Jun
30
2009
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Why vacation in West Virginia?

West Virginia Holiday - State Capitol - courtesy JDAC - CC-BYWest Virginia truly is “Wild and Wonderful” as their slogan says. West Virginia offers spectacular mountains, swirling rivers, and scenic countryside, a welcome change of pace from the pressures of everyday life. You’ll find friendly cities full of fun and nightlife. From wild to tame, from fancy resorts to rustic retreats, West Virginia truly has [more...]

Jun
30
2009
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How can you stay cool in the English summer?

Heat, 1919 by Florine Stettheimer (PD)It’s hard to imagine that people can get too hot in England, the cold damp land of moist green landscapes, but incredibly it does happen and it causes hundreds of deaths each year. Most of these deaths are not from heatstroke, but are deaths from other conditions aggravated by effects of the heat such as [more...]

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Jun
30
2009
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Why vacation in Washington state?

Washington state holiday - Olympic Rain Forest - courtesy brockzilla - CC-BYYou will find rain forests, beaches and tide pools, fantascic scenery, volcanoes, wildlife, glaciers, mountains, deserts, wilderness, trout-filled lakes, and wild rivers. The outdoor recreational opportunities are nearly endless, from sportfishing and whale watching to whitewater rafting and mountain climbing. There is fun, adventure, and challenge out there for everybody. For the non-adventure traveler, cities [more...]

Jun
29
2009
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What is the National Anthem of the United States?

Flag of the United States - courtesy lindsayshaver - CC-BYThe National Anthem of the United States is “The Star Spangled Banner.” The lyrics are from a poem written in 1814 by Francis Scott Key after witnessing the bombardment of Fort McHenry by Royal Navy ships during the Battle of Baltimore in the War of 1812. Key never meant for it to become a song, [more...]

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Jun
29
2009
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What is Orlando city profile?

Disney's Epcot, Orlando - courtesy Paul Mannix - CC-BYOrlando is a city in the state of Florida. It was incorporated in July 1875, and as a city in 1885. When one thinks of Orlando, one of the first things to come to mind, is Theme Parks. The Orlando area is home to Walt Disney World Resort, Universal Orlando Resort, Busch Gardens and SeaWorld [more...]

Jun
29
2009
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What was Ancient Anatolia?

Hittite Bulls - courtesy Verity Cridland - CC-BYAnatolia is the Asiatic portion of modern Turkey, extending from the Bosporus and Aegean coast eastward to the borders Russia, Iran, and Iraq. The Greeks and later the Romans referred to western Anatolia as “Asia.” While Anatolia is the home of Catalhuyuk, which may be the oldest city in the world, and later to colonies [more...]

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Jun
29
2009
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Why vacation in Virginia?

Virginia Holiday - Monticello - courtesy Savannah Grandfather - CC-BY“Virginia Is For Lovers.” Ok, now that we have the official slogan out of the way, we can find what else Virginia is for. However, Virginia ‘is’ a history lover’s dream, once a part of the Cherokee lands and even played a role in the invention of iced tea.  A visitor may walk in the [more...]

Jun
29
2009
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How can I stop frozen food thawing on the way home from the store?

Photo by epSos.de (CC-BY)It’s generally unwise to re-freeze frozen food that has thawed. If it’s hot where you live, how do you stop frozen food from thawing on the way home from the store? Each of these tips helps to keep the food cold for a little longer. Taken together, they may be enough to get the food [more...]

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Jun
28
2009
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Did Michael Jackson patent an anti-gravity illusion?

Michael Jackson's patent as used for "Smooth Criminal" (PD)Michael Jackson (1958-2009) was a singer and entertainer. His performances, whether on video or on stage, featured energetic and dramatic dance moves—and not just the “Moonwalk”. The choreography to Smooth Criminal (YouTube) includes a move where Michael Jackson and his dancers tilt their bodies forwards in a gravity-defying moment. It looks as though they should [more...]

Jun
27
2009
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What happened to the cast of The Brady Bunch?

Robert Reed and Florence Henderson (Mike and Carol Brady) in 1989 (photo by Alan Light - CC-BY)The Brady Bunch was a saccharine-sweet television series originally aired from 1969 to 1974. It featured a family formed by the marriage of a widowed architect (Mike Brady) to a previously-married Carol. Mike brought with him three sons—Greg, Peter and Bobby—while Carol brought three daughters—Marcia, Jan and Cindy. Add a live-in maid (Alice) and a [more...]

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