Carolyn's Daily Posts: 2011

December 28, 2011

Black Widow Ride…Not on My Bucket List

CAROLYN’S DAILY POSTS: 2011

BLACK WIDOW RIDE…NOT ON MY BUCKET LIST

 

     Kennywood Amusement Park in West Mifflin, Pennsylvania, has a new ride: the Black Widow.

     The thrill ride is a 90-foot tall that seats forty riders who sit in outward-facing suspended seats that form a giant circle. The passengers have their legs freely dangling but wear shoulder restraints.

     The circle swings in a pendulum motion while rotating counterclockwise. It swings at an angle of one hundred twenty degrees from its center, and back and forth at sixty-eight miles per hour. At the peak of the Black Widow riders rise one hundred forty-six feet above ground and feel a sense of weightlessness.

     No siree, it’s not for me. It’s not on my bucket list. I can think of more interesting things to do than to have by body thrust in a pendulum swing at sixty-eight miles per hour.

     The ride will be available for the brave on May 17, 2011.

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December 19, 2011

Seeming Pauper Donates Two Million to a Church

CAROLYN’S DAILY POSTS: 2011

SEEMING PAUPER DONATES

TWO MILLION TO A CHURCH

     He was a simple man who drove an old pickup truck, lived in a trailer without running water, and kept to himself.

     But he wasn’t poor. Upon his death he left a small rural church two million dollars.

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     John Ferguson died in January 2007 at the age of seventy-one. The recipient of his gift was eighty-member Hopewell United Methodist Church in Blairsville, Pennsylvania.

     The frugal man’s will was short and simple—one paragraph—that said everything should go to the church that his mother attended faithfully until (more…)

December 15, 2011

Warning About Fires at Christmas Time and in Cold Weather

CAROLYN’S DAILY POSTS: 2011

WARNING ABOUT FIRES

AT CHRISTMAS TIME AND IN COLD WEATHER

      “Get out of the house!” says 5 year old Matthew King.  He knew what to do when his mom woke him up Tuesday morning.* 

      Their house was in flames following an explosion caused by gas surrounding a furnace when it clicked on. To read the post, a warning about fires during the Christmas holidays and when the cold weather season begins click on Christmas…Time for Food, Fun, Gifts, and…Fires .

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ADDITIONAL READING:

A BROKEN LEG FOR CHRISTMAS

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December 14, 2011

The Name Carolyn

CAROLYN’S DAILY POSTS: 2011

THE NAME CAROLYN

 What’s in a name?

   My name, that is.

Carolyn.

      It is uncommon enough to be somewhat unique, but it is common enough so it does not get confusing and is not considered weird.*

    All through my school years, including college, I never had a classmate with the same name. Then I lived in Atlanta, Georgia, for three years. While shopping in a department store I heard my name called over the loudspeaker. I looked around and several other women were also were looking—their name was also Carolyn!

     Now, in Ligonier, Pennsylvania, when I shop at the local grocery store I’m apt to hear my name called over the loudspeaker. I do a double take before I recall that one of the store personnel is named Carolyn…to continue reading click on December 13, 2011 at www.carolyncholland.wordpress.com

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ADDITIONAL READING:

A Story Using The Letters in My Name

CAROLYN

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December 13, 2011

All’s Not Lost Re Bernie Fine

CAROLYN’S DAILY POSTS: 2011

 ALL’S NOT LOST RE BERNIE FINE

     Sex abuse allegations against Bernie Fine, fired assistant men’s basketball coach at Syracuse University, cannot bring charges. The legal statute of limitations on the claims of two men bar prosecution.

     In spite of this a New York district attorney found the two men who brought the charges are credible.

     However, all is not lost. People are now (more…)

December 7, 2011

Is Each Snowflake Truly Unique?

CAROLYN’S DAILY POSTS: 2011

IS EACH SNOWFLAKE TRULY UNIQUE?

 

     The splendor of the first snowfall of each season awes me. This awe is stretched to infinitesimal levels when I realize that each snowflake is unique, not matched by any other snowflake.

     The pronouncement that no two snowflakes can be the same was made by Vermonter Wilson A. Bentley, a farmer. He had a passion: snow crystals. His acting on this passion was what led him to this conclusion.

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     “Snowflake” (Bentley’s a. k. a. moniker) combined a bellows camera and a microscope and used it to snap more than five thousand photographs, which he found match-less. He determined that each snowflake is unique due to (more…)

November 30, 2011

Mummified Body Collection

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MUMMIFIED BODY COLLECTION

     I occasionally watch the television reality show Hoarders. It focuses on people who are literally driven out of their homes by stuff. They just cannot dispose of any physical items.

     Some of the stuff may include special collections. One man collected game machines. Another dolls. Thousands of them.

     Several featured collectors of chickens, rabbits, cats, rats, and dogs, many of which were in deplorable condition.

     A Russian historian who loved to rummage through cemeteries had the collection of all collections: mummified bodies.

     Each item in his macabre collection of (more…)

November 27, 2011

Volcanoes on Mars

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VOLCANOES ON MARS

     Earth has nothing to compare with the Mars’ volcano Olympus Mons, which rises twenty-two kilometers above its base. Earth’s tallest volcano, Mauna Kea, stands only (more…)

November 26, 2011

The Birth of the Man in the Moon

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THE BIRTH OF THE MAN IN THE MOON

 

For planetary scientists, the man in the moon is more than folklore, he is a conundrum. Why, they ask, did almost all of the dark lavas that outline the profile erupt on one side of the moon? The farside is a blank slate nearly devoid of dark lavas.

Planetary scientists began noticing these oddities as soon as the first spacecraft revealed the near absence  of dark lava “seas” or maria on the moon’s farside.

     Geophysicists Marc Parmentier (Brown University) and Shijie  Zhong and Maria Zuber (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) proposed one theory: The interplay of lunar mineralogy and (more…)

November 25, 2011

Free Energy on Saturdays

CAROLYN’S DAILY POSTS: 2011

FREE ENERGY ON SATURDAYS

     There is a new energy plan available.

     Direct Energy competes for customers with Duquesne Light’s service area

     It offers customers free electricity every Saturday. All they must do is reschedule high-energy activities to Saturdays. The result: they can save.

     Free Power Saturday is a twelve month product with no cancellation fee. It is designed to encourage customers to reduce electricity consumption during higher-priced weekly peak hours.

     Example: to dry two loads of laundry on Saturday, using an electric dryer, will save about $50 over one year.

     Consider that the average American family washes 400 loads of laundry per year, according to government research.*

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     I’ve got them beat: to dry two loads of laundry—on any day of the week—costs me nothing if I use Mother Nature’s dryer, the sun.

     However, many housing developments have housing association rules that prohibit the tool of sun drying (the clothesline). For them and others who routinely use a mechanical dryer, details on Free Power Saturday are available at bit.ly/FreePowerSaturday71 (the address is case sensitive).

SOURCE

Power Supplier won’t charge for Saturdays, Greensburg Tribune-Review, October 11, 2011, pp B9

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