Mark Twain’s Most Profitable Book Did Not Contain a Word; Weather Radar detects smoke from fire


Smoke Plume from Fire Showed up on the Weather Radar

Smoke Plume from Fire Showed up on the Weather Radar

The Doppler radar can be set on what is known as “clear air mode.”  When it is set at this sensative level, it can pick up differences in air density and wind shifts and such.  When the radar beam detects a change in the characteristics of the atmosphere, it returns an echo to reflect the anomoly.  Early on Tuesday morning, a fire broke out at the Kentucky Fair Grounds horse barns.  Fortunately, the fair is over and the barns were empty.  But, the smoke from the fire was rather thick and it was picked up by the NWS radar.  Here are the images of  the smoke from the fire as it appeared on the National Weather Service 88-D radar.  It’s interesting to see as the smoke plume drifted into Harrison County.

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By the end of his life, Twain probably wished he had listened to Bell

By the end of his life, Twain probably wished he had listened to Bell

On This Date in History:  Like most people of high profile, Mark Twain was often approached by people looking or financial backers.  Consequently, he fell victim to numerous investment scams or just plain bad ideas.  He had been burned several times when Alexander Graham Bell approached him about a stock offering in his new phone company.  Twain explained that he declined the offer because, “I said I didn’t want anything more to do with wildcat speculation.  Then he (Bell) offered the stock to me at twenty-five.  I said I didn’t want it at any price.  He became eager;  insisted that I take five hundred dollars’ worth.  He said he would sell me as much as I wanted for five hundred dollars…But Iwas the burnt child and I resisted all of those temptations-resisted them easily; went off with my check intact and next day lent five thousand of it, on an undorsed note, to a friend who was going to go bankrupt 3 days later. ”

The small investment Bell was seeking would have earned Twain $190,000. 

It is said that Twain's Scrapbook was his most profitable book and it contained not a single word

It is said that Twain's Scrapbook was his most profitable book and it contained not a single word

But, Twain did have a pretty good opportunity of his own.  He invented the self-pasting scrap book and on this date in 1871, Twain patented the invention, which he called a “great humanizing and civilizing invention.”  While he may have missed out on Bell’s offer and instead opted to pour money into a dry hole, he made a pretty nice profit with his self-pasting scrap book.  Everyone has heard of a telephone but few probably recall the self-pasting scrap book.    Nevertheless, Twain sold 25,000 copies of the book which he was quite satisfied saying that  it “was well enough for a book that did not contain a single word that critics could praise or condemn.”  By 1901, there were 57 different types of the scrap book available.  Twain had come up with  a bunch of inventions but this was the only one that produced any profit.  Too bad for Twain he didn’t invest in the invention of Bell.

Weather Bottom Line:  High pressure remains in charge so look for continued cool nights.  Our afternoon temperatures will get to the low 80’s after today but not much more than that.  Overnight lows will be going from the 50’s that we’ve seen but only inch to the low 60’s.  Humidity levels will remain low but may sneak higher heading into the weekend.  But, again…not much.

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