Fruit or Herb? We classify fruits, vegetables and herbs in different ways. A fruit develops from an ovary at the base of a flower and it contains the seeds of the fruit. We classify a tomato as a fruit because that is how it grows. A banana, on the other hand, is a little different. It develops from the ovary at the base, but it does not contain seeds. So what does that mean? Can it still be classified as a fruit? Wild bananas have black seeds, but commercially grown bananas are sterile and the seeds develop into black specs. So what is a banana? A herb plant's stem does not have any tissue in the stem, similar to a banana. A banana tree is actually a herbaceous plant and can be considered a herb as well as a fruit. Who knew?
Panic Breaks Out Across the Country Can you imagine peacefully listening to the radio and then suddenly hearing that the earth is being invaded by aliens? In 1938, Orson Welles had convinced his radio listeners that this was exactly what was happening when the Columbia Broadcast System aired H.G. Wells' War of the Worlds. Not realizing that it was all an elaborately executed hoax, millions of people around the country feared for their lives and thought that New York City had been obliterated. It just goes to show how gullible people can be and powerful the media is. Luckily, no one was actually hurt.
One of the biggest problems for most of the countries in the world is they don't know where to put their trash. Landfills have already hit a maximum in most places. It may sound a bit odd, but Sweden is forced to import 80,000 tons of trash a year from other countries, such as Norway, because they are in need of trash. Sounds crazy, but it is true. Other countries actually pay them to take their trash. They use trash to produce heating and electricity. I am surprised more countries are not using this model.
Many of us have seen movies with vampires and certainly know the most famous one, Dracula. This character was based on a real person named Vlad the Impaler. Over 500 years ago, Vlad was the ruler of Wallachia (modern day Romania). He became ruler after his father, Vlad Dracul. His father belonged to the Order of the Dragon and eventually was known as Dracul, meaning "Devil". Although Vlad only ruled for just under seven years, he will always be remembered because of his horrible method of ruling. He killed thousands of people fighting against the Ottoman Empire. He loved to impale humans and insects. His favorite form of torture was making his victim sit on a sharp, thick stake. Some people believe that he would like to eat the blood and flesh of his victims.
The Perfect Storm 21 years ago today, a confluence of several dangerous weather systems collided to produce what was called "The Perfect Storm." This event inspired both a best-selling book and a blockbuster movie of the same name. George Clooney played the role of captain aboard the ill-fated Andrea Gail.
Contortionism comes naturally to nobody; people are not born with the ability to bend their bodies in half. In reality, some people are born with a little extra flexibility than others and those people can train to become contortionists. In order to gain the flexibility needed, these individuals must put themselves through demanding and painful training.
"A crazy contortionist at South Street Seaport, NYC, September 2004." Photo by Shreyans Bhansali
"A contortionist performing at Circular Quay, Sydney." Photo by dwdyer
"Contortionist" Photo by Michael Coghlan
"Mongolian contortionist" Photo by Jerrold Bennett
"A contortionist performs at Choijin Lama Temple in Ulaanbataar." Photo by Brian
"Rani Huszar, the contortionist from Australia performed at the Sentosa Buskers Festival 2010 at the Merlion Park" Photo by Choo Yut Shing
"Does my Bum Look Big in This? This young contortionist decided to celebrate Chinese New Year by getting stuck in a barrel. Oh well, each to their own..." Photo by Arty
The truck that you see in this photo did not get knocked over by another vehicle. It tipped over from the wind. It is hard to believe that winds can be so strong. During the fall and winter months, it is quite common to have Santa Ana winds in the Southern California area. These are extremely strong winds that can be either hot or cold, depending on the weather in the Great Basin or Mojave Desert. These winds often bring in hot, dry weather. The worst part is they keep the wildfires going.
"One of several overturned semi trucks on I-15 near Summit avenue, due to the Santa Ana winds." 2007 Photo by Erik Nielsen
I know very little about ballet; I was never a ballet dancer and have only seen the dance a few times in my entire life. Even with my limited exposure to this dance form, I found this video fascinating! Go ahead and learn something new today - watch this video about the importance of the perfect fitting shoe.
"The story of ballet shoes, from the factory to the stage. Filmed on location at Freed of London & the New York City Ballet."