September 26th, 2003
So, you're a hobbit in need of directions to go from the Shire to Mordor. Where do you turn to? Why, Hoom! Maps of course.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Our Milky Way galaxy is gobbling up its galactic neighbor, Sagittarius, and on Wednesday, scientists offered documentary proof of this continuing cosmic cannibalism.
Astronomers have mapped the Sagittarius galaxy to show in detail how its debris wrap around and pass through the Milky Way, which contains Earth.
On its way to oblivion, the dwarf Sagittarius -- which is about 10,000 times smaller in mass than Milky Way -- is getting stretched, torn apart and ultimately eaten, scientists at the University of Virginia and the University of Massachusetts reported.
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My mom and aunt today got back from a 2.5 day trip to my hometown. While there my mom found the smaller version of a game my sister and I (who didn't speak Spanish) played with my grandmother Atilana (who didn't speak English) when she used to babysit us. It's a bingo-type game called "Loteria" that instead of numbers called off balls or tokens uses cards with illustrated pictures with the name of the object below. It was that game that taught my sister and I what little Spanish we ever learned. Some of the cards included the heart (el corazón), a boat with a lady in it (la chalupa) and a drunkard (el borracho.) Or as I used to say for the latter, "Uncle Louie!" ;o) My mom bought two small packs with the calling cards and 10 playing cards. She wanted to get the bigger boxed set but the lady who was selling them was sold out. My mom plans to send my sister one of the two sets she bought. Hopefully my sister will play the game with my nephew. Living where he does and knowing my sister, he's not getting any of our Hispanic heritage. Yeah, I know, that's the pot calling the kettle black. Almost. :o)