A bit back, in one of those conversations that wanders around, and in an effort to show my great intelligence, I asked a buddy of mine how old the Peace Sign was. He thought really old. I knew it was actually from the 1960's and was related to the anti nuclear movement.
To show my actual stupidity, I couldn't remember the particulars. D'oh!
is derived from the semaphoric symbols for N and D
standing for Nuclear Disarmament.
There is something about the tattered remnants of a 121-year-old mining marvel that keeps drawing the curious back to this remote canyon along Colorado 141.
Those who keep returning to measure, survey, photograph and examine the mysterious structure known as the Hanging Flume call it "flume fever." The afflicted wake in the middle of the night to puzzle over how enterprising but misguided gold seekers pinned a 10-mile-long wooden water chute to a sheer cliff to create a hydraulic gold separator. They spend years in faraway city offices calculating angles and load factors and building mini models.
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Jules Gabriel Verne ( February 8, 1828 – March 24, 1905) was a French author who pioneered the science fiction genre. He is best known for his novels Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea (1870), A Journey to the Center of the Earth (1864), and Around the World in Eighty Days (1873). Verne wrote about space, air, and underwater travel before air travel and practical submarines were invented, and before practical means of space travel had been devised. He is the second most translated author in the world (after Agatha Christie).
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Yule, is when the dark half of the year relinquishes to the light half. Starting the next morning at sunrise, the sun climbs just a little higher and stays a little longer in the sky each day. Known as Solstice Night, or the longest night of the year, much celebration was to be had as the ancestors awaited the rebirth of the Oak King, the Sun King, the Giver of Life that warmed the frozen Earth and made her to bear forth from seeds protected through the fall and winter in her womb. Bonfires were lit in the fields, and crops and trees were "wassailed" with toasts of spiced cider.
- Yule Lore
If fire was the beginning of civilization, was the appearance of Pong the beginning of the videogame age? A case can be made.
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"Where did we come from?" It's a central human question that drives us to wonder about origins -- of humans, life, the Earth, the Universe. The age of the Earth is central to that question, and it has been taken on by human cultures for millennia. But only in the last couple centuries have we obtained the means to unequivocally determine that age from actual evidence. The road was a long one.
In the late 1700s, geology was in its infancy. Rock layers (of any type) were only starting to be recognized as something other than deposits from a catastrophic, world-wide flood. James Hutton, a Scottish scientist, became enthralled with the fantastic histories he saw recorded in the rocks of his homeland. At a now-famous seaside outcrop on the eastern coast of Scotland, he saw nearly horizontal layers of red sandstone on top of completely vertical layers of a much different, gray sedimentary rock. He was the first to grasp the significance of that spatial relationship.
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That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind
- Neil Armstrong from Tranquility Base, the Moon, 20 July 1969