Daily Archives: January 29, 2009

Under Lake Michigan (01/29)

I have been hearing bits and pieces about a story of a discovery of an underwater stone henge, but not enough to put it all together.

So I let my fingers do the walking typing and I got to the bottom of the story.

And as it turns out, I am not the only blogger interested in this topic.

Stonehenge Beneath the Waters of Lake Michigan, Geoff Manaugh of BLDGBLOG writes:

Mark Holley, a professor of underwater archaeology at Northwestern Michigan University College, discovered a series of stones–some of them arranged in a circle and one of which seemed to show carvings of a mastodon–40-feet beneath the surface waters of Lake Michigan. If verified, the carvings could be as much as 10,000 years old–coincident with the post-Ice Age presence of both humans and mastodons in the upper midwest.

While there is obviously some doubt as to whether or not that really is a mastodon carved on a rock – let alone if it really was human activity that arranged some of the rocks into a Stonehenge-like circle – it’s worth pointing out that Michigan does already have petroglyph sites and even standing stones.

The standing stomes beneath Lake Michigan

The standing stones beneath Lake Michigan

Too bad the only interesting thing our generation will leave for future archaeologists is plastic. Way to go us.

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Woody Allen’s Woodwind (01/28)

So I was looking for images of Woody Allen for a project at work and wouldn’t ya know it – I learned something new!

Woody Allen plays the clarinet and joined the Preservation Hall Jazz Band and the New Orleans Funeral Ragtime Orchestra in performances that provided the film score for his 1973 comedy Sleeper.


But that wasn’t enough for me, so I decided to find out about other unknown (to me) actor/musicians.

Here is a list:

Charlie Chaplin played the accordion.

Bob Hope played the saxophone.

Dustin Hoffman and Anthony Hopkins play the piano.

Meryl Streep plays the violin.

and last but certainly not least,

Alyssa Milano plays the clarinet AND oboe.

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