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Pat Shingleton: "Only YOU Can Prevent..."

Pat Shingleton: "Only YOU Can Prevent..."

Posted 4:01 PM 7/24/2014 by Pat Shingleton

It's been a tough season for wildfires in the West and Pacific Northwest. The Carlton Complex Fire in Seattle is still burning. Lighting sometimes causes these fires. In 1945 Albert Staehle drew a uniformed bear with a name inspired by New York City fireman, "Smokey Joe" Martin, becoming Smokey (More)

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Pat Shingleton: "Dog Tired"

Pat Shingleton: "Dog Tired"

Posted 4:05 PM 7/23/2014 by Pat Shingleton

Canis Major or Sirius was designated the "Dog Star" by ancient astronomers. As noted in a previous column, Romans believed that Sirius rose at sunrise, convinced this star was the cause of hot, sultry weather. To appease the rage of Sirius and believing that the star created the weather pattern (More)

7/23/2014

Pat Shingleton: "Father Hurricane"

Pat Shingleton:  "Father Hurricane"

Posted 3:42 PM 7/22/2014 by Pat Shingleton

On this date in 1893, Father Benito Vines died in Havanna, Cuba. Father Vines is regarded as the preeminent hurricane scholar of the 19th century. As director of the observatory at Belen College in Havana in 1870, he catalogued meticulous weather observations and conditions, especially during (More)

7/22/2014

Pat Shingleton: "The Cone Did It!"

Pat Shingleton: "The Cone Did It!"

Posted 3:54 PM 7/21/2014 by Pat Shingleton

This month, you may have been thinking of Abe Doumar, Albert Kabbaz, Arnold Fornachou or David Avayou. All claim the invention of the ice cream cone. July is Ice Cream Month and the Library of Congress identifies Charles E. Menches as the inventor. He and his brother Frank also claim the (More)

7/20/2014

Pat Shingleton: This is a Stick-Up!

Pat Shingleton: This is a Stick-Up!

Posted 2:48 PM 7/20/2014 by Pat Shingleton

When Frank Epperson was 11, he took a wooden stir stick, placed it in soda pop and placed it outside one wintry New York evening. As noted in a previous column, Frank enjoyed the frozen treat the next day. In 1923, Frank used a Birch tongue depressor to hold the frozen delight and applied for a (More)

7/19/2014

Pat Shingleton: "The Big One, The Another"

Pat Shingleton: "The Big One, The Another"

Posted 3:55 PM 7/18/2014 by Pat Shingleton

Following the Johnstown Pennsylvania Flood of 1889, a flood control system was constructed in the Little Conemaugh Valley to withstand a 100 year flood. Experts declared that the city of Johnstown was flood-proof. As noted in a previous column, on July 19, 1977 in west Taylor Township, northwest (More)

7/18/2014

Pat Shingleton: "Lightning Oddities"

Pat Shingleton: "Lightning Oddities"

Posted 4:23 PM 7/17/2014 by Pat Shingleton

On this date in 1689, lightning zapped the altar church of Saint-Sauveur, in Ligny, France. Fifty witnesses watched a statue of Christ levitate and as noted in a previous column, altar cloths were scorched and curtains were blown off their rings but the rings remained on the rod. In 1812, in (More)

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