- (Interesting Fact(s)) It is estimated that enough straw is incinerated each
year in the U.S. to build 5 million 2000 square foot homes.
- (Interesting Fact) During the days in which exploration of the states was
prominent, the lechuguila species created a deadly obstacle for those who were
exploring the southwest by ways of horses, because when riding, the leaves which
were very sharp would puncture the horses' legs.
- (Interesting Fact) A reference to the fire side of Hailfire Peaks was made
by Gobi in Banjo-Kazooie (when you meet him at Click Clock
- James Cook (born January 7, 1974) is a former Australian rules footballer
who played for Carlton, the Western Bulldogs and Melbourne in the Australian
Football League (AFL).
- Cook: English navigator who claimed the east coast of Australia for Britain
and discovered several Pacific islands (1728-1779)
- Captain James Cook FRS RN (– 14 February 1779) was a British explorer,
navigator and cartographer, ultimately rising to the rank of Captain in the
- the naval officer in command of a military ship
- A naval officer of high rank, in particular (in the US Navy or Coast Guard)
an officer ranking above commander and below commodore
- The person in command of a ship
- be the captain of a sports team
- The pilot in command of a civil aircraft
- an officer holding a rank below a major but above a
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Yaquina Head Lighthouse Sunset and Surf
Yaquina Head Lighthouse can be a spooky place
on a dark, cold, windy night. Ghosts lurking, ship compasses not working. The
fact that a lighthouse was even meant for Yaquina Head has come into question.
Some say the lighthouse was intended for Cape Foulweather, about six miles
north. Today's Cape Foulweather was named by Captain James Cook on March 7, 1778
for the stormy weather his expedition encountered there. For some reason, Cook
did not name Yaquina Head, and until the 1890s it was often called Cape
Foulweather by the locals and was listed as such on some nautical charts.
Historical records show that the lighthouse was meant to be right where it is,
but the undying myth that it was intended for the real Cape Foulweather only
adds to its mystique. It seems there has been trouble with the lighthouse from
the beginning. Construction work began in the fall of 1871 but was often delayed
due to the tempestuous Oregon winter. Boats bringing materials often had
difficulty landing in a cove on the south side of the head. At least two boats
were overturned in the surf losing their cargo. The tower, made from 370,000
bricks from San Francisco, is double walled for insulation and dampness
protection. One story, which has circulated for years, tells of a workman
falling from the scaffolding into the hallow between the masonry walls where his
body could not be retrieved. A fine story, and perhaps an explanation for the
station's purported ghost, but records show no workers were killed during
construction. Strong winds did blow one worker off the cliff. Amazingly, his
oils skins acted somewhat like a parachute and he only received minor injuries.
The lighting of the Barbier & Fenestre first-order Fresnel lens was delayed
due to parts of the lantern somehow being lost in transit. Finally, after almost
two years of toil, the light, produced by a four-wick lamp fueled by lard oil,
shone for the first time on August 20, 1873. The first head head keeper, Fayette
Crosby, lived in a two-story duplex, constructed just east of the lighthouse. At
ninety-three feet, Yaquina Head is the tallest tower on the Oregon coast and is
also a sibling to Pigeon Point Lighthouse, California and Bodie Island
Lighthouse, North Carolina. The light shines 162 feet above the ocean and can be
seen nineteen miles out to sea. But it gets even more interesting. In October
1920, lightening struck the tower. Keeper Wilson Ald was in the workroom below
the lantern room as the tower shook. Lucky for Ald, he wasn't near the lantern
room handrails where the electric current burned off the paint exposing the red
lead paint underneath. A few years later, Keeper William Smith went into town
with his family leaving assistants Herbert Higgins and Frank Story in charge.
Higgins fell ill and Story got drunk. Seeing that Story had not tended the
light, Higgins got out of his sickbed and went into the tower collapsing on the
landing near the lantern room. Smith noticed from Newport that the light was not
shining and hurried back to the lighthouse. Upon his arrival he found Higgins
dead and Story drunk. After that, Story filled with guilt, feared Higgins' ghost
and always took his bulldog into the tower during his rounds. John Zenor, a
stocky curly haired character, who served as keeper from 1932 - 1954, reported
of the ghost, "someone unseen would come in and go up the spiral stairs. After
the war [WW II] we never heard him again." There are still reports of a ghost
roaming the beach nearby - a young lady searching for her father who was swept
out to sea. Ships passing close to Yaquina Head have reported their compasses
going awry. While eerie, there is a simple explanation. There is a vein of
magnetized iron in the outcropping on which the lighthouse sits. If a ship
passes too close, a traditional compass will not give an accurate reading. And
it still continues. In 1998, Buddy, a 5-year-old German shepherd, was taking a
late rainy night walk with his master near the lighthouse when the dog fell over
a cliff. Rescue workers were called out and could hear the dog barking on the
beach below. After surveying the scene with search lights, it was determined
that the only way to retrieve the dog was to rappel down the cliff. While the
crew was waiting for additional help to arrive, the dog suddenly appeared
uninjured by one of the fire trucks. No one can understand how he got up the
slippery cliff. A second keeper's dwelling was built east of the original duplex
in 1923, as illustrated in this postcard. The historic duplex was torn down and
replaced in 1938 by a smaller dwelling. Yaquina Head Lighthouse has always been
popular with visitors, whether seen or unseen. Keeper Zenor reported at times he
would have up to 600 visitors in a day. In 1938, with close to 12,000 visitors,
it was the 4th most visited lighthouse in the United States. Taking pride in
what was considered one of the best maintained lighthouses on the West Coast,
Officially the Kingdom of Tonga (Tongan:
Pule?anga Fakatu?i ?o Tonga), an archipelago in the South Pacific Ocean,
comprises 169 islands, 36 of them inhabited. The Kingdom stretches over a
distance of about 800 kilometres (500 miles) in a north-south line. The islands
that constitute the archipelago lie south of Samoa, about one-third of the way
from New Zealand to Hawai?i. Tonga also became known as the Friendly Islands
because of the friendly reception accorded to Captain James Cook on his first
visit in 1773. He happened to arrive at the time of the ?inasi festival, the
yearly donation of the first fruits to the Tu?i Tonga, the islands' paramount
chief, and received an invitation to the festivities. According to the writer
William Mariner, in reality the chiefs had wanted to kill Cook during the
gathering, but could not agree on a plan. Apart from being the only sovereign
monarchy among the island nations of the Pacific Ocean, Tonga can also lay claim
to being the only island nation in the region to have avoided formal
colonisation. Tonga plans to become a fully functioning constitutional monarchy
after legislative reform and a more fully representative election take place in
2010. Etymology In many Polynesian languages the word tonga means "south". The
name of Tonga derives from the word Tongahahake, which translates to
"Southeast", originally meaning "the wind that blows from the Southeast". The
proper pronunciation of the name 'Tonga' is /to?a/, and not /t????/, a
pronunciation used for an Indian carriage spelled in the same way and so causing
confusion. History An Austronesian-speaking group linked to the archeological
construct known as the Lapita cultural complex reached and colonised Tonga
around 1500–1000 BCE. (Scholars continue to debate the dates of the initial
settlement of Tonga.) Reaching the Tongan islands (without modern navigational
tools and techniques) was a remarkable feat accomplished by the Lapita peoples.
Not much is known about Tonga before European contact because of the lack of a
writing system during prehistoric times. But oral history has persisted, and
Europeans have recorded it (and given it Eurocentric interpretations). (The
Tongan people first encountered Europeans in 1616 when the Dutch vessel
Eendracht made a short visit to the islands to trade.) By the 12th century
Tongans, and the Tongan paramount chief, the Tu?i, had a reputation across the
central Pacific, from Niue to Tikopia, leading some historians to speak of a
'Tongan Empire'. In the 15th century and again in the 17th, civil war erupted.
Into this situation the first European explorers arrived, beginning in 1616 with
the Dutch explorers Willem Schouten and Jacob Le Maire (who called on the
northern island of Niuatoputapu), and in 1643 with Abel Tasman(who visited
Tongatapu and Ha?apai). Later noteworthy European visitors included James Cook
(British Navy) in 1773, 1774, and 1777, Alessandro Malaspina (Spanish Navy) in
1793, the first London missionaries in 1797, and the Wesleyan Methodist Walter
Lawry Buller in 1822. In 1845 the ambitious young warrior, strategist, and
orator Taufa?ahau united Tonga into a kingdom. He held the chiefly title of Tu?i
Kanokupolu, but was baptised with the name King George. In 1875, with the help
of missionary Shirley Waldemar Baker, he declared Tonga a constitutional
monarchy, formally adopted the western royal style, emancipated the "serfs",
enshrined a code of law, land tenure, and freedom of the press, and limited the
power of the chiefs. Tonga became a British-protected state under a Treaty of
Friendship on 18 May 1900, when European settlers and rival Tongan chiefs tried
to oust the second king. Within the British Empire, which posted no higher
permanent representative on Tonga than a British Consul (1901–1970), Tonga
formed part of the British Western Pacific Territories (under a colonial High
Commissioner, residing on Fiji) from 1901 until 1952. Although under the
protection of Britain, Tonga remained the only Pacific nation never to have
given up its monarchical government - as did Tahiti and Hawai?i. The Tongan
monarchy, unlike that of the UK, follows a straight line of rulers. The Treaty
of Friendship and Tonga's protectorate status ended in 1970 under arrangements
established by Queen Salote Tupou III prior to her death in 1965. Tonga joined
the Commonwealth of Nations in 1970 (atypically as an autochthonous monarchy,
that is one with its own hereditary monarch rather than Elizabeth II), and the
United Nations in September 1999. While exposed to colonial pressures, Tonga has
never lost indigenous governance, a fact that makes Tonga unique in the Pacific
and gives Tongans much pride, as well as confidence in their monarchical system.
As part of cost cutting measures across the British Foreign Service, the British
Government closed the British High Commission in Nuku?alofa in March 2006,
transferring representation of British interes
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