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In Valparaiso, Chile earlier this week at the Our Oceans conference President Obama designated two new federal marine sanctuaries. One’s in Maryland! Yay us! Fear the turtle!
The other is in Michigan. Whatever. I mean, yay. Go…Big Blue? The turtle is so much fiercer than a color mascot. Sorry, Harvard Crimson.
The new sanctuary is “a 14-square mile area of the Potomac River which includes Mallows Bay — an area known for its ecological significance, according to the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, and home to bald eagles, herons, beavers, river otters and numerous species of fish.”
[Explore the “eerie natural beauty” of the Ghost Fleet at Mallows Bay — “the largest assemblage of historic shipwrecks in the western hemisphere. Just in time for Halloween.]
Do you like to be scared? I don’t.
I like to sit around in the autumn and eat snack-size Kit-Kats and watch Merchant Ivory films from the ’80s.
Yet during PSLS (Pumpkin Spice Latte Season) many of you like a frisson of fear. While I am home watching Howard’s End in a poncho and making salted caramel apple pie you are going to Field of Screams.
For you adrenaline junkies, I provide the link to the Austrian horror film Goodnight Mommy that critics are calling the scariest trailer of all time. Just the phrase “Austrian horror film” alone makes me not be able to sleep for a week. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.
[The science behind why we like horror movies. “Blood, sweat, tears, and chills to exquisitely fill our lust for horribly sweet sensations…” ]
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