September 27, 2013

Temptation of the Flesh Facts

  • Bluegrass music derives its sound from Scottish, English and Irish music, as well as African American gospel and blues music. It was immigrants and slaves that brought the sounds and instruments to America.

  • Billboard began covering the entertainment business in 1894 and describes itself as "the world's premier music publication."

  • The Grand Ole Opry began as a radio broadcast in 1925, but due to the show's popularity the National Life Company had to build a 500-seat auditorium to hold the show's many visitors.

  • Dollywood was opened in 1986 on the foundation of the former Rebel Railroad amusement park, which opened in 1961.

  • Dollywood is ranked among the top 50 most-visited theme parks in the world and is the most popular tourist attraction in the state of Tennessee, with an attendance of more then two million visitors.

  • The doctor that the Dollywood's Robert F. Thomas Chapel is named after the man who delivered Dolly Parton. Despite this famous connection, Thomas was a celebrated member of the community in his own right; the church was built 13 years prior to Dolly Parton joining the amusement park business.

  • Winding its way through the Smoky Mountains in Dollywood is the 110-ton coal-fired steam train called the Klondike Katie, which was built in 1943.

  • Ricky Skaggs has won 14 Grammy Awards and has been nominated 12 consecutive times for Grammy Awards, from 1998 to 2010.

  • Ricky Skaggs began playing the mandolin at 5 years old and was initially discovered when the "father of bluegrass", Bill Monroe called six-year-old Skaggs up to the stage to play his mandolin during a concert in Martha, Kentucky.

  • Ricky Skaggs first television performance was in 1961 when he was only 7-years-old. He played his mandolin on Martha White's television show and earned $52.50.

  • On average, Copperhead snakes are responsible for more snakebites in the Southeast than any other U.S species but luckily have relatively mild venom.

  • A copperhead's threat display is to strike but not with an intent to kill. Though fangs may penetrate, the snake will not inject lethal amounts of venom.

  • The Copperhead snake received its name because of the brown color of its skin and light brownish bands on its body, which resembles the color of copper metal.

  • When copperheads are first born they feed on invertebrates but eventually begin feeding on rodents, amphibians, and other reptiles as the snake grows larger.

  • Kentucky has a growing black bear population focused mainly in the Pine, Cumberland and Black Mountain areas and eastern portions of the Commonwealth. This growth is creating more human-bear interactions, most likely due to intentional feeding and other access to human-related sources of food.

  • Black Rat snake hatchlings have pale grey background with black spots along the back, their similar appearance to copperheads often leads them to be mistaken for the species.

  • Unlike the copperhead snake, the black rat snake will remain motionless when confronted by a threat and will only strike when thoroughly provoked.

  • Copperheads are protected in Iowa, Massachusetts, and New Jersey, but receive no protections from many states they inhabit, or at the federal level.

  • Copperheads typically produce 7-10—and sometimes up to 20—young, usually every other year in the late summer.

  • Copperheads can be found throughout most of the eastern and central United States, in wooded and mountainous areas often on dry, rocky hillsides.

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