“Anyone hoping for something special in 2010 will get started on the right foot: a rare blue moon will grace the skies New Year’s Eve, an event that happens only once every 19 years.
Blue moons aren’t really blue. They’re second full moons that fall within a single calendar month. At 29.5 days, the lunar cycle is slightly shorter than the typical month, which puts a second full moon on a monthly calendar every 2.5 years.
The double full moon can occur in any month, except February, which is too short. The last time it happened on New Year’s Eve was in 1990. The next one won’t be until 2028.”
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It began life during the last ice age, long before man turned to agriculture and built the first cities in the fertile crescent of the Middle East. It was already thousands of years old when the Egyptians built their pyramids and the ancient Britons erected Stonehenge.
The Jurupa Oak tree first sprouted into life when much of the world was still covered in glaciers. It has stood on its windswept hillside in southern California for at least 13,000 years, making it the oldest known living organism, according to a study published today.
Independent (thanks, Tammy)
As Randi clearly details, parapsychology is complete bunkum. Absolutely no replicable results, in fact very few actual results at all. And yet Randi has a respect for two men he met who have been practicing for over 30 years – he tells you why here.
Sir Philip Anthony Hopkins, CBE is a Welsh film, stage and television actor. Considered by many to be one of film’s greatest living actors, he is arguably best known for his portrayal of cannibalistic serial killer Hannibal Lecter in the 1991 blockbuster The Silence of the Lambs, its sequel Hannibal and prequel, Red Dragon. His other notable film credits include The Elephant Man, Dracula, The Remains of the Day, The Mask of Zorro, The World’s Fastest Indian, Hearts in Atlantis, Nixon and Fracture.
Hopkins was born and raised in Wales, and also became a U.S. citizen on 12 April 2000. He received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2003 and was made a Fellow of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts in 2008.
The above print is the third in a series of 3 painted by Derren over the last 4 years. It is available in the art shop now.
The traditional medicinal practice of smoking dried vulture brains to induce a vision of winning lotto numbers is killing off the bird’s population in South Africa, researchers say.
Scelo, a young healer in downturn Johannesburg’s market for muti, or traditional medicine, says the birds are becoming more scarce.
“I only have one every three or four months,” he said.
“Everybody asks for the brain. You see things that people can’t see. For lotto, you dream the numbers.”
ABC News (thanks, Tammy)