It should come as no surprise to you that I like to read the BBC website. Haven't I told you that I read it all the time? No? Well, I do! I love the "Quiz of the Week", where they test you on the news from that week. It used to say, "For those who didn't have anything better to do this week than to swot up with the latest happenings", but that was dropped. Perhaps someone suggested the BBC was a news broadcaster and that phrase might not be the thing to say?
There is also a section...Ten Things We Didn't Know Last Week. I enjoy reading both of these!
You all know how my mind works by now (poor you)-
so...here are my ten things:
1) The big leaf magnolia (pictured here) is native to the southeastern United States and eastern Mexico. It has the largest simple leaf and single flower of any native plant in North America.
2) The Great Smoky Mountains Park is a Unesco World Heritage Site, as is the Statue of Liberty. (I think these are the only two I have seen in the USA.) You may see a list of them here.
The park is closed just now including all the trails due to the wildfires. By the way, it is the most visited national park in the USA.
Gatlinburg, which you may have just seen in the news, is very close to the Great Smoky Mountains Park.
3) The variegated fritillary butterfly looks like this:
"The flight of this butterfly is low and swift and even when resting or nectaring, is extremely difficult to approach, and because of this, its genus name is taken from the Greek work, "euptoietos" meaning "easily scared".
Richard was very lucky to get this close to take the above photo!
4) The actor who played "Potsie", Anson Williams from the TV show "Happy Days" is a cousin of the man who invented the Heimlich maneuever, Henry Heimlich.
(Anson Williams, born Anson William Heimlich.)
5) Leon Russell and David Gates (Bread) went to the same high school in Oklahoma and at one time even played in a band together.
6) The massive turnout in Chicago for the Chicago Cubs winning the World Series this year was the 7th largest gathering of people ever in history.
7) There is a statue of George Washington in front of The National Gallery in London. Since George Washington had made the statement that he never wanted to be on English soil again, tons of soil was brought in from Virginia to be placed underneath the monument to him.
8) Close to the George Washington statue, just across the street is St. Martin-In-The-Fields Church and under the portico of the church is a work of art...Christ Child Statue.
I saw this in September from the taxi as we went by and found out what it was just recently!
9) The sourwood tree is a lovely red in the autumn and I most certainly can identify it now!
10) The Tyburn river flows through an antiques shop in London!