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Gun Laws And The Old West….Not What You Think

June 23, 2017

It’s all part of the lore of the Wild West… men armed to the teeth ready to shoot it out with one another on Main Street at a moment’s notice.  The irony … is that Tombstone lawmakers in the 1880s did more to combat gun violence than the Arizona government does today. In the year […]

Lizards..Sometimes They Don’t Look Like Lizards

June 22, 2017

Have you ever chased a lizard as a kid only to grab it and all that remained was the tip of a lizard tail?   Have you ever wondered just how many different lizards there are out there and just how Weird can they be?  We bring you here ten of the weirdest lizards around: […]

Why Do We Keep Pets?

June 21, 2017

Animals do not keep pets….you will never see a horse caring for a pet snake or a weasel walking a hamster. Making an animal part of the family seems to be something only humans do. The question is, why? It is unclear just how far back pet-keeping goes. We know that, thousands of years ago, […]

Bats…Low On The Rabies Scale…High On The Good For Farmers Scale

June 20, 2017

One of the most maligned species in the animal kingdom is the bat.  If you care about food then you should care about bats.  Gray bats can eat 3,000 insects in a night. Sauta Cave at Scottsboro, Alabama  is one of the most famous bat caves in the U.S. If you go to Sauta Cave […]

Can You Name The First Female Doctor?

June 19, 2017

In the period known as the “Old Kingdom” in Ancient Egypt, from 2600-2100 BC, all professions were open to men and women, including the clergy, business, and medicine. In fact, records show that there were more than 100 prominent female physicians in Ancient Egypt, with Peseshet as their director. She was known as “lady overseer […]

Don’t Stand Under The Apple Tree

June 18, 2017

The manchineel, known sometimes as the beach apple, or more accurately in Spanish-speaking countries as la manzanilla de la muerte, which translates to “the little apple of death,” or as arbol de la muerte, “tree of death.” The manchineel tree can be found on coastal beaches and in brackish swamps where it grows among mangroves. […]

Are You Woman Enough To Try It?

June 17, 2017

Tampons….who wants to wear them?  After this interesting fact you might just change your mind…. “In the 19th century, tampons were soaked in opium and belladonna,” says Liz Sherman, executive director of the New Orleans Pharmacy Museum, where a box of antique opium-soaked tampons is on display. “The opium was to relieve pain, and the […]

Brown Recluse Spiders…Deadly Or Not

June 16, 2017

The brown recluse is a spider with a necrotic venom   (death of skin) and is one of two spiders (the other being the black widow) with medically significant venom in North America. Brown recluse spiders are usually between 6 and 20 millimetres (0.24 and 0.79 in), but may grow larger. While typically light to […]

Hellbenders…Snot Otter…Allegheny Alligator…Did You Know?

June 15, 2017

Also called such unflattering names as “mud devil,” “devil dog” and “ground puppy,” the hellbender salamander is the largest aquatic salamander in the United States, growing as long as 29 inches, though the average is 12-15 inches. It can be found slowly crawling across the bottoms of clear, silt-free mountain streams from south New York […]

Anne Frank….A Very Remarkable Refugee

June 14, 2017

Anne Frank is one of the most talked about victims of the Holocaust thanks to her diary and her writings. Her work has become the subject of numerous plays as it documents her experiences of hiding during the occupation of the Netherlands during World War II. She was born in Germany, but lost her citizenship […]

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