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World Environment Day (continued) • If you were to add up the amount of separate pieces of paper trash that each American throws away per year, it would be approximately 13,000 pieces of paper. A large percentage of this is packaging and junk mail. • An amazing fact: If you were to lay out all the paper that American businesses generate in just one day, that paper would be enough to circle the Earth about 20 times. • When a glass bottle is recycled, the process considerably cuts back on the air and water pollution that occurs when you create the bottle from raw materials. • Do it online? If American households went online to view and pay their bills, it would save over 16 million trees. Find out what services and options are available to you. • Recycle your newspapers whenever you can. Each year, 10 million tons (9.1 million kg) of newspaper are not recycled, but thrown away in landfills. If we changed this habit altogether, we could save up to 75 million trees. • Public transportation produces 95 percent less carbon monoxide (CO), 90 percent less volatile organic compounds (VOCs), and about half as much carbon dioxide (CO2) and nitrogen oxide (NOx), per passenger mile as private vehicles. Energy-related carbon dioxide emissions represent about 82 percent of the total U.S. humanmade greenhouse emissions. • Forty-nine percent of America’s electricity comes from burning coal. Sixty three percent of fossil fuel electricity comes from burning coal, 29 percent from burning natural gas and 9 percent from burning oil. • The combustion of fossil fuels supplies over 40 percent of the electricity the entire world uses. • It takes approximately 394 pounds (179 kg) of coal to keep a single 100-watt incandescent light bulb burning for 12 hours each day for one year. • For every 1 percent decrease in the Earth’s ozone layer, there is a 2 percent increase in the incidence of skin cancer in humans.

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Issue #1140 • Did you know that Americans throw away approximately 2.5 million plastic bottles every hour? Meeting the nation’s demand for bottled water requires more than 1.5 million barrels of oil annually. That is enough to fuel an estimated 100,000 cars for a year. • How it all began: From the conservation movement at the beginning of the 20h century, there has been a steady progression. In the sixties the great concern centered on chemical pesticides. • Many believe the ecological movement was born with author Rachel Carson’s classic book, “Silent Spring.” • The ecology movement’s growth has been stimulated by a widespread acknowledgment of an ecological crisis on our planet.

• Every minute you cut from your shower is • Big Earth Day issues through the years: roughly 5 gallons (19 liters) of water saved. There was a great deal of concern over The less time your shower takes, the lower nuclear weapons and nuclear power in your impact on the environment. 1960s and 1970s; the big issue in the 1980s was acid rain; in the 1990s, ozone • Lighters are usually considered disposdepletion and deforestation; and now cliable so they will most likely end up in land mate change and global warming are the fills. You can use the cardboard matches biggest concerns for many. that are more eco-friendly because they are made of recyclable material. • Geothermal energy from the Earth is abundant. If we could utilize just 5 percent of the geothermal “wealth” we have here in the Unites States, we could supply the electricity needs for 260 million Americans. America’s population at the moment is right around 300 million. • If laundromats in the United States switched to front-loading machines, we could save a whole lot of water. If just one load of wash per day was washed by a front loader rather than a top-loading machine, we’d save 1 million gallons (3.8 million liters) of water a day. • America’s refrigerators use about 7 percent of the nation’s total electricity consumption, the output of about 25 large power plants.


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• On May 31, 1859, the famous tower clock known as Big Ben, located atop the 320-foot-high St. Stephen’s Tower, rings out over the Houses of Parliament in Westminster, London, for the first time. Its famously accurate timekeeping is regulated by a stack of coins placed on the clock’s huge pendulum. • On June 2, 1924, President Calvin Coolidge signs the Indian Citizen Act, granting automatic American citizenship to Native Americans born in the United States. The law attempted to finalize Indian assimilation into white culture while permitting Indians to retain some of their tribal traditions. • On June 6, 1933, eager motorists park their automobiles on the grounds of Park-In Theaters in Camden, N.J., the first-ever drivein movie theater. Advertising it as entertainment for the whole family, Richard Hollingshead charged 25 cents per car and 25 cents per person, with no group paying more than one dollar. • On June 4, 1942, the Battle of Midway begins. During the four-day sea-and-air battle, the outnumbered U.S. Pacific Fleet succeeded in destroying four Japanese aircraft carriers while losing only one of its own, the Yorktown. • On June 3, 1956, in Santa Cruz, Calif., city authorities announced a total ban on rock and roll at public gatherings, calling the music “Detrimental to both the health and morals of our youth and community.” Two weeks later, Time magazine reported on similar bans enacted in Asbury Park, N.J., and San Antonio, Texas. • On June 5, 1968, Senator Robert Kennedy is shot at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles after winning the California presidential primary. Kennedy was shot several times by 22-year-old Palestinian Sirhan Sirhan. He died a day later. • On June 1, 1980, CNN (Cable News Network), the world’s first 24-hour television news network, makes its debut. The network signed on at 6 p.m. EST from its headquarters in Atlanta, with a lead story about the attempted assassination of civilrights leader Vernon Jordan.

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A wife had become so domineering that her husband insisted she see a psychiatrist. The wife consented, and the couple went to a doctor. The husband waited outside, and when his spouse emerged after the hourlong session, he asked, “Did you make any progress?”“Not much,” she replied. “It took me fifty minutes to convince that man that his couch would look better against the wall.”

A mother complained to her doctor about her daughter’s strange eating habits. “All day long she lies in bed and eats yeast and car wax. What will happen to her?”“Eventually,” An airline captain was breaking in a new said the Doctor, “”she will rise and shine!” blonde stewardess. The route they were flying had a layover in another city. Upon their A local charitable organization realized arrival, the captain showed the stewardess that the organization had never received the best place for airline personnel to eat, a donation from the town’s most successshop and stay overnight.The next morning, ful lawyer. The person in charge of contrias the pilot was preparing the crew for the butions called him to persuade him to conday’s route, he noticed the new stewardess tribute. “Our research shows that out of a was missing. He knew which room she was yearly income of at least $500,000, you give in at the hotel and called her up wondering not a penny to charity. Wouldn’t you like to what happened. She answered the phone, give back to the community in some way?” crying, and said she couldn’t get out of her The lawyer mulled this over for a moment room. “You can’t get out of your room?” the and replied, “First, did your research also captain asked, “Why not?”The steward- show that my mother is dying after a long illess replied: “There are only three doors in ness, and has medical bills that are several here,” she sobbed. “One is the bathroom, times her annual income? ”Embarrassed, one is the closet, and one has a sign on it the United Way rep mumbled, “Um ... no.” The lawyer interrupts, “or that my brother, a that says ‘Do Not Disturb’!” disabled veteran, is blind and confined to a Grandpa and granddaugher were sitting wheelchair?” The stricken United Way rep talking when she asked, “Did God make began to stammer out an apology, but was you, Grandpa?”“Yes, God made me,” the interrupted again. “or that my sister’s husgrandfather answered. A few minutes later, band died in a traffic accident,” the lawyer’s the little girl asked him, “Did God make me voice rising in indignation, “leaving her pentoo?”“Yes, He did,” the older man answered. niless with three children?!” The humiliated For a few minutes, the little girl seemed to United Way rep, completely beaten, said be studying her grandpa, as well as her own simply, “I had no idea... ”On a roll, the lawreflection in the mirror, while her grandfa- yer cut him off once again, “So if I don’t give ther wondered what was running through any money to them, why should I give any her mind. At last she spoke up. “You know, to you?” Grandpa,” she said, “God’s doing a lot betA nursery school teacher was delivering ter job lately.” a station wagon full of kids home one day Two Redneck hunters were dragging their when a fire truck zoomed past. Sitting in dead deer back to their pickemup truck. An- the front seat of the fire truck was a Dalmaother hunter approached pulling his along tian dog. The children began discussing the too. “Hey,” says the lone hunter, “I don’t dog’s duties. “They use him to keep crowds want to tell you how to do something... but I back,” said one youngster. “No,” said ancan tell you that it’s much easier if you drag other, “he’s just for good luck.” A third child the deer in the opposite direction. Then the brought the argument to a close. “They use antlers won’t dig into the ground.” After the the dogs,” she said firmly, “to find the fire lone hunter left, the two Rednecks decided hydrant.”

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• It was British Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli who made the following observation: “My idea of an agreeable person is a person who agrees with me.” • Hunters, take note: The largest deer that ever lived was the Irish elk, which became extinct more than 7,000 years ago. Though it stood a remarkable 7 feet tall at the shoulders, the creature’s most amazing characteristic was its antlers, which could stretch 12 feet from tip to tip and weigh up to 90 pounds. Imagine that rack hanging on your living-room wall! • If you are a parent, you probably won’t be surprised to learn that among the under-18 crowd, strawberries are the favorite fruit, followed closely by grapes and bananas. • Google Earth, the virtual geographic information program, isn’t just a fun thing to fiddle with on your computer; it can be a law-enforcement tool, too. Just last year, police in Switzerland noticed a cornfield that looked a bit odd; it turns out that the farmer was raising marijuana and had hidden the two-acre plot within his corn fields. • The koala bear, that cute and cuddly icon of Down Under, never drinks water. The critters get all the water they need from the food they eat. • Medical experts say that coconut water has the same pH and electrolyte balance as human blood. In fact, during World War II, doctors who were running low on supplies used coconut water in plasma transfusions. • In 2002, in an effort to be more environmentally friendly, Ireland decided to try to reduce the use of plastic grocery bags by levying a 15-cent tax on each one. It worked, too -- use of the bags dropped by 95 percent. (c) 2010 King Features Synd., Inc.

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