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Did You Know – 07/21/2015

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1. A bee sting is acidic and a wasp sting is Alkali. To treat a sting by one of these you should use the opposite type of chemical. Bee stings needs to be neutralised with sodium bicarbonate and wasp stings are alkaline and can be treated with vinegar!

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2. The evergreen tree family includes mango, pistachio, cashew, and poison ivy.

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3. Apart from humans the animal most likely to suffer from leprosy is the armadillo

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4. The original flight by Wilbur Wright in 1903 was 75ft shorter than the wingspan of a Boeing 747.

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5. On July 7, 1928, sliced bread was first put on sale to the public by the by the Chillicothe Baking Company of Chillicothe, Missouri, USA.


In 1943, the US imposed a ban on sliced bread as a wartime conservation measure. The ban was rescinded after only seven weeks.


The Ancient Egyptians used to pay workers in bread and beer but the use of “dough” in English as slang for “money” dates back only to 1851.

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6.Threefold coincidence relating to apples

On June 29, 1975, Steve Wozniak tested the first working prototype of his Apple I computer.

On June 29, 2007, Apple Inc released the iPhone, their first mobile phone.

June 29, 2015, sees the first night of a new production of Rossini’s apple-related opera William Tell at the Royal Opera House.

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Research in 2005 reported that mice fed concentrated apple juice perform better in mazes.

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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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The T-Mobile Royal Wedding

I am a Royalist from way back and am so looking forward to viewing the wedding of William and Kate. I watched the 20/20 program on the ABC the other night by Barbara Walter’s and thought it was excellent. I so wish them well and the day be full of festivities and celebration. We all need some ‘Love’ in the air, don’t you think?

This is a fun video.

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