On April 22, 1970 humans celebrated the very first Earth Day. This statement may provoke exasperated sighs from some, a vigorous “every day should be Earth Day!” from others and a big “meh” from still others.
As someone who comes from a long line of farmers, I probably see Earth Day a little differently than those [who would be were it not for a pandemic] holding signs in the Mall at Washington D.C. or organizing trash pickups.
I applaud those efforts. It is important to take care of this one planet we were given.
For me, it is a bit more personal.
It is eagerly awaiting the soil test result to see if the changes we made increased the organic matter and other indicators of healthy soil.
It is planting 1200 trees [20 years ago] into difficult conditions and struggling to keep them watered and alive - and failing in some areas. Working to improve the soil. Replanting those areas and replanting some more until there are only a few patches remaining that still can’t grow a tree.
The past two years, those trees have saved dozens of cattle from freezing when wet, cold April blizzards came through at peak calving time.
Earth Day is walking through those trees seeing calves curled up, warm and dry underneath, with not a single needle moving on the inner row of trees. At the same time 40+ mph winds raged 100 feet away as the outer rows of trees absorbed the storm.
Today is predicted to be nearly 80 degrees here. No need to worry about a blizzard for the moment.
But we probably will walk the road ditches. Directed health measures mean the bars are closed. This seems to be correlated to an increase in beer cans showing up in our road ditch. We recently found an entire garbage bag of ping pong balls too.
Maybe, I’ll even make a sign for the truck as we walk and pick up trash.
Have a happy Wednesday everyone!
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When the NFL Draft is held this coming week, Nebraska will go a ninth straight year without a first-round selection.
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Being a late-round pick or going undrafted doesn’t have to mean a slow start to a professional career.
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Nebraska is the state least slowed down by COVID-19, according to a recent WalletHub report.
Criminal genius: Shoplifter at Omaha store gets away, but leaves behind completed job application | News | omaha.com
The man’s name, age, phone and place of residence matched information police had gathered during numerous earlier arrests.
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April 22, 2020
Sportsin’ Stuff Outside the 402/308
That time the Raiders took a kicker in the first round - Inside the weirdest NFL draft pick ever
In 2000, Al Davis’ Raiders shocked the world by selecting kicker Sebastian Janikowski in the first round. But 20 years later, is it possible that it was ... exactly the right move?
This marathon runner ran ‘BOSTON STROG’ in her Strava fitness app - SBNation.com
I would have never had the chance to make this mistake. Even though I run a little, I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t have gotten Past B-O-S...
NCAA spent most of $500M it once had to cover costs of a canceled March Madness
The NCAA was far more financially prepared to cover the impact of canceled tournaments five years ago than it was in 2020.
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How Much Core Strength Do Olympic Swimmers Have? This Much - Digg
Please, please do not try this at home.
More Noise and Other Disturbances
Paul McCartney’s “Hey Jude” Lyrics Sold at Auction | Mental Floss
McCartney wrote the song for John Lennon’s son Julian after Lennon began his relationship with Yoko Ono.
Wow! Almost a million dollars to own the original lyrics? I don’t think my stimulus check will cover that.
Sign Language Interpreters Steal the Show During COVID-19 News Conferences | HowStuffWorks
Sign language interpreters provide critical lifelines to the deaf community, especially during crises. So who exactly are these superhero signers?
Maryland police remind residents to wear pants to mailbox: 'This is your final warning'
As working from home becomes the new norm during the coronavirus pandemic, shirts have become more essential than pants, according to Walmart.
Important question - which of your coworkers do you think is most likely to not be wearing pants on video conferences? And then would decide that if they aren’t wearing pants for work, they don’t need to bother putting them on to get the mail? In the CN offices...Cobby. Definitely Cobby.
A “Dragon” Has Been Spotted In The Canyons Of Mars | IFLScience
The fabled dragon has been spotted hiding in part of Mars’ grand canyon system, Valles Marineris, which stretches along the planet’s equator.
Mushroom Burial Suit Creates Life After Death | HowStuffWorks
The Mushroom Burial Suit is designed to give our dead bodies new life. HowStuffWorks looks at the science.
Baby leatherback sea turtles thriving due to COVID-19 beach restrictions | Live Science
More baby leatherback turtles are surviving because humans aren't there to disturb them during the coronavirus pandemic.
Rare Image From Above Shows Stonehenge Is Really A Bunch Of Ancient LEGO | IFLScience
LEGO even got in on the joke, responding that Stonehenge is “where it all began.”
Goat 2 Meeting: For Your Next Video Call, Invite A Farm Animal : Coronavirus Live Updates : NPR
The Sweet Farm animal sanctuary near San Francisco is offering up a new service to liven up video calls: guest appearances by llamas, cows and other animals through its new service, Goat 2 Meeting.
Another Week - Another Poop Article
Artificial Intelligence Gives Researchers the Scoop on Ancient Poop | Smart News | Smithsonian Magazine
The computer program can identify canine versus human feces based on DNA sequences in samples
Then There’s This
With Salons Closed, an 89-Year-Old Houston Woman Washes Her Own Hair for the First Time in Decades – Texas Monthly
Unable to make her weekly appointment because of social distancing, Carlene takes her hair into her own hands.
Twitter user opens 25-year-old can of Spider-Man noodles, shocked by what he finds inside | Fox News
Not even Spider-Man could save this meal.
RIP Jack. Congratulations on not being dead.— Sam Roberts (@notsam) April 22, 2020