Friday, October 10, 2014

The Gene Kelly Weekly Link Round-Up

I don't know if any of the rest of you have noticed a pattern, but here in Phoenix it's another week, another storm. Those hurricane remnants are just loving the Sonoran Desert, which is a good thing since we've been in a drought for so long. The downside? Cleaning up after floods and beating off the hordes of mosquitoes that we aren't used to. 

There's much more good than bad to this week's storm. Our annual rainfall didn't try to arrive in five minutes or less. Instead, we had a steady, very light rain for a few hours which means that it soaked in the ground. If I had any talent at all, I would've done a Gene Kelly impression in honor of Hurricane Simon wafting through the Valley. Since I don't want to overtax your eardrums with my rendition of "Singin' in the Rain," I'll round up these links instead!


Books, Movies & Other Interesting Tidbits
  • A Mexican man has smashed the Harry Potter collection world record. 
  • It may be hard to believe, but that loose change can add up.
  • A hiker discovered an abandoned town inside Tennessee's Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
  • An historian has tracked down some of the world's oldest book doodles
  • I enjoyed reading about how a sub-plot almost took over Betty Webb's latest Lena Jones mystery. 
  • Did you know that there's a highway here in the U.S. with signs in metric units?
  • Those who don't-- or won't-- vote probably won't even notice the ever-increasing restrictions being attempted on voters. I will.
  • Author Charlotte Hinger understands what's so wrong about our misuse of the word "unacceptable."
  • I couldn't resist taking the "Which TV Detective Are You?" quiz-- even though I wound up getting an answer I didn't particularly want. (Sherlock Holmes)
  • What is the best horror story you can come up with in two sentences?
  • Hardcovers and paperbacks are still outselling eBooks.

Channeling My Inner Indiana Jones
  • Fuente Magna, the controversial Rosetta Stone of the Americas.
  • Recently I posted a link about the mystery surrounding a 2,000-year-old battery. Now some are wondering if ancient Egypt could have been illuminated by electricity.
  • Ancient Oregon caves may completely change our understanding of humans in the Americas.
  • A dinosaur graveyard found in Mexico yields the biggest number of specimens ever. 
  • The auction of ancient Egyptian relics has been averted.
  • Another 1,300-year-old village has been discovered here in Arizona. 
  • A 1,900-year-old ritual bath has been found defaced by World War II graffiti. 
  • Australians will be helping to look for a very historic ship here in the U.S. How historic? Think Captain Cook.

I  ♥  Lists

Book Candy

That's all for now. Don't forget to stop by next Friday when I'll share a freshly selected batch of links for your surfing pleasure. Have a great weekend!


  1. Great links as always. Sorry about your floods. A drag to clean up, but sounds like the earth needs them.

    I couldn't read all of these yet, but I took the quiz and turns out I'm Olivia Benson. That's good. There were barely any women in that detective group. I like Mariska Hargitay's portrayal of this detective. Obviously, she's good. She tried to semi-retire and had to come back full-time.

    Will go through the links over the weekend and ponder much.

    1. I can imagine that most people would be pleased at being Sherlock Holmes. Like you, I would rather be Olivia Benson.

  2. Cathy - It's good to hear your rain wasn't as dangerous as it might have been. And living where I live, I value rain... Thanks for the links too. Now I have to go and virtually explore those Oregon caves...

    1. That's the only way I'll ever willingly explore caves. I do not do underground!

  3. As always Cathy, these are fascinating links. Per loose change: my husband counted $455 in change from drawers in our house recently (Oh my, great reward at the bank). Liked the abandoned town link and also it's good to know that Print books are still hanging on. Hooray!! Cheers.

    1. I think print books will always hold their own. It's easier to flip back and forth through the pages, and there's something to be said for no recharging time!


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