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Monday, August 3, 2015

Does Light Always Travel in a Straight Line?

I got a question.  Does light always travel in a straight line?  Well, let me think about that. . . . I would have to say no.  Doesn't a mirror change the direction of light?  Well, yes, but it is reflected in a straight line, too.  Maybe I ought to re-phrase that question to, "can light travel in a curve?"

It seems to be common knowledge that nothing can move faster than light. . . or can it?  Let me pose another question.  Let us assume that I have a very powerful flash light that can shine a spot on the moon that we can see from here.  Now, if I move this flash light back and forth as fast as I can, does the beam of light curve or does it stay perfectly straight?  OK, you say it stays straight?  By flicking my wrist back and forth just as fast as I can so that the spot of light from it on the moon travels back and forth from on side of the moon to the other in just a very small fraction of second.  The speed of light is 670,616,629 miles per hour.  The moon's width is 2,159.2 miles and the average distance from earth is 238,857 miles (since the moon is in an elliptical orbit, it gets a lot closer and a lot further away than that).

I would have to flick my wrist very, very quickly to see the light beam bend.  The spot on the moon would have to move from one side to the other quicker than .0000032 seconds and I am physically not capable of moving my hand anywhere near that fast.  So, I don't believe anything ever will move faster than light (which makes time travel impossible), what do you think?  

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Our Anniversary

Today is our anniversary.  51 years ago today, my wife and I got married in a little church in Mayville, New York.  No, we didn't live in Mayville, in fact, we didn't live in New York, either.  Maybe I should explain.

My future father-in-law thought that I was plenty good enough to date his daughter but every time I asked his permission to marry his daughter, he set extremely high, unreachable goals that I would have to meet before he would even consider his blessing on our union, so the two of us decided to elope.

Almost everyone from Pennsylvania who eloped, ran off to Maryland.  So, we headed to New York.  Since we had run up to Presque Isle on Lake Erie on Saturdays a couple of times before to enjoy the beach and the water, it was not unusual that my wife to be, my best friend and his date, and I headed up that way.  So it was all set, when we had been up there a few weeks earlier, we made all the arrangements.

It just so happened that my Aunt was visiting my parents and the night before our eloping, we invited them along, too.  I thought my Mom was going to fall off her chair, but they agreed.  We had a very nice wedding and spent our honeymoon in Ohio.  Of course we called my wife's parents . . . that didn't go over too well.

Our start to married life was a little rocky, but things calmed down and we were all a big happy family.  Hard for me to believe that it was 51 years ago.  It just can't be because my wife is only 29 and I am only 31 but accused of being six years old some times.  It has been quite a journey and one I am glad I took.  Now, you all have a great day and feel free to celebrate our anniversary, you hear?

Friday, July 31, 2015

Oh where, oh where is he.

Oh were is he?  Who am I talking about?  It was forty years ago today when union activist and leader and gangster, Jimmy Riddle Hoffa disappears.  What happened to him?  That is the riddle and that is also his middle name (grin).

He and I do have something in common.  NO!!  I am not a gangster.  He was born on Feb. 14, 1913, exactly 30 years before I was.  Yes we were both Valentine's Day babies, but that is where the similarities end!!  Did you know that he was born in Brazil?  OK, I don't want to mislead you, he was born in Brazil, Indiana.  He just vanished and presumed dead.  He could have died then or he could have just disappeared to keep from dying.  I have no idea which was the case.  If he were alive today he would be 102 years old, so I doubt that he is still alive and kicking.  You know, I hate to say this but I don't miss him at all.  Now, if any of you know where Jimmy is, you will let us know won't you?  Now you all have a great day, you hear!! 

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Wondering What Animal Kills the Most Men.

What animal has killed the most humans?  Well that is easy to answer.  In my opinion two things have caused the most human deaths;  other humans and disease.  The smartest creature, man, and the smallest creatures, germs, bacteria, and molds have been responsible for the most human deaths, hands down.

OK, so you say that is cheating, you want to know what animal kills the most people.  I would say, if you classify cold blooded creatures as animals, that snakes would be on top of the list and then would come alligators and crocodiles.  Why just back earlier this month, July 3rd, a young 28 year old fellow named Tommie Woodward was killed by an alligator here in Texas.  Despite warnings, he chose to swim in alligator invested waters, and of course, he was killed by one of them.

Above, I stated that humans cause a lot of deaths.  Back in 2013, 37,719 highway deaths occurred!!  And what about wars?  Yes, we humans are pretty good at killing off ourselves, no help needed from animals.  Of course, at one time animals ruled this earth and I am sure they will regain their reign after mankind is gone.  Only because of science and medicine has man been able to exist in this world that he has over populated and the numbers are still growing.  This does not paint a bright picture for mankind, but insects and animals will probably survive.  They made a test and found out that the cockroach was not affected by radiation. . . that means they could survive a nuclear war.  Now that I have painted such a pretty picture of our future, have a nice day, you hear?

Monday, July 27, 2015

Pictures of the Evening Sky

Last evening, the sky looked really pretty to me and to add to it, the moon was visible.  From where I was standing, the moon was just over the top of the trees:

Of course I had to move to a different location for another shot.  Aren't the pink clouds pretty?

I walked on out the driveway and took another picture:

This last picture is looking west.  The sun had already set, but the sky was still very pretty and bright:

That, my friends, was a sunset from my house and I am sending it to you, my readers, so you can also enjoy it.  Of course pictures did not do it justice, but they do give you an idea of how pretty it was.  Now, I hope all your sunsets and sunrises are beautiful and make sure you have a great day, you hear?

Sunday, July 26, 2015

The End of Famous Outlaws.

Yesterday I posted about some famous outlaws.  I think today I will go a step further and tell you about the end of these outlaws.  The first ones on yesterday's blog were Bonnie and Clyde.  The police (four Texas officers and two Louisiana officers) set up an ambush for them on a road to Texas in a heavily wooded area in Bienville Parish, Louisiana.

John Dillinger was shot down as he exited a theater in Chicago on July 1934 by police and federal agents.  An informer alerted authorities that Dillinger would be coming out of that theater:  

Bob Ford shot Jesse James in the back as Jesse got up to straighten a picture hanging on the wall.  Bob Ford must have thought that his actions would make him a hero but the opposite was true.

Doc Holiday died from tuberculosis and his last words were, as he looked down at his bare feet, "This is funny."

I believe we all know that Pat Garrett was the one who shot and killed Billy the Kid.  No death pictures so a tombstone with the dates will have to do.

And again, no death picture but a tombstone.  Sam Bass was born in Mitchell, Indiana and was killed in Round Rock, Texas.  He tried running a legitimate business but they must not have done very well because he then turned to a life of crime.  He was wounded in a shoot out with authorities but escaped only to be found lying in a pasture west of Round Rock, TX.  He is buried in Round Rock Cemetery on Sam Bass Road.

I can't find a death picture of Capone, so I guess his tombstone will have to do, too.  Since he had syphilis, it may have caused the stroke that led up to his fatal heart attack.

Well, I believe that covers everyone that I mentioned in yesterday's blog posting.  It seems that a life of crime ends at an early age and usually in death, at least in days gone by.  Now, you all keep out of trouble and have a great day, you hear?






Saturday, July 25, 2015

Wondering About Famous Outlaws

Got to thinking about some famous outlaws and decided I wanted to put a face to the names.  I have posted seven pictures of famous outlaws and below the pictures are the names.  Scroll down slow so as to only see the picture and try to guess who they are and then tell me how many you got right.

You know all the movies and television westerns all gave us a picture of the actors who the producers of the show hired to play the parts.  The one that surprised me the most was Doc Holiday.  Maybe it is because I have never seen a picture of the real Doc Holiday before, only actors that played him.  OK, here are the pictures:
Did you know that Bonnie and Clyde were short people?  Yep, Bonnie was 4'-11" and Clyde was 5'-4".

 John Dillinger

 Jesse James


 Doc Holiday


 Billy the Kid


 Sam Bass

And a more modern criminal:
Al Capone

Sam Bass also didn't look like a bad guy, but as you know, looks are deceiving.  Some of the smartest people I have met looked real dumb and visa-versa.  So, it is just as hard or even harder to tell a crook just by what he or she looks like.

I know that none of you are criminals and neither am I, except I have been told that my spelling is a criminal act.  Thank goodness for spell checkers but I can out smart, or should I say, out dumb them. (grin)  Now, you all stay out of trouble and have a great day, you hear?