Friday, July 29, 2016

A Windy Days and Umbrellas Weekly Link Round-Up

My quiet, restful summer continues. Other than some of the marvelous reading I've managed to get done, the most excitement I've been getting is when a monsoon storm tries to blow through town and take my umbrella with it. Since that umbrella creates most of the shade I sit in while I'm in the pool, I've gotten pretty good at the old read-with-an-elbow-on-the-umbrella-stand ploy to keep it from blowing out of town.

To the left you see a bloom on a barrel cactus at the Desert Botanical Garden. I find it interesting that almost all the types of barrel cactus bloom during the hottest part of a desert summer before the monsoon sets in.

Perhaps I shouldn't be so surprised. I already knew that they were stubborn and strong. There's a barrel cactus out in our front garden that withstood repeated onslaughts from the neighbor boy's BB gun. But we won't go there... I hear those links calling to me from the corral. Head 'em up! Moooooooooooove 'em out!

►Books, Movies & Other Interesting Tidbits◄

►Channeling My Inner Indiana Jones◄
  • Cave art is revealing religious encounters between Europeans and Native Americans.
  • China is striving to become the leader in the world of archaeology. 
  • A 91-year-old woman recently filled in a crossword puzzle, not knowing that it was an $89,000 work of art.
  • After a museum revamp, a full view of Henry VIII's flagship the Mary Rose is available to visitors.
  • An ancient logbook documenting the Great Pyramid of Giza's construction has been unveiled.
  • A 2,000-year-old dog graveyard has been discovered in Siberia.
  • An ancient Roman soldier with an ornate belt has been discovered in a grave in the UK.
  • A rare Civil War sword was put up for auction.
  • Would $4.4 million change your mind about collecting baseball cards? 
  • The Apollo astronauts' "graffiti" inside the historic moon capsule is being revealed.
  • Da Vinci's "irrelevant" doodles actually contain his most revolutionary physics discovery. 
  • Ancient Silk Road hygiene sticks lead to a fluke discovery. 

►Channeling My Inner Elly Mae Clampett◄
  • The incredible things a hammerhead shark's nose can do. 
  • A friendly manatee propped itself up on a woman's paddleboard.
  • The mystery of the Beast of Dartmoor has (apparently) been solved. 
  • China tried to drive a furry mammal to extinction. Maybe that wasn't such a good idea. (It usually isn't.)

►The Happy Wanderer◄

►Fascinating Folk◄

►I ♥ Lists & Quizzes◄

That's all for this week! Don't forget to stop by next Friday when I'll be sharing a freshly selected batch of links for your surfing pleasure.

Have a great weekend, and read something fabulous!


  1. That's a beautiful 'photo, Cathy! And I know just what you mean about how windy it can get. We get some of that wind, too. Now, not sure if I'm off to explore the Mary Rose, or ready to read that logbook. Probably both.


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