Saturday, November 22, 2008

Easily amused

I like amusement/theme parks. I hate roller coasters, but I like the parks themselves. And the food. Amusement parks have such fun food that you don't see almost anywhere else. Funnel cakes, Dippin' Dots and those giant turkey legs that take two hands to hold. Yummy! Unfortunately, I don't get to go to amusement parks very often. Last time I was at a theme park was in 2006 - I went to Universal Studios Hollywood. It was a lot of fun, especially the tour of the backlot. I have been to Universal Studios in Flordia as well, but I have never visited the most famous theme parks in the world. That's right - I have never been to Disneyland or Disney World. My parents never took me when I was a kid because they believed in more educational vacations. I have not made it there as an adult either. I know, I'm deprived. :) You probably know that Disneyland (opened in 1955) was not the first amusement park. Even Coney Island, which started in the late 1800's, is not the oldest. Do you know when the first amusement park was built? Take a guess. Go ahead, guess. You'll never get it. The first amusement park was known as Dyrehavsbakken or simply Bakken. It started in Klampenborg, Denmark in 1583. 1583??!!?? Yes, really. There weren't any rides back then, but people from Copenhagen were drawn to the natural springs, and soon after came the vendors selling food and other products. In 1669, the area was fenced and made into a royal hunting ground. It finally was made into what we think of as an amusement park (rides, games and restaurants) by King Christian IV. Of course, to go along with the theme of the day, I have postcards. :) These cards show two amusement parks in Finland and on in Australia (sorry, I don't have a card of Dyrehavsbakken). The first card shows Linnanmäki in Helsinki. It opened in 1950 and currently has 6 roller coasters. This card came from Lihis as part of a trade.
Finland - Linnanmäki Amusement Park, Helsinki
The second card is an official Postcrossing card (FI-271417) from henriette. It shows the Särkänniemi Amusment Park in Tampere, Finland. It is the most popular amuseument park in Finland. henriette tells me that the tower is called Näsinneula, named after Lake Näsijärvi. It is 130 meters high and there is a restaurant at the top. Cool!
Finland FI-271417 received 04-02-2008
Finally, I have this card of the Lethal Weapon roller coaster at Warner Bros. Movie World, which is located on the Gold Coast of Australia. This official Postcrossing card (AU-21793) came from minkatink, who lives on a sugar farm with her mum and dad.

Australia AU-21793 received 06-18-2008

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Is that thing for real?

When British scientists first studied a platypus pelt, they were convinced it was a hoax - a taxidermist's creation combining a duck's bill with the body of a beaver-like mammal. Of course, we know now that the platypus is a real animal - funny looking, but real. :) It's native habitat lies along the eastern coast of Australia, including Tasmania. It is the only mammal that lays eggs. And did you know they are venomous? Well, actually just the male platypus is venomous. It has ankle spurs which produce venom strong enough to kill small animals. It isn't lethal to humans, but can cause excruciating pain. Yikes! What is the plural of platypus you ask? There isn't one that is universally agreed upon. Platypus, platypuses, platypi and platipodes can all be used. This lesson about the platypus is for a reason. Well, two reasons actually. 1. I think they are interesting and 2. I received a postcard showing a platypus. :) This card came from Mundoo in Australia (no surprise there). It is an official Postcrossing card - AU-18154.

Australia AU-18154 received 03-18-2008

Monday, November 17, 2008

Uh-oh!

Apparently, I have been a bad girl. I have recently become aware of this Flickr policy that I was not following: Do link back to Flickr when you post your Flickr content elsewhere. The Flickr service makes it possible to post content hosted on Flickr to outside web sites. However, pages on other web sites that display content hosted on flickr.com must provide a link from each photo or video back to its page on Flickr. Uh, oops? I have been posting postcards to my blog, but they do not link back to Flickr. I liked being able to stagger the cards left right left right, and then write something about each one right next to it. The easiest way to do this was by using the URL instead of HTML. Unfortunately, using the URL does not make the photo link back to Flickr. I guess I will have to try something new. Oh well, I wanted to do that anyway. We had our first snowflakes here over the past two days, and now I really miss pretty flowers and leaves on the trees. So here is a card from dollart, which seems rather summery to me. I received it as part of the US and Around the World Round Robin. The stamp also shows a butterfly.

Finland - Greetings from Jyväskylä

See, now you should be able to click on the picture and it will take you to the Flickr page. Right?