An ancient camel (8,000 to 10,000 years old) was recently dug up in Mesa, Arizona, about 30 miles from where I live. However, it took a blog comment from Mike who lives about 10,000 miles away to make me aware of this story. How this made prominent news in South Africa and not here I don't know. I'm sure that it made the news here but obviously wasn't a big story as I missed it and had to look it up.
Funny how things happening in your back yard and you don't know about it. More worrying are when things are in your back yard and you don't know they are there. The classic case is when someone comes to stay with you and wants to go and see something. You've never heard of this thing but when you look it up you discover that it's that strange building that you've been wondering about over the last couple of years but couldn't be bothered to find out about.
We were recently in San Diego and our host who has been living there for 7 years took us to Coronado Island. We'd been there once before and I suggested that when we return from the "island" that we don't drive over the bridge to get there but along the peninsula and come back that way. She insisted that it was an island and that the only way on and off was via the bridge and was surprised when I managed to navigate our way off the so-called island without using the bridge.