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Did You Know – 02/11/2019

  1. It is illegal in Chicago for lawns to have weeds more than 10 inches tall. According to the Chicago Tribune 2013 “Under Chicago’s ridiculous, contradictory but lucrative ‘weed ordinance,’ that plant might be designated as a weed by some Streets and Sanitation worker and you might be subject to a $600 fine multiplied every day it remains higher than 10 inches.”

“In the past two years the city has collected some $3.7 million from frequently unwitting citizens who had no idea that almost anything in their gardens taller than 10 inches could be termed a weed by a Streets and Sanitation worker who can issue a ticket with no warning to correct or defend the situation.”

Source – chicagotribune.com

 

2. There is only one stop sign in the whole of Paris – There’s only one STOP sign in the entire city of Paris.  The lucky one is situated at the exit of a building company’s drive, in the rich 16th arrondissement. Concerning the traffic rules in the city centre, it’s simply the right which gets priority.

Source – blog.uniplaces.com –  Very interesting information on Paris.

 

3. Human beings have as many brain cells in their stomachs as cats have in their brains. It’s called the enteric nervous system. The brain in your gut is embedded in the wall of the digestive tract. … An adult’s enteric nervous system is made up of 200 to 600 million nerve cells (neurons). That’s as many neurons as are in a cat’s brain. Together with your “big brain,” the enteric nervous system helps control gastrointestinal function, including the mixing and grinding of food in the stomach and absorption of nutrients in the intestines. A very interesting subject and if you want to read more just go to the source.

Source – ispyphysiology.com

 

4. New Car smell is toxic to humans. The human nose can recognize over 1,000,000,000,000 different smells. People associate the smell with the luxury of having purchased a new set of wheels. But the smell that comes along with your new ride is actually really toxic and can be harmful to your health.Robert Weitz, a certified microbial investigator and founder of RTK Environmental Group , says that the new car scent you’re smelling is actually made up of something called volatile organic compounds, or VOCs. The new car smell occurs when the various materials that make up your car “outgas” and release VOCs.

Source – rd.com

5.   More wine is drunk per head in the Vatican city than any other country on earth. 

The figures show that residents of the Vatican consume 74 litres of wine on average – roughly equivalent to 105 bottles over the course of a year.

The fact that it only has a population of around 800 people does make it easy for per-capita figures to be distorted ,  however – and in the Vatican there is reportedly a single supermarket supplying everyone with wine almost completely tax-free.

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Day 8 – 22 Pushups – 22 Days – Awareness of PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder)

Day 8 –  22 Pushups – 22 Days – Awareness of PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder)

It seems the video operator cut my head out of the picture, but thats ok you can see that its me. I guess the excitement of the Texans winning  the game against the Chicago team and a couple of bottles of ‘Prosecco’ his judgement was not very focused. Plus I did 24 pushups and not 22. 

The reason for 22 days and 22 pushups is the recognition and awareness of proven statistical evidence that there are at least 22 veterans commit suicide each day in the United States Of America and a growing number in Australia. There has been 274 suicides in Australia since 1999.

For most of us, we can not comprehend the trauma that they experience and how tolerant and supportive we must be for those who fight for our freedoms. It is not only tragic for our vets it is certainly heartbreaking for the families of these young men and women.
Today I nominate Tuff Adams nomad of SOLMC to take the challenge.

No pressure . If you can great, if not that’s ok too.
But once you accept, you start tomorrow. The rules are simple:
* Once you are nominated your 22 days starts the following day.
* Every day you record yourself doing 22 push ups, try your best to reach 22. If that means doing assisted push ups (from your knees) or you have to stop and take a break, that is fine but try and get them all done in one video.
* Every day the push-ups must be in a different location.
* Every day you just nominate a different person.
* And finally have fun with this!
This a great way to have fun and let these courageous Men and Women who put their life on the line and those suffering from PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) know that someone is thinking about them.
You can make donations to assist in the rehabilitation of our veterans with PTSD on the website of ‘Getheadstrong.org
Crisis line in USA
Crisis line in Australia

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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”

Alaska

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

Amazon

 
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

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

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

Canada

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

Chicago

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

Detroit

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.

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Did You Know – 12/05/2011


Armadillos spend about 80% of their lives asleep – Source


The ears of a cricket are located on the front legs, just below the knee – Source


Chicago got its name from the American indian word for the wild garlic that grew around Lake Michigan – “Chicagaoua” – Source


The following words were invented by william Shakespeare: boredom, disgraceful, hostile, money’s worth, obscene, puke, perplex, on purpose, shooting star, sneak. Until his time People had to have their conversations without these words. Source


The electric chair was invented by a dentist named Dr. Alfred P. Southwick (1826 – 1898). In 1881, Dr. Alfred Southwick witnessed an intoxicated man touch a live electric generator. Given that the man died so quickly, Dr. Southwick concluded that electricity could be used as an alternative to hanging for executions – Source


Thais of Thailand do not like someone touching them on the head. They believe that soul, which is considered extremely sacred, resides in the head, so don’t ever touch a Thai on the head, not even a Thai child – Source

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