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Monsters Of The Sea …Or Not

November 24, 2017

While most of these creatures were probably just dolphins or whales or seals, to the pirates that encountered them, they were often fearsome creatures. Some Where not….or so they say.  Here are just a few: 1603: The Steipereidur…Abraham Ortelius first published a map with this creature on it. The whale-like creature may look terrifying, but […]

Thanksgiving, Indians and New World Settlers

November 23, 2017

Fall is here and with fall comes our holiday of Thanksgiving and with the Thanksgiving comes the fact Native Americans saved the day.   Have we always called the people of the New World Native Americans..and just what do we know about the folks who saved the bacon for the New World settlers? A few facts: The term […]

Weird Thanksgiving Traditions….Maybe you will see yours here…Or Find One You Want To Embrace

November 22, 2017

Thanksgiving….a time for family, football and food.   Most of us give thanks for all the bounty in our lives. But….some of us have some really weird traditions to help celebrate the Indians saving the Pilgrims. Here are just a few really off the wall Thanksgiving Day traditions…..after yesterday do you think maybe your family […]

A Strawberry…Not A Berry….Really?

November 21, 2017

Pumpkins, watermelons, avocados and bananas are all berries.   Strawberries, raspberries and blackberries are not berries at all. The botanical definition of a berry is a fleshy fruit produced from a single flower and containing one ovary. Grapes and eggplants are two common examples. The seeds are usually embedded in the fleshy interior of the […]

Man Flu?

November 20, 2017

Wikipedia~Man flu is a pejorative phrase that refers to the idea that men, when they have a cold, exaggerate and claim they have the flu. Whilst a commonly used phrase in the UK and Ireland, it is referred to in other cultures and there is a continuing discussion over the scientific basis for the phrase. Men […]

Purring Spiders…Now That Would Freak The Cat…Really

November 19, 2017

Male wolf spiders use “purring” vibrations to serenade their sweethearts, but this wooing only works if the females can feel these vibrations. For the females to feel these vibrations, the courting couple must be standing on a suitable surface that can vibrate, like dry leaves. This group of spiders doesn’t have typical ears, and it’s […]

The Lowly Pecan…Can It Improve Your Sex Life?

November 18, 2017

Pecans are native tree nuts to the United States and North America. Before European settlers arrived, Native Americans widely consumed and traded pecans. So the pecan and the foods made from it command a special place on the Thanksgiving table .  A few Pecan facts to get you in the mood for Thanksgiving. Every pecan pie uses […]

Turkey….America’s Bird

November 17, 2017

This Thanksgiving holiday many of us will join with family and friends for a big meal and, for 50 million households, that will also mean having some roasted turkey. The turkey we eat today is not the same as the turkey in the wild. Just a few Turkey Facts: The bird really is named after […]

10 Giant Animals That Once Roamed Earth And Sea

November 16, 2017

Make no mistake the Blue Whale is the heaviest animal to ever live….though some from our distance past do seem larger. The large dinosaurs tend to grab more than their fair share of attention, there have been many other giant animals that we will never get to see in the flesh. Some are the super-sized […]

Murphy’s Law?

November 15, 2017

Murphy’s Law is a witticism which states that ‘anything that can possibly go wrong will go wrong’. The Law came into recognition at the Edward’s Air force Base at North Base in 1949. It was named after Captain Edward Murphy, who had been working on an Air Force Project MX981, which was designed to see […]

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