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Egyptian Death: Mummy Kitty

Egyptian Death: Mummy Kitty

A century is one hundred years and the civilization of the Egyptian people was nearly 30 centuries long. The unification of the people of upper and lower Egypt by King Menes created the first recorded dynasty around the Nile, as he founded the capital of ancient Egypt at White Walls (later known as Memphis). The religious ancient Egyptians believed that after their death, they lived a second eternal life in another world underneath Egypt and that they ought to take with them the kind of things necessary to them as in their first life.
Storming of the Locusts

Storming of the Locusts

You’ve seen the funny little grasshopper. He has big eyes, long feelers called antennae, and legs that are kind of bent backwards allowing him to jump fairly long distances; a one-inch grasshopper can leap 20 inches (50.8 centimeters). That would be like you, a five-foot tall person, say, being able to spring over the length of an entire basketball court! Our leaping wonder belongs to the orthoptera (awr THAHP tuhr uh) family along with Katydids, crickets and locust.
Inkblots: Rorschach and His Test

Inkblots: Rorschach and His Test

Rorschach Inkblot Think about how many times you’ve taken the opportunity to look at the clouds in a bright blue sky and how you were delighted in finding shapes and fanciful figures. When you do this, you are exciting your brain and activating areas that are responsible for thought perception and the processing of emotion, especially in the relationship to memory. There is a brain and personality diagnostic test to do that very thing and it was created a long time ago by Hermann Rorschach—and it’s aptly named the Rorschach Inkblot test, and its aim is to observe the power of seeing.
Who Was Pablo Casals?

Who Was Pablo Casals?

A sound wave with a high frequency vibrates more rapidly than a sound wave at low frequency. And typically, a vibrating string produces very little sound unless the string instrument has a sounding board. Pau (Pablo) Casals could make a cello weep, dance, and the strains of his music could alter your day. He was that good! Instrument Notations Towering 6’5″ cellist Amit Peled, is a highly acclaimed cello performer and aficionado who teaches at the Peabody Institute.
The Great Houdini: A Magical Life

The Great Houdini: A Magical Life

Harry Houdini Today, if we met Harry Houdini, we would think he was one scary man. Not because he would scare the bejeezus out of us with a loud noise or using some monstrous mask. No, we would be afraid that he had failed or worse, died. Harry Houdini did death-defying tricks at the end of his career that, even today, the audience and also practitioners of magic would be hard-pressed to do or even figure out.
Nail Your Next Exam

Nail Your Next Exam

If you are in school, needing to take an exam for a grade analysis, or just trying to move to a new level of education for your job, ideas for assessing what you know follows. Every time you complete a written paper, ace a test, or prepare a speech you are paving the way toward making yourself a more informed, and thus, more interesting and valuable person, student or employee. Of course, the better you can accomplish the tasks that teach you how to learn, the more irreplaceable you become.
Tai Chi: The Moves, the Method

Tai Chi: The Moves, the Method

What exercise tightens muscles, firms your frame, and creates balance—both physical and mental—while using warrior moves and simple choreography to begin? Of course, it is the ancient disciple of Tai Chi Chang, Qigong, and other martial arts (pronounced tie-Chee). Chinese masters and the Westerners who practiced under them helped to spread Tai Chi to people all over the world. Rooted in History The inspiration for this multidimensional art form is based on the deep-seated tenets of Taoism, which a person practices to embrace wonder and the joy of living with style.
Reading Tea Leaves

Reading Tea Leaves

You may have heard the expression, “Tempest in a teacup.” The literal way of thinking about this idiom is when an ordinary event is given much more significance, and in other cultures and lands, there are various ways of expressing this idea such as, what the French might say, “Une tempete dans un verre d’eau” or a “storm in a glass of water”. Nonetheless, drinking tea, musing over tea, and reading tea leaves is more pleasant than tempest, and is technically referred to as Tasseomancy or Tasseography and it is a form of divination.
Puma, Cougar, Mountain Lion: Nature Encroaching Into New Areas

Puma, Cougar, Mountain Lion: Nature Encroaching Into New Areas

There is a cat with many names. Depending on where you live, it may be referred to as a: cougar, mountain lion, panther, catamount, puma (Puma concolor), or more than 30 other names from 11 subspecies in North America. And although some people may not see one of these wild cats during their entire lifetime, these large felines may be closing in on other areas closer to your region. Outdoor enthusiasts may encounter these animals on hikes, scaling walls during rock climbing, or camping in the wild: mountains, forests, deserts, plains and the wetlands of Florida.
Are Snakes Shifty or Maligned?

Are Snakes Shifty or Maligned?

By all account’s snakes are shy, nervous and fast. There are more than 3,500 species and twenty percent of the snakes of the world are dangerous to humans. And the thought of snakes scares Americans the most too, beating out public speaking, fear of heights, thunder and lighting, and the dark. Ophidiophobia (pronounced: AW-fi-dee-a-foe-bee-a from the Greek) is a specific phobia, an abnormal fear of snakes (also referred to as, “herpetophobia”)–or the fear of reptiles.
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