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In 1492 Columbus Sailed The Ocean Blue….But Did You Know…

October 12, 2015

On October 12, 1492, Christopher Columbus set foot on the fine white sands of an island in the Bahamas, unfurled the Spanish royal standard and claimed the territory for King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella. You might know he thought he was in India but here are just a few things you may not know about […]

Thanksgiving, Indians and New World Settlers

October 11, 2015

Fall of the year is here and not far behind the onset of fall comes our holiday of Thanksgiving and with the Thanksgiving comes the fact Native Americans saved the day.   Have we always called the people of the New World Native Americans..and just what do we know about the folks who saved the bacon […]

Is that mountain blocking your walkie-talkie? – Well then, just bounce your signal off the moon..

October 10, 2015

Back in the day, those big fishing pole antennas that you’d see on good-old-boys pickups wer primarily for Citizens Band radios. It was all the rage in the 60’s and 70’s. Not so much anymore… One of the problems with radio communications like CB was the curvature of the earth. those little radio waves fly […]

Seawater and Blood are kissing cousins – We all came from the oceans, folks…

October 9, 2015

What? Seawater is interchangeable to human blood? Well, in many ways it is. It’s even been used in transfusions in emergency situations when blood or plasma wasn’t available and the patient needed to have his blood volume maintained. Sea water is remarkably similar to blood in many ways. When comparing the concentrations of various elements in […]

Mars…Could This Be Our New Home?

October 8, 2015

Just a few facts about Mars now that we know there is running water on the Red Planet. Did you know Mars and Earth have about the same landmass.  Even though Mars has only 15% of the Earth’s volume and just over 10% of the Earth’s mass, around two thirds of the Earth’s surface is […]

From Hooker’s Lips To Monkey Orchids…Flowers Are Just Plain Strange!

October 7, 2015

Flowers make people smile…they are beautiful and strange.  Some are scary and some are sweet and they come in many many shapes and sizes.  Here are ten of the most odd and beautiful flowers:   Bleeding Heart…The flower, especially in the bud form, of the Lamprocapnos, a flowering plant of the poppy family, oddly resembles the conventional shape […]

Horn Of Plenty…Or Just A Goat Horn

October 6, 2015

We have all come to recognize the cornucopia as a symbol of Thanksgiving or the fall harvest and many of us use one to decorate our Cornucopia dining room tables as the centerpiece to our traditional feast. There is more, however, to this horn-shaped figure than meets the eye. Its name, entered into the English […]

Ants….Be Glad They Are Small

October 5, 2015

Ants some find them fascinating…others find them a nuisance and still yet other say they are the first sociable species Here are just a few facts about ants some find frightening: In 2006, Scientists from Harvard and Florida State University collaborated to conduct a massive genetic analysis on ants from 19 out of 20 known […]

Autumn Leaves…

October 4, 2015

Fall, Autumn, Harvest Season…whatever you call it this time of year has several truly amazing facts:   In addition to the brilliant colors of fall leaves, the autumn equinox signals another colorful spectacle — the aurora borealis, also called the Northern Lights. Besides the lengthening of nights and cool evening weather, which are great for […]

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

October 3, 2015

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 […]

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