Did you know…?(2)

Mary Stuart became queen of Scotland when she was only six days old.

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Banned books and the ridiculous reasons why

September 26−October 2, 2016 Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. Typically held during the last week of September, it highlights the value of free and open access to information. Banned Books Week brings together the entire book community –librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types – […]

via Banned Books Throughout History — Read & Survive

Burn The Witch! (Well, hang the witch…)

Or alternatively, the Salem Witch Trials. This is a subject that absolutely fascinates me and I can’t wait to tell you guys about it.

We’ll start with, while generally known as The Salem Witch Trials, many of the preliminary hearings actually happened in the surrounding areas, such as: Salem Village (now Danvers), Andover, Ipswich, and, of course, Salem Town, where the most famous (or is it infamous?) trials took place in the courts of Oyer and Terminer.

The trials took place in 1692 to 1693, high stress abound. There was a lot of horrible shit in those times, and when two young girls, the daughter and niece of Reverend Samuel Parris, became ill and didn’t get better, the doctor, unable to explain it, claimed it was witchcraft.

This illness, extreme fits of hysteria and what a lot of people would liken to possession, would start popping up in other girls as well and it didn’t take long before the first accusation was thrown.

Over one hundred and fifty people were accused, over twenty were executed, among them the majority were women. Later, five would die in jail, two of those five were babies.

(This is sadder than I planned, sorry *tries not to cry too much*)

Despite popular belief, the majority of accused were executed by hanging, all but one, in fact, and none of them were burned at the stake.

(This popular misconception is likely due to the witch hunts in Europe, where execution by fire was distressingly common.)

There’s a museum dedicated to these events, a memorial in Danvers, a park in Salem, and another memorial being planned in Salem. Not nearly enough for these people, but at least everyone knows they were innocent, now.

Later I may go into more detail on the people, but I’ll leave it for now. That being said, did I leave anything out that you think should be mentioned? Do you think I got something wrong? Feel free to tell me, I only want the facts, after all 😉.

A Llama’s Sex Life

Yep, you read that right. Today I’d like to take the time and talk about a llama’s sex life.

(I mean, who wouldn’t? Look at that sexy face )

We’ll begin with the sexual maturity age which, much like people, happen at different times. The girls, or ‘dams’, reach puberty at about one year, while the boys, ‘sires’,  take three years! Get it together, boys.

On that note, llamas are kinda weird for an animal their size 😶. For one thing, girls don’t go into heat! They kinda just… wander around, deciding when to sex all on their own.

(Could you imagine if humans had that kind of self control?)

Second, they do the do laying down, which is kind of impractical if you think about it. But hey, whatever works, right?

They also, uh, ‘do it’, for twenty to forty-five minutes!

(The face that lasts longer than you , deal,with it)

And after, if the dam gets pregnant, it takes eleven and a half years before a baby llama is born!

(Fun Fact: a baby llama is called a cria, which is Spanish for baby 👶)

And during that Almost Year, if a male tries to rape her she spits at him and then attacks. Pretty badass if you ask me.

Yeah, and I’m sure this is just scratching the surface of a llamas sex life, so if any of you know something I don’t, please feel free to tell me in great detail!

~Jenn

A Friendly Intro

Hi guys! Call me Jenn if you want, or not, I guess? Hmm…

Anyway, this first post is just a little “what’s gonna be happening on this blog” kinda thing. A Friendly hello and introduction, if you will.

My plan (here’s hoping I don’t jinx myself- I wonder where the word jinx came from? Uh, maybe later) is to post interesting little tidbits (like, did you know a group of frogs is called an army? An army!), to essay length posts about pretty much anything (like Pluto. I really like Pluto).

I’ll answer questions if you have any, and I’m constantly asking my own, but I hope to learn something new through this, and who knows? Maybe you will, too!

(P.S. While I’ll be doing extensive research on all topics I decide to write about, I am not an expert and may get some facts wrong. If you catch it (kindly! I have delicate feelings) tell me, and I’ll do my best to revise or remove any false information.)

~Jenn