Since yesterday was Mother's Day, here's an old photo of MommyCorp 's principal shareholders.
Have been trying to reduce clutter. Until 6 BB ( Before Blog) I assiduously collected newspaper clippings on a variety of topics of personal (oddball) interest.
1. Scientist records sounds from Norway's 'lake monster':
"Sound seem to have a biological source from its frequency and structure."
Local lore names the fabled creature in Seljord Lake, "Selma."
Under cryptozoology. Amazing the number of occupied lakes around the world. One is not limited to a Lock Ness setting. Universality of folk loric themes.
2. Newts can see Earth's electro-magnetic fields:
"Tiny caps fitted over heads used to test navagation skills."
Red spotted newts. Tiny caps. Natural compasses. Delightful image.
3. Trench art has roots in wartime:
Items made from left-over artillery. I have a paper knife from WWI. Nice to know the name for this form of folk art.
4. Andes' explorer says he's at last in Atlantis:
"The Bolivian town of Quillacas has much in common with Plato's lost city "encircled by mountains that stretched as far as the sea.'"
British explorer expounds his theory in a book Atlantis: The Andes Solution.
5. Old Chinese recipe for apricot preserves:
Pour four cups of water in as pot, throw in an 8 oz. package of dried apricots. Add 1/2 cup of sugar. Slice half a lemon very thin and then chop in tiny pieces. Toss in and stir. Set timer for 30 min. medium heat, no cover. After about 20 min. mash w/potato masher but leave chunks. Stir.
When timer dings, stir to see if thick enough. If not, cook a little longer. Let cool. Put in jars. Store in fridge.
Must try this.
6. Man claiming to be Martian too convincing for own good:
Character sued Shoppers Drug Mart, the Royal College of Dental Surgeons, the Minister of Defence, the CIA and the president of the United States whom he claimed plotted to conceal his Martian origins.
Cased dismissed because: being neither human nor a corporation, he had no standing in Ontario court, and for improper pleading a tort of conspiracy.
7. Angel Guides item:
New Age psychic and angel therapist claims we all have personal angels. They hover around us like ghostly secret service agents, "mostly bored and unemployed."Offers courses in how to "connect" with them by tunning their divine frequency and become "light workers."
Ghostly secret service agents is delicious.
8. Rare penny sells for $32,200 U.S.
"Copper U.S pennies from 1943 are very rare, because the material was needed for the U.S war effort."
Most minted that year were of zink coated steel. A reminder of how the common may have value in certain circumstances.
9. Animal hoarders ill, experts say:
"People with more animals than they can properly care for have an obsessive-compulsive disorder."
Will certainly use this one. Lillie meets a cat lady ghost collecting cat and dog ghosts.
1o. Last Czar Was My Grandpa:
"The Czar's grandson, if he is who he claims to be, is alive and well and living in Northern Ireland, and finds it a little hurtful that not everyone believes his story." He has a book. Of course.
A switch from Anastasia, anyway. Lost heirs/miraculous escape syndrome: Dauphins, etc. Probably related to the popular secret babies trope.
EDIT: Robyn has a Pay-It Forward contest on-going. $20 gift certificate prize.