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• It’s a no-brainer that macadamia nuts come from the macadamia tree, but what’s the origin of that name? This little nut was named after Dr. John MacAdam, a Scottish-Australian chemist, medical teacher, scientist, and politician. MacAdam promoted the cultivation of the nuts in Australia, and his friend, colleague, and Director of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Dr. Ferdinand Mueller, named the nut after him in 1857. Cultivation of the trees spread to Hawaii in the 1880s, the only area where the nuts are commercially successful.

• When and why did folks make the transition from pocket watches to wristwatches? In 1907, Brazilian aviator Alberto Santos-Dumont, a pioneer in the airship and dirigible industry, asked French jeweler Louis Cartier to design a watch for his wrist, to enable him to check his flying time in speed trials without having to continually reach into his pocket. The invention gained further popularity during World War I with soldiers serving in the trenches. • Why do chicken eggs vary in size? Generally, the older the chicken the bigger the egg. However, different breeds, such as the Leghorn, tend to lay larger eggs. The size – Jumbo, Extra Large, Large, Medium, etc. – is determined by the minimum weight per dozen. For example, a dozen Jumbo eggs must weigh at least 30 oz., while Extra Large dozens must weigh 27 oz., and Large, 24 oz. • Do you ever get lunar and solar eclipses confused? A lunar eclipse occurs when the Earth is between the moon and the sun and the Earth blocks out the moon. In a solar eclipse, the moon is between the Earth and sun, and the moon blocks out the sun. ...continued


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• Wine-lovers everywhere can be seen opening a bottle and letting it “breathe.” Did you know the practice only needs to done with red wines over ten years old? The bottle should be opened an hour before to allow any sediment to settle as well as to let the wine absorb oxygen. The procedure is useless for a one-year-old bottle of white wine. Letting red wine breathe improves the bouquet of some wines, releasing esters, ethers, and aldehydes, those compounds responsible for the fruity taste in wine.

• And why do some wine connoisseurs often sniff the cork from the wine bottle? There really is no need to smell a cork, it’s really the wine that needs to be smelled. The cork just needs to be checked for moistness, to ensure that the wine has been stored correctly, on its side. The cork needs to be wet in order to expand and thus prevent air from getting into the bottle. A dry cork indicates that air has very likely gotten into the wine, damaging it. • There are any number of reasons why people snore. Snoring is the sound of air rushing and vibrating through narrow upper air passages in the throat and nose. As the muscles in the upper airways relax, airflow is decreased, causing a turbulence in the airflow, producing a harsh noise. About 40% of adults snore, men more than women, more prevalent among those who sleep on their backs, and increasing as we age. Snoring can be a symptom of sleep apnea, a sleep disorder that occurs when a person’s breathing is frequently interrupted during sleep. Losing weight helps with snoring, since overweight people have extra tissue in the back of their throat, which, when the body relaxes during sleep, drops down and blocks the airway. ...continued

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• On Feb. 1, 1887, Harvey Wilcox officially registers "Hollywood" with the Los Angeles County recorder's office. Wilcox and his wife bought 160 acres of land in the foothills west of Los Angeles. They envisioned it as the perfect site for a utopian-like community for devout Christians, where they could live a highly moral life free of vices such as alcohol. • On Jan. 29, 1936, the Baseball Hall of Fame elects its first members in Cooperstown, New York: Ty Cobb, Babe Ruth, Honus Wagner, Christy Matthewson and Walter Johnson. • On Jan. 31, 1950, President Harry Truman announces his decision to support development of the hydrogen bomb. On Nov. 1, 1952, the United States successfully detonated "Mike," the world's first hydrogen bomb, on the Elugelab Atoll in the Pacific Marshall Islands. • On Feb. 3, 1966, the Soviet Union makes the first controlled landing on the moon, when its unmanned spacecraft Lunik 9 touches down on the Ocean of Storms. After a soft landing, it began transmitting images back to Earth. • On Feb. 2, 1970, antiwar protestors file suit against the Dow Chemical Company in a Washington, D.C., court in an attempt to prove that it is still making napalm, a jelly-like gasoline used in bombs during the Vietnam War. Dow had lost its government contract to produce napalm in June 1969. • On Jan. 28, 1986, the space shuttle Challenger lifts off from Cape Canaveral, Florida, with seven crewmembers aboard. Seventy-three seconds later, the shuttle broke up in a forking plume of smoke and fire. There were no survivors. • On Jan. 30, 1994, American speed skater Dan Jansen sets a new world record of 35.76 at the World Sprint Championships in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Jansen would win Olympic gold three weeks later in final race of his career, the 1,000-meter event in Lillehammer, Norway. © 2018 Hearst Communications, Inc. All Rights Reserved


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• Tetra-amelia syndrome is caused by a mutation in the WNT3 gene, the one involved in formation of limbs and other body systems. Mutations prevent cells from producing WNT3 protein, which leads to birth defects. There are seven known individuals on Earth living with this syndrome. • Nick was born with no arms, but with two very small, deformed feet, one of which he refers to as his “chicken drumstick” because of its shape. The toes of that foot were fused, and surgery was performed to separate the toes to enable him to use them as fingers that can grab objects, turn pages, and operate a cell phone, computer, and electric wheelchair. • At the tender age of 10, having been severely bullied, and feeling no purpose for his life, in the depths of struggling with depression, Nick attempted suicide. At age 17, he happened onto an article about a severely disabled man who refused to allow physical disabilities to rule his life. From that moment forward, Nick stopped looking at everything he lacked, focusing on what he could do with his life.

• At 23, Nick founded an international nonprofit organization called Life Without Limbs, focused on ministry and evangelism. Two years later, in 2007, he established his motivational speaking company Attitude is Altitude, through which he has traveled to more than 60 countries delivering inspirational lectures to more than six million people. • Nick hasn’t let his disability get him down – he enjoys hobbies of fishing, painting, and swimming. In 2010, he released his first book Life Without Limits, which has been translated into over 30 languages, and he has since written seven more, including Stand Strong and Love Without Limits. He’s an actor, having starred in the short film The Butterfly Circus in 2010, and received the Best Actor in a Short Film award at the Method Fest Independent Film Festival. He’s a musician, releasing a single and music video in 2011. • In 2012, Nick married Mexico native Kanae Miyahara, a young woman who had attended one of his speeches. They now have two sons and a set of identical twin daughters. • “If God can use a man without arms and legs to be His hands and feet, then He will certainly use any willing heart.” – Nick Vuicic

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• In December of 1982, Nick was born to Serbian parents living in Australia, where they emigrated from Yugoslavia. Although there had been no abnormalities detected in three sonograms, Nick was born with tetraamelia syndrome, a rare disorder characterized by the absence or deformity of all four limbs. At first, his mother refused to hold him or even look at him, but she and her husband eventually accepted Nick.

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• It wasn’t until 1795 that the first written reference was made to a ghostly ship referred to by sailors as the Flying Dutchman. Answer: Dell.

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"Life's Mysteries" and "The Flying Dutchman"

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"Life's Mysteries" and "The Flying Dutchman"