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These Guys Gutted A Basement In Chinatown And Unearthed A 1920s Dungeon With An Illicit History

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Renovation is something that we all enter into with the hopes of coming out with a gorgeous room or home at the end. Most people do not expect to find anything super crazy or anything that is even remotely interesting but that is not the case of a group of men that decided to gut a Chinatown basement.

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In 2014 a group of workers started to gut a basement that was in a Chinatown home. Instead of finding the usual dirt, discarded items, and dead rodents, the group found some truly fascinating artifacts that led them to believe the basement was used for something a bit more nefarious than storing Christmas decorations.

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The property is located in Los Angeles, California on Ord Street, the heart of Chinatown.  The neighborhood has over 10,000 people in residence and it has been a bustling hub of the city since it began to grow up in the early 1930s. The building was purchased and was set to be transformed from its Chinese eatery status to something that was completely different. The owner was determined to take the old Chinese restaurant and make it into a down home southern joint by the name of “Little Jewel of New Orleans”. His plans were changed a bit however when they started finding the artifacts.

The first thing that raised a red flag was the size of the basement. It contained a labyrinth construction that was around 6,000 square feet. Furniture was one of the biggest fares of the basement and vintage crates that were labeled with Chinese lettering. The crates referred to different Chinese medicines like yellow fir tree bark and fleeceflower root.

The contents were just as awe inspiring as the crates and labels themselves. Brightly colored poker chips were one of the things that were found inside the crate as well as a cache of bullets, badges and buttons, and small metal spoons that were covered in red crosses. Passionfruit liquor, old jade tiles, and more were all found in the crates lending mystery to what the basement really used to be.

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Many theorize that the basement served as a clandestine poker house or opium den that was housed under the building as a way of allowing customers of the den to come and go without being suspect. For anyone that loves history, the unknown, or a great mystery, finding this type of stuff in your basement would be a great thrill for sure.
The current owner kept some of the items to help decorate and give flavor to his new restaurant and donated other items to local Chinatown museums to help showcase the rich and vibrant history of the area and all the mysterious and wonderful things that used to go on there. We can all only hope to find something this interesting the next time we go down to the basement to do some light cleaning. Though it might seem like a find that would turn you away, the find did not discourage the owner from continuing his renovation and getting his new restaurant off to a great start.

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Relive the Golden Age of Air Travel With These Jaw-Dropping Photos!

Mackenzie Freeman

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We may be living in the golden age of technology, but we are certainly not living in the golden age of air travel. If you looked at the cabin of a domestic airplane in the ’50s and ’60s and compared it to today’s models, there would be precious little overlap. In order to bring back some of that luxurious travel of yesteryear, we invite you to fly with us through 35 jaw-dropping photos from the Golden Age of Air Travel.

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Blind Golden Retriever Makes Fast Friends With His ‘Seeing Eye’ Companion.

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If you are a living and breathing human being like us, you hate to see innocent animals suffer. In 2016, Charlie, a golden retriever, would end up losing both of his eyes due to a medical emergency. As an older dog, Charlie didn’t have to grow up without his vision.  Naturally, his owners were concerned about how their dog would adapt to life without being able to see. They knew that they had to do something to help their furry family member, so they decided to adopt a ‘seeing eye’ dog. If you can sense how cute this story is about to be, get ready to grab your tissues. We wouldn’t blame you if you cried from cute joy.

Adam Stipe adopted Charlie when the golden retriever was just a puppy. After nine years together, Charlie ended up losing his left eye due to complications resulting from glaucoma. Within a year, Charlie would lose his right eye, as well. By this time, Adam and his wife Chelsea had emptied their retirement bank account in order to pay for the treatment that had kept Charlie alive. Adam and Chelsea had also recently become pregnant. Talk about sudden life changes! In order to prepare for the baby, as well as better the life of Charlie, they decided to make a change.

When New Year’s Day arrived in 2019, Chelsea and Adam would welcome Maverick into their home. Maverick was an excitable golden retriever puppy who was ready to make new friends. Adam and Chelsea had adopted Maverick for a multitude of reasons. First and foremost, they wanted to bring a puppy home to help Charlie get around the house. Second, Adam and Chelsea also wanted a puppy to grow alongside their newborn baby. While adding a baby and puppy to your house at the same time can be tough, the loving family managed to work it out!

After a bit of tension, Charlie and Maverick would soon become fast friends. In fact, you couldn’t walk around the house with the two golden retrievers running around together. According to Adam and Chelsea, Maverick quickly became a natural ‘guide companion’ for Charlie. Maverick learned to play with and guide Charlie around all without being told. According to Chelsea, “Maverick would realize that Charlie would lose the toy sometimes, so Maverick would pick it up and put it back in front of him to re-engage playtime.”

Due to Maverick’s kindness as well as Charlie’s own loving nature, both dogs have become the best of friends. According to Adam, Charlie has even begun to play like a puppy again. When Charlie was an ‘only dog’, he wouldn’t want to play nearly as much. Despite all the difficulties that life had thrown at Charlie, it is clear that he is being protected, loved, and cared for by the best furry friend anyone could ask for.

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Can You Believe What These Historical Figures Actually Looked Like?

Lea Lomas

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When we talk about historical figures, how real do they feel to you? Unless you lived during the time that those historical figures were active, you might treat them like concepts more than living and breathing figures. Today, we are going to give you a chance to see some of the most important people from history as they would actually look! Using 3D printing, CT scans, and CGI, teams of researchers were able to bring these forty legends to life!

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