Friday, October 24, 2008

Good Reads and Information

How 10 American Towns Got Their Weird Names. They all have great stories but I think they were all looking ahead to internet fame.

The largest snake ever found was over 40 feet long and probably weighed over a ton! The good news is that was they found was a fossil. (via Boing Boing)

5 Enormous Cracks. There are places on earth where tectonic plates are moving, sometimes too slow for humans to discern, sometimes rather suddenly.

The 10 Deadliest Earthquakes in U.S. History. A magnitude of 9.4 is almost beyond comprehension.

6 of the World's Greatest Missing Treasures. Maybe they're behind the dryer.

Gorilla conservation began in 1921 with a scientist who recognized them as our closest relatives. It's been an uphill battle ever since.

I had wondered why banks didn't just adjust mortgages to allow residents to keep their homes instead of foreclosing and losing a ton of money as the housing market tanks. Looks like banks are beginning to do just that.

When urban sprawl meets sacred ground, unusual things happen. Here are seven instances of preserved cemeteries surrounded by parking lots!

Famous People Who Have Been Homeless. More people than you realize have been homeless at one period of time in their lives, including 33 who have gone on to find fame and fortune.

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