The British Raid on Taranto Harbor

In November 1940, the British Royal Navy carried out a surprise attack on the Italian fleet in Taranto Harbor using carrier aircraft. It was a model for the Japanese air strike on Pearl Harbor a year later.

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British recon photo showing results of Taranto raid photo from WikiCommons
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Making Some Stone Tools

When I was a kid I lived in Rapid City SD and had Lakota friends on the Pine Ridge Reservation. I learned the basics of arrowpoint-making (along with a bunch of other kids) from a guy who seemed to take a liking to the young wasichu.

So I thought I’d give it a try again now that I am cooped up here (until I can finally get those needles in the arm), and have obtained some suitable stone and chipped away at it for the past several days.

A few photos. Sorry—it’s hard to knap flint with two hands and still work a camera.  😉

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Dire Wolf: The Big Bad Wolf Wasn’t Really A Wolf After All

For over 150 years, the Dire Wolf, originally known as Canis dirus and now classed as Aenocyon dirus, was believed to be a specialized version of the ordinary North American Gray Wolf, Canis lupus, that was slightly bigger and had a heavier skull to tackle larger Ice Age prey. But in 2020, an examination of DNA extracted from Dire Wolf skeletons changed that picture entirely.

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Dire Wolf skulls on exhibit at the LaBrea Tarpits in Los Angeles

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