Even here in the States, we sometimes get aurorae.
Unfortunately, the last time it happened, we had heavy cloud cover.
Spaceweather.com gives a map of sorts of where one can see aurorae in almost real time.
Poor Isaac Newton did a systematic study on the chemical elements. Unfortunately, he got mercury poisoning and spent some years in the equivalent of the looney bin. Then, when his system cleared enough of the mercury and he recovered, two weeks after he got out, he published the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus.
Some years ago I was showing around some exchange students from Europe and Asia and in passing over the Southern Oregon Cascades, suddenly realized they’d probably never seen a bright, starry sky devoid of city lights. I stopped and they wondered why. I pointed up and said “look up.” From the gasps and exclamations, I gathered they’d never seen such things as the Milky Way and the 4,500+ stars we can see without magnification.
Now we have the Apple Software Slowdowner Update, the fearsome Line Spiker that fries unprotected electronics, the Eco who terrorizes all forms of technological advancement…
The old monsters like the Splinter Cat, Thunderbird, and Ogo-pogo were bad enough…
Bears are very smart animals.
One time hiking the Rogue River Trail, we tied up our packs like one is supposed to. A bear started chewing the rope that held the packs up in the tree!
“I might as well be wearing a red shirt!” —Dr. Simon Coombs
“Le-aheeaheeah! I screech to you with jongle-love, yays?” — Bepe Le Pew
Tredsafe’s pattern seems to work really well on ice and glazed snow. The major drawback is that regular snow packs up in the crevices of the sole.