The Men Who Made The Muppets

Filming Sesame Street 1980s

It takes a village to raise a child, and apparently a Muppet. Featured on the right is Frank Oz, the voice behind Yoda, Cookie Monster and Miss Piggy, as well as the director of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Little Shop of Horrors and What About Bob?. In other words, featured here is a remarkable human.

Alice Clement: The Female Sherlock Holmes

Turn of the century reporters summed Alice Clement up as “furs, heels and jujitsu.” Appointed on August 5th, 1913, Clement was the only woman in the class of almost 100 new police detectives and would remain so for many years after.

Clement’s appearance was often the focus of the day’s newspapers, and it may not have been entirely because she was female. The 5’3’’ detective would routinely bust onto a Chicago crime scene in beautiful gowns and an attractive bobbed haircut en vogue in the early 1920s–all while brandishing a tommy gun. If Clement’s choice of livery didn’t announce her presence, her larger-than life personality certainly did. Clemtn’s trademark command, which has become something of a crime-drama standard these days, often announced her presence before her glittering jewels: “Back! Line up! Right against that wall!”

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These Pictures Of Vintage Detroit Will Surprise You

Welcome to Detroit

Source: Governing

In spite of its infrastructure, landmarks and cultural significance, the city is not immortal. Detroit is no exception. While rebounding in some areas, for the most part 21st century Detroit remains a mere shadow of its former self. Once known for powering most of the country, Detroit lost its steam and 70% of its population in the last 60 years and had to declare bankruptcy in 2013 to stay afloat.

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Belle Isle 1905

Detroit’s Belle Isle back in 1905. Source: Coleman Family

Vintage Detroit Michigan Central Station

When Detroit’s Michigan Central Station was built in 1913, it was one of the largest rail stations in the country. Source: Wikipedia

Downtown Detroit in 1915

Detroit circa 1915. Source: The Woodward Spine

Highland Park in Detroit

Ford’s Highland Park plant back in 1914. Source: Hemmings Daily

Detroit in 1917

Detroit in 1917. Source: Coleman Family

Liberty Bond Rally

A Liberty Bond rally in Detroit that took place around 1918. Source: Bentley

Beautiful Organ in Detroit 1918

A glimpse of the interior of Detroit’s First Congregational Church in 1918. Source: Organ Society

Detroit Streets in 1920

Detroit’s bustling city streets back in 1920. Source: Source: Wikipedia

Polish-American Grocery Store

A quaint Polish-American grocery store in 1922. Source: Wikipedia

Vintage River Rouge Plant

The Ford River Rouge Complex. Source: Tropics of Meta

Olympia Stadium in Detroit

Olympia Stadium (eventually known as the home of the Detroit Red Wings) was built in 1927. Source: Wikipedia

Steamboats in Detroit

Boats float along the water outside of Detroit in 1930. Source: Coleman Family

Automotive Assembly Line in Detroit

After World War I, Detroit was home to some of the most innovative and cutting-edge industries. Source: Permanent Crisis

Vintage Detroit in 1936

Circa 1936. Source: NY Daily News

Labor Day Parade Vintage Detroit

Men walk in a Labor Day parade in 1938. Source: Rivet Head

Snow in Detroit 1930s

Deep snow makes driving in Detroit impossible. Source: Metro Times

Detroit in the 1940s

An aerial view of Detroit in the 1940s. Source: The Detroit News Archivist

Pingree Park

Children run through Pingree Park. Hazen S. Pingree was a local politician who expanded public welfare programs and created many new parks and schools. Source: Detroit Metro Times

Vintage Detroit During WWII

During World War II, many wartime factories were located in Detroit. Source: Slate

General Grants during War

28-ton tanks called “General Grants” were mass produced by the Chrysler Corporation’s tank arsenal in 1942. Source: Vintage Everyday

1945 in Detroit

In 1945, gasoline in Detroit cost just 17 cents per gallon. Source: Vintage Everyday

Vintage Detroit Motor Cars

Employees work on cars at Detroit’s Packard Motor Car Company. Source: PennLive

Vintage Detroit Auto Show 1960

A peek at the 1960 National Auto Show held at Cobo Hall. Source: Huffington Post

Welcome to Detroit

Source: Governing

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A testament to globalization’s impacts, it’s hard to imagine that this overwhelming mass of abandoned buildings and mpty streets was once considered the Silicon Valley of America.

But for now, forget about the slums, high crime rates and urban graveyards, and think back to the days when Detroit symbolized the indomitable power of American industry and labor.

Even More European Natural Wonders For Your Summer Vacation

European Natural Wonders Spain

As Catedrais, Spain Source: Martin Zalba

Yes, gothic cathedrals, royal palaces, and fine art make a trip to Europe worth the airfare. But Europe has much more to offer than that. If you suffer from museum fatigue or have just seen one-too-many altarpieces, it may be time to get away from all the cities, architecture, and culture. It may be time to go back to nature.

All That Is Interesting recently brought you 18 European Natural Wonders to Reignite Your Wanderlust, and below we want to share 15 more incredible locations across the continent. If you’re looking for a break from the noise of modern life or for things to see beyond historical artifacts, any one of these amazing places could be your next perfect trip.

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Dalmatian Coast – Croatia

European Natural Wonders Dalmatian Coast

A slice of the old Roman province of Dalmatia, this stunning stretch of Croatia meets the Adriatic Sea in dramatic style. Limestone bluffs look down on coastal towns, secret coves, and scores of islands, and the area offers enticing activities for beachgoers and mountaineers alike. Source: Flickr

Blue Grotto of Capri – Italy

European Natural Wonders Blue Grotto

The island of Capri sits off the Western coast of Italy, just south of Naples. The intoxicating glimmer of its famed Grotta Azzura has seduced visitors since at least the time of the Roman Emperor Tiberius. Visitors arrive by rowboat and must lie flat on their backs to slide through the narrow natural archway. Light, too, pours through this small entrance, but it also slips beneath underwater edges of the cave and shimmers upward from below giving the cave its ethereal glow. Source: Flickr

As Catedrais – Spain

European Natural Wonders As Catedrais

On the Northern coast of Spain, exquisite archways of eroded stone form a strange sanctuary for the dance of light and sea mists. These rocky formations seem to brace up the shore like a natural flying buttress, and when the tide goes out, travelers can venture out to the sand and explore this remarkable “beach of cathedrals” on foot. Source: Flickr

The Dune of Pilat – France

European Natural Wonders Dunes Pilat

Formed by an odd stream of Atlantic wind, this massive rectangular mound – composed of 60 million cubic meters of sand – stretches for three kilometers along France’s coastline south of Bordeaux. The dune rises 30 stories high and is the tallest sand dune in Europe. It continues to encroach inland at the rate of about 15 feet per year, swallowing up the forest and crawling toward homes. Source: Wikimedia

Giant’s Causeway – Northern Ireland

European Natural Wonders Giants Causeway

This honeycomb of cooled volcanic magma began to take shape 60 million years ago as tectonic plates tore away from one another. Today, 40,000 six-sided columns spread along the beach like a strange tile floor. The setting was trippy enough to be featured on the cover of Led Zeppelin’s 1973 album House of the Holies, which shows pink, blonde-haired children crawling across these otherworldly basalt polygons. Source: Wikimedia

Oostvaardersplassen Nature Reserve – Netherlands

Oostvaardersplassen

Ironically, this natural wonder began its life as an unnatural human reclamation of flooded lands intended for industrial development. But when a wide range of animals and plants began to make this newly-created land their home, the Dutch wisely turned Oostvaardersplassen into a nature reserve. Today, foxes, red deer, bison, Heck cattle, and wild Konik horses share these wetlands with numerous species of birds, including egrets, black storks, and Eurasian spoonbills. Source: Flickr

Berchtesgaden National Park – Germany

European Natural Wonders Berchtesgaden Park

A Bavarian paradise for hikers, rock climbers, skiers, and photographers, Germany’s Berchtesgaden National Park is defined by two stunning landmarks. The glassy surface of the Königssee, the deepest lake in the Alps, shines like a mirror, perfectly reflecting the craggy peaks that surround it. One of those peaks is the sublime Watzmann, Germany’s third highest mountain. Source: Flickr

Sarek National Park – Sweden

Sarek Sweden

Sarek National Park is one of Europe’s most remote and least hospitable places. Only 2,000 trekkers dare to explore this gorgeous landscape each year, where high alpine peaks frame the stunning Rapa River delta, and elk, lynx, and wolverines roam the forests. Source: Flickr

Bialowieza National Park – Poland

European Natural Wonders Bialowieza Forest

Roughly a century ago, European bison had vanished from the wild. But the species was kept alive by careful, captive breeding and was eventually reintroduced in this incredible national park, which had previously been a royal hunting ground. Today, nearly 5,000 of these bison enjoy life in the wild in projected reserves around Europe, including over 1,000 living in Poland. Source: Wikimedia

Krimml Falls – Austria

European Natural Wonders Krimml Falls

Sometimes called a “rainbow machine,” the mists of the Krimml Waterfalls might have even the most laconic visitors shouting, “Double rainbow, oh my god!” Here, the waters of a glacial creek takea 1,200 foot plummet before continuing on through the surrounding forests of the Austrian Alps. Source: Wikimedia

Lauterbrunnen Valley – Switzerland

European Natural Wonders Lauterbrunnen Valley

Surrounded by more than 70 waterfalls, Lauterbrunnen Valley carves a deep U-shaped canal between the mountainous heights near Bern, Switzerland. Writer J.R.R. Tolkien traveled to this region in 1911, and the valley is speculated to have inspired his conception of Rivendell, one of the fictional settings in his novel The Lord of the Rings. Source: Wikimedia

High Tatra, Slovakia

Tatras Slovakia

The High Tatra of Slovakia is a small but beautiful mountain range featuring 25 peaks over 8,000 feet high. Among the snowy summits, there are more than 80 mountain lakes of pristine, turquoise water. This chilly, majestic landscape is home to hundreds of plant and animal species, including the Tarta marmot and the golden eagle. Source: Flickr

Bicaz Canyon – Romania

European Natural Wonders Bicaz Canyon

For about five miles, the highway between the Romanian provinces of Moldova and Transylvania enters this deep canyon between insane limestone cliffs. Pocked with dozens of caves and home to a rare bird called the wallcreeper, the canyon stands between two mountains, each 4,000 feet tall. Source: Flickr

Devetashka Cave – Bulgaria

European Natural Wonders Devetashka Cave

Though it had to be rediscovered in the early 20th century, the Devetashka Cave in Bulgaria had previously been home to human communities for tens of thousands of years. Its enormous karst domes now house around 30,000 bats. Sunlight streams through massive holes where parts of the 300-foot-high roof have collapsed, and a walking trail leads through the center of the 1.5-mile-long cave. Source: Wikimedia

Metéora – Greece

European Natural Wonders Meteora Greece

50,000 years before monks built the now-famous monasteries on Metéora’s picturesque peaks, earlier humans settled in the caves around the bases of these impressive sandstone towers. The formations here emerged 60 million years ago, driven into the air by earthquakes, and eons of erosion have left their rock walls smooth and rounded. Numerous hiking trials crisscross this incredible landscape of stone pillars, whose name literally means “suspended in air.” Source: Flickr

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