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It’s All About The Rivers

May 14, 2018

Alabama is one of the most biologically diverse states in the United States, and with regard to some plants and animals, in the world. This diversity is a product of Alabama’s warm, moist climate, its great geologic diversity, and its rich evolutionary past. With more than 4,533 documented species, Alabama ranks fifth among states in […]

An Ancient Sanctuary To Pagan God Pan….Really?

May 13, 2018

Archaeologists in northern Israel have uncovered a massive Roman-era gate they think may possibly have served as an entrance to an ancient pagan compound. The compound may have been used in worship and festivities honoring Pan, the ancient god of flocks and shepherds identified for his love of music and sexuality. “The worship of Pan at […]

Mountain Tom Clark….Did You Know

May 12, 2018

One of the most notorious outlaws in the Tennessee Valley moved to Lauderdale County in late 1862 or early 1863. He was known as Mountain Tom Clark because he was known to have been from the “mountain counties.” This moniker helped to distinguish him from another man also named Tom Clark living in the same […]

Cow factoids

May 11, 2018

Although a cow has no upper front teeth, it grazes up to 8 hours a day, taking in about 45 kg (100 lb) of feed and the equivalent of a bath tub full of water. A healthy cow gives about 200,000 glasses of milk in her lifetime. A cow has four stomachs: the rumen, reticulum, […]

Who Painted All Those Barns?

May 10, 2018

Since 1935, Rock City barns have stood as genuine highway Americana, their bold white-on-black signs compelling both snowbirds and Sunday drivers to a spot near Chattanooga, Tennessee, where they could “See Rock City.” Rock City officially opened as a public attraction on May 21, 1932. It got off to a slow start because advertising in […]

The Tennessee River Valley…Did You Know?

May 9, 2018

Tennessee River Valley is the watershed of the Tennessee River, one of the major tributaries of the Ohio River.  Flowing 652 miles through 7 states- Virginia, Georgia, North Carolina, Alabama, Kentucky, Mississippi and Tennessee, the river derives its name from the Cherokee town of Tanasi. An important river “highway” for travel, commerce, and exploration, the area was settled as […]

Wolf Spiders…Did You Know?

May 8, 2018

Wolf Spiders biologically known as Lycosa godeffroyi is the most common spider found easily in the gardens and homes. The wolf spiders got their name from the wolf because they catch the pray the same way. They do not make a web for themselves and live on the ground. The common characteristics of the wolf […]

How Big Is Big In The Flower World?

May 7, 2018

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 […]

Bald Eagles ….The Further North The Bigger They Are… Really

May 6, 2018

Bald eagles need  huge nests so that they have enough elbow room: bald eagles have an average wingspan of between 6 ft. and 7 1/2 ft. German biologist Carl Bergmann discovered a rule regarding the size of various species and their habitat. Called Bergmann’s rule, it stipulates that members of a species are larger the […]

Fork Facts

May 4, 2018

Kitchen forks have been endlessly evolving for the past millennium or so. But a historical background check will put its origins somewhere in Greek. Initially used for the carving of meat, the fork comes to the dining table pretty late. It was around the 7th century that royal courts in the Middle Eastern Muslim world […]

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