Fortune cookies are so deep, dude

“Courage is simply not one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point.”

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This was found in a small box of paints that was last opened in…oh..about 8 years. Let’s just say the paints didn’t make it. However, tucked in the edges of the box were these remnants of a few previously-consumed fortune cookies.

I don’t know why I save stuff like this. I’m not a hoarder, but I do save a few strange odds-and-ends. What I do know is that finding tiny gems — like this lovely specimen that has already found it’s place on a new collage — is like going back in time. You can’t quite remember every single moment sometimes, but the glimpses you get are priceless.

Until next time,

Love, Lola

Most of us will never see the Milky Way, and here’s why

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Generations of people have never seen the Milky Way thanks to light pollution, and sadly they never will. Credit: Diana Juncher/ESO

It’s been about 40 years since I’ve seen the Milky Way in person. That was at church camp when we set out one night to climb a mountain to watch a meteor shower. I can’t see the Milky Way’s majesty these days because of light pollution, and sadly, I’m not alone.

According to a new global atlas of light pollution, the Milky Way is “a faded memory to one third of humanity and 80 percent of Americans.”

All I see when looking up at the night sky is an inky dull blackness, or a foggy haze created by the lights of the city bouncing off atmospheric particles or clouds. This is what most of us in the United States experience on a nightly basis.

Sure, we have our national parks to visit, and most of the boast wonderful nighttime views of our home galaxy. But not all of us can get there, so we must rely on others to provide us photographs. I love those, of course, but that’s all they are — photographs.

The United States isn’t the only one missing out on views of our home galaxy. Light pollution is most extensive in countries like Singapore, Italy and South Korea. However, if you’re in Canada or Australia, chances are you’ll have a better chance of seeing the Milky Way in all her glory. In addition, only small areas of night sky remain relatively undiminished in western Europe, mainly in Scotland, Sweden and Norway.

You can read my full article on STEAMRegister.com.

 

What to do with Tesla’s ashes?

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There’s a big battle brewing in Belgrade over the ashes of Nikola Tesla.

Nikola Tesla was a Serbian-American inventor, electrical engineer, mechanical engineer, physicist, and futurist, but he was best known and revered for his contributions to the design of the modern alternating current electricity supply system.

Tesla was born of Serbian parents on July 10, 1856 in what is now Croatia and died at the age of 86 in New York on January 7, 1943.

Five days after his passing, Tesla’s body was taken to the Ferncliff Cemetery in Ardsley, New York, where it was later cremated. Since 1953, his ashes have been displayed in a gold-plated sphere on a marble pedestal in the Nikola Tesla Museum in the Serbian capital.

Now, the Serbian Orthodox Church wants to move the ashes to St. Sava’s Cathedral. This apparently has some people quite disturbed.

Read my full article for more information.