Jim Werbaneth's Blog – August 2010 Archive (4)

It's Never Too Late

A good many of us here have college degrees, and some have multiple degrees. Here's the story of a guy who, in well-earned retirement as a successful businessman felt that he was a "dumb-dumb" because he didn't have one. So at age eighty-four, he enrolled at Lynn University in Florida. Transfer credits from classes taken many years before help put him close to sophomore status.



Jack Slotnick was a soldier in the… Continue

Added by Jim Werbaneth on August 24, 2010 at 6:30pm — No Comments

Breakthrough in Zombie Science

Zombies do exist. Scientists in Thailand have discovered a type of fungus, Ophiocordyceps unilateralis, that infects ants, taking control of their brains. The fungus directs the ant to go where its death would be ideal for the fungus' ability to spread itself. In the meantime, the infection converts the ant's internal tissues into sugars that help the fungus grow.



I also preserves the ant's exoskeleton, in fact reinforcing and sealing it to keep out microbes and other… Continue

Added by Jim Werbaneth on August 19, 2010 at 9:00pm — 4 Comments

Remembering the Battle of Britain

Seventy years on, this still demands to be remembered. But who will? This is one of the better stories from the BBC website, showing how memories of the Battle are fading.



A Fading Finest Hour?



Further, why would the British educational system downgrade coverage of the Battle, and allow this fight for liberty to lose recognition among later generation? My own… Continue

Added by Jim Werbaneth on August 19, 2010 at 10:00am — 1 Comment

Another Kind of Cat



My cat is a Panther. It's in the Place Roi Albert at Houffalize, Belgium; the tank was pulled out of the River Ourthe, where it had fallen in during the Battle of the Bulge.

Added by Jim Werbaneth on August 6, 2010 at 3:30pm — 25 Comments

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