I know I am suppose to get excited by moon eclipse, but I also know, that most people in the world, find it…just so boring.
Yes, I think it’s safe to say that only one percent of the population is getting excited by the fact that tomorrow morning, there will be a selenelion:
Tomorrow morning almost everyone on the east coast in the Americas, eastern Asia, the Pacific Islands, and Australia will get the rare opportunity to see a special type of lunar eclipse called a selenelion, or horizontal, lunar eclipse.
A selenelion only occurs when a lunar eclipse happens around the same time as sunrise. Because of its timing, observers have the chance to see both an eclipsed moon-set and sunrise simultaneously.
How do I know this? Because I remember years ago, I tried to get a handful of teenagers really excited about a full moon eclipse. It was a Saturday night, and many of them were hanging out in my house, as they tended to do on summer nights as my teenage son, loved to have them all gather at my house, and I keep telling them all that the event that was about to happen was pretty exciting.
You can imagine my surprise, as I watched the earth darken, the eerie shadow cast upon the earth, the almost surreal feel of the earth being engulfed upon a once in a lifetime event, as if the very cells in my body had oozed darkness inside my own warbled brain…and the teenagers around me said “Oh cool.” and went back to partying and telling jokes, and flirting with their girlfriends, the girlfriends laughing at their silly banter, not even looking up…and I remember shouting at them all…
“HEY! Don’t you realized how RARE it is to see a full moon eclipse?”
And one of the girls said “really?” as if I had made the whole thing up, and went back to looking at her nails. They were actually bothered by the fact that it got too dark and they had to WAIT till it was over.
So, if you are one of the few who even try to witness (or can) this rare event coming up in just a few hours…
Consider yourself one of the few remaining people on the planet who do.
I —-will probably be asleep.
Here’s a Hovercraft made by some guy for his kids using a vacuum that the kid can control.
Now, tell me, why is the world are our scientists not developing hovercraft cars?
Is it really all about oil? Is it really all about the power and the money?
Of course it is.
The other day at my local pool, the mother of a boy who used to hang out quite a lot with my son, was telling a story to a group of women…
“And THEN he told me that when he spent the night, they stayed up until THREE IN THE MORNING watching fallen stars on her ROOF!”
Okay. Call me bad. I saw nothing wrong with taking a few blankets, some snacks, and two 8-year-olds up on a roof to watch a meteor shower. We had a blast, between the three of us we counted over 200 sightings. But it still bugs that poor woman to this day. Imagine if some meteor had fallen on my house! I mean, it’s not as if I wasn’t making sure they didn’t ‘fall’ off.
Does she think I did that for the kids? HA! No, she knew me all too well. I wanted some company. Besides, everyone should do that at least once in life, and kids never forget it either.
I only wish I had a group of 8-year-olds this weekend to join me in sky watching…I don’t. But, that shouldn’t stop YOU!
I seem to be more right-brained–according to this video…how about you?
I also think the brain is much more complex than this simple test, but it’s fun.
EVERYBODY’s—-All over the world.
Yes, compared to the Homo Sapiens, our brains are puny. There are as many theories about this as scientist so—- here are the most popular:
- Men who had more muscle needed bigger brains. They also had to ‘think’ a lot more, because simply surviving was really hard. (Nobody adds, they also have larger brains than women. Sorry girls)
Because our brains are getting smaller, we are actually, stupider.
When animals are domesticated, their brains also shrink. Therefore, because man became domesticated, his brain also, shrunk.
One scientist, (obviously a progressive) said :”NO! we are actually getting smarter because our brains are more compact!”
Since the brain gobbles up 20 percent of the calories we eat, a larger brains needs more meat. Sitting around at the computer all day requires very little energy. We should present this to Congress to support the fact, that we all need MORE protein…not less. (And my other mind remembers what my husband always says when I say this, which I can’t repeat here.)
And by the way, some scientists think the REASON the brain grew so large is because man went from eating berries to eating MEAT.
BUT…in the end, studies show that the bigger the brain the higher the IQ. Brain volume really does correlate with intelligence, which is why I plan to adopt an elephant when I win the lottery.
And on that note, I’d like to see the brain of the guy who conned the European Union out of billions of dollars in order to build the first human brain. Henry Markran says he is going to need even MORE money, and I believe him!..His brain is working well.
As for the rest of us? What do you think? Are we all dumber now? If we look at our leaders, I think the answer is obvious, don’t you?
There is one good thing that I got from this information: If you doctor wants you to go on a diet , you can now say…
“But doc! I HAVE to eat a lot to keep my big heavy brain in top shape!”
Michelle Obama will just have to deal with it.
(From Discover Magazine: THE BRIAN)
What built this country, was innovation. Electricity, cars, railroads, steel, and Doug Coulter thinks he will be able to build the next new energy source:
Of course, he might have to take a bath at some point.
(Thanks to Kim Komando)
I have a friend who thinks this is just the coolest thing he’s ever seen, and what’s funny, is that today I was watching a program on the History Channel–and some geneticist scientist, who was splicing different genes from different species to make more or less monsters, said, she just thought it was so ‘cool.’ that she could do that.
Have we come to the point in science that we do stuff just because we can, and it’s cool?
For instance, would you buy this car?
Sure, the way the door go under the car
is cool: But is it practical? Picture that car pulling up to the castle in a heavy downpour. The rain would BLAST into the car, getting the seats, the floor, the dashboard, not to mention everybody sitting in it, soaking wet. When getting out of a car now, only a small space is exposed to the outside and you can hop out in a flash, shut the door quickly, and be off.
But: More importantly, what if you are in a car accident? Your door is jammed. It won’t go down. It won’t go up. You can’t get out. The gas tank explodes.
You’ll more than likely: burn up.
And yet, obviously whomever put the money into making this car thought it was ‘cool’ regardless of its setbacks. And someday, when hybrid humans are walking the planet, and we have members of the species who are abominations to nature, will we all look back and say:
“Look! He has gills! That’s just so cool!”
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I promised uplifting stories on the weekend, and this one is great. 12- year-old Peyton Robertson has a very practical invention and it just goes to show, that while there may be many high IQ’s out there, it’s the extra human spirit of imagination and spirit that makes some stand out from the rest. And Peyton is a real joy to watch.
Hopefully Peyton’s parents can help him get this idea on the market.
(Thanks to Kim Komando)
It’s in. Finally, after billions have been spent on trying to prove that women are just the same as men, somebody figured it out. (Although, wisely, these scientist will not reveal their names because of the fear of the feminist backlash.)
Hey, our brains are different. Who knew?
According to this article in The Independent
Researchers found that many of the connections in a typical male brain run between the front and the back of the same side of the brain, whereas in women the connections are more likely to run from side to side between the left and right hemispheres of the brain.
This also explain why men can skate backwards while watching a hockey puck.
Along with that extreme advance in medical science, they gave us a few pictures, where we look deeply into the different brains: The scientists decided to look into this study simply because they couldn’t understand why their wives did not understand why their husbands would rather watch football or play video games than take them shopping. It also explains why the cell phone was invented. Women need to communicate while they’re shopping.
But….there is one finding that this nobody found puzzling:
“Men tend to outperform women involving spatial tasks and motor skills – such as map reading – while women tend to better in memory tests, such as remembering words and faces, and social cognition tests, which try to measure empathy and “emotional intelligence”.
Every man I have ever known could not read a map. Worse…they refuse to read maps, ask directions, or even READ directions. It’s been a problem since Attila the Hun got lost in the Swiss Alps. If only he had listened to his wife, China today, would have found their way to the moon by now, and we would all be speaking Chinese.
Anyway, I don’t know why we are all so excited by this news, because, according to other scientists we have the brains of pigs and monkeys. Nobody Thinks they will soon find out that pigs brains are wired front to back, and chimps brains are wired side to side, because everybody knows, chimps are much better communicators than pigs. And pigs like to eat. Lots.
And that’s why they deserve to be citizens and given Obamaphones.
This was reported on July 30, 2013, by NASA. Nobody suggests that Al Gore might want to redo his hockey stick….Yes Al..there is a bigger ball of gas in the universe than you, and hopefully, it hits you in the head.
Closer scrutiny of radiation left over from the creation of the universe shows the Big Bang took place about 13.8 billion years ago, 100 million years earlier than previous estimates, scientists said on Thursday.
Nobody wants to know where they found this radiation, what kind of box do they have it in, and how SURE are they that the 100 million is the right figure? After all, they don’t even know what all that black dark matter stuff is. They don’t even know how we got Joe Biden as President…
Can we trust this? And more importantly, have they figured out yet who caused that Big Bang?
They also said this:
“We can see the subtle effects of gravitational pulls from literally everything in the universe.”
Yes, I see the subtle effects of gravitational pull every time I look in the mirror. And this guy gets big bucks to say stuff like this?
The good news is: we have another 100 million years to figure it all out.
This morning on the local radio station, there was a discussion on the big problem we have with the low-income students not being able to get help, when a progressive educational public school system cannot seem to teach them anything. Richer people can afford to get Johnny a tutor when he cannot seem to understand fuzzy math, but not the poor kid. I was waiting for the conclusion that “We need to spend MORE money on the poor kids.”
A minute later, I picked up the book I was reading (The Demon Haunted World by Carl Sagan) and read this;
“Science is more than a body of knowledge: it is a way of thinking. I have a foreboding of an America in my children’s or grandchildren’s time–when the United States is a service and information economy: when nearly all the key manufacturing industries have slipped away to other countries: when awesome technological powers are in the hands of a very few, and no one representing the public interest can even grasp the issues: when the people have lost the ability to see their own agendas or knowledgeably question those in authority: when, clutching our crystals and nervously consulting our horoscopes, our critical faculties in decline, unable to distinguish between what feels good and what’s true, we slide, almost without noticing, back into superstition and darkness.
The dumbing down of America is most evident in the slow decay of substantive content in the enormously influential media, the 30-second sound bite (now down to seconds or less), lowest common denominator programming, credulous presentation on pseudoscience and superstition, but especially a kind of celebration of ignorance. As I write this, the number one videocassette rental in America is the move Dumb and Dumber. “Beavis and Butthead” remain popular (and influential ) with young TV viewers. The plain lesson is that study and learning–not just of science, but of anything are avoidable even undesirable.”
Carl makes an excellent point. The reason Obama got elected, was because the majority of our population would rather watch Vampire and Zombie programs then read a book, or delve deeper into Obama’s sound bites: whether they are true or not.
Our schools have shaped our kids to be zombies, listening to sound bites of movie stars and politicians who cannot even add.
Every President says he is going to fix our schools, and no President ever does. And our kids know it. What kind of future can a kid dream of today?
The book was written in 1996. It’s now 2013. Mr. Sagan used science to predict the future.
And he wouldn’t be surprised to know: Zombies are among us now.
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I love this. I have one childhood memory that sticks out from all the rest. I must have been all of three years old, because in the memory, I was sitting in the backseat of my Dad’s car waiting in the dark to pick up my mom at some store. The family moved to Naples, Florida when I was four…so therefore, I had to be three…since it was here in St. Louis.
It was Christmas time, and we were parked in a parking lot, outside a Mall. My father was in the front seat, and my mom seemed to be taking a long time. I remember the backseat seemed as big as a boat, and I was curled up with my favorite blanket and gazing high up into the sky. Minutes before I had heard the, “Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy” on the intercom outside, and asked about it, and I remember looking at my dad, and he told me the story of how all the toys in the Mall came alive and danced, to the music. I don’t know how he knew that, but I believed him, and my mind of course went crazy..picturing all the toys inside the mall…and what if I could locked inside for the night and watch them…oh boy, would mom and dad be mad? And oh boy…that was fun to think about that…and the music was like nothing I had ever heard before, because of course, my parents only listened to Benny Goodman. Dad must have seen it on Lawrence Welk because my grandmother always had that on every week.
It seemed we were there for hours, and I remember gazing up at the sky, and asking my father about the stars. I honestly think it was the first time I had really looked at them, and he must have told me there were millions and they were far away, and right away, I knew that I was the tiniest thing on the planet…no bigger than a grain of sand. It was at that moment that I realized this planet was tiny, I was even tineir…and it was the scariest thing imaginable. Maybe my father told me that…I don’t remember…BUT it put the most horrendous fear of how insignificant I was compared to that vast universe, that I hide under the blanket until mom got to the car. I was powerless. And if you think about it, my ‘Nobody” self is still under that blanket. (LOL!)
My love for music came from that moment I think. I became a musician, a dancer, and a lover of the stars. To this day, “The Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy” is one of my favorite songs, and no matter WHERE I am when I hear it, I stop everything and listen to it all the way through.
Tchaikovsky suffered from deep depressions, and committed suicide. And yet, he left us a small universe of music….His star still shines in this little girl’s heart.
Somehow, music and the universe are meant to be one. Music IS math in so many ways.
My liberal friend just sent me an email..he was upset that in Texas they were thinking about teaching the kids about intelligent design along with evolution. Really, he was horrified. (He HAS no children of his own, and probably never will, being as he is 75.)
So I wrote him back and told him Einstein believed in intelligent design. (LOL!) And Einstein would agree, so many IQ’s…are lackig imagination. Without imagination, you are only halfway there.
Wait…Let’s make this complete: Here, close your eyes and picture yourself as that grain of sand in the vast universe and TELL me…this song doesn’t fit. I no longer hide under the blankets.
I just smile. And thankfully, I grew into my ears.
ENJOY! (Thanks to Ant)
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If you have ever wondered what the space station really looks like, go on a really fun tour with Commander Sunny Williams, who is a wonderful tour guide. She explains everything,
Notice, the Russians, don’t wave. Also notice, they still use plain old paper and pens. And unbelievably, they have many different types of toilet paper to choose from. Only a woman would go into such detail.
Nobody Notes: We can’t send our own spaceships into space anymore, but we can supply the mad dog Egyptian Brotherhood with a bunch of F-16’s.
Somebody want to explain that to me? How about explaining it to Sunny? No?
Anyway, I know it’s long but it’s the best one I’ve seen. Sunny is a woman after my own heart.
(Thanks to J.R. )