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Devil’s Corkscrew From The Badlands Of Nebraska

January 6, 2019

In 1891, the palaeontologist Erwin Barbour was walking through the White River Badlands to inspect a fossil that had baffled a local rancher.  After being led to the fossil’s location, Barbour found himself just as puzzled. The fossil looked like a two-metre-tall corkscrew of stone, spiralling vertically into the landscape. It was like nothing he had […]


Electric Chair Inventor A Dentist…Really?

January 5, 2019

Execution by electrocution, usually performed using an electric chair, is an execution method originating in the United States in which the condemned person is strapped to a specially built wooden chair and electrocuted through electrodes placed on the head and leg. In 1881, Dr. Alfred Southwick witnessed an intoxicated man touch a live electric generator. […]


Seven Weird But Beautiful Mushrooms

January 4, 2019

With all the rainy, damp, dank weather we have been having a rerun of this oldie….just so you can identify those growing in your yard, basement or living room carpet… Mushrooms….just the flowers of fungi, and once they produce microscopic spores … that would be the same as pollen for everyday flowers and trees and grasses… that […]


Cats … Some With Hair … Some Without

January 3, 2019

Every cat is unique with it’s own looks and personality, but when most people think of cats, they think of a fairly generic looking animal. There are, however, some very strange looking cat breeds out there. Have you ever seen a cat with folded ears or curly hair?     This unique cat gets its […]


Watches…Really Weird Watches

January 2, 2019

Watches….do people even wear them anymore?  Have you ever thought maybe there is more to the watch than just a pretty face and a short stem?  Here are some really strange watches that might just be the next biggest trend…   The Iron Samurai watch, a spectacularly ugly bracelet-style watch made from “Samurai sword carbonized […]


Black eyed peas and Ham hocks… OK what’s a ham hock anyway?

January 1, 2019

HAPPY NEW YEAR !! From The Quad Cities Daily….now let’s EAT! So, everybody knows that the traditional meal served on New Year’s Day in the South is black eyed peas and ham hocks. It’s supposed to bring good luck for the rest of the year. (Eyes rolling…) So black eyed peas are a ubiquitous vegetable. They’re […]


Baby New Year….Father Time

December 31, 2018

Have you ever wondered where the symbol “Baby New Year” came from?  Or Why at the end of a year he is called “Father Time”?  Just why is the said baby always a boy?  According to Wikipedia…. The Baby New Year is a personification of the start of the New Year commonly seen in editorial […]


Blood Moon…Wolf Moon…Look For An Eclipse On January 20

December 30, 2018

Blood Moon is not a scientific term, though in recent times it is being widely used to refer to a total lunar eclipse because a fully eclipsed Moon often takes on a reddish color. So, why does the Moon turn red? A total lunar eclipse happens when the Moon travels through the Earth’s umbra and blocks all direct sunlight […]


How Do You Celebrate The New Year….Check Out Some Of These Traditions

December 29, 2018

Christmas is past and 2019 is just around the corner,  custom calls for kissing at the stroke of midnight….the ball drop in New York City …black-eyed peas and ham hocks for luck and fireworks…lots and lots of fireworks. Have you ever thought how other countries celebrate the ringing in of the New Year? In Denmark […]


What place on earth actually has no set time?

December 28, 2018

While most places on Earth set their time by longitude, so that the time of day is somewhat synchronized to the position of the sun in the sky, it’s not the case with the North Pole. The sun rises and sets only once per year there, and all time zones also converge there. Because there’s […]


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