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Have You Seen Nessie?

May 5, 2015

The first written account of the Loch Ness Monster, or Nessie, was made by the Viking Adamnan in 565AD. He described how St. Columba heard about the monster killing a man, and then rowed to the center of the loch to order the beast to stop such attacks in the future. Ever since that time, […]


May 4, 2015

Before the year 1000, the word “she” did not exist in the English language. The singular female reference was the word “heo”, which also was the plural of all genders. The word “she” appeared only in the 12th century, about 400 years after English began to take form. “She” probably derived from the Old English […]

Digging To China….Really?

May 3, 2015

Countless children (and adults) have wondered where they would end up if they started digging straight down (ignoring the material and methods). Now we have the answer! Most of the planet is covered in water, so most diggers will dig into some ocean or another. What little land there is is generally not opposite other […]

Tomato Is Nightshade…..Really

May 2, 2015

The tomato is the edible, often red fruit/berry of the nightshade Solanum lycopersicum, commonly known as a tomato plant.  Some  nightshade are highly toxic, but many cultures eat nightshades, in some cases as staple foods.  The species originated in the South American Andes and its use as a food originated in Mexico, and spread throughout the […]

Early Nazi Prisons Were in the Basements of People’s Houses

May 1, 2015

The segregation announced by the Nazi Party after they took power was the first sign that something catastrophic was going to happen in Germany. The Nazi Party divided the population of Germany into national comrades and community aliens. The Nazi Party looked upon many members of the German population as enemies. They had political enemies […]

A Doobie By Any Other Name…..

April 30, 2015

One frequent claim by people who use marijuana is that it enhances their creativity.  Many artists and musicians throughout history have spoken about their own marijuana use. Shakespeare, considered by many to be one of the greatest writers of all time was he a “stoner”?   Some Shakespearean allusions, including a mention of a ‘noted weed’ […]

Bentley Issues Statement on Passage of Fostering Hope Scholarship Act

April 29, 2015

MONTGOMERY–Governor Robert Bentley on Tuesday issued a statement on the final passage of Senate Bill 157, the Fostering Hope Scholarship Act. The Governor’s statement is below. “The Legislature has given final passage to SB157, establishing the Fostering Hope Scholarship. This program will offer children currently or formerly in Alabama’s Foster Care System the opportunity to […]

Mankind Has Sent Over 40 Space Missions to Mars

April 29, 2015

Scientists just don’t want to take “no” for an answer when it comes to life on Mars. The United States, Europe and Japan have all launched spacecraft on missions to explore Mars. In 1962, the Soviet Union became the first country to launch a probe to Mars, the aptly named,Mars 1. The Mars 2 mission […]

Bald Eagles Build the Largest Tree Nests of Any Bird

April 28, 2015

 Bald eagles are massive birds. On average, these birds weigh about 10 lbs. By comparison, pigeons weigh anywhere from 10 oz. to 1lb. The bald eagle is both the national bird and the national animal of the United States. Perhaps the bald eagle should also be the state bird of Texas instead of the mockingbird, […]

Everybody goes blind sometimes…..

April 27, 2015

Inattentional blindness, also known as perceptual blindness, is a psychological lack of attention and is not associated with any vision defects or deficits. When it simply becomes impossible for one to attend to all the stimuli in a given situation, a temporary blindness effect can take place as a result; that is, individuals fail to […]

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