Sharks Tell No Tales – They’re Too Busy Gobbling Up Swimmers
Since they won’t tell you we will. Whether or not you are stealthy enough to detect the tremor that goes through most folks when they hear the word, “shark” you see the fear when the “Jaws”music is cranked up. The infamous theme from “Jaws” the 1975 blockbuster film about the great white shark that terrorized swimmers off the New England coast one summer definitely evokes fear and trepidation whenever its heard. Few people will probably admit that though. I have heard of a certain Swiss gentlemen who must whistle the song in the shower – no fear- read on to find out who we’re talking about.

The Scary Past – When Sharks Ate Tails
2003’s “Finding Nemo” is a Disney full-length animated movie. The cartoon featured a trio of three Austrailian sharks who purported to be vegetarians until one of them got a whiff of blood and subsequently tried diligently to make the hero of the story into a quick meal. In typical shark fashion he became blood thirsty. Audiences weren’t surprised when the nice shark showed his true nature. I guess the Swiss photographer missed this tale. Glad he didn’t lose his tail. OK there’s a clue he’s a photographer. Wonder what he likes taking pictures of?

Lenny, (a true vegetarian shark gets famous in 2004’s “Shark Tale”) took advantage of the dark stereotype while others of his ilk did the sharky work.

Sharks Have Gotten A New Rap – Fast Forward 40 Years
“Jaws” was a long time ago. Today in 2017 we get to look at a whole new type of shark story. These sharks are sweet. So sweet in fact that these sharks look like they belong in a cartoon. They look much sweeter than the cartoon sharks we mentioned above. You have to see them for yourself.

Our Swiss photographer is Franco Banfi, who apparently suffers from mental illness – no just kidding – certain he’s sane, but wow! In order to capture an amazing up close and personal photo shoot with the blue shark who are known to have killed humans in the past, the photographer risked his life for the enjoyment and amazement of all.

What makes the blue shark look like it can not possibly be real is its huge googly eyes. The blue sharks eyes are so white with big black centers that they look magical. What’s even more cartoonish is the apparent mood of the shark has told by their luminous eyes. The shark’s eyes look humble, sort of cautious and more importantly the eyes of the shark look like their owner could not possibly hurt a fly less more a human.

Not A Sinister Sneer In The Bunch
This fearless photographer even caught a pic of the sweet blue shark chumming it up with a co-hort who possessed equally somber peepers. Both sharks basically ignored the human and opted to stay in their lanes swimming humbly along.
Now an interesting photo would be what the gorgeous eyes would look like when the shark turns to attack mode. Don’t pass me the camera.

The Greatest Show Above The Earth!
On Friday night, February 10, 2017 the Earth was treated to yet another phenomenal lunar event. The great thing about this lunar event is that it was not just one event. The best view was on the East Coast of the United States. However, no matter where you live if you keep reading you will find that we have a surprise for you! Multiple things occurred in our galaxy all within a 24-hour period! Just in case you are not too fluent with the scientific stuff, we will break down exactly what happened. There was:

• a full moon
• a lunar eclipse
• a pale green comet

What makes this so fantastic is that we got to see all of these things in one night. A lunar eclipse happens when the Earth is placed between the sun and the moon. This optimal positioning doesn’t occur all too often so that is why when it does happen it is so very special.

The full moon happens every 29.5 days so it is not so rare but the fullness makes it such a magnificent backdrop for the other two events.

The pale green comet (Comet 45P/Honda-Mrkos-Pajdusa’kova’) jettisoned past the Earth later on in the evening. This lunar event was much harder to see and could not be watched without the use of binoculars and a telescope. Even with the use of the equipment you’d have to see the show in a darkened room.

We Told You We Have Something For You
If you want to take a gander at all of the majesty of the skies, it has been recorded at This way even if the skies proved too cloudy and gray to get a good look you can see it all in this professionally recorded webcast.

A Brief History of Lunar Eclipses
Nothing like learning about the galaxy to help you put things in perspective. This type of lunar eclipse has been around since 971 and will last until the year 2233! There are 6,585.3 days in between eclipses of this type which occur according to the Saros cycle. The eclipse that happened on Friday was called Saros 114. Alright we know you are going to get out your computers and your calculators. So figure this one out. The last eclipse in this series was on January 31, 1999! The one before that occurred on….have you figured it out already? January 20, 1981.

The reason that we often hear about a lunar eclipse happening is that there are more than one type of lunar eclipse. The eclipse that occurred on Friday was a Penumbral Lunar Eclipse

The other types of eclipses are a Total Lunar Eclipse and a Partial Lunar Eclipse. If this article has whet your appetite, great! There is an entire galaxy of information out there to explore and to research.

If you have been around for all three Penumbral Lunar eclipses that have been discussed in this article consider yourself very fortunate. That makes you a Tri-Penumbral Lunar Eclipsian! A-ha We’ve coined a new phrase!

The name Uncle Sam is as American as apple pie, but there isn’t really a consensus that Uncle Sam actually existed. Some have said he did and others have said he didn’t. A look back in time lends some clues to the actual origins of the name Uncle Sam and whether is he was a real man or a man of fiction.

Sam Wilson
Sam Wilson was a real man who worked for a meat packing contractor named Elbert Anderson. Anderson enlisted Wilson’s meat packing company to supply meat to the U.S. Army during the war of 1812. The packaging for the meat was required to be stamped with the initials of the contractor hired to supply the meat and its destination. Those initials were “E.A. – US”.

Wilson was also named as the main meat inspector for the Northern army where he made sure the meat was fresh and packed correctly. He became known at the meat packing plant as Uncle Sam by its employees. Some of the plant workers enlisted in the army and, when they received the meat in the field, they told others that the meat came from “Uncle Sam”. This story has been repeated for many years and is usually considered as proof that there was a real Uncle Sam. The problem with this story is that an Uncle Sam was first mentioned 37 years before during the Revolutionary War.

Yankee Doodle Dandy
Yankee Doodle Dandy is a well-known song sung by school children and made the actor James Cagney in the film “Yankee Doodle Dandy”. In the original version of the song in 1775, there was a line that refers to an “Old Uncle Sam come here to change….” The song was meant to brighten the spirits of revolutionary soldiers fighting the British. No one knows if the Uncle Sam in the songs depicts an actual person.

Brother Jonathan
Brother Jonathan was a fictional character developed to represent the people of the New England states either soon after or during the Revolutionary War. Much later, Brother Jonathan and Uncle Sam were used interchangeably in propaganda materials. Eventually, Brother Jonathan fell out of favor and the Uncle Sam caricature was used to represent all Americans. The curious thing about Brother Jonathan was that he was dressed in the hat and clothing that became the attire associated with Uncle Sam as time passed.

James Montgomery Flagg
The image used for recruitment posters of Uncle Sam for the U.S. Army that appeared during at the beginning of World War One was the first time the “modern” version was Uncle Sam was shown. Oddly enough, the model for the caricature and the poster appears to be Lord Kitchener. Kitchener was the British Secretary of War during World War One, and that poster showed Kitchener pointing a finger at the men reading the poster and urging them to join the British Army. Flagg took the pose and inserted a picture of Uncle Sam dressed in the clothing and hat worn by Brother Jonathan. Flagg also added the famous goatee (Brother Jonathan and Sam Wilson were both clean-shaven individuals.

Was Uncle Sam Real?
The question is not definitively answered because of the presence of Sam Wilson and the mention of Uncle Sam in the lyrics of “Yankee Doodle Dandy”. Wilson was real, but his appearance does not duplicate that of the caricature we know as “Uncle Sam”, and the caricature we know of as Uncle Sam, is not real.

Saccorhytus coronaries

When thinking of human evolution, an image of apes and monkeys most often springs to one’s mind. These primates, however, are not our only transformative link. According to paleontologists, humans have connections to other, less binary (and perhaps, in some opinions, slightly less attractive) ancestors: Saccorhytus coronaries.

Most commonly, scientists who have observed the images of S. coronaries described it as a “small, bag-like marine creature.” Though nearly microscopic (scientists have described the fossils of these creatures to resemble small black dots, not unlike poppy seeds), when put under an electron microscope and using a CT scan, the Saccorhytus coronaries microfossils proved to be vastly detailed in their individual makeup. The body of the organism was, like humans, the same on both sides (bilateral symmetry) and has thin, rather fragile thin skin that has a bit of elasticity to it. The maximum length of the Saccorhytus coronaries is 1,300 μm, width 800 μm and height 900 μm. The mouth the animal was rather large compared to the rest of its body and tiny conical structures circumforaneous it. Scientists conclude that this system allowed water to escape after it had been swallowed, similarly to modern-day gills. Interestingly however, those studying the creature were unable to detect any waste material outlet, namely an anus. This means that excrement was likely eliminated through the mouth.

The “wrinkled sack,” the translation for Saccorhytus coronaries (“Saccus” means “sac” in Latin, and “rhytis” means “wrinkle” in Greek) whose fossil was found in central China, was a product of the Cambrian period (Fortunian stage), a time when there was of mass surge in the diversity of organisms. There were numerous living things that originated during this time, and the food chain was beginning to emerge as well. The world, as we know it now, was materializing.

Deuterostomes is an animal group that includes numerous vertebrates, such as reptiles, birds, fish, amphibians, and mammals, in addition to invertebrates such as starfish. The sea organism S. coronaries, as well as humans, belong to this grouping. Because the 540-million-year-old creature is a part of the deuterostomes group, it is the thought that it is the most early descendent of human beings. Though as tiny as a piece of grain to the naked eye, the extremely detailed fossils of the Saccorhytus coronaries allow for extraordinary breakthroughs in the study of human origin.

Collecting the Microfossils
Through sifting through three tons of limestone in order to find the fossils from the Kuanchuanpu Formation, Hexi, Xixiang County, Shaanxi Province, central China was no simple task, the results were worth the struggle, as many questions were answered by analyzing the tiny critters. As per study co-researcher Jian Han, a paleontologist at Northwest University in China, it is most likely that the S. coronaries is very primitive, more so than a very early echinoderm. Further research was published in the journal Nature on January 30, 2017.

Photographs reveal more than simply a moment in time; they evoke a feeling in all who see them, feelings of happiness, love, sadness, pity, the list goes on and on. When we see photos from history, we are transported to that time. Here is a collection of rare historical pictures to do their job and spellbind us.

#1 His Final Hours

This image is of Lewis Payne, co-conspirator to the assassination of President Lincoln, just before to his execution in 1865. In history class we are often told of John Wilkes Booth, however the men wanted to kill President Lincoln, Vice President Andrew Johnson (which didn’t happen), General Ulysses S, Grant (which also didn’t happen), and William H. Seward (which was attempted by Payne, but was thankfully unsuccessful) to cripple the Government.