5 Strangest Things Spotted By Airport Security

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You would think that post 9/11 no one would be silly enough to bring something on the restricted list on the airplane. You would be wrong. 1,813 in 2013 attempted to bring firearms on the plane in their carry on case, 80% of those were loaded.  And this is the most conventional item that’s been found; take a look at some of the weirdest items found by airport security:

A (Fake) Suicide Vest

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Gassed-up Chain Saw

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Marijuana-Filled Grenade

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Human Skull Fragments

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Bags of Live Eels

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Chastity Belt

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So take comfort in the fact airport security found these items, but be concerned for society that these people packed them (in their carry on of all things) in the first place.

Shanghai Metal produces value added steel products for the aerospace industry. As an ISO 14001 (International Quality Management System) Company and recipient of the “Star Enterprise Award,” Shanghai Metal Corporation prides itself on exceeding international standards of quality and reliability. We guarantee the best prices, quality support, and fast delivery. To find out more, please visit our Website, WordPress, LinkedIn , Twitter , Facebook  and Instagram. Or you could try our new mobile app by scanning our QR code. Moreover, we sell directly from Alibaba , EC21 and Tradekey.

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The Aftermath Of The BP Oil Spill

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After the infamous Gulf of Mexico oil spill one year ago today, BP are still paying for it. Not as widely publicized are the 11 oil rig deaths – instead the public has focused on the environmental impact.

environmentalimpactofoiThrough the end of July, the oil giant paid more than $13 billion to compensate people, businesses and communities affected. The company is disputing some of those claims in court battles that could drag on for years. They allegedly have even more claimants appearing they have yet to address or compensate.

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This continues the theme of how BP has dealt with the crisis, where during the spill unlikely items such as golf balls, rubber balls and other garbage items in an effort to stop the flow.

oilsteelThere are other ways to deal with these types of accidents in the future. Shanghai Metal manufactures steel salvage tools for ocean oil drilling. As an ISO 14001 (International Quality Management System) Company and recipient of the “Star Enterprise Award,” Shanghai Metal Corporation prides itself on exceeding international standards of quality and reliability. We guarantee the best prices, quality support, and fast delivery. To find out more, please visit our Website, WordPress, LinkedIn , Twitter , Facebook  and Instagram. Or you could try our new mobile app by scanning our QR code. Moreover, we sell directly from Alibaba , EC21 and Tradekey.

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Move Along Airplanes – Submarines Overtake Travel

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China has moved a step closer to creating a supersonic submarine that could travel from Shanghai to San Francisco in less than two hours. Not much is known about the team’s progress because it is a military project, but the SCMP reports that Germany, Iran and the US are working on similar projects.

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The team from the Harbin Institute of Technology was inspired by a supersonic torpedo invented by the Soviet Union during the Cold War.

Water yields more friction on an object than air, which should mean that a submerged boat or weapon could never travel at the same speed as an airplane.

But the Soviet military figured out how to put a missile inside an air bubble to cheat this rule of science — a process known as ‘supercavitation’. They created the Shakval, a torpedo that could reach speeds of over 379 km/h, much faster than any other torpedo available.

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The Chinese team, led by engineering professor Li Fengchen, sought to apply the same process to a submarine by overcoming two central problems. The submarine would need to be launched at speeds of up to 100 km/h in order to generate the air bubble. It would also require very advanced steering because the ship’s rudder would be inside the bubble, not touching the water. The answer was found in the form of a manmade liquid membrane that would cover the submarine’s surface. The result is a vessel that could reach the speed of sound, crossing the entire Pacific Ocean in approximately 100 minutes. Once supercavitation is harnessed, it could be incorporated into any underwater activity.

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Shanghai Metal manufactures the stainless steel used in submarine hull manufacturing. To find out more, please visit our websiteLinkedInTwitter, Facebook and Instagram. Or you could try our new mobile app by scanning our QR code.

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Counterfeit Money Cases

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The Hollywood version of counterfeiting is always so chic and professional. Cool, practiced criminal masterminds produce precise high-tech forgeries to fool the best detection methodologies the Secret Service can muster. Of course, the reality is that not all who pass bad money are quite so adept at their craft.  Take a look at some of the less subtle fakeries.

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A January 2013 case saw two men arrested after one of them attempted to eat several fake bills, according to police. Police were contacted and when they arrived at the restaurant’s the pair tried to spend it in, where one of the men tried to consume the bogus cash. He was prevented from doing so. Having been denied meals at two restaurants as well as a snack on the money itself, there was no word on whether the pair finally got a good meal in jail.

Some people are surprisingly good at passing obviously bad money. In 2004, a clerk at a clothing outlet in Pennsylvania accepted a $200 bill from one customer despite the fact that there is no such denomination of U.S. currency. If a $200 note strains credulity, you can imagine the reaction of the clerk at a Georgia Wal-Mart in 2004 when a customer casually attempted to spend a $1 million bill for her purchases. Needless to say, the cashier wouldn’t have quite enough change in her drawer even if she were under the mis-impression that the United States produced seven-figure monetary denominations. 

counterfeitmomey3Law enforcement conducting a 2006 raid in California were surprised to find not just fake cash but 250 bills marked as having denominations of $1 billion each leaving enough phony cash in the apartment to pay off a majority of that year’s federal budget deficit. Police said bills in such massive denominations are sometimes employed in scams to defraud others.

Security Features of the US Twenty Dollar Bill

In the not-too-distant past, counterfeiting was a difficult and expensive endeavor. It required large printing presses and the ability to cut intricate designs by hand into metal plates. Today, it’s much easier to create counterfeit bills. So remain vigilant and know how to check if your bills are. Check the portrait, seals, borders, serial number and paper used against a real bill to check its authenticity.

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Shanghai Metal is committed to deterring counterfeit tender and manufactures the steel fibre for anti counterfeit paper. As an ISO 14001 (International Quality Management System) Company and recipient of the “Star Enterprise Award,” Shanghai Metal Corporation prides itself on exceeding international standards of quality and reliability. We guarantee the best prices, quality, and fast delivery. To find out more, please visit our websiteLinkedInTwitter, Facebook and Instagram. Or you could try our new mobile app by scanning our QR code.

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Could You Abseil Down Big Ben?

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It seems unimaginable, but this is the typical day in the life of this team of experts hired to maintain the iconic Elizabeth Tower, better known as the Big Ben.

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A team of experts has begun a job that requires a head for heights and the ability to keep a close eye on the clock at one of Britain’s most famous landmarks. The specialists abseiled by rope to clean and inspect the faces of the Great Clock at the Palace of Westminster, and they wear ear defenders to protect their hearing from the chimes of Big Ben. A working week has been set aside for the job, one day for each of the four clock faces, with a contingency day in case the weather makes it too risky to work on the 95.7 metre high Elizabeth Tower. There are steel girders and lintels to support the tower, with copper clock hand that have been frozen in place to avoid injuring the cleaners.

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This prompts memories of the photograph of eleven men eating lunch, seated on a steel girder with their feet dangling 256 meters (840 feet) above the New York City streets without harnesses. The Daily Mail recently reported that, although the models were real workers, the moment was staged by the Rockefeller Center to promote their new skyscraper 80 years ago. Nonetheless it was no mean feat.

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Another daring act that I am sure required the same bravery would be the two Russian men Vadim Makhorov and Vitaly Raskalov who scaled Shanghai Tower. The building is set to be completed in 2014 to be China’s tallest building at 632 metres (2073 feet), and the second tallest in the world. Shanghai tower used 25% less structural steel than a conventional design of a similar height. As a result, the building’s constructors are expected to save an estimated US $58 million in material costs. In an interview, Vadim claims the ascent was ‘to see the city from an unusual angle’, as part of his photography, and not a feat to be proud of or to have repeated by others.

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If you’re interested in these buildings or how they are made, why not check out our websiteLinkedInTwitter, and Facebook. Or you could try our new mobile app by scanning our QR code.  Shanghai Metal manufactures value added steel products used when building skyscrapers. As Stainless Steel Industry Professionals, we take pride in the manufacturing of those products which are held to such esteem in the architecture industry .

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To Escalate Or Not To Escalate? That Is The Question

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We’ve all been there. Rushing to catch that last train, looking to rush down and escalator – but wait. Someone is standing in the walking lane. Great. Will you say something? That is indeed the question.

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Escalator etiquette differs from country to country. Tokyo considered banning walking on escalators but it was never enforced.  And in the UK, people of a certain age will remember the chilling public information films of the 1970’s that featured a pair of children’s blue wellington boots getting sucked into the machinery. “Stand still and don’t walk down,” it urged. Confusingly walking on the left is signposted in the UK nowadays and is adhered to by 90% of people according to a The University of Greenwich study in 2011.

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In Toronto tension has been defused since the signs telling people to walk on the left were removed, says commuter Tom Robertson. “You can tell some people get a little annoyed when they are standing behind someone on the left but I’ve never seen anyone say anything about it. I think many people have forgotten about the signs.”

rushhour1Conversely, Shanghai defeats all of these social norms, and it was measured that just 2.6% adhere to the stand right walk left custom, despite yellow lines being painted along the escalator steps. Additionally Australia turns the system on its head by walking right and standing left. In Wyoming it’s a non issue as there are only two escalators in the entire state.

So what is there to do to standardize this seemingly universal etiquette? You would be urgently but ever so politely be told to move aside in London, whereas in Shanghai more likely you would be pushed or elbowed in submission – whether you were in the way or not.  

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So what is the solution? There are walkers and standers as Michael Bloomberg Mayor of New York has said – he always walks on escalators. And since they study says walkers are the minority (25% in London, 3% in Shanghai), ultimately they shouldn’t get to dictate the rules – so the silent majority of standers prevails.

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Shanghai Metal manufactures value added steel bars used in the production of escalators. To find out more, please visit our websiteLinkedInTwitter, and Facebook.

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