Browsing: Nature

A Brief History On February 16, 2024, we celebrate another National Do a Grouch a Favor Day.  Why would we want to do a grouch a favor?  Are grouches a good thing? Digging Deeper Whether you call them a grouch, a crab, a whining sniveling malcontent, or a more formal name such as curmudgeon, grouches are all around, complaining about everything and snapping at others.  Here are some reasons we should be thankful for grouches and do them a favor. Grouches are funny.  Famous comedians such as Don Rickles, Rodney Dangerfield, Bill Burr, Lewis Black, and Ricky Gervais made a…

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A Brief History On February 7, 2014, scientists in England verified that footprints found in an uncovered sediment layer in Happisburgh, Norfolk were of human, or “hominid” origin and dated back about 900,000 years.  The footprints, called “The Happisburgh footprints” thus became the oldest known human footprints ever found outside of Africa. Digging Deeper The prints were found under an ancient forest bed the previous year and were meticulously photographed and documented before a rising tide covered and destroyed the impressions.  Prior to this epic discovery, the previously known oldest hominid footprints found outside of Africa were found in Italy,…

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A Brief History On January 26, 2001, college lacrosse player and coach, Diane Whipple, was attacked by a pair of Presa Canarios, dogs that generally weigh well over 100 pounds.  Despite being a world class athlete, the 33 year old Whipple was killed by the fierce canines. Digging Deeper While the long and low Dachshund is often regarded as the fiercest of dogs, the little wieners are not likely to kill a human.  But what kind of dogs are likely to attack people? Dogs big enough and aggressive enough to present real danger to people according to the MKP Law…

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A Brief History On December 31, 2023, we take a look back on those notable people that died this year.  Due to the limited nature of a “short” video or article, we have to omit many fine folks and only list the losses we feel the most.  Feel free to mention anyone you believe needs mention. (This list is as of December 29th and will be updated after January 1st.) Digging Deeper Burt Bacharach, composer, age 94. Bob Barker, Price is Right TV host, age 99. Maryanne Trump Barry, Federal judge and sister of Donald Trump, age 86. Jeff Beck,…

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A Brief History On November 28, 1967, British astronomers Jocelyn Bell Burnell and Antony Hewish discovered PSR B1919+21 in the constellation of Vulpecula, the first report of a Pulsar, a magnetized neutron star that emits “electromagnetic radiation out of its magnetic poles.” Digging Deeper Electromagnetic radiation, similar to radio waves, can only be detected on Earth when the beam is directly pointed at the observation point.  As the incredibly dense neutron star rotates at a fast, although highly regular rate, the beams are predictable and easy to track once discovered.  In fact, the beams are so regular that their frequency…

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