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Ghosts Are Big Business In This Small Illinois Town

Galena is one example of this phenomenon. This picturesque, northwestern Illinois town of only 3,500 residents offers some 25 ghost and haunted pub tours a week! And not just around Halloween. They are so popular that they operate year-round, although October is, understandably, by far the busiest month for tour operators.

Want To Reduce Stress And Weight? Add Spa Visits to Your Health Regimen!

This may sound like an indulgent thing to do, but experiencing regular spa treatments provides numerous health benefits aside from stress and weight reduction – including lowered blood pressure, detoxification of bodily wastes, pain relief, boosted immunity, improved skin appearance, and energy restoration.

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Georgia’s Sea Turtles

Five species of sea turtles nest, forage, or migrate through Georgia’s waters: the leatherback (Dermochelys coriacea), green (Chelonia mydas), loggerhead (Caretta caretta), kemp’s ridley (Lepidochelys kempii), and hawksbill (Eretmochelys imbricata).

Big Cats and Amazing Facts

They say cats have nine lives – but, for many of these animals, that number may be dwindling. Man’s obsession with lions, tigers and other Big Cats has pushed many species towards endangerment. The good news is that conservation efforts across the globe are paying off and paving the way for more wildlife protection initiatives. Here are nine interesting (even surprising) facts about big cats:

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What kind of stand up paddler are you?

There’s a lot of debate about the origins of standup paddle boarding (SUP). What’s not for debate, however, is the fact that SUP is one of the fastest-growing sports in the world and its meteoric rise is pretty spectacular. It wasn’t until the mid-2000s that SUP really entered the mainstream consciousness and, by 2013, it was reported to have the most first-time participants of any outdoor sport in the U.S.

America's bison are back in business – literally!

The American Bison has nearly as much claim to being our national icon and hero as the American Bald Eagle. This magnificent creature played a huge role in the cultural, economic and environmental landscape of our country’s history – and its image has graced everything from U.S. postage stamps and currency to state flags and advertisements. It’s hard to fathom that, like the American Bald Eagle, this native species once faced extinction, with populations numbering only in the hundreds in the 1880s. Today, Bison number more than 500,000 – and are, thankfully, here to stay.

Where do all those bourbon barrels go?

By law, bourbon must be aged for at least two years in a brand-new, charred white oak barrel (which imparts all the flavor) in order to be called straight bourbon whiskey. That means that a barrel can only be used once for making bourbon – which leaves an incredibly huge supply of them. To get a picture of how huge: consider that there are more barrels of bourbon in Kentucky than its 4.4 million people!

Were mammoths really huge and scary?

Did you know that scientists know more about the Mammoth (commonly referred to as the Woolly Mammoth) than any other prehistoric animal? Or, that this magnificent creature wasn’t really mammoth in size or a human predator? Here are 11 facts and myth-busters about this long extinct, very distant relative of the modern-day elephant.

Why choose a destination wedding?

Tips From A Top Atlanta Wedding Planner

Marrying away from home used to be equated with old-fashioned eloping – typically to a justice-of- the-peace for a quick ceremony without family or their approval. With one in four of all U.S. weddings now being held (sometimes far) outside the “traditional” location of…

Swimming With Sharks May Be Key To Saving Them

Standing on the boat, you take one last deep breath before you plunge into the great blue depths of the Pacific. This is it, you tell yourself, as you inch closer to the edge. In the distance, perhaps 10 to 12 meters out, you can see the distinctive fin of the shark moving closer to you.  Splash.

Butch Cassidy's bar winds up in Sundance

The Sundance Owl Bar was named for the turn of the century Hoot Owl Gang. Located along the Outlaw Trail in the 1890’s, the bar became the watering hole for Butch Cassidy’s infamous Hole in the Wall Gang, a rival of the Hoot Owl Gang. A century later, it came to Robert Redford’s attention in a bar in Thermopolis, Wyoming.

Does A Great General Generally Make A Great President?

Which candidate would make the best President of the United States - the one who recently served as General of the Army or the one who recently worked as a clerk in a small town store. Well what if it was the same person? It could happen. It has before.

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