Author Archives: larryscheckel

Raising Pigs on the Scheckel Farm continued…..

This chapter’s opening quote from Jesus Sermon on the Mount implies that truth or knowledge, which is the pearls, should not be put in front of people, meaning swine, who do not appreciate their value. This Bible quote gives pigs … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

How are the Northern Lights formed? 

The scientific name for the Northern Lights is Aurora Borealis and they have their origin in the Sun. Solar activity causes a huge ejection of particles. The ions and atoms take 2 or 3 days to get to the Earth, … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

When the Moon is a thin crescent, why can see the rest of the Moon dimly lit.

The phenomenon is called Earthshine. This event is present anytime the moon is not a Full Moon, but is most noticeable when the Moon is a thin crescent, or what might be termed a “fingernail moon”. This event can be … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Raising pig…continued

We boys helped Dad notch the pig’s ears. He had a system, and I remember that the right ear notch marked which litter the pig came from. The left ear notches designated the pig’s number in that litter. Notching pig’s … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

How much do milk cans weigh?

Those milk cans are 10 gallons. Water weighs a tad over 8 pounds a gallon, 8.35 pounds per gallon to be more exact. Because milk is mostly water, a gallon of milk weighs about the same as a gallon of … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Raising Pigs on the Oak Grove Farm

The Scheckels were considered diversified farmers because our income came from our wide variety of animals: milking cows, chickens, beef cattle, and hogs. Hogs were an important source of revenue for us. We raised over 150 hogs a year. My … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Why are manhole covers round?

The subject took on a life of its own when Microsoft began asking this question in job interviews. The inquiry was meant to test the prospective employee’s psychological make-up, poise, and ability to think on one’s feet, rather than elicit … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment