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Saturday, April 18, 2015

Imagine a fiery hole appearing one day in your backyard with temperatures topping 1,458 degrees Fahrenheit. This is a fire so intense that branches held near it spontaneously burst into flames. In Urumqi, China, this is exactly what happened recently.

The inferno appeared a week ago outside the village when a flaming sinkhole about a meter wide appeared in the ground. Scientists believe that the spontaneous combustion of coal may be responsible. They are exploring ways to close the fissure, but scientists warn it could reopen.

Saturday, April 4, 2015

I will remember the winter of 2015 as extremely exhausting weatherwise, not because of large snowfalls, but just because of the many small nuisance storms.

As I get older, I find that if I can avoid driving in nasty weather, then I will, not because of my skill, but more due to the lack of skill of other drivers.

I am still amazed anyone living in this area of Pennsylvania really forgets or never learns how to drive in the snow. It seems to get worse each year instead of better.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

I heard a story recently on Coast to Coast AM about the famous World War I flying ace, Baron Manfred von Richthofen, the Red Baron.

The Red Baron has maintained a legendary reputation one hundred years later as one of the greatest pilots of World War I, having shot down a career total of 80 pilots during the conflict.

There is an extra aircraft that some accounts attribute to the Baron as well, but this one may not be of Earth.

The account is attributed to a fellow flier who accompanied the Red Baron on an early morning mission in the spring of 1917.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

There is a video making the rounds on the Internet in the past week or so regarding a so-called haunted house.

It is about 90 seconds long and depicts a single camera point of view of poltergeist activity in a haunted house. The narrator sounds like a woman who is on the phone with someone describing what is happening. She claims there are noises through the house and the dogs are crazy.

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Last Sunday, we performed the annual switch of our clocks back to daylight saving time.

That requires us to sacrifice an hour of well-needed slumber in order to move our clocks ahead one hour so that we can gain an extra hour of sunlight in the afternoon and evening and start moving toward those long lazy hazy days of summer.

I often wondered growing up why we do this. The apparent side effects are that the hour of light we enjoyed in the morning now disappears temporarily into the pre-dawn darkness in order to "move it" to the end of the day.

Saturday, March 7, 2015
Remembering Leonard Nimoy and Mr. Spock

One of my favoritememories growing up was late Saturday night television on PBS, which for several years aired triple episodes of "Star Trek."

While it was aired on channel 17 here and there and at one time used to be filler leading up to prime time on some local networks, it was the three-show mini-marathons on PBS that really hooked me on "Star Trek" and led me to journey with Captain Kirk and Mr. Spock on that five-year mission "to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations, to boldly go where no man has gone before. …"

Saturday, February 28, 2015

I came across an interesting story on a website called "Epoch Times"( in a section devoted to "Beyond Science: Archaeology" with regard to an apocryphal precious metal called orichalcum.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

This past Monday we observed Presidents Day, which is a federal holiday and observed as a state holiday in Pennsylvania as well, but the actual holiday means different things depending upon which state you live in.

I do not want to get ahead of myself, so let us begin by discussing where Presidents Day began and how we went from two presidents and two birthdays to one date that is not even close to either one.

Saturday, February 14, 2015

My cousin Ruth Ann shared an article this week that was quite exciting and offers hope that science will finally catch up with metaphysics and offer proof that our consciousness is not a manifestation of our physical existence and may precede and follow our lives here on Earth.

In other words from a scientific perspective our consciousness is independent of our physical existence. This is an exciting theory and its major proponent is a scientist named Robert Lanza.

Saturday, January 31, 2015

There are many different urban legends told over campfires and during sleepovers. They are used to entertain with scary stories, but many really cannot be traced to one solid source. They always happen to "a friend of a friend" or someone my "family member" knows who knows someone else. When a story starts that way, it is surely a tall tale or an urban legend.