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Hannah Penne

Just A Pinch….

September 14, 2018

Just a pinch of it and it’s worth it. We’re talking salt here. Used throughout human history, mentioned often in the Bible, ubiquitous and cheap. Mined from salt rocks and extracted from sea water, salt is… well, the “salt of the earth.” You can’t live without it healthily. At the same time, you can’t live […]


Smell The Air After A Rain Storm..Clean Smell You Say?

September 13, 2018

Have you ever noticed that smell in the air after it rains? This smell is sometimes referred to as ‘petrichor’ Actinomycetes…a bacteria… a particular class of soil-dwelling bacteria, oils secreted by plants and the splitting of atmospheric chemicals from ozone play a part. The actiomycetes bacteria secrete geosmin which smells like soil matter and the human […]


From Mummies to Snails…Even Dragons Blood…What The Masters Used As Paint Pigment

September 12, 2018

 There use to be a paint color brown   called Mummy Brown which was made from ground up Egyptian mummies.  It was a favorite color used by Pre-Ralphaelites, but when people found out what it was made from some painters buried the paint and ceased using it.  The paint was manufactured into the 1960’s, when the […]


The Great Removal…

September 11, 2018

 Early in the 19th century, while the rapidly growing United States expanded into the lower South, white settlers faced what they considered an obstacle. This area was home to the Cherokee, Creek, Choctaw, Chickasaw and Seminole nations. These Indian nations, in the view of the settlers and many other white Americans, were standing in the […]


Just what does Autumn mean…when does it start?

September 10, 2018

 The time of year that Keats called the ‘Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness’, Autumn is a season famous for its harvest time, turning leaves, cooling temperatures and darkening nights. In Greek mythology, Autumn began when Persephone was abducted by Hades to be the Queen of the Underworld. In distress Persephone’s mother, Demeter (the goddess […]


Can You Squirt Blood From Your Eyes….Well …This Little Guy Can

September 9, 2018

 Certain types of horned lizards are able to squirt a directed stream of their own blood from the corners of their eyes at predators as much as 5 feet away.  They accomplish this squirting action via severely restricting blood flow away from their heads, with the resulting increase in blood pressure in their heads bursting […]


Babylonian Hours….Really?

September 8, 2018

The  Astronomical Clock of Prague  could be useful for when you need the time in Babylonian Hours, perhaps during a stag party (bachelor’s party) when time blurs. This medieval astronomical clock is located in southern wall of the Old Town City Hall in the Old Town Square of Prague, Czech Republic. It has inspired many legends including the […]


Turtles …. Tortoises They Live Everywhere …. Oceans …. Deserts …. Swamps

September 7, 2018

Everybody loves turtles and tortoises. They’re often cute in their own weird, sometimes freaky way and always fascinating. But did you know there were so many turtles out there ….some too cute for words and some just straight out weird: It’s hard not to smile back at this grinning guy. But don’t let that goofy […]


Raining Cats And Dogs….Well Not Exactly

September 6, 2018

Rain. Snow. Sleet. These are some of the things that you’d normally expect to fall from the sky.But did you know that there has been some really really outlandish and just down right strange things that have reportedly fallen from the skies. How about things like spiders? Frogs? And blood?! Here’s a look at some of […]


Got Tea?

September 5, 2018

Did you know that tea is second only to water as the most common beverage in the world? Put your feet up, pour yourself a cuppa, and experience some of the world’s the most iconic tea traditions….because….Wherever you are, anywhere in the world, chances are, you will find tea. It may look and taste different, […]


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