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Curiosity

A collection of thoughts on, and examples of, curious things

 

Seize the moment of excited curiosity on any subject to solve your doubts; for if you let it pass, the desire may never return, and you may remain in ignorance.

William Wirt

leedermeg

 

Was given some old postcards and found this one with Leedermeg in it!

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I remember seeing this thing as a kid but only saw Brian Blanchflower’s book many years later. The story I heard that was there was a chrome plating plant that was bulldozed when the Mitchell Freeway went through and the strange chemical precipitation megalith was dug up where the plant’s waste water was dumped. At the time it was so big it couldn’t be removed. I must go down to the site to see what is left (I’m thinking it has gone now????)

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Blanchflower, Brian. 1979. Leedermeg: Documentation of Event: Honey Ritual at Leederville Megalith 24th February 1979. unknown: Parameters Publications.

Prints: http://cs.nga.gov.au/Detail.cfm?IRN=64141

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Christmas Island Pipistrelle bat day

The very last Xmas island Pipistrelle bat was heard on 25 August 2009 with no further ‘sightings’ (hearings) despite intensive efforts to locate the species. http://www.perditaphillips.com/the-very-last-christmas-island-pipistrelle-bat/ A tribute to an incomprehensible inability to act.

A survey of the flora of the Lake Cooloongup National Park

copyrightpeA survey of the flora of the Lake Cooloongup National Park
Water soaked cover

Penguins listening to gramophone

 
Penguins listening to the Gramophone during the summer
 
Penguins listening to the Gramophone during the summer from The Heart of the Antarctic (1909) by Ernest Shackleton

Every time history repeats itself, the price goes up

Every time history repeats itself, the price goes up.

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seagull joke

A man in a movie theater notices what looks like a seagull sitting next to him. “Are you a seagull?” asked the man, surprised. “Yes.” “What are you doing at the movies?” The seagull replied, “Well, I liked the book.”

 

Could be applied to penguins too.

not everyone in my neighbourhood is a vitalist

not everyone in my neighbourhood is a vitalist

traffic jam

stuck in traffic jam, SERIOUSLY tailgated by a BUS, osprey lands on light pole.

Birding at the Met Museum (New York)

I can’t embed this so you will have to visit the site: http://www.metmuseum.org/connections/birding/

It’s from a series of eclectic samples of the collection written by employees of the Met Museum (this one by editor Dale Tucker)