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Daily Bread for 3.2.24: A Scottish Village In Italy

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Saturday in Whitewater will be sunny with a high of 60. Sunrise is 6:26 and sunset 5:47 for 11h 20m 46s of daytime. The moon is a waning gibbous with 61 percent of its visible disk illuminated.

On this day in 1983, compact discs and players are released for the first time in the United States and other markets. They had previously been available only in Japan.

Why Is There a Scottish Village In Italy?:

What’s in the Night Sky (March 2024):


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Sunday in Whitewater will be sunny with a high of 40. Sunrise is 6:46 and sunset 5:30 for 10h 43m 54s of daytime. The moon is a waxing gibbous with 69.7% of its visible disk illuminated.

On this day in 1930, Elm Farm Ollie becomes the first cow to fly in a fixed-wing aircraft and also the first cow to be milked in an aircraft:

Elm Farm Ollie (known as “Nellie Jay” and post-flight as “Sky Queen”) was the first cow to fly in an airplane, doing so on 18 February 1930, as part of the International Air Exposition in St. Louis, Missouri, United States. On the same trip, which covered 72 miles in a Ford Trimotor airplane from Bismarck, Missouri, to St. Louis, she also became the first cow milked in flight. This was done ostensibly to allow scientists to observe midair effects on animals, as well as for publicity purposes. A St. Louis newspaper trumpeted her mission as being “to blaze a trail for the transportation of livestock by air.”

Elm Farm Ollie was reported to have been an unusually productive Guernsey cow, requiring three milkings a day and producing 24 quarts of milk during the flight itself. Wisconsin native Elsworth W. Bunce milked her, becoming the first man to milk a cow mid-flight. Elm Farm Ollie’s milk was sealed into paper cartons which were parachuted to spectators below. Charles Lindbergh reportedly received a glass of the milk.

Although Elm Farm Ollie was born and raised in Bismarck, Missouri, it is largely in the dairy state of Wisconsin where her fame has lived on.

Painting of Elm Farm Ollie by E.D. Thalinger in 1930 Fair use,


As we were in Nepal filming « Everest Green » documentary, about pollution in Kathmandu and the Himalayan mountains, we decided to make this short film, « CHASING LIGHTS IN THE HIMALAYAS », showing the incredible beauty of this country.

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Hungry moose goes grocery shopping in woman’s cart outside of store:


Daily Bread for 1.20.24: Berlin’s Flying Ramen

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Saturday in Whitewater will be sunny with a high of 16. Sunrise is 7:19 and sunset 4:52 for 9h 33m 21s of daytime. The moon is a waxing gibbous with 75% of its visible disk illuminated.

On this day in 1929, the first full-length talking motion picture filmed outdoors, In Old Arizona, is released.

Berlin’s Flying Ramen

In the bustling city of Berlin, an extraordinary ramen phenomenon has taken flight thanks to a man named Christopher. From the confines of his apartment, Christopher crafts and delivers fresh ramen kits in a most unconventional manner. Using a vibrant red bucket suspended from his window, he lowers these delectable packages to eager customers waiting below. What started as a creative solution for social distancing during lockdown has evolved into a cherished ritual in the culinary landscape. Christopher’s flying ramen delivery system has become an iconic symbol of his business, capturing the imagination of locals and international patrons alike. As customers eagerly await their airborne ramen, the act of receiving this unique delivery has transformed into a communal experience, making Christopher’s flying ramen a beloved and distinctive culinary adventure in the heart of Berlin.

Endangered baby hippo makes debut at Czech zoo

Mikolas, a baby pygmy hippo born at the Dvur Kralove nad Labem zoo in the Czech Republic last month, made his public debut on Jan. 15.

Friday Catblogging: The Corsican ‘Cat-Fox’

For years, scientists have wondered if striped cats on Corsica were a distinct species: Turns out, they are: The elusive striped “cat-fox” familiar mostly to Corsican shepherds and as a source of intrigue to scientists, is indeed its own species specific to the French Mediterranean island, the French office for Biodiversity (OFB) announced Thursday. New…

Daily Bread for 9.11.22: The Nutmegger and Carpetbagger

Good morning. Sunday in Whitewater will be rainy with high of 61. Sunrise is 6:31 AM and sunset 7:10 PM for 12h 39m 40s of daytime. The moon is a waning gibbous with 98.3% of its visible disk illuminated.  On this day in 2001, al-Qaeda launches the September 11 attacks, a series of coordinated terrorist attacks killing…

Daily Bread for 8.19.22: Residency Matters, Practically and Ethically

Good morning. Friday in Whitewater will be mostly cloudy with a high of 79. Sunrise is 6:06 AM and sunset 7:49 PM for 13h 43m 24s of daytime.  The moon is a waning crescent with 45.2% of its visible disk illuminated.   On this day in 1812, the American frigate USS Constitution defeats the British frigate HMS Guerriere off the coast…

Friday Catblogging: Bobcats in Connecticut

Embed from Getty Images Connecticut, parts go which are suburbs of New York City, isn’t a place presently associated with bobcats. That perception should change, as   Daniel Figueroa IV reports North America’s most common wildcat has a large, but nearly invisible, home in the Nutmeg state: If you have, over the last few years,…