Funday Sunday & Weekend Happenings


funday smileIf you’ve been here before then you know Sundays on my blog are all about wonder and smiles. In honor of mentally kicking back once in a while, Sundays are Fun Days! Each Sunday, visitors will find a fun, interesting, or unusual something here. I’m a nerd with a complex sense of humor and absurd wit. It could literally be anything.

I’ve mentioned before that I’m a world drummer, that is, I make music on a variety of percussion instruments from around the world. Because of this hobby of mine, I’m always on the lookout for new ways to make music. I haven’t gone this fun route yet.
Yet. lol
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Come Back Tomorrow for the A to Z Challenge ~ Letter K.
My A to Z theme choice for this year is history and historical science — all sorts, many aspects. My interests and topics are varied so you’re sure to find something that will tickle your imagination.  :D

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The A to Z Challenge – J for Jersey Devil #atozchallenge


It’s time for the A to Z Challenge! Hello and welcome to my main blog. My name is Rose Anderson and I’m a novelist. Join me and nearly 2000 bloggers and authors as we blog the alphabet throughout the month of April. It’s not as easy as you might think. There’s a reason Q and Z are worth 10 points in Scrabble!

For me, this year’s alphabet will be about history and historical science– things that tickle my fancy or capture my imagination. I hope you will find them interesting too.

Keep the topic rolling! If you’ve enjoyed the today’s offering and have comments or questions, add them at the end of the post in the comment section. And…if you enjoy romances with unique twists, a good deal of steam, facts, and characters full of personality and depth, scroll down for a free chapter sampler. I love to make the impossible sound plausible. Suffice to say, I have an unusual mind.
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JToday’s Calliope’s Writing Tablet post is brought to you by the letter J ~ J for Jersey Devil

Imagine trying to describe a platypus to someone who had never heard or seen of one. The creature looks like it’s comprised of assorted parts. It has a bill and lays eggs like a duck. It also has fur and webbed feet like an otter. To add more puzzle to this puzzle the platypus nurses its young after they hatch and they even have venomous stingers! Who would believe that unlikely mix? History is filled with accounts of strange animals. Early explorers brought back tales of fantastic and unbelievable creatures from around the world. These recognizable animals once sounded too farfetched to be true and were met with skepticism: Orangutan, Panda, Komodo Dragon, Beaver, Tiger, Python, Kangaroo, Giraffe, and Elephant.

No so farfetched once you know what they are, huh?

Cryptids ~ Not always fiction

Through the ages imaginative people have come up with all sorts of strange creatures. Three off the top of my head– griffin, jackalope, and mermaid. Sometimes they’re the beast of myth solely created for the hero to defeat bravely like the Minotaur. Or they’re a tragic human like the werewolf. Sometimes they play a role in cautionary tales of the unknown like here there be dragons at the edge of a map. Occasionally they’re a “tall tale” that stretches the truth for the sake of the absurd like Paul Bunyan and Babe his blue ox. And sometimes, people just see things and are unable to explain them.

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The Philadelphia Post 1909

The Jersey Devil

Legend says the first time the Jersey Devil made an appearance was in the pine barrens of New Jersey in 1735 and the story has been in oral circulation in the area ever since. That’s a long time. It’s believed to be the oldest reported monster sighting in America. Documented sightings appear in the mid-1800s in batches in 1859, 1873, and again in1880. One report says Napoleon Bonaparte’s brother Joseph claimed to have seen the creature while hunting. 

Looking at the 1909 picture, I’m thinking if the first witness saw anything, it might have been a bat. The Malaysian Flying Fox is huge, and if your only exposure to bats are the small ones that come out at night, something this big would certainly raise the hairs on the back of your neck! A large bat might have been a rare species in North America, or perhaps a sailor brought a gentle fruit-eating flying fox on his ship and it got away.
What ever the Jersey Devil initially was, the sightings Malayan Flying Foxwere passed on by word of mouth for generations. What began as the unknown grew in proportion and ferocity in the telling until one was lucky to be alive after seeing it. The writer I am imagines it unfolding at a pub…

I tell ye, it had wings like the devil himself.

I saw it meself, it had a horse’s head and glowing red eyes.

I saw it too and it spit fire at me. I feared for me life!

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Hysteria or an as-yet-unknown animal? More than 2,000 witnesses have reported seeing the Jersey Devil since that first sighting in 1735.  In the Camden County area of New Jersey, a number of sightings took place in 1909. Accounts say the tracks in the snow went up trees and crossed rooftops roof to roof. They also say the tracks disappeared in the middle of the road and stopped in the middle of open fields. One account said this: Strange tracks were found in the snow, and as a result of these sightings, teams of illustrators and reporters were sent out from various Philadelphia newspapers — no photographers, just illustrators.

But isn’t that always how it goes? With cellphones taking digital pictures these days, perhaps one day an actual photograph will be taken. Or not.

 

More~
Was the Jersey Devil Mrs. Leeds devilish offspring?

Fascinating!
The the almanac wars and the vilification of Daniel Leeds

Other versions of the story

Mrs. Leeds’ child or was it Mrs. Shrouds? 

A fine collection of details from Dave Juliano Includes recent sightings.

Mythical creatures and cryptids of all kinds

National Geographic’s Monster Project

Perspective is everything!
The Blind Men and the Elephant by John Godfrey Saxe

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The Wendigo

As mentioned in my intro, I am a storyteller. We writers are strange creatures too. I never know from where the next story will come, but every so often something will tickle my fancy and a story will practically write itself. That happened the day I stumbled upon an author selling her paperback book about local sightings of a wolf-like creature walking on two legs. Here’s that story on USA Today  Her research on this urban legend inspired me to write a plausible reason for the sightings, that is to say, as plausible as one can get when working with supernatural elements. My series is called The Witchy Wolf and the Wendigo.
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Tomorrow ~ Fun Day Sunday
Monday ~letter K!

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The A to Z Challenge – I for Ice Harvesting #atozchallenge


It’s time for the A to Z Challenge! Hello and welcome to my main blog. My name is Rose Anderson and I’m a novelist. Join me and nearly 2000 bloggers and authors as we blog the alphabet throughout the month of April. It’s not as easy as you might think. There’s a reason Q and Z are worth 10 points in Scrabble!

For me, this year’s alphabet will be about history and historical science– things that tickle my fancy or capture my imagination. I hope you will find them interesting too.

Keep the topic rolling! If you’ve enjoyed the today’s offering and have comments or questions, add them at the end of the post in the comment section. And…if you enjoy romances with unique twists, a good deal of steam, facts, and characters full of personality and depth, scroll down for a free chapter sampler. I love to make the impossible sound plausible. Suffice to say, I have an unusual mind.
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IToday’s Calliope’s Writing Tablet post is brought to you by the letter I ~ I for Ice Harvesting

Order a cold drink at a restaurant or zip through the drive thru and chances are it comes with ice. Ice is one of those common things we just don’t think about. It comes in bags, we fill our own ice cube trays, or it pops out of our freezer’s ice maker. Ice as we’ve come to know it in cube form is a relatively recent creation, but ice use goes back a long way. History is filled with stories of emperors and kings sending servants into the mountains to gather up ice and snow to be used for desserts and drinks.  Some things are just better served cold. Before modern refrigeration came on the scene, we employed ice houses and cold spring houses to keep our foods fresh.

I for Icy Inspiration

In the early years of the United States, many wealthy Americans had ice houses where blocks of winter ice cut from frozen ponds were stored. Written in the household accounts of Thomas Jefferson and George Washington are references to these structures on the grounds. At this point in history ice was a regional luxury. I’m not sure how cold Virginia winters get for these two famous men to have ice in their ice houses. Perhaps they had it shipped in from the northern states. New England winters, however, were cold enough for lakes and ponds to freeze over several feet thick. This ice was cut, packed in sawdust for insulation, and stashed in ice houses where it would last well into the summer months. 

ice20horsesIn Massachusetts in 1805, wealthy merchant Frederic Tudor was enjoying a family picnic which included ice cream. The story goes he joked with his brother about how people in the sweltering West Indies would give anything for ice cream and cold drinks. That idea resonated with Frederick. Thirty years later Frederick would be known as the Ice King who made a business of shipping ice to people living in the warmer climes of Cuba, Calcutta, South America, and China, as well as to the hotter cities in the union such as Charleston and New Orleans. There’s even an account of ice being shipped from  Massachusetts to England’s Queen Victoria. He’s credited with the first large scale commercial ice industry in the United States. Needless to say, Frederick Tudor became a very wealthy man. And it began as a whimsical comment made over a dish of ice cream!

Free for the Taking

Harvesting natural ice became a prosperous business in New England during the 19th
century. 
It wasn’t all used for cold drinks and frozen treats either. Restaurants, hospitals, dairies, breweries, markets, and meat and fish packers needed ice too, so business boomed.  One of Tudor’s ice harvesting foreman by the name of Nathaniel Wyeth developed specialized plows and saws to improve the harvesting of ice. Ledgers show the
Help-harvest-iceBoston winter of 1879-80 saw a whopping  600,000 tons of ice harvested. That translated to 381,000 tons sold and consumed world wide. The Tudor Ice Company wasn’t the only one harvesting and selling. Ice was a global business now and the product was basically free for the taking each winter. An estimated 5,000,000 to 5,250,000 tons of ice was consumed in the United States in 1879-80 alone. By 1900, the ice harvest brought in more than 10,000,000 tons a year.

In 1856, the average household had an icebox. (Funny how words linger. As a child I had older relatives refer to the refrigerator as the icebox.

Ice cost 50⊄ for 100 pounds in 1923.  By 1930, Frigidaire synthesized freon and opened the door to modern refrigeration. Shortly after, the refrigerator brought an end to the ice harvesting era.

More~
Ice Harvest and trade ~ A surprisingly good wiki with lots of references.

Ice trade odds and ends.

Old traditions

Just for fun :)


Tomorrow ~ letter J!

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The A to Z Challenge – H for Heaven & Hell clubs #atozchallenge


It’s time for the A to Z Challenge! Hello and welcome to my main blog. My name is Rose Anderson and I’m a novelist. Join me and nearly 2000 bloggers and authors as we blog the alphabet throughout the month of April. It’s not as easy as you might think. There’s a reason Q and Z are worth 10 points in Scrabble!

For me, this year’s alphabet will be about history and historical science– things that tickle my fancy or capture my imagination. I hope you will find them interesting too.

Keep the topic rolling! If you’ve enjoyed the today’s offering and have comments or questions, add them at the end of the post in the comment section. And…if you enjoy romances with unique twists, a good deal of steam, facts, and characters full of personality and depth, scroll down for a free chapter sampler. I love to make the impossible sound plausible. Suffice to say, I have an unusual mind.
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HToday’s Calliope’s Writing Tablet post is brought to you by the letter H  ~ H for Heaven & Hell nightclubs of the Belle Époque

I love writing the Victorian Era for its opulence, decadence, and  inventiveness. Every aspect of that time is loaded with  juicy details. Even the language of the era is marvelous for a writer. From refined gentry to fishmonger, the character possibilities are endless.

The 1870s saw the standards of living rise for the upper and middle classes of Europe and the United States. This financial security was attributed to the Industrial Revolution. Simply put, more industry meant more jobs. There was a lot going on at this time as well. From the opportunities offered by westward expansion and railways in the US, to the bounty of mechanized agriculture and overall stability after the Franco-Prussian War in Europe, the late 1800s was a good time for many. We see advancements of all sorts in this period and they’re revealed in every detail of the time. Mark Twain called his era the Gilded Age. In Europe this was the Belle Époque — the beautiful epoch.

The Nouveau Riche ~ The New Wealth

Successful industrialists, those capitalists, manufacturers, investors, bankers, and employers, made a new social class out of the sudden prosperity. They were the nouveau-riche. Aside from their successful pursuit of money, the bourgeoisie loved to flash the fact they had it. As wealth gave one freedom to relax, how better to show your wealth than having flamboyant pastimes?

Then as today, people were driven to emulate the well-to-do. Leisure was the prize. Even the less affluent craved entertainment and cabarets, bistros, music halls, clubs, and casinos sprung up like mushrooms in the lawn after a rain. Burlesque and provocative stage shows of all kinds were a huge draw. This was the era of Moulin Rouge and the Folies Bergère.  Some of the more interesting hangouts of the Belle Époque where the Parisian Heaven and Hell clubs.

Screen shot 2012-05-17 at 1.08.15 PMHeaven and Hell

One of the more curious details of the Victorian Era had to do with their preoccupation with death. From long mourning rituals and observances to creepy Memento Mori photography, it didn’t take much coaxing to blend this morbid fascination with entertainment. One such venue was the Cabaret du Néant ~ the Cabaret of Nothingness.

In what was described as a jovial atmosphere of death,cabaret-poster patrons at the macabre Cabaret du Néant were seated at tables made of coffins, drank cocktails named for deadly diseases, and were served by robed monks and funeral attendees. The decor was reminiscent of Dante’s Inferno with devils, bones, and fallen saints. The stage shows were equally nightmarish as spirit mediums’ optical trickery was employed to give various chilling illusions e.g. Satan transforming into a snake, or a body wasting away to a skeleton in seconds.

Here’s a collection of surviving photographs. By the clothing, I’d say some were taken in the early 1900s:

The Belle Époque itself was an illusion. An apt analogy would be a glittering facade over a festering wound. As the Beautiful Epoch passed, the politics became more fractious. Anger and xenophobia grew.  What began after the Franco-Prussian War in 1871 ended with the war to end all wars in 1914. That would be the first world war –WWI. The allure of edgy entertainment found in the Heaven and Hell clubs evaporated when coffins began coming home with soldiers in them.

More~
Insight into the Belle Époque

Tomorrow ~ letter I!

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The A to Z Challenge – G for Ghost Ship #atozchallenge


It’s time for the A to Z Challenge! Hello and welcome to my main blog. My name is Rose Anderson and I’m a novelist. Join me and nearly 2000 bloggers and authors as we blog the alphabet throughout the month of April. It’s not as easy as you might think. There’s a reason Q and Z are worth 10 points in Scrabble!

For me, this year’s alphabet will be about history and historical science– things that tickle my fancy or capture my imagination. I hope you will find them interesting too.

Keep the topic rolling! If you’ve enjoyed the today’s offering and have comments or questions, add them at the end of the post in the comment section. And…if you enjoy romances with unique twists, a good deal of steam, facts, and characters full of personality and depth, scroll down for a free chapter sampler. I love to make the impossible sound plausible. Suffice to say, I have an unusual mind.
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GToday’s Calliope’s Writing Tablet post is brought to you by the letter G ~ G for Ghost Ship

When I was a child my dad and I had a newspaper ritual. The Chicago Tribune came to my house in the morning and the Daily News arrived early afternoon. On Sundays we’d divide the papers between us — he’d take the front page and car sections and I’d take the “funnies” and the sports page. We’d read our sections quietly then we’d switch. The funnies weren’t only cartoons. Ripley’s Believe it or Not was in there too. I just loved that part. Ripley’s Believe it or Not was about strange or unusual things from all over the world– things like the vulture (Sky) burials of Tibet, ironic headstones like the one belonging to Mrs. Ima Deadman, Fakirs on beds of nails, and potatoes shaped like ducks. I recall reading another that intrigued my young mind — it was about the ghost ship Mary Celeste.

Ghost Ships

9b4caeb18f87127aef15340cd2d4b579The term ghost ship or phantom ship is used for vessels that have been decommissioned but not yet scrapped. It’s also used for fictional haunted ships such as the Flying Dutchman, and ships found adrift with their entire crew either missing or dead. Of the latter, one such vessel was the Mary Celeste that was found floating 600 miles west of Portugal in December 1872. The fact it was unmanned remains of the greatest maritime mystery of all time. 

The story actually begins eleven years earlier when the ship was known as the Amazon, a two-masted brigantine built in Nova Scotia’s Bay of Fundy. With high hopes it launched full of London-bound timber in 1861, but bad luck dogged the ship from the very beginning. Her first captain took sick and died. Her next captain fared better, but had his own string of serious misadventures.  Her third captain took the helm and ran her aground in a storm. The ship was so badly damaged, it became a ship yard wreck in 1867. But the story doesn’t end here.

Shortly after, an American mariner paid bottom dollar for the wrecked Amazon and had her repaired and renamed the Mary Celeste. He planned to be her captain but it didn’t quite go as he planned. His creditors took the merchant vessel and sold her to a consortium of financiers. With the consortium’s investment dollars the Mary Celeste underwent major changes to her size and shipping capabilities. She also gained a new captain for her the-mary-celeste-1first voyage. He was a seasoned sailor from a seafaring family by the name of Captain Benjamin Briggs. 

That October in 1872, Briggs hand-picked his crew — all well-seasoned sailors. In preparation for the first voyage, the Mary Celeste was loaded with six months’ worth of food and water and a cargo of more than 1000 barrels of denatured alcohol. Captain Briggs brought his wife and baby daughter along on this maiden voyage. Along with his small crew, they left New York for Genoa, Italy on November 5th. And here’s where the facts end and mystery takes over.

At the time, another merchant vessel named Dei Gratia left New York within days of the Mary Celeste. En route to Gibraltar, they found the unmanned brigantine mysteriously floating off the shores of Portugal. The cargo, provisions, and valuables were untouched. There was no sign of struggle or fire, but the ship’s papers and captain’s navigational instruments were missing. Just one lifeboat was gone.

Even today people speculate on just what happened to the Mary Celeste and theories go from plausible to bizarre.  As with most unexplainable stories, details got juicier with the telling. Some went so far as to claim the ship was discovered with smoking tobacco in pipes and steaming cups of tea, as if the full ship’s complement just vanished where they stood. Amid the assorted scenarios of foul play that made the news of the day, rumors of insurance fraud, ergot-contaminated flour, was the belief that the crew of the Dei Gratia killed Briggs and crew for the salvage rights the Mary Celeste presented. Even Sir Arthur Conan Doyle had a go at the story. 

Questions questions

There were known pirates in the area but the fact the valuables were still on board says no to that theory. There was a small amount of water in the hull but by wooden ship standards, all in all not that much. Was it a storm or did a tornado-like waterspout suck the crew right off the deck? Most of the sails were furled (bundled) and it’s hard to imagine Captain Briggs’ wife and infant child on the deck in a storm. Was it a mutiny? It’s possible I aliens-1suppose, but Briggs hand-picked his seven crew members and there was no sign of a struggle. Could something have incited fear of the 1000+ barrels of volatile cargo exploding? A leaky barrel perhaps? That’s the best explanation yet. Or…
One theory suggests aliens took the crew away. Did they?

  ;)

More~
A wonderful telling of the story of the Mary Celeste

A National Geographic Documentary

The Flying Dutchman

Odds & Ends. Emphasis on odd.

Boy, that tickles my imagination!

Tomorrow ~ letter H!

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The A to Z Challenge – F for Frost Fair #atozchallenge –


It’s time for the A to Z Challenge! Hello and welcome to my main blog. My name is Rose Anderson and I’m a novelist. Join me and nearly 2000 bloggers and authors as we blog the alphabet throughout the month of April. It’s not as easy as you might think. There’s a reason Q and Z are worth 10 points in Scrabble!

For me, this year’s alphabet will be about history and historical science– things that tickle my fancy or capture my imagination. I hope you will find them interesting too.

Keep the topic rolling! If you’ve enjoyed the today’s offering and have comments or questions, add them at the end of the post in the comment section. And…if you enjoy romances with unique twists, a good deal of steam, facts, and characters full of personality and depth, scroll down for a free chapter sampler. I love to make the impossible sound plausible. Suffice to say, I have an unusual mind.
:)

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FToday’s Calliope’s Writing Tablet post is brought to you by the letter F ~ F for Frost Fair

Climatologists will tell you we’re in a state of global warming. I won’t get on my soap box and go into the minds who believe the 1% who say “no, it’s a hoax” rather than accept the 99% who say “yes, the data is sound”. I won’t linger on the fuel industry money involved in hyping that 1% and nay-saying the 99% either. I will only say it really makes me angry because it wastes time to fix things before it’s too late. This is my world too. You’d have to be missing a few marbles not to notice the extremes in weather the last few years — from massive hurricanes to drought to the icy polar vortex and everything in between, something’s up.  Some say we have another ice age on the way.

The Summer that Never was

In 1815, the eruption of Mount Tambora in Indonesia brought about significant climate change. The ash rose into the sky and caused global temperatures to drop 33º (0.53ºC). The cooler climate came with disastrous effects on many levels. From 1816 to 1818 summer temperatures never even made it to 40º. Famine struck when crops failed and livestock died. Diseases like cholera and typhus reached epidemic proportions. Seeding the upper atmosphere with sun-blocking ash added another layer of problems. But the planet’s weather had been acting up for years before that volcano blew.

The Little Ice Age ~ a Perfect Storm (figuratively speaking)

NASA defines the Little Ice Age as a cold period between 1200 and 1850. There were three particularly cold spates back then –one in 1650, again in 1770, and the last in 1850, with intervals of slight warming between. Scientists, climatologists, and historians debate the cause of the Little Ice Age because there was a lot going on at the time and chances are it all factored in somehow. Perhaps they made a perfect storm of contributions.

Various Scientific Opinions on Contributors:
1. This severe change had to do with the weakening of the Gulf Stream in the Atlantic Ocean — a current that drives warm water from the tropical mid-Atlantic to Europe’s western coastline. Weak Gulf Stream = severe weather.

2. Orbital forcing added to the temperature problem. Orbital forcing has to do with changes in the tilt of the Earth’s axis and overall shape of the orbit  around the sun. The sun regulates the earth’s temperatures. Orbital forcing = changes to how the sun hits the planet.

3. Some believe different solar activity played a role. Levels of carbon-14 and beryllium-10 isotopes in trees/wood from this time show low solar activity and a “prolonged sunspot minimum”.  Weaker influence on behalf of the sun = cooler times.

4. Volcanic activity. There were at least 8 substantial eruptions during this time. That’s a lot of ash. Ash in the upper atmosphere =  sunlight blocked from hitting the earth’s surface.

5. Thermohaline Circulation may have played a role. Also called the great ocean conveyor belt, this circulation system maintains the various densities of the seas. Too much fresh water (as in glaciers and polar ice melting) disrupts the salinity of the sea water and as a result, the temperatures are affected. Affect the temperature of the water = effect the weather systems worldwide.

The Frost Fairs. Making the best of a cold situation.

While the Little Ice age was underway, the River Thames would freeze over for two months each winter. With solid ice expanding the acreage of London, entrepreneurs quickly made the best of the temporary space.

It was the winter of 1607-08 that Londoners found the ice so thick on the Thames it not only allowed passage from here to there, people started setting up camp on it. Peddlers of all sorts moved out on the sturdy ice from fruit-sellers to shoemakers, to barbershops and pubs. With all this open “ground” they even held soccer and bowling matches.  Frost_Fair_of_1683

During what was called the Great Winter of 1683-84, even the seas of southern Britain were frozen solid to two miles out from shore. It was here where the most famous frost fair was held ~ The Blanket Fair. English writer John Evelyn described the icy phenomena in extensive detail (gotta love old English spellings):

Coaches plied from Westminster to the Temple, and from several other staires to and fro, as in the streetes, sliding with skeetes, a bull-baiting, horse and coach races, puppet plays and interludes, cookes, tipling and other lewd places, so that it seemed a bacchanalian triumph or carnival on the water, whilst it was a severe judgement on the land, the trees not onely splitting as if lightning-struck, but men and cattle perishing in divers[e] places, and the very seas so lock’d up with ice, that no vessels could stir out or come in.

By the 1800s the climate began to warm. The frost fairs continued. Needless to say, some lost their lives on the thinner ice.

More~
Frost Fair Happenings

Very interesting – from the BBC

When winter really was winter: the last of the London Frost Fairs

Witch hunts too?

Plants tell an icy tale

Galileo’s sunspots

Tomorrow ~ letter G!

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The A to Z Challenge – E for Echo #atozchallenge –


It’s time for the A to Z Challenge! Hello and welcome to my main blog. My name is Rose Anderson and I’m a novelist. Join me and nearly 2000 bloggers and authors as we blog the alphabet throughout the month of April. It’s not as easy as you might think. There’s a reason Q and Z are worth 10 points in Scrabble!

For me, this year’s alphabet will be about history and historical science– things that tickle my fancy or capture my imagination. I hope you will find them interesting too.

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Last week I mentioned Cymatics for letter C. Today’s post takes sound a bit further…or rather a bit further back.

EToday’s Calliope’s Writing Tablet post is brought to you by the letter E ~ E for Echo

Have you ever held a seashell to your ear to listen to the “ocean waves”? I remember someone explaining what I was actually hearing was the sound of my own pulse echoing in the empty chamber of the shell. I was a child at the time so that explanation was as good as any.  As an adult I’ve discovered that’s not the case. The ocean-like sound is ambient noise from sound waves all around you. The seashell captures the waves shelland they resonate inside the shell. Hold it up to your ear and you can hear sound waves echoing. You can get the same effect from a coffee cup.

:) Go on, get your cup, you know you want to.

Like light waves, sound waves also reflect. In fact, according to sound measuring devices, sound waves reflecting off a surface (such as a large cliff face) are mathematically identical to sound waves emanating from the sound’s source.  In other words, if you shout into a canyon, that’s exactly your voice coming back at you as an echo. Math doesn’t lie.

Now imagine you’re living in a primitive age and have no notion of sound waves. You don’t why you can hear sound coming from an empty shell. You have no idea why a canyon sends your own voice back to you, or why a cave seems to thunder or whisper the deeper you go inside. Imagine no conceivable explanation for sounds like these. What else could it be than the voices of spirit?

Lascaux Cave Paintings - horseA study on acoustics and prehistoric art was featured at a meeting of the Acoustical Society of America (ASA) in 2014. It suggests some petroglyphs, cave paintings, and ancient monolithic structures might have been inspired by the behavior of sound waves. As a writer with a healthy dose of imagination, I can understand this line of thought. Imagine hearing the unexplainable rumble reverberating inside a cave and it sounds like the thunder of horse hooves. This is referred to as an auditory illusion. Add to this prehistoric painted horses of the sort found in Lascaux Cave in France. And for a bit more ambiance let’s add a flickering fire to cast moving shadows on the rock walls. The result is illusion both visual and auditory and the image looks and feels spiritually alive. Sets the scene for sacred, doesn’t it? It also suggests acoustical phenomena were culturally significant to prehistoric peoples.

More~
Ancient acoustics are at once fascinating and puzzling. The more we learn about prehistoric peoples, the more we realize how advanced they really were.

The Mayan Pyramids ~ chirping echoes
LISTEN

The Great Pyramid of Giza~ reverberation
LISTEN (with Cymatics)

Stonehenge   ~ greater reverberation
More on Stonehenge’s Archeo-acoustics
More details
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Malta’s Hypogeum ~ amplified sound
More from Malta’s Hypogeum
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Archaeoacoustics – The Sounds of Ancient Places

:D All I can say is WOW!

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