Melania in Asia

Sources, and see for more photos and info:
John Binder, Breitbart here and here

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Unfriendly and Unforgiving Nature

Wow, all this flooding and tornadoes lately out here on the plains is getting really annoying!…

22 Dead, 2 Missing in Record Flooding Across Midwest

I think I’ll get away from this deadly natural disaster, take a nice drive up into the mountains.

Crews blast apart massive boulder that closed Colorado highway

The enormous 2.5-million-pound rock tumbled and plowed its way to the two-lane highway from a ridgeline roughly 1,000 feet above on Friday. CDOT officials say the second massive boulder, which created an eight-foot trench across both lanes and landed on the east side of the road, may remain where it sits.

h/t Muldoon on A♠
Recommended: A Limerick A Day, Muldoon’s Library of Limericks

Voynich Revealed

Bath time in Medieval Europe was as chaotic as today 

I had no idea that the Voynich manuscript had been translated at last, much less that they’ve found the source. Or so they say…

…produced by Dominican nuns for Maria of Castille, the great aunt of Catherine of Aragon. …

Yet until now, the meaning has eluded the world’s best codebreakers including Alan Turing, who despite unravelling Enigma was flummoxed by the Medieval tome, which appeared to be written in a baffling cypher.

The secret, it turns out, is far simpler. The code could not be cracked because it was not a code at all, but a primitive version of the Romance languages such as French, Spanish and Italian, according to linguist Gerard Cheshire.

Dr Cheshire, from the University of Bristol, claims the work is the only known example of the language of the common people of Ischia, a volcanic island in the Gulf of Naples where Maria lived in Aragonese Castle.…

The manuscript is a compendium of herbal remedies, therapeutic bathing and astrological readings concerning matters of the female mind and body, reproduction and parenting.

Sarah Knapton, Telegraph, UK

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Operations Manna and Chowhound

Supplying the starving Dutch with food dropped from bombers

Sidney Mucheru

A B-17 dropping food over The Netherlands, image courtesy of

In April 1945, over 3.5 million Dutch citizens in the western part of The Netherlands were starving, this part of the county was not yet liberated from the German Army. The famine was as a result of a severe winter and also because the Germans, who had occupied Netherlands at the time since 1940, had cut off food shipments to the area. …

Eisenhower agreed a truce with Reichskommissar Arthur Seyss-Inquart who was the German governor in charge of Netherlands. The Royal Air force (RAF), Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) and United States Army Air force (USAAF) planes would be allowed to drop food from the air, without German opposition.

The Germans, with the help of Dutch officials marked several drop zones where the food would be dropped, and on April 29 operation Manna started with the first food drop made by the RAF. It was used as a test to see whether the Germans would put up any resistance but after its success more planes were sent later that day. …

Operations Manna and Chowhound continued until May 8, 1945 even after the Germans surrendered, and it was a success because 6,680 tons of food was delivered to the starving Dutch citizens.…

Read the full article at War History Online

A Royal Air Force Avro Lancaster drops food packages from its bomb bay while flying at very low level, image courtesy of

Powerful Message

small-victories-cupI think
this young man
boldly expresses
what a lot of us
are thinking.

h/t Will S.’s Sunny Side Blog

Snuggling Bees


Recently, wildlife photographer Joe Neely captured two bees snuggling in a flower… “Niccole was shooting … orange Globe Mallow plant that was hidden inside all of these pink flowers and she heard the bees buzzing about… Then she notices that some of the flowers had bees in them but they were not moving.

“I came over and study it for a while and more bees showed up. Soon, all the vacant flowers were occupied and this one bee was left out.  She crawled over to this open flower and got inside with the other one. I was watching as he stumbled around almost drunk-like and then got settled in.”

Turns Out, There’s A Bee Species That Sleep In Flowers And It’s As Cute As It Sounds
by​ Rokas J. on Bored Panda

h/t Milady Webworker