Browsing: Nature

A Brief History On October 2, 1919, First Lady of the United States, Edith Wilson, the wife of President Woodrow Wilson, unofficially ran the U.S. government following her husband’s (then President Woodrow Wilson’s) life-changing stroke.  We detailed this story back in 2013, and we previously have discussed the concept of “October Surprise” in an article we ran on October 31, 2014.  Today we use the concept of “October Surprise” and secret goings on to tell you about some surprising secret ingredients of products you may not have suspected contain such things. Digging Deeper Whale Oil was in our automatic transmission…

A Brief History On August 20, 2020, we finally got around to watching the third installment in the Deep Blue Sea movie franchise, the aptly named Deep Blue Sea 3.  Released on July 28, 2020, the film serves as a direct sequel to the second movie in the franchise, Deep Blue Sea 2, and like the first sequel, #3 is a direct to video release.  (Watch it “On Demand” or on a streaming site.)  Picking up where the first 2 films left off, with the genetic tinkering with of deadly sharks, the mad scientists have created intelligent killing machines that…

A Brief History On August 21, 1986, a volcano in Cameroon hidden beneath Lake Nyos erupted and released a mass quantity of carbon dioxide gas, suffocating and killing nearly 1800 and 3500 of their farm animals.  (When we say “mass quantity,” we mean 100,000 to 300,000 tons of carbon dioxide, or maybe as much as well over a million tons!) Although unusual, this horrible disaster is not unique, as 2 other lakes in Africa have a similar situation where volcanic carbon dioxide exists in enormous quantities, potentially causing a similar disaster.  Those other 2 lakes are Lake Kivu on the…

A Brief History On August 7, 1987, an American woman named Lynne Cox, age 30, swam all the way from the United States to the Soviet Union, through ice cold water!  Cox’s swim was a good will gesture during the latter stages of the Cold War between the USSR and its (communist) allies and the United States and its allies.  The successful swim was later given credit for helping to “thaw” relations between the US and USSR, though we doubt the swim helped thaw out Cox! Digging Deeper As far as notable long distance swims go, this particular one was…

A Brief History On August 3, 1997, the Sky Tower in Auckland, New Zealand opened, taking the title as the tallest free standing structure in the Southern Hemisphere.  At 1076 feet tall, this telecommunications and observation tower is indeed tall compared to most buildings, even skyscrapers and most other towers, but it is positively puny compared to the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, United Arab Emirates which at 2722 feet is BY FAR the tallest free standing structure in the world, the tallest building ever built by human beings.  So far… Today we take a look at some the really tall…

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