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Did You Know – 11/2/2015

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  1. Global Warming – Hmmmm maybe notDid you know that NASA reported today that the amount of ice in the Antartica is growing. (Varney – Fox news)

The new Antarctic sea ice record reflects the diversity and complexity of Earth’s environments, said NASA researchers. Claire Parkinson, a senior scientist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, has referred to changes in sea ice coverage as a microcosm of global climate change. Just as the temperatures in some regions of the planet are colder than average, even in our warming world, Antarctic sea ice has been increasing and bucking the overall trend of ice loss.

“The planet as a whole is doing what was expected in terms of warming. Sea ice as a whole is decreasing as expected, but just like with global warming, not every location with sea ice will have a downward trend in ice extent,” Parkinson said.

To read the whole article click here

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2. During President Barack Obama’s first term, the federal government accumulated more debt than it did under the prior 42 U.S presidents combined. – Just saying.

More than 63,300 manufacturing facilities in the United States have been permanently shut down since 2001.

Source – 20 surprising facts about the U.S. Economy –  By Elizabeth MacDonald –very interesting reading 

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3. Study in Philadelphia USA, shows that 3/4 of the children by the age of 4 have been given their own tablet, smartphone or iPod. 

High percentage use it to send the children to sleep. 

As A Baby Boomer that seems shocking to me.

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4. When you were born, you were, for a moment, the youngest person on earth.

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5. Kissing burns 2 calories a minute. Undressing burns 8.

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6. A study measuring the effects of music found that cows produce more milk when listening to soothing music. They produce the most when listening to R.E.M’s “Everybody Hurts.”

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7. Sea otters hold hands when they sleep to keep from drifting apart.

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NASA | Earthrise: The 45th Anniversary

Published on Dec 20, 2013
In December of 1968, the crew of Apollo 8 became the first people to leave our home planet and travel to another body in space. But as crew members Frank Borman, James Lovell, and William Anders all later recalled, the most important thing they discovered was Earth.

Using photo mosaics and elevation data from Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO), this video commemorates the 45th anniversary of Apollo 8’s historic flight by recreating the moment when the crew first saw and photographed the Earth rising from behind the Moon. Narrator Andrew Chaikin, author of A Man on the Moon, sets the scene for a three-minute visualization of the view from both inside and outside the spacecraft accompanied by the onboard audio of the astronauts.

The visualization draws on numerous historical sources, including the actual cloud pattern on Earth from the ESSA-7 satellite and dozens of photographs taken by Apollo 8, and it reveals new, historically significant information about the Earthrise photographs. It has not been widely known, for example, that the spacecraft was rolling when the photos were taken, and that it was this roll that brought the Earth into view. The visualization establishes the precise timing of the roll and, for the first time ever, identifies which window each photograph was taken from.

The key to the new work is a set of vertical stereo photographs taken by a camera mounted in the Command Module’s rendezvous window and pointing straight down onto the lunar surface. It automatically photographed the surface every 20 seconds. By registering each photograph to a model of the terrain based on LRO data, the orientation of the spacecraft can be precisely determined.

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Did You Know – 08/20/2013

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1. According to AARP –  The median net worth of Americans under 35 is now $3,662.  Ages 55 to 64 – $162.065 in net worth

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2. 18 to 24 year olds average 510 Facebook Friends and ages 55 to 64 averages 113

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3. The percentage of young people with drivers licenses has plunged. They driver about a quarter less than their counterparts did eight years ago.

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4. 41 percent of young people are not hooked up to a landline phone.  Guess what – 83% of them sleep next to their mobile devices

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5.  KFC fears that “Generation Mc Nugget” doesn’t understand old- school chicken with bones.  Solution – Buckets of Boneless chicken

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6. Only 18 percent of those who are 18 to 34 say owning their own home is is one of the most important things in their life

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7. Saving the Planet? –  Three times more Millennials than boomers  said they did not make any personal effort to help the environment

source:- Meghan Bogardus AARP – The Magazine

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Poem Friday – The Strangest Way

The Strangest Way
Author Lesley Voth

I had no idea what I would write today
Then something came to me in the strangest way

Does that happen to you sometimes
You ask a question and you are given signs

If you are not still and open to the answers
Not be aware of those things, those enhancers

You may ignore and you may miss
The touch of beauty, that tender kiss

When I look at photography that is amazing
Something deep, beautiful well worth praising

It makes my soul at peace and so content
Not wasting my time, no its time well spent

Its like my grandchildren’s presence makes my life a joy
I don’t know what it is, it’s warm, a feeling nothing can destroy

So when I received the answer to my thoughts
It was from someone with great talents, earnt not bought

It was a movie called “Human Planet”, footage was rare
Intriguing, beautiful, some different clothing, some bare

Anyway thats my poem today
Came to me in the strangest way

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