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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….6/21/2010

1. Fly in Reverse. Hummingbirds are among the world’s smallest birds. They can hover by rapidly flapping their wings 12 to 90 times per second, and are unique in the bird world for their ability to fly backwards.

2. Nap Times. Most humans tend to sleep for about seven to nine hours each night. Bats, however, need their beauty rest – they nap for almost 20 hours a day. Deer, on the other hand, only rest up for about three hours.

3. Perfection at the game. A perfect baseball game requires that only one pitcher is used, and that pitcher must not let any batter reach first base.

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4. First calculator. You could say the first calculator was the abacus, which was documented in Mesopotamia almost 6,000 years ago. Today’s version, with sliding beads on rods, goes back to at least the 15th Century in China and is still used in some parts of the world where calculators are not available or simply not trusted.

5. Michigan State, USA. It has the longest freshwater shoreline of any political subdivision in the world, being bounded by four of the five Great Lakes, plus Lake Saint Clair. In 2005, Michigan ranked third among US states for the number of registered recreational boats, behind California and Florida.[6] Michigan has 64,980 inland lakes and ponds.

6. There is a word in the English language with only one vowel, which occurs six times: Indivisibility


7. New Zealand kiwis lay the largest eggs with respect to their body size of any bird.

8. The smallest mountain range in the world is named the Sutter Buttes. The Buttes are located just outside of Yuba City, California in the Sacramento Valley, the northern part of the Central Valley. They are named for John Sutter, who received a large land grant from the Mexican government.

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