Friday, September 30, 2016

Mr. Dovestone For Freaky Friday...!

Here is another strange case of a mysterious person being found dead, with no one knowing his identity.

His cause of death was known, but the why and wherefore remain unknown to date. Strange how these things can turn up, don't you think?

Neil Dovestone

Photo credit: Documenting Reality

On December 11, 2015, an elderly man walked into the Clarence Pub in Greenfield, England. He asked for the quickest route to walk to the “top of the mountain” even though he wasn’t dressed for such a trip. The following day, his body was found at the top of nearby Saddleworth Moor. He had died from taking strychnine.

The man had £130 and some train tickets in his pockets, which showed that he had traveled 320 kilometers (200 mi) from London. However, he had no identification. Since he was last seen near the Dovestone Reservoir, he was named “Neil Dovestone.”

The biggest clue in his possession was an empty bottle of thyroxine sodium, a specific batch which is only manufactured and distributed in Pakistan. Yet this lead has not helped investigators uncover the identity of Neil Dovestone.

So what do you think is the old man's story? Was he maybe just despondent? Maybe lonely or feeling forgotten? Guess we will ever know what the whole story isa.

Coffee out on the patio this morning. It's nice and cool out today.

Thursday, September 29, 2016

The Lucky Horseshoe...!

The horseshoe has been around for a long time, and so has the belief that it brings good luck.

The origins of lucky charms has long been a traditional part of folk lore the world over, some we can trace and others we cannot.


Photo credit: Man vyi

The first horseshoes ever found are from the Etruscans in 400 BC. When the superstition was first introduced in northern Europe, most likely by wandering Celtic tribes, horseshoes were hung from above the doorway in an effort to ward off evil fairy folk who wandered the forests. They were also made of iron, which was considered lucky as well. (The fairy folk were also said to be afraid of the weapons of their enemies, which just happened to be made of iron.)

The shoes were said to resemble the Celtic moon god’s crescent symbol. Depending on the source, horseshoes hung with the two ends pointed up collect the luck like a bowl, while horseshoes hung with the two ends pointed down spill out their luck on those who walk underneath it. Another traditional aspect said to provide luck was that they were usually held up by seven iron nails—which, as we’ll see later on, is often seen as an important number.

With my luck, if I hung one over my door, it would fall on my head!

Coffee out on the patio this morning!

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Gene Autry For Western Wednesday...!

If there was ever a man that was an example of a western star, Gene was the guy.

Besides making over a 100 movies, every time you hear songs like Frosty the Snowman and Rudolf the Red-nosed reindeer Mr Autry has to come to mind. Here is a short version of his history.

The great singing cowboy, Gene Autry, is born in Texas

Gene Autry, perhaps the greatest singing cowboy of all time, is born on this day in 1907, in Tioga, Texas.

While still a boy, Autry moved with his family to a ranch in Oklahoma where he learned to play the guitar and sing. The young Autry was quickly attracted to a new style of music that was becoming popular at the time, which combined the traditional cowboy music popular in Texas and Oklahoma and the folk songs, ballads, and hymns of southern-style country music. Known as country-western, the new sound was popularized by musicians from the East Coast and the South who had never been near a horse and couldn’t tell a stirrup from a lariat. Donning cowboy hats and boots and affecting what they thought were western drawls, hundreds of these newly minted “cowboys” were soon crooning popular western ballads like “Tumbling Tumble Weeds” all around the nation.

While Autry was also no cowboy, he was, at least, a genuine westerner who had lived on a ranch. After a chance encounter with cowboy-humorist Will Rogers, who encouraged his dream of singing professionally, Autry made his first recording in 1929, and for several years performed as “Oklahoma’s Yodeling Cowboy” on a Tulsa radio program. Following a stint as the star of the Chicago-based National Barn Dance radio show, he signed a recording contract with the Sears label, which also marketed a Gene Autry guitar through its famous catalog.

Autry’s lasting fame, though, came from his career as the film industry’s favorite singing cowboy. His first movie, In Old Santa Fe, was eventually followed by nearly 100 other films that made him one of the most popular stars in America and vastly expanded the audience for country-western music around the world.

He died in October 1998 at the age of 91.

There are so many more aspects of Gene's life that we haven't begun to talk about,so it would be a good study to get one of the many books about his life. He was a good business man as well as a great entertainer.

Coffee out on the cooler patio this morning!

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

The Invading Bats...!

Sometimes the influx of animals seems like an invasion during a war. It can be like one, for sure!

Almost seems like some animal invasions are biblical in scope. Take this next one for expample.

Batemans Bay
New South Wales, Australia

Photo credit: Justin Welbergen

In May 2016, the town of Batemans Bay in New South Wales was invaded by 100,000 massive bats that covered nearly every tree and surface in the area. Residents were left prisoners in their own homes because opening doors or windows would cause bats to come flying in.

The culprits were grey-headed flying foxes. They are listed as a vulnerable species, so authorities couldn’t kill them. Soon, different groups bickered about what to do. Authorities wanted to use smoke or noise to try to get the bats to leave while animal rights groups said that the townspeople needed to be patient and wait out the epidemic.

Eventually, the town received $2.5 million to help fund efforts to stop the bats. But as of June 2016, the town remains under siege.

Now I don't know about you, but to me this sounds like the script for a very bad horror movie. Thank goodness something like this hasn't happened in our town...yet!

Coffee out on the patio this morning. I have to go to the V.A., so help yourself, OK?

Monday, September 26, 2016

Spider Tale For Monday Mystery...

Some of the most fascinating creatures in Mother Nature's collection is the spider. Many questions abound when we really study them.

No matter how much we learn about these critters, there always seem to be more questions left unanswered. Here is a good example of what I'm talking about.

Bizarre Web Formations In The Amazon

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In 2013, Troy Alexander discovered several mysterious webs in the Tambopata Research Center in Peru. Each web had a small sphere in the center surrounded by a circular fence. He asked several experts what the formations were, but they didn’t know.

Determined to unravel the mystery, he went back to Peru a few months later. His determination eventually paid off when he discovered that the sphere inside the fence was an egg sac containing a spiderling.

However, scientists still do not know what species creates the bizarre webs. Nor have they discovered the specific purpose of the fence. They have two hypotheses, though. One is that the fence acts as some kind of defense, protecting the egg sacs from ants. The other is that it captures termites, which the spiderlings can feast on once they hatch.

Can you imagine having a paying job that consist of searching out spiders and their webs? Scary way to earn a living if you ask me.

Coffee out on the patio if the rain will hold off long enough.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Cartoons For A Wet Sunday...!

And one more...!

OK...enough for today. Ya'll stay dry now, ya hear?

Coffee in the kitchen this morning!

Saturday, September 24, 2016

A Nice Saturday Mystery...!

As much as we think we know about our country, there are some mysteries that still pop up about our lineage.

Here is a bit of information about such group of people and the mystery surrounding their origins.

Ramapough Mountain People

Photo credit: Credit Fred R. Conrad/The New York Times

30 miles outside New York City, in New Jersey’s Appalachians, exists a mysterious population known as the Ramapough Mountain People. Some describe them as inbred gypsies. Others insist they are albinos sired by a circus sideshow performer. As late as 2015, people still claimed the “Jackson Whites” were an inbred lot of renegade Indians, escaped slaves, Hessian mercenaries, and West Indian prostitutes. The reality is they are the Ramapough Lenape Indians.

Many Ramapough Lenape share surnames like De Groot, De Freiss, Van der Donk, and Mann. Composed of Afro-Dutch runaway slaves and the Lenape Indians, some took their names of their masters. Others adopted the names of prominent New Yorkers to hide their ancestry. They face discrimination from all sides because they do not meet Native American stereotypes. In 1993, Donald Trump claimed “they don’t look like Indians to me.” The Ramapough Lenape even had trouble being accepted by other natives.

I have to agree with the fact that they, as a people, don't look the same as other Native Americans. You do have to wonder just what their complete ancestry is. Another of Mother Natures musteries, I reckon.

Coffee in the kitchen this morning. It's raining out on the patio.