The Pizza Principle

The Pizza Principle, sometimes known as the Pizza-Subway Connection, is a historically accurate economic law in New York City. Propose by native New Yorker, Eric M. Bram, who reported in The New York Times in 1980 that since the early 1960’s the price of a slice of pizza has matched the the cost of a New York subway ride.

Continue reading “The Pizza Principle”

West Point Lake

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers West Point Lake is on the Chattahoochee River just north of West Point, Georgia. It stretches 35 miles and at full pool is 25,900 acres. Authorized by the Flood Control Act of 1962, work started on the lake in December 1965 and the impoundment began in October 1974. With the exception of special situations, like a drought, the water is kept between 633 MSL (mean sea level – an average level of the surface of one or more of Earth’s bodies of water from which heights such as elevation may be measured) and 635 MSL. The county seat of Troup, Lagrange, Georgia, just off I-85,. where I-185 heads south to Columbus, is 60 miles southwest of Atlanta and the closest major city to the lake.

Continue reading “West Point Lake”

What is St. Patrick’s Day?

Well, obviously it is a day to party, drink green beer, go to parades, put green coloring in rivers, wear green and dress up as leprechauns. Well, at least that is what I see happening. What is St. Patrick’s day? It is supposed to be the cultural and religious celebration on the death date, March 17, of the foremost patron saint of Ireland, Saint Patrick (circa 385-circa 461).

Continue reading “What is St. Patrick’s Day?”

Battle of Los Angeles 1942

After the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, December 7 1941, and the entry of the United States into World War II, the following day, tension in the states were high, and rightfully so. The West coast was particularly nervous with rumors of Japanese submarines cruising the waters near Juneau Alaska and a Japanese aircraft carrier off the coast of San Francisco Bay Area.

Continue reading “Battle of Los Angeles 1942”

St. Marks Lighthouse

I visited the Light House at St. Marks, Florida with my friend Katie. Due to Covid restrictions they do not allow anyone inside, but they still charge $5 to drive down Lighthouse Road and look at the tower.

Continue reading “St. Marks Lighthouse”

What are Henges?

No, not the ones that hang doors and let them open and close! Those are “hinges”. I’m concerned with the ones in the United Kingdom for starts. The most famous henge is Stonehenge in Wiltshire County, England.

Continue reading “What are Henges?”

Uni-Ball Pens

My favorite pens are the Uni-ball’s made by the Mitsubishi Pencil Company Limited of Japan. In North America the main office is in Wheaton, Illinois. The company was founded by Niroku Masaki in 1887 as the Masaki Pencil Manufacturing Company until after World War II when it was renamed The Mitsubishi Pencil Company.

Continue reading “Uni-Ball Pens”

Glass Onion Bottle

Back in the early 17th century wine bottles were small and thin walled glass making them extremely fragile, if not impossible, to ship successfully. In the 1630’s, Dutchmen, Sir Keneim Digby and James Howell teamed up and created a method of creating a thicker glass bottle using hotter furnaces. They were originally called shaft or globe bottles and evolved into onion bottles by the 1670’s.

Continue reading “Glass Onion Bottle”