John’s Believe It Or Not… January 22nd

* 1992 – Roberta Bondar launched into space on board the US space shuttle Discovery – Canada’s first female astronaut. * 1973 Roe v. Wade. * 1840 British colonists reach New Zealand. * 1901 Queen Victoria dies. * 1905 First Russian Revolution begins

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It’s Monday! Did You Know…

* 1992 – Roberta Bondar launched into space on board the US space shuttle Discovery – Canada’s first female astronaut.

The morning of January 22, 1992, was chilly along the east coast of Florida. NASA officials watched the temperatures closely – just six years earlier, cold temperatures contributed to the Challenger disaster, claiming the lives of seven astronauts and grounding the shuttle fleet for three years. Continue reading “John’s Believe It Or Not… January 22nd”

John’s Believe It Or Not… January 21st

* 1807 – Ezekiel Hart elected to the Lower Canada Assembly but unseated because of his religion. * 1977 President Carter pardons draft dodgers. * 2017 Women’s March. * 1976 Concorde takes off. * 1924 Vladimir Lenin dies.

It’s Sunday! Did You Know…

* 1807 – Ezekiel Hart elected to the Lower Canada Assembly but unseated because of his religion.

Ezekiel Hart (May 15, 1770 – September 16, 1843) was an entrepreneur and politician in British North America. He is often said to be the first Jew to be elected to public office in the British Empire, though this assertion is discredited by the election of Francis Salvador to the South Carolina General Assembly in 1774. Continue reading “John’s Believe It Or Not… January 21st”

John’s Believe It Or Not… January 20th

* 1951 – John Fioravanti is born on this day in Toronto, Ontario. * 1981 Iran Hostage Crisis ends. * 1841 Hong Kong ceded to the British. * 1945 FDR inaugurated to fourth term. * 1996 Arafat elected leader of Palestine.

It’s Saturday! Did You Know…

* 1951 – John Fioravanti is born on this day in Toronto, Ontario.

I remember an incident when a person who was annoyed with me asked if I thought I was someone special. I retorted, “Certainly! The Americans inaugurate all of their presidents on my birthday!” Continue reading “John’s Believe It Or Not… January 20th”

John’s Believe It Or Not… January 19th

* 1870 – Red River Rebellion – Louis Riel proposes a convention of forty Scotch and Métis representatives to discuss negotiating with Ottawa and setting up an elected Assembly. * 1809 Edgar Allan Poe is born. * 1883 Fog leads to deadly collision in North Sea. * 1966 Indira Gandhi becomes Indian prime minister. * 1983 Butcher of Lyons arrested in Bolivia.

It’s Friday! TGIF! Did You Know…

* 1870 – Red River Rebellion – Louis Riel proposes a convention of forty Scotch and Métis representatives to discuss negotiating with Ottawa and setting up an elected Assembly.

The Red River Resistance (or the Red River Rebellion, Red River uprising, or First Riel Rebellion) was the sequence of events that led up to the 1869 establishment of a provisional government by the Métis leader Louis Riel and his followers at the Red River Colony, in what is now the Canadian province of Manitoba. For a period it had been a territory called Rupert’s Land under control of the Hudson’s Bay Company. Continue reading “John’s Believe It Or Not… January 19th”

Thursday – A Little Personal – Housebound

John W. Howell gifts us with another delightful episode with his furry kids, Lucy and Bailey. Please share…

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“Hey, Lucy. Do you want to come up here on the couch you look a little down.”

“To tell you the truth, I wish there was something to play with.”

“I know it is boring when you can’t go outside.”

“Yeah, why can’t we go out?

“For heaven’s sake, Lucy. Can you take a look at the thermometer? It is 30 degrees F out there.”

“Whats that in centigrade?

“You tire me out, Lucy. You really do. We can’t go out there even in our blankets.”

“Why’s that?”

“Pops says the wind chill is too much for his old bones. Look at him. He looks zonked.”

“I heard that. I’m not zonked. Just resting my eyes. Mom is going to take care of you two.”

“What is that, Mom? Looks like a hedgehog.”

“These are pigs you two. Now go and have fun.”

“Hold on Mom. Not sure about this.”

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The Cognitive Revolution.

Opher Goodwin presents a fascinating explanation of the ‘Cognitive Revolution’ which made Homo Sapiens the ruler of planet Earth. Please share…

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The Cognitive Revolution.

70,000 years ago something happened that changed the world – humans underwent a cognitive revolution.
It was a change that led directly to the huge success of Homo sapiens, its dramatic increase in numbers, the extinction of all the world’s megafauna and the extinction of all other species of Homo.
At one time, during the early part of our mere 200,000 year history, we shared the planet with at least three other species of humans. The likelihood is that we wiped them out.
So how is this great success possible? What separated us from both our tool-making, fire-using, intelligent and linguistically dextrous fellow species of humans as well as our direct ancestors?
The answer is the development of cognitive ability – the ability to invent and believe in things that do not exist.
That is our forte.
Whereas Neanderthals, who had bigger brains than us, probably talked…

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John’s Believe It Or Not… January 18th

* 2000 – Rare Carbon Meteorite Falls on the Ice of a Yukon Lake. * 1788 the First Fleet carrying 736 convicts from England to Australia arrives at Botany Bay to set up a penal colony. * 1919 Post-World War I peace conference begins in Paris. * 1778 Cook discovers Hawaii. * 1969 Heavy rain leads to landslides in Southern California.

It’s Thursday! Did You Know…

* 2000 – Rare Carbon Meteorite Falls on the Ice of a Yukon Lake.

The Tagish Lake meteorite fell at 16:43 UTC on 18 January 2000 in the Tagish Lake area in northwestern British Columbia, Canada.

Fragments of the Tagish Lake meteorite landed upon the Earth on January 18, 2000, at 16:43 UT (08:43 local time in Yukon) after a large meteoroid exploded in the upper atmosphere at altitudes of 50–30 kilometres (31–19 mi) with an estimated total energy release of about 1.7 kilotons. Following the reported sighting of a fireball in southern Yukon and northern British Columbia, Canada, more than 500 fragments of the meteorite were collected from the lake’s frozen surface. Post-event atmospheric photographs of the trail left by the associated fireball and U.S. Department of Defense satellite information yielded the meteor trajectory. Most of the stony, carbonaceous fragments landed on the Taku Arm of the lake, coming to rest on the lake’s frozen surface. The passage of the fireball and the high-altitude explosion set off a wide array of satellite sensors as well as seismographs. Continue reading “John’s Believe It Or Not… January 18th”