Honey Island Swamp

The Honey Island Swamp is a marshland located in the eastern portion of the U. S. state of Louisiana in St. Tammany Parish. Honey Island earned its name because of the honeybees once seen on a nearby isle; the swamp is bordered on the north by U. S. 11, on the south by Lake Borgne, on the east by the Pearl River and the west by the West Pearl River. It is one of the least-altered river swamps in the United States. Considered by many to be one of the most pristine swampland habitats in the United States, the Honey Island Swamp covers an area, over 20 miles long and nearly 7 miles across, with 35,619 of its 70,000 acres government sanctioned as permanently protected wildlife area. Animals that live in the Honey Island Swamp include alligators, owls, wild boars, snakes, bald eagles and black bears; this swamp is the home of the legendary Honey Island Swamp monster, which has from time to time been known as the "Tainted Keitre". Honey Island Swamp is located on the Pearl River wildlife management area and managed by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.

The swamp is famous for being the home of the Honey Island Swamp monster legend. The purported creature is described seven feet tall, with gray hair and yellow eyes, it is said to be accompanied by a disgusting smell. Footprints left by the creature have four toes; the first claimed sighting was in 1963 by Harlan Ford, a retired Air traffic controller who took up wildlife photography. After his death in 1980, a reel of Super 8 film showing the creature was found among his belongings. In 1974 the monster gained national fame after Ford and a friend claimed to have found unusual footprints in the area, as well as the body of a wild boar whose throat had been gashed. Ford continued to hunt the creature for the next six years; the idea of a large, ape-like creature in the area is not without its critics, notably the local ecologist Paul Wagner, who with his wife Sue run nature tours in the area. They claim. A local legend tells of a train crash in the area in the early twentieth century. A travelling circus was on the train, from it a group of chimpanzees escaped, interbreeding with the local alligator population.

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Samsung Galaxy Star 2 Plus

Samsung Galaxy Star 2 Plus G350E is a smartphone manufactured by Samsung Electronics that runs on the open source Android operating system. Announced by Samsung in early August 2014, it has additional software features, expanded hardware, a redesigned physique from its predecessor, the Samsung Galaxy Star 2. Galaxy Star does not support 3G connectivity, instead running on EDGE networks alone, it does not provide a Global Positioning System. However it provides support for WiFi connectivity and Bluetooth 4.0. The Samsung Galaxy Star 2 Plus uses a refined version of the hardware design, with a rounded, plastic leather and a removable rear cover, it is lighter and narrower than the Samsung Galaxy Star, with a length of 129.7 mm, a width of 69.9 mm, a thickness of 9.4 mm. At the bottom of the device is a microphone and a microUSB port for data connections and charging. A headphone jack is located at the top; the Star 2 Plus is available in black and white color finishes. The Star 2 Plus comes with 4 GB of internal storage, which can be supplemented with up to an additional 32 GB with a microSD card slot.

The Star 2 Plus contains an 1800 mAh battery. The Star 2 Plus is powered by Android, a Linux-based, open source mobile operating system developed by Google and introduced commercially in 2008. Among other features, the software allows users to maintain customized home screens which can contain shortcuts to applications and widgets for displaying information. Three shortcuts to used applications can be stored on a dock at the bottom of the screen. A tray accessed by dragging from the top of the screen allows users to view notifications received from other apps, contains toggle switches for used functions. Pre-loaded apps provide access to Google's various services; the Star 2 Plus uses Samsung's proprietary TouchWiz graphical user interface. The Galaxy Star 2 Plus ships with Android 4.4.2 "Kit Kat". Unofficially there are two CyanogenMod custom ROMs built by developers called Hicham03 and ahtesham01: CyanogenMod 13 CyanogenMod 12.1 and CyanogenMod 11. The Samsung Galaxy Star 2 Plus received mixed to positive reviews from critics, who praised the design, but criticized the non 3G connectivity and individual reviewers in the Internet have criticized the device due to its lack of a GPS.

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Electric guitar

An electric guitar is a guitar that uses one or more pickups to convert the vibration of its strings into electrical signals. The vibration occurs when a guitar player strums, fingerpicks, slaps or taps the strings; the pickup uses electromagnetic induction to create this signal, which being weak is fed into a guitar amplifier before being sent to the speaker, which converts it into audible sound. The electric signal can be electronically altered to change the timbre of the sound; the signal is modified using effects such as reverb, distortion and "overdrive". Invented in 1932, the electric guitar was adopted by jazz guitar players, who wanted to play single-note guitar solos in large big band ensembles. Early proponents of the electric guitar on record include Les Paul, Lonnie Johnson, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, T-Bone Walker, Charlie Christian. During the 1950s and 1960s, the electric guitar became the most important instrument in popular music, it has evolved into an instrument, capable of a multitude of sounds and styles in genres ranging from pop and rock to country music and jazz.

It served as a major component in the development of electric blues and roll, rock music, heavy metal music and many other genres of music. Electric guitar design and construction varies in the shape of the body and the configuration of the neck and pickups. Guitars may have a fixed bridge or a spring-loaded hinged bridge, which lets players "bend" the pitch of notes or chords up or down, or perform vibrato effects; the sound of an electric guitar can be modified by new playing techniques such as string bending and hammering-on, using audio feedback, or slide guitar playing. There are several types of electric guitar, including: the solid-body guitar. In pop and rock music, the electric guitar is used in two roles: as a rhythm guitar, which plays the chord sequences or progressions, riffs, sets the beat. In a small group, such as a power trio, one guitarist switches between both roles. In large rock and metal bands, there is a rhythm guitarist and a lead guitarist. Many experiments at electrically amplifying the vibrations of a string instrument were made dating back to the early part of the 20th century.

Patents from the 1910s show telephone transmitters were adapted and placed inside violins and banjos to amplify the sound. Hobbyists in the 1920s used carbon button microphones attached to the bridge. With numerous people experimenting with electrical instruments in the 1920s and early 1930s, there are many claimants to have been the first to invent an electric guitar. Electric guitars were designed by acoustic guitar makers and instrument manufacturers; the demand for amplified guitars began during the big band era. The first electric guitars used in jazz were hollow archtop acoustic guitar bodies with electromagnetic transducers. Early electric guitar manufacturers include Rickenbacker in 1932; the first electrically amplified stringed instrument to be marketed commercially was designed in 1931 by George Beauchamp, the general manager of the National Guitar Corporation, with Paul Barth, vice president. The maple body prototype for the one-piece cast aluminium "frying pan" was built by Harry Watson, factory superintendent of the National Guitar Corporation.

George Beauchamp, along with Adolph Rickenbacker, invented the electromagnetic pickups. Coils that were wrapped around a magnet would create an electromagnetic field that amplified the vibrations of the guitar strings. Commercial production began in late summer of 1932 by the Ro-Pat-In Corporation, in Los Angeles, a partnership of Beauchamp, Adolph Rickenbacker, Paul Barth. In 1934, the company was renamed the Rickenbacker Electro Stringed Instrument Company. In that year Beauchamp applied for a United States patent for an Electrical Stringed Musical Instrument and the patent was issued in 1937. By the time it was patented, other manufacturers were making their own electric guitar designs. By early-mid 1935, Electro String Instrument Corporation had achieved mainstream success with the A-22 "Frying Pan" steel guitar, set out to capture a new audience through its release of the Electro-Spanish Model B and the Electro-Spanish Ken Roberts, the first full 25" scale electric guitar produced; the Electro-Spanish Ken Roberts was revolutionary for its time, providing players a full 25" scale, with easy access to 17 frets free of the body.

Unlike other lap-steel electrified instruments produced during the time, the Electro-Spanish Ken Roberts was designed to play standing vertical, upright with a strap. The Electro-Spanish Ken Roberts was the first instrument to feature a hand-operated vibrato as a standard appointment, a device called the "Vibrola," invented b