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Singing Sands

The mystery of singing sand dunes has been explained. None the less it is a fascinating phenomenon to hear.
Posted By: patty | Date: Thu Nov 01, 2012 | Comments (17)
Category: Nature

An Icicle That Looks Like A Bird

It must have been a slow news day when this photo ran in papers back in 1959. The icicle that looks like a bird was found outside a Detroit home. [via eBay]
Posted By: Alex | Date: Fri Oct 19, 2012 | Comments (4)
Category: Freaks, Oddities, Quirks of Nature, Nature, Weather, 1950's

Regretably Prophetic Oil Company Ad

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Original ad here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Wed Aug 01, 2012 | Comments (11)
Category: Business, Advertising, Products, Nature, Natural Resources, Oceans and Maritime Pursuits, 1960's

The Sound of the Northern Lights Clapping

People have long reported that they've heard strange clapping sounds coming from the Northern Lights. But scientists tended to ignore these reports. The people hearing the sounds were told they were imagining them, or that the sounds were coming from sources such as trees or falling ice. But now Finnish researchers at Aalto University have recorded the Aurora Borealis actually making these snapping/clapping sounds, and have confirmed (to their satisfaction) that the sounds couldn't have been coming from anywhere else. More info at and at the researcher's website.

Posted By: Alex | Date: Sat Jul 28, 2012 | Comments (8)
Category: Nature, Natural Wonders, Noises and Other Public Disturbances of the Peace, Science


Cascade from Timothy LaPointe on Vimeo.

And what exactly did you ingest before venturing into the woods?
Posted By: Paul | Date: Tue Jul 17, 2012 | Comments (4)
Category: Nature, Pop Art, Surrealism

Groovy Summertime

Happy Solstice!

Info on the band.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Wed Jun 20, 2012 | Comments (9)
Category: Music, Nature

D’une Rare Crudité

Anyone know where to find the complete version of this weird film?
Posted By: Paul | Date: Thu Jun 02, 2011 | Comments (6)
Category: Anthropomorphism, Movies, Nature, Surrealism

Godzilla vs. the Smog Monster

If the Republicans continue to undo environmental laws, this is obviously where we are headed.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Sun Apr 17, 2011 | Comments (3)
Category: Movies, Nature, 1970's, Fictional Monsters

The Maze of the Mind

The Maze of the Mind from Blue Muse Dance on Vimeo.

Let me solicit your interpretations of the meaning of this "dance." I'll start you off.

1) Big black hat equals seriousness.

2) TVs can be powered by grass electricity.

3) Simulated lawn orgasms are fun.

4) The world looks better through rose-colored silk.

5) Is this my outdoor tai chi class?

6) New Yorkers will applaud anything.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Fri Feb 18, 2011 | Comments (8)
Category: Nature, Performance Art, Dance

It’s Not What You Think

I know what my first thought was when I saw the headline 'Weed Dating'. Unfortunately it doesn't involve that kind of weed. This is a take on the popular speed dating model - except instead of meeting for a few minutes in a bar, you meet in a field, and pick weeds. Participants weed a row with a potential romantic interest and then move on to another row and another partner. While there hasn't been much romantic success, the idea has created enthusiasm among Farmer's Associations around the country. You can read more about weed dating here.
Posted By: Nethie | Date: Thu Oct 14, 2010 | Comments (14)
Category: Agriculture, Domestic, Nature, Farming
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