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Did You Know – 09/18/2018

An acre of hemp produces more paper than an acre of trees. Paper made from hemp lasts for centuries, compared to 25-80 years for paper made from wood pulp. The US Declaration of Independence was written on hemp paper.

 

2. 10 Good uses for salt –

1. Deter ants
Sprinkle salt in doorways, on window sills and anywhere else ants use to sneak into your house. It’s a sure way to keep them out!

2. Kill grass and weeds growing in cracks in your driveway
Tired of weeding your driveway? Sprinkle salt on the grass and pour very hot water over it. Not only is this a highly effective way to kill unwanted plants, it’s also eco-friendly and cheap.

3. Say goodbye to fleas
If your dogs have fleas, simply wash their doghouse and blankets in salt water. If you’re worried your dogs may have brought fleas into your house, simply sprinkle your carpets lightly with salt and then brush it in. Leave it for 12 hours and vacuum thoroughly.

4. Pick up a dropped egg
If you drop an egg on the kitchen floor, sprinkle salt on the mess and leave it there for 20 minutes. You’ll be able to wipe it right up.

5. Clean up oven spills quickly
If a pie or casserole bubbles over in the oven, pour a handful of salt on top of the spill. It won’t smoke, smell and, most importantly, will bake into a crust that makes the mess easier to clean once it’s cooled.

6. Clean brown spots off your iron
Simply sprinkle salt on a sheet of waxed paper, slide the iron across it and rub lightly with silver polish. Your iron will look like brand-new in no time.

7. Remove stains from your coffee pot
Fill it with 1/4 cup of table salt and a dozen ice cubes. Swish the mixture around, let it sit for half an hour, fill it with cold water and rinse. Your coffee pot will look brand new.

8. Keep your windshield frost-free
Dip a sponge into salt water and rub it on windows, and they won’t frost up even when the mercury drops below zero.

9. Shell nuts more easily
Soak pecans and walnuts in salt water for a few hours before shelling them. Doing so will make it easier to remove the meat.

10. Drip-proof candles
If you soak new candles in a strong salt solution for a few hours, then dry them well, they won’t drip when you burn them.

And some more uses

11. Tame a wild BBQ
Toss a bit of salt on the flames caused by fat dripping from the grill. It’ll reduce the flames and calm the smoke without cooling the coals (like water would).

12. Soothe a bee sting
Wet the sting right away, then cover it with salt.

13. Stop a grease fire
Pouring salt on top of a grease fire will smother it. Completely.

14. Cooking tip
If a soup or stew is too sweet, add a pinch of salt.

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3. Aspirin discovered during experimentation –

Bayer died on May 6, 1880, while the company was still in the fabric dye business. The company went on to employ chemists to come up with innovative dyes and products and in 1897 that’s exactly what one of the chemists, Felix Hoffmann, did.

While experimenting with a waste product of one of the dye components to find relieve for his father’s rheumatism, Hoffmann chemically synthesised a stable form of salicylic acid powder. The compound became the active ingredient in a pharmaceutical wonder product: Aspirin.

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4.  In Texas, two categories of men are exempt from peeping tom charges: men over 50 and men with only one eye.

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5. Can’t remember if an egg is fresh or hard-boiled? Just spin the egg. If it wobbles, it’s raw. If it spins easily, it’s hard boiled.

eggsA fresh egg will sink in water, a stale one will float.

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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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Not The Devils Sting

Not The Devils Sting
Author; Lesley Voth

How thankful am I for those unseen
I call them my angels, beautiful and pristine

They help me be strong, they hold me up
They help me see not an empty but a full cup

Right now I am being held beneath their wings
protecting me from some of what life brings

I know, that they know, my tears will disappear
But right now they see sadness, disappointment and fear

I need my own space so I can be me, and heal
A place on my own, so I am free to breathe, faith to feel

I so want to sing that song from deep inside
Feel joy, love, know life is a long and meaningful, genuine ride

I have made mistakes, in fact many, that is true
You reap what you sow and I guess that is why I am feeling blue

So now I hope what tomorrow will bring
Will be an angels touch not the devils sting

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