Saharan dust, dentists, 1215 and birthdays.

Here are some links to a few things that I have found interesting this week.

Massive Saharan Dust Plume Completes 5,000-Mile Journey From Africa to the U.S.
I am sure that most people have seen this in the news already. But how crazy is this dust storm coming from the Sahara? The Saharan Air Layer, is a dry dust plume that forms from late Spring into early Fall and moves into the Atlantic Ocean every 3-5 days. So, it happens annually, yet this particular “dust event” is unique as a result of the thickness of the dust. Also, these dust plumes have the ability to “settle” any tropical storm development in the near future.  

The Dentist from The Carol Burnett Show (full sketch)
Tim Conway and Harvey Korman have to be one of my favorite comedic duos. And this sketch that was on The Carol Burnett Show is pure gold. If you have somehow missed seeing this sketch, I implore you to watch it. Harvey Korman trying to hold it together makes it even better. 5:39 is when the real fun begins.

10 dream homes from the past century
Personally, I prefer American houses built in the 1940s. But these houses in the article are architectural works of art. The attention to the surrounding landscape is amazing. The Graham House in Canada is probably my favorite from the list. Check out some more pictures here of the interior and exterior. Sadly in 2007 it was demolished to make way for a larger house.  

Years That Changed History: 1215
I am taking a course on the year 1215, which may be one of my top  favorite years in history. That is the year that the Magna Carta was created, I could go on ad nauseum about it but for your sake, I’ll only bring up three articles. These have to be my favorite three articles from the document. They are articles 23, 33, and 35. They state as follows:

(23) No town or person shall be forced to build bridges over rivers except those with an ancient obligation to do so. (King John enjoyed falconry and retrieving his own kills. Too often in England there were rivers that didn’t have bridges, so he would force the local villagers to build bridges for him to hunt. The nobles were tired of him taking the time and labor of the villagers.)

(33) All fish-weirs shall be removed from the Thames, the Medway, and throughout the whole of England, except on the sea coast. (The nobles were tired of their ships being destroyed by the plethora of fish-weirs in the Thames)

(35) There shall be standard measures of wine, ale, and corn (the London quarter), throughout the kingdom. There shall also be a standard width of dyed cloth, russet, and haberject, namely two ells within the selvedges. Weights are to be standardised similarly. (The nobles were tired of a pint of ale not costing the same amount across the whole of England, this solved that issue.)

Today is my sister’s birthday, below you’ll find a picture of us meeting for the first time along with some shots from the last week.

Enjoy your weekend!

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