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University Of North Alabama ….Home To Lions And Ghosts

October 28, 2017

Hauntings and Ghosts …. more than higher education lives in the walls and on the grounds of the University Of North Alabama.  From Guillot Hall to Wesleyan Hall ghosts and ghost tales abound. Before it was built, a dorm for girls stood where it is now located.  What is now UNA was once Florence State Teacher’s […]


October 27, 2017

Fall scarecrows and other scarecrows have been used worldwide for more than 3,000 years to scare away crows and other birds from crops. The Egyptians, Greeks, Romans and Japanese all used them in ancient times and their use carried on into the Middle Ages. It was then that some people in Europe believed scarecrows could […]

Jack O’Lanterns And Spirits

October 26, 2017

Halloween the spookiest time of year is just six days away….two poems to put you in…..ahhh….The Spirit? Mr. Macklin’s Jack O’Lantern Mr. Macklin takes his knife And carves the yellow pumpkin face: Three holes bring eyes and nose to life, The mouth has thirteen teeth in place. Then Mr. Macklin just for fun Transfers the […]

Whooping Cranes…Rare Birds Indeed

October 25, 2017

Whooping cranes are migratory birds. They live in one place in summer and another place in winter. Migration is the repeated, seasonal journey in response to changing food availability. Cranes migrate by day, following landmarks they’ve memorized. They weigh between  14-17 pounds and have a wingspan of  7-8 feet.  Whoopers eat crabs, shrimp, other aquatic animals and plants, […]

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

October 24, 2017

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 […]

Stringy Jack…Jack ‘ O Lantern….Turnips = Carved Pumpkins … Really

October 23, 2017

The Irish brought the tradition of carving pumpkins into Jack O’Lantern to America. But, the original Jack O’Lantern was not a pumpkin. Pumpkins did not exist in Ireland. Ancient Celtic cultures in Ireland carved turnips on All Hallow’s Eve, and placed an ember in them, to ward off evil spirits. Stingy Jack, perhaps also known […]

It’s All About The Rivers

October 22, 2017

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 […]

Why is it called a hamburger although it contains no ham?

October 21, 2017

During a trip to Asia in the early 1800s, a German merchant – it is said – noticed that the nomadic Tartars softened their meat by keeping it under their saddles. The motion of the horse pounded the meat to bits. The Tartars would then scrape it together and season it for eating. The idea […]

Electric Chair Inventor A Dentist…Really?

October 20, 2017

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. […]

Who Are The Bella Coola?

October 19, 2017

The Bella Coola Tribe, which is also known as the Bellacoola, Belhoola or Bilqula tribe, is a small Indian tribe that resides at a reservation around Bella Coola in British Columbia. The Bella Coola tribe consists of about six hundred people at this time. The tribe had featured about fourteen hundred member at its peak […]

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