How cold is it really?

It’s that time of the year here in Pittsburgh, when I start cursing the first human who moved north of the tropic of Cancer from the bottom of my heart. For, once again, it takes me 10 minutes from when I’m “ready to leave” to when I actually leave the house after putting on many layers of socks, boots, half a dozen sweaters and coats, a couple of scarves, a hat and, of course, two pairs of gloves. (Whew! It was exhausting just typing all that!)

pit winter

It’s not the actual below-freezing temperatures which get to me, mind you. It’s the wind – the terrible wind which whistles through the little holes in your hat and freezes your ears, finds the little spot of skin that you forgot to cover up and turns it into ice as you wait for the bus in the morning. Continue reading

You’re gonna miss me when I’m gone..

One of the more popular “Did you know?” facts these days seems to be “Did you know Einstein said that if the honey bee disappears from the surface of the earth, man would have no more than four years to live?” Though honeybees do play a major part in pollinating our crops, I had a hard time believing this claim. For one thing, humans have a tendency to come up with very innovative solutions to seemingly deadly problems. More importantly, though, the quote was attributed to Albert Einstein – and surely we know better than to trust those! So, I decided to investigate.


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