13 January 2014

It's Obviously Obvious

Good morning! It's 18 degrees in Anchorage, but could be worse: it's 60 degrees colder than that in Fairbanks.

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D'oh! Dept:  According to a story in the Juneau Empire, a local black bear hasn't settled down for hibernation yet. Since the story is copyright by Associated Press, I can't reproduce it here. But a Fish & Game official said the bear's not ready yet.

Let's see if we got that right: the bear isn't ready to go to sleep, and so ... it hasn't gone to sleep.

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They Have a Heart; Who Knew? Dept:  The mother of a mentally-challenged young man says he received a tax bill from the IRS for $468,446.

He's unable to work, and still lives with her. She contacted the IRS about this case of prima facie identity theft, and - surprise! - they agreed the debt's not his.

Shazam, again!

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Worth a Thousand Words Dept:  Here are a few more pix from the '64 quake.


ProudHillbilly said...

I think one thing that I really notice in the quake pics is the way the trees are tilted this way and that. They aren't leaning - the ground they are rooted in has tilted substantially.

And yeah, bears are like that. Always thought it was a great idea to just go to sleep for the winter. Lose weight, watch less TV. Except for the whole waking up and having a baby part.

Rev. Paul said...

PH, the broken ground is really apparent in many of the 'quake photos. The soil, sidewalks & streets were described by witnesses as "rolling waves, like the ocean" before breaking apart.

Old NFO said...

That's a 'tad' chilly in Fairbanks... Coldest 'I' ever saw up there was -32...

Rev. Paul said...

NFO, -40 is pretty cool, even for Fairbanks. But they often hit -60 or colder, this time of year, so it could be worse. And -70 in North Pole, -75 in Trapper Creek ... ah well, Anchorage is the banana belt, ya know?

Sandy said...

Rev. Paul,

How many places were affected back then, do you know?
An earthquake and snow at the same time, sounds familiar.

Rev. Paul said...

Sandy, the March '64 quake & resulting tsunami killed some 139 people. Some here and some in California. The tsunami eventually hit Antarctica. Much of south-central Alaska was devastated.