Big happenings in North Carolina this month: monster winds on Grandfather Mountain, and new bridge on the coast. Photos courtesy of Grandfather Mountain and Dan Bowers, Ocracoke Observer
March 1, 2019
Remember that popular 1980’s video game Galaga? Little triangle shaped space ships would fly around the screen. Laser cannons would fire out of the top of the ships, laying waste to aliens that dropped down from the top of the screen. Now imagine finding the fossilized teeth of a freshwater shark that lived 67 million years ago in the forests, swamps and winding rivers of what is now South Dakota. Amazingly, those teeth look like the Galaga spaceships! So, if you’re a scientist, what would you call your ancient shark discovery? That’s right. Galagadon.
If you have done any baking at all, chances are you already have the first line of the recipe memorized: preheat oven to 350 degrees. Yes, it’s a fairly nice round number. Yes, it’s also pretty easy to turn the temperature knob to that setting (not too much twisting). And yes, if you have an oven with a digital setting there aren’t too many keypad buttons to push. But that’s not the reason 350 degrees seems to be cooking’s magic number. It’s the chemistry.
Your stomach can handle overeating, but it gets better at stretching if you do it all the time
November 21, 2018
Piles of mashed potatoes. Turkey. Stuffing. Gravy over all of it. Plus: sweet potato casserole. Obligatory salad. And yes, pie.
“Just try a little of everything,” you say, as your plate fills to capacity.