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Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Penguin goes snarking!

If you ever want to come and visit the Penguin, and I think that you should!, you need to learn a bit about volcanoes. Yes, those mountains with hiccups! It´s for your own safety, now head over to the SNARK and graduate Magma cum laude in the advanced science of how to deal with an upset tummy of a volcano!

*Volcanoes are not all bad....

a)take Pompeii for example:

"Pompeii is an ancient city of south Italy, a port near Naples and at the foot of Mt. Vesuvius. An eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in A.D. 79 buried Pompeii, along with Herculaneum and Stabiae, under cinders and ashes that preserved the ruins of the city with magnificent completeness - down to the fresh colors of the wall paintings.
The long-forgotten site of the city was rediscovered in 1748 and has been sporadically excavated since that time thus revealing the habits, manners, art and architecture of Roman times."

In case a volcano ever preseves me, there is a decent stamp collection in my basement, just sayin´!

b) from a distance it is so beautiful and particularly one fine day in 1991 when both heaven and earth erupted simultaneously on MT. Hekla:

and the green auroral band occurred fortuitously about 100 kilometers above the erupting red lava.


Posted by Minka :: 12:12 pm :: 21 Royal Subjects

Link to this Royal Decree!


At 12:44, Anonymous Joel said...

I am first and that's a scientific fact.

Amazing picture and interesting info Professor Penguin.

At 12:53, Blogger Minka said...

Joel, I could shake -up the comment section in no time;) and I seriously hope you are not calling me mad!

At 13:00, Anonymous neva said...

wow. that picture is stunning, dearest Penguin, absolutely stunning! as is this post AND the one you did on the Snark!

pretty sure Joel's not calling you "mad", just, um, "enthusiastically informed"! ; ) xox

At 14:03, Anonymous Joel said...

what's that old saying...hmmm, let's see...oh yeah..."if the shoe fits..."


At 14:12, Blogger Sar said...

What's that about a fitting shoe, Joel?

I enjoyed your Snark post, Minka. Although between that post and this, I do declare it's official - you're a brainiac! But you're forgiven. :)

At 14:17, Blogger Minka said...

neva, I like when I put my diseases into admirable terminology. I love that picture too, I sa wit once on an exhibition and tracked it down this morning :)

Joel, if you only knew my size ;)

Sar, I don´t know about brainiac, but I do like to accumulate facts...I still forget where I put my shoes last night though when I am looking for them in the morning. Hey, I´d make a dashing nutty professor :)

At 17:01, Blogger Doug said...

That's a stunning photo. If a volcano preserves you, we'll find you by following the noise.

At 17:59, Blogger goldennib said...

Cool. My daughter did a book report on Pompeii in elementary school. It has always been of of our favorite natural disasters.

At 18:03, Anonymous Joel said...

I'm gonna say...size 7

At 18:03, Blogger I Dive At Night said...

I wish I could see the picture! For now I should just be very happy I have any connection to Blogger at all. Google Earth is "banned" in Morocco. Huh?

At 20:33, Blogger Minka said...

Minka, yeah I bet my Ego will be hammering on the walls demanding service :)

Pompeii is very interesting, I agree!

Joel,6 6 and a half...very good! Same size as your wife actually!

Morgan, when did you get to Marocco? You just got home?!

At 00:03, Blogger Jamie Dawn said...

I saw a documentary once on Pompeii and Herculaneum. The people's expressions can be seen as they were instantly "frozen" in time. What horror and wonder at the same time!!

We took a helicopter tour on Maui when our kids were little. It was fun to drop down into the crater of a volcano, but I ended up throwing up within minutes after we landed. It was quite a tummy rumbler!

Steer clear of molten lava, okay Minka??!!!!

At 00:03, Blogger Doug said...

Your ego isn't too terribly demanding if you're calling me "Minka."

I just came by to say "He had been a farmer, a merchant and a soldier in Missouri and one day became America's first "accidental President."

At 10:15, Blogger Theresa said...

Wow, that picture is just amazing! Just how close is that to where you live? If the penis mall were to be preserved by volanic ash, I wonder what people would think upon dicovering it in the future.

At 10:28, Blogger Minka said...

Jamie Dawn, I´ll try my very best :) Maui sounds like something I would love to do :)

Doug, wow...I am so sorry, I didn´t even notice. My name is not that easily passed on, there are few that can pull off a Minka! And go hide under a stone! :)

Theresa, about two hours away by car...but very very very close. to the countryside I am now in :)

At 14:01, Blogger tsduff said...

Now you've gone and stolen my "thunder" with my upcoming post on Pompei and Mt. Vesuvius... harumph.... well, since its you I guess I can't complain. You are the volcano queen as well as the Ice queen so there you go. Now that everybody knows the facts, all I have to do is post a few piccies. :-D Great history Minka!

At 16:08, Blogger Diesel said...

The phrase "sporadically excavated" reminds me I need to go yell at the kids to clean their room again.

At 17:04, Anonymous G said...

Somehow you present facts in a way that is fun to learn - I think I'll send Tali here! Well then actually, she'd jeopardize the computer - let the smartypants get her facts elesewhere ;)

Wonderful post here and Snarkside.

At 21:44, Blogger actonbell said...

Cool picture! And Terry (tsduff) was in Pompeii recently, just sayin'.

At 22:45, Blogger Doug said...

According to his author, Washington Irving, he slept for twenty years straight and still got up in time for Thrusday Brain-Teaser.

At 23:11, Blogger Minka said...

terry, I am so sorry, I guess telepathy receptors are frosty these days around here :) I still think you can do a much better, more eloquent way of talking about it.

Diesel, tell your kids I am real sorry :)

G, thank you... but Tali is a child and she´d point out my typing mistakes in no time :) Little smartypants that I know her to be :)

Rip von Doug, cut it out!


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