Ahhh.... A delightful Sunday Morning..... Surfing the Net.... Having a cafe mocha (my second)... and listening to Wizard Radio [Now Playing: Grayson Wray's "It's Only Science Fiction" from the album Alternate Heavens]
One of my favorite movies of all time is "A Connecticut Yankee In King Arthur's Court" starring Bing Crosby. The movie is, of course, based on Mark Twain's book of the same name.
A pivotal moment in the story occurs when the time traveling Hank Morgan (the Bing Crosby character) uses an almanac to correctly predict an eclipse to impress King Arthur and save his life.
What I didn't know is that Mark Twain based this episode on similar real life event that actually saved the life of Christopher Columbus and his crew. Joe Rao writing for Space.com tells the entire story in a fascinating "must read" story. Click the link above and enjoy this great read.
And enjoy a real full eclipse of the moon on February 20th (details are included in the story).
Seed Pod Campaign to Save a Science Fiction Series
No, those aren't seed pods from Invasion of the Body Snatchers, they're Sunflower Seeds being mailed by the thousands to the USA Television Network in an effort to save the cult science fiction series "The 4400."
It seems that sunflower seeds are a favorite of Dr. Kevin Burkhoff , a character on the series. So fans are working to bury the USA television offices in a mountain of Sunflower seeds. Here is a link to the Save The 4400 campaign.
Meanwhile Giants Sunflower Seed Company knows a good thing when they see one. They are promoting the campaign heavily on their web site.
Yes, I'll admit that I ordered a case sent to USA Network today. I'm a fan of the show, too.