefly joined in orbit.

Once the docking was completed, Gibson and Mir’s commander, Vladimir Dezhurov, greeted each other by clasping hands in a victorious celebration of the historic moment. A formal exchange of gifts followed, with the Atlantis crew bringing chocolate, fruit and flowers and the Mir cosmonauts offering traditional Russian welcoming gifts of bread and salt. Atlantis remained docked with Mir for five days before returning to Earth, leaving two fresh Russian cosmonauts on the space station. The three veteran Mir crew members returned with the shuttle, including two Russians and Norman Thagard, a U.S. astronaut who rode a Russian rocket to the space station in mid-March 1995 and spent over 100 days in space, a U.S. endurance record. NASA’s Shuttle-Mir program continued for 11 missions and was a crucial step towards the construction of the International Space Station now in orbit.

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Woman crushing watermelons with her legs is basically porn

Eating watermelons will never be the same again.

A woman has been filmed crushing three watermelons between her legs – a small, medium and large one.

Yup, she’s clearly never missed a leg day.

But somehow – and we’re not quite sure how (maybe it’s because the outfit she’s gone with for the demo is a thong bikini)

The heels, for instanceWoman crushing watermelons with her legs is basically pornThe sensual pre-game with the camera man, who is understandably bowled over by her skills (‘Oh my!)


This moment


The squirting, which you cannot deny is impressive yet also kind of intense 

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And this moment, which could give kids everywhere the wrong impression as to how you eat watermelon. 


And this, which is basically a fruit fetishist’s dream. 


You have to admit though, it’s one way of making fruit salad more interesting. 

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If you go down to the lake today you’re sure of a big suprise

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10 sex positions that will blow your mind

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Teachers pet

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Odd Animal Facts That Will Surprise You

The animal world is filled with interesting tidbits of information that sound bizarre to most people. These 17 facts are as odd as they come, yet they’re presented in a most delightful way.

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Abbywinters all natural beauty (hairy)

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All these dads are really cool

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Erotic Art

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Giant 8ft wide vortex appears in lake that could easily have sucked in a boat

If you’re not hypnotised by the end of this video then you’re immune just like those kids from The Demon Headmaster.

It shows an eight foot wide intake vortex that sprung up in Lake Texoma, in the United States, following a flood.

The mesmerising effect was created when flood water entered the Denison Dam spillway after it was ‘released from the reservoir through flood control gates.’

‘Just like in your house when you fill a bathtub full of water and [open] the drain, it will develop a vortex or whirlpool,’ BJ Parkey, assistant lake manager, told Business Insider.

But make sure you don’t get too close as the powerful vortex can suck in a boat, the US Army warned.

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Erotic pic dump

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