Tag Archives: Alaska

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.”



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.


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


Leave a comment

Filed under Articles

Did You Know – 07/04/2016

  1. Interesting fact. There is a question and answer on Reddit which will answer why clouds don’t fall from the sky when they weigh this much.


2. For more factual information on pandas go to Random Facts

Screen Shot 2016-06-29 at 11.52.27 AM

3. Screen Shot 2016-06-29 at 11.57.49 AM
It’s not just certain cities in Alaska that will pay you to live there, it’s the whole state. The state of Alaska developed the Permanent Fund Dividend which essentially pays residents of Alaska to permanently live there. Investment earnings on Alaskan mineral royalties are paid to Alaska residents. It is an annual payment, and the state feels that it is an investment in their current population as well investing in future generations in hopes that they stay in Alaska. To be eligible for the dividend, you need to have lived in Alaska for one year, not be a convicted felon and be present in Alaska for at least 190 days in a calendar year. Source

4. Screen Shot 2016-06-29 at 12.01.02 PM
More on the Story

5. Screen Shot 2016-06-29 at 12.07.24 PM

The man himself explains it all.

Leave a comment

Filed under Articles

Poem Friday – 08/03/2012 – From Alaska to Yukon and Off To YellowKnife

Dawson City Hotel where we stayed

From Alaska to Yukon and Off To YellowKnife
Author – Lesley Voth

We crossed the border from Alaska to Yukon the other day
As usual am questioned from border control, no smile, personality? no way

Then Traveled on the top of the world road
Down to Chicken township for fuel and Carb load

Man the road was rough and unkept, 120 miles of gravel
The bike slipping from side to side, not the best to travel

After hours of an uneasy bumpy ride
I think I rode it well, just a little pride

We arrived at the Dawson City ferry
A ride from one side of the river, beautiful – very

We stayed at the Hotel Dawson City
Old world, gold mining town,no time to explore, such a pity

On we rode another 600 miles of beauty
Scenery that was Mother natures pleasure and duty

Not a bear or Moose to be seen
But that was a good thing, but shit on the road where they had been

We Arrived at Watson lake, Stayed at Golden Nugget cabins for the night
Charged us an arm and a leg, four stars? in my mind that was not right

But I have come to the conclusion, a bit of a kick
That if you want to spend your life savings super quick

Have a holiday in Canada because you will spend up large
Because as a Aussie Texan you learn quick they know how to charge

But on our way did we see Buffalo and Moose with its young on the side of the road
After we left Lake Watson, eating undisturbed,peaceful and no fear for us showed

Anyway we are now in Fort Nelson for a night stay
Off to Yellow knife tomorrow a thousand kilometers away

So up with the kickstand for another day
I love it and would not have it any other way

Leave a comment

Filed under Articles

From Prince Rupert to Haines in Alaska

Bobby On the Way To the Ferry

The ferry from Prince Rupert Alaska

We slept on top deck on deck chairs under the stars and heaters. You are able to pitch a tent there also. Was fun.

Some of the gorgeous scenery of this magnificent Alaska


Cabins pictured from the ferry on the way to Haines

Sunset – End of a Day


Filed under Articles

Poem Friday – My Trip To Alaska

This Trip To Alaska
Author – Lesley Voth

This has been an eventful two weeks
From the 5th Of July traveled many roads, over many creeks

I am on my way to Alaska, that place that is cold
fantastic wilderness, Great experience I am told

But I have to say, I experience beautiful scenery on our way
This Country of America is fantastic, natures gateway

Its road is a motorcyclist heaven, their ultimate dream
For us a release of stress, happiness and to let off steam

Back, to this trip, to the subject in hand
This trip with my friends Dennis and Marcy, wonderful and grand

We have had a few things that motorcyclist fear
I had blown tire, Dennis’s confrontation with motorcycle and deer

Luckily for us Dennis is physically not too damaged
His motorcycle patched up, back on the road, repairs managed

So tomorrow we will be on our way
I will finish this story on another day

Leave a comment

Filed under Articles

Did you know

I love all this type of information and I am sure there are some facts in this article that you will say to yourself at least 5 times “Thats interesting I did not know that”


More than half of the coastline of the entire United States is in Alaska .


The Amazon rainforest produces more than 20%
of the world’s oxygen supply.
The Amazon River pushes so much water into the Atlantic Ocean that, more than one hundred miles at sea off the mouth of the river, one can dip fresh water out of the ocean.  The volume of water in the Amazon river is greater than the next eight largest rivers in the world combined and three times the flow of all rivers in the United States ..


Antarctica is the only land on our planet that is not owned by any country..
Ninety percent of the world’s ice covers Antarctica ..
This ice also represents seventy percent of all the fresh water in the world.
As strange as it sounds, however, Antarctica is essentially a desert;
the average yearly total precipitation is about two inches.
Although covered with ice (all but 0.4% of it, ice.),
Antarctica is the driest place on the planet,
with an absolute humidity lower than the Gobi desert


 Brazil got its name from the nut, not the other way around.


Canada has more lakes than the rest of the world combined. Canada is an Indian word meaning ‘ Big Village ‘.


Next to Warsaw , Chicago has the largest Polish population
in the world.


Woodward Avenue in Detroit, Michigan, carries the designation M-1,
so named because it was the first paved road anywhere.

Damascus , Syria

Damascus, Syria, was flourishing a couple of thousand years
before Rome was founded in 753 BC,
making it the oldest continuously inhabited city in existence.

Istanbul , Turkey

Istanbul, Turkey, is the only city in the world
located on two continents.

Leave a comment

Filed under Articles

Did You Know – 03/21/2011

1. Jupiter spins so fast that there is a new sunrise nearly every 10 hours.

Sesquipedalian Dictionary

2. A “sesquipedalian” is a very long word, and means a person fond of extremely long words.

3. 11% of people in the world are left-handed.

4. A saguaro cactus can grow over 60 feet and live as long as 300 years.

5. Alaska has the highest percentage of people who walk to work in USA.

The Keeshond,

6. Holland is the only country with a national dog.

7. “Dysania” is the state of finding it hard to get out of bed in the morning.

8. The strike note of the Liberty Bell is E flat.

9. Elephants only sleep two hours a day.

10. Giraffes have no vocal chords.

Source: Yahoo answersWikipediaSnapple

Leave a comment

Filed under Articles