A Deadly Lightning Strike

This year, rain clouds, lightning and thunderstorms replaced the bountiful sunshine we usually experience during summer. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, July 2018 rainfall in Baltimore beat a record set in 1889 (16.73 inches vs. 11.03 inches). In June 1900, an intense storm demonstrated the power of nature when it took the life of... Continue Reading →

Aww, Rats

In 1900, farmer Patrick Ryan, who lived near Cumberland (Allegany County), devised a unique way to rid his farm of rats that were ruining his corn, wheat and other crops. He’d tried various approaches, but most unconventional one — soaking corn in whiskey in a barrel — worked the best. “This the rats ate rapidly,... Continue Reading →

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