Friday, March 4, 2011

Do Turtles Blow It Out Their A**es?

This morning at 7 A.M. Tuscon Time my scale reported that, at that exact instant, I weighed 157.2 pounds.


Have you ever heard the word Desertification? I first encountered the word yesterday when I opened my new copy of Desert Leaf Magazine, which is distributed free here in East Tucson, and read a story about desertification.

Desert Leaf Magazine has an article that says desertification is a global problem caused in large part by overpopulation, water scarcity (now exacerbated by climate change) and poor land-use planning and agricultural practices. And the United States is not immune, as the severe dust storms of the 1930s made clear.

A farmer and two little boys run for shelter during a dust storm in Oklahoma in 1936.

Desert Leaf also has an online edition. And it contains many more interesting items regarding the desert area. If you would like to read some (or all) of it and you missed the link above, it is repeated below.


WASHINGTON -- NASA's Glory mission ended Friday after the space craft failed to reach orbit following its launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.

NASA has begun the process of creating a Mishap Investigation Board to evaluate the cause of the failure. Telemetry indicated the fairing, a protective shell atop the satellite's Taurus XL rocket, did not separate as expected.


Did you know that:

Turtles have been living on the earth for more than 200 million years.
They evolved before mammals, birds, crocodiles, snakes, and lizards.

Question: Do turtles breathe through their butts?

"Yes... maybe..."


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