Boldly Going Nowhere by Bret Burquest http://www.areawidenews.com/blogs/1215/ en-us How to Live 256 Years http://www.areawidenews.com/blogs/1215/entry/70171 Li Ching-Yuen was born in China in 1677 and died in 1933. His life is the most thoroughly documented case of extreme longevity, spanning 256 years. Imperial Chinese government records from 1827 report that Li Ching-Yuen was congratulated on his 150th birthday and documents from 1877 report that he was congratulated on his 200th birthday. According to local folklore, he produced some 180 descendents, comprising 11 generations, and survived 14 wives. "Beautiful is old... Fri, 20 Oct 2017 18:21:16 -0500 Positive Vibrations http://www.areawidenews.com/blogs/1215/entry/70113 There is magic on Planet Earth -- it's called water. Water is a basic component of all living things on the planet. Two-thirds of the surface of earth is covered by water and the human body is made up of over 70 percent water. It's the essence of our being. The human race cannot survive more than a few days without fresh water, which is slowly disappearing and will soon become the most precious commodity on earth. Approximately 97 percent of the earth’s water... Fri, 13 Oct 2017 10:41:10 -0500 The Summer of Love http://www.areawidenews.com/blogs/1215/entry/69881 This year, 2017, is the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love. In January of 1967, a "Be-In" took place in Golden Gate Park in San Francisco. "If you're going to San Francisco,... be sure to wear some flowers in your hair... If you're going to San Francisco,... summertime will be a love-in there." (Song lyrics by The Mamas and The Papas in May of 1967) A counterculture of long-haired rebellious youth, called hippies, was emerging in the Haight-Ashbury district and the news media... Fri, 15 Sep 2017 10:02:04 -0500 The Eye of a Hurricane http://www.areawidenews.com/blogs/1215/entry/69832 I was once in the Eye of a Hurricane -- much excitement. By the spring of 1964, I had spent two years at the University of Minnesota, majoring in mathematics, vacillating between becoming an architect or a mining engineer, trying to figure out what to do with the rest of my life. That summer, I read a magazine article about computers and how there would soon be a huge demand for experts in this new field. It sounded exotic and potentially lucrative. Being an impetuous young adventurer,... Sat, 09 Sep 2017 09:29:10 -0500 The Great New Madrid Earthquake http://www.areawidenews.com/blogs/1215/entry/69698 New Madrid, Mo., is on the west bank of the Mississippi River, about a hundred miles upstream from Memphis, across the river from the Kentucky and Tennessee state lines, just above the Missouri boot heel. The population in 2010 was approximately 3,200. On December 16, 1811, the 400 people who lived in New Madrid were awakened by a powerful earthquake. It was the largest seismic event east of the Rocky Mountains in the United States, over 8.0 in magnitude. The tremor lasted... Thu, 24 Aug 2017 11:58:00 -0500 KNIGHTS OF THE GOLDEN CIRCLE http://www.areawidenews.com/blogs/1215/entry/69581 Bob Brewer was born and raised in western Arkansas. As a youngster, his great-uncle introduced him to a mystery that included wilderness paths, hidden symbols, carvings on trees and rocks, and the topography of certain areas. The old man was the keeper of some sort of secret knowledge that he kept to himself. Brewer went off to a career in the Navy and retired in 1977. He returned to Arkansas and began to explore the mystery of his childhood. Over the next 25 years, he interviewed... Tue, 08 Aug 2017 16:14:25 -0500 11 Years in La La Land http://www.areawidenews.com/blogs/1215/entry/69310 At age 30, I moved to southern California. After 11 years of excitement and turmoil, I escaped Hotel California and embarked on a new life. During my journey through La La Land, I encountered many famous celebrities along the way. "I've always been famous, it's just no one knew it yet." Lady Gaga I had been working as a computer programmer and project leader for a fortune 300 company in downtown Minneapolis. We had completed a major order entry & inventory... Sat, 01 Jul 2017 10:53:42 -0500 Far-Out Facts http://www.areawidenews.com/blogs/1215/entry/69125 When George Washington became President in 1789, life expectancy at birth for Americans was 34.5 years for males and 36.5 years for females. In 1801, when Thomas Jefferson became president, 20 percent of the people in the U.S. were slaves. Globally, there are some 1,800 thunderstorms in progress at any given moment and lightning strikes the planet 100 times every second. Lightning kills more people in the United States (400 per year) than any other natural disaster. An... Thu, 01 Jun 2017 17:37:23 -0500 USA & Russia Secret Alliance http://www.areawidenews.com/blogs/1215/entry/69041 The most widely accepted theory of how the moon was formed is that a young planet collided with Earth more than four billion years ago, creating scattered debris that came together to form the moon. However, there are numerous extraordinary anomalies to indicate that the moon is actually hollow and possibly artificial. The moon is 2,160 miles in diameter, larger than the planet Pluto. It is 400 times smaller than the sun and 400 times closer to the Earth than the sun. Thus, during a solar... Fri, 19 May 2017 13:00:39 -0500 Name Quiz http://www.areawidenews.com/blogs/1215/entry/68993 Match the "real" birth name with their "famous" name. 1) Norma Jeane Mortenson A) Marilyn Monroe B) Eleanor Rigby C) Roseanne Barr D) Meryl Streep E) Sherrie Lea Laird >>>>> 2) Robert Allen Zimmerman A) Alan Thicke B) Bob Dylan C) Elliot Gould D) Bob Hope E) Kurt Halverson >>>> 3) Marion Mitchell Morrison A) Robert Mitchum B) Marlon Brando C) Jones Marion Adkins D) Doris Day E) John... Sun, 14 May 2017 14:44:32 -0500 Dante's Inferno http://www.areawidenews.com/blogs/1215/entry/68981 Dante Alighieri (1265 - 1321) was an Italian poet. His epic poem, the DIVINE COMEDY, begins in a dark forest, which leads into the INFERNO (hell), followed by heaven and purgatory. Dante's Inferno has nine circles. 1) Limbo -- for those who were not baptized or do not believe in Christianity -- clear skies, green fields, pleasant villas. 2) Lust -- for those inclined to exercise excessive lust, leading to commit sexual sins such as adultery -- punishment includes being... Thu, 11 May 2017 14:30:25 -0500 Some Laughs http://www.areawidenews.com/blogs/1215/entry/68891 "Here's all you have to know about men and women: women are crazy, men are stupid. And the main reason women are crazy is that men are stupid." George Carlin "Never lend your car to anyone to whom you have given birth." Erma Bombeck "I am a marvelous housekeeper. Every time I leave a man I keep his house." Zsa Zsa Gabor "When women are depressed they either eat or go shopping. Men invade another country." Elayne Boosler "If men can run the world, why can't they stop wearing... Mon, 01 May 2017 15:32:26 -0500 The Theory of Everything http://www.areawidenews.com/blogs/1215/entry/68878 String theory is an alternate theory of existence in our reality whereby tiny strings of small subatomic particles manifest different substances based on differing vibrations. They can manifest as matter or force. For example, magnetic attraction and gravity are not seen yet they are an interaction of strings because they exist at a subatomic level. Your body, your soul, everything you can feel or see is made up of the vibrations of strings. Upon death, some of these strings remain in the... Sun, 30 Apr 2017 12:56:06 -0500 Future for Humanity http://www.areawidenews.com/blogs/1215/entry/68766 In 1921, a Swiss-Austrian teacher, Paul Amadeus Dienach, fell into a comatose state that lasted for one year. While in a coma, totally oblivious of the world around him, his mind (consciousness) travelled into the future by entering the body and mind of a man who was living in the year 3906 A.D. When he recovered from his comatose state, in 1922, he decided to record a diary of what he could remember about his experience and journey into 3906 A.D. Apparently, the people he encountered in... Tue, 18 Apr 2017 09:28:15 -0500 Allergy Season http://www.areawidenews.com/blogs/1215/entry/68712 The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America analyzed 100 cities to determine the worst and best places to live ranked based on spring allergy concerns. Worst for Spring Allergies: * Jackson, Miss. * Memphis, Tenn. * Syracuse, N.Y. * Louisville, Ken. * McAllen, Tex. Best for Spring Allergies: * Daytona Beach, Fla. * Denver, Colo. * Provo, Utah * San Diego, Cal. * Palm Beach, Fla. ___________ Quote for the Day -- "I'm allergic to rocks hitting me in the face." Mike... Mon, 10 Apr 2017 17:55:56 -0500 April -- National Humor Month http://www.areawidenews.com/blogs/1215/entry/68671 LIFE IN THE LAND OF ARK A game warden in Fulton County recently confronted a fisherman with a bucket full of fish and asked the man if he had a fishing license. "No, sir," replied the fisherman. "These are my pet fish. Every Tuesday I take them down to the lake and let them swim around some. Then I whistle and they jump back into the bucket and I take them back home." 'That's ridiculous, " the game warden insisted. "I'll show you," the fisherman said, then emptied the bucket into... Tue, 04 Apr 2017 10:25:12 -0500 Being Left-Handed http://www.areawidenews.com/blogs/1215/entry/68608 Approximately 10 - 12% of the people on Earth are left-handed and some 30 million of them live in the United States. The right half of the brain controls the left half of the body. Thus, left-handers are wired into the artistic half of the brain, which makes them imaginative, creative, ambiguous, exasperating, stubborn, emotional, obsessive and original. Ultrasounds of the womb show that 90% of babies appear to favor the right thumb, which corresponds to the global population of... Sat, 25 Mar 2017 13:41:51 -0500 Width of a Horse's Rear End http://www.areawidenews.com/blogs/1215/entry/68455 Over two thousand years ago, the Imperial Roman Empire attempted to conquer the world. They built the first long-distant roads in Europe (and England) for their army to access the new lands. These roads have been used ever since. The standard Roman war chariots were initially created just wide enough to accommodate the rear ends of two war horses. These Roman chariots formed the initial ruts in these newly-formed roads. Those who utilized the roads thereafter spaced their wheels to... Sun, 05 Mar 2017 16:22:09 -0600 Human Energy Field http://www.areawidenews.com/blogs/1215/entry/68375 Dr. Barbara Brennan is a former NASA physicist. She received a B.S. degree in Physics in 1962 and an M.S. degree in Atmospheric Physics in 1964 from the University of Wisconsin in Madison. She later embarked on the studies of the human energy field, which included: * 2-year program on Therapeutic Counseling at the Community of the Whole Person in Washington, D.C. * 3-year program on Core Energetics at the Institute of Core Energetics in NYC * 5-year program on Spiritual Healership at the... Wed, 22 Feb 2017 18:28:13 -0600 Shamanism http://www.areawidenews.com/blogs/1215/entry/68341 Shamanism is a way to connect with all of nature and beyond. A Shaman is a person who is able to access the Spirit World for purposes of healing and divination, a ceremonial and spiritual leader among indigenous cultures worldwide, often referred to as a Medicine Man or Woman in Native American culture. Shamans have dreams or visions that carry certain messages. Some shamans have spirit guides who direct the shaman in their journeys in the Spirit World. The spirit guides are always... Sat, 18 Feb 2017 14:00:21 -0600