QotD: Ghost Story

Do you believe in ghosts?  Have you ever seen a ghost? 
Submitted by Nancy.

I've never seen a ghost. However, spending the night in my parent's bedroom was pretty uncomfortable. I never really spent much time there. We moved into that house when I was 4 years old. So, a few years ago, my mom tells this story:

Well before my parents owned that house, it was occupied by a mom and daughter. One night, as she was cooking dinner, the mom asks the daughter to take over stirring. The mom goes to the master bedroom and shoots herself.

Yeah, she killed herself in the room that gave me the willies for over two decades and was clueless. Its the closest I've ever come to believing in ghosts. I'm not totally convinced.

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QotD: Well, I’d Never!

What did you think you would never ever do… but did? 
Submitted by Murky.  

Well, I at one point I was questioning whether or not I'd ever actually move out of my dad's house. I lived there for 9 years (age 19-28). Its a little tricky getting women to date you when you live with your parents. 🙂 Thankfully I've lived a couple years away from home.

Another is leaving my home town. I'm a good 7 months into having successfully accomplished living elsewhere.

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QotD: My First Flight

Do you remember your first flight? Where did you go? Why?
Submitted by Laurel.

Yes, I remember my first flight. It was from JAX (Jacksonville International) to Raleigh-Durham. There we would catch a connecting flight to La Guardia near New York City. The trip was to attend the Baha'i World Congress. Visiting NYC for a week was outstanding. We ate at fabulous restaurants, saw thousands of Baha'is, and visited important historical or artistic or well-known sites.

Before that flight, I was terrified of flying. As a veteran flyer, I am not nearly so terrified of flying.

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What About Mixed People?

These companies use mitochondrial DNA to trace one’s genetic lineage. So, they take a sample from my mitochondria (which I got from my mom) and compare it to samples that have been taken from mitochondria samples found in their database to match it.

Well, my mom’s mom has lots of English and Scottish ancestry. So this doesn’t really do me a whole lot of good (even if it were a viable program).


DNA Tests May Flunk African History
Topic: Genes

Remember a while back when Oprah Winfrey took a DNA test and found out she was descended from Zulus?

Other African-Americans have gotten their DNA tested too, as have curious people inspired by theories about ancestors known as the “Seven Daughters of Eve.” There are even “home” DNA tests, as I wrote last year.

But a new study published in an open-source journal suggests that DNA tests don’t have much to tell most African-Americans.

Researchers found that fewer than 14 percent of mitochondrial DNA samples tested could be linked to a single ethnic region, and 40 percent turned up no links at all due to incomplete data from Africa.

According to the study, the research “suggests that few African Americans might be able to trace their mtDNA lineages to a particular region of Africa, and even fewer will be able to trace their mtDNA to a single ethnic group.”

QotD: Good On A Cold Day

What food or drink do you love when it's cold out?  (Recipes and recommendations, please!)

Hot tea or hot chocolate are my normal tastes. Both are pretty easy. Both have the direction on the box. 🙂

Coffee has never really excited me. The bitter taste isn't something I like. Its okay with enough sugar and creme, but at that point I like the sugar and creme, not the coffee.

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