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"I found it is the small everyday deeds of ordinary folk that keep the darkness at bay. Small acts of kindness and love."
- J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit

Friday, February 24, 2012

Ripped from the Headlines V

I'll start off this week with a natural phenomenon! There is a waterfall in Yosemite Park called Horsetail Fall.  It turns out that at sunset during days in mid-February, the sunlight lights up the falls in such a way that it turns orange and resembles lava. Conditions do have to be right for this to be seen but I imagine it is really awesome to see in person.  Maybe one day I'll see this in person.

Moving on across the pond,  I found this story of a competition to find the most multi-lingual student.  The winner, 20 year-old Alex Rawlings, can speak 11 languages! (You can view a video of him speaking all 11 languages at the link.)  Absolutely amazing!

Back in the US, I'm happy to report that it appears that Maryland will be the next state to allow same-sex marriage!  The bill passed the Senate yesterday and will move on to the Governor who has promised to sign it into law!  Same-sex couples can currently marry in 6 states, 7 in June when the Washington bill kicks in.  I'm not sure when Maryland's law will go into effect but that will make 8!  I'm ecstatic!

Under the "WTF" category, there is news that Anne Frank - a well-known daughter of Jewish parents who was killed during the Holocaust - has been baptized by proxy by a Mormon in the Dominican Republic.  Baptism by proxy is not unusual in the Mormon faith but it is church policy not to baptize victims of the Holocaust who died because of their faith - or their parent's faith in this case, I guess.  In any event, an uproar ensued... people will be disciplined...  and so on.

Finally, in science news, NASA has noticed that astronauts start craving spicy foods after they've been spending a bit of time in space. They aren't sure exactly why but do have some theories.  One is that the astronauts actually lose some of their sense of smell so they just don't taste foods as well as they would here on earth. Scientists are trying to come up with some solutions to the problem. After all, we do want our astronauts to have a little enjoyment when they are up in space for a while.

Have a nice weekend, all!

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