Mostly everyone has grown up with those great Scooby Doo mystery television shows where the ghosts or monsters aka criminals are in haunted houses or elaborate facilities, always sneaking up on Scooby and the gang, scaring them until it is figured out who they really are and they are captured.
Those ghosts and monsters are always leaving clues to hidden corridors or secret stairways that lead to hiding spots or ways that they could move stealthily around without being found. A favorite use throughout many cartoons was the removable eyes from pictures and you could see the criminals using that to spy on their unsuspecting targets.
Well these jewelry thieves in Manchester, England took to this method for criminal activity when they decided to break into the Pearson’s Jewelry store recently. The criminals used a secret staircase to break into the jewelry store that was found during a renovation project of the Ted Herbert Music store located next door. No one knew about the staircase other than those who were possibly involved in the demolition work.
The thieves cleared a path with a shovel on the roof of the building of the music store, and then went down to the newly discovered hidden back staircase. Once they made their way down the secret stairs, they started to cave in the wall to the jewelry store.
“They punched several holes in the wall between Herbert’s and Pearson’s Jewelry,” said Assistant Police Chief Nick Willard. “Because of that, we assume they made a substantial amount of noise, and we’re hoping somebody who thought it was somewhat innocuous at the time has some kind of recollection, remembers hearing something or seeing a car or truck out front.”
Luckily enough the jewelry storeowner told police that all the expensive high-end merchandise was locked in a safe that night, so the thieves were only able to get away with some incidentals from the store.
This just goes to show that you want to make sure to look at the floor plans of your building or property to be certain that you don’t have any hidden stairways that can be used against you. Then again having a secret stairway in your house, that only you know about, might help you win many games of hide and go seek!
For those who suffer from Plantar fasciitis, know it is one of the most common causes of heel pain. The plantar fascia that runs across the bottom of your foot and connects your heel bone to your toes and can cause a stabbing pain when the thick band of tissue becomes inflamed.
Plantar fasciitis can be treated with therapy for those who become afflicted by the condition. It is particularly common in runners or athletes, people who are overweight and those who wear shoes or boots with inadequate support.
With correct treatment, people who are afflicted with plantar fasciitis can recover usually in five months. A new study though, published in August in the Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports, finds that there is a single exercise that could be even more effective than the normal treatment.
This new exercise requires the person with plantar fasciitis to stand barefoot with the affected foot on a stair. A rolled-up towel should rest beneath the toes of the sore foot and the heel extending over the edge of the stair. The unaffected leg should hang free. In the exercise, the person would slowly raise and lower the affected heel to a count of three seconds up, two seconds at the top and three seconds down.
After only three months, those in the new exercise group reported large improvements. Their foot pain and disability had declined significantly, with just using a staircase in a unique way.
Portugal’s Most Beautiful Staircase
For those staircase enthusiasts like we are, we are always looking for unique and amazingly beautiful staircases around the world. Well we have found one that is most definitely unique and impressive to behold. This particularly wonderous staircase is located in one of Europe’s famous bookstores.
The bookstore’s name is Livraria Lello or “Lello Bookstore” in Portugese, and it’s located in Porto, Portugal’s second-largest city. This staircase was designed around 1906 by Francisco Xavier Esteves. Esteves was neither an architect nor interior designer, but an engineer!
Not only it the bookstore a magical place to look upon, but the staircase itself is a marvel to behold and is arguably the most beautiful staircase in the world. So if you ever get a chance to take a trip to Portugal, make you way to the Lello Bookstore and take a look.
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