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
- 20 heroic librarians who save the world.
- 8 novelists who were featured on international banknotes.
- 37 writers share the books that saved their lives.
- 20 roads you should drive in your lifetime. I've been on only five, and after seeing the photos, I immediately wanted to shout, "Road trip!" and pack a bag.
- 16 incredible, adaptable trees.
- 25 of the most beautiful European villages.
- 20 top secret spots for hidden storage around your house.
- 50 cultural icons on their favorite books.
- 17 literary Halloween costumes.
- 20 unbelievable places you'd swear weren't real... but they are.
- 30 of the most beautiful places on our planet.
- How to create a mini library in your home. (Yeah... I know. Most of us don't want a MINI library!)
- Some of these were new-to-me, I'm happy to say: 10 kick-ass secret passage bookshelves.
- A few new ones here, too: 14 secret bookcase doors.
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!