"In the fall of 2011, I went to Six Flags Magic Mountain with my friends, Nils and Malin. One of the highlights of our visit was the Dive Devil.
The Dive Devil is a bungee ride/swing where you are strapped in with you friends and swung from great heights above the park. It was absolutely terrifying and pure bliss. This photo captures the moment our ride went from screams to smiles. It was one of my best memories to date."
"I loved baseball when I was a little boy growing up in the 1970's. My playing days started with T-Ball in 1973 and continued on to the William S. Hart Complex until 1977. Back in those days, we called it the Bunny Luv Fields because the Yurosek's carrot trucks were always parked there.
Years later, after moving from the Santa Clarita Valley to attend college, starting my career and getting married, I moved back in 1997 to start a family. My second son was born in 2002 and as a young boy pursued baseball as I did. In 2009, he started playing at Hart and still does to this day with his club team.
It was strange to me, back in 2009, to return back to the fields I'd been away from for 30 years. The complex added more fields and the trees got taller. I would have never thought I would have a son that would play on the same field and at the same position as I did 30 years prior."
"The William S. Hart Ranch and Museum is the former retirement home of the famed silent film actor and director who produced a series of hit Western movies in the early 1900s. His beautiful Spanish Colonial Revival Style Mansion -- now the Museum -- exhibits an impressive collection of Western artwork by noted artists Charles M. Russell, Frederic Remington, and Joe de Yong, as well as mementos from early Hollywood, personal furnishings and effects, and artifacts representing multiple Native American cultures. The Museum also includes an historic 1910 Ranch House that exhibits Hart's tack and saddle collection, personal furnishings, and additional Hollywood mementos. Both the Mansion and the Ranch House are located in scenic William S. Hart Park, where guests may enjoy visiting a live collection of farm animals, a herd of American bison, a vast picnic area, a series of hiking trails, and a charming Western-themed Gift Store.
Free guided tours of the Mansion are started every 30 minutes on the hour and half hour during our hours of operation. Last tour starts 30 minutes before closing. The Ranch House is open for self-guided tours."
"Successful career. Check. Got married. Check. Had some kids. Check. Bought a house. Check. Seems like the Freelings are living the American dream until one day when the home gets infested by ghosts.
Why the unwelcome visitors? Well, in the "Poltergeist" movie, they discover it was built on an old cemetary.
In real life, it's a typical suburbia home in Simi Valley. If you didn't know, you'd probably never suspect that this ordinary house is where Carol Anne was taken to the other side.
Creepy fact: Referred to as the Poltergeist Curse, the movies' actors were plagued with freak accidents, untimely illnesses and violent ends (including the actress that played Carol Anne who died at age 12 from a intestinal blockage that ruptured). Coincidence or something else?
Here's the house imploding scene from the 1982 "Poltergeist" movie:"
"After living for several months at Beach Boys' Dennis Wilson's home on Sunset Boulevard, Wilson's manager kicked the Manson Family out in August of 1968. The Family moved to Spahn Ranch, near Topanga Canyon. The ranch was originally the location for many films and television shows in the 40s and 50s, but by the time the Manson Family moved in it was in a dilapidated state.
In exchange for free accommodations, the Family did some work on the grounds. Manson also ordered the women in the Family to have sex with the ranch owner, George Spahn, who was 80 years-old at the time and almost blind. It is at this location that the Family concocted the plan for the 1969 murders of Sharon Tate and her friends. The ranch burned down in 1970.
Photo via LIFE"
"On September 12, 2008 a commuter train engineer was looking at his phone when the train flew past a red signal. Looking up he saw a freight train heading straight towards him. Both trains put on the brakes two seconds before impact, but the collision was colossal. 25 people were dead and 135 were severely injured.
Among the dead was Charles Peck, a 49-year-old man who had come to Los Angeles for a job interview. His family, knowing that he was aboard the train, gathered together with the hope that Peck was still alive. They were waiting for news when they started receiving calls from his cell phone. One family member after another received a call, but when they picked up all they could hear was static. When they tried to call back it went directly to voicemail. He called again and again. In total, his phone made 35 calls that night–to son, his brother, his stepmother, his sister and his fiancee. The calls led them to believe he was alive and trapped somewhere in the wreckage. Rescue crew traced the calls to the car where Peck had been riding. They found his body. He had died on impact."
"After seeing 'A Program About Unusual Buildings & Other Roadside Stuff' I was on a mission to find some roadside adventures for my boyfriend. When we stepped out of the car we were overwhelmed by the rich aroma of orange blossoms. We tasted some honeys, hung out with the bees, and got some avocado honey for the road. It was a magical afternoon and totally worth the trip!"
"The LA Reservoir has an extraordinary amount of water loss every year due to evaporation, and the state of California has been suffering from an extreme drought. The city has recently put $35 million in black plastic "shade balls" into the reservoir to slow evaporation by 85-90%. According to Los Angeles City Councilmember Mitchell Englander, these balls are expected to save 300 million gallons a year, which supplies drinking water to 8,100 people.
In comparison, building a roof over the reservoir would have cost $250 million. Imagine if they were colored, like an enormous ball pit!"
"The 1971 San Fernando earthquake (also known as Sylmar earthquake) struck the San Fernando Valley near Sylmar at 6:00:55 a.m. PST on February 9, 1971, with a magnitude of 6.6.
There are various names for this earthquake. Seismologists call it the San Fernando earthquake. USGS 'Sylmar Quake' or 'Sylmar earthquake' is the name initially given to the event by local media outlets, because the worst damage was to the Olive View Medical Center, located in Sylmar. Local veterans of 'the Sylmar Quake' commonly refer to this seismic event as the 'February Ninth' quake."