“The Beauty of Xiaohe,” as this red-headed female mummy is known, was the first of the Tarim Basin mummies that this author learned about. Ever since that first article detailing the discovery of European mummies in China, she has maintained an interest in it. Unfortunately, however, this has not translated into constant monitoring of the … Continue reading Chinese Mummies…with Red Hair
…For being perhaps the smallest surviving child in the world. Born at twenty-four weeks, this Japanese boy is now at a healthy weight and has been discharged to the care of his family. The doctor who treated him wanted people to know “there is a possibility that babies will be able to leave the hospital … Continue reading Premature Baby Boy Breaks the Record…
“Success has many fathers, but defeat is an orphan,” as my father likes to remind me. He has proved the axiom true on many occasions, making the proverb a memorable one for this author. “Necessity is the mother of invention,” is another word to the wise which he will quote when needs arise. One American … Continue reading The Mad Tank Hunter of World War II
While investigating a different band of musicians, I happened across several videos by this group: Clamavi De Profundis. A family of singers who perform religious, classical, and other songs, they are particularly fond of Tolkien’s works (which is great for this author/fan 🙂 ). Below are the songs they have recorded so far which I … Continue reading A New Music Selection from Clamavi De Profundis
We have all heard of the Titanic, of course, but very few have heard of the Vasa. Built in the 17th century, the Vasa was meant to be a magnificent warship. Designed to be the pride and joy of the Swedish fleet, it set off on its maiden voyage… …when it promptly sank. The Vasa … Continue reading Sweden’s Greatest Sunken Warship
A few years ago, I heard a report that scientists had developed a Cloud City concept for colonizing Venus. The report was short on detail, though, so this author had no idea how such a plan would work, and the knowledge did her little good over the intervening years except to linger as a potential … Continue reading One Ticket to Venus, Please!
Okay, technically, this fish wasn’t smiling. But at least it stayed quiet long enough for to be photographed before being released. No, readers, your eyes are not deceiving you. That is, indeed, a twenty pound goldfish. Not a real goldfish, like the pets kept in household fish tanks. This one appears to be a butterfly … Continue reading “The Snack that Smiles Back”