October 17th National Fossil Day

This week is Earth Science Week and every Wednesday of Earth Science Week is National Fossil Day. (It only comes once a year) But if you think about it this is an important day, after-all, some animal, or person, gave their all to make today possible.

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And if it wasn’t for fossils, we wouldn’t ever have had a Jurassic Park movie! Not 1, 2 or 3… 4, 5 or 6! We can learn a lot from fossils… like never bring them back to life! And we wouldn’t have oil if not for those fossils. Geez, there must have been a lot of them!

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Today was created by the National Park Service which actually makes it a National holiday! Now I am actually big into history, we do have a lot to learn from history and fossils are a part of history. It is amazing that creatures so large, and so violent, could have walked he earth at one time.

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Although, since we weren’t around back then maybe it is us that made them violent, our imagination which made them so mean and horrifying. Maybe they were nice and loved each other. Although, one look at them and they did look a little scary.

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I am not sure what we learn from an animal that went extinct except maybe how not to go extinct ourselves. But, I am not sure what we learn will save us from massive fires and a world wide flood.

How to celebrate – Spend the week learning about science. Become a paleontologist. Give your pet dinosaur a hug.

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January 7th National Old Rock Day

I don’t often tell people to play with their rocks but today, you should. It’s National Old Rock Day. There are a lot of old rocks on earth, in fact earth is pretty much an old rock. An old rock made up of old rocks. I’d bet it’s pretty hard to find a new rock… unless it’s made out of concrete which really doesn’t make it a rock although it is made with rocks.

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Rocks are our friends. If not for rocks we would be… rockless! We would not have any mountains to climb, no diamonds for our rings and no Keith Richards. (One of the oldest rocks I know of) We would have no Gibraltar, no Island Line and no Dwayne Johnson.

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Now many of us are considered “fossils”. However, we are not as old as true fossils, nor do we generally leave the same inprint on mankind. (Of course “Rocky” came back again and again, and again…) And who could forget the pet rock, though many of us would like to.

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No, we truly do owe rocks a lot. Not that they are asking for our thanks but you never know… they are laying around waiting for something.

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How to celebrate – Take a rock to dinner tonight! (They are a cheap date and don’t eat much) Say thank you to every rock you see today. (Just don’t let anyone catch you doing it) Make your own monument to rocks.