A Daily Miscellany of Information by Michael Kesterton Thursday, June 27, 2002 – Print Edition, Page A20
In an average year, Colin Andrews
inspects hundreds of crop circles. The electrical engineer, a resident of
Connecticut, is the world's best-known cerealogist (student of crop circles),
reports The Hartford (Conn.) Courant. He believes most circles have been made by
people, but estimates 20 per cent arise from some unknown force, possibly shifts
in the Earth's magnetic field or natural energies within humanity. "Man has
changed the planet and we're looking desperately to steer the ship in a
In San Francisco, the Public Utilities Commission has hired a herd of 400 goats to eat dense brush and weeds from the slopes of its rights-of-way, reports The San Francisco Chronicle. The animals, rented from Goats-R-Us, can consume about an acre a day. "Their little legs take them where no man or mower can go," says Jane Herman, a commission manager.
With little left in the ocean to catch, the fishing industry in Gloucester, Mass., has found a new commodity to market: the slime eel, which feeds off dead and dying fish. Fisheries are now selling seven million pounds a year of the pinkish-grey eels to South Korea, reports The Boston Globe. The South Koreans say the eels taste like clams.
To free up money under a tightened municipal budget, Yvonne Thomas, head librarian of the Berlin (N.H.) Public Library, has announced that she would retire from the post after 28 years. However, she will continue in her position on a volunteer basis until the city can get back on its feet, reports American Libraries magazine.
A controversial condition first described in the mid-1990s, Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorders Associated with Streptococcal Infections (PANDAS), involves the emergence of an obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) or tic after an untreated strep infection in pre-pubertal children. A new study, presented recently at a meeting of the Pediatric Academic Societies, suggests that quick antibiotic treatment of strep throat in children who suddenly develop OCD or tic may prevent these behaviours from becoming chronic lifelong problems, says The Washington Post. While acknowledging his study is small, co-author Michael Pichichero, director of the Elmwood Pediatric Center in Rochester, N.Y., said the findings are exciting because there is no known cure from either OCD or Tourette's syndrome.
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