Sunday, May 29, 2011

Sunday Morning on May 29

End of an era for shuttle, and NASA

"Book of Mormon": Taboos broken, tickets scarce

Bill Whitaker interviewed Iron Mike Tyson on the Sunday profile. He's now 44 and in Las Vegas, with pigeons. A line: addicted to chaos.

The Indy 500 turns 100. Euaa Mitchell gives a view of the raceway from a car. Since 1911, the qualifying speeds have tripled. Donald Davidson is the historian. The concept of the rear view mirror was introduced in the first race, in 1911. Fifteen of 732 competitors have lost their lives. 500 miles is the Camelot of automobile racing.

Pulse. Memorial Day 2011. 22% of people plan a family get-together, and 11% will just stay home.

Stone from Danby, Vermont on the marble mine under Dorset Mountain. Mike Blair is the manager of the mine, which opened in 1902. Pennsylvania Ave. could well be called Vermont marble avenue. 13 X 4 X 42 headstones. Frank W. Buckles died at age 110, the last veteran of World War I, and is buried in Arlington.

Next week on Sunday morning: bedbugs.

Moment of nature by Pradaxa: the wild horses of Assateague Island, Maryland.

Site with pictures of Assateague Island, MD

Of a science issue, from wikipedia:

The feral horse population of Assateague Island is alternately known as the Assateague horse in Maryland and the Chincoteague Pony in Virginia. This distinction, made both on per-breed and per-individual basis, is sometimes a matter of disagreement. The traditional definition of a horse or a pony is based on whether the animal in question falls over or under 14.2 hands (58 inches, 147 cm). The equines on the island tend to be under 14.2, but have a horse phenotype. It is argued that their relatively small size is primarily due to environmental, rather than genetic conditions.


Ebenezer Butterick, the inventor of the tissue paper dress pattern, was born on May 29, 1826.

as noted on UPI


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