Category:
Natural Wonders

Polarity Switch

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The sun is due to flip poles soon, but don't worry, this change in polarity is not as dire as it sounds. Apparently the switch happens every eleven years. It does cause some disturbances in the universe but few here on earth. Mainly there will be some satellite disruption and more northern lights displays.

Posted By: patty - Sun Dec 15, 2013 - Comments (2)
Category: Natural Wonders

Nova Scotia Pond Mystery

An odd mystery from the backwoods of Nova Scotia. Hikers have come across a pond that, in one spot, has a "bubbling column of water" that frequently shoots straight up into the air like a fountain.


What's causing this? Nobody knows. Top guesses are: 1) maybe there's a leaking pipe in the pond (although this pond is in the middle of nowhere, so how did the pipe get there?); 2) it's swamp gas; 3) it's the Loch Ness Monster, or her Nova Scotia pond cousin.

The one possibility that's been ruled out is that it's a geyser, because a local geologist has pointed out that geysers require "a special volcanic activity which we haven’t had for about 200 million years in Nova Scotia." Global News has a video of the pond.

Posted By: Alex - Tue Aug 20, 2013 - Comments (9)
Category: Natural Wonders

Miyoko Shida Rigolo



Posted By: Paul - Sun May 12, 2013 - Comments (5)
Category: Performance Art, Natural Wonders

Alexandre Lane & the Cyr Wheel



His Facebook page.

Posted By: Paul - Tue May 07, 2013 - Comments (6)
Category: Performance Art, Natural Wonders

The Original Rock Dinner

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Original page here.

In 1939, Kent Knowlton of Randsburg, CA, assembled a curious meal of petrified food for his amusement and that of others.

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We have a record that it was still being exhibited a year later. Then, the "Original Rock Dinner" vanishes from history--until this very year!

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An article on the "ghost town" of Randsburg features what appears to be a photo of the petrified food, nearly 75 years after its debut. I'd recognize that "cauliflower" anywhere!

Posted By: Paul - Tue Feb 26, 2013 - Comments (2)
Category: Eccentrics, Collectors, Food, Regionalism, 1930s, 1940s, Natural Wonders

Musical Horse



Submitted by my old high-school pal Sherry Mowbray.

Posted By: Paul - Wed Feb 13, 2013 - Comments (3)
Category: Animals, Music, Reader Recommendation, Natural Wonders

Singing Sand

Apparently there are some beaches that sing. More specifically, the sand on these beaches makes a "singing, squeaking, whistling, or barking" sound when you walk across it or run your hand over it. From Wikipedia:

On some beaches around the world, dry sand will make a singing, squeaking, whistling, or barking sound if a person scuffs or shuffles their feet with sufficient force. The phenomenon is not completely understood scientifically, but it has been found that quartz sand will do this if the grains are very well-rounded and highly spherical. It is believed by some that the sand grains must be of similar size, so the sand must be well sorted by the actions of wind and waves, and that the grains should be close to spherical and have dust-, pollution-, and organic-matter-free surfaces. The "singing" sound is then believed to be produced by shear as each layer of sand grains slides over the layer beneath it. The similarity in size, the uniformity, and the cleanness mean that grains move up and down in unison over the layer of grains below them. Even small amounts of pollution on the sand grains reduces the friction enough to silence the sand.

The sand here in San Diego definitely doesn't sing, and all the pollution we get from Tijuana guarantees it'll never make a squeak! Lake Michigan has some of the most famous singing sand. Some videos below.



Posted By: Alex - Sun Jan 06, 2013 - Comments (7)
Category: Nature, Natural Wonders

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