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I was watching a program about tornadoes last night. I guess people in the high risk areas just see them as a drawback to living there, and get used to it. They probably can't believe we tolerate heavy snows or snow in May. However, I don't know if I could live peacefully with the threat of a tornado everyday.

Colorado is actually pretty protected from disasters other than urban interface fires which now pose a threat to most of the west.

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Who Was “Ivan The Terrible”?

The first czar of Russia was Ivan IV Vasilyevich. He was crowned in 1547 at the age of 17, and was called Ivan the Terrible because he really was just that.

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His entire rule was tainted with senseless, brutal acts against his countrymen.

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In his childhood, Ivan IV liked tossing cats and dogs off ramparts just to see what would happen.

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During his reign he had thousands of people put to death, some in the most horrible of ways, Ivan liked reenacting biblical scenes of hell as part of an execution.

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It’s said he put out the eyes of his own architects because, after they had designed the St. Basil’s Cathedral, Ivan didn’t want them to building anything as beautiful anywhere else.

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He even beat his eldest son to death in a fit of rage.

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This act of cruelty was the last straw for Ivan’s poor psyche. He had earlier lost his wife, Anastasia—whom, by all indications, he was totally devoted to—and now he was responsible for killing his own heir.

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Out of deep guilt and sorrow, Ivan paid for prayers to be said for all of those whom he’d killed over the years, forgave them all posthumously, and was rechristened as a monk named Jonah.

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Jonah of Moscow

He was buried in monk’s clothing, but left a legacy of cruelty that haunts him to this day.

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Death of Ivan The Terrible

However, in his own country of Russia, he’s a national hero for bringing together the principalities of Russia under one crown.

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El Marco Bridge

There’s a bridge called “El Marco” between Portugal and Spain. With a length of 10.4 feet, it’s the shortest international bridge in the world. It connects the Spanish municipality of La Codosera with the Portuguese Arronches.

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El Marco Bridge (Puente El Marco in Spanish)

The construction of the tiny wooden bridge was funded by the European Union. It was built in the first decade of the 21st century by laborers from both the Spain and Portugal sides of the stream.

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In the nineties - before El Marco was built - local people installed some metal plates and a handrail on one of its sides, to make passage safer. In 2008, the Municipal Chamber of Arronches decided to build the current bridge.

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Cars cannot use the bridge, given their size. It is used largely by pedestrians, but bicycles and motorcycles can travel over it safely, too.

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Previously, the title of World’s Shortest International Bridge was erroneously awarded to the bridge on Zavikon Island, which built it in the late 19th century. The Zavikon Island pair is in the Thousand Islands archipelago on the St. Lawrence River between New York and Ontario, 1.24 miles southeast of Rockport, Ontario and about 660 feet north of the international boundary.

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In actual fact, Zavikon Island is completely located within the Canadian territory. A popular, but incorrect, tale among local guides is that the larger island is in Canada, while “Little Zavikon Island” is in the United States, and the footbridge between them is the “shortest international bridge in the world”.

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Even if the Zavikon bridge was international (it is not), today, El Marco is at least 13 feet shorter than its North American counterpart.

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Is The Moon Shrinking?

NASA says that Earth’s moon has shrunk by about 150 feet over the course of the last several hundred million years, and that this could be causing strong “moonquakes.”

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The U.S. space agency compared this to a grape wrinkling and shrinking down to a raisin. But instead of the flexible skin of a grape, the lunar surface is brittle and breaks as its interior cools and it shrinks.

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This causes “thrust faults,” which is described as when one piece of the crust is pushed on top of a neighboring section.

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NASA astronauts installed five seismic data collection stations on the moon during Apollo 12, 14, 15, and 16. From 1969 to 1977, the stations recorded four different types of seismic activity on the moon ranging from magnitude 2 to 5: quakes that occurred from thermal expansion, quakes from meteorite impacts, deep moonquakes due to tidal stresses created from the orbit around the Earth, and shallow moonquakes that didn’t have a discernible cause.

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La Isla De Las Muñecas (Island Of The Dolls)

Just south of Mexico City, between the canals of Xochimilco you can find a small island with a sad background which never intended to be a tourist destination. The island is known as Isla de las Muñecas (Island of the Dolls).

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It is dedicated to the lost soul of a poor girl who met her fate too soon in strange circumstances.

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It is the current home of hundreds of terrifying, mutilated dolls. Their severed limbs, decapitated heads, and blank eyes adorn trees, fences and nearly every available surface. The dolls appear menacing even in the bright light of midday, but in the dark they are particularly haunting.

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The island's former caretaker, Don Julian Santana, said he found a young girl floating dead in the canal more than 50 years ago -- but don't worry, his family reports he imagined the tale.

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Whatever the case may be, Santana proceeded to collect dolls from the trash and canals for decades afterward, hanging them around the island in an attempt to please the young girl's spirit. In 2001, and in a turn for the creepy, Santana was found floating dead in the same spot where he said he once found the girl 50 years earlier. The island officially opened to tourists after his death.

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As already mentioned, most of the dolls he hung up he had found in the labyrinthine canals around him, or in the trash. He didn't fix them up or clean them, so the rotting, empty-eyed dolls were often covered in dirt, making for an even more surreal sight.

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Today, people believe the dolls come alive at night, moving limbs, opening their eyes, and whispering to each other.

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Bolivia's Death Road

The world’s most dangerous highway (alternatively known as Death Road, Grove's Road, Coroico Road, Camino de las Yungas, El Camino de la Muerte, Road of Death, Unduavi-Yolosa Highway) climbs up a famous Bolivian mountain pass, La Cumbre, at an elevation of 4,650 meters (15,260 ft) above the sea level.

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Bolivia’s Death Road (aka Unduavi-Yolosa Highway and others)

One of the most popular activities in Bolivia is the exhilarating and death-defying bike ride along one of the world’s most dangerous roads.

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Grimly known as ‘Death Road’ due to its notoriously high death rate, was cut into the side of the Cordillera Oriental Mountain chain in the 1930s by Paraguayan prisoners during the Chaco War.

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Due to its deadly allure, the Death Road has been featured in everything from Top Gear and the History Chanel to Hamish & Andy and Tin Tin. Despite the construction of a safer new road, some vehicles still use the Death Road as it is the only route that connects certain destinations. With that in mind, never steer into a blind corner without checking for oncoming traffic first.

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The Death Road was legendary for its extreme danger. Based on the ratio of death per mile, on an average, 26 vehicles plummet over the edge each year, claiming more than 100 lives. The estimation is that 200 to 300 travellers are killed yearly along the road. With these numbers, in 1995, the Inter American Development Bank christened this highway "The Most Dangerous Road in the World”.

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Technically, it’s not considered the “World’s Most Dangerous Road” any more due to the construction of a new highway close by, which directs most traffic away from its path. Nonetheless, the thin “Road of Death” climbs jungle-clad mountains to a height of over 15,000 feet, winding and turning all the while with nauseatingly deep canyons below. If you get dizzy easily, then avoid this road by all means.

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I couldn't watch some of the Top Gear scenes of that road. Much of the Top Gear stunts appeared to me to be obviously staged, but that trip was nauseatingly real.

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I would LOVE to drive a little Jeep across that.... as long as there were no other vehicles on it!


Regarding Island of the Dolls, I will NOT be putting that on my life list.

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Mary Anning

Despite the fact that Mary Anning's life has been made the subject of several books and articles, comparatively little is known about her life, and many people are unaware of her contributions to paleontology (the branch of science concerned with fossil animals and plants) that was in its early days as a scientific discipline. How can someone described as 'the greatest fossilist the world ever knew' be so obscure that even many paleontologists are not aware of her contribution? She was a woman in a man's England.

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Mary Anning was born in 1799 in Lyme Regis, in the southwest English county of Dorset. Lyme Regis is now part of what is now called the Jurassic Coast, and fossil discoveries are still being made to this day. She was born into poverty, but became the greatest fossil finder of her era, powerfully influencing the new science of paleontology. She overcame a lack of formal education to emerge as one of the foremost authorities on fossil.

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Mary began her career early. When she was only ten, her father, Richard Anning, died of the combined effects of tuberculosis and a serious fall. He had been a cabinetmaker and carpenter who supplemented his income by collecting fossils — then known as “curiosities” — down on the beach and selling them to tourists. It was he who taught Mary how to find and clean fossils.

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She lived through a life of privation and hardship to become what one source called "the greatest fossilist the world ever knew." Anning is credited with finding the first specimen of Ichthyosaurus acknowledged by the Geological Society in London. She also discovered the first nearly complete example of the Plesiosaurus; the first British Pterodactylus macronyx, a fossil flying reptile; the Squaloraja fossil fish, a transitional link between sharks and rays; and finally the Plesiosaurus macrocephalus.

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She died from breast cancer at the age of 47 on 9 March 1847.

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