Mullet Over #512

Have you ever had a rodent problem? Reports from Europe written in the
1700’s indicate that it was common for people to wear heavy nightcaps
while sleeping in order to prevent rats from gnawing on their hair. 

In 1813, William Henry Harrison led American troops that regained Detroit from the British (War of 1812). In 1841, W.H. Harrison became the 9th president of the United States, serving only 32 days before succumbing to pneumonia. Our 23rd president was William Henry’s grandson Benjamin Harrison.  Benjamin Harrison won against Grover Cleveland in 1888. However, the same two candidates ran again in 1892 and this time Grover Cleveland won.

Nests (sometimes called aeries) constructed by bald eagles can be more than 18 feet deep, 9 feet wide and weigh more than 6,000 pounds. Curious persons have discovered that eagles can be noticeably aggressive when protecting an aerie.

A Texas cat named Dusty had at least 420 kittens.

Anne of Brittany accomplished what will likely never be duplicated: She was wed (at different times) to two kings of France: Charles VIII and Louis XII.  Most women find it challenging to marry even one king.

Before it became one of the world’s most famous palaces, Versailles was a hunting lodge that Louis XIV decided to “fix up.”

A Chinese monk named Hung Wu became dissatisfied with circumstances in his region. He eventually led a rebellion against those in power and established the Ming Dynasty (1368) .

The Quechua language of Peru contains more than 900 words that refer to potatoes.

Many folks are aware that astronaut Alan Shepard hit a golf ball while on the moon. What some may not know is that Shepard totally whiffed on his first lunar swing. I can identify with that.

There exists a rare and strange natural marvel called ball lightning. One survey indicates that approximately 1% of Americans have witnessed this unusual phenomenon. Ball lightning dimensions can range from golf ball size to two meters in diameter. Ball lightning has been reported to float in the air, enter through open windows, roll on the ground and even roll along rooftops. Sometimes the electrical wonder simply silently dissipates, but some accounts indicate the balls can suddenly explode and leave a residual sulfur-like odor. Scientists have been unable to adequately explain this form of lightning that behaves like an ephemeral glowing gas.

Well, use caution when gathering eagle eggs and have a great week.