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The Cats MEOW

May 24, 2015

All cats make sounds — from meows and purrs to growls and hisses — but some felines are more vocal than others. Kittens are typically more communicative than older cats, and domestic felines are usually more vocal than feral ones. There’s even evidence that some breeds are more likely to “talk” than others, including Siamese […]

D-I-V-O-R-C-E……Barn Owls Do It….Really?

May 23, 2015

Love is a fickle thing—even in barn owls. These normally monogamous birds sometimes call it quits and move on to new partners—nearly a quarter of the time, in fact, says a new study published April 28 in the Journal of Evolutionary Biology. Among people in the U.S., the divorce rate is about 40 percent. And […]

Three Men Charged In January Home Invasion

May 22, 2015

MADISON-The Madison Police Department issued this statement regarding the arrest of three men in the home invasion that took place on Portal Lane on January 14th of this year: “On January 14th, 2015, Madison Police responded to an early morning robbery on Portal Ln where three men targeted a specific home, entered, and robbed the […]

Are Toads Frogs…Are Frogs Toads….Just Wondering

May 22, 2015

Actually, all toads are frogs. They are both known to scientists as anurans, which comes from two Greek words meaning “without a tail.” However, we usually use the name “toad” for the ones that are dry and warty with shorter back legs and “frog” for the ones that are moist and smooth with webbed feet, […]


May 21, 2015

People say money doesn’t buy happiness. Except, according to a new study from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School, it sort of does — up to about $75,000 a year. The key to happiness is a salary of $75K.  The study shows that each time you get a raise, it boosts your day to day happiness […]

Governor Bentley Releases Video Statement Response to House Passage of General Fund Budget

May 20, 2015

MONTGOMERY-The Alabama House of Representatives has approved House Bill 135 on Tuesday by a vote of 66-36. The bill will now head to the state senate for consideration. Governor Bentley has had some criticism for the General Fund Budget and has said he would veto a budget containing deep funding cuts. Governor Robert Bentley on […]

Are You Cooperative?

May 20, 2015

Left-handers aren’t very common. In fact , they only represent about 10 percent of the human population. But a new study suggests that the reason lefties are in the minority isn’t anything suspect—rather, it boils down to the fact that the human race cooperate more than they compete. A pair of researchers from Northwestern University […]

Electric Chair Inventor A Dentist…Really?

May 19, 2015

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. […]

Floating Bone…Everybody Has One

May 18, 2015

The hyoid bone  is a horseshoe-shaped bone situated in the anterior midline of the neck between the chin and the thyroid cartilage, and the hyoid bone in your throat is the only bone in your body not attached to any other bones. Unlike other bones, the hyoid is only distantly articulated to other bones by muscles […]

Lipstick…Fish Scales…Really?

May 17, 2015

Lipstick contains fish scales. Some lipstick, anyway. The ingredient under discussion is called pearl essence. (Some sources give this as “pearlescence.”) It’s the silvery stuff found in fish scales that’s used in some lipsticks, nail polishes, ceramic glazes, etc., to make them shimmery. Pearl essence is obtained primarily from herring and is one of many […]

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