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• How hot must water be before it boils? While we usually think of water’s boiling point as 212 degrees F, that number is not a constant. That is the temperature for water at 1 atmosphere of pressure, or sea level, but as you gain altitude, water boils at a lower temperature. For those who live below sea level, atmospheric pressure is increased, and the boiling point is higher. Purity of the water can also affect how hot the water must be to boil. Salted water boils at a higher temperature than pure water.

• Playwright Tennessee Williams won the 1955 Pulitzer Prize for Drama for his play “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.” Williams, born Thomas Lanier Williams III, penned the story of a wealthy Southern family living on their Mississippi plantation. The plot chronicled the turbulent relationships of the Pollitts, whose cotton tycoon patriarch is slowly dying of cancer. The play was made into a film in 1958, starring Elizabeth Taylor and Paul Newman. • Those who engage in firewalking walk across a bed of hot coals. The ancient act dates back to 1200 B.C., and was a test of an individual’s strength, courage, or faith. How do they do it? According to physics, the amount of time that the foot is in contact with the coals, combined with the fact that embers are not good conductors of heat enable the deed. The laws of thermodynamics say that when two bodies of different temperatures meet, the hotter body will cool off, and the cooler body will heat up. In other words, the foot’s temperature tends to change less than that of the embers. It sounds strange, but it’s actually better to walk at a slower pace, because a person is more like to be burned by running because the feet are pushed deeper into coals, and the tops of the feet are burned.

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• Violets have been cultivated for centuries, clear back to ancient Greece in 500 BC. The Greeks regarded the violet as a symbol of fertility and love, using them in love potions. Violets were also used in their wines and food, as well as for medicinal purposes. A garland of violets worn on the head was said to help prevent headaches and vertigo. The flower was so popular that it became the symbol of Athens. • French emperor Napoleon Bonaparte loved violets so much that he adopted them as his “signature flower.” When his wife Josephine died in 1814, Napoleon covered her grave with violet blossoms. After he was exiled to Elba in 1814, he told friends that he would return before the violets bloomed, leading his followers to call him Corporal Violet. His supporters used violets to test loyalty. When people were asked if they liked violets and they responded, “Eh, bien,” their loyalty to Napoleon was proven. • The common blue violet is also a favorite of the people in Wisconsin, Rhode Island, Illinois, and New Jersey, states that have all declared it their official state flower. • African violets, the world’s most popular houseplant, aren’t really violets at all. They belong to the same family as the primrose, and are native to Tanzania’s tropical rainforests. The scientific name of African violets is Saintpaulia, named after Baron Walter von Saint Paul, the man who discovered the plant in 1892. While real violets prefer shady and cool areas, African violets do best in bright sunlight and should be placed in a sunny window. They also grow best in a humid environment, and should have a humidifier or bowl of water nearby to boost humidity. The leaves are covered with tiny hairs, which help the plant absorb water from the air. African violets are a great houseplant for pet owners, because they are completely non-toxic.

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HEIMLICH MANEUVER

Because it’s National Heimlich Heroes Week, Tidbits is focusing on the life-saving technique, the Heimlich maneuver, along with its creator. • Henry Heimlich, an American thoracic surgeon and medical researcher, graduated from Cornell University, and received his M.D. in 1943. Before he created his famous maneuver designed to save people from choking, he invented the chest drainage flutter valve, now called the Heimlich valve. This device allows and air and blood to drain from the chest cavity, while preventing air from traveling back, used to treat patients with emergency chest wounds or with a collapsed lung that needs to re-expand. Although we hear mostly about the Heimlich maneuver, the chest valve has saved more lives. • Heimlich first described his method of using abdominal thrusts for choking victims in a 1974 article in the Journal of the American Medical Association. He was compelled to create the maneuver after reading that of all accidental deaths, choking was the sixth leading cause. Up to that point, the accepted method of dislodging an object was to slap a choking victim on the back, although this had been shown to drive the object deeper into the chest. Within days of his publication in the journal, a Seattle restaurant owner was reported to have used the abdominal thrust procedure to rescue a choking victim. After a syndicated columnist associated with the medical industry wrote about the new maneuver in his column, the Journal began receiving a large volume of life-saving stories, and the technique became known as the Heimlich Maneuver. ...continued

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HEIMLICH MANEUVER (cont'd):

• The maneuver involves a rescuer standing behind a patient using his/her hands to apply pressure Dell. on the bottom of the diaphragm. This Answer: compresses the lungs and puts pressure on the A VERY LARGE NUMBER foreign object lodged in the trachea. It’s actu• Edward Kasner was a mathematician. In 1938 ally to to perform the with Heimlich maneuhe possible was asked come up a name for a ver on yourself by making a fist with one hand very large number: the numeral one, followed and thezeros. thumbHe of asked that hand below the by placing a hundred his two young ribnephews cage above the navel. The other hand then what name they would suggest. grasps the fist andMilton presses suggested the fist into athename area • Nine-year-old with a quick upward thrust. It’s also possible out of the funnies. A cartoon strip character tonamed lean over a table chair, orMilton railing,chose and Barney wasedge, very popular. Barney’s last name for the number.against the quickly thrust the upper abdomen •edge. Kasner announced the new name for the big in his following next book, altering the spelling. • Innumber the years the journal article, •Henry Sixty Heimlich years later,went Larry and Sergey Brin onPage to invent the Heimdeveloped a new internet search engine.system Other lich Micro-Trach, a portable oxygen search engines each webpage and that allows direct searched delivery oxygen to the lungs ranked them according to how many times a through a tube inserted through the throat. His specific term appeared on them, but Page and invention gave patients moreengine freedom to move, Brin designed their search to search for asthe well as making their oxygen tanks lastmany lonspecific term and then find out how ger. links there were that led back to that page, which resulted in tens a better search engine. • It’s estimated that of thousands of people •have Theybeen decided needed by a name saved they from choking use of that the reflected how many websites the search Heimlich maneuver, including such famous engineaswas searching. They took theTaylor, name names Ronald Reagan, Elizabeth of Edward Kasner’s very large number, only Goldie Hawn, Walter Matthau, and Jack Lemthey misspelled it slightly, so it ended up being mon. Heimlich himself saved two lives, the spelled exactly the same way the cartoon first time inBarney 2000,spelled when, his at age 83, heWhat’s saved character last name. the life of a man choking in a restaurant. it called? (Answer at bottom of page) In his words, “I turned around and saw a man chokCOMPUTER FACTS ing so I did the Heimlich Maneuver and got •it Inout1981 “640had kb my of memory andBill thenGates wentsaid, on and lunch.” ought to be enough for anybody.” Shortly before his death in 2016, when he was •96Moore’s Lawhe states that computer years old, rescued a fellowperformance resident of doubles every 18 to 24 months, and ever since his senior living community by employing the 1971, this has been true. maneuver. • HP, Google, Microsoft, and Apple were all started in garages. THANKS FOR READING TIDBITS! Answer: Google, from googol.

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