Paleolithic History

December 17, 2014 · Posted in Ancient History · Comments Off on Paleolithic History 

The popular conception of what constituted the Paleo diet of our ancestors from between 10,000 and 2.5 million years ago may be incorrect. The contemporary notion in question claims a subsistence of high amounts of meat, fish and vegetables and not on a grain based diet.

Anthropologists at the Georgia State University in Atlanta have released a paper challenging that idea and going further to say that nothing in the findings indicate that our early ancestors’ meals where limited to any one specific food group. Anthropologist Ken Sayers explained it as an “opportunistic buffet”, also saying, “They lived short, tough lives that were focused on survival and reproduction”. Find the article Why You’re Doing the Paleo Diet All Wrong  at ABC News.

73rd Anniversary of Pearl Harbor

December 7, 2014 · Posted in World War II · Comments Off on 73rd Anniversary of Pearl Harbor 

It was Dec. 7, 1941 when the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor. Eye Witness Account from 91 years old Aaron Chabin.

The Intrepid museum is honoring the anniversary with a special ceremony.

Pearl Harbor attack facts: Time was 7:48 a.m. Hawaii time ; place was U.S. Naval base on the island of Oahu, Hawaii, west of Honolulu;

The Battleships:

Arizona exploded; total loss. 1,177 dead.

Oklahoma: five torpedoes, capsized; total loss. 429 dead. Refloated November 1943;capsized and lost while under tow to the mainland May 1947.

West Virginia: hit by two bombs, seven torpedoes, sunk; returned to service July 1944. 106 dead.

California: hit by two bombs, two torpedoes, sunk; returned to service January 1944. 100 dead.

Nevada: hit by six bombs, one torpedo, beached; returned to service October 1942. 60 dead.

Tennessee: hit by two bombs; returned to service February 1942. 5 dead.

Maryland: hit by two bombs; returned to service February 1942. 4 dead (including floatplane pilot shot down).

Pennsylvania (Kimmel’s flagship):[111] in drydock with Cassin and Downes, hit by one bomb, debris from USS Cassin; remained in service. 9 dead.

Ex-battleship (target/AA training ship)

Utah: hit by two torpedoes, capsized; total loss. 64 dead.

More than 2,400 Americans died in the attack, and another 1,178 were wounded.

Pearl Harbor’s Battleship Row

History of Lysergic-Acid-Diethylamide

December 6, 2014 · Posted in LSD · Comments Off on History of Lysergic-Acid-Diethylamide 

There are numerous names on the street for lysergic-acid-diethylamide: acid, trips, cid,  blotter, doses, dots and many others. In 1938 the Swiss scientist Albert Hofmann discovered this potent psychoactive agent (a hallucinogen) .

Hofman lived to the ripe old age of 102 when he died of a heart attack in April of 2008. He did not realize LSDs psycho-pharmacological effects until five years after its synthesis. What a surprise it must have been when he accidentally ingested the drug and was sent on a potent mind altering trip. Apparently (though it is known in some people to create scary and dangerous reactions) it was a pleasant experience for Hofman, since he subsequently took LSD on hundreds of occasions. New York Times

The compound was found by Hofman in the ergot fungus, which grows in rye kernels.


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World’s Oldest Calculator

November 29, 2014 · Posted in Science · Comments Off on World’s Oldest Calculator A Classical Wonder: The Antikythera Mechanism

The Antikythera Mechanism, oldest known calculator, is even older than first thought.

It was found in 1900 as part of a shipwreck off the Greek island of Antikythera. The technological complexity of this device, which is believed to have charted moving planets, marked the passing of days and years, and also may have predicted eclipses, was designed ahead of any other similar invention by more than 1000 years.

Argentinian researchers have corrected the original creation date of 100 to 150 BC, determined by radiocarbon dating analysis, to an earlier date of 205 BC. , since discovering an eclipse prediction calendar dial on the back of the mechanism that predicted a May 12, 205 B.C. solar eclipse.

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Jonas Salk’s 100th Birthday

October 26, 2014 · Posted in Medicine, Science, This Day in History · Comments Off on Jonas Salk’s 100th Birthday 

The History of Polio is forever and inextricably linked with  Jonas Salk . Salk’s eagerly anticipated achievement of inoculation against the much feared polio virus was made public on April 12, 1955

Not long after the announcement of the success of the Salk Vaccine , Jonas appeared in what would become a well-known television interview with Edward R. Murrow. When Murrow asked why he did not obtain a patent on his medical discovery, Salk famously said in response, “Would you patent the sun?” His response left the impression that it was a morally motivated decline on Salk’s part that resulted in an unpatented invention. But there are other details that point to the possibility of an altogether different reason having less to do with Salk and more to do with other factors  apart from Salk’s refusal to apply for a patent.

October 28, 1914 marks the 100th anniversary of Jonas Salk’s birthday.

1985 Interview with Salk

Top Ten Deadliest Tornadoes in Oklahoma History

October 2, 2014 · Posted in Disasters, Oklahoma History, Weather · Comments Off on Top Ten Deadliest Tornadoes in Oklahoma History 
Rank City Date Scale Fatalities Injuries
1 Woodward 4/9/1947 F5 116 782
2 Snyder 5/10/1905 F5 97* 58*
3 Peggs 5/2/1920 F4 71 100
4 Antlers 4/12/1945 F5 69 353
5 Pryor 4/27/1942 F4 52 350
6 (Bridge Creek-Newcastle-Moore-Oklahoma City) 5/3/1999 F5 36 583
7 Oklahoma City 6/12/1942 F4 35 100
8 Cleveland County 04/25/1893 F4 33 ~100
9 (Newcastle-South Oklahoma City-Moore) 5/20/2013 EF5 24
10 Bethany 11/19/1930 F4 23 150

Source: National Weather Service Weather Forecast Office, Norman, OK

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