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Just what does Autumn mean…when does it start?

September 9, 2017

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 […]

Eat Chocolate And Improve Your Memory…Really

September 8, 2017

Increase your chance of being nominated for a Noble Peace Prize by eating chocolate…A joint study conducted by researchers from the University of L’Aquila in Italy and Mars, Incorporated says that the regular consumption of dietary cocoa flavanols may improve cognitive function in elderly subjects with early memory decline. The study shows the impact of […]

Iridescent Feathers….

September 7, 2017

Hummingbirds are small, colorful birds with iridescent feathers. Their name comes from the fact that they flap their wings so fast (about 80 times per second) that they make a humming noise. Hummingbirds can fly right, left, up, down, backwards, and even upside down. They are also able to hover by flapping their wings in […]

Thinking About A Beach…Here Are Ten If You Dare

September 6, 2017

If  Europe listed the nude beaches it would  almost be redundant, after all, most beaches in Europe are at least a little nude friendly. But here in the United States, public nudity is still something one has to go looking for, and there’s no better place to look than at one of America’s ten best nude […]

Bizzarre Insects….Somehow Beautiful…Really

September 5, 2017

There are more than one million different species of insect on the planet—that we know of—which accounts for over half the world’s living organisms.  Here are ten insects stranger than anything science fiction could ever dream up: The Puss Moth Caterpillar:  The caterpillars are bright green and will often have a row of white spots on […]

Labor Day…A Respite From Labor

September 4, 2017

Labor Day…Just how much do you know about Labor Day…A day of rest for laborers? Labor Day is not unique to the United states in had it’s orgins in Canada stemming from the 1870 labor disputes in Toronto.  In Toronto in 1872 a parade was held in support of a strike against the 58 hour […]

Labor Day Tradition….Coondog Cemetery

September 3, 2017

Key Underwood and his coon dog, Troop, were legends in northwest Alabama’s Colbert County. Whenever men gathered at a hunting camp just outside the town of Cherokee, the tales of Underwood and Troop running raccoons up trees would keep the crowd entertained for hours. The two hunted together for 15 years, until 1937, when Troop […]

There is a Buddhist temple made with beer bottles

September 2, 2017

Although Buddhist monks are unable to drink alcohol, they wanted to do something to stop the number of beer bottles going into landfills. What started off as a collection that started in 1984 has now evolved into both a temple made out of now recycled materials, and a tourist attraction! The temple is formally named […]

Black Bart…Poet Robber

September 1, 2017

Often called Charley by his friends, he was also known as Charles Bolton, C.E. Bolton and Black Bart the Poet. Considered a gentleman bandit with a reputation for style and sophistication, he was one of the most notorious stagecoach robbers to operate in and around Northern California and southern Oregon during the 1870s and 1880s. Black Barts […]

Did you know that good-ole’ O2 almost killed everything on earth? Read on!

August 31, 2017

The Great Oxygenation Event was the biologically induced appearance of free oxygen in Earth’s atmosphere. Geological, isotopic, and chemical evidence suggest this major environmental change happened around 2.4 billion years ago. Cyanobacteria, which appeared about 200 million years before the GOE, began producing oxygen by photosynthesis. Before the GOE, any free oxygen they produced was […]

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