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Extra! Extra! Read all about it!  Art teacher discovers petrified giant squid and the Loch Ness monster on the same afternoon hike in Texas.

Evidence that north Texas was once a great ocean inhabited by creatures with sophisticated nervous systems and complex brains astounds current observers.  This petrified and fossilized giant squid specimen was discovered on the Caddo Trail at Oak Point Nature Preserve.  CollageMama has been studying giant squid illustrations since she was just a wee paleontologist wannabe.

The World We Live In, by the editorial staff of LIFE, 1955 was my next favorite as a kid to the book about chairs.  I loved the fold-out illustrations of dinosaurs, Ice Age mammals, and scary deep sea bio luminescent creatures.  Inside the front cover there's a dibbies sticker with my initials:   

Calling dibs is an informal convention to declare a specific right to something that no individual otherwise has any clearly recognized right. Such a declaration is often recognized in certain cultures, or sub-cultures, as a means to avoid arguments over relatively trivial issues.
There are many colloquialisms associated with this concept, and with specific instances of this concept. For example, an individual planning to ride as a passenger in a car may call shotgun as a means to assert the right to ride in the front passenger seat instead of the back seat.

Emerging from the woods with both Yeti and the Abdominal Snowman chasing her, this intrepid art teacher next found evidence that the Loch Ness monster has survived in the pond at the nature preserve. Okay, just squint a little bit, folks...

We are sick and tired of hearing about Iowa and seeing Republican candidates wearing jeans and barn jackets.  Every four years the nation is hit over the head with a cast iron skillet known as the Iowa caucus, and then that state slips from our consciousness.  This is sad, because Iowa is not that horrible a place, yet we all loathe it down to its very folksy mom-and-pop cafes.  We want to drop anvils and pianos on all  the reporters and commentators and anchors.  Not that we totally approve of cartoon violence, of course.  We are Peace-niks.

Yes, peace on Nebraska.  Peace on Iowa.  It's over there to the right.  Choose E:  None of the above.  Get back to normal life.  

© 2011 Nancy L. Ruder

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