3/20/17

Beware of Cats

I this photo took years ago while visiting the Queens Zoo, not far from the old World's Fair grounds.

3/17/17

Lurking in the Shadows

If you ever get a chance to see a show of Larry Kagan's sculptures, do it!

His abstract creations are cool-looking to begin with. But then, when the spotlights are turned on, something totally unexpected appears.
See more of his work on his website: CLICK

Patrick Merrell photo

3/15/17

The Stepwells of India

Looks like a piece of M.C. Escher art, doesn't it? But it's real, one of the thousands of stepwells built in India from around the 2nd century A.D. onward. Early designs were utilitarian, a way to get at underground water during the dry season, but the architecture grew into something that was often much more elaborate.

More photos and information can be found here: CLICK

And Merrell Publishers (no relation) has a new book about the stepwells: CLICK

Photo from Colossal

3/14/17

Fell's Mere

Traveling along Florida's County Road 512, you might not even notice the city of Fellsmere, population 5,000. There's a municipal building in the center of town, with a water tower looming overhead. A small assortment of buildings, stores and houses, both old and new, are clustered nearby. Broadway is the main street, the only north-south road not named for a tree. The crossing avenues bear the names of U.S. states.

Despite that relatively unimpressive résumé, the town boasts a pretty sizable claim to fame: In 1915, Fellsmere was the first city south of the Mason-Dixon line to give women the vote. The 19th Amendment, granting the same right nationwide, wouldn't be passed for another five years.

How'd that happen? When the city submitted its charter to the state, the legislature ratified it without bothering to read it. Likewise for the governor. What they all overlooked was that the Fellsmere city leaders had included a clause giving women the unrestricted right to vote. And later that same year, in a local election, Mrs. Zena Dreier became the first woman in the south to cast a vote.


Nelson Fell, the town's founder, had a business on Broadway in
New York City and wanted the same business address in Florida.
Hence, the main street being named Broadway.
Fell's house was one block over, just off of New York Avenue.

A mere is a mainly British term for an expanse of standing water; a lake or pool.

3/3/17

Bombs Away

In 1958, a B-47 bomber was participating in a practice mission near Savannah, Georgia. When it collided with an F-86 fighter jet, the bomber's crew got permission to jettison a hydrogen bomb to lighten their load during an emergency landing. You read that right! The bomb, equal to two million tons of TNT, plunged at full speed into the water near Tybee Island, never to be seen again.

Crazy as that sounds, the incident is not unique. Officially, the U.S. has lost 11 nuclear bombs in accidents over the years, although unofficially the total is thought to be around 50. Here are three other verified incidents:

1961: When a faulty fuel line exploded in a B-52 bomber flying near Goldsboro, North Carolina, the crew dumped three hydrogen bombs overboard. Parachutes landed two of them safely below. But the third plummeted earthward and landed in a swamp, where it remains stuck somewhere in the muck deep below the surface.

1965: An A-4 Skyhawk aircraft fell off the side of the aircraft carrier USS Ticonderoga near Japan. The pilot and a one-ton nuclear weapon sank to the bottom, too far down to be retrieved.

1966: While flying along the southeast coast of Spain, a B-52 bomber crashed into a tanker aircraft while attempting to refuel in midair. Both planes exploded, causing two of the B-52's four hydrogen bombs to partially detonate. Bomb fragments and radioactive dust rained down on the coastal city of Palomares. A third bomb landed safely in a tomato field, while the last dropped into the Mediterranean Sea, never to be seen again.

Excerpted from iFlush: Plunging into Mystery

3/2/17

Mixed Up

A one-word anagram can be made from:
AN ACTIVITY
It's a word you might find on a bottle of mouthwash.
What is it?

The answer: CLICK

3/1/17

Odd Facts & Questions: Disney

Fact:
Together, Mickey and Donald have one complete outfit.
Question:
What are the buttons on Mickey's pants for?

characters copyright © The Walt Disney Company

2/28/17

Sounds Like a Gangster

Why that headline with this photo? Answer: CLICK

photos: (l.) Bayer & (r.) andfam.net

2/27/17

Most Popular Posts: Bonus

Last week, Orts revisited five of the most popular posts from the past year. Here's one last bonus post that appeared on Orts' a week before the official launch.

Standoffish

Why that headline with this picture? Find out HERE.