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• The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations was founded on October 16, 1945, and to commemorate the date, World Food Day is now celebrated every year on that day. It’s a worldwide event that aims to increase the public’s awareness of world hunger. National Food Bank Week is observed October 14-20 in correspondence with World Food Day, with all citizens urged to contribute to their local food banks. • Nothing is more devastating than the death of an infant, and many organizations have been formed to educate parents and caregivers on how to reduce the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. October is National SIDS Awareness Month, a time to learn more about the leading cause of death in children between the ages of one month and one year. About 2,500 SIDS deaths occur per year in the United States. Research indicates that African-American babies are more than twice as likely to die of SIDS than Caucasian babies, while American Indian and Alaska Native babies are nearly three times as likely. Studies show that infants who sleep on their stomach have a much higher risk, as do those whose mothers smoked during pregnancy. An elevated body temperature contributes to the danger, as does sleeping on a soft mattress. Some scientists think that defects in an infant’s nervous system, where breathing and heart rate are regulated, contribute to the likelihood, as do less-developed brain stems, where respiratory functions are controlled. The good news is that since physicians began instructing parents to put babies to sleep on their backs around 1994, the number of SIDS deaths has declined by more than half.

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• When Louis XIV decided to build a permanent home at Versailles, all work was halted at the Louvre for another 100 years. The King made the decision for a gallery of sculptures to be housed in the abandoned palace. In 1793, the Louvre began its permanent function as a monument to science and the arts. Many of the Louvre’s masterpieces were the spoils of Napoleon I’s war conquests. After Napoleon’s defeat at Waterloo, many of the works of art were returned to their original owners.

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• When World War II broke out in 1939, the majority of the art was evacuated, hidden across France in various sites, and moved several times for security purposes. In early 1945, the masterpieces began their journey back to their permanent home. • In 1986, the art collection was divided, with all pieces completed after 1848 moved to the Musee d’Orsay, a converted train station. • It should be no surprise that the Louvre’s most popular attraction is the Mona Lisa. Painted by Leonardo da Vinci sometime between 1503 and 1506, the subject is thought to be Lisa Gherardini, the wife of a Florentine cloth merchant. It’s believed that da Vinci was invited by King Francois I to work near the king’s castle around 1516, and that da Vinci took the painting with him. The artwork was eventually returned to Italy when da Vinci bequeathed it to his assistant, who possibly sold it to the king around 1518. Before taking up permanent residence in the Louvre, the Mona Lisa hung in Francois I’s Palace of Fontainebleau, the Palace of Versailles, and in Napoleon’s bedroom in the Tuileries Palace. • The Louvre is also home to the armless Venus de Milo, a marble statue discovered in 1820 on a Greek island in the Aegean Sea. It was presented to Louis XVIII, who donated it to the museum. • There is a small remnant of the original fortress walls still standing in the basement of the current structure, dating back to the late 12th century. • When the Da Vinci Code was produced in 2006, many of its scenes were filmed in the Louvre. The museum was paid $2.5 million for allowing the filming to take place in its


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STRANGE BUT TRUE by Samantha Weaver ● It was beloved American actress Katharine Hepburn who made the following sage observation: “If you always do what interests you, at least one person is pleased.” ● Half of the Earth’s surface is covered by the Pacific Ocean. ● Need more evidence that portion sizes in America are getting larger? In the 1964 edition of the iconic “Joy of Cooking,” a recipe for chocolate chip cookies was said to yield 45 servings. When the cookbook’s 1997 edition was published, the same recipe was said to yield 36 servings. ● The original name of the city of Melbourne, Australia, was Batmania. ● In the original calculations made by NASA experts, a landing on the moon was thought to have only a 5 percent chance of success. ● In rural Wisconsin in 1921, two thirdgrade students in a one-room schoolhouse became sweethearts. At the end of the school year, Lorraine Beatty and Mac McKitrick lost touch with each other. This story would be unremarkable, except for what happened 87 years later. In 2009, their brothers, who had become friends, brought the couple back together again. Shortly thereafter, the couple married and moved in with each other in a retirement home. ● The 12th president of the United States, Zachary Taylor, let his horse graze on the White House lawn. ● The oldest government building in the country actually predates the nation: The Palace of the Governors in Santa Fe, N.M., was built in 1610. ***

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