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Thursday, August 2, 2018

Mermaid, Delaware


Rand McNally map of the community of Mermaid and New Castle County in northern Delaware

Maryland 2015-2016 state highway map showing Mermaid, Delaware (top-right)

So small that no signs designate its existence, Mermaid is a populated place in the northern part of Delaware state in the UNITED STATES. Essentially a suburb of Wilmington to the east, the Mermaid area has suburban-style stores and restaurants and is home to Goldey-Beacom College. Surrounding communities (most are neighborhoods or subdivisions) include Ainsley Woods, Eastburn Farms, Elsmere, Jarrell Farms, Limestone Hills, Newark, Newport, The Pines of Pike Creek, and Wilmington.

Friday, July 20, 2018

July 20th, 2018 Tornado Warnings


On Friday, July 20th, Tornado Warnings were found in multiple counties but particularly affected Indiana and Kentucky. Some counties experiencing Tornado Warnings and/or tornadoes include Blackford, Harrison, Jefferson, Kosciusko, Marshall, Wabash, and Whitley in Indiana and Bullitt, Mercer, Nelson, and Washington in Kentucky. A tornado in New Middletown, Indiana caused extensive destruction. Fortunately, no fatalities occurred from the July 20th tornadic storms.

View a list of Tornado Warnings any time from the National Weather Service (↗).


Intellicast.com map of the Tornado Warning that was in effect until 4:15 PM in Blackford County, Indiana.

Monday, July 16, 2018

9 Counties have West Nile Virus Mosquitoes — Indiana 2018


As of Monday, July 16th, 2018, nine counties in Indiana tested mosquitoes and have confirmed West Nile Virus in some of those mosquitoes. The nine counties are Allen (2 batches with WNV), Bartholomew (1), Carroll (1), Elkhart (2), Hamilton (1), Marion (6), Monroe (1), Putnam (1), and Tippecanoe (2). Please consider precautions to prevent being bit by mosquitoes, since the West Nile Virus can cause distressful side effects — especially in children and elderly people. Wear lightweight but long clothing to cover bare skin, spray repellent containing DEET on yourself when enjoying the outdoors (especially at dusk), and empty water that collected outside in containers, etc. so that more mosquitoes cannot be born. Stay up to date on the Hoosier West Nile Virus situation with the Indiana Department of Health's Interactive Infection Map (↗). This website has individual maps for mosquito infections, bird infections, equine/horse cases, and if people contract the non-contagious virus.

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Zimbabwe is Known for...


●    A corrupt former President – Robert “Bob” Mugabe
●    Elephants and lions
●    Gin and tonics
●    Lack of fuel
●    Lots of inflation
●    Natural scenery
●    Pleasant weather
●    Victoria Falls

Most items were listed in The Africa Book; the MLA citation is below. What are other "trademarks" of this African country? Feel free to share your thoughts with a comment!

Phillips et al. The Africa Book: A Journey through Every
          Country in the Continent
. Lonely Planet, 2007.

— #AfricaWeek —

Zambia is Known for...


●    Copper
●    David Livingstone
●    Growing tourism
●    Peaceful sunsets
●    The Victoria Falls
●    The Zambezi River
●    Troubled political history but a current multiparty democracy

Most items were listed in The Africa Book; the MLA citation is below. What are other "trademarks" of this African country? Feel free to share your thoughts with a comment!

Phillips et al. The Africa Book: A Journey through Every
          Country in the Continent
. Lonely Planet, 2007.

— #AfricaWeek —

Uganda is Known for...


●    Being nicknamed the Pearl of Africa
●    Entrepreneurialism
●    Idi Amin
●    Lake Victoria and its tranquil scenery
●    Mountains of the Moon – Rwenzori Mountains
●    Murchison Falls
●    Rare mountain gorillas
●    White Nile River

Most items were listed in The Africa Book; the MLA citation is below. What are other "trademarks" of this African country? Feel free to share your thoughts with a comment!

Phillips et al. The Africa Book: A Journey through Every
          Country in the Continent
. Lonely Planet, 2007.

— #AfricaWeek —

Tunisia is Known for...


●    Beach gigolos
●    Having more women’s rights compared to other Arab countries
●    Jasmine
●    Star Wars filming locations
●    The desert – and desert hockey
●    The Hand of Fatima (Hamsa) symbols for good luck
●    White-sand beaches

Most items were listed in The Africa Book; the MLA citation is below. What are other "trademarks" of this African country? Feel free to share your thoughts with a comment!

Phillips et al. The Africa Book: A Journey through Every
          Country in the Continent
. Lonely Planet, 2007.

— #AfricaWeek —

Togo is Known for...


●    Colonial French influences in architecture, etc.
●    Emmanuel Adebayor
●    Its skinny shape
●    Lomé boulevards
●    Riots, unfortunately
●    Tamberma villages
●    Voodooism

Most items were listed in The Africa Book; the MLA citation is below. What are other "trademarks" of this African country? Feel free to share your thoughts with a comment!

Phillips et al. The Africa Book: A Journey through Every
          Country in the Continent
. Lonely Planet, 2007.

— #AfricaWeek —

Tanzania is Known for...


●    Africa’s highest mountain, Mount Kilimanjaro
●    Dhow sailboats
●    Its wildlife
●    Karibu (Welcome)
●    Red-garbed Maasai warriors
●    Safaris
●    Serengeti (extends into a small portion of Kenya)
●    Zanzibar’s carved doorways

Most items were listed in The Africa Book; the MLA citation is below. What are other "trademarks" of this African country? Feel free to share your thoughts with a comment!

Phillips et al. The Africa Book: A Journey through Every
          Country in the Continent
. Lonely Planet, 2007.

— #AfricaWeek —

Swaziland is Known for...


●    Ezulwini Valley
●    HIV/AIDS, unfortunately
●    King Mswati III and his lavish lifestyle
●    Mkhaya Game Reserve
●    Royal weddings
●    Swazi art and crafts

Most items were listed in The Africa Book; the MLA citation is below. What are other "trademarks" of this African country? Feel free to share your thoughts with a comment!

Phillips et al. The Africa Book: A Journey through Every
          Country in the Continent
. Lonely Planet, 2007.

— #AfricaWeek —

Sudan is Known for...


●    Atrocities at Darfur and fleeing-for-their-lives refugees, unfortunately
●    Bokasi pickup trucks used for public transportation
●    Cities at the confluence of the Blue and White Nile Rivers
●    Desert land
●    Having more pyramids than Egypt!
●    Quiet but warm hospitality
●    Riverside palm groves

Most items were listed in The Africa Book; the MLA citation is below. What are other "trademarks" of this African country? Feel free to share your thoughts with a comment!

Phillips et al. The Africa Book: A Journey through Every
          Country in the Continent
. Lonely Planet, 2007.

— #AfricaWeek —

South Sudan is Known for...


●    Civil war, unfortunately
●    Having about 70 languages
●    Its newfound independence from Sudan in 2011
●    National parks with anti-poaching missions
●    Petroleum
●    The towering Mount Kinyeti, near Uganda
●    The White Nile River

Most items were listed in The Africa Book; the MLA citation is below. What are other "trademarks" of this African country? Feel free to share your thoughts with a comment!

Phillips et al. The Africa Book: A Journey through Every
          Country in the Continent
. Lonely Planet, 2007.

— #AfricaWeek —

South Africa is Known for...


●    Apartheid, unfortunately
●    Cape Town and Table Mountain
●    Deafening vuvuzela horns
●    Giant steaks
●    Nelson Mandela
●    Peace and reconciliation
●    Relative prosperity compared to other African countries
●    Springboks
●    Surfing
●    Wildlife safaris

Most items were listed in The Africa Book; the MLA citation is below. What are other "trademarks" of this African country? Feel free to share your thoughts with a comment!

Phillips et al. The Africa Book: A Journey through Every
          Country in the Continent
. Lonely Planet, 2007.

— #AfricaWeek —

Somalia is Known for...


●    A lot of coastal land
●    Civil war and terrorism, unfortunately
●    Colorful tropical fish swimming around islands near Zeila
●    Pirates
●    Qat
●    Secluded beaches
●    Somaliland striving to break away from Somalia

Most items were listed in The Africa Book; the MLA citation is below. What are other "trademarks" of this African country? Feel free to share your thoughts with a comment!

Phillips et al. The Africa Book: A Journey through Every
          Country in the Continent
. Lonely Planet, 2007.

— #AfricaWeek —

Sierra Leone is Known for...


●    Banana, Bunce, Sherbro, and Turtle islands
●    Chimpanzees
●    Diamonds
●    Freetown’s cotton trees
●    Gara cloth
●    Murals
●    Palm-fringed beaches
●    Whale sightings in the Atlantic Ocean

Most items were listed in The Africa Book; the MLA citation is below. What are other "trademarks" of this African country? Feel free to share your thoughts with a comment!

Phillips et al. The Africa Book: A Journey through Every
          Country in the Continent
. Lonely Planet, 2007.

— #AfricaWeek —

Seychelles is Known for...


●    Granite boulders
●    Giant and oil tortoises
●    Oceanside palm trees
●    Coups d’état, unfortunately
●    White-sand beaches

Most items were listed in The Africa Book; the MLA citation is below. What are other "trademarks" of this African country? Feel free to share your thoughts with a comment!

Phillips et al. The Africa Book: A Journey through Every
          Country in the Continent
. Lonely Planet, 2007.

— #AfricaWeek —

Senegal is Known for...


●    As a French-speaking nation with multiple native languages
●    Colorful pirogue boats
●    Dakar’s colorful minibuses, or car rapides
●    Football
●    Hospitality
●    Île de Gorée
●    Youssou N’Dour

Most items were listed in The Africa Book; the MLA citation is below. What are other "trademarks" of this African country? Feel free to share your thoughts with a comment!

Phillips et al. The Africa Book: A Journey through Every
          Country in the Continent
. Lonely Planet, 2007.

— #AfricaWeek —

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