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James Randi ~ James Randi has built a reputation on debunking the paranormal. He offers $1,000,000 to anyone who can convince him of such ability and this includes astrology too. Those anxious to prove themselves be warned, so far nobody has even survived his unspecified test conditions. There have been over 1,000 applicants…
Jenny Smedley ~ Jenny was going nowhere, until she first saw a performance by country singer Garth Brooks. She instantly recognised someone she had known intimately in a past life and went on to describe the details in enormous depth. She now writes, records and appears on TV herself. It’s a remarkable story with a happy ending.
Laika, the Space Dog ~ Laika the dog was the first animal in orbit and also, the first orbital fatality. A stray from the streets of Moscow chosen for her hardiness and calm temperament, she was placed aboard Sputnik 2 on October 31, 1957 and blasted off three days later. She died hours into the mission, but never was intended to return home safely…
Latitude & Longitude Finder ~ There is so much nerdy goodness on this site, it was hard tying myself down to just one section. Mainly for a UK audience although useful for other parts of the world, Chris “Doogal” Bell explores the link between British postcodes, latitude and longitude with a little help from Google Maps. Locate the geographic coordinates of anywhere you want…
Leap Years & Leap Seconds ~ In late February 2016 we’re heading towards the extra day, that characterises every leap year. The Royal Observatory, part of Royal Museums Greenwich has produced a helpful guide to why this is necessary and the reasons for the adjustment. Happily, following a polite prompt from yours truly, the error in this piece has been quietly rectified…
List of Common Emoticons ~ You’ve no doubt seen these in your email, :) or similar for happy, :( for sad, even more unusual combinations like :O for surprised, or :*) for blushing. To extend your vocabulary take a look at this feature, where you’ll find \(^o^)/ for very excited, (o_#) for bruised or (._.) meaning disappointed, among many creative examples.
List of Northernmost Items ~ Midsummer in the southern UK means only around five or six hours of proper darkness, disregarding any moonlight of course. Nevertheless, every year I find myself drawn to the twenty-four hour daylight experienced by more northerly regions and love to read about the world’s northernmost town or settlement, post office, restaurant and campsite.
List of Southernmost Items ~ Following last week’s review of northernmost extremes, it is only fair to follow on with the Southern Hemisphere. This is a less extensive list, since the Northern Hemisphere has twice as much land and around nine times as many people, but from an astrological point of view it is interesting to see, how far south people have been born for example.
Magical Mystical Ley Line Locator ~ A network of ley lines is said to criss-cross Britain. They link points of historical and geographical interest, often of an ancient nature and with some spiritual significance. While lots believe in a mystic network connecting man-made and natural features, others say given enough points you can put a straight line through almost anywhere…
Meet-An-Inmate.com ~ Not exactly a dating site, because some of these individuals won’t see freedom for quite a long while. Still, it is an opportunity to get to know someone incarcerated in a US jail, though it’ll have to be via snail mail since email is not allowed. Checking out why anyone who takes your fancy is there in the first place, has to be a good idea…
Mental Age Test ~ There are a number of online tests claiming to pinpoint your mental age. It is a measure you may notice being used rather disparagingly, or levelled at those considered not to be acting their age. Still, as the saying goes, you are only young once but can stay immature indefinitely. This is one of the better sites I’ve found, unlike another that put me at sixteen.
MoonGrow ~ Apparently a labour of love, this site covers everything you’ll need to know about the cycles of the Moon and their relationship to plants and horticulture. This includes lunar phases, gardening tools and techniques, the zodiac constellations and links to other resources. Obviously the astrology section, is my own particular favourite…
Multimap ~ When constructing an astrological birthchart, it’s essential to know the latitude and longitude of the birth location. This is the best online reference I’ve found, with an international database. For the UK, you can simply enter a postcode to access the exact geographic coordinates for that place. It’s great for calculating charts…
Mystic Mildred ~ Part of the urban75 ezine, and worth visiting anyway, Mystic Mildred inhabits their useless games department, all carefully designed to help you throw time away doing nothing productive at all. While probably I’m not supposed to enjoy this so much, it did make me laugh; so do take a look, because probably you will too…
Near-Space Skydive Record ~ Alan Eustace, a 57-year-old Google executive has broken Felix Baumgartner’s record for the highest skydive from the upper stratosphere by more than 8,000 feet. And in contrast to the latter’s very public leap, this jump was kept from the media until afterwards. The previous record held for a mere two years. 135,908 feet is 25.74 miles by the way…