Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Too Close To Home...!

Even in a big city such as Houston, strange things can happen. From Listverse here is such a case.

Black Hope Curse



If you have ever seen the movie Poltergeist, you’re aware of the idea that building homes on top of cemeteries is probably a horrendous idea. However, that seemingly natural line of thinking apparently never occurred to the people who built a series of upscale homes in a neighborhood outside of Houston, Texas, and what unfolded sounds extremely similar to the movie, to the point where you would think it’s based entirely on this unsolved mystery.

Two families, including the Haney family, found themselves in the midst of what appeared to be a real live haunting after moving into the neighborhood, particularly when, like in Poltergeist, they began to dig a pool only to discover human corpses under the ground. The corpses belonged to former slaves, and soon enough the Haneys began to notice strange things happening on their property, including strange sounds and items mysteriously moving. Another family, the Williams family, also lived in the area and claimed that whenever they attempted to plant anything in the soil, it would almost immediately die. At one point Jean Williams attempted to dig in an effort to find a body to prove they were living over a gravesite, and after becoming ill her daughter took over. Her daughter promptly suffered a heart attack and within two days, she was dead.

See what I mean? Way too close to home for me.

Coffee inside the kitchen. It is gonna rain again.

Monday, August 19, 2019

Where Is Diane...?

Sometimes there are disappearances that make no sense to anyone. From Listverse, this is one of them.

Diane Augat



On April 10, 1988, 40-year old Diane Augat left her residence in Odessa, Florida and mysteriously disappeared. Three days later, Diane’s mother received a message on her answering machine from a woman who sounded just like her daughter. She was saying “Help, help, let me out” and “Hey, gimme that” as the sounds of someone trying to grab the phone away could be heard in the background. The caller ID read “Starlight”, but there was no answer when Diane’s mother called the number back.

Things got really morbid on April 15 when the severed tip of Diane’s right middle finger was found in the area where she was last seen. Two weeks later, a bag containing her neatly folded clothing was discovered in a convenience store’s freezer. Two-and-a-half years after Diane went missing, a local paper published a story about her disappearance. The very next day, Diane’s brother’s girlfriend happened to discover a plastic bag in another convenience store. It had the name “Diane” written on it and contained items which may have belonged to her. In spite of these bizarre clues, no other trace of Diane Augat has ever been found.

Man, this mystery sure has a lot going on. So many side trips into the unexplained, it's hard to keep track of them all. This whole thing is strange to me.

Coffee out on the rain cooled patio this morning.

Friday, August 16, 2019

No Wonder I Like Bees...!

Ever wonder why the lowly bee is a favorite of so many folks? This article from Listverse might explain that.

Caffeinated Bees



You know that fiendish caffeine addiction that keeps swarms of humans buzzing in and out of cafes to get regular coffee fixes? It turns out that bees are also hooked on the stuff, too. Apparently, 55 percent of flowering plants produce caffeine in their nectar. Bees are more likely to go to the caffeinated nectar, and they get really excited over it.

In an experiment published in the journal Current Biology, researchers filled two containers with nectar and added caffeine to one of them. Bees that drank the caffeinated nectar were more likely to perform the waggle dance for other bees upon returning to the hive, which is essentially how they tell the others about the quality and location of the nectar they find.[10] The caffeinated nectar caused the bees to dance more vigorously, indicating that the quality of the nectar was better than it actually was.

This isn’t surprising, since a lot of us use caffeine to at least appear enthusiastic about work. The caffeine-producing plants are likely to attract lots of bees, since the bee visitors give them such glowing reviews, thus assuring that their pollen gets spread around.

I guess we have more in common with brother bee than we thought. The very thought kinda gives me a Buzz, ya know?

Coffee out on the rain cooled patio this morning. Watch out for the bee, OK?

Thursday, August 15, 2019

I Must Be Really Smart...!

According to a study, day dreamers have a better chance of being smarter than the rest of us. Here are the results explained by the folks at DidYouKnowFacts.com.

Frequent daydreamers are likely to be more intelligent and creative.

Studies of mental functions found that wandering minds are associated with creative thinking and more efficient brain activity. Researchers think day- dreamers can grasp concepts so quickly and easily that they can’t help getting lost in other thoughts once they understand what’s happening in their current environment.

Like I said, I must be really smart considering how much my mind wanders.

Coffee inside this morning.

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

History Of The Chuck Wagon...!

Something we should remember from the days of the Wild West and cattle drives...the old fashioned Chuck Wagon. This was a most important fixture on any trail drive, as I know you'll agree.

Invention of the Chuck Wagon



The invention of the American chuck wagon is credited to cattleman Charles Goodnight. In 1866, Charles needed a way to keep his drovers fed as they trailed cattle from Texas to the North. A true product of "necessity breeds creativity", Goodnight bolted a wooden box to the back of an Army Studebaker wagon and added compartments to store utensils, bedding, food, and more. The rest, they say, is history.

The term "chuck" is from 17th Century England used by meat merchants who referred to their lower priced goods. By the 18th Century, "chuck" was colloquial for good, heart-warming food. So it is no surprise that Goodnight's invention became known as a "chuck wagon". His simple creativity revolutionized the cattle industry and is now celebrated as the official vehicle of Texas.

We can all thank the chuck wagon for keeping all those cowboys happy and well fed while on the trail. Hey...everyone has to eat, right?

Coffee inside once again.

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Some Strange Names For Mushrooms...!

You might not believe just how many strange names there are for certain mushrooms. I don't know who had the job of giving them all these unusual names, but it must have been quite a chore.



Turquoise Elfcup, Hairy Parachute, Cinnamon Jellybaby, Weeping Toothcrust, Witches’ Butter, Elbowpatch Crust, Hairy Nuts Disco, King Alfred’s Cakes, and Chicken of the Woods are all names of mushrooms.

You can read about plenty more names by going right here.

Coffee inside again today.

Monday, August 12, 2019

Raining Seeds On Monday Mystery...!

I'm sure by now, many of you have seen or heard of the many stories from all over about the falling "rain" of seed pods. Many of these seed pods are of different types of plants, which makes them all the more mysterious. Here is one of the stories from Listverse.

Rain of Seeds
February 1979



Roland Moody of Southampton, England, was startled to hear small, solid objects hitting the glass roof of the conservatory attached to his house. The objects turned out to be hundreds of seeds—small mustard seeds and cress seeds coated in a jelly-like substance. More seeds continued to fall during the day, eventually covering his garden. One of his neighbors, Mrs. Stockley, told Moody she’d had a similar experience the previous year.

The following day, Moody’s home was struck by corn, pea, and bean seeds that seemed to simply fall out of the sky. His neighbors on both sides were also pelted with peas and beans. Only those three houses in the neighborhood were targeted for the bizarre showers of seeds, and a police investigation was unable to pinpoint a source.

The phenomena gradually decreased and went away. By that time, Moody and his neighbors had endured twenty-five separate barrages and collected ten pounds of beans from their gardens. Moody himself gathered eight buckets of cress seeds. He claimed the produce grown from the seeds was good quality. Both Moody and Stockley were interviewed for Arthur C. Clarke’s Mysterious World television series in 1980. To date, no adequate explanation for the weird showers has been found.

Sorry, but I'm not sure I would want to eat any produce grown from seeds that mysteriously rained down from above. Never know where the seeds have been, right?

Coffee in the kitchen again today. Temps are triple digits once more.

Friday, August 9, 2019

A Weird Beach Find For Freaky Friday...!

When you live close enough to the shore to go beachcombing, you never know just what you may find. From Listverse, here is one of the more unusual finds on the sandy shores.

The French Goop



Photo credit: Live Science

The English Channel coastline hugs a busy shipping lane. Strange things often float to its beaches, but none matched the greasy balls that arrived in 2017. Hundreds of yellow clumps lined miles of northern France’s beaches. There was a faint whiff of paraffin wax, but paraffin melts in the sun and this goop never did.

Authorities issued a statement that the spongy-looking balls were probably not dangerous. In the same breath, they could not positively say what the objects were made of. Pollution watchdogs were more realistic and warned people not to touch the stuff.

Considering that tons littered miles of coastline, some beachgoers undoubtedly touched the gunk. Thankfully, no morgue reports were forthcoming. The only clue seemed to be that that fluff balls originated from an oil product. One theory suggested that it was some kind of boat exhaust grease that solidified once it came into contact with the cold seawater.

Telling people not to touch this stuff is like putting up a sign saying "wet paint!" You know someone is going to touch it.

Coffee inside this morning.

Thursday, August 8, 2019

"Radar" O'Reilly Does Fishing...!

I'm sure you remember the television show MASH, right? Did you know that Radar from that show had a couple of patents for his fishing equipment? From Listverse, here is the story.

Gary Burghoff—Fishing Equipment



Photo credit: Anonymous

American actor Gary Burghoff is best known for his role as Corporal Walter “Radar” O’Reilly in the 1970s TV series M*A*S*H. Unlike the naive, innocent character he portrayed in the hit series, Burghoff also has a bent for inventing things.

He holds two patents for “Chum Magic,” a fishing device that draws fish toward the boat, as well as a fishing rod. Chum Magic automatically dispenses chum while attracting fish to the hook with a combination of lights and optional simulated seaweed.

He also patented a toilet seat-lifting device, if you are averse to visiting public toilets.

Glad the man had something to fill in the time after his hit T.V. show. Fishing and everything related is a good way to unwind.

Coffee inside this morning. Way too hot out on the patio.

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Can You Believe This Critter...?

Just about the time we get to thinking we have seen nearly everything, along comes this guy. Although in all fairness, this little guy has been around for quite awhile...or so it seems.

Okapi



Although well known to Egyptians in ancient times, and to pygmies since prehistory, the Okapi’s existence was only confirmed and accepted by western science in the 20th century. At first, scientists thought it was some kind of forest dwelling zebra, because of the stripes on its legs, but now it is known to be the closest and only living relative to the giraffe! Just like the giraffe, the Okapi is an usually peaceful vegetarian with a very long, bluish gray tongue that comes in handy to clean its eyes, ears and nostrils… both inside and out. Adult Okapis are about 2 meters tall at the shoulder; that’s much smaller than the giraffe, but they are still one of the largest animals in the African rainforests. Seldom seen and rarely displayed in zoos, the Okapi is only found in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, although it was likely more widespread in ancient times.

I'll say one thing about this guy. He sure has one crazy paint job, courtesy of Mother Nature, no doubt.

Coffee out on the patio once again.

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Not Just A Pretty Face...!

We often forget that some famous folks like actors have made significant contributions in fields far removed from the public image. Hedy Lamarr was one of these with plenty of talent beyond acting.

Hedy Lamarr—Wi-Fi


Photo credit: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer

Austrian-born film star Hedy Lamarr was a box office hit during the Hollywood Golden Age in the late 1930s and early 1940s. She was once called “the most beautiful woman in the world,” but there was much more to the bombshell movie star than a pretty face.

During World War II, Lamarr also worked on a torpedo guidance system which forms the basis of today’s Bluetooth and Wi-Fi communications. Patented in 1942 in conjunction with composer George Anthiel, their “frequency hopping” device was used during the war to prevent enemy forces from jamming radio-guided torpedoes, thus sending them off course.

Surprisingly, neither Lamarr nor Anthiel profited from their groundbreaking invention during their lifetimes.

Next time you watch an old movie, you might want to ponder the fact that what you see isn't always the whole story. Certainly wasn't in Hedy's case.

Coffee out on the patio again...if it doesn't rain.

Monday, August 5, 2019

The Brown Mountain Mystery...!

Here is a case where persistence paid off...sorta. Just goes to show, you should never give up. Another mystery from Listverse.

Brown Mountain



Photo credit: National Paranormal Association via Star-News

After spending years hoping, to no avail, to see the mysterious lights rumored to flit about Brown Mountain in North Carolina, Appalachian State University physics professor Dr. Daniel Caton was about to call it quits for good. Then, on July 17, 2016, he spied an orb streaking over the mountain ridge. It vanished, reappeared, vanished again, and reappeared a second time.

He checked both cameras recording the phenomenon to make sure that each had filmed the orb’s strange behavior. If they hadn’t, he’d have attributed the light to a lens flare, but both cameras captured the same images. While he could rule out lens flares, he could find no explanation for the mysterious orb, and the Brown Mountain lights remain mysterious to this day.

You have to give the professor credit for being persistent, if nothing else. I can't help but wonder if the whole thing was satisfying enough for him, though.

Coffee out on the patio this morning.

Friday, August 2, 2019

Freaky Friday Fun Fact...!

Here is a bit of interesting product history for ya. I realize that many of you probably already knew this, but Here it is again anyway.

Friction Matches



While matches existed in China in the 6th century and Europe from the 16th century, it was not until the 1800s that friction matches as we know them today were invented. The first “friction match” was invented by English chemist John Walker in 1826. Early work had been done by Robert Boyle and his assistant, Godfrey Haukweicz in the 1680s with phosphorus and sulfur, but their efforts had not produced useful results. Walker discovered a mixture of stibnite, potassium chlorate, gum, and starch could be ignited by striking against any rough surface. Walker called the matches congreves, but the process was patented by Samuel Jones and the matches were sold as lucifer matches (as they are still known in the Netherlands). In 1862, Bryant and May, the British match manufacturers began mass producing the red tipped matches we all know today, after the patent by the Lundström brothers from Sweden.

Just another useless fact to add to those already garnered from these postings from yours truly. Just file it away under "paltry trivia", OK?

Coffee out on the patio again today.

Thursday, August 1, 2019

Perfect For Freaking Out...!

You know that I am always looking for new and unusual things to post about...right? Well, this certainly qualifies, I believe.

Arachnid With Rabbit Head



Photo credit: sciencealert.com

Scientist Andreas Kay browsed Ecuador’s Amazon rain forest in 2017. He encountered a tiny creature with a really odd look. The photographs showed something resembling a spider with a black bunny’s head. As bizarre and new as it looked, the species had been discovered in 1959.

About the size of a thumbnail, it was also not a spider but a harvestman. This type of arachnid is more popularly known as a “daddy longlegs.” Unfortunately, researchers don’t have much information about this particular species which is known as the bunny harvestman.

Little research has been done on the creature’s unique body shape, despite being known for decades. However, the rabbit look probably has an important purpose. The two false ears and false yellow eyes could be a way to deter predators.

Whatever the reason, harvestmen are exceptionally successful as a group. There are thousands of species, and they are older than the dinosaurs.

Now, I don't know about you, but this would definitely freak me out if I ran across one. I'm hoping that won't happen anytime soon, ya know?

Coffee out on the patio before it gets too hot. Warning...it's awfully muggy out there.

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Guess I'm Not Crazy After All...!

You know how sometimes you start thinking that you might be a tad crazy? Well, here is an article that might help to stop that line of thinking.

When you’re thinking to yourself by silently talking or arguing in your head, it’s actually accompanied by tiny muscular movements in your larynx. So any time you’re mentally talking to yourself, your body is also physically talking a little bit without your knowing it.

See? makes perfect sense to me actually!

Coffee out on the patio while the morning is still cool.

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

No Post...!

To be honest...I forgot. Sorry about that!

Monday, July 29, 2019

A National Archives Mystery...!

When we think of a place lke the National Archives, we would think that security would be considered an important feature, right? Not so, evidently. Many objects of historical importance have gone missing and some, not all, have even been found. From Listverse, here is a case of some of those missing items.

The Wright Brothers’ Patent



The National Archives store some of history’s most prized and rarest documents. Security is tight in the most important anthropological storehouses in the world, yet this hasn’t stopped thieves from making off with some of its priceless pieces.

The patent papers that describe in detail Wilbur and Orville Wright’s concept for a flying machine were lifted by an unknown crook without anyone noticing. Not until 2003 did anyone discover that it was missing, and since then, no one has been able to apprehend the culprit.

Thefts at the Archives have become so common that an armed task force has been assigned to track down the missing pieces. The photos taken by astronauts during the Moon landing have been recovered, as have the audio tapes from the Hindenburg crash. But until someone tries to auction off hand-drawn airplane sketches from the early 1900s, we may never know where the patent papers took off to.

It seems to me that a place where so many of our important pieces from history are stored would certainly have more security in place, but evidently the PTB don't place as much importance on these pieces as you would think. That's a shame, really. Don't you agree?

Coffee in the kitchen this morning. Rain chances are good again today!

Friday, July 26, 2019

Now This Is Damn Scary...!

I haven't had a snake crawl up my sewer pipe, but I have had a 'possum in my john before. I did a post about it, I think. That was bad enough, believe me!

Snakes



Photo credit: menshealth.com

Humans are at our most vulnerable when we are on the toilet. No sooner do you sit down than the telephone rings, the door buzzer goes off, or a snake bites you on the bottom.

Yes, there are places where it is common to find a snake in your toilet. In Australia, one woman spooked a carpet python in her toilet and got several puncture marks on her buttocks.

That snake may have slithered into the toilet to avoid a heat wave, but there are many cases of snakes emerging from sewers via people’s toilets. Often, they are following rats that have also used the loo as an escape route into people’s homes. When the snake gets into the toilet, it may find it a congenial place to rest—until someone takes a seat.

Don’t think it is just the dangerous proverbial Land Down Under where you might get bitten on your down-under. Reports of snakes in toilets have been made everywhere from Texas to Seattle and South Africa to Southend in the UK. Maybe check under the seat the next time you feel the call of nature.

Guess that in some cases, the toilet is like a favorite snake hang-out similar to the local swimming hole so often visited by young people today. With this weather, I can't say I really blame them, ya know?

Coffee out on the patio this morning, before the hot comes back.

Thursday, July 25, 2019

I Want One Of These...!

Can you imagine having a plant growing in your flowerbed that smells like chocolate? I can, and I want one! It says that they grow in Texas, but I've never seen one.

The Chocolate Flower Smells Like (You Guessed It) Chocolate



Photo credit: Wikimedia

Berlandiera lyrata, also known as the chocolate flower, chocolate daisy, and green-eye lyre leaf, is a blooming perennial that grows to 1–2 feet. This daisy-like flower has yellow petals that surround a deep red center. When the petals are plucked, the delicious smell of chocolate is released.

The chocolatey aroma is also present in the leaves and branches of the plant. The chocolate flower grows in dry, rocky soil in Arizona, Texas, Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, and central Mexico. The sweet-smelling plant is most pungent on warm days and blooms year-round.

Just imagine having coffee out on the patio with the smell of chocolate floating all around you. Makes my mouth water just thinking about it.

Coffee out on the patio while the morning is still cool enough to be enjoyable.

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

A Dangerous Picnic Spot...!

On the best of days, war isn't pleasant. Certainly it shouldn't be considered a spectator sport, one would think. However, here is a report of what happened when a picnic atmosphere turned deadly for folks wanting to see some carnage and destruction.

A Picnic



Photo credit: Smithsonian Magazine

At the beginning of the US Civil War, the first major battle took place near Centerville, Virginia. The expected outcome was an easy victory for the Union Army and a rapid defeat—and quick end to the war—for the Confederates.

The certainty of this was so believed that a good number of civilians turned out with sandwiches and opera glasses to watch the Civil War begin and end before their eyes. Some of their number even included Senators and Congressmen.

Instead of an easy victory for the Union, the Confederate Army ultimately broke the Union lines and forced many soldiers to flee—right into the picnic. Civilian picnickers and soldiers alike ran from the battle together. Senator Henry Wilson even passed out sandwiches to the fleeing Union soldiers.

This was not a good day to have a picnic close to a battlefield, I would think. Not a good idea at any time, so it would seem.

Coffee inside once again this morning!

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Strange Tiny Skeleton...!

I'm sure that most of you have seen pictures of this skeleton before somewhere on the Web, but here is a brief explanation on where it actually came from and the history (probable) behind it.

The Hand-Sized Skeleton



Photo credit: The Telegraph

In a case somewhat reversed, a small humanoid body was found in 2003. Its weird looks made many dismiss the creature outright as fake. The skeleton was found buried in a bag behind a church in Chile’s Atacama Desert.

Several features made it appear impossible to be anything other than a hoax or, for the believers, a tiny alien. It was barely 15 centimeters (6 in) tall with a cone-shaped skull and a rather mean expression, 10 pairs of ribs (humans have 12 pairs), and the bone structure of a six-year-old child.

In 2018, a battery of genetic tests revealed something remarkable. The naturally mummified body was human. Moreover, it was a little girl. She had the typical DNA of the region, which was a mix of European and Native American.

Nicknamed “Ata,” the analysis showed that she had a host of genetic mutations that had deformed her bones and caused dwarfism. Ata probably died after birth and is officially the smallest baby ever born. Unique as she is, perhaps the most surprising thing is that Ata’s parents could still be alive. Her skeleton is an estimated 40 years old.

Sad to think that the skeleton was actually that of a human child, but even sadder that the parents had to suffer the loss of one so young. If the parents are indeed alive, they have been suffering for a long time now.

Coffee inside once again. Still expecting rain...

Monday, July 22, 2019

NEW !! Science Can Be Dangerous...!

No one can imagine that just being good at what you do as a scientist could lead to your murder, right? Not so, it seems. Everything points to a suspicious death in this case reported by Listverse.

Dr. Don Wiley



Photo credit: The Harvard Gazzette

When Dr. Don Wiley’s dead body was dragged from the Mississippi River on December 20, 2001, his death was ruled a homicide by both Arkansas and Tennessee police forces. The biophysics expert was last seen over a month earlier on November 15. His seemingly abandoned rental car was found the following day on a bridge in Tennessee. The FBI soon became involved in the case, and they declared his death accidental, stating that he had fallen from the bridge shortly after exiting his vehicle.

Suspicions remained for some, however. Firstly, the bridge in question had a 2-meter (6.5 ft) fence on its sides, which would make it difficult, if not impossible, to “fall over.” His death also came in the wake of the Anthrax postings in the United States, with many stating that Dr. Wiley was one of the few people who would have been able to accurately trace exactly where the deadly substance had originated.

First of all, how in the world does someone "accidentally" fall over a fence that is 6.5 feet tall? That alone seems a bit strange to me. As much as I hate to say it, this whole thing just reeks of some kind of cover-up. Call me crazy, but that's the way I see it...sorry!

Just the thing to mark my return to blogging, right? Still don't know if I'm gonna do this everyday or not, but we will see what happens, I reckon. OK? OK!

Coffee in the kitchen this morning. It's supposed to rain later, but you know how that goes, don't ya?

Monday, July 8, 2019

Missing Man For Monday Mystery...!

We haven't had a good old fashioned missing person case on here for quite some time. Here is one that is pretty much unique from Listverse.

James Worson



On September 3, 1873, a man named James Worson had accepted a challenge to race, in record time, from the town of Leamington to the town of Coventry, a 20-mile trek. He had been boasting of his foot skills and then was asked to prove them, so, with sporting good spirits, he set about to do just that. Two friends, Hammerson Burns and Barham Wise, followed behind in a horse-drawn gig. Burns brought along his camera. Worson was never out of their sight, and would often turn around while running to exchange some friendly words with the two riders. Running in the middle of the road, Worson suddenly appeared to stumble and pitch forward, having time enough for only one short, piercing scream. Wise later said, “It was the most ghastly sound ether of us had ever heard.” But as Worson pitched forward with that terrible cry, instead of falling to the ground as he appeared to be about to have done, he completely and totally vanished in mid-fall, before ever striking the ground. The road itself told the story and Wise took the pictures to prove it. There, in the soft dirt, were Worson’s footprints.They led down the middle of the road, looked as if the runner stumbled, and there they disappeared. A search was called and the locals scoured the area for James. The bloodhounds used in the search were strangely reluctant to approach the spot where Worson disappeared. He was never seen or heard from again.

Pretty strange, don't you think?

Speaking of missing people, I am going to be missing from posting for a few days. I don't know for sure just how long, but I wanted to let everyone know so no one would worry. I will continue to post if I can, but may have to miss a few days, so don't be alarmed...OK?

Friday, July 5, 2019

How About Some Laughs...?

Something a little different today and we all need it, I think.



Coffee out on the patio this morning!

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

A Bad Frontierswoman...!

Lest we forget that women played a very important part in our early history of the Old West, let's remember Delia Haskett Rawson. From Listverse here is her story.

Delia Haskett Rawson



Stagecoach driving was a tough business back in the 1800s, but that didn’t stop Delia Haskett Rawson from entering the profession at just 14 years old. It was a feat that made her the first and likely youngest female to carry the mail in the state of California. She continued to blaze the trail for nine years between 1876 and 1885.

Delia’s father, Samuel W. Haskett, owned a stagecoach line, which provided her with the opportunity to take the reigns. When it came to horses, Delia had natural talent. In addition to driving the stagecoach, Delia participated in horse races, rodeo events, and beauty pageants, winning awards in all three. She later went on to be a mine owner, an oil baroness, and the only woman to be accepted into the California Pioneer Stage Drivers Association when it was formed in 1934.

The old west wouldn't be the same without women like her, I reckon.

Coffee in the kitchen again today!

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Strange Blue-Eyed Rascal...!

Here is something that you might find interesting. From Listverse, this is an article about a few blue eyed coyotes .

Blue-Eyed Coyotes



Photo credit: Smithsonian Magazine

Coyotes look at the world with golden brown eyes. For this reason, it came as a shock when five coyotes in California turned up with piercing blue eyes. When the photographic evidence was shown to experts of eye color in wildlife, nobody had seen anything like it. Two of the animals trotted around in Point Reyes while the rest lived in Santa Cruz and Sacramento.

In wild animals, eye color remains consistent. This drastic change is still unsolved, but at least researchers have ruled out interbreeding with dogs. Domestic dogs sometimes have blue eyes, and they do have puppies with coyotes. However, these crossbreeds have distinctive faces and coat colors but never blue eyes.

A genetic mutation is more likely. The suspicion is that a single coyote was born with blue eyes a few generations ago and the California five could be this animal’s descendants.

Nature is sure filled with wonders, don't you think?

Coffee inside this morning. Rain is coming back. Gingersnaps anyone?

Monday, July 1, 2019

Still Unsolved...!

Sometimes we just can't find a way to solve a crime, even using all of the modern tools we have today. Here is one such story from Listverse.

The Boy in the Box


In 1957, an unidentified Caucasian male, probable age 4 to 6 years, whose nude body, wrapped in a cheap flannel blanket, was found lying face up inside a large cardboard carton just a few feet from the edge of Susquehanna Road in Northeast Philadelphia. The body was dry and clean. The boy’s arms were carefully folded across his stomach. The finger and toenails had been recently trimmed short and neat. His hair had been cut recently – very close to the head, in a crude, hurried way, perhaps as a deliberate attempt to conceal the child’s identity. Small clumps of cut hair clung to his entire body, suggesting that someone had groomed him while he was unclothed, probably either shortly before or immediately after death. There were many bruises all over the child’s body; particularly on the head and face. All of the bruises appeared to have been inflicted at the same time. Despite recent DNA investigations in to the crime, it remains unsolved.

Seems to me that many clues were there to at least find out the identity of the poor victim.

Coffee out on the patio this morning!

Friday, June 28, 2019

What A Way To Go...!

Since this is actually Freaky Friday, you might just appreciate this story from Listverse.

Death By Toilet



Convicted murderer Michael Anderson Godwin unwittingly saved taxpayers a great deal of money at a Columbia, South Carolina, correctional facility in 1989.

After having his death sentence overturned on appeal, he settled into his new reality as a “lifer.” As he was only 28 at the time, he would more than likely have been there for many years to come.

One fateful day, he attempted to repair a set of earphones that was connected to his television. He bit down on one of the earphone’s wires while sitting on the steel toilet in his prison cell. This turned out to be a deadly combination.

The same prisoner who initially escaped the electric chair unintentionally carried out his own death sentence by electrocution. How ironic.

One thing about it...Karma is a bad mama-jama!

Coffee out on the patio this morning!

Thursday, June 27, 2019

A Mother's Love...!

While it may seem a bit strange to us now, back then this probably made a lot of sense to many.

The Grave of Florence Irene Ford
Florence’s mother built a stairway down to her daughter’s coffin so she could comfort her during storms.



During her short life, Florence, born September 3, 1861, was terrified of storms. As soon as one rolled in, she’d run to her mother, Ellen, who would patiently comfort her until the storm passed.

In 1871, at the age of 10, Florence died of yellow fever. Her mother, naturally distraught, couldn’t bear the thought of Florence being buried, as she still wanted to comfort her during storms, even as she lay at rest.

So Ellen had a small window fitted at the head of her daughter’s casket, and a narrow stairway built six-feet down to the level of the window. Ellen had hinged metal trap doors installed at the top of the stairs so she could shut them during storms, protecting her from the wind and rain as she sat by her daughter’s coffin, reading or singing to her until the storm passed.

The grave has changed very little since 1871. The epitaph on the gravestone is still easy to read: “As bright and affectionate a Daughter as ever God with His Image blest.” And behind the gravestone lie the metal trapdoors, which can still be opened today, so cemetery visitors can still comfort Florence during storms.

The only real change came with the addition of a concrete wall in the mid-1950s, erected at the bottom of the stairway to cover the glass window, preventing any potential acts of vandalism.

Natchez City Cemetery sits on the banks of the Mississippi River, its white tombstones neatly arranged on the green grass of Adams County. It’s a quiet spot, and home to a handful of notable tombs. There’s the tomb of Rufus E. Case, a large three-tiered structure that contains both Case and his favorite rocking chair. And the Turning Angel, a monument that watches over five graves and appears to turn to look at people as they walk towards it. But the grave with the most peculiar and arguably most touching backstory is Florence’s.

I don't think this would be allowed today, but it was comforting to the mother, I'm sure.

Coffee out on the patio this morning.

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

One Tough Woman...!

Many times we tend to overlook women in history. That's really a shame, as some of them were pretty dang tough. Here from Listverse is an article of one such woman.

The Woman Who Was Hanged (And Then Some)

Photo credit: W. Burdet

In 1650, housemaid Anne Greene was seduced by the grandson of her employer and became pregnant. But she told no one. She miscarried six months later and buried the body of her son by herself. When the body was discovered, Greene was charged with infanticide despite clear evidence that the child had been born dead.

Greene was found guilty and sentenced to hang. On December 14, she was “turned off” the scaffold, hanging by the neck for almost half an hour while her friends thumped her on the chest and pulled on her legs with all their might to shorten her ordeal.

Finally, her body was cut from the scaffold and was ordered to be sent to a surgeon for experimental purposes. As she was placed in the coffin, a guard heard Greene breathe. He jumped up and down on her chest a few times to finish her off as an act of charity—or so he said.

Despite this, the surgeon revived Anne Greene with “hot and cold cordials,” throat tickling, and a hot enema. The last one, it seemed, did the trick. Anne Greene was later pardoned, got married, and had three more children before finally dying in childbirth in 1665.


See what I mean? One tough ol' bird, I tell ya!

Coffee inside this morning.

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Let's Talk About Physics...!

Nature certainly does a few things in Her own way, and sometimes we just don't know why. She is a smart ol' gal, it seems. Here from Listverse is a good example for ya.

Heat Induced Freezing



Water is the most important liquid on Earth. It’s is also one of the most mysterious and counterintuitive compounds in nature. One of water’s lesser know properties, for example, is that hot water freezes faster than cold water. It is not fully understood why, but the phenomenon, known as the Mpemba effect, was originally discovered by Aristotle over 3,000 years ago. The mysterious effect has been attributed to a range of phenomena, but it remains a mystery.

See what I mean? Just one more of Mother Nature's secrets, I reckon.

Coffee out on the patio before it gets too hot.

Monday, June 24, 2019

The Golden Sword...!

Just imagine finding something like this on your property.You just never know when these things are going to show up. This reported find is from Listverse.

Gold-Hilted Sword



Photo credit: Paul Reid via the Archaeology News Network

While excavating a new soccer field, Scottish workers unearthed a treasure trove of Bronze Age artifacts. Among these, they discovered a mysterious sword with a golden hilt. Believed to be 4,000 years old, the sword is so delicate that researchers are unable to remove it from the ground. Their goal is to lift the entire block of surrounding soil and transfer it to a lab environment. Given its delicate nature, the find may be either a spear point or a broken sword.

Scotland is filled with Bronze Age sites. Researchers were recently able to recreate the likeness of a Scottish woman, “Ava,” who died 3,700 years ago. It turns out the Bronze Age inhabitants of the Scottish Highlands are physically indistinguishable from their modern counterparts. Work on the soccer field has been halted until archaeologists can investigate the site.

It is always amazing to me that objects buried that long in the ground survived at all!

Coffee inside because it is just to hot to sit on the patio.

Friday, June 21, 2019

Built In Lie Detector...!

Here is a little something you might find interesting. Seems we all have a built in lie detector. I didn't know that, did you? Here is the thinking behind this idea.

If you feel like someone is lying, even if you have no logical reason to think so, they probably are. It turns out your gut is much better at detecting lies than your brain. Studies show you’re more successful at determining whether someone is lying when you jump on your first instinct, because having too much time to think about it can make you wrong more often.

Just thought you might find that interesting. Read more about this study here.

Coffee on the patio this morning!

Thursday, June 20, 2019

Need A Job? Try This...!

When times get hard for many of us, sometimes the answer is a second job. If you can qualify, this one might just fit the bill.

Professional Mourner



Photo credit: atlasobscura.com

The death of a loved one can be difficult to deal with, and everyone copes in his own way. Some people mourn for days before getting their lives back to normal. Others shut themselves away until they can be around people again.

Still others take it one step further and get professional mourners to do their grieving. Although it may sound weird to the rest of us, these mourners are dedicated professionals in quite a few parts of the world.

Professional mourning has been a thing for thousands of years in many regions, including Africa, China, and ancient Egypt. However, China is mostly where it’s still big business.

The job consists of showing up to the funeral and staging a believable session of mourning—complete with physically breaking down and wailing. This may sound alien to the rest of us, but it’s completely normal in Chinese culture. These pros can also earn quite a bit depending on how good they are.

I found this over on Listverse, of course.

Coffee out on the patio, where the temps are climbing every day.

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

I Like This Version Best...!

Once in a while, a change in a recipe makes for a better product. At least, it did in my opinion, with ketchup. Here is the story of the change from Listverse.

Ketchup



Americans call it ketchup; others call it tomato sauce. Whatever you call it, the tomato-based sauce is slathered all over tons of meals every day. However, does squirting fermented fish guts on your breakfast sausages sound appealing? This was actually the origin of the sauce so many know and love today.

The Chinese ke-tsiap was a pungent sauce made from fermented fish. During the 18th century, the British tried to copy the unique flavor of this Asian sauce using foods such as anchovies, mushrooms, and nuts.

Tomatoes were eventually added to the recipe in the early 19th century, but the tomato-based ketchups spoiled easily. Ingredients such as coal tar were added to the mix in an attempt to improve the shelf life of the sauce.

It wasn’t until the late 1800s that a man named Henry Heinz decided to not only modify the type of tomatoes used but to take advantage of the fruit’s natural preservatives. He also added a healthy dash of vinegar to the mix to make the world’s favorite condiment we enjoy today.

I really like the taste of ketchup on certain foods, like french fries and hash browns. However I use it sparingly on other foods as well.

Coffee out on the patio this morning. No ketchup in mine, thanks.

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Jello Socks...?

It seems like everyday we are finding a new use for plants and animal by-products. All the rage right now is a plant based replacement for meat. However, think of all the other uses for the making of clothes and the like. From Listverse, here is an article about gelatin.

Gelatin



You know gelatin as the stuff in your JELL-O, some frosted cereals, and sometimes even yogurt. Where you won’t find gelatin is in your clothes.

Yet.

While you probably think of gelatin as being gooey and jiggly in consistency, it’s actually a powder made from crushed skin, cartilage, bone marrow, and other animal by-products. This makes it a perfect candidate for a sustainable, less wasteful material from which to make clothes.

Researchers have succeeded in spinning yarn out of gelatin. The yarn is then treated with a spray of formaldehyde gas and lanolin, producing a strong, warm yarn you can spin into gummy-bear mittens (sugary flavor not included).

Using gelatin to make clothes isn’t all that weird, either. The textile industry experimented with using vegetable and food by-products as far back as a century ago, until the petroleum-based industry took over.

Today, as we look for greener and less biologically harmful ways to live, scientists—and designers—are looking for more natural sources for what we wear. It might sound strange now, but you probably won’t give a second thought to wearing JELL-O socks, bamboo dresses, or sour milk shirts in the future.

I guess it's all fine and dandy to find alternative ways to use plants, but are we really to the point in our lives where this is a major concern? How about focusing on something a bit more important...like curing diseases. Worry about the jello socks later.

Coffee out on the patio this morning.

Monday, June 17, 2019

What Became Of Richard Cox...?

Every now and then, a truly mysterious disappearance comes along that just defies explanation. From the folks at Listverse, this case is certainly one of those.

Richard Cox



Richard Colvin Cox was a cadet in the US Army, stationed in West Point, New York, in 1950. On January 14, he disappeared. He had told his fellow cadets that he was going to dinner with his friend George, who was never found despite extensive investigations by the police. Many theories abound as to what became of Cox, from joining the CIA to being imprisoned by the Soviets. Perhaps the most compelling is the he staged his own disappearance in order to run away with another male cadet. Despite the fact that Cox was engaged, evidence was found from both government files and firsthand interviews to suggest that Cox had same-sex encounters with other cadets.

In 1986, an anonymous letter was sent to a retired man who devoted much of his time to investigating Cox’s disappearance. The letter suggested that Robert Frisbee, who was a prime suspect in a separate murder case, was a person of interest. Following up on this lead revealed that Frisbee had previously been known as Robert Dion, and had been stationed with Cox. Furthermore, Dion had previously been involved in a fake-ID ring, so it’s possible that he not only created a new identity for Cox, but could have been masquerading as a man named George at the time of the disappearance. “George” had previously been seen visiting Cox before the night he disappeared, and descriptions of him matched up with Dion. Many people believe Cox actually lived an entirely new life and may still be alive today. He would be 85 years old.

Is it really necessary that we find Richard Cox, or discover what happened top him? I say leave the guy alone. It really isn't any of our business!

Coffee inside this morning. Rain is supposed to happen again.

Friday, June 14, 2019

What A Useful Invention, I think...!

The human mind is forever surprising with the crazy inventions that it can create. Although not of much use today, in their day these inventions of the Victorian age must have been handy. Here is one, taken from the pages of Listverse.

Multipurpose Cane



Admittedly, though bizarre, I can see the value in this particular invention. What this invention does is quite clear: it serves its standard function as a cane, as well as providing many other uses to its bearer. Some of the noble pursuits which the cane was tailored to were flute playing, horse measuring, and the capturing of butterflies. Should a gentleman ever be caught in the rain, fear not: for the cane contained an umbrella as well, keeping the man nice and dry to light his cane-pipe. I see nothing more bizarre about this invention than a standard Swiss army knife, and can you use a Swiss army knife as a cane? That depends upon how tall you are, but I have my doubts.


We may think of these inventions as useless now, but they did show quite a bit of imagination for their time.

Coffee out on the patio this morning!

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Historical Bombing Of Wall Street...!

The people wanting to spread fear and chaos in our country have been doing so for a very long time. Luckily, not many achieved the level of mayhem they wished for. However, those that were more successful did some major damage to life and limb. Here is an article of the bombing of Wall Street from Listverse you might find interesting.

The Bombing Of Wall Street



At noon on September 16, 1920, a wagon pulled up in front of the Wall Street offices of J.P. Morgan & Co., the most powerful banking firm in the world. Its infernal cargo consisted of dynamite with window sash weights for shrapnel. The driver fled, and seconds later, a powerful explosion ripped through lower Manhattan.

Windows shattered. People were lifted from the street, including a young stockbroker named Joseph P. Kennedy. In an eerie foreshadowing of a future attack 81 years later in the same area, World War I veterans thought the bombs came from planes roaring through the skies. A mushroom-shaped yellow-green cloud of smoke and flame rose 30 meters (100 ft) over America’s busiest financial district. Ashen-faced people fled from the chaos that eventually killed 39 and injured hundreds more—the deadliest terrorist attack on American soil until the Oklahoma City bombing in 1995.

The bomb missed J.P. Morgan the man, who was on vacation, but wounded his son Junius and killed his chief clerk at his desk. The rest of the dead were unfortunate souls caught in the wrong place at the wrong time—ordinary messengers, clerks, stenographers, and brokers. A woman’s severed head was discovered stuck to the concrete wall of a building, with the hat still on. Mutilated bodies littered the ground. One victim, burned and half-naked, tried to rise and toppled back dead in the gutter.

No one claimed responsibility for the attack, and no one would be brought to answer for the atrocity. But the finger of suspicion turned to Anarchists, who had been harassing the Morgans with letter bombs. A message was found in a nearby mailbox which read: “Free the political prisoners. Or it will be sure death for all of you. American Anarchist Fighters.” It perhaps referred to anarchists Sacco and Vanzetti, indicted the day before for robbery and murder.

Among the suspects taken in for questioning were well-known Anarchist Carlo Tresca and eccentric tennis champion Edward Fischer. Fischer had allegedly predicted the bombing to his friends, but he turned out to be simply mentally unhinged and was sent to Bellevue Hospital.

It is a sad and gruesome fact that the folks wanting to inflict death and destruction just to prove or labor a point...will always find a means to do just that. The targets are usually lost in a sea of innocents, and have no idea of the deadly message being sent.

Coffee out on the patio this morning. Gonna be hot later, but it's still pleasant enough in the mornings.

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Dead And Still Saving Lives...!

Who would have ever thought that reading a book could help save a life. That's what happened thanks to Agatha Christie, and one of her novels. Here is the story from DidYouKnowFacts.



Despite being dead for over a year, famous author Agatha Christie saved a baby’s life in 1977.

Her novel The Pale Horse described thallium poisoning so well that a nurse who’d been reading it was able to diagnose a sick infant, who had doctors stumped.

The baby was immediately tested, they found traces of thallium, doctors changed treatments, and her life had suddenly been saved by a 16-year-old murder mystery novel.

You can read more about this right here. Good read, if you ask me.

Coffee out on the patio today!

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

So That's The Problem...!

I probably have posted this one before, but I don't remember for sure. Anyway, even if I did, I am using it again...just because I think it's cool!

The physical act of passing through a doorway is the reason why you often walk into a room and completely forget what you were doing. Because going through a door signifies the beginning or end of something, this creates an ‘event boundary’ within your mind. Basically, every time you walk through a doorway, your brain starts filing away thoughts from your previous location to make room for a new group of memories in the next.

Now doesn't that make sense? C'mon...you know it does!

Coffee out on the patio this morning!

Monday, June 10, 2019

A Ghost Ship Mystery...!

As most tales from the sea can go quite mysterious, the story of the ship known as the Baychimo is quite unique. Here is the story from the folks at Listverse.

The SS Baychimo



Some would call it a ghost ship, but the Baychimo was real—and she could still be out there.

Built in 1911, the Baychimo was an enormous steam-powered cargo ship owned by the Hudson’s Bay Company. Mainly used for transporting furs from northern Canada, the Baychimo’s first nine journeys were relatively uneventful. But on its final journey, in 1931, winter came early. Totally unprepared for the bitter weather, the ship eventually became completely trapped in the ice.

Most of the crew were rescued by plane, but the Baychimo‘s captain and a few crew members decided to stick it out, making camp in sight of the ship. One day, a fierce blizzard blew up, obscuring the ship. When the storm abated, the Baychimo had vanished. A hunter eventually spotted the steamer and alerted the remaining crew. After salvaging what they could, they set the ship adrift, fearing it wouldn’t last the winter in the thick pack ice

As it turned out, the Baychimo was tougher than anyone gave her credit. Over the next few decades, she was repeatedly sighted all across the Arctic, often drifting aimlessly out to sea. The last sighting was in 1969, a full 37 years after she was abandoned.

In 2006, the Alaskan government finally launched a “ghost ship” project to track down the Baychimo. Despite their efforts, the ship has not been found. For all intents and purposes, the Baychimo has now disappeared without a trace.

This is the kind of mystery that you kinda don't want to end. Being an open ended mystery can only make it longer lasting, I think.

Coffee on the patio this morning!

Saturday, June 8, 2019

No Post Saturday...!

Starting today I am not going to do any posting on Saturday or Sunday. I had already stopped posting on Sunday, so now I'll have the weekend off. Just didn't want anyone to worry, ya know?

Have a great Saturday...

Friday, June 7, 2019

Just Like The Nursery Rhyme...!

Once in a great while, life does seem to follow a nursery rhyme. In this case, I think the farmer involved was making a statement that just happened to involve sheep. It was pretty cool, though.

They Go To School



Photo credit: dailyhunt.in

In 2019, French parents heard that a class at a local school might shut down due to dropping student numbers. They were understandably upset. After all, the “drop” was small. For some reason, the national education authority decided it would be the best move after numbers went from 266 to 261.

The primary school, located in the French Alps, served the village of Crets en Belledonne. One of the village’s farmers took his flock of sheep and went to the school. He had a plan.

After arriving at the school, he produced birth certificates for 15 sheep and enrolled them as students. In most other places, the act would have caused a legal incident, a call to the police or animal welfare, or perhaps a psychiatrist.

However, in this case, the woolly students were signed up during a ceremony watched by the school’s staff, children, and the kids’ parents. Although the sheep never sat through a history lesson or received homework, the initiative worked. The class stayed open.

Seems like the showy demonstration did the job. All without violence or fighting...COOL!

Coffee in the kitchen again this morning. More rain expected.

Thursday, June 6, 2019

A Common Household Poison...!

Have you ever noticed just how many everyday things we have around the house that could be poison to us? Here is one that might surprise you.

Toothpaste



You may have never noticed the poison warning that the FDA requires on every tube of toothpaste. This is largely because a staggering 95 percent of toothpaste in the United States contains fluoride.

While the severity of effects ranges in tandem with the amount consumed, the FDA urges you to contact a poison control center if you consume even just a bit more than used for brushing. The Fluoride Action Network explains that the dental community has “failed to educate the public about the dangers of swallowing too much fluoride toothpaste.”

Shockingly, most toothpastes suggest using only a pea-size amount. However, advertisements depict much larger portions, which can be dangerous. This can be especially harmful to children, who may not accurately gauge the amount of toothpaste needed or even overindulge because of artificial flavoring.

The FDA originally required the aforementioned poison warning because overconsumption of fluoride toothpaste in children can result in acute fluoride poisoning and even death. Another major risk factor of toothpaste is dental fluorosis, which is a side effect that attacks tooth enamel and can result in severe reactions.

Toothpaste, ironically intended to keep us hygienic and healthy, can ultimately be deadly.

Trying to keep up with the list of things that could be bad for us is becoming a full time job.

Coffee inside cause it's raining on the patio.

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Some Killer Weather...!

As bad as we think the weather is locally, there have been sme rather disturbing cases where the weather, namely smog, was responsible for deaths. Here is a case from the folks at Listverse.

London’s Killer Smog



December 5, 1952

Photo credit: N.T. Stobbs

Killer smog sounds like the plot of a horror movie, but this was the real thing. For five days in December 1952, a smothering cloud descended on London, killing thousands.

December 5 was a cold day, and as Londoners woke, they stoked their fireplaces and lit their coal stoves, sending plumes of black smoke into the air. Smoky diesel-fueled buses carried people to work, and factories belched tons of pollution into the air.

Unfortunately, on this day, an inversion set in, trapping pollutants on top of the city. With no wind to clear the air, the smog had nowhere to go. By noon, it had turned a sickly yellowish brown and began to smell like rotten eggs. Parents were warned to keep their children home from school, for fear they might become lost in the vaporous haze. The air was so thick that people couldn’t see their feet, and river traffic was halted on the Thames. Birds died when they flew into buildings, and livestock suffocated. People suffered similar fates.

It is estimated that as many as 12,000 people died of respiratory ailments related directly to the sulfurous air. Finally, after five nightmarish days, a fresh breeze blew in and whisked the killer smog out to sea. It was not until 1956 that a clean air act was finally passed.

Makes the weather in my area seem pale in comparison, ya know?

Coffee out on the patio until the rain starts.

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Is This The Grail...?

As far back as I can remember, folks have been talking about finding the Holy Grail. Did it actually exist? Where could it be? Does it really have healing powers? So many questions and so few answers. From Listverse, here is an interesting look at a cup fragment that is worth looking at.

The Nanteos Cup



Photo credit: National Library of Wales

The Nanteos Cup, considered by some to be the Holy Grail, is a wooden cup (or, more precisely, the remains of what used to be a wooden cup). Originally kept at Strata Florida Abbey in Wales, the cup is now on permanent display at the National Library of Wales.

The cup has long been believed to have the power to heal. The cup’s poor condition is probably due to the habit of lending it to the sick, the lame, and the dying. No charge was made for the loan of the cup, though borrowers were required to leave their most valuable asset as a deposit to ensure its return.

The cup was stolen in 2014 but returned safely via an anonymous source a year later. It is not known whether the thieves took the cup for its mystical properties, though police might have considered investigating anyone who had recently made a miraculous recovery.

I guess it would be nice if this legend would come true, but I fear there would be fighting and war over ownership. Maybe we should leave it alone in the museum.

Coffee out on the patio this morning.

Monday, June 3, 2019

What Are These Spheres...?

That question has been asked by many folks a lot smarter than I, believe me. I'm not sure if we will ever know what they are. Here is the story from Listverse.

Purple Spheres of the Arizona Desert





Early this year, a woman named Geraldine Vargas and her husband were walking through the desert near their home in Tucson, Arizona, when they came across a phenomenon that, so far, has completely baffled scientists. They discovered a large patch of land covered in strange, purple spheres with no perceivable explanation for what they were or how they came to be.

They appear to be a jelly-like fungus, but botanists in Arizona have so far been completely stumped as to their cause or composition. The spheres ooze a liquid substance and some people have speculated that they must be of an extraterrestrial origin considering nothing like them has ever been seen in the area, and no one has the slightest clue how they came to be there in the first place.

Whatever these things are, they are very pretty to me.

Coffee out on the patio.

Saturday, June 1, 2019

A Trip To The Past...!

Today I want to do something a bit different. On this video is some of the important and memorable inventions of the time, and the year they were first introduced. Boy, I'm getting old!



Remember any of these?

Coffee out on the patio this morning.

Friday, May 31, 2019

Can't Win For Losing...!

Did you ever have a seemingly good idea that turned out to be disastrous? This man did, for sure. From Listverse, here is his story.

Thomas Midgley Jr



Thomas Midgley was an American chemist who invented both leaded petrol and CFCs. Though lauded during his time, he has come to be known as having “had more impact on the atmosphere than any other single organism in Earth history” and “the one human responsible for more deaths than any other in history” due to his inventions. He eventually contracted Polio and lead poisoning and was left disabled in his bed. This caused him to create an elaborate system of pulleys and ropes in order to lift himself from bed. He died at the age of 55 after being strangled by one of his pulleys and is notable for the fact that both his inventions, leaded petrol and his pulley operated bed, contributed to his death.

Seems as if this poor guy was snakebit, if you know what I mean.

Coffee out on the patio this morning.

Thursday, May 30, 2019

What A Crazy Speeder...!

Did you know that there was an actual arrest made in the case of the first speeder, and the auto was an electric? Yep...that's right!

The First Driver Arrested For Speeding Was Traveling 12 Miles Per Hour



Photo credit: gizmodo.com

On May 20, 1899, 26-year-old Jacob German was the first motorcar driver arrested for speeding. Officer John Schuessler (aka The Scorcher’s Terror) was renowned for chasing down and arresting those in horse-drawn carriages and on bicycles speeding on the streets of Manhattan.

German worked for the Electric Vehicle Company, a taxi service with an all-electric fleet. He was doing 19 kilometers per hour (12 mph) at the time he was spotted by Officer Schuessler of the Bicycle Squad of New York. At the time, New York laws forbade drivers from exceeding 13 kilometers per hour (8 mph) on roads and 6 kilometers per hour (4 mph) when going around corners.

Schuessler went after German’s car with his bicycle and arrested the lawbreaker. Reporting the news, The New York Times wrote that German was traveling at “breakneck speed” and “so reckless a rate.” German did not get a ticket for speeding, but he spent some time in jail.

Sounds pretty crazy by today's standards, doesn't it? Certainly made sense at the time though.

Coffee out on the patio, but you already knew that...right?

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

How About Those Stump Houses...?

We all know that coming up with adequate shelter was probably one of the hardest endeavors for the early pioneers. In some cases though, they did have a little help by using the leftovers from logging operations.
Early Settlers In The Wild West



Photo credit: boingboing.net

After loggers swept over the old-growth forests of the Pacific Northwest in the late 1800s, many pioneers were just coming across on wagon trains to settle down with their families. To their surprise, these early settlers discovered a mauled landscape dotted with enormous, towering tree stumps that the lumber companies had left behind.

Some of these sturdy stumps were 3 meters (10 ft) tall. These old logging sites that had cleared the forest seemed perfect for farmland. So some of the thriftiest pioneers had the wise idea to homestead these areas. They settled in what became known as “stump homes.”

[10]Basically, all the settlers had to do was put a roof on top of the stumps and attach a door. While some lived in these homes with their families, others used them for storage or chicken coops.

For some stumps that remained on the property, the pioneers came up with other creative uses. Some were leveled off at the top into flat platforms where the people would have social gatherings, like “stump dances” to folk music. One of these stump homes became the first US Post Office in the remote Olympic Peninsula, and it still stands today as a historic landmark.

This is a case of making lemonade when life gives out lemons. At least all those stumps could be used for something, right?

Coffee out on the patio this morning.