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Did You Know – 11/13/2017

 

 

1. The walkways in Holland, Michigan have 168 miles of tubing underneath them and in the winter they heat up. This causes clearing of the entire cities walkways in a matter of Hours. Saves a lot of shoveling.

“It was a huge gamble to go ahead with it because there was no template,” McGeehan said. “There was no previous numbers we could look at it. It was unique, it was novel and was it untested and untried.”

McGeehan, who was a Fifth Ward councilman at the time, remembers being among those asking lots of questions about how much the system would cost to install, and then to operate.

Industrialist Ed Prince, who proposed the plan, stepped up with $250,000 in funding. His investment made the decision easier for city officials.

Prince believed snowmelt would make Holland’s main street competitive with the amenities of the then-new mall going up along nearby U.S. 31.

Prince, who died in 1995, was right. The downtown flourished and grew, earning recognition from The National Trust for Historic Preservation as a “Great American Mainstreet.”

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2. There is an HIV plan B pill that you can take if you are ever exposed to someone with HIV. The pill can be obtained from any doctor or ER and will severely reduce your chances of contracting the disease.

 

3. We apparently get goose bumps because our ancestors were once veered in thick body hair.

When tiny muscles in each follicle contracted, the hair would stand on end to insulate their skin or make them look larger when threatened. These muscles may seem useless now that we are not fully covered with hair, but recent discoveries show that they also protect the stem cells our skin needs to heal itself when injured. The bumps  may involuntarily develop when a person is cold or experiences strong emotions such as fear, euphoria or sexual arousal. The medical term for the effect is cutis anserina or horripilation.

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4. A Report in the JAMA Neurology found that Dementia was 28% higher  among people born in Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Tennessee, South Carolina and West Virginia. They found that the place of birth to be a robust risk factor according to Paola Gilsanz the lead author of the study.

5. 65% less insecticide you stand to have in your urine if you eat organic produce often. That is an incentive to reach for cleaner apples, peaches and strawberries which top the environmental Working Groups dirty dozen list of pesticide heavy produce

Source: Environmental Health Perspectives

 

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Did You Know -12/07/2015

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1. 95% of Supercentenarians – that is those who live longer than 110 are women. Stem cells appear to regenerate faster in women.
A thorough search for longevity gene variants in 17 supercentenarians – average age 112 (the oldest was 116) – has drawn a blank. The Stanford University in California have done many studies but have not been able to come to any conclusion on why some people live longer than others.

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2. That being in greenery soothes your brain. Being in greenery decreased anxiety, depression, anger and fatigue for adults. One study shows that kids with ADHD spent time in the natural outdoor environment had a reduction in their symptoms.
Another study shows that when you inhale forest air, you breathe in phytoncides, plant chemicals that have antibacterial and ant fungal qualities and increase the immune system’s disease-fighting natural killer cells.

 

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3. American Football grew out of English sports such as rugby and soccer and became popular on American college campuses in the late 1800s.
It takes about 600 cows to make one full season’s worth of NFL footballs.
A cow has only a 1 in 17,420,000 chance of becoming an NFL football that is used in the Super Bowl.

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4. Alabama was the first state in the United States to officially recognize Christmas in 1836.
Christmas wasn’t declared an official holiday in the United States until June 26, 1870 and Mistletoe (Viscum album) is from the Anglo-Saxon word misteltan, which means “little dung twig” because the plant spreads though bird droppings   

 

 

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5.A wolf pup’s eyes are blue at birth. Their eyes turn yellow by the time they are eight months old and Under certain conditions, wolves can hear as far as six miles away in the forest and ten miles on the open tundra.

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Trip To The Tail Of The Dragon

 

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Last week I rode my Harley with my riding buddies Bob and Dave, to the “Tail Of The Dragon”. For those who do not know what or where it is, it is an 11 mile road with 318 corners and travels through Tennessee and North Carolina.
We rode 2,281 miles From Houston to the “Tail” and back. On leaving and returning to the Houston area it literally pissed down with rain, the rest of the trip was steaming hot, one needed to cover up from the heat of the sun but it was gorgeous. Because of all the rain the trees and pastures were a brilliant green.
The States we passed through were Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Florida, Alabama, North Carolina and Tennessee. This means I have done most of the States in USA only a few to go.
The roads in this country are so great for riding. (Take note Aust and NZ, they know how to build roads here). The scenery magnificent,different in every State.

Back to the “Tail”. I have to tell you I was shaking in my boots after doing the 318 turns, I bet my normally very low blood pressure was sky rocketing, but on the way back the 318 turns did not seem quite so daunting. 636 corner tally. After the “Tail” the ride back to Murphy included another 200 or more turns but less stressful in my opinion.

Here is a graphic picture of the “Tail Of The Dragon”

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I had to have a cigar before I headed off.

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Bob With the Dragon

Bob With the Dragon

Me With the Dragon

Me With the Dragon

Me riding the

Me riding the “Tail Of The Dragon”

Bob in front of me

Bob in front of me

Unfortunately my bike was making funny noises at this stage so when I got back to Houston I had to take it to the Harley shop for repair. Like a big repair hopefully I get it back in a couple of days.

It was a great trip and look forward to doing it again and all the other rides in the area.
Thank you Bob and Dave.

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If ‘Blue’ my Fat Bob keeps playing up the Harley V-Rod my next bike!

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