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Monday, January 9, 2017

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Carolina Naturally
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Today in History

Robert Guiscard and his brother Roger take Palermo in Sicily.
The Archbishop of Canterbury, William Laud, is beheaded on Tower Hill, accused of acting as an enemy of the British Parliament.
King Philip V shocks all of Europe when he abdicates his throne in favor of his eldest son, Louis.
An uprising of over 400 slaves is put down in New Orleans. Sixty-six blacks are killed and their heads are strung up along the roads of the city.
General Stephen Kearny and Commodore Robert Stockton retake Los Angeles in the last California battle of the Mexican War.
Florida secedes from the Union.
London’s Underground begins operations.
John D. Rockefeller and his brother William establish the Standard Oil Company of Ohio.
Filipino leader Emilio Aguinaldo renounces the Treaty of Paris, which annexed the Philippines to the United States.
The Automobile Club of America installs signs on major highways.
Argentina bans the importation of American beef because of sanitation problems.
Two German cruisers, the Emden and the Nurnberg, suppress a native revolt on island of Ponape in the Caroline Islands in the Pacific when they fire on the island and land troops.
The world’s first flying-boat airplane, designed by Glenn Curtiss, makes its maiden flight at Hammondsport.
Germany is rebuked as the Entente officially rejects a proposal for peace talks and demands the return of occupied territories from Germany.
In Washington, the House of Representatives passes legislation for women’s suffrage.
The Treaty of Versailles goes into effect.
The United States withdraws its last troops from Germany.
German planes attack 12 ships off the British coast; sinking 3 ships and killing 35 people.
The Soviets and Germany agree on the East European borders and the exchange of industrial equipment.
Chiang Kai-shek and the Yenan Communist forces halt fighting in China.
Panama breaks ties with the U.S. and demands a revision of the canal treaty.
The United States and the Vatican establish full diplomatic relations for the first time in 117 years.
Sandinista Daniel Ortega becomes President of Nicaragua, vowing to continue the country’s transformation to a socialist state with close ties to the USSR and Cuba.
A general strike begins in Guinea; eventually, it will lead to the resignation of the country’s president, Lansana Conte.

Editorial Comment

In blog news ...
2017 has started with a bang.
Several more awards and accolades were bestowed upon us with the turning of the new year.
We are also translated into ALL the world's major languages and quite a few of the "mot so major" languages now. All of which has been and continues to drive readership upwards.
Thank you.
In other words ...
The office is busting with patients and the study is going well so we are working hard.
The farm is slow (it is winter and with that - it is mending, repairing, replacing, etc.) feeding the stock is about all there is to do outside the aforementioned. OK, so there is the planning and plotting the planting but we have a couple of weeks before that has to get too serious.
The fluffy white stuff did blanket the area and unlike normal we have the cold temps to keep it around for more than a day ... nightly bonfires anyone.
Remember, as always ....
Have Fun and Be Happy

Tea Making Tips

Circa 1941

Snow Mountain Closed Due to Snow

Atlanta's Stone Mountain Park has an attraction called Snow Mountain in the winter. It gives Georgia residents, who often go all winter without seeing snow, a chance to play in snow and ride an inner tube down a snow-covered hill, all on artificially-made snow.
The park, which features man-made snow, is located just outside Atlanta in Stone Mountain Park. The winter wonderland exists thanks to a snow-making machine that generates roughly 360 tons of snow daily.
But the park was closed on Saturday, due to a snowstorm. Colorado is still laughing at that.

Americans Eat Over 500 Million Jack In The Box Tacos Every Year

Jack In The Box is known for serving up fun food that isn't exactly good for you, but fast food fans don't worry about the calories- they just want something affordable that tastes good.
And at Jack's the entire menu is priced to sell, but nothing is cheaper than their tacos, which are often sold at the nice price of 2 for a buck.
Maybe this nice price is why Jack In The Box sells over 554 million crispy tacos a year, or maybe it's the fact that they're so easy to tack on to any order?Whatever the reason Jack's is currently selling "the same amount of tacos as McDonald's sold Big Macs in 2007".
And even though many people think Jack's tacos are gross, claiming they'd never eat them, they're being sold at a rate of 1000 per minute so somebody's scarfing them down!

Redditors Share Their Most Horrific Medical Stories

Redditor AgentSmith420 asked the physicians of the site what the worst injury they ever saw during a routine check up. Unsurprisingly, many of the contributors weren't actually physicians and some of the stories weren't actually routine checkups, but despite this, the good majority of the responses are absolutely cringe-inducing. Perhaps the most horrifying one:
My brother once jumped on the front of my white car, grabbing the front pillars with his hands. I closed the door and caught his finger, which he pulled out quickly (as you do) but there was a tiny chip of paint that had come off the car and got lodged under the skin somehow. He must have spent a week or so chewing on it to try to get the paint out, but it just wasn't working so he went to the doctor to see if he could help. After checking it out, the doctor tells him, "The reason you can't get that out is because it's your bone."
Apparently when I shut the door on his finger, I'd broken the tip of his pinkie enough so he could see the bone through the skin and he'd spent the next few days trying to pull his own finger bone out with his teeth.
Another scary story:
My father is a radiologist, and told us a story one day: patient walks in his clinic complaining about a headache after a transatlantic flight. Since there are no obvious causes, a CT is performed. Turns out he has a broken neck that just did not sever his spinal cord yet. He got immediately fixated and apparently survived without major complications.
You can read the rest of the answers here.

25 Facts That Sound Fake But Are Totally True

What a 3,500-Year-Old Greek Tomb Tells Us About the Roots of Western Civilization

Married archaeologists Jack Davis and Sharon Stocker wanted to explore the grounds in Pylos, Greece, near the site of the palace of King Nestor, a Mycenaean king described in the Iliad. Denied their first choice of site, they started digging in an olive grove. What they found was astonishing: a grave dating to around 1500 BC, containing a warrior who was very wealthy, or at least very respected, considering the treasure he was buried with.
Over the next six months, the archaeologists uncovered bronze basins, weapons and armor, but also a tumble of even more precious items, including gold and silver cups; hundreds of beads made of carnelian, amethyst, amber and gold; more than 50 stone seals intricately carved with goddesses, lions and bulls; and four stunning gold rings. This was indeed an ancient grave, among the most spectacular archaeological discoveries in Greece in more than half a century—and the researchers were the first to open it since the day it was filled in.
“It’s incredible luck,” says John Bennet, director of the British School at Athens. “The fact that it hadn’t been discovered before now is astonishing.” The spectacular find of priceless treasures made headlines around the globe, but what really intrigues scholars, says Stocker, is the “bigger world picture.” The very first organized Greek society belonged to the Mycenaeans, whose kingdoms exploded out of nowhere on the Greek mainland around 1600 B.C. Although they disappeared equally dramatically a few hundred years later, giving way to several centuries known as the Greek Dark Ages, before the rise of “classical” Greece, the Mycenaeans sowed the seeds of our common traditions, including art and architecture, language, philosophy and literature, even democracy and religion. “This was a crucial time in the development of what would become Western civilization,” Stocker says.
Dated to the time when Minoan culture was giving way to Mycenaean culture, the grave gives us new clues as to how that happened, which may change the way we look at the development of Greek civilization. Read about the dig, the warrior, and the Mycenaean culture at Smithsonian magazine.

When New Orleans Was Split Into Three Pieces

The United States bought 828,000 square miles in 1803 when Thomas Jefferson agreed to the Louisiana Purchase. The U.S. had only sought to buy New Orleans, but was offered a bargain on the whole thing. Still, New Orleans was a very important part of the deal. The mouth of the Mississippi River would become the country's busiest trading port. When Americans started to move into New Orleans, they found the small town to be very foreign. The few thousand French creole residents were very different from the folks back home.  
There were two main areas in which the entrenched French creoles made the incoming Americans crazy. The first was infrastructure: when the U.S. bought the Louisiana territory, New Orleans had no paved roads, no street signs, and no colleges. Much of the population was illiterate, and justice was dispensed according to the French legal code: Tregle calls the place “a colonial backwash of French and Spanish imperialism.”
The second was the permissive culture: Sunday in New Orleans means sitting at a café and going out dancing or perhaps to a horse race. In this city, black and white people mingled more freely than elsewhere in America, and even slaves had more leeway to move freely than in other cities.
All this shocked the Protestant, Puritan-minded American settlers, many of whom came from places in the South where the movement of black people was highly restricted and regulated. (Meanwhile, the native creole population was appalled by the crude Americans, who they called Kaintucks and vulgar Yankees.) The Anglo-American settlers tried to change everything from the city’s laws to the looser culture, but even as they gained power of New Orleans’ commercial life, they did not have enough political power to mold the city as they would have liked.
That changed in 1836 when the "Yankees" finally had the political power to persuade the state legislature to split New Orleans into three separate municipalities: one American and two French. Read how that worked at Atlas Obscura.

Retro Photos

Do We Owe Military-Style Police Swat Teams to the Wild Story of Patty Hearst and the SLA?

Police shred Breitbart for manufacturing ‘fake news’ story about chanting Muslims setting fire to cult

The false story claimed the mob “chanted Allahu Akbar (god is greatest), launched fireworks at police and set fire to a historic cult.”
Truth: It never happened.

Evangelical 'christian' Arkansas wingnut pleads guilty in $600K bible college bribery scheme

An Arkansas wingnut has pleaded guilty in federal court to charges that he personally profited from an elaborate bribery and kickback scheme involving a northwest Arkansas evangelical 'christian' college.

Twitter suspends ‘Pharma bro’ Martin Shkreli for stalking Teen Vogue editor online

Shkreli asked Duca to accompany him to Dumbass Trump’s ig-nauseation, with Duca publicly tweeting back at him: “I would rather eat my own organs.”

Stop censorship under Dumbass Trump

Archivists, coders and other volunteers will gather on the sixth floor of the library at the University of Pennsylvania on Jan. 13 and 14 to preserve federal data that they believe could be at risk after Dumbass Trump is sworn in.

Religio-Wingnuts Made Life More Difficult & Dangerous For World’s LGBT People In 2016

A Horse with a Rubber Chicken

Debbie Barber's horse Kruzah is a comedian. Here he is, out in the pasture, practicing his routine for his next standup gig. He has a rubber chicken, and he knows how to use it!
I hope you get a few horse laughs out of this.

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