Up for some Idaho trivia today? For years, Boise has held a Potato Drop in New Year’s Eve. For Idahoans, this is bigger than Times Square on New Year. And bet you never knew.
Of course it’s not a real potato but a styrofoam creation of some ilk. And on the subject of potatoes, wouldn’t you love to chomp into one of these, with or without ketchup??
Did you know that Washington’s Mount Baker holds the U.S. record for the most snowfall in a single season??? Yepper, back in the winter of 1998-1999, some 95 feet of snow fell in that one winter! That would cover your house, right?
(Thanks to the Essentials of Geology, 2003, by Lutgens, Tarbuck and Tasa.)
What is one of Washington’s best known and least liked animals???
SLUGS! They may be nature’s ultimate recycler but to most of us they are icky.
“One of Washington’s best-known molluscs is a slug….a very big slug, to be exact. The honorable banana slug is commonly 4 to 6 inches long and sometimes can reach 10 inches. Slugs are most active at night and in dim, humid conditions because they need the humidity to replenish liquid that is consumed in their prodigious production of slime. Slime is very important to the slug. It provides both traction and lubrication and also protects the slug’s sole.”
(This bit comes from The Washington Almanac, by Andrea Jarvela, 1999.)
According to author Jarvela, “banana slugs can be eaten. Fry them after removing the slime by soaking the slugs in vinegar. They taste just like the more expensive French escargots….”
Have you ever chomped a fried banana slug?????
Did you realize there are 17 different species of penguins in the world? Not counting whatever species Opus belonged to.
We’ve been watching Planet Earth, the Frozen Planet series, and have become quite enamored with these black-and-white flightless birds. Asking Grandma Google for more information, I was introduced to a wonderful website, www.penguinworld.com . There I found descriptions and super photos of all different 17 species and a map of locations where they are found.
They live in Antartica primarily, but South America, New Zealand and the bottom of Africa. Those places may seem widely separated but looking at a map with Antarctica in the center those others places are just “inches” away in reality.
Hope you’ll click to that website and have a fun learning experience for yourself.
And how many flightless birds are there? You’d never be able to list them all and neither would I: 70 is the number!
Perhaps this should have been posted under Mystery…….but I ask for your help to identify this darling little flowering plant:
It is growing happily in my daughter-in-law’s garden in Port Angeles. The thin woody stems are about a foot long. The red-and-white flowers are tiny and about the size of your thumbnail. She says it’s a perennial.
I think it was said in days of yore, “if it ain’t in the Sears Roebuck catalog, you don’t need it.” I’m old enough to remember pouring over a S&R catalog, especially the toy catalog at Christmas time! Bet you did too.
I bought this little paperback for 25-cents at a roadside junque sale. It’s been such fun browsing the pages……..but only in strong light and with a magnifying glass for it’s teeny print/pictures.
This 1909 catalog offered everything: Pianos, corsets, guns, sofas, typewriters, rocking chairs, “quick cures for dyspepsia,” violins, diamond rings, watchmakers’ tools, shoes (ohmygoshthewomensshoesAWFUL), and “the highest grade steel range” for $22.43 (plus postage? and you know how HEAVY they were).
Did I mention fishing hooks, men’s shirts, lamps, dishes, crucifixes, “Parisian depilatory” (for 58 cents), blacksmith tools…………… well,you get the idea.
A genuine stroll-through-time as I browse those 900-pages of goods offered in 1909 by Messrs. Sears and Roebuck.
Some twisted crazy quotes highlighting a necessity of modern life:
“If at first you don’t succeed, use duct tape.”
” All we have to fear is no duct tape.” (F.D.R.
“Duct tape in time saves dimes.” (B. Franklin)
“The duct tape is mightier than the wood glue.” (Shakespeare)
“Duct tape it now or pay the repair guy later.”
“All we need is duct tape. Duct tape is all we need.” (Lennon/McCartney0
And my most favorite:
“This is the tape that mends men’s soles.” (Thomas Payne)
(From that little Duct Tape book.)
Today being Election Day, and feeling “hooray it’s over” because of all the verbal wrangling, I must reflect that politics has always since Day One of this country been cause for passionate verbal exchanges. Now, too, it’s on TV and social media. In the olden days, it was cartoons in the newspaper. Here’s one from 1860. Do you think it was pro-Lincoln or against Lincoln?
I’ve read enough U.S. history (and bet you have too) to know that there were strong divides of opinion over Abraham Lincoln and the campaigning was most rancorous. Just like today, eh?
Do you understand that you might have Cajun or Creole ancestors? Do you know the difference? I didn’t…………
Creole refers to multiple origins…..like Louisiana Creole. This is a designation of a group of people that refers to their origin, their ancestry, their lineage, their heritage, as direct descendants from the early settlers of the Louisiana colony or territory. These settlers came straight from Spain or France.
Contrast that with Cajuns, or more properly Acadians. These were people from Spain or France who first went to Acadia in Canada and were forced out by the British in 1765 and many of whom went to Louisiana.
Remember: it was in 1763 that the Louisiana colony was transferred to the Spanish crown. That’s why those fleeing Acadia headed south to join other like-minded people.
(Thanks to Belmont F. Haydel, Ph.D., his article in the New Orleans Genesis, Jan 2017.)
Catching up today………….
First, thank you all who take the time to enter comments on these blog posts. I really do appreciate knowing you read my posts and care enough to make comments.
Second, yesterday’s Mystery post was of Ginny and me at the Makah Cultural & Tribal Center in Neah Bay, Washington. I ask you what was your most vivid memory of that museum. Here’s mine:
The Makah people would take very thin cedar planks (top of left pix) and cut “Vs” into them so they would bend into a box shape. They would then join the edges with wooden pegs driven through on an angle. Amazing! To think of all that work to make ONE box…..and in the museum there were the remains of several. In “those times” they must have had boxes of all sizes, each laboriously made this way. Just amazing.