June 2013

Interesting facts gleaned while in Rome:

1)The Colisseum (proper name: The Flavian Ampitheater) was financed by booty from the destroyed Jewish Temple in Jerusalem:

http://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/

2)The word “rostrum” (plural “rostra”) comes from the “rostra” (literally, “snouts”) displayed of old in the Foro Romano, those “rostra” being the “snouts”(battering rams) of ships, rams collected after the Battle of Actium:

http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?term=rostrum

3) The word conclave literally means “locked in”:

http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?allow

Also found on the web: the story of Mme. Loreta Janeta Velasquez, a Cuban-born woman who disguised herself in order to fight as a Confederate soldier during the Civil War, and wrote about it in her 1876 autobiography:

http://www.civilwar.org/education/history/

Ancient shamans knew how to create subterranean soundscapes:

http://discovermagazine.com/2012/nov/03-

Scientific evidence for palmistry continues to accumulate:

http://discovermagazine.com/2013/may/04-finger-le

Surprises in the Indian genome:

http://www.nature.com/news/200/0022/

Learning to rely on gut instinct:

http://philipshepherd.com/coming-home-to-the-body/

http://thesunmagazine.org/issues/448/out_of_our_heads

Unbelievable balance:

http://www.flixxy.com/the-incredible-power-

Dumb ways to die:

http://www.youtube.com/watch v=I

Circadian greens:

http://news.rice.edu/2013/06/20/does-

Fractal immunity:

http://wp.vcu.edu/masseynews/2013/03/26/re

I am currently somewhere within the Lanthanide series:

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/07/opinion/

And on the subject of age, let us all strive to avoid plutolatry (excessive devotion to wealth), for as Andrew Carnegie commented, “The man who dies rich dies disgraced.”