When I was a kid, my mom thought that I’d have my own talk show because I was always asking people lots of questions about themselves. When I graduated college, I began living my own dream as a reporter for a news media outlet. As a journalist, I spoke daily with public affairs officers who represented diverse government and corporate clients.
I soon realized that public affairs combined the best of both worlds of journalism and television talk shows — I get to learn interesting and unusual things about people who worked with me, I then get to tell their…
Even the most dedicated feline lovers agree that cats are weird: Cats freak out over cucumbers, slumber all day and walk all over you while you sleep. Below I’ve provided answers the most common questions about why cats are so darn weird, hopefully demystifying your four-legged furry friends for you.
1) Why Are Cats Afraid of Cucumbers?
If you’ve been paying attention, you’ve noticed that videos have popped up online of cats freaking out over seeing cucumbers. As humorous as these videos are, they lead me to the question: why are cats so afraid of cucumbers? There are several theories…
Wine enthusiasts take it for granted that the sweet vintage in their goblets is stored in a glass bottle secured with a cork and a protective sleeve until they are ready to drink it.
But it wasn’t always that way. You can thank a glory-seeking pirate named Sir Kenelm Digby for the wine bottle — but I’ll get back to Digby in a couple of minutes.
First, a little history of wine, and what it was like to partake in it before Digby’s invention — which allows us to store wine for long periods, without it spoiling.
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I thought you would
be both the arrow
and the crescent
of my meandering life.
You were the arrow — a mark —
that pointed my diverse selves
to the gate of plenty as one true self;
as if I were shot from a gallant crossbow.
You appeared a slender crescent
to my eyes as you showed my
hulking, sad body the cycles
of regeneration, of fertility, of rebirth.
True, I spied symbols in your eyes, your
mouth, your face and your gentle smile;
emblems of the righteous Mason who
uses the straight lines of the plumb, compass
and rule to build a cottage…
Just like human beings, wine bottles have an anatomy. And there’s more to it than the cork in its mouth. Here are 12 things you should know about wine bottles as you are sipping wine that will make you sound like an instant wine connoisseur.
Let’s start with the top of the wine bottle, and work our way down.
Wine capsules are the protective sleeves on the neck of a wine bottle over the cork. The purpose of a capsule is to keep rodents, insects and other unwanted varmint from harming the cork while the wine is stored for long…
There are many truths about cats and dogs — and few of them are as strange as the ones that I’ve recently learned about dogs’ ability to sniff out cancer and cats’ ability to swim. But I’m getting ahead of myself. Without further ado, here is the truth about cats and dogs — or at least the ones that might surprise you, as they did me.
During the mid-1990’s I frequently found myself rollerblading with friends on the Capital Crescent Trail in Washington, D.C., a mecca for bikers, joggers and, yes, in-line skaters — the colloquial term for people who rollerblade.
Back in the day, the Capital Crescent Trail — which runs 10 miles from Silver Spring, Md., to Washington’s Georgetown neighborhood — was swarming with in-line skaters. As I remember it, the number of in-line skaters who zoomed across the trail far outnumbered bikers and joggers.