Monthly Archives: June 2011

Trivia Thursday #11

Hero of Alexandria (fl. 2nd century B.C. ), student of Ctesibius, built clockwork into toys. The system he devised to produce toys such as a temple with doors that opened and an altar that lit up while drums and cymbals accompanied dancing figurines and wine

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Six Sentence Sunday #11

“Come on then,” she said less graciously than she should have. Her Cinderella shoes clicked down the final few steps.  No sound of footsteps followed her but she didn’t look back. By the time she reached the trees anger was

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Trivia Thursday # 10

In ancient Ireland bowls with holes in the bottom, which were floated on water until they sank, were used as timers. One such bronze bowl, found in a bog in Northern Ireland in County Antrim, took one hour to sink.

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Six Sentence Sunday #10

Cherry frowned. She’d spent the entire morning at Loretta’s Salon. She’d been plucked and shaved, exfoliated and moisturized, painted and polished, cut and curled. She’d donned her flirtiest skirt, her girlie-est sweater, and her best perfume. She hadn’t tried for sexy;

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Trivia Thursday #9

In 1198 a water-clock saved St. Edmunds’ relics at the Bury St. Edmunds Abbey when the wooden platform on which the relics sat caught fire in the middle of the night. When the water-clock sounded matins it awoke the master of the

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Six Sentence Sunday #9

“Shall we walk a little?” She hated the pleading tone she heard in her voice. But though she’d passed desperate and was fast approaching hopeless, she refused to give up.  He’d barely glanced at her since they’d stepped out onto

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Trivia Thursday #8

In the Mediterranean Basin the length of a man’s shadow can vary from as long as 24 feet in the morning to a mere 4 feet at noon. The Greeks and Romans, as early as 400 B.C. and as late

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