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Dead In The Saddle…Jockey Declared Winner

January 9, 2015

On June 4, 1923, jockey Frank Hayes took off through the gates at Belmont Park on Long Island. He and his horse, Sweet Kiss, made it to the finish line first. But all was not well. During the race, Hayes had a heart attack and died. Nonetheless, he was declared the winner.  The thirty-five-year-old Hayes […]

A Town With No Roads

January 8, 2015

A Town With No RoadsNo RoadsFor anyone dreaming of a simple life, you may want to consider moving to Giethoorn, Netherlands. This idyllic village has no roads, and the only access is by water over the many beautiful canals or on foot over its wooden arch bridges. The locals use punters to get around and […]

Guinness World Records….“Deepest Underwater Postbox”

January 7, 2015

Wakayama Susami, a fishing town in Wakayama Prefecture with a population of around 5,000, is in Guinness World Records for having the deepest underwater postbox, at a depth of 10 meters off its coast. Officially recognized as a mail collection point of the local postal system, 1,000 to 1,500 pieces of mail are dropped into the […]

It’s hard out here for a lefty…

January 6, 2015

A Harvard economist recently published an interesting study that proves life is pretty hard on left-handed people. And not just because everything from scissors to can openers is made with righties in mind. The study found that it’s harder for lefties to graduate from college because they’re more susceptible to learning disabilities and speech problems and they tend […]

Extreme Cold Warning…List Of Warming Centers

January 5, 2015

THE TENNESSEE VALLEY-The weather has taken an arctic turn  and is going to get colder over the next couple of days.  We will be posting a list of places where people can get in out of the cold.  As we get more places to get a respite from the bitterly cold weather we will post them here. […]

A Flight Landed Safely, But All Passengers Inside Were Dead

January 5, 2015

No, this isn’t a Stephen King novel you’re about to read. This actually happened. Saudia Flight 163 took off on August 19th, 1980 and shortly after takeoff, a fire broke out on the flight. The plane landed safely, however, all 301 people on board had unfortunately passed away. There were no visible flames upon touchdown […]

Nine Dog Breeds That No Longer Exist

January 4, 2015

Wild animals become extinct due to a variety of reasons, usually human related. But how do domesticated animals become extinct when they’re under our protection? In the case of the dog, some breeds were mated out, while others were transformed into other breeds. These 9 dog breeds once flourished. Now, they can’t be found anywhere […]

What Causes The Grand Canyon To Fill with Fog?

January 3, 2015

The Grand Canyon experienced a rare temperature inversion where cool air began to rise from the bottom of the canyon and met warm air above creating low level clouds. Apparently this type of thing happens once or twice a year, but almost never with clear skies which provided an unprecedented once-in-a-decade view of the canyon […]

Species Whose Names Are Pop Culture References

January 2, 2015

When a scientist discovers a new species, they get to give that animal (or plant) a new name. Sometimes those names are long, boring latin terms. But other times, they take their cues from pop culture for some really awesome names. Here are just a few examples: When Ellen Miller and her team found these […]

Start The Year Off With a Little Coyote

January 1, 2015

Did you know coyotes and grey wolves share the same ancestors more than 1 million years ago. Coyotes have been living in North America for about 1 million years from the moment they got their different identity from grey wolves. Coyotes can adjust in all kinds of living conditions as they live in mountains, plains, wilderness, […]

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