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BREAK RECORDS! by Blue Sullivan There are certain records that you may be familiar with. The fastest 100-meter dash, the top speed for a land vehicle and the ﬁrst breaking of the sound barrier are just three common examples. We may not all know who holds these records, but at least we know these records are out there. Then, of course, there are other records that sit happily outside of the norm. Not only will almost no one know the names of these “famous” record holders, very few people will even be aware that these records exist. Here are a few examples of unusual bests from around the globe. • The record for “Most People Inside of a Bubble” is held by Fan and Deni Yang. The two wowed an audience with their outlandish talent for creating bubbles. As part of this year’s BubbleFest in Santa Ana, California, at the city’s Discovery Science Center, they created a soap bubble so large that they were able to ﬁt 118 people inside it, setting the current world record. The BubbleFest, now in its 16th year, celebrates the science and math principles of bubbles. More record breaking Tidbits on page 2!
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To advertise call 970.475.4829 • Did you know that Chris Elliott and Tyson Turk of Bedford, Texas, hold the world record for the most body piercings in one session? Three thousand, one hundred piercings were performed in just over six hours, topping the previous best of 1,015 by a couple in the United Kingdom. (It seems some people aren’t happy with a nice pair of earrings anymore.) • For Takuo Toda, chairman of the Japan Origami Airplane Association, breaking the “Longest Paper Airplane Flight” record with his time of 27.9 seconds was the culmination of an 11-year scientiﬁc eﬀort. In April of 2009, Toda ﬁnally reached his goal when he turned a sheet of light sugarcane into a 10-cm craft that stayed aloft for almost 30 seconds. Toda’s model bore a striking resemblance to a NASA space shuttle that he recalled watching three decades before, yet Toda claims that his design actually preceded NASA’s by three or four years. In 1980, he began lobbying for a proposal to launch paper darts from the International Space Station, and in 2008, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency announced a three-year, 90 million yen (over 1.1 million U.S. dollars) study of that very thing. Though it may sound frivolous on its surface, the research could yield valuable information on how future spacecraft may be lighter and more aerodynamic. The next time your co-worker teases you for making paper airplanes, tell him you’re doing it for science! • American Ashrita Furman presently holds 113 places of distinction within the “Guinness Book of World Records.” Nicknamed “Mr. Versatility,” Furman has set more than 340 records since 1979 in 35 countries on each of the world’s continents. In 2010, he sprinted his way into history with the aid of something generally reserved for the water — a pair of black and blue swim ﬁns. He ran a mile (in ﬁns) in 7 minutes, 56 seconds. In addition to breaking the “eight minute land swim ﬁn mile” (a phrase that we are hoping to popularize), Furman’s accomplishment made him the current record holder for holding current records (the aforementioned 113). • Breaking the “World’s Fastest Furniture” record, a lounge chair created by a design group from the United Kingdom was clocked at 87 miles per
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Nestled in the San Fernando Valley, just over the hill from Hollywood, is one of Los Angeles’ great attractions, The Universal Theme Park. Though Disneyland has the more heralded history and gets a majority of the press, Universal has quietly carved out a place of magic and wonder for locals and visiting tourists since 1964. In fact, it is estimated that over 100 million men, women and children have since walked the Universal Grounds, making it one of the top tourist attractions in U.S. history. • The Universal back lot tour oﬃcially opened to the public in 1964, although informal tours were available to the public before then. The ﬁrst tours were walking tours, allowing visitors to get a look at productions ﬁlming on the studio lot. In addition to getting a glimpse of active sets, guests were given a look behind the scenes in the dressing rooms of their favorite Universal stars. These early tours lasted about 90 minutes. • In the next decade, walking tours were replaced with more state-of-the-art transportation. A pink-and-white tram nicknamed the “Glam-
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By Samantha Weaver • It was noted American science ﬁction author Philip K. Dick who made the following sage observation: “Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn’t go away.” • The ﬁrst chocolate factory in the United States was established even before the states were united. Back in 1765, two enterprising men named John Hanan and James Baker chose Dorchester, Mass., as the site for their factory, which they mechanized by using waterpower. • If you’re like the average American, you eat 23 quarts of ice cream every year. • You might be surprised to learn that the given name of iconic Apache leader Geronimo, Goyathlay, translates as “one who yawns.” And the very name Apache isn’t what the tribe originally called itself; it’s word from the Zuni Indian language, and it means “enemy.” • In a scant 100 years, from 1500 to 1600, the population of the city of London quadrupled in size. • Singer and songwriter Roger Miller, best known for his hit song “King of the Road,” had a passion for music early, even though his family was poor. When he was in grade school, he spent his weekends picking cotton so he could save up enough money to buy a guitar. After eighth grade he quit school and went to work herding cattle and riding in rodeos. • Interestingly, the word “pudding” came into the English language from the German word “puddek,” which means “sausage.” Thought for the Day: “We are not afraid to entrust the American people with unpleasant facts, foreign ideas, alien philosophies and competitive values. For a nation that is afraid to let its people judge the truth and falsehood in an open market is a nation that is afraid of its people.” -- John F. Kennedy (c) 2012 King Features Synd., Inc.
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She said what? “It is common sense that when women are able to plan their pregnancies, populations grow more slowly and as a result so do greenhouse gas emissions. Providing access to contraception and preventative health should be one of the many eﬀective strategies used to ﬁght climate change.” --Stanford University executive and climate activist Kavita Ramdas
Charlie “Tremendous” Jones said, “You are the same today as you’ll be in ﬁve years except for two things, the books you read and the people you meet.” Let’s focus on Dr. Ron Ross “the people you meet.” The popular word for this is “networking.” But I have never considered meeting people “work”, and I’m not really interested in “netting” someone into my web of inﬂuence. I do, however, love to get acquainted with people, exchange ideas, make new friends and develop more business contacts. Here are three suggestions for nurturing your network that have worked for me in business, ministry and friendship for over 50 years on ﬁve continents in 17 countries and 47 states. First, whenever you meet someone new, learn about them before you reveal how wonderful you are. If you’re like me, the ﬁrst thing you want to do is to start talking about yourself. Fight that urge; talking about yourself provides you no new information. It’s the other person who can teach you something. You will learn a whole lot more by getting other people to talk about themselves than by talking about yourself. There’s an added beneﬁt: the more you get people to talk about themselves, the more popular you will be. Second, keep track of the people you meet. Get their contact information and set up ways to stay in touch. Several years ago my wife and I were considering purchasing a new house, so late one Sunday afternoon we stopped by an open house in a neighborhood we liked. The ﬁrst thing the realtor did was to learn about our particular housing needs and preferences. He took our name and phone number and promised to get back with us the next day. Armed with the information he had gleaned from us the day before, he found for us the perfect house priced exactly within our budget and we bought it. But more than that, he has stayed in touch with us over the years and has bought and sold for us several houses earning himself tens of thousands of dollars in commissions. There is a reason he is always one of the top producers for his company: he nurtures his network. Third, whenever you meet someone, see it as a divine appointment. Many years ago my wife and I were preparing to go to Africa as missionaries. We had to attend a church convention in Saint Louis, Missouri as a part of our fund raising activities. While on our two-day drive to the convention we stopped at a restaurant for lunch. There were several people waiting in line but it seemed no one was really in charge. So when a table started to open up we moved toward that table at precisely the same time as another couple. Instead of ﬁghting over the table we decided to share it. We soon discovered we were going to the same church convention. Now here’s the “divine appointment” part: this couple was in charge of the mission budget for their home church. This “chance” meeting turned into nearly a decade of friendship and ﬁnancial support from them and their home church. Get people to talk about themselves, keep in touch with the people you meet, and consider every meeting a divine appointment. That’s how you nurture your network. “Prepare for the Boom” is a series of columns that will appear over the next six months. A compilation of the series will be made available toward the end of the series. Dr. Ross is the publisher of Tidbits of Greeley & West Weld County. To contact him email: RonaldDRoss@gmail.com
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