In the records of human conflicts, there are at least three Chicken Wars. Two left little mark on the world at large, and the third resulted in some strange work-arounds for heavy tariffs. The first was Wojna kokosza, the Chicken or Hen War of 1537
, when an anti-royalist and anti-absolutist rokosz (rebellion) by the Polish nobility resulted in near-extinction of local "kokosz" (an egg laying hen), but little else. The second was an odd spin-off of the more serious War of the Quarduple Alliance
that lasted from 1717 to 1720. Though most of the activity happened in Europe, there were some battles in North America. The Texas manifestation was the capture of some chickens by French forces from a Spanish mission, and a costly overreaction by Spanish religious and military men
. The third Chicken War
was a duel of tariffs during the Cold War, with the only lasting casualty being the availability of foreign-made light trucks in the United States
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Published in 1910, William T. Cox's Fearsome Creatures of the Lumberwoods, With a Few Desert and Mountain Beasts
is one of the earliest written accounts describing fabulous beasts of lumberjack lore, together called "fearsome critters." Read of tales of the peculiar wapaloosie
, the spiky, hairless hodag
that swallows trees whole, and the bizarrely violent splinter cat
, which smashes trees with its head until it finds food. When you've been there a spell, take a gander through Paul Bunyan's Natural History
, in which the goofang
fish swims backwards to keep water out of its eyes and the teakettler
walks backwards, nostrils steaming. For more harrowing yarns on yesterday's monsters, thumb through Henry Tryon's Fearsome Critters
, which closes with a tantalizing snipet about an eternally elusive bird
10 Examples of Asian American and Pacific Islander's Rich History of Resistance
counters the notion that "there is a prevailing notion out there that, in contrast to other minorities, Asian Americans “lack a history of resistance” (or that we think we do), and that this invisibility and dearth of civil rights history actually confers upon the Asian American community a form of racial privilege.
In 1602, he became the first Englishman to sail directly to New England across the ill-charted waters of the North Atlantic (Google books; alt: Archive.org)
. He is credited with setting up a fort on Cuttyhunk Island
, and naming both Martha's Vineyard
and Cape Cod
in that voyage. A few months later, he then returned to England, where he planned the first English settlement to take hold in the new world. He returned in 1607, but only survived 13 weeks in Jamestown (Gb)
. Who was this founding father of the first English colony take hold in North America? Bartholomew Gosnold
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Avast ye dogs of the North Americas: Arr, clear the decks of yer calendar for July
, for ye've some skivving to do
. Curs of the crown need not apply
. [more inside]
The entire assemblage comprises 14,882 human skeletal fragments, as well as the mutilated remains of dogs and other animals killed at the massacre site -- Sacred Ridge, southwest of Durango, Colo.
when the violence took place, men, women and children were tortured, disemboweled, killed and often hacked to bits. In some cases, heads, hands and feet appear to have been removed as trophies for the killers. The attackers then removed belongings out of the structures and set the roofs on fire.
At least two other separate studies have come to similar conclusions, suggesting the genocide victims at Sacred Ridge belonged to an ethnic group that was different from that of other nearby populations.
is a series of short documentaries
about life on the US-Mexican border, none longer than 6 minutes. The subjects are: drug addicts on the border
(warning: graphic images), electronic music group Nortec Collective
, hospital costs of fence jumpers
, lonesome Minuteman
, Mexican emigrant safety patrolman
, ranchowners whose land is an immigration throughway
, US-raised 18 year-old sent back to Mexico
, virtual vigilantes
, two old men provide water in the desert
, dangers of journalism in Ciudad Juarez
, graveyard of US tires in Mexico
, drug ballads
, hardened border policy hurts cross-border community
, another cross-border community fears closing of footbridge
, working illegally in Laredo
, mayors of the two Laredos
, migrants' safe house
, hand-pulled ferry
, dentistry in Nuevo Progreso
, Brownsville high school teacher protests border fence
, golf course with the border on three sides
& fishermen on the mouth of the Rio Bravo
. Border Stories also has a blog
about immigration issues.
is a design/build competition currently held in cities throughout North America. Teams of architects, engineers, and students compete to design and build giant structures
made entirely from full cans of food. [more inside]
Story From North America.
A boy learns to appreciate life in all its forms via song.
― prose, poetry, illustrations, photography, video, and music from a wide assortment contemporary artists. [contains some nude art images] [more inside]
is the travel photography site of Beren Patterson. Includes simple and easy to use tutorials
and his collection of travel pictures
that are integrated as a digital postcard system.
Andre Gunther Photography
― The galleries
of photographs are certainly beautiful, but this site shines also for its technique tutorials
and camera reviews
Airphoto North America
― Jim Wark is an aerial photographer who specializes in capturing unusual landscape and cultural images of North and Central America. The plane used is a small high-wing, bush type (an Aviat Husky) with a large side opening for unobstructed shooting, and with the capability of operating out of small rough areas. A full complement of camping gear and provisions are always on board so that remote sites can be used as operating bases.
Welcome to the Rashtrapati Bhavan
Vikings: The North Atlantic Saga
is a Smithsonian webpage (with a pretty cool Flash intro) about the Norse in North America
. Along with highlights of the exhibit
, there's also an interactive map
of the Viking voyages. (Although L'Anse aux Meadows
, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is the only confirmed Viking colony
in N.A.). The Saga of Eric the Red
contains the story of the voyages and discovery, but there are other primary sources
as well. The Viking Ship Museum
has information on the famous longboats
that made the voyages, which were as much a matter of luck
as navigation. To mark the millenium, some crazy Icelanders sailed a longboat back to Norway
the national sport of Ireland
is known as the fastest
(mpeg) field sport. It is one of many Gaelic
games unique to Ireland
collectively they are known as the GAA
. The origin
of hurling date back at least 2000 years and is prevalent in many Irish legends
(rm). Playing hurling
requires great skill
it’s described as cross between field
but with the ability to hit the ball like a baseball
the air. Equipment
mainly consists of
and the sliothar
(ball), while many players wear helmets
, many choose
not to. Every year, the All-Ireland
is played in Croke Park
where the top two counties
compete. All hurlers are amateur athletes, there are no professionals. Its
popularity is on the rise in North
as well as Europe
The women's version of hurling is called camogie
Mercury Connections: The extent and effects of mercury pollution in northeastern North America. a summary of the major findings reported in a series of 21 papers.
Evers, David C. 2005.
BioDiversity Research Institute. Gorham, Maine. 28 pages.
Mercury Connections is a summary of the major findings reported in a series of 21 papers. These papers are published in: Biogeographical patterns of environmental mercury in northeastern North America. 2005. Ecotoxicology. Volume 14, numbers 1 and 2.
Lichens of North America
'This website grew out of the activities of Sylvia and Stephen Sharnoff, who did the photographic fieldwork for the book Lichens of North America, by Irwin M.Brodo and the Sharnoffs, published in November, 2001 by Yale University Press ... ' - the human uses of lichens
, a lichen sampler
, lichen portraits
('This lichen is used medicinally in India as a poultice to induce copious urination, as a linament and an incense for headaches, and also as a powder to help wounds heal.'
) ... more lichen links.
Related interest :- The Hidden Forest
, photos of lichens, fungi, mosses and slime moulds of the New Zealand bush.
Photos by Martin
- a gem of a site for vicarious travelers, it features wonderful
, charming photos
and fascinating stories
from a guy who quit his job three years ago to travel the world. He credits global photojournalist Steve McCurry
as an influence. I am such a fan of these photo travel narratives, professional and amateur alike - has anyone else discivered some special favorites?
How many different Starbucks outlets in North America have you
been to? Less than 3,381? If so, this guy
has you beat. See Winter's caffeine-propelled roadtrip stats
and peruse his mind-numbing photo gallery.
Do not try this at home; you WILL end up looking like this.
We've seen some cool mobile phones before
, but looking at the current North American cell phone offerings, I'm sorely disappointed. AT&T
seems to have the latest/greatest phones, but their service is by far the worst. T-mobile
has the Sony Ericsson t68. But none of these phones can compare to some of those picture snapping Japanese Jskies
, and cool European Nokias
. How hard is it to bring these technologies to the North American GSM network?
We're in the midst of the Rose Festival
here. I'm watching the Grand Floral Parade
on tv now, since I didn't camp out last night on the sidewalk space I taped out last weekend. Yes, that really happens. From the site: The Grand Floral Parade is the second largest all-floral parade in North America and the largest, single-day spectator event in Oregon.
is the top one. They expect half a million spectators in person, and even more on TV. Are you watching this with me? What festivals and spectacles do you have in your area?
Well, that's it.
We're done for. Ebola hits North America...maybe.
"They appear to have been skilled workers capable of stupendous productivity under harsh circumstances. When they failed, it was not from lack of inventiveness, but because of poor leadership, bad luck or the inherent instability of all-male commercial ventures."
It sounds like the writer is describing the typical failed dot-com. Actually, he's writing about 17th Century commercial colonization of North America. The similarities are quite amusing. Read on...