I grew up in Iowa on a farm. That means that even though we moved from Iowa long ago, I know a bit more about country life and what it is like living on a farm way outside of town and far from neighbors. I must say, it was a great place to be born and live!
There are useful skills that you can learn by living on a farm, such as: 1) crop rotation; 2) what it means to get up early, work hard, and still be working when it gets dark; 3) how to bottle feed calves; 4) how to bale hay; 5) where babies come from; 6) how to tip cows.
You see, when you live on a farm and you are too young to have a driver’s license, you can tip cows for fun!
Apparently they do it in Georgia, too, but just in case some Georgians are city-slickers, someone was kind enough to make a sign for them. So, for all you city dwellers, read and memorize these instructions in case you ever find yourself out in the countryside alone at night and need something to do.
ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY: it was in 1783 when an estimated 7.5 to 8.0-magnitude quake struck at about 1 p.m. in the Calabria province in southern Italy. Within a minute, over 100 villages were leveled throughout the region. In several cases, communities were literally wiped away with no survivors or standing structures remaining. The quake also produced an uncommon number of fractures in the Earth’s surface. In one case, a mile-long ravine–nearly 100 feet wide–was instantly created. According to one report, more than 100 goats fell into another crack in the earth. A witness also claimed that “two mountains on the opposite sides of a valley walked from their original position until they met in the middle of the plain, and there joining together, they intercepted the course of a river.” New lakes appeared across the region.
Several hundred people from the town of Scilla survived the initial quake and fled to a nearby beach for shelter. Many then drowned when a second tremor at midnight prompted a tsunami. The tsunami also killed thousands of people in Reggio di Calabria and Messina, towns that sit opposite each other across the strait between Calabria and Sicily. The misery continued across southern Italy and Sicily for the remainder of the winter. With food supplies disrupted, the survivors were at risk of starvation. In addition, another quake on March 28 killed another 2,000 people. Including aftershocks and the indirect effects of the earthquakes, a total of 80,000 people died in the earthquake of 1783.
TRIVIA FOR TODAY: Only one half of a dolphin’s brain goes to sleep at a time. Dolphins are capable of what is known as unihemispheric sleep, in which one hemisphere of the brain goes into a deep sleep while the other hemisphere remains awake. This allows dolphins to sleep under water without drowning. Dolphins spend approximately one third of their lives asleep.