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Oh No! Neil Young’s Personal Warehouse Burns!

Rotten news for one of our favorites:

A fire has destroyed part of Neil Young’s warehouse in San Carlos, California, where he kept guitar cases, vintage cars, paintings and other artifacts. The fire at the 10,000 square-foot warehouse was reported at 2:55 AM, and by the time fire-fighters had put it out it had caused at least $1 million in damage. Officials estimate that 70 percent of the items in the warehouse were salvaged — though it’s unclear how damaged they were. Arson is not suspected, and there is currently no official report on what was actually destroyed.

Thankfully, this report says most of the stuff was saved:

It’s a Small World

A story to prove that it truly is a small, small world – spacewise and timewise:

• In 2007 we released Uncle John’s Bathroom Reader Plunges Into National Parks.

• On page 107, in an article about Ellis Island, now known as Ellis Island National Monument, we mentioned that the very first person to pass through the then brand new federal immigration station, on January 1, 1892, was a 15-year-old girl from Ireland named Annie Moore.

• Yesterday we received an email from BRI fan Nicole H, who said:

Conjoined Twins, Who Share a Brain

They may actually be able to see through each other’s eyes—and know each other’s thoughts:

They are the rarest of the rarest of the rare. Tatiana and Krista are not just conjoined, but they are craniopagus, sharing a skull and also a bridge between each girl’s thalamus, a part of the brain that processes and relays sensory information to other parts of the brain. Or perhaps in this case, to both brains. There is evidence that they can see through each other’s eyes and perhaps share each other’s unspoken thoughts. And if that proves true, it will be the rarest thing of all. They will be unique in the world.