I was finally going to get back into the studio this weekend and start a project I’ve been itching to get into. Then the sickness came. I was fine on Thursday when I was at work, then on Friday when I was about to go into the studio I had what seemed like an allergy attack. Only problem is, it just kept getting worse. Then on Saturday I started getting chills and aches along with it. Two days down, though I seem to be gwtting better today. Unfortunately my resting today means that I go into work tomorrow – still no studio.
I did spend my achy day watching Xena. I kept wondering about her armor. I am impressed they made it look bronze, (though they obviously had steel technology for their weapons) but how effective would it be? Would it be heavy? It looks like pretty thick forged copper to me. Hmmm, should I make some Xena armor? That would be pretty awesome, but maybe that’s just the sickness talking. Plus I’d need to learn leather working. Maybe that should be my next workshop…
Mount Williams is the 4th highest peak in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts
In ancient Egypt hyenas were domesticated and raised for food
Radiation causes Diamonds to turn green
My left foot is slightly bigger than my right one
Iron is the 6th most common element found in the Universe (I’m not sure how we can know this with any certainty, but OK, I’ll buy it)
In the Aztec language, the name for gold is teocuitlatl, which means “excrement of the gods.”
On October 4, 1957, the first artificial satellite was launched by the Soviet Union
Most of the country’s glass marbles are made around Parkersburg, WV
Baby crows have blue eyes
My husband and I rode horses up through the streets of Mont St Michel.
A dime has 118 ridges around the edge.
Big Stick No. 141 is a rural municipality in the Canadian province of Saskatchewan.
I’ve tried learning three different languages – French, Japanese, & German none of which I’m fluent in
A syzygy occurs when three atronomical bodies line up.
Your momma wears combat boots (just checking if you’re still reading)
In Hazleton, PA there is a law on the books that prohibits a person from sipping a carbonated drink while lecturing students in a school auditorium.
One ounce of gold can be stretched into a thin wire measuring only five microns, or five millionths of a meter, thick, that would reach in a straight line from midtown Manhattan across Long Island Sound to Bridgeport, Connecticut–a distance of 80 kilometers or 50 miles.
I’ve walked through the Gates of Babylon – this is 100% true
Over 81,000 kgs (179,000 lbs) of copper was used to build The Statue of Liberty
The World’s Largest Hammer, a replica of a Vaughan claw hammer, stands at the Pierson Building Center in California. It is 26 feet tall.
In one feeding frenzy, a spotted hyena can eat up to one third of its body weight (much like a teenage boy)
I’ve made sausage from scratch and helped butcher a pig (not slaughter, butcher)
Along with iron, cobalt and gadolinium, nickel is one of just 4 elements that are magnetic at or near room temperature
The hedgehog is born with its spines lying just under the skin. The spines will “sprout” 2-3 days after they are born.
I’m secretly a vampire who went by the name of Betty Robinson and won a gold medal in the 1928 & 1936 Olympics
The Rockville Bridge in Harrisburg is the longest stone arch bridge in the world.
If you live in/grow up around Central Pennsylvania, the anagram TMI doesn’t mean “Too Much Information,” it means “Three Mile Island.” Yes, THAT Three Mile Island. In fact, it’s about 4 driving miles from my house. I can see it’s steam rising when I stand on my street in front of where I live.
There’s something you should know about me… I’ve always been a bit scared of nuclear power. I think it’s a product of growing up during the cold war, and well, you know, TMI.
So imagine my reaction when I got a postcard in the mail saying that TMI was having a Community Day where I could TOUR THE ISLAND. Of course I had to face my fears and say “sign me up!” My husband said it was like the Peterman Reality Tour from Seinfeld and that I should bring him back a fun size Snickers. The funny thing is, they really did have fun size candy bars…
It was actually a pretty great tour. Most of the island is left pretty wild and we saw deer, two ospreys, two bald eagles, some egrets, herons, and a cormorant. Plus I sat in the parking lot of Reactor 2 and didn’t freak out or start to glow or anything. And inside they had employees and people from the NRC there to talk about it. I saw what the private security were equipped to do, what the rods look like (in replica, of course) and even got a bag of swag. All in all a pretty great event.
PS: We couldn’t take photos near the working Reactor Due to security issues. Also, I didn’t see Wolverine fighting Deadpool either.