Day 152 – Giraffes and Zebras Oh My!

There the wild animals wandered and fed as though they were in a pasture that stretched much farther than a man could see, and there were no settlers. Only Indians lived there. – Laura Ingalls Wilder

I am so blessed to be able to stay at the Animal Kingdom Lodge in Disney World to celebrate our son’s graduation from elementary school, not only that, but also because we were upgraded to a Savanna room! I have seen so many different animals from our room, it’s just amazing! My camera has seen a lot of action. 🙂

Here is today’s mystery “what is it?!?” picture, Ian and I found this while exploring earlier today. Do you know? Can you tell?

What Is It?!?

Image

What Was That?!? Yesterday’s Picture (Day 151)

Was it a rubber mat for the sink or tub? Not a rubber mat. And then the next guess was “Looks like rivets in a steel structure, a bridge perhaps?” Indeed! That’s exactly what it is, rivets on a bridge. To be exact, it’s the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama.

IMG_9969

The bridge,  a steel through arch bridge with a central span of 250 feet (76 m), is famous as the site of the “Bloody Sunday” conflict on March 7, 1965, when armed officers attacked peaceful civil rights demonstrators attempting to march to the state capital of Montgomery, Alabama. My son, Ian, and his 5th grade class (and I as a chaperone), met Annie Pearl Avery, who was 16 years old at the time and participated in the march from Selma to Montgomery. Throughout the civil rights movement, she was arrested over 19 times! What a legacy, what a woman, full of spirit and life. So anyway, this bridge has a bit of history!

2013_05_20_7308-2

And we even have a story from Terry. I love, love these stories!

Wilber Ceder, Hated Inventor

During WW2 comandos would swim under ships and attach magnetic mines to the hulls of enemy ships while they were in port. They were very effective but the divers had to hope that the timed fuse waited for them to get clear as the concussion would travel a long way under water.
In the modern era, Wilber Ceder invented a device that is not much bigger than a button but will stick to any surface with only the lightest of pressure.
It does not explode but it enters the molecular structure of whatever it is attached to and dissolves the material around it at a rate of a square metre every hour. The original substance cannot be repaired, and the only way to stop the process is to cut out the effected area, which is easier said than done as the surface remains intact and the damage goes on under the camouflage of a thin layer of surface material.
If it is a ship, the device is usually discovered too late. The ship sinks suddenly as the material it is made of collapses.
As with all destructive inventions Wilber Ceder thought he was serving his country but as his invention began to fall into ‘the wrong hands’ he deeply regretted ever telling the world.
As anger grew he disappeared and lived out his life in a small cabin on the side of a lake.

On a list of the most hated inventors Wilber’s name appears just below the name of the bloke who invented Facebook and just above the name of the bloke who invented the supermarket trolley wheel.

Advertisements

What's Your Perspective?

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s