The day is half gone (and so am I?) so I have no glowing list like last week. Here are thirteen things I can dredge up from my sleep deprived brain:
1. Did you know that when big Navy ships are going to put out to sea for any distance off the coast that they have to try to shoo away the hummingbirds that are attracted to the lights on the ship (bugs)? I didn't know either until my friend told me this bit of news this week. So sad. Sometimes they find little dead hummers that are disoriented and cannot get back to shore, so they die.
2. Lathrop, Missouri used to have one of the largest mule barns in the United States. Britain bought mules from there to take to Africa when they were going to fight the Boer War.
3. I have found more Beta sites today with glaring typos on them than I can shake a stick at.
4. Six flags of different nations have flown over Amelia Island in Florida.
5. There is an authentic windmill in Fulton, IL that was originally built in the Netherlands and then transported to Illinois, along with men from the Netherlands that would instruct the new owners on how to run the mill.
6. From December of 1971 to May of 1972, Jim and I lived in Otterberg, Germany. There is a beautiful church there that dates from the 13th century.
7. In the late 1970's, we could have bought my husband's uncle's cabin on Mule Lake in Minnesota, but we were moving from Iowa to WA, and didn't have the money or any way to keep it in repair. We might be millionaires today if we had bought it. Read this 2001 article on Cass County, MN by the MN DNR.
8. We have a friend that was the pitching coach for Nolan Ryan in Alvin, TX. (Our friend) went on to be a Commander in the US Navy.
9. Butchart Gardens in Victoria, Canada is one of the most beautiful places on the west coast. In the beginning, it was a limestone quarry.
12. German chocolate cake did not originate in Germany. In 1852, Sam German developed a sweet baking bar for Baker's Chocolate Co. The product was named in honor of him -- Baker's German's Sweet Chocolate. Hawaii is the only US state that grows cacao beans to produce chocolate.
13. As far as I know, there are no poisonous snakes native to western Washington state. There are some in eastern WA though...rattlesnakes.
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