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Bizzarre Insects….Somehow Beautiful…Really

September 14, 2015

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 […]

Why Is Bubble Gum Pink?

September 13, 2015

In 1928, Walter E. Diemer, an accountant for the Fleer Chewing Gum Company in Philadelphia, was experimenting with new gum recipes. One recipe was found to be less sticky than regular chewing gum, and stretched more easily. This gum became highly successful and was eventually named by the president of Fleer as Dubble Bubble because […]

Yes Harpies Are Real

September 12, 2015

Harpy Eagles are among the world’s largest and most powerful eagles. Their rear talons are about 3-4 inches long – the same size as a grizzly bear’s claws!  The harpy eagle is found primarily in South America, in countries like Brazil, Ecuador, Guyana, Suriname, French Guiana, Colombia, Venezuela, Bolivia, Paraguay, Peru, and northeast Argentina. The […]

Homo Naledi…The Missing Link…Some Say Maybe

September 11, 2015

Brace yourself: this discovery is huge. So huge that its profound implications will shake up our very own family tree. The University of Witwatersrand, in collaboration with National Geographic, is proud to announce a remarkable story of human heritage. The discovery of an early human ancestor that sits beautifully within our own genus of Homo. […]

Salar de Uyuni: The Largest Mirror in the World…Where Earth Touches Sky

September 10, 2015

Salar de Uyuni or the Uyuni Salt flats located in the dry desert region of Southern Bolivia. On regular sunny days it’s just a vast stretch of pure white nothingness. But just a little rainfall turns this place into the largest mirror in the world that seems to go on to infinity. Salar de Uyuni […]

Moby Dick…A Real Mean Whale

September 9, 2015

Most people nowadays would consider the idea of a vindictive whale taking revenge upon whalers as a ridiculous fiction. However, Herman Melville based his idea for Moby Dick on real events and a real whale named Mocha Dick. The event, which Melville read about, happened around 1820 when Mocha Dick hit and sunk an English […]

Alabama…Auburn…Roll Tide…War Eagle

September 8, 2015

Football a tradition in Alabama…some say it might be a religion. Beginging with Auburn:  Toomer’s Drugs, located at the intersection of Magnolia Avenue and College Street in Auburn, Alabama, opened in 1896. Named for owner Sheldon Toomer, a halfback on Auburn University’s first football team and later a state senator, the store quickly became a landmark. […]

Labor Day…A Respite From Labor

September 7, 2015

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 […]

Rocks…They Can Kill Ya…Really

September 6, 2015

Have you ever wondered about rocks.  Just how dangerous are they…besides being beaned in the head by one I mean. For your information and safety 10 of the most dangerous rocks: Number 10 on the list: Coloradoite…Coloradoite is a recently discovered crystalline mineral originating in magma veins. The mineral is a mercury telluride compound formed […]

A Man’s Best Friend

September 5, 2015

 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 […]

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