. . . . from John, awaiting Nancy’s draft of her week’s news.
Item #1: Shallotte River Swamp Park
Recent cold was sufficient to freeze the surface of lakes as far south as Charlotte, NC. One of the peculiar characteristics of water is that as the declining temperature nears freezing, the density increases. Thus, ice floats, acts as insulation, and the underlying water does not freeze.
For an air breathing animal this presents a problem, even for one that can stay underwater for an hour.
The alligator’s solution to this issue is to stick its snout out of the water, let the ice accumulate, while almost all of its body is in the water below. If you ever wanted to Grab an alligator by the snout, an ice-over such as this was is the time to do so .
When warmth returns and the ice melts the alligators are back in businees. Let go of that snout.
No one mentions how long this ice thing can go on.
Item #2: Trickle-down economics
Some economists have argued that reducing taxes on businesses and the wealthy in society stimulates business investment in the short term and benefits society and the poor in the long term. Might work.
Here is an example, from the rich music aficionados of Australia. At the “Lost Paradise Festival” 30 miles north of the Sydney Opera House a multi-day event enticed many well-heeled folks to buy new camping gear — tents, coolers, chairs, sleeping bags — for the occasion. After the music was over the revellers left, and left the stuff.
Photo here is captured from the video linked to there. A strong wind was blowing the stuff around. Still, a positive ending, I think.
Item #3: Why does this woman smile?
Saudi Arabia has for the first time allowed women to go to a stadium and watch a football match.
Item #4: Just when you need it the most
The weekend brought 8 inches of snow to Cuyahoga County in northeast Ohio.
My dearest sister lives there.
She has determined that her snow blower works.
Item #5: Hay truck too high
Sarah Hancock was covering the Santos Tour Down Under cycling race when a well stacked hay truck came through the finish line. Oops!
Other than that …
Riders, out in front, were not hurt.
Adelaide makes news
And that, for this week, is the not so nasty news.