Some things (like my grand kids and boxer dogs!) are just so cute that they should be illegal! And I’m not in the slightest prejudice about that statement!
On Saturday as we prowled the booths and aisle-ways of Jack London Square at the Jack of All Trades craft fair, we ran across several furry critters. The first one that we met, though, was the cutest of them all. I saw him and I asked his “mama” if I could take a picture of the little fellow…and he’s the star of the blog today.
I am, as you all know, tremendously fond of boxers as we’ve had four of them. I also have a soft spot in my heart for Boston terriers because they look like little tiny boxers. But this guy, though he looked a lot like a Boston terrier, didn’t present the perfect image of one. So I inquired as to his breed and was informed that he is part of an “emerging” breed that is a cross between a Boston terrier and a French bulldog. The breed is called a “Frenchton”.
Cute, isn’t he? But not quite as cute as me….don’t you agree? (Now there’s a VERY dangerous question! Please be gentle with me!)
ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY: in 1896, as daylight broke, survivors of a tsunami in Japan learned that more than 20,000 of their friends and family perished overnight.
The tsunami resulted from a disturbance in the Japan Trench, 120 miles east of Japan’s main island of Honshu. This deep underwater gorge is located where the Pacific tectonic plate is pushes under the Asian plate. A large earthquake at the fault caused a massive displacement of water.
In Kamaishi and along the Sanriku coast of Honshu, people were celebrating a yearly festival. Many felt the far-off quake, later estimated at a magnitude of 7.6, but most safely ignored the gentle rolling of the ground. However, about 20 minutes later, the harbor waters receded suddenly and, 15 minutes after that, an enormous tsunami crashed into the town’s coastline.
Waves may have reached as high as 115 feet in some places. Entire villages all along the coast were washed away during the evening. Fishermen who were working at sea and people living several miles inland, though, had no clue about the destruction until the following morning, when they arrived at the shore to find miles of the coast lined with wreckage and corpses. The final death toll was estimated at between 22,000 and 27,000 people.
This section of the Japanese coast seems vulnerable to such disasters. On March 3, 1933, 75-foot waves resulting from an 8.9-magnitude quake killed 3,000 people. Accounts also tell of destructive waves in 869 and 1611.
Approximately one third of all major earthquakes produce damaging tsunamis, and we can all recall the disastrous tsunami and horrifying images of 2011.
TRIVIA FOR TODAY: Crazy law: In Kansas, when two trains meet at a crossing, “both shall come to full stop and neither shall start up again until the other has gone.” Now, someone, please explain that to me!!!!