The Missouri is actually longer than the Mississippi.
Most people don't know that the headwaters of the Missouri are way out in western Montana. The Upper Missouri river valley is beautiful.
Legless lizard may refer to any of several groups of lizards that have independently lost limbs or reduced them to the point of being of no use in locomotion. It is the common name for the family Pygopodidae, but often refers to other groups, such as limbless anguids, depending on the region of the world. These lizards are often distinguishable from snakes on the basis of one or more of the following characteristics: possessing eyelids, possessing external ear openings, lack of broad belly scales, notched rather than forked tongue, having two, more-or-less equal, lungs and/or having a very long tail (while snakes have a long body and short tail).
Astana, the capital of Kazakhstan, was last month renamed "Nur-Sultan" in honor of their ex-President (and pretty much a dictator) Nursultan Nazarbayev who stepped down last month.
Related TIL - Nursultan Nazarbayev is no longer the President of Kazakhstan...
Apparently Akohito abdicated the Chrysanthemum Throne yesterday due to old age and declining health, and is no longer the Emperor of Japan. He had been Emperor since January 1989, when he succeeded upon the death of his father, Hirohito. Many people don't realize Hirohito remained Emperor of Japan even after the end of World War II, and reigned for another 44 years. From December 1926 until yesterday, the only two Emperors of Japan were Hirohito and Akohito.
Emperor Naruhito, Akohito's son, is now on the throne.
I think it would be more accurate to say," Shyster is a borderline Aspie who often exhibits an Aspergers-like obsession with certain topics that catch his interest, such as typography, guns, airplanes, and rockets." For some reason imperial-type successions are on that list. For example, I also know a heck of a lot about how Popes are selected—even though I'm (1) not Catholic and (2) not religious.
I also have a strange interest in the papacy. I've read history on every 'known' Pope and am fascinated by it, but I'm not even Christian let alone Catholic.
A church, you say? I have a passport of a country where "Catholics are a-holes!" has been in effect for 600+ years!Oh man. I'm in a church tradition that believes that the Pope is the Antichrist. I got some good books for you.
In Nuke School we watched a Discovery Channel "documentary" about Three Mile Island to illustrate how little the general public knows and understands about nuclear power. The anti-NP activist featured in the doc gleefully spoke about how he appreciates the cooling towers still standing at TMI as a symbol of a failed technology, while steam was pouring out of the cooling tower for Reactor 1.#4 reactor at Chernobyl exploded in 1986. The other 3 reactors remained in service until the last one was decommissioned in 2000. The others remained operational during the #4 accident...
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