Did you know that eight herds of wild horses live in a mountain range in the middle of America? Most people don’t know about the mountains–and even fewer know about the wild horses! Read on to find out about the curious little colts that get adopted from these herds.
America’s Midwest Mountain Range–Sort Of
Everybody spends time learning about the Rocky Mountains and the Appalachian Mountains in school. But most of us don’t learn about the Ozarks–at least, not very much.
The Ozarks are actually the most ancient mountains in the continental United States. They were once as grand and tall as the Colorado Rockies.
But after centuries of erosion, the Ozarks aren’t as big as they used to be. While almost everybody refers to them as mountains, geologists call them the Ozark Foothills instead. They are gentle, rolling, and misty-green in the mornings. They also hide eight herds of wild horses!
Where Did The Ozarks’ Wild Horses Come From?
The wild horses of the Ozarks weren’t always wild. Before the 1930s, there were plenty of Ozark farmers who kept the horses on their farms.
But the Ozark Foothills aren’t great for farming. The rocky soil is good for oak trees, elm trees, and blackberry bushes–but not so good for crops. That’s why many farmers who moved to the Ozarks, had to move out during The Great Depression: They couldn’t grow enough crops to sell and make money on. In fact, they could barely grow enough for themselves!
That’s why many farmers in the region moved away during the Great Depression. And when they did, they had to leave most of their animals and possessions behind. That’s when the horses became wild!
Curious Colts of the Ozarks
Today, the horses still roam free around Echo Bluff State Park. When they were left behind, they learned to live off berries, grass, and other vegetation. They get their water from a collection of brooks and streams known as the Ozark National Scenic Riverways. Thousands of people come to the park every year to float or walk along these rivers–and to see the horses!
But not every horse that is born wild, gets to stay wild. A handful are adopted by the people of the area every year. If it hadn’t been for one brave soul, the horses wouldn’t be there at all!
The Man Who Saved the Wild River Horses
In 1992, the National Park Service decided to take all of the horses out of Echo Bluff Park. They were worried that the horses were damaging the natural environment.
Many of the locals didn’t want the horses to go, however. One of them–a man named Jim Smith–even went to Washington, D.C., to testify in front of Congress. Smith told Congress how much the local residents loved the horses. They admired the herds for their grace, beauty, and strength. Congress agreed on a compromise.
The horses could stay, they said–but only 50 of them. To keep this number right, a handful of young horses–colts–are adopted every year.
Every year since 1992, caring citizens like Mr. Smith have adopted young horses from the wild herd. Smith called the one he adopted, the “gentlest animal you’ve ever seen.” These colts have also been called exceptionally smart, good-natured, and beautiful. If you ever get to see them, we think you’ll agree!
Bettors Put Money on Royal Baby’s New Name!
To say that the Royal Family is a hot topic would be to put the concept to shame. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are perpetually in the news, for reasons both good and bad. However, you won’t believe why Prince Harry and Meghan managed to rack up headlines this time! In fact, the story has more to do with how we are fascinated by the Royal Family to an almost hilarious degree.
When it was revealed that Prince Harry and Meghan were expecting another addition to their family, the internet took the concept and ran. Any time a royal baby is born, the world seems to stand still — both here and across the pond. Beyond wishing for good health, the public has taken a fascinating interest in the name that the royal couple will choose for their child. In fact, people are starting to put SERIOUS money on the discussion.
While it has not been revealed whether the royal couple is expecting a boy or girl, betting websites are making sure to cover both sides of the coin. If you are willing to put some solid money down, you might just make a killing — depending on how creative Harry and Meghan choose to be when naming their child. According to the betting website Ladbrokes, Allegra is currently the sixth most likely girl name. We have no idea how they came upon that idea, but the odds are sitting at 12/1 after a furious round of bets flooded into the website.
According to researchers of the Royal Family, Allegra had been a favored name by the late Princess Diana. According to further research, Princess Diana had wanted to have her own baby girl named Allegra. Still, betting odds are currently rallying around the name Diana, and we don’t blame them. Diana and Grace are the two most popular name choices with betting odds at 6/1. Right behind Diana and Grace are the names Arthur and Elizabeth, sitting at 8/1. If you want to get away from the rest of the pack in order to put down some long-shot bets on the new royal baby, you might want to dig a little deeper into the treasure trove of options. Right now Albert and Victoria are in the hunt at 16/1.
Alex Apati is a leader at Ladbrokes, and he has been vocal regarding how to figure out where betting interest is coming from. Apati admits that the company is a little baffled by the interest in Allegra. With that being said, Apati can’t deny how fast the bets are coming in for the name. Allegra has rapidly become one of the most popular choices with punters over the past month or so. Perhaps all of this betting enthusiasm dates back to a single report in 2004 revolving around Princess Diana and her keen interest in having a child named Allegra. If that is all that there is to it, color us surprised.
Princess Diana had been desperately in love with her boyfriend, Hasnat Khan. The two had talked extensively about having a child and their dream was to get married and make a go of it. Allegra was Diana’s favorite name and it was purportedly chosen by her friend, Lady Annabel Goldsmith. For his part, Prince Harry has gone on record as hoping that their child will be a girl. Though, we suppose, the royal couple will be happy with whatever royal baby they end up having. The question is this, are you ready to put your money on the line betting on the name that they choose?
Time To Toss: Items in Your Home That You Should Dispose of Today
Over time, we start to notice there is clutter building in our homes, but we are not sure where to start. From our closets to our kitchens, the mess seems to keep multiplying. Below are five items that you need to toss from your home today.
Clothes hangers come in wire, plastic, and wood options, and over time our homes accumulate more than we will ever need. Whether you pick them up from the dry cleaners or store purchases, hangers find themselves accumulating within homes. There is always more than enough, and they clutter up closet space. Find a cardboard box or plastic bin, load up the hanger surplus and drive to your local consignment retailer or dry cleaners. These retailers are always in need of such items and general recycling can be controversial for those wire types. Hangers are difficult to recycle due to their material types, shapes, and finishes. Because of this, donating them is the best option for home removal.
Those magazines collecting dust in your magazine rack are ready for the recycling bin. Magazines and other news outlets are becoming obsolete in the world of smart phones. All major magazine subscriptions now have a digital app that allow readers to log in and read the stories from their phone. Load your lingering magazines up in a plastic bin and drive them to the local recycling center. You will be doing a favor for yourself and the environment, since magazines can be recycled into a variety of paper uses.
We know about that junk drawer. The one that is home to the decade old cameras with the memory cards. Ancient cell phones also seek refuge here, clogging up space and collecting dust. It is time to dispose of those electronics you will never use again. The cell phones will no longer work with today’s services, and that camera is just an extra piece to carry. How about the iPods and MP3 players that house music from the early 2000s? They, too, have become a figment of the past for music. Smart phones today have the uses of these devices combined in a single device. If you have no sentimental attachment to these devices, local tech stores or your recycling center will be happy to take them off of your hands. Make sure that when you dispose of these electronics, you carry any cords or accessories, freeing up more space for your convenience.
Plastic Storage Containers
It is time to tackle those dreaded kitchen cabinets. Housed inside one or several, you have accumulated a supply of plastic storage containers, and it is time to regain that cabinet space and declutter. First and foremost, inspect the condition of these containers. Many of them may have seen better days prior to being microwaved for several lunches. Trash any of these containers that are in questionable condition. If you are still left with an abundance of containers, take some and recycle them throughout your home. They are great for storing crayons, markers, and other crafts in the kids’ rooms.
Pull out all of the shoes hiding in your closet floor and under your bed, and toss them out. Commit to the one year rule, throwing out any shoe pairs that have not been worn in that time frame. If they are in like-new condition, consider donating to local consignment shops. For those that have been worn, and you have been hanging on to them, it is time to toss. Pack them in a plastic bin or box and head over to your recycling center for their disposal.
Disposing of these items in your home today will free up lots of space and diminish the clutter building throughout the home. A clean home is a happy home, so get tossing today!
At 600 Feet, India’s Statue is Now The World’s Tallest
India is known for a great deal of things and innovation is certainly one of them. The country that has long been known as a leader of the tech industry, a forerunner in industry, and a spearhead for many other endeavors now has the distinction of being home to the tallest statute in the world.
The Statue of Unity
The statue is called the Statue of Unity and is a tribute to the independence leader, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, who was once the first Deputy Prime Minister of India. The statue was unveiled on October 31st of this year and is quite impressive to view.
The statue was designed by sculptor Ram V. Sutar and is located just above the Narmada River in Gujarat, a western Indian state. The statue was announced years ago and then Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that he wanted the statue to be truly grand, so grand that everyone would stop and take notice the world over.
The aim was to make the statue of Sardar Patel larger than the statue of Liberty in the United States, twice as large in fact. The statue is an impressive 597 feet tall itself which is almost twice as tall as the statue of liberty. Its impressive, nearly 600 foot height makes it the tallest statue in the world.
Missing its Aim?
The statue, though it was meant to bring unity, seems to have done the exact opposite. The statue cost over $410 million dollars to build, which was pulled from state funds, individual funds, and federal funds. Many residents believe that the money could have been better used had it not been used to build the large statue.
So far, there have been many protests about the statue including those by farmers, tribal activists, and many more. Some of the protests have even turned violent which meant that thousands of police officers have had to be deployed to help stop the protests. Local farmers have even stated that they should be compensated for the money that has been taken by the government for various projects that should have come to the farmers.
The statute is a great symbol of unity according to the prime minister and he says that he is happy it was built. The statue is supposedly a sign of the integrity and resolve of India. The statue is not going to be the tallest for long however, the western state of Maharashtra India is also building a statue of their own. This state is said to be even larger. The statue is going to be of the Maratha Warrior King Shivaji that is supposed to be a grand 190 meters or 623 feet tall. For now, the current statue is the largest and the prime minister believes it will help draw tourists from far and wide to bring even more notoriety and prosperity to India.
Only time will tell what the new statue will mean and what it will look like and how tall it will truly end up being.
Drink More Water This Device Reminds You
Seventy-one percent of the earth is washed by water:
* Close to 96.5% of all Earth’s water is in the oceans as salt water
* The other 3.5% is in freshwater lakes, glaciers and the polar ice caps which contains about 69% of fresh water
* Much of Earth’s fresh water is buried deep in the ground and not available to humans.
* Surrounding the earth is water in the air formed as vapor.
* Ten percent of the human body contains water in the body fat. Muscle contains seventy-five percent of the water. Men should have total body water percentages between fifty and sixty-five percent, while woman total body water percentages should be between 45 and 60 percent.
THE IMPORTANCE OF WATER
Water is essential for the function of the mind and the body:
* It is a fundamental nutrient found in all cells and is a building block of life
* Internal body temperature is regulated by in the form of sweating and respiration
* The body’s cells, which contains carbohydrates and proteins, are transported by water, chemically processed before entering the bloodstream
* Water flushes waste through urination
* Cushions the brain, spinal cord, and protects the fetus, forms saliva and lubricates joints
Staying hydrated maximizes physical performance, especially during intense exercise or elevated heat. Dehydration could cause a loss of 2% of the body’s water content which may alter the body’s temperature control. Hydration improves mood, concentration, and memory, reducing anxiety and fatigue.
HOW MUCH WATER
It is unquestionable that we are continually losing water because of urine and sweat. There is a debate about how much water a person should drink daily to enjoy all of its benefits. Water has been proposed to have dietary benefits. Research reports have concluded that drinking two litres of water a day within one-half hour before a meal will result in calory loss because the water will create a feeling of fullness and you will eat fewer calories. It is a widespread opinion that we should drink eight, eight-ounce glasses of water each day (2 litres) which is referred to as the 8×8 rule. There is also an opinion that you should be hydrated throughout the day,
THE ULLA – THE WATER GADGET
ULLA is referred to as a “smart hydration reminder,” which is a low tech device that is attached to your water bottle and signals you when it is time during the day to drink your water.
* Can be attached to any water bottle or glass
* It has built-in sensors that blink (LED) when you forget to hydrate after thirty minutes.
* It has a hydration cycle of 30-40 min
* Turns on/off automatically using a vibration sensor
* There is a sensor which detects when you tilt the bottle.
* Since it is silent it is ideal to be taken to your work
* No need to charge for six months, and has a replaceable six-month battery.
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