ON THIS DAY: August 24, 2016

August 24th is

William Wilberforce by Sir Thomas Lawrence 1828

Pluto Demoted Day *

Strange Music Day *

Vesuvius Day *

William Willberforce Day *

Waffle Iron Day *



France – Saint-Jean-de-Luz:international Flags
◊ Baleapop Music & Art

Hungary – Siófok:
◊ B.my.Lake Fest

Liberia – Flag Day

Saint Barts – St. Bartholomew Festival

Spain – Sant Rafel de sa Creu:
◊ Hyte Concert Festival

Switzerland – Zürich:
◊ Zürich Openair

Ukraine – Independence Day


On This Day in HISTORY

79 – (Traditional date) After centuries of dormancy, Mount Vesuvius erupts, buries Pompeii, Herculaneum and Stabiae, commemorated on Vesuvius Day *


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ON THIS DAY: August 23, 2016

August 23rd is

Gossamer Condor2

National Ride the Wind Day *

Valentino Day *

National Spongecake Day



Argentina – Buenos Airies:international Flags
Tango Festival y Mundial

Malaysia – Rajah if Perlis Birthday

United States –
San Diego CA:
  Humphreys Concerts by the Bay
Saratoga Springs NY:
  Saratoga Chamber Music Festival


On This Day in HISTORY

30 – Conqueror of Egypt Octavian executes Cleopatra’s son by Julius Caesar and Mark Antony’s eldest son

1305 – Sir William Wallace is executed for treason at Smithfield in London

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ON THIS DAY: August 22, 2016

August 22nd is


Be an Angel Day *

Eat a Peach Day

National Take Your Cat to the Vet Day



Brazil – Rio de Janiero:international Flags
Olympics clean-up/recovery holiday

Fiji – National Holiday:
Olympic Team Homecoming

India – state of Assam:
Tithi Sri Sri Madhav Deva

United States –
Seattle WA: Arts in Nature Festival


On This Day in HISTORY

1485 – Death of English King Richard III at Battle of Bosworth Field

1639 – British East India Company founds city of Madras India as trading center

1642 – King Charles I calls Parliament traitors, starts English Civil War

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Coffee Shop: Mad Englishman Near the Midnight Sun – Part 3

The Coffee Shop is an open thread-style discussion forum for human interest news of the day.

American-bald-eagle-fishing FfS


In an open thread, there’s no hard and fast rule about staying on topic, especially if you have a personal story burning a hole in your pocket trying to escape.

Pictures and videos are welcome in the comments.  If photos are used, please be sure you own the copyright. We would rather see your personal photos anyway, instead of random stuff copied from the internet.  Our only request is that if you use pictures or videos, take pity on those who don’t have broadband, and don’t post more than two or three in a single comment.

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This is an Open Thread. Grab your cup, pull up a chair, sit a spell and share what’s on your mind today.

Sea WolfNOTE: If you missed the first two episodes, posted at Coffee Shop over the past 2 weeks, click here to catch Part One:  https://wordpress.com/post/flowersforsocrates.com/17804

BLACK BEAR clayoquot-SMALLAnd here for ‘Mad Englishman Near the Midnight Sun’ Part Two:
The Coffee Shop: Mad Englishman Near the Midnight Sun – Part 2


Even Bertie Gregory, wildlife photographer extraordinaire, has trouble keeping a bald eagle flying at full speed in the frame.


Bald Eagle mom and baby

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‘Ears Like a Bat?’ – Not the Best Anymore!

Yes, Bats have incredible hearing, the best of any mammal, but it turns out that one of their favorite prey has developed even more sensitive hearing to elude its main predator – the common bat.

Meet the Greater Wax Moth.

Wax Moth


A native of Eurasia, the moth was introduced some time ago in North America, and bats find them very tasty both locations.

Researchers at the University of Strathclyde discovered that the greater wax moth is capable of sensing sound frequencies of up to 300kHz – the highest recorded frequency sensitivity of any animal in the natural world.

Humans are only capable of hearing sounds of 20kHz maximum, dropping to around 12-15kHz as we age, and even dolphins, known exponents of ultrasound, can’t compete as their limitations are around 160kHz.

The research, conducted at the University’s Centre for Ultrasonic Engineering, has identified the extraordinary sensory characteristics of the moth, paving the way for developments in air-couple ultrasound.

Dr James Windmill, who has led the research at Strathclyde, said: “We are extremely surprised to find that the moth is capable of hearing sound frequencies at this level and we hope to use the findings to better understand air-coupled ultrasound.”

“The use of ultrasound in air is extremely difficult as such high frequency signals are quickly weakened in air. Other animals such as bats are known to use ultrasound to communicate and now it is clear that moths are capable of even more advanced use of sound.

“It’s not entirely clear how the moths have developed to be able to hear at such a high frequency, but it is possible that they have had to improve the communication between each other to avoid capture from their natural predator – the bat – which use similar sounds.”

The research findings will allow the Dr Windmill and his colleagues to further develop their understanding of ultrasound and how to transmit and receive ultrasonic pulses travelling in air.

With frequency sensitivity that is unparalleled in the animal kingdom, this moth is ready for any echolocation call adaptations made by the bat in the on-going bat-moth evolutionary war.

greater wax moth

Dr Windmill’s multi-disciplinary research team is now working to apply the biological study of this, and other insect ears to the design of micro-scale acoustic systems. It is hoped that by studying the unprecedented capabilities of the moth’s ear, the team can produce new technological innovations, such as miniature microphones.



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ON THIS DAY: August 21, 2016

August 21st is

confucious how slowly

National Senior Citizens Day *

World P.O.E.T. Day
(Aussie slang – Piss Off
Early Today)

Spumoni Day

Sweet Tea Day
(Southern U.S.)



Canada – Regina SK:
Great Saskatchewan Mustard Festival

Croatia – Novalja:international Flags
  Sonus Festival

Micronesia – Kosrae Gospel Day

Morocco – Féte de la Jeunesse

Philippines – Aquino Day

Western Sahara –
King Mohammed VI’s Birthday

United States –
  Fairmont WV: Tomato Tasting Festival
  Philadelphia PA: Atlantic Coast Opera Festival


On This Day in HISTORY

1680 – Pueblo Indians drive Spanish out and take possession of Santa Fe NM

1770 – Captain James Cook claims eastern Australia for Great Britain, naming it
New South Wales

1810 – Jean-Bastiste Bernadotte resigns as a Marshal of France after he is elected Crown Prince of Sweden by the Riksdag of the Estates

Jean Bapiste Bernadotte

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ON THIS DAY: August 20, 2016

August 20th is

bee on honeycomb

International Homeless
Animals Day *

National Lemonade Day *

National Honey Bee Day *

National Radio Day



Estonia – Independence Restoration Day

international Flags

Hungary – Saint Stephen’s Day

Morocco – Revolution Day

Netherlands – Amsterdam:
    Straf Werk (Electronic Dance/Music)

United States –
  Beverly Hills CA:
    Eat/See/Hear Movie Festival
  Oakland CA: Art + Soul Oakland
  New York City NY:
Summer Streets

  Virginia Beach VA:
Beer, Bourbon & BBQ Festival

  Milwaukee WI:
Journal Sentinel Zoo a la Carte

Western Sahara – Revolution Day


On This Day in HISTORY

1000 – Future saint King Stephen founds the Hungarian state

1741 – Danish navigator Vitus Jonas Bering discovered Alaska

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