blackandwtf:

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Two women pose together at the ‘Wonder Spot’ in Lake Delton, Wisconsin.
(via Andy Kraushaar)

"Wonder Spot" in Lake Delton, WI (where the laws of natural gravity seem to be repealed!) ”People seem to grow smaller, can’t stand up straight and can barely walk.”
One of apparently 21 ‘wonder spots’ in the US. Wisconsin has a few of ‘em. I am currently sitting about 5 miles from another one, known by the locals as Gravity Hill. These wonder spots produce mere optical illusions which are oftentimes mistaken for contariwise gravitational holes, or something of that nature.

blackandwtf:

Date unknown

Two women pose together at the ‘Wonder Spot’ in Lake Delton, Wisconsin.

(via Andy Kraushaar)

"Wonder Spot" in Lake Delton, WI (where the laws of natural gravity seem to be repealed!) People seem to grow smaller, can’t stand up straight and can barely walk.”

One of apparently 21 ‘wonder spots’ in the US. Wisconsin has a few of ‘em. I am currently sitting about 5 miles from another one, known by the locals as Gravity Hill. These wonder spots produce mere optical illusions which are oftentimes mistaken for contariwise gravitational holes, or something of that nature.

n0rthstar-deactivated20110402-d said: HEY ZOE GUESS WHAT I FOLLOWED THIS ONE TOO.

A speck of happiness. :)

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Asparagus, A Love Story.: Rules to Being a Human

yourshadowwalksfasterthanyou:




1. YOU WILL RECEIVE A BODY.

You many like it or hate it, but it will be yours for the entire period of this time around.

2. YOU WILL LEARN LESSONS.

You are enrolled in a full-time informal school called LIFE. Each day in this school you will have the opportunity to learn lessons. You…

I’ve been incongruent.

What’s a Wisconsin Dell?

(directed at aj, but a wonderful learning opportunity for everyone.)

Hooray! You hear you’re going to the Wisconsin Dells to spend a weekend having fun at one of the 9 amusement parks with your family! How wonderful! Maybe you can get a tan alongside one of the hotel’s water parks. ;D

When you hear “The Wisonsin Dells” what do you picture? A small city with a population of about 3,000, filled with pine trees and 100-year old houses seated alongside a Cambrian gorge flooded with the Wisonsin River? No? How about amphibious vehicle tours, roller coasters, log rides, t-shirt shops, hotels with themes and restaurants boasting 4 floors, psychedelic atmospheres and fluorescent, incessant signs beaming “open 24 hours!”? (check, check, check, check, check and check-check.)

Granted, the amphibious vehicle tours no longer exist since the flood destroyed their courses, but for this post, that matter is trivial.

SO.

Do you know what the Wisconsin Dells are?

A dell is actually different from Dells. A dell, as we learned previously, is a grassy area. But who cares about grassy areas, really? Dells, besides the R&B group from the 50’s, are rapids or currents that run through a gorge.
Picture this: Arizona gets a hugh-jass rainstorm and the Grand Canyon floods. The water stays. Then the water starts to move and the Grand Canyon, instead of being a massive gorge, is now the Grand River. Or, rather, the Grand Dells. That is, if they don’t come up with a better name than that.

Granted, that would require a massive amount of rain and would result in a massive river. Maybe they’d get by with “Grand River”  (…Also trivial.)

The Wisonsin Dells, now part of the Wisconsin River, actually once looked something like a mini Grand Canyon. The gorge was formed in the Cambrian period by a glacial lake (like all gorges, it would seem) and was named the Wisonsin Dells by some French explorer back in the later 1800’s. 

The town of Wisconsin Dells used to be called Kilbourne but then changed it’s name since locals and people who had heard of it (so, in other words, everyone in the world to whom it was relevant) referred to it as the “Dells”.  Maybe Kilbourne just figured the name was more marketable.

The Wisconsin Dells attracted people and provided trade trasnportation for French fur trappers and the Menominee and Ho-Chunk Native American tribes for years. When someone finally recognized that people liked going there to visit, they started adding things like the amphibious vehicle tours:

Ducks (picture from 1950-something)

and ski shows on the river:

Ski shows (probably from around the same time??)

and, of course, the boy who could jump between two rocks:

jumping-rock-boy (HH Bennett) (Now this boy is too old to jump around on rocks, so they have replaced him with a dog. People will pay more to see a dog jumping anyway. Photo credit to the famous and important-to-the-Wisconsin-Dells-area-photogorapher, H.H. Bennett)

So that’s what the Wisconsin Dells are. Also, I don’t actually have anything against roller coasters and fun-looking restaurants, just for the record. I just dislike that everyone thinks “Wisconsin Dells” means “town with lots of tourist traps” when in fact, those tourist traps are just the result of entrepeneurs grabbing a hold of potential for economic opportunity and running with it.

The Farmer in the Dell

The farmer in the dell,
The farmer in the dell,
hi-ho the derry-o, the farmer in the dell

farmer: n
1.
a person who farms; person who operates a farm or cultivates land.
2.
an unsophisticated person from a rural area; yokel.

dell: n.
A small, secluded, wooded area

Since this nursery rhyme has been written many different ways, its words could actually have several different meanings.  hi-ho, with no particular meaning, could also be heigh-ho (like the seven dwarves’ heigh-ho, heigh-ho, it’s off to work we go) as an expression of greeting (such as variations used by Orson Scott Card) to convey weariness and boredom or, alternately, exultation.

Now, about Derry:

Derry mostly likely refers to the Derry county in the northwest area of Northern Ireland

 Derry county in ireland Derry County in Ireland

but it could also refer to the farmer being a dairy farmer. Or an intentional play on both words.

Cows in a Dell Cows in a dell

cattle in a dell

des gens qui n’ont pas de rêves n’ont pas de rien.

des gens qui n’ont pas de rêves n’ont pas de rien.

WAIT, I DONT GET IT!

Chihuahuas

Chihuahua may refer to…

  1. The state of Chihuahua in Mexico
  2. The city of Chihuahua in Chuhuahua, Mexico
  3. The smallest breed of dog named after the state of Chihuahua in mexico
  4. The Chihuahua desert in Mexico
  5. The railway that runs from Chihuahua, Chihuahua to Los Mochis, Sinaloa
  6. The Chihuahuan Raven, a native bird of Mexico and the US
  7. The Chihuaha Pine, a native tree of Mexico and Arizona and New Mexico in the US
  8. and a few other things

Chihuahua dogs are the smallest breed of dog in the world. The breed probably originated in Mexico and is figured to be a descendant of Techichi, a breed of dog that was favored by the Toltec civilization that inhabited pre-Colombian Central Mexico around 1000AD. Evidence of dogs who appear to be very similar to(maybe slightly larger than) chihuahuas has been found to date back to 2nd century BC.

It is probable that Chihuahuas have been bred to be smaller than their ancestors due to the introduction of miniature Chinese dogs that were brought by the Spanish to South America.

Click here to see a picture of a statue of a Spaniard in battle. This is the type of Spaniard that might have brought miniature Chinese dogs to South America.

The breed was first recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1904.

Is your dog a Chihuahua?
Chihuahua dogs range from about 6-15 inches in height so size varies greatly in this breed. However, both American and British standards state that a Chihuahua will not weight more than 6 pounds. That is, of course, if your chihuahua is not obese.

click here to see a photo of an obese chihuahua.

The American Kennel Club also only recognizes two varieties in coat for a chihuaua: Long haired and Short haired.

According to the American Kennel Club, your dog is not a Chihuahua if it weighs more than 6 lbs and if it’s hair is neither long nor short. If you are having trouble deciding which type of hair your chihuahua has, click here.

Chihuahuas can easily be provoked to attack since they are, after all, dogs and are naturally terretorial and protective. The AKC[American Kennel Club] describes the breed as, “A graceful, alert, swift-moving little dog with saucy expression, compact, and with terrier-like qualities of temperament.”

If your dog does not have a saucy expression and is not compact, it is not a chihuahua.

Click here to see a photo of a Chihuahua displaying signs of aggression.

The AKC also says that chihuahuas are not good dogs to have in homes with small children because of their size. Small parts may be a choking hazard.

In 2009, a Chuhuahua made the news when he protected a 3-year old girl from a 100 lb. mountain lion.

Chihuahuas are often prone to genetic neurological anomalies such as epilepsy and are prone to the sometimes painful hydrocephalus which causes an abnormally large head during the first several months of the dog’s life.

Click here to see a photo of a Chihuahua puppy with an abnormally large head.

Chihuahuas are the only breed of dog to be born with an incomplete skull. It will, of course, fill in as the dog grows.