During the 1960s, General Motors cars—Chevrolet, Pontiac, Oldsmobile, Buick, and Cadillac—continued to dominate the American market. Shown below are photographs of the General Motors cars on display at LeMay—America’s Car Museum in Tacoma, Washington.
Welcome to the Tuesday edition of the Coffee Hour at Street Prophets. This is an open thread where we can discuss what’s happening in our lives, what we’ve been working on, and our opinions on current events. There was a time before automobiles when wagons were powered by animals rather than some type of engine. Shown below the artistic orange wagon wheel are some of the wagons I have encountered in various museums.
Within the overall Christian community, there continues to be waged the debate over who is really a Christian and who is not. For many, this is a debate about belief: belief in the Bible rather than belief in any scientific finding which might contradict the Bible. There is a feeling that science and Christian religion are irreconcilable, particularly with regard to the creation of the universe, the age of the planet, and the origins of humans. These are not recent arguments, but ones which have been taking place for the last couple of centuries. One of the more interesting debates centered around the shape of the earth, with some arguing that it was impossible to be a Christian and believe that the earth is a globe.
Prehistory refers to the past for which there is no written history, which means that the primary information comes from the findings of archaeology. One of the periods of European prehistory is the Paleolithic (“old stone age”) period in which the primary cutting tools that people used were made from stone. This was a time period in which the people were engaged in hunting, fishing, and gathering wild plants to obtain the food they needed.
The vastness of the universe with millions, perhaps billions, of suns with planets circling them, is almost beyond the imaginations of many people. Contemplating the universe and the many possibilities of alien life forms raises the question: Are we alone? Are there other life forms out there? Are there other life forms with higher order consciousness, language, and technology? In 1950, physicist Enrico Fermi, who was working at Los Alamos National Laboratory, is reported to have asked: “Where are they?”
Putting aside for a moment the various conspiracy theories about Area 51 and UFOs, and ignoring the possible realities of the Men in Black movies, let us consider some possibilities—hypotheses—on why we, Homo sapiens, have not heard from intelligent, technologically advanced alien life forms. The discussion continues below the Orange UFO.
Let’s say that you are a bit older, overweight, out of shape, and making your only visit to Glacier National Park. Now this is a National Park filled with hiking trails and lots of young, energetic, athletic hikers enthusiastically enjoying the great scenery away from the Going-to-the-Sun Road. Don’t despair: Glacier has a trail for those of us who are no longer young and fit. And furthermore, it has some great scenery. More below the stylized glacier.
The Ford Mustang has been in continuous production for 50 years. A special display at the LeMay—America’s Car Museum in Tacoma, Washington honors the creativity, innovation, and hard work of the Mustang. According to the museum display:
“Looking across 50 years and six generations it’s hard to fathom what a radical idea it was back then. With more than nine million sold, Mustang continues to captivate Americans with an enthusiasm that dates back to 1964.”
Welcome to the Tuesday edition of the Coffee Hour at Street Prophets. This is an open thread where we can discuss what’s happening in our lives, what we’ve been working on, and our opinions on current events. I thought we’d start off today with a look at river surfing.
The first species to be classified as human, designated as Homo habilis, appeared in Africa over two million years ago. While similar in many physical features to the earlier Australopithecines, Homo habilis exhibited significant behavioral changes.
While cities are a relatively recent phenomenon, for most of their existence most people have not lived in them. In the past decade, however, city populations have grown to the point where most people in the world now live in cities. This raises the interesting question: Are cities really livable? Every year, a number of different groups attempt to produce a list of what they consider the most livable cities in the world.
I suppose there may be a few people out there who have encountered people they considered to be bigwigs or phony or perhaps phony bigwigs. The etymologies of these words are shown below.
During the second decade of the twentieth century, American automobile manufacturers were beginning to catch up with and even surpass their European counterparts. During this period, cars looked less and less like horseless carriages and began to develop a style of their own. With hundreds of companies vying to get into this new business, there were cars powered by the internal combustion engine, steam engines, and electric motors. Steering wheels began to replace steering tillers, though they could be on either the left or the right.
Harold LeMay, a Tacoma businessman, loved cars and managed to collect more than 3,000 automobiles, trucks, and motorcycles over forty years of collecting. A number of the vehicles from his collection form the nucleus of the LeMay—America’s Car Museum. This collection of more than 300 cars, motorcycles, and trucks is displayed in a four-level building in Tacoma, Washington. Shown below are some of the automobiles from the 1910s which are on display in this museum.
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