My first painful thought was as a euphemism for a weird circumcision ritual.
Archive for June 28th, 2012
An eerie “red crucifix” seen in Britain’s evening sky in ad 774 may be a previously unrecognized supernova explosion — and could explain a mysterious spike in carbon-14 levels in that year’s growth rings in Japanese cedar trees. The link is suggested today in a Nature Correspondence by a US undergraduate student with a broad interdisciplinary background and a curious mind.
I used to love catching fireflies as a kid, but they didn’t seem to be around as much as I got older. I assumed it was a byproduct of spraying for mosquitos.