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Joke With The Pope Contest The Pontifical Mission Societies in the United States, in order to gain publicity for  Pope Francis’ US visit last month had a contest. It was the Joke with the Pope contest. The contest netted 4,000 submissions from people, including actress and comedian Ellie Kemper, weather forecaster Al Roker, and late-night TV host Conan O’Brien. Comedian Bill Murray was…

Coffee

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Yesterday was National Coffee Day. While you are recovering from a day of free cups of coffee and being caffienated all day, here is a few fun facts aobut your coffee. Coffee is the second most traded commodity on earth. According to the Global Exchange, there are approximately 25 million farmers in over 50 countries involved in producing coffee. The…

Animal Myths

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Chameleons can change to a color by touching it. Perhaps you have seen the commercial for Valspar Paint where the Chameleons are touching paint chips and turning into the colors they touch. It is a cute commercial, but that is not what Chameleons do.  It is a myth. They do not change  color to match their environment. Rather, Chameleons change color in response…

The Mystery Of Sandy Island

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Sandy Island. An Island the size of Manhattan,  discovered in 1876,  had disappeared.   During the  25  day  expedition led by Maria Seton, a young scientist from University of Sydney,  to the Coral Sea aboard the Australian research vessel,  the RV Southern Surveyor.They noticed several maps showed a long black island where the onboard map showed nothing, but open sea. Maria…

Worst Jobs Than Mine

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I have been working a lot lately and starting to feel like my job sucked. Then I remembered that old adage that there is always something worse than what you got and the grass is not always greener on the other side of a fence. Or some such thing. Either way I am glad I don’t have the following jobs. These…

Weird Questions and Answers: Bodies

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There are just some things I do that I want to know why. Ok I always want to know why, but these are important Questions.  Questions like: Why Does My OJ Taste So Awful After Brushing My Teeth When we brush our teeth we like to have  toothpaste that suds up. Some of us use so much when we brush we look like rabid…

New Hogan’s Dam

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In 1907, it was a very wet year for the City of Stockton, CA and its surrounding towns. 21 inches of rain had already fallen when they received a 3-day deluge. There was flooding, some of it severe. On Tuesday, March 19, 1907, the swollen Mokelumne River spilled over its already saturated banks. Muddy water surged over farmland, flooding Clements,…