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Fun News Friday: Day of the dogs festival celebrated; 4,000-year-old tablets discovered

Thanksgiving break is nearing, and it’s the end of the week. That, combined with the fact that it’s a long weekend, is a reason to celebrate. Start the celebration off with these fun news stories from the week:

Dog Days

The day of Kukur Tihar, which translates to “day of the dogs”, was celebrated earlier this week.

Kukur Tihar is a part of the five-day Hindu festival in Nepal. Rather than Diwali, Nepal and parts of India call the festivities Tihar.

On this day, people in Nepal celebrate the special relationship between humans and dogs. Dogs are draped in garlands and given special meals.

Other days of Tihar include celebrations for cows and brothers.

A tale of two sisters

Twin sisters from western Michigan each ran for county board positions, but from opposing parties. However, only one sister was the victor of her race.

Monica Sparks, a Democrat, won her seat on the Kent County Board of Commissioners. Twin sister Jessica Ann Tyson, a Republican, came in second in her district.

The sisters, who both won their party’s nomination in August, ran in different districts. Sparks was inspired to run once her twin announced her candidacy. Now, Sparks will be on the County Board without her sister by her side.

Ancient Art

In Cairo, stone tablets that could be up to 4,000 years old were discovered.

Researchers from the University of Leipzig made the discovery. The tablets all seem to be from different time periods, some dating as far back as the 12th dynasty in Egypt. The most recent tablet is from the Third Intermediate Period. All the tablets are made of limestone and feature unique inscriptions.

The tablet that excited researchers the most was one depicting an important Egyptian deity, God Atum. Atum was an all-powerful deity, believed to have created Egypt itself. The inscripted tablet claims that God Atum was the one who flooded the Nile during the late Period many years ago.

The discovery, archaeologists hope, will lead to more tourism in the area.

New Moons

Hungarian astronomers and physicists have confirmed that Earth has two additional “moons” orbiting Earth.

The new moons are made up of dust and span about 65,000 by 45,000 miles in actual size. Called Kordylewski clouds, the new moons are about nine times wider than Earth. The Kordylewski clouds were first spotted back in the 1960s, but have always been hard to spot in the night sky.

The moons are made up of tiny dust particles that measure one micrometer across. When sunlight reflects off of the particles, they glow. The glow, even combined with all the microscopic particles the Kordylewski clouds are made up of, is still relevantly faint. This makes the clouds difficult to detect up against galactic light and star light.

The possibility that Earth may have more than one moon has been debated for years. The concrete existence of the Kordylewski clouds has been confirmed after over half a century of research and debate.


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