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First Video Game…..Name It If You Can

February 25, 2015

Before the era of electronic ping pong, hungry yellow dots, plumbers, mushrooms, and fire-flowers, people waited in line to play video games at roller-skating rinks, arcades, and other hangouts. More than fifty years ago, before either arcades or home video games, visitors waited in line at Brookhaven National Laboratory to play “Tennis for Two,” an […]

Winter Weather ….. Snow This Time It’s For Real …. 1 – 5″ Predicted

February 24, 2015

TENNESSEE VALLEY-Will We need salt for the streets, snow blowers for the sidewalks, or maybe a snowplow to clear major roads?  We here at the Quad Cities Daily think not….but the National Weather Service says we should expect snow…lots of it for the deep south (as in 1-5 inches)… in the words of Fred Sanford […]

How Big Is Big In The Flower World?

February 24, 2015

The largest flower in the world, the rafflesia arnoldi, weighs 7 kg (15 pounds) and grows only on the Sumatra and Borneo islands of Indonesia. Its petals grow to 1.6 ft (1 metre) long and 1 inch (2,5 cm) thick. There are 16 species of rafflesia, found in Sumatra, Malaysia, Philippines and Borneo. The species […]

Say It Ain’t So….Snow…..Winter Weather Advisory In Effect

February 23, 2015

TENNESSEE VALLEY– A Winter Weather Advisory is now in effect for central Alabama as well as for Cullman, Franklin, Lawrence, and Morgan Counties in the Tennessee Valley from 3 p.m. Monday through 9 p.m. Monday. A light wintry mix will move in from northern and central Mississippi Monday afternoon. Up to a half-inch of snow […]

More To This Bark …..Or Maybe Less

February 23, 2015

The Antpitta avis canis Ridgley is a bird that looks like a stuffed duck on stilts and barks like a dog. The bird was discovered by ornithologist Robert S. Ridgley in the Andes in Ecuador in June 1998. Thirty of these long-legged, black-and-white barking birds were found. It apparently had gone undetected because it lives […]

And The Oscar Goes To…..

February 22, 2015

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences was established in May 1927 as a non-profit corporation to promote the art of movie making. In the first year, the Academy had 36 members, with Douglas Fairbanks Sr as president. The first Academy Awards, now better known as the Oscars, were presented at a private dinner […]

Who invented the paperclip?

February 21, 2015

It is thought to be Johann Vaaler. Drawings of his design date to early 1899, but since Norway had no patent law at the time he had to seek patent rights in Germany and the US in the following years. Johann Vaaler was born on 15 March 1866 in Aurskog, Norway. Known as an innovator […]

Winter Weather… More Precp In The Forecast

February 20, 2015

TENNESSEE VALLEY-The National Weather Service is still looking at a winter weather event.  According to the Weather Service, flurries will be possible in southern middle Tennessee and northeast Alabama during the next couple of hours. We are watching a new precipitation area developing in Arkansas into Mississippi and southwest Tennessee which will move into northwest Alabama […]

What If You Died During The Victorian Era?

February 20, 2015

Much like being born, every culture deals with death differently. These Victorian death rituals definitely sit on the weird side of things. During Victorian Times people believed in zombies. In order to keep their loved ones from coming back a zombies, bodies were buried face down. Families with more money would splurge on metal cages that […]

Round Three of Winter Weather….Winter Storm Warning For Friday And Saturday….Will There Be Snow?

February 19, 2015

TENNESSEE VALLEY-The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning for the area from 12 PM Friday until 9 AM Saturday.  This will be round three for winter weather in as many days: WINTER STORM WARNING IN EFFECT FROM NOON FRIDAY TO 9 AM CST SATURDAY… THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN HUNTSVILLE HAS ISSUED […]

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