Month: August 2019

Arnold Goes Viral

When you think of America, and you hear the words lights, camera and action, you could think of hundreds of Hollywood stars including Arnold Schwarzenegger. It was before we all had internet, a time when the world was a much bigger place. Then what happened in Macau or Tokyo stated right there, now it’s different. When you start searching for great destinations to visit or you are only looking for the best way to see America, you might stumble on some rather strange videos. It might even include one of the American politicians such as Arnold.

Macau Dominates the Gambling World

The biggest gambling destination in the world is Macau, not Atlantic City and not Las Vegas. Not even the last-mentioned two, combined can beat Macau. The casinos there generated revenues back in 2012 of over $44.1 billion. It was around seven times that of Las Vegas, which means Macau dominates the gambling world.

What Happens in Tokyo Don’t Necessarily Stay in Tokyo Anymore.

When Macau or Tokyo wants good publicity, they turn to A-list actors to get the action rolling. A 60-second video by Martin Scorsese stars Brad Pitt, Leonardo Di Caprio and Robert De Niro; this is used as marketing months before a specific casino opened. The short film was written by Terence Winter, a wall street screenwriter and it’s directed by the best in the world, Scorsese. But when you go a bit back in time, you learn about the best Hollywood actors that wanted to earn heaps of extra cash.

Private Plane to Asia and Back – No Strings Attached

What they would do is to get on a private plane and head out to Asia. They knew no one would find out about it, so it was a sure way to earn some serious money. What they had to do to make the extra yen and yuan was to act in the most bizarre marketing commercials for Chinese or Japanese companies. They’d complete the video used for commercial purposes, cash in and head home without telling a sole. No one would ever find out, and they preferred it that way. How could they have known that the internet would make the world so much smaller?

Schwarzenegger Asian Commercial Goes Viral, Years Later

The video Arnold Schwarzenegger made under such secret conditions are now available to the world. It’s called Schwarzenegger Alinamin versus Energy Drink, and it’s gone viral after all these years. Plenty of other Hollywood stars did the same before the internet and made lots of money. They got on a plane did the commercials, earned top cash and returned to America, no one knew, and no one was going to find out. It might be one of the reasons why Robert De Niro was counting the blueberries in the casino muffins.

Deborah Cox, Canadian R&B Star’s Trip to the United States Turns into Hair-Raising Experience

Deborah Cox criticizes South African Airlines for trying to use a damaged plane only to make an emergency landing when a fire started. On the same flight was Sharma Chetty and she was on her way to a business meeting to the United States. The trip turned into a nasty experience for everyone.

Flight SA209 OR Tambo International Airport to Washington DC

The flight was SA209 heading to Washington DC from OR Tambo International Airport. The trip stopped in Ghana; it was a regular stop for refuelling in ACCRA. A large truck of the SAA then hit the door of the aircraft, and it was damaged. It meant several hours of delay for passengers on the SA209 flight.

After Hours of Delay Back on Route to Washington DC

The passengers were informed that the door was fixed and that the flight would continue the journey to Washington DC. Finally, back on the plane, the next part of the route only lasted 15 minutes when a technical problem got the cockpit crew decides to make an emergency landing. Passengers could smell something, but most thought it was the air conditioners. Smoke started coming out of the cockpit, and the crew was running up and down the passage. The passengers were instructed to put their heads down. Deborah Cox fans started commenting on her social media comments, asking Fly SAA to treat her right. Cox later said she was terrified and thought about her family. The experience was traumatic, and the crew managed to calm most of the passengers.

Accra Wants Visas – Not All Passenger Had Visas – More Delays

When the plane did an emergency landing back in Accra, things changed, and passengers were expected to have visas. Most did not, and again all passengers were stuck while it took longer to decide on the next step.

Plane Left Behind in Accra – Technicians Working to Find Problem

Eventually, after waiting, it was decided that all passengers could be taken to a hotel. South African Airways commented that there was no correlation between the technical issue and the door incident. The plane is still in Accra while technicians are trying to find out what caused the cockpit issue.

South African Airways

South African Airways deny that there was any fire in the cockpit, although the airline has still not revealed what the problem was. The reason for the emergency landing is not communicated, and several passengers claim they saw smoke in the cockpit. Apart from the trauma on the flight, Accra would not allow passengers without visas into the country. After hours of strategizing, Ghana finally agreed to put passengers up in a hotel for the night. Most passengers will remember their flight from South Africa to the United States as one of the trauma.

Wild, Wild West and Gambling

The Wild West was famous for damsels in distress, gun-slinging outlaws and gambling, lots of it. Everyone met to play games from the lawmen to the cowboys. The gambling halls was the place to be no matter your gender or class: the competition to play, poker, the type you see in films inspired by the old west. Poker is not only played by men but as much by women. Gamblers are as recognized as the most notorious outlaws.

Wild West Gambling, Profession or Entertainment

The towns were small in the Wild West and offered little to do, which is one of the reasons gambling became popular, well so did crimes and drinking. When a new settlement or town was constructed the first building that when up was a gambling hall, it was needed to keep the folks occupied.

Gambling as a Profession

In the West, gambling was not only entertainment; it was a very respected profession; people could make decent money from it. Families were proud of their daughters or sons who grew up to be professional gamblers.

Cattle Ranches and Gold Rushes

The line-up of historical events in the US even further boosted the gambling industry. Kansas and Texas were cattle towns, and most cities had sound railway systems. Anyone working in the cattle industry was affluent and had money to spare. Boredom was still a big problem, and the only relieve gambling.

California Gold Rush

Next up was the 1849 California Gold Rush bringing plenty of migrants, it means more popularity to the gambling halls. The gambling hotspot was now in San Francisco, which is where the gold miners would stop over to wager their wages.

Gambling Halls are the Extravagant Buildings in Town

The most extravagant building in town was the gambling halls, those who did not gamble visited these to enjoy a few drinks. Apart from the bar, gambling halls also offered rooms and had a stage for entertainment. Well, when you mix the list of services, what you get is people misbehaving, it gave the town a poor reputation.

Re-Visit the Wild West History

As more and more families settled in the western towns, gambling sort of lost its general appeal. Still, when you travel to America, there are quite a few places you should visit if you love everything about the history of the Wild West.

Five Best Wild West Gambling Places to Visit in America

The five most visited American Wild West places include Grand Canyon National Park, New Mexico and the Buffalo Bill Centre of the West. Two places you should add to your list of sites is also the Grand Canyon Railway and the Goldfields Ghost Town. In the next article, we take a closer look into what these authentic old west locations offer tourists and why it is essential to visit them.