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Western New Yorkers Asking Where’s the Snow?

Western New Yorkers Asking Where’s the Snow?

Jokingly known in some circles across the country as the ‘Snow Capital of America’, Buffalo, NY is certainly looking to break its namesake this winter.

To-date our city has managed to fight off its first snowflakes until December 2nd, a feat that fell just one day short of a record that was set back in 1899.

In addition, we’ve also had only 2.8” of snow recorded so far this month which pales in comparison to last year’s total of 18.7” by December 13th. 

Granted, last year we had a fluke snowstorm that shut down the Thruway, but such little snow is not the norm around our great city and certainly the 52 degree temperatures in mid-December is highly unusual as well, so what gives?

According to the National Weather Service, the majority of the disparities are the cause of an unusual Jet Stream patter

Teens Using Tampons to Get Drunk without Drinking

Teens Using Tampons to Get Drunk without Drinking

It may be difficult to imagine your child sneaking behind your back to use alcohol, but have you considered that they may not have to go behind your back. A phenomenon that many believe is an urban legend is finding its way into mainstream media. Many haven’t heard of this but there are reports that teenagers are taking tampons and soaking them in alcohol and inserting them to get drunk. While this method is commonly found among girls, boys are also engaging in this behavior.

You might be asking yourself "They put what where?!" Many of today’s teens are taking tampons and soaking them in vodka, or other alcohol and then inserting them vaginally or rectally for boys. This trend in use of alcohol is one that many adults think is way beyond what they feel thwy could have dreamed up when they were teenagers.

Hauntings in Your Town

Hauntings in Your Town

For paranormal investigators, Halloween means more than just Trick or Treating, dressing up in costumes and scaring the wits out of each other, it’s about the heightened ability to communicate with the spirit world.

While you can communicate and experience the paranormal all year round, there is undoubtedly something extra “spooky” about this time of year that tends to bring out our inner fears.

TV and Hollywood have now brought this field into the forefront with shows such as the Travel Channel’s hit show Ghost Adventures and the Sci-Fi network’s popular Ghost Hunters, and who can forget the major success of the Paranormal Activity franchise.

In fact, those very shows have investigated haunted buildings right here in our own backyard on numerous occasions. 

Ghosts Are Real: My Experience

Ghosts Are Real: My Experience

Here’s my disclaimer: I do not like scary things.

Never in my life have I gone to see a horror movie and for perspective purposes, the movie “Signs” kept me restlessly awake for over a month.

So take that into consideration when I tell you that the idea of the paranormal scares the be-Jesus out of me. 

The funny thing about the paranormal is that it doesn’t care if you are scared, it will exist without you. That was case when I was growing up and is still the case today.

My first memorable experience with the paranormal was when I lived in Alden, NY.  I was just 4 years old at the time and woke up to the sounds of a party going on downstairs in my basement.  By party, I mean people laughing, talking loudly and music playing.  It was loud enough to wake me out of a sound sleep.  As I crept downstairs to sneak a peek at this party, I noticed that the lights were not on.  No one was down there.

What was Buffalo’s Legacy During the Prohibition Era?

What was Buffalo’s Legacy During the Prohibition Era?

Many of us never experienced Prohibition, but we’ve heard about it or read about it. Many think almost automatically of Chicago, but Buffalo has its own contribution to Prohibition. The prohibition of liquor was enacted January 16, 1919 by the 18th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States and repealed by the Twenty-First amendment on December 5, 1933.

William “Wild Bill” Donovan and Buffalo NY could be likened to Eliot Ness and Chicago IL, in that he sought to enforce prohibition laws in Buffalo making a name for himself in the process, however, Donovan’s success wasn’t that of Ness’s. Donovan didn't make any friends in the city with his actions as DA.

Raccoon With Rabies Found in Niagara Falls

Raccoon With Rabies Found in Niagara Falls

NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y.- The Niagara County Department of Health (NCDOH) received confirmation today from the NYSDOH Wadsworth Rabies Laboratory that a raccoon submitted for testing yesterday was rabid. The raccoon had contact with a dog on 20th Street in the City of Niagara Falls and was subsequently captured by a wildlife rehabilitator and euthanized. This is the first rabid ground animal confirmed in the County this year. Previously, only three bats were confirmed as rabid in 2011. Confirmation of rabies in a wild animal in the City of Niagara Falls is unusual. However rare, rabid animals have occasionally been identified within the city over the years since the rabies prevention program began in the county .

The "Automatic Man" of Tonawanda!

The "Automatic Man" of Tonawanda!

Walking Automaton is a Mechanical Wonder - This Man May Walk For Years Without Rest or Sleep, Yet Never Feel Fatigue or Need For Food or Drink

   American ingenuity is ever striving for startling effects. It is never satisfied. Ordinary achievements seem beneath its attention. It looks beyond, even if the object of its aim be more or less fantastic. One of the latest freaks of mechanical skill is the contsruction, by Louis Philip Perew, of Tonawanda, NewYork - a small town near Niagara Falls - of a gigantic man. Perew, with all the ardour of a modern Frankenstein, has endeavoured to make his man as life like in appearance as possible. Not only is its outward form a close model of a human being, but within it have been secreted mechanical devices which endow the automation with weird properties, making it even more nearly resemble an intelligent being....The Frankenstein of Tonawanda has brought into existance a thing of wood, rubber, and metals, which walks, talks, runs, jumps, rolls its eyes - imitating to a nicety almost every action of the original on which it is founded... By W.B. Northrop-extract from article published in Strand Magazine of London, England.