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Cliff Claven from Cheers standing with hands on hips looking over to his left wearing his postal uniform

Each Friday on social media, we post something that is completely unrelated to insurance that we find

fascinating, entertaining, or just plain odd. It's a great way to disengage from the workweek and provides you with a quick topic for weekend get-togethers when those uncomfortable pauses in conversation occur.


Now you can earn the Cliff Clavin designation in your group (that's a "Cheers" reference in case you don't know).


 

A Symbolic Earth Calendar


April 29, 2022


If you are looking to tell the time, head over to https://earthclock.cwandt.com/ for a unique and fascinating way to see a "world clock." The time is in military hours, but well worth a look. Keep watching as it changes every minute.






 

See Four Major Planets Align This Month

April 14, 2022

As stargazers spend the late hours of the night watching the Lyrid meteor shower this week, those who are up in the early mornings will have the chance to capture another phenomenon: Four planets in our solar system will appear to line up in the sky.


At the beginning of the month, Mars, Venus and Saturn were all visible in the early morning. Now, the trio are joined by Jupiter, and the four planets can be seen by the naked eye in a straight line for the rest of April, as long as city lights don't intrude.


The reason for the rare occurrence: All of the planet's orbits around the sun are lining up. Venus' orbit around the sun is 225 Earth days, while Saturn's is 29 years.


The conjunction can be seen across the world in the pre-dawn hours by looking east, toward the sunrise.


"By midmonth, Jupiter is starting to rise in the pre-dawn hour, making for a quartet of planets, strung out in a line across the morning sky," NASA said.


As the month nears its end, the moon will join in the conjunction, appearing below each of the planets from April 25 to 27.


On April 30, Venus and Jupiter will appear to be headed toward a collision course. They will be about 0.45 degrees from each other in the sky before they begin to drift apart.


This won't be the only time you can spot multiple planets at once this year. From late June to early July, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn will appear in the early-morning sky.


 

Fossil of dinosaur killed in asteroid strike found

April 7, 2022

Scientists have unearthed a stunningly preserved leg of a dinosaur. The limb, complete with skin, is just one of a series of remarkable finds emerging from the Tanis fossil site in North Dakota.


The Tanis fossils being found, which include a turtle skewered by a branch and fish that breathed in debris, were killed and entombed on the actual day a giant asteroid struck Earth.


The day 66 million years ago when the reign of the dinosaurs ended and the rise of mammals began.


Very few dinosaur remains have been found in the rocks that record even the final few thousand years before the impact. To have a specimen from the cataclysm itself would be extraordinary.


You can read more about these finds here.