Browsing: Nature

A Brief History On September 13, 2019, we “celebrate” another Friday the 13th, the legendary bad luck spooky day, a day so scary an iconic motion picture franchise is based on its name!  Just a note to make this year’s edition of Friday the 13th a little scarier, tonight we will experience a “Harvest Moon,” an event that has not coincided with a Friday the 13th since the year 2000.  Oh boy, does this mean we have to deal with werewolves and vampires as well as general bad luck?  At least we will be able to see with the light…

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A Brief History On August 27, 1859, oil was discovered in Pennsylvania, an event we used to list “10 Momentous Discoveries.”  In honor of that previous list, we take this opportunity today to list 10 things that people have not yet discovered (or rediscovered as the case may be), but things that would rate as “momentous” discoveries when and if we find them.  No significance is attached to the order listed, nor do we imply these are the most important things left to discover, just ones of particular interest or notoriety. Digging Deeper 1. Atlantis Even Donovan sang a popular…

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A Brief History In 1921, the first industrial station for the transformation of urban organic materials into compost was set up in Wels, Austria.  Today, gardeners generally are pretty enthusiastic about the concept of composting for their soils. Although the concept of breaking down organic materials into something your plants can utilize is an easy enough concept, many find it difficult to get started with the whole composting bin idea. If you are ready to jump into the composting world, it will not be long before you ask yourself why you did not do it sooner, since all you truly need…

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A Brief History On August 4, 2019, we celebrate another Friendship Day, truly one of the worthwhile “Days” you might find on those ubiquitous event calendars that have a day for (seemingly) everything.  So important is this “holiday,” it has its own organization (which you could see by clicking the link above).  After family, friends are the next most important people in the world, and today we take a look at 10 examples of friends that are famous, infamous, or of historical importance.  Who is your best friend?  Your mom/dad?  Your sister/brother?  Someone you have known since childhood, or a…

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A Brief History On July 24, 1935, the heat wave aspect of the Great Dust Bowl hit its high point, with temperatures soaring in the Midwest and on the Great Plains, cities such as Chicago reaching 109 °F and Milwaukee hitting 104 °F.  Striking the central United States during the Great Depression (1929 to 1939-1941, depending on interpretation) made the environmental catastrophe of drought and heat all the worse.  The enormous increase in the use of motorized tractors plowing the prairie, replacing tough prairie grasses with roots that held the soil together with loosely plowed earth and food crops, the…

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