Dogs… man’s best friend. This one is my best friend. His name is Raider and he is a miniature schnauzer. He is an important part of our family showing unconditional love, loyalty, and companionship each and every day.
WARNING: SQUEAMISH ALERT
the morning after I cleaned outside the windows above the kitchen sink, I spotted this busy little guy (or is that gal) preparing its dinner
- Arachnophobia, the fear of spiders, is the most common phobia.
- Half of all women, and one quarter of all men in the United States experiencing it in some degree.
- Throughout the world only 2% of the 63 000 species of arachnids are harmful to humans.That means that most spiders are harmless,and a scorpionâs sting is rarely deadly.
- In the whole world, there are only 7 types of spiders which can be declared as dangerous to humen.
- There are nearly 40,000 species of spiders worldwide and about 3,800 in the US.
- Spiders generally live for 1 or 2 years. The longest living spiders recorded was aged 20 years
- Spiders rarely bite people and only do so as a means of defense.
- Spider silk is the strongest natural fiber known. Itâs exuded as a liquid and hardens when the spider pulls it, thus aligning the molecular structure. It will stretch up to 1/3 of its original length without breaking.
- There is no correlation between the size of the spider and the degree of venom potency.
- Spiders cannot eat solid food. Everything they ingest must be liquefied.
- Contrary to popular belief, the female Black Widow spider seldom devours the male after mating
By Joaquin Miller
BEHIND him lay the gray Azores,
Behind the Gates of Hercules;
Before him not the ghost of shores,
Before him only shoreless seas.
The good mate said: “Now must we pray,
For lo! the very stars are gone.
Brave Admiral, speak, what shall I say?”
“Why, say, ‘Sail on! sail on! and on!’”
“My men grow mutinous day by day;
My men grow ghastly wan and weak.”
The stout mate thought of home; a spray
Of salt wave washed his swarthy cheek.
“What shall I say, brave Admiral, say,
If we sight naught but seas at dawn?”
“Why, you shall say at break of day,
‘Sail on! sail on! sail on! and on!’”
They sailed. They sailed. Then spake the mate:
“This mad sea shows his teeth to-night.
He curls his lip, he lies in wait,
With lifted teeth, as if to bite!
Brave Admiral, say but one good word:
What shall we do when hope is gone?”
The words leapt like a leaping sword:
“Sail on! sail on! sail on! and on!”
Then, pale and worn, he kept his deck,
And peered through darkness. Ah, that night
Of all dark nights! And then a speck—
A light! A light! A light! A light!
It grew, a starlit flag unfurled!
It grew to be Time’s burst of dawn.
He gained a world; he gave that world
Its grandest lesson: “On! sail on!”