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Kakapo….A Parrot As Big As A Small Dog….Really?

July 7, 2018

The ancient, flightless Kakapo is the world’s rarest and strangest parrot. It the only flightless and nocturnal parrot, as well as being the heaviest in the world, weighing up to 3.5 kilograms (8 lbs). The birds live in New Zealand, an island country which had virtually no mammals living on it for millions of years. […]


A Man’s Best Friend

July 6, 2018

The term “dog days” has nothing to do with dogs. It dates back to Roman times, when it was believed that Sirius, the Dog Star, added its heat to that of the sun from July 3 to August 11, creating exceptionally high temperatures.  Speaking of dogs just a few facts about Man’s Best Friend. About […]


Are You Cooperative?

July 5, 2018

Left-handers aren’t very common. In fact , they only represent about 10 percent of the human population. But a new study suggests that the reason lefties are in the minority isn’t anything suspect—rather, it boils down to the fact that the human race cooperate more than they compete. A pair of researchers from Northwestern University […]


Happy Fourth Of July….Short History Of Independence Day

July 4, 2018

From History.com A little about The Fourth Of July: The Fourth of July – also known as Independence Day or July 4th – has been a federal holiday in the United States since 1941, but the tradition of Independence Day celebrations goes back to the 18th century and the American Revolution. On July 2nd, 1776, the […]


Tomato Is Nightshade…..Really

July 3, 2018

The tomato is the edible, often red fruit/berry of the nightshade Solanum lycopersicum, commonly known as a tomato plant.  Some  nightshade are highly toxic, but many cultures eat nightshades, in some cases as staple foods.  The species originated in the South American Andes and its use as a food originated in Mexico, and spread throughout the […]


Repel Mosquitoes The Natural Way And Beautify Your Garden

July 2, 2018

Summertime is in full swing and folks spend a lot of time outdoors and we are always looking for ways to control mosquitoes. With all the publicity about the Zika virus, mosquito repelling products are gaining in popularity. But is there a natural way to repel those pesky mosquitoes? Plants can do the trick…here are 5 […]


The Earth…Currently In The Middle of An Ice Age…Really

July 1, 2018

This is a most shocking fact about climate change. When the Earth is not experiencing an Ice Age, there is no ice at the poles. Currently there is ice at the poles on Earth, so we are still in an Ice Age. The current Ice Age is called the Pliocene-Quaternary glaciation, and started over 2.5 million years […]


Fireworks Facts Just In Time For The Fourth Of July

June 30, 2018

For as long as Americans can remember, the nation has celebrated the Fourth of July by staging grand fireworks shows in public squares and lighting smaller displays at home. Why do we commemorate Independence Day by setting off thousands of small explosions? Because John Adams wanted us to. Before the Declaration of Independence was even […]


A Doobie By Any Other Name…..

June 29, 2018

One frequent claim by people who use marijuana is that it enhances their creativity.  Many artists and musicians throughout history have spoken about their own marijuana use. Shakespeare, considered by many to be one of the greatest writers of all time was he a “stoner”?   Some Shakespearean allusions, including a mention of a ‘noted weed’ […]


4th Of July Traditions…Not The Way They Did It In Mayberry

June 28, 2018

The first day of summer has come and gone and now  folks all across our nation will be celebrating the anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence.  Sure there will be fireworks…parades…picnics and homemade ice cream….but some cities and communities have some very different ways to celebrate our Independence…. Many communities have a […]


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