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It’s The Full Moon that Determines Easter

March 31, 2018

Likely you have already heard this from a friend, or perhaps you’ve even made this observation yourself: “Easter is coming early this year.” Have you ever wondered how the date of Easter is actually set? It is all based on the moon. The day to be observed as Easter was fixed by a great council […]


Easter Traditions From Around The World

March 30, 2018

Easter is a springtime event celebrated around the world Easter Bunnies…Brightly decorated eggs….church services celebrating the resurrection..all of these things are expected for the celebration of Easter but did you know…. Got stomach cramps from eating too much chocolate? It’s nothing compared to the pain some Catholic Filipinos feel at Easter time. As penance for […]


More To This Bark …..Or Maybe Less

March 29, 2018

The Antpitta avis canis Ridgley is a bird that looks like a stuffed duck on stilts and barks like a dog. The bird was discovered by ornithologist Robert S. Ridgley in the Andes in Ecuador in June 1998. Thirty of these long-legged, black-and-white barking birds were found. It apparently had gone undetected because it lives […]


She….Really?

March 28, 2018

Before the year 1000, the word “she” did not exist in the English language. The singular female reference was the word “heo”, which also was the plural of all genders. The word “she” appeared only in the 12th century, about 400 years after English began to take form. “She” probably derived from the Old English […]


Bald Eagles Build the Largest Tree Nests of Any Bird

March 27, 2018

Bald eagles are massive birds. On average, these birds weigh about 10 lbs. By comparison, pigeons weigh anywhere from 10 oz. to 1lb. The bald eagle is both the national bird and the national animal of the United States. Perhaps the bald eagle should also be the state bird of Texas instead of the mockingbird, […]


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

March 26, 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 […]


More than Meow! Cats Can Make Over 90 Different Sounds

March 25, 2018

Meow! Grrrr! Hisss! These are some of the noises we typically associate with cats. One of the most surprising cat facts is that cats can actually make almost 100 different sounds. From the peeps of kittens to the meows of adults, cats have a wide range of vocalizations. Kittens typically meow to their mother for […]


Seven Weird But Beautiful Mushrooms

March 24, 2018

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 may number in the billions. While many ‘shrooms are considered a delicacy, even ordinary mushrooms look incredibly weird with their umbrella-like tops and mushy undersides. We’ve rounded up 7 of […]


Sleeping In On Sunday…Bad Idea… Really

March 23, 2018

Sleeping in even for as little as one hour on Sunday makes it harder to get out of bed on Monday. You may be trying to catch up on your rest, but this confuses your body clock.  It especially confuses your body clock when you are also staying up later on Friday and Saturday nights. […]


Around The World In 175 Days…Really

March 22, 2018

In 1924, four Douglas World Cruisers and eight American crewmen set out from Seattle to attempt the first around-the-world flight. 175 days later three of the aircraft completed the flight. Nine years later, another American did it in only 7 days! The trip took 175 days, covering over 27,553 miles. On April 6, 1924, the four […]


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