Roswell: The First Witness (2020)

I just watched “Roswell: The First Witness” three, two hour, episodes on History’s Greatest Mysteries hosted by Laurence Fishburne. Former CIA operative, Ben Smith, is the investigator on this special event. His main clue is Jesse Marcel who was the first official to arrive on the scene of the reported crash.

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Alberto Vargas

Alberto Vargas, a renowned Peruvian painter of pin-up girls, was born February 9, 1982 in Arequipa. His father was photographer Max T. Vargas and Alberto started out trying to follow in his footsteps. With his fathers encouragement he turned more to airbrushing and painting, studying in Europe, Zurich and Geneva prior to World War I. A French magazine cover by Raphael Kirchner, on a La Vie Parisienne issue is said to be his main influence.

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Chessie System

When I was a kid, and there was a train coming, I always wanted it to be a Chessie System train. I didn’t live near tracks so I had to be on the road with my parents to get a chance. I would hear my Dad sigh when the crossing signals started but I wanted to see it and would even count the cars.

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Skeleton Lake Mystery

Roopkund Lake is a glacial lake in the Uttarakhand state of India is also known as Skeleton Lake. In 1942 a Indian forest ranger discovered the lake and reported skeletons in the water. Authorities, at the time, thought they might be Japanese invasion soldiers but was later ruled out.

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Advent Calendar

I was in Aldi the other day and I bought my cat, Cort, an Advent calendar with cat treats. I asked my friend Kelly how an Advent calendar worked and she said I was supposed to give him a treat from behind each number for that day in December. Cort suggested that we rip them all open now. I decided to do a little research.

It seems that the modern day Advent Calendar emerged from Protestant Christian context. Advent is from the Latin word adventus, meaning arrival or coming. Beginning on the fourth Sunday before Christmas day and leading up to December 25, Advent is intended to be the time in which to prepare our hearts for the coming of Christ.

The popularity of Advent calendars spread with the help of a German printer named Gerhard Lang. Having grown up with a homemade calendar, Lang began designing cardboard Advent calendars around the turn of the century and, later in the 1920s, came up with the idea of cutting out little doors that could be opened each day.

Behind each door, a devotional picture or Bible verse was hidden. With this innovation, Lang is considered the father of the modern Advent calendar.

F-15C Grim Reapers

The 493D Fighter Squadron, nicknamed The Grim Reapers, is located at RAF Lakenheath, England flying the McDonnell Douglas F-15C/D Eagle within the USAF Europe since 1994. They started as the 56th Bombardment Squadron in WWII in January 1941 flying antisubmarine patrols. They were reassigned to the 493D Fighter-Bomber Squadron in 1943 flying the Republic P-47D Thunderbolt.

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Why are they called Grapefruit?

The Grapefruit is a sub-tropical citrus tree with large fruit that is sour to semi-sweet. It is a hybrid starting in Barbados as an accidental cross between the sweet orange and a pomelo (shaddock).

The name most likely comes from the fact that the grapefruits grow in clusters, just like grapes. The interior is segmented and colored white, yellow, pink or red. The evergreen trees typically grow 16-20 feet tall but occasionally a 43-49 foot tree will occur.

They have thin, glossy, dark green, long thin leaves.The original sweet orange was Jamaican and the shaddock was from Indonesia, that Captain Shaddock brought to Jamaica. The hybrid nature of the tree is though to be naturally occurring.

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The Callanish Stones

The Callanish Stones were erected during the Monolithic Era between 2900 and 2600 BC. They are near the village of Callanish on the west coast of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides, Scotland.

The Callanish Stones consist of a stone circle of thirteen stones with a diameter of 37.4 feet. The center stone (which is a little off center) is 15.7 feet tall. There are five rows of standing stones that connect to the circle (see the drawing included here from Stonesofwonder.com). Also, within the circle is a chambered tomb which was added at a later date. All the stones are from the same rock type, Lewisian gneiss. There have been lots of pottery pieces found, in the circle, dating 2000-1700 BC. It seems that the site was completely abandoned around 800 BC. It has been suggested that the stones were a prehistoric lunar observatory.

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Giordano Bruno

Giordano Bruno was born in Italy in 1548 and was burned at the stake in 1600. He was educated in Naples, tutored privately at the Augustinian Monastery. At age 17 he entered the Dominican Order, finished his studies and became an ordained priest at age 24. Bruno supported the opinion of Copernicus, that the earth went round and the heavens stood still. The earth rotated on its axis and circled the sun once a year.

Bruno believed that the universe is endless, infinite and limitless. That the stars in the heavens were other suns with planets, like the Earth, revolving around them. Bruno believed, that like the planets, among these contained animals, plants and inhabitants. He moved all around Europe barely avoiding

troubles caused by these beliefs but it was his opinions on the gospel that would eventually end his life. Alfonso Ingegno states that Bruno’s philosophy “challenges the developments of the Reformation, calls into question the truth-value of the whole of Christianity, and claims that Christ perpetrated a deceit on mankind.” Discover magazine said “The reason that he moved around so much was that he was argumentative, sarcastic and drawn to controversy…He was a brilliant, complicated yet difficult man.” Paterson writes that Bruno “ushers in a modern theory of knowledge that understands all natural things in the universe to be known by the human mind through the mind’s dialectical structure”

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