A couple of weeks ago, a dear friend of mine posted a short video on his Facebook page that made me smile. The video was of an irresistible Basset Hound puppy with a nice round belly who, try as he might, was just not tall enough to jump up onto the couch. The comments on the video immediately began the age-old Tall vs. Short discussion. My friend, who is six feet four, replied to someone that he didn't think he'd ever been that short, and people laughed. I commented, "The last time I was that short, I was still in the womb." Afterward, I got to thinking about it. You know what? I was right!
|My first day home from the hospital.|
But I'm not now, and from the sounds of it, I'd better get myself out to the corral. Head 'em up! Mooooooooooove 'em out!
►Books & Other Interesting Tidbits◄
- Is this the final chapter for the world's iconic bookshops?
- Neuroscientists have converted brain waves into verbal speech.
- Welcome to the bold and blocky Instagram Era of book covers.
- If you're a Midsomer Murders fan like me, have you seen this website devoted to the program? Complete episode lists, filming locations, etc. I love it.
- Elly Griffiths has signed with Hachette for a children's crime series. Lucky kids!
- From crime reality to crime fiction: the strange case of the Anne Perry film.
- The trouble with autism in novels.
- Take a look around poet Morgan Parker's LA apartment. That art! Those books! That sectional!
►Channeling My Inner Indiana Jones◄
- The amazing 15th-century "Coventry Doom" remained hidden in plain sight for centuries.
- A drone has captured thousands of years of archaeology on remote Scottish islands.
►Channeling My Inner Elly Mae Clampett◄
- Rare blue-eyed coyotes have been spotted in California.
- This photographer took pictures of squirrels every day for six years, and here are the incredible results.
- How did Chicago's birds weather the Polar Vortex?
- Pyro, the tabby cat who kept superstitious young pilots company on World War II bombing missions, was honored for bravery in 2011.
- Should the Himalayan wolf be classified as a new species?
- Flying squirrels glow fluorescent pink under ultraviolet light. (You never know when this bit of trivia will come in handy...)
- Pandas weren't always picky eaters.
- In case you're wondering, here's why birds don't freeze in the winter.
- Clayton Kuhles of Prescott, Arizona, has found twenty-two plane crashes missing since World War II.
- Dr. Leila Denmark lived to be 114, and she practiced medicine for three-quarters of a century.
- An interesting article on Dan Mallory AKA A.J. Finn.
- A new exhibition highlights the story of Mansa Musa, emperor of Mali, the richest man who ever lived.
- Nedra Tyre wrote venomous mysteries where kindness is the greatest weapon of all.
►The Happy Wanderer◄
- The birthplace of Scrabble.
- A brief history of crime and mystery in the world's Chinatowns.
- A partial tunnel blasted into a steep ridge is all that remains of a failed railway across Arizona.
- A stranded woman lived alone on San Nicolas Island for eighteen years, inspiring the great children's novel Island of the Blue Dolphins.
- There's a planet exactly where Star Trek said Vulcan should be.
- How the Grand Canyon transformed from a "valueless" place to a national park.
►I ♥ Lists & Quizzes◄
- Ten fascinating facts about the thesaurus.
- Merriam-Webster's challenging vocabulary quiz.
- Channel your career anxiety into the eight thrillers.
- Ten thoughts on having your novel translated into your native tongue.
- Five women who revolutionized film and television.
- Ten contemporary "Dickensian" novels.
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!