The World Almanac E-Newsletter


Volume 1, Number 5 - May 2001

 

 

 

May Events

May 5 - Kentucky Derby
May 9-20 - Cannes Film Festival
May 19 - Preakness Stakes
May 22-23 - National Geography Bee
May 24-27 - PGA Seniors' Championship
May 27 - Indianapolis 500; Prefontaine Classic
May 28 - WNBA opening day
May 28-June 10 - French Open tennis tournament
May 29-31 - National Spelling Bee
May 31-June 3 - U.S. Women's Open golf tournament


Holidays


May 1 - May Day
May 5 - Cinco de Mayo (Mexico)
May 8 - National Teacher Day
May 13 - Mother's Day
May 19 - Armed Forces Day
May 20 - Victoria Day (Canada)
May 28 - Memorial Day


May Birthdays

 

01    1946    John Woo, director (Guangzhau, China)

02    1924    Theodore Bikel, actor/singer (Vienna, Austria)

03    1919    Betty Comden, lyricist (Brooklyn, NY)

04    1979    Lance Bass, singer and member of 'N Sync (Mississippi)

05    1926    Ann B. Davis, actress (Schenectady, NY)

06    1953    Tony Blair, British prime minister (Edinburgh, Scotland)

07    1933    Johnny Unitas, football quarterback (Pittsburgh, PA)

08    1975    Enrique Iglesias, singer (Madrid, Spain)

09    1936    Glenda Jackson, actress (Liverpool, England)

10    1960    Bono (Vox), U2 singer (Dublin, Ireland)

11    1946    Robert Jarvik, physician and inventor of the artificial heart (Midland, MI)

12    1907    Katharine Hepburn, actress (Hartford, CT)

13    1961    Dennis Rodman, basketball player (Trenton, NJ)

14    1944    George Lucas, filmmaker (Modesto, CA)

15    1969    Emmitt Smith, football player (Pensacola, FL)

16    1955    Olga Korbut, Olympic champion gymnast (Grodno, USSR)

17    1972    Mia Hamm, champion soccer player (Selma, AL)

18    1920    Pope John Paul II (Karol Wojtyla), pope (Wadowice, Poland)

19    1934    Jim Lehrer, TV journalist/author (Wichita, KS)

20    1946    Cher, singer/actress (El Centro, CA) 

21    1952    Mr. T (Lawrence Tero), actor (Chicago, IL)

22    1970    Naomi Campbell, model (London, England)

23    1910    Artie Shaw, musician/bandleader (New York, NY)

24    1941    Bob Dylan, singer/songwriter (Duluth, MN)

25    1971    Sheryl Swoopes, basketball player (Brownfield, TX)

26    1928    Jack Kevorkian, physician and assisted suicide activist (Pontiac, MI)

27    1912    Sam Snead, golfer (Hot Springs, VA)

28    1944    Gladys Knight, R&B singer (Atlanta, GA)

29    1903    Bob Hope, comedian/actor (London, England)

30    1963    Lisa Kudrow, actress (Encino, CA)

31    1938    Peter Yarrow, singer/songwriter and member of Peter, Paul, and Mary (New York, NY)

 

 

This Day in History

 

01    1707    England and Scotland unite to form Great Britain.

02    1939    NY Yankees' great Lou Gehrig ends his playing streak of 2,130 consecutive baseball games.

03    1999    The northern and southern plains states are struck by 76 tornadoes, which cause some 50 deaths and more than 700 injuries.

04    1970    At Ohio's Kent State University, 4 students are shot and killed by the National Guard during a protest against the Vietnam War.

05    1961    Alan Shepard lifts off from Cape Canaveral, FL, in the Freedom 7, the first Mercury mission, and becomes the first American in space.

06    1937    The dirigible Hindenburg explodes while landing in New Jersey after a transatlantic flight, killing 36 people.

07    1915    The British ship Lusitania, traveling from New York to Liverpool, is torpedoed and sunk by a German submarine off the coast of Ireland.

08    1945    Americans celebrate V-E (Victory in Europe) Day.

09    1974    The House Judiciary Committee opens impeachment hearings against Pres. Richard Nixon.

10    1994    Nationalist leader Nelson Mandela is inaugurated as president of South Africa.

11    1894    The Pullman strike begins at a railroad car plant in Chicago.

12    1975    Cambodian forces seize the U.S. merchant ship Mayaguez in the Gulf of Siam.

13    1981    Pope John Paul II is seriously wounded by an escaped Turkish murderer, Mehmet Ali Agca, while riding in an open vehicle through Rome's St. Peter's Square.

14    1804    The Lewis and Clark expedition leaves St. Louis to explore the Northwest.

15    1911    The Supreme Court dissolves Standard Oil Co.

16    1929    The first Academy Awards are presented.

17    1954    In the landmark case Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, the Supreme Court unanimously rules that racial segregation in public schools is unconstitutional.

18    1980    Mount St. Helens erupts in Washington after lying dormant for 123 years.

19    1536    Anne Boleyn, the 2d wife of England's King Henry VIII, is beheaded.

20    1961    The "Freedom Rides" are launched from Washington, DC, across the deep South to protest segregation in interstate transportation.

21    1927    Capt. Charles A. Lindbergh reaches Le Bourget airfield in Paris, completing the first nonstop flight from New York in 33 hours.

22    1967    Mister Rogers Neighborhood premieres on PBS.

23    1846    Mexico declares war on the United States.

24    1883    The Brooklyn Bridge opens in New York City.

25    1787    The Constitutional Convention opens in Philadelphia, with George Washington presiding.

26    1865    The last rebel troops fighting the Civil War surrender.

27    1941    In response to German victories in World War II, Pres. Franklin D. Roosevelt declares an unlimited national emergency.

28    1934    The Dionne quintuplets are born in Ontario, Canada, the first set of quintuplets known to survive for more than a few hours after birth.

29    1953    Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay become the first mountain climbers to reach the summit of Mount Everest.

30    1431    Joan of Arc is burned at the stake by the English after having been convicted of heresy.

31    1790    Pres. George Washington signs the first U.S. copyright law.

 

 

Featured Location of the Month:  Louisville, Kentucky

Site of:    127th Kentucky Derby, May 5, 2001

Location:    seat of Jefferson Co., in northern Kentucky, at the Falls of the Ohio River

Population (Census 2000):    256,231

Mayor:    David L. Armstrong

May Temperatures:    Normal high of 76 degrees; Normal low of 55 degrees

Colleges & Universities:    University of Louisville, Spalding University, Bellarmine College, Sullivan College, Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

Museums/Zoos:    J. B. Speed Art Museum, the Louisville Science Center, the Allen R. Hite Art Institute at the University of Louisville, the Kentucky Derby Museum, the Portland Museum, the Museum of the American Printing House of the Blind, the Louisville Slugger Museum (a baseball museum that includes bats used by Ty Cobb and Lou Gehrig as well as the "Hammer" bat
used by Hank Aaron to hit his 700th home run); the Louisville Zoo

Events:    Kentucky Derby (May 5); Art in the Harbor (May 12-13); International Family Festival, Louisville Zoo (May 18-20); Kentucky Reggae Festival (May 26-27)

Places to visit:    Churchill Downs racetrack; the grave of President Zachary Taylor (in a national cemetery named for him); "Locust Grove," a 1790 Georgian-style mansion, the last home of the founder of Louisville, George Rogers Clark; "Farmington," a graceful Federal-style home built in 808-10; Fort Knox; Waterfront Park

Tallest Building:    Aegon Center (35 stories)

History:    Founded in 1778 by George Rogers Clark; named for King Louis VI of France in 1780; incorporated in 1828; became a rail center in the 850s, serving as a base for Union forces in the Civil War; a flood of the Ohio River in 1937 caused extensive damage; the city's industrial base was broadened and many new buildings were constructed after World War II, specially in the 1960s and '70s

Birthplace of:    Muhammad Ali (1942); Ned Beatty (1937); Foster Brooks (1912); Sue Grafton (1940); Lionel Hampton (1908); Telma Hopkins (1948); Mary Travers (1936); Gus Van Sant (1952); Sean Young (1959)

Websites: http://www.louky.org; http://www.greaterlouisville.com

 

Obituaries in April 2001

 

Karnilova, Maria, 80, award-winning Broadway actress who earned a Tony for her portrayal of Golde in Fiddler on the Roof (1964); New York, NY, Apr. 20, 2001.

Ramone, Joey, 49, punk rock pioneer whose band, the Ramones, sparked a rock revolution with short, unadorned songs like "I Wanna Be Sedated"; New York, NY, Apr. 15, 2001.

Stargell, Willie, 61, Hall of Fame slugger who played 21 seasons for the Pittsburgh Pirates and helped the team win two World Series; Wilmington, NC, Apr. 9, 2001.

Sullivan, Leon, 78, civil rights leader and clergyman who drafted the Sullivan Principles, establishing guidelines for U.S. businesses in apartheid-era South Africa; Scottsdale, AZ, Apr. 25, 2001.

 

 

Science in the News

 

First detected in two cows in Britain early in Feb. 2001, the most recent epidemic of foot-and-mouth disease spread to over 1,300 cases in April, with more than 700,000 animals slaughtered. In March, the scourge spread outside of Britain, to France, Northern Ireland and the Netherlands. Governments formerly opposed to vaccinating their herds (for fear of losing their foot-and-mouth-free rating) are now considering this preventative measure.

Foot-and-mouth disease is a virus that can afflict any cloven-hoofed livestock, including cattle, pigs, goats and sheep. The virus causes fever, excess salivation and painful sores on the hoof and mouth. It usually only kills young animals. However, it can have long lasting effects, even in animals that survive, including lowered body fat, reducing the meat quality, lack of milk, and infertility.   Foot-and-mouth disease is not dangerous to humans and does not kill most animals. Its impact is mostly economic. The fact that it is highly contagious means that it can affect a country's entire system of agriculture.

 


The same week that President George W. Bush decided against committing the administration to limiting emissions of "greenhouse gas" carbon dioxide, a group of atmospheric physicists at Imperial College in London, England, announced the first hard evidence of global warming over the past half-century. The group compared data from two satellites detecting infrared radiation (IR) leaving Earth.  Infrared radiation is also known as heat energy. It is the form of energy that warms the atmosphere, making the planet habitable.

 

One satellite from the study, NASA's Nimbus 4, collected IR data in 1970.  The other, the Japanese Advanced Earth Orbiting Satellite (ADEOS), did the same in 1997. Accounting for various technical and geographic discrepancies as well as long-term climactic trends, the Imperial College team found that, compared to 1970, a greater proportion of IR was trapped in Earth's
atmosphere in 1997. And they added that, according to their analysis, the greater concentration of greenhouse gases after 27 years was a definite cause of the changes they observed.  John Harries, the principal author of the study, published in the March 15, 2001 Nature, added that information culled from these first two orbiters may shed light on mysteries of cloud formation, of the hydrological cycle, and of general atmospheric circulation, and may one day unequivocally inform our climate policies.


 

 

A husband and wife duo from Northern Illinois University and the Field Museum in Chicago have turned up some astounding archaeology from Peru. Radiocarbon dating puts six immense truncated pyramids located on a sand dune terrace some 120 miles north of Lima at about 4,650 years old -- older than Egypt's ancient pyramids. "This may actually be the birthplace of civilization in the Americas," said archeologist and Northern Illinois professor Winifred Creamer.  Now that we know how old it is, this site certainly will redefine how we view the development of civilization in the New World." Creamer, her husband Jonathan Haas, MacArthur Curator of the Americas at the Field Museum, and Ruth Shady of San Marcos University of Lima reported their findings in the April 27, 2001 Science.

Nestled in the Andes' Supe River valley 12 miles from the Pacific coast, Caral is one of 18 large archaeological sites all of the same era. Even without extensive excavation, the sites have already revealed signs of a remarkably advanced civilization that arose even before the age of ceramics. "Caral was overlooked because, with so many archeological sites in Peru, people who are interested in beautiful artifacts don't work on the pre-ceramic surroundings--there's no pottery or gold," explained Creamer.
"Caral is also in a remote location that lacks electricity, drinking water and paved roads. The real irony is that the peak of civilization in this area happened before 2000 B.C. Nothing much has happened in this valley since."

For now, the pyramids appear as large mounds, buried under a layer of windblown sand and collapsed rock. Creamer and team believe that the Supe Valley civilization were the ancestors of the Incas, who ruled the Andes when the first Europeans arrive in the 16th century A.D.-some 4,000 years after the Caral pyramids were built.



Special Feature:    Exploring the Extremes

David Faris, Editor

In May 1926, 75 years ago, American aviators Richard E. Byrd and Floyd Bennett made or just missed, depending on whom you believe the first flight over the North Pole. Whatever their actual achievement, the two have since held honored places in a larger pantheon of Arctic and Antarctic explorers.

The most remote regions have always exerted a dangerous and indisputable pull on humanity's explorers and adventurers. From ancient Greeks to Nordic seafarers in medieval times to contemporary pioneers trying to find new and inventive ways of reaching and investigating the regions, polar exploration has been a constant in the human struggle to tame the environment.

Climatically, the Arctic region, containing the North Pole and Antarctica, containing the South Pole, are the most extreme, inhospitable regions on the planet. Antarctica, contrary to popular perception, is not an enormous iceberg, but rather a continent covered almost completely by sheets of ice. It is roughly circular, save for a peninsula that reaches toward South America, and its temperatures often reach 100 degrees below zero Fahrenheit, with winds of up to 200 miles an hour. The Arctic, on the other hand is mostly a large ocean nearly surrounded by land, and the temperature extremes, while brutally cold, are not quite as low as in the Antarctic regions.

Polar explorers have faced perilous conditions, and many do not return alive. Temperatures are so low that even relatively brief exposure can be deadly. Failure to maintain food intake leads quickly to hypothermia, the chief cause of death in cold weather. Drifting ice sheets can crush ships, and vessels sometimes become trapped in a blocks of ice. Once on the icy land, exploration teams can be swallowed by cracks in the ice. Even today, travel to and from the polar regions is fraught with danger, though considerably easier, now that well-prepared airplanes and special ships known as icebreakers can make the journey.

Between 1553 and 1831, a number of explorations of the Arctic region were undertaken by British, Russian, and Dutch traders seeking a shortcut to India. The first team to reach the South Pole in Antarctica was led by the legendary Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen, and arrived there on Dec. 14, 1911, during an expedition that spanned 1910-1912. Amundsen was also the first person to traverse the Northwest Passage in the Arctic by ship. His triumph was followed a month later by a team led by the British explorer Robert F. Scott, on Jan. 17, 1912. While Amundsen and his crew returned to safety, Scott's team died tragically during a blizzard on the Ross Ice Shelf. The race to the North Pole was long believed won by American explorer Robert Edwin Peary, after many previous explorations in the region. Later examinations of the group's log suggested that Peary may have, in fact, fallen short of reaching the pole by about 30 to 60 miles.

After Byrd and Bennett's reported flight over the pole, they returned to the United States as heroes, complete with a ticker-tape parade but a 1996 investigation of Byrd's log suggested that Amundsen, American Lincoln Ellsworth, and Italian Umberto Nobile, who crossed the pole in an airship on May 12, 1926, just three days after Bennett and Byrd, were truly the first to fly over the North Pole.

Polar aviators faced great peril during every flight. The extreme cold freezes gas lines, oil, and grease. Wheels skid on the ice instead of catching, and storms can strike swiftly and severely. Even today it is nearly impossible to make flights during the polar winter, as the world saw when Dr. Jerri Nielson, a physician at the Amundsen-Scott research station in Northern Antarctica, diagnosed herself with breast cancer in June of 1999, the darkest part of the Antarctic winter. She could not be rescued and brought home for treatment until October 1999, and even then her military rescuers took enormous risks to save her. In late April 2001, a plane made the first-ever landing during the Antarctic winter to evacuate another doctor who had become seriously ill.

 

Chronology - Events of April 2001

NATIONAL

The Senate Apr. 2 passed an amended version of the McCain-Feingold campaign finance reform bill, 59-41. 12 Republican senators supported the bill, while three Democrats voted against it. The House had yet to consider the bill.

By a 65-35 vote, the Senate Apr. 6 passed a $1.2 trillion tax cut over the next ten years, short of the $1.6 billion Pres. George W. Bush had pushed for, but more than $500-800 trillion cut advocated by prominent Democrats. The House, which passed a $1.6 trillion tax cut, and the Senate would reconcile the differences in their cuts in a conference committee.

The shooting of an unarmed 19-year-old African American Apr. 7 in Cincinnati by a white police officer sparked rioting in the city that caused Mayor Charles Luken to impose an 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. curfew on Apr. 13. The curfew was lifted Apr. 16 after a calm weekend.

Attorney Gen. John Ashcroft announced Apr. 12 that the scheduled May execution of Timothy McVeigh would be televised on closed-circuit TV for relatives of the victims but would not be televised for the general public.

Mississippi voters Apr. 17 voted by a 2-1 margin to keep their state flag, which included the Confederate battle cross in the upper left-hand corner.

INTERNATIONAL

A U.S. Navy spy plane and a Chinese fighter plane collided in midair Apr. 1. The Chinese fighter plunged into the South China Sea, and the spy plane was forced to make an emergency landing on Hainan Island off the Chinese coast. The Chinese fighter plane had been flying close to the spy plane, which was in international air space. After a tense, 11-day stand-off, the crew was returned to American soil Apr. 12 after the U.S. issued a statement of regret the previous day.

Former Yugoslav Pres. Slobodan Milosevic was arrested Apr. 1 and imprisoned in Belgrade. His arrest, for charges of corruption while in office, was unrelated to his indictment for crimes against humanity by the war crimes tribunal in the Hague.

Peace talks between the newly-elected administration of Ariel Sharon and Palestinian leader Yasir Arafat were scuttled by escalating violence, beginning Apr. 15-16 with an Israeli air strike on a Syrian radar installation in Lebanon. The air strikes were in response to killings and kidnappings of Israeli soldiers by Syrian backed Hezbollah guerrillas. Palestinian guerrillas launched a mortar attack on the Israeli town of Sederot Apr. 16, and Israel seized Palestinian territory in Gaza the same day before pulling back Apr. 17.

The Summit of the Americas in Quebec City was delayed Apr. 20 by thousands of anti-globalization protesters. The leaders of 34 Western Hemisphere nations, including U.S. Pres. Bush, signed the Quebec Declaration Apr. 22, which laid out a framework for establishing a hemispheric free trade zone by 2005.

GENERAL

The winners of the 85th annual Pulitzer Prizes were announced Apr. 16 by Columbia University. Among the winners were Michael Chabon's novel The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay for fiction, David Auburn's play Proof for drama, and the Wall Street Journal's Dorothy Rabinowitz for commentary.

 

 

SPORTS HIGHTLIGHTS

In the women's NCAA Final Four on Mar. 30, Purdue defeated Southwest Missouri State, 81-64, and Notre Dame won, 90-75, over last year's tournament winner, Connecticut.  In the championship game on Apr. 1, Notre Dame defeated Purdue, 68-66.  Ruth Riley, of Notre Dame, was named Most Outstanding Player of the tournament.

On Mar. 31, in the Men's NCAA Final Four, Duke defeated Maryland, 95-84, and Arizona beat defending champion Michigan St., 80-61.  Duke topped Arizona, 82-72, for the national championship on Apr. 2.  Duke's Shane Battier was named Most Outstanding Player of the tournament.

On Apr. 8, golfer Tiger Woods won his second Masters championship at Augusta National.  It was an unprecedented fourth consecutive major championship on the PGA Tour for Woods, who in 2000 also won the U.S. Open, the British Open, and the PGA Championship.

The season opener of the professional Women's United Soccer Association (WUSA) was played Apr. 14, at RFK Stadium in Washington, DC.  The Washington Freedom defeated the Bay Area CyberRays 1-0, scoring on a penalty kick in the 70th minute after Brandi Chastain, defending against her former U.S. national teammate, Mia Hamm, was called for tripping.

In the 105th Boston Marathon, Apr. 16, Lee Bong-Ju of South Korea won in 2:09:43, ending the Kenyan men's 10-year winning streak.  Ecuadorian Silvio Guerra finished second, 24 seconds back.  The Kenyan runners finished third, fourth, fifth, and tenth.  Rod De Haven ( Wisconsin) was the first U.S. finisher, sixth overall, in 2:12:41.  In the women's race, Kenya fared better as Catherine Ndereba won her second consecutive Boston title with a time of 2:23:53.  The top American woman was Jill Gaitenby (Rhode Island) ho finished 14th in 2:36.45.

Underclassman Michael Vick, a quarterback from Virginia Tech, was taken by he Atlanta Falcons as the first overall pick in the NFL Draft on Apr. 21. Atlanta obtained the rights to the first pick in a deal with the San Diego Chargers the day before the draft.  The 2000 Heisman trophy winner, Florida State quarterback Chris Weinke, was selected by the Carolina Panthers in he fourth round as the 106th pick overall.

With a stunning right hand at 2:32 in the fifth round, Baltimore's little-known Hasim Rahman knocked out defending WBC and IBF world heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis on Apr. 22, in Brakpan, South Africa.

 

Offbeat News Stories

The Pittsburgh Pirate's new PNC Park is a cozy 38,000-seat stadium on the Allegheny River whose old-time feel and retro-styled look of a bygone era has been the talk of the city and the subject of rave reviews by baseball fans everywhere.  In a city where sellouts are rare, all the tickets to the April 9th home opener sold out in 36 minutes.  But a week later, it became clear that the current trend in retractable roofs for ballparks (such as Seattle's Safeco Field, completed in 1999) might not have been a bad idea. The Pirates-Astros April 16 game was postponed due to snow!  It was the first time a game has been snowed out since the team began to keep such records more than 18 years ago.  The game will be made up as part of a doubleheader in July -- coincidentally, the city's wettest month of the year, with an average precipitation of 3.8 inches.

In the highly competitive world of civic bragging rights, Springfield still reigns supreme -- Springfield, Massachusetts, that is.  According to the U.S. Board of Geographic names, there are more than 60 cities and neighborhoods across the country that share the name Springfield, and the latest figures from Census 2000 confirm that Springfield, MA, with a population of 152,082, outstrips all other Springfields, retaining its "census title" for at least another decade.  Runner-up Springfield, Missouri, is gaining
ground though, and trails by only 502 citizens, an 8% gain since 1990. Other top Springfields include Springfield, Illinois, with about 111,000 people; Springfield, Ohio, with about 65,000; and Springfield, Oregon, with about 53,000 people.

Just in time for the summer blockbuster movie season, Dum Dum Pops have a fresh new flavor of lollipop -- Buttered Popcorn.  (Care for a Root Beer or Cream Soda-flavored lollipop with that?)  The 95-year-old Spangler Candy Company, which produces a billion of the suckers annually, has also introduced Orange Cream and Fruit Punch.  The company last introduced a new flavor (blue raspberry) more than five years ago. 
   

 

100 Years Ago in the WORLD ALMANAC

 

Ten most populous cities in the United States in 1900:

 

New York, NY    3,437,202

Chicago, IL    1,698,575

Philadelphia, PA    1,293,697

St. Louis, MO    575,238

Boston, MA    560,892

Baltimore, MD    508,957

Cleveland, OH    381,768

Buffalo, NY    352,387

San Francisco, CA    342,782

Cincinnati, OH    324,902

 

A point of comparison with the 2000 Census

 

New York, NY    8,008,278

Los Angeles, CA    3,694,820

Chicago, IL    2,896,016

Houston, TX    1,953,631

Philadelphia, PA    1,517,550

Phoenix, AZ    1,321,045

San Diego, CA    1,223,400

Dallas, TX    1,188,580

San Antonio, TX    1,144,646

Detroit, MI    951,270

 

 

Links of the Month

 

Ah, there is something about the word FREE that appeals to many people.  Would you like to get a FREE Lipton fridge magnet, or some FREE address labels, or maybe perhaps some FREE fake butter?  You can learn how to find these freebies and much more at www.cheapfree.com

 

Looking for a good Middle Eastern restaurant in Connecticut?  Or perhaps you live in the Cleveland area, and are in the mood for Vietnamese food.  There are over 20,000 restaurant reviews available, for eating establishments throughout the United States as well as in a few foreign cities, on http://www.zagat.com

 

The subject is calendars.  One person may choose to decorate his or her office with a Ricky Martin calendar, while a co-worker has one of puppy dogs.  At http://www.calendarzone.com you can learn about the history of calendars, and also access every type of calendar imaginable, ranging from an Author's Calendar, which tells you what writers share your birthday, the New York City Street Cleaning Rules Suspension calendar, to an Aztec calendar.

 

When I was a kid, one of my friends loved to make sound-effect noises.  A visit to http://www.partnersinrhyme.com/ givers you the chance to hear all sorts of audio files, whether it be the cry of a baby, a car starting and driving away, or even ice cubes being dropped into a glass.

 

The Sasquatch, do they really exist?  What, you don't know what a Sasquatch is?  Does Bigfoot ring a bell?  A visit to http://ourworld.compuserve.com/homepages/dtrapp/bigfoot.htm  will offer up the history behind these ape-like creatures as well as possible photographs of them.

 

Do you spend a lot of time doing crossword puzzles from the newspaper?  Would you like to spend even more time?   I've always been told that the more you do, the better you'll get at them, so why not try some online.  There are easy and tough puzzles to be found at http://www.quizland.com/cotd/ctdh116.htm

 

 

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