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This week, one of the most talked about residents of Denver was a giant flower named Stinky. The big, smelly blossom at the Denver Botanic Gardens made the national news, and people have been waiting over three hours to get a look at it. Stinky even has its own StinkyCam. But the corpse flower isn't alone in the world of bizarre and amazing plants.
According to the Vision Council, we're all spending so much time using digital devices such as computers, smartphones, tablets, e-readers and video games that it's resulted in an epidemic of digital eye strain -- a condition that can result in blurred or double vision, red, irritated, fatigued eyes, and headaches. Other symptoms might include those also found in "dry eye," such as a sensation of sand in the eyes, pain, difficulty in wearing contacts, or sensitivity to light.
Back in the early '90s, I got into buying, preparing, and eating caterpillars on a fairly regular basis. They were smoked and crunchy/chewy and delicious cooked in a peanut butter sauce with onions and garlic and hot peppers. On one of many trips through the Central African rainforest, the rickety and over-stuffed bus I was on broke down and some of the women passengers disappeared into the thick trees only to return within the hour with handfuls of caterpillars wrapped in their shawls.
Jack Prince, a champion bicycle rider, beat three local race horses at Thunderbolt Race Park in Savannah, Ga. on Dec. 6, 1892 - that's right, 1892!
So, excitement about bicycle racing is not new. Articles in The New York Times appeared in abundance in the 1870s about this burgeoning spectator sport. Such events were sometimes referred to as tournaments, contests, or matches and were often combined with other athletic events.
Medicare has been in the news lately for turning 50 years old! President Johnson signed Public Law 89-97 on July 30, 1965, creating Medicare. The new law provided access to basic health care benefits available to all citizens 65 or older, regardless of income.
According to the Pew Research Center, Colorado is home to 1,071,000 Latinos, including immigrants and their descendants as well as Colorado natives, whose families were here before Colorado was part of the United States.
I'm a big fan of flags. Sometimes I think we should all have our own flag.
Flags have been in the news lately and I've found myself looking at various state flags and paying attention to them. One thing I noticed was how few I could actually pick out or identify on my own. The Western History/Genealogy department also wrote a great blog post about the history of the Colorado state flag.
This weekend I hiked up to Arapahoe Glacier in the Indian Peaks Wilderness area. It's the largest glacier in Colorado, and definitely an impressive sight--a field of ice covering nearly 40 acres, nestled among towering crags at 12,700 feet. But by glacial standards, Arapahoe Glacier is a pipsqueak. It's tiny compared to great valley glaciers like the one in the second photo, which is in Alaska.