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Rutgers University has developed Super Catnip. Yes, it drives cats wild, even more than regular catnip. If you want drug-crazed kitties, buy them Super Catnip, but you have been warned. No telling what they might do. Super Catnip is also an environmentally-friendly method of repelling mosquitoes and other insects.

The conundrum: You may be able to live insect-free but suffer a feline infestation. You might become a Cat Lady or Cat Gentleman. Either countless bugs or dozens of cats. Life is never easy. I smell a story.

 

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National Kazoo Day

The good thing about kazoos is that they sound bad no matter who is playing—young, old, pro, beginner, tone-deaf, and so on. And no matter what type of music you choose, playing it on a kazoo is a mistake. What next? Tuba day? Accordion day? Bagpipe day? Please don’t forget to wear earplugs.

I promise not to write about them.

 

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BURNS NIGHT

It is a celebration of the life and enduring legacy of the great Scottish poet, Robert Burns of Auld Lang Syne fame. January 25 1759 to July 21, 1796. The Burns Supper is bagpipes, Scotch, haggis, and Burns’s poetry. 3 out of 4 ain’t bad. (The Suddeths come from Scotland so I will have to write about it.)

 

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MLK Day

We all know who Martin Luther King Jr. is. (January 15, 1929 – April 4, 1968) Today is the Federal holiday devoted to him. His most famous speech is “I have a dream.” He gave countless speeches. My favorite quote is in the illustration below. Let us celebrate his life and mourn his assassination. May his light live on.

This link shares more quotes from his speeches: https://www.weareteachers.com/martin-luther-king-quotes/

 

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MOON TRIPLE PLAY!

Sunday night and Monday morning the moon will be in rare form. A full moon—the Cold Moon. A Super Moon—the moon is closer to Earth than usual. And a lunar eclipse—the Earth moves between the Moon and the Sun. Get your cameras out!

The Cherokee also call the full moon, Cold Moon, Unolvtani, ᎤᏃᎸᏔᏂ. Wonder why? They perform the Cold Moon Dance. They also celebrate the arrival of the Sun’s Daughter—the morning Star—AKA Venus.

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Conspiracy buffs claim that Minoans sailed from the island of Crete in the Mediterranean Sea to the New World about 3,000 years ago. They even got as far as Kentucky and Tennessee. Interesting, but there were bunches of Indians around, my ancestors some of them. The artifacts are a little hard to prove, but I would be more impressed if the writing could be translated. (the Minoans’ language remains a mystery) Others have found a statistical similarity between the mitochondrial DNA (maternal DNA) between ancient Minoans and certain Indian tribes, especially the Cherokee. Let’s wait and see, but there are other reasons for the DNA.

One photo is of a supposed Minoan artifact from Drake Mound, Fayette County, Kentucky. The other photo is possible Minoan writing on the Bat Creek Stone, Loudon County, Tennessee. Judge for yourself—I remain the skeptic. (But I might have fun writing about it)

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Barnard b (GJ 699 b) is a recently discovered Super-Earth planet orbiting Barnard’s Star, the 2nd nearest star to Earth. Barnard’s Star is a red dwarf, a cold star, so the surface of Barnard b is -238 F. Its year is 233 days, and it may harbor life under the ice.

The star is only 6 light years away, so pack your bags (bring some warm clothes). Send me some postcards. I am staying home, but I will write about it.

 

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