Ghosts: The Spirit of Amy Winehouse

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Readers, here is an account from the father of the late singer Amy Winehouse of her ghostly visitations … interesting and strange! From the Paranormal Pop Culture blog.

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The Optometrist and the Dragon #writephoto

Myths of the Mirror

photo compliments of Sue Vincent

A man of science, Irvus the optometrist didn’t believe in enchantment. But a dare was a dare, and he wasn’t about to cede his convictions to a bunch of old-timers at the Pickled Sow. It was the 5th century, for Heaven’s Sake. The last known dragon had gone extinct a hundred years ago.

The climb up the scree to the cave was steeper than it appeared from a distance. His borrowed twin-bladed battle-ax weighed a ton, and if the rusted iron weren’t strapped to his back, he would have abandoned it on the dirt track below. Sweat dripped into his eyes and plastered his hair to his scalp. He renewed his determination to begin exercising, again… maybe.

Then he saw the old skull.

His boot crunched on a human spine twisted like a skeletal snake. Farther up, a rubble of sun-bleached bones littered the loose…

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This week in science history: The “Wizard of Schenectady” is born

Penney Vanderbilt and KC Jones: All About Railroads

Einstein’s pal Charles Proteus Steinmetz transformed the electric power industry. Jeff Glorfeld reports.

He was called the Wizard of Schenectady, and counted as friends Albert Einstein, Nikola Tesla and Thomas Edison. He stood little more than 120 centimetres tall, his body contorted by a hump caused by a congenital deformity known as abnormal kyphosis, an extreme curvature of the upper spine. He was one of the greatest mathematicians and electrical engineers of his time, whose discoveries continue to resonate today.

Charles Proteus Steinmetz was born Karl August Rudolph Steinmetz on April 9, 1865. He Americanised his name when he emigrated to the United States in 1889. He chose Proteus as his middle name, derived from a nickname bestowed him in Germany.

Steinmetz went to work for a small electrical firm in New York, and his experiments on power losses in the magnetic materials used in machinery led to his first…

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FL9’s in Storage

Penney Vanderbilt and KC Jones: All About Railroads

I read on the Trains magazine web site that Amtrak is considering running Empire Service trains into Grand Central again this summer as work continues at Penn Station. the article stated that Amtrak is considering bringing FL 9s out of storage and refurbishing them for the purpose.

The six FL9 m’s belonging to Conn. Dot have been stored in New Haven since 2009, when they were replaced by newer locomotives. They are painted in the original NH color scheme and were rebuilt extensively in the 90’s. Conn Dot owns them and I believe they will be leased to Amtrak.

The numbers are Conn Dot 2011 ex NH 2038
2014             2041
2016             2044
2024             2058
2026             2007
2027             2015
Hope this answers your question. A lot…

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