Nine members of the Home Culture Club met at the home of Linda Gray on Thursday, October 19. Those unable to make the meeting were Deanna Francis, Dorothy Sechler, Wanda Powell, and Linda David.
Linda Gray presented a lesson entitled “I Wonder Why...”. This lesson was prompted by trips the Gray family has made to the Rio Grande Zoo in the Albuquerque Biological Park . It was founded in 1927 and covers 64 acres. There are 250 species of animals in the facility and 2.25 miles of trails. A train is available also to take visitors to all parts of the park. One of the highlights of the tour is a “hippotot” named Boopy, a baby hippo, who was born this summer. At birth, it weighed 50 pounds and went into the water immediately.
Linda shared some interesting information with the group, based on a book of facts about inhabitants of the animal world. The largest animal ever on earth is thought to be a blue whale, which weighed 150 tons and was 100 feet long. A giraffe is the tallest animal at 18 feet. The reticulated python is the longest snake. The difference between frogs is they have smooth skin and long legs while a toad has lumpy skin and crawls. An alligator has a round snout while a crocodile has a longer, pointed snout. Monkeys have long tails, and apes do not have tails. Monkeys are said to have extra hands since their tails are used like hands.
Camels have humps (also jokingly called food cupboards) and can go two weeks without eating. Elephants can pick up a button with their trunks. No two zebras have the same pattern of stripes. Is a penguin really a bird since it cannot fly but is a good swimmer and diver? Hummingbirds are called the helicopters of the bird world and can fly up/down/left/right and hover. A gecko can walk upside down. Flying fish really don't fly but instead leap and have extra long fins. Kangaroos can hop at least 10 feet high. Sharks grow a new set of teeth every two weeks.
Mildred Cox (fine arts) told about a sculpture made in Russia by a Russian and that is being donated to our country. It is 100 feet tall, weighs 175 tons, is made from bronze, and has a 40-foot steel teardrop in the center in remembrance of 9-11-01 . It is named “To the Struggle Against World Terrorism”. It will be placed overlooking the Statue of Liberty and ground zero of the World Trade Center .
Carolyn Shryock (education) shared there are now at least 30 million people in the United States . She also read parts of an article honoring Mamie Price of Vega , TX . She is now 103 and continues to live a colorful and interesting life.
Faye Pitzer (conservation) handed out beautiful brochures entitled “An Invitation to a Healthy Yard” that she picked up at the local ASCS office. The brochure encourages citizens to invite birds, bats, and butterflies to our yards.
Elizabeth Hinderliter (public and international affairs) told about the Nobel peace prize going to a banker in Bangladesh . He has provided low-interest loans through his bank to many people in his country and will be utilizing the money that goes along with the prize to build meaningful businesses in that area.
Linda Gray served her delicious buttermilk pie, which won first place at this year's Cimarron County Fair, along with cider or coffee to Mildred Cox, Elizabeth Hinderliter, Faye Pitzer, Carolyn Shryock, Ginger Odell, Faye Smith, Susie Odell, and Nancy Roberts. The next meeting will be Thursday, November 2 at the home of Elizabeth Hinderliter, who will tell us about Oklahoma Indian tribes.
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