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• When Shakespeare was 33, he had already written 15 of his 37 plays. He purchased Stratford’s second-largest house and was doing quite well for himself. He was not only writing plays, he was acting in his own plays as well as in others’ productions, and was co-owner of a drama company. At age 35, he and his business partners built their own London theater, the Globe, a three-storied theater with a seating capacity of 3,000. In addition to his 12.5% share of the Globe, Shakespeare purchased real estate leases near his Stratford home, which quickly doubled in value, providing him an income of 60 pounds a year (about $17,500 in today’s dollars), income that enabled him to write his plays uninterrupted. He became quite wealthy as his real estate portfolio increased. • When the plague broke out in Europe in 1592, all London theaters were closed and no plays were presented. Shakespeare began to write poetry during this period, and he went on to pen 154 sonnets. Shakespeare himeself had already survived an outbreak of the bubonic plague at the tender age of three months. • Shakespeare’s plays are generally separated into three main categories – comedies, histories, and tragedies. You might be familiar with the comedies “All’s Well that Ends Well,” “Much Ado about Nothing,” and “As You Like it.” “Henry IV,” “Henry V,” and “Julius Caesar” are considered historical. Nearly everyone is familiar with Shakespeare’s great tragedy “Romeo and Juliet,” and “Hamlet” and “Othello” are tragedies as well. The Globe Theater advertised what type of play was being performed by hanging colored flags outside. A red flag signified a historical play, while white was for comedy, and black for a tragedy. ...continued
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• Shakespeare had also written his own epitaph for his grave, one that included a curse on anyone who moved his bones. In his time, digging up bones was a common practice, for religious or research purposes, or to make way for more graves. Some bones were even used for fertilizer. Fearful that this would happen to him, Shakespeare’s epitaph was carved into his headstone, “Blest be the man that spares these stones, And curst be he that moves my bones.” • The first portfolio of Shakespeare’s plays was not published until seven years after his death. Published as Mr. William Shakespeare’s Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies, the collection is commonly referred to as the First Folio, and contained 36 plays. The volume was published by two of Shakespeare’s fellow actors. At least two of his plays have been lost over time, “Cardenio” and “Love’s Labours Won.” • Shakespeare’s plays refer to dogs 200 times and to birds 600 times. In the late 1800s, an ardent U.S. Shakespeare fan, realizing that several of the bird species mentioned in the plays were not found in America, endeavored to import each of those missing varieties as a tribute to the playwright. How could this gentleman know what he would create? He released 100 European starlings into New York City’s Central Park. Sixty years later there were 50 million starlings across the country, becoming one of the continent’s most harmful and unpleasant birds. There are an estimated 200 million birds today. It’s not unusual for flocks to reach a million birds, creating crop damage of an estimated $800 million annually. Their droppings cause several diseases dangerous to humans and animals alike. In 1960, a flock of 10,000 starlings flew straight into an airplane, causing it to crash, killing 62 people.
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• On March 30, 1855, in territorial Kansas' first election, some 5,000 "Border Ruffians" invade the territory from western Missouri and force the election of a pro-slavery legislature. Although the votes cast exceeded the number of eligible voters, Kansas Gov. Andrew Reeder reluctantly approved the election to prevent further bloodshed. • On March 28, 1915, the first American is killed eight months into the conflict that would become known as World War I. Leon Thrasher, a 31-year-old mining engineer and native of Massachusetts, drowned when a German submarine torpedoed the cargo-passenger ship Falaba off the coast of England. • On March 31, 1931, Knute Rockne, the legendary Notre Dame football coach, is killed in a plane crash near Bazaar, Kansas, at age 43. His players included All-American George "Gipper" Gip, the inspiration for Rockne's now-famous motivational line "Win one for the Gipper." • On March 25, 1958, boxer Sugar Ray Robinson defeats Carmen Basilio to regain the middleweight championship, the fifth and final title of his career. Robinson is considered by many to be the greatest prizefighter in history. • On March 26, 1969, a group called Women Strike for Peace demonstrates in Washington, D.C., in the first large antiwar protest since President Richard Nixon's inauguration in January. Criticism of Nixon's handling of the Vietnam War mounted steadily during his term in office. • On March 29, 1971, Lt. William Calley is found guilty of premeditated murder at My Lai by a U.S. Army court-martial. Calley, a platoon leader, had led his men in a massacre of 200 Vietnamese civilians, including women and children, in Quang Ngai Province in March 1968. • On March 27, 1990, the U.S. government begins broadcasting TV programs into communist Cuba. TV Marti was conceived in the 1940s to beam news and propaganda throughout the world, particularly to communist nations. © 2019 Hearst Communications, Inc. All Rights Reserved
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Who knew there was a week set aside to celebrate termites? March 10 – 16 has been designated National Termite Week, the perfect time for Tidbits to check into the facts on these destructive yet sometimes beneficial insects. • There are more than 3,000 known termite species, present on every continent except Antarctica. Only about 50 species live in North America. Their colonies live in mounds that range in size from a few hundred insects to gigantic groups numbering several million. One of the largest known mounds was 42 feet tall, about the height of a two-story house. • The worker termites are responsible for the labor within the colony, including foraging, food storage, and taking care of the nest. These are the ones found in infested wood. Strangely enough, the workers are blind, and spend their existence in the dark, damp nest where eyesight is not needed. • When the workers detect a threat, they send out a warning to their fellow colony members. They send out an alarm by banging their tiny heads against the walls, so that the others can detect the vibrations and respond to the danger. • Reproductive termites, the kings and queens, must fly to find new nest sites as well as seeking a mate, so these termites have eyesight, as well as two pairs of prominent wings. The female termite queen has the longest lifespan of any insect in the world, averaging about 25 years. She lays one egg every 15 seconds. Do the math – that’s 30,000 eggs per day! The kings and queens are larger than the workers. Workers will reach a length of ¼ to ½-inch, while the reproductive termites will be over an inch long. ...continued
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• Entomologists, those who study insects, estimate there are 1,000 lbs. of termites for every human on Earth. Answer: Dell. • There are three types of NUMBER termites, based on A VERY LARGE their habitat and diet. Dampwood • Edward Kasner was a mathematician.termites, In 1938 found only in coniferous he was asked to come upforests, with afavor namemoist, for a very largewood, number:and the numeral decaying remain one, closefollowed to the by a hundred zeros. He asked young ground. Drywood termites livehisin two hardwood nephews what name they would suggest. forests and don’t require much moisture in the •wood Nine-year-old Milton often suggested name they eat. They’re found ain attics. out of the funnies. A cartoon strip character Although subterranean termites prefer soft named they Barney was very popular. Miltontype chose woods, will invade nearly every of Barney’s last name for the number. wood, and can live nearly everywhere, except •for Kasner announced the new name for the big cold habitats. A termite’s diet isn’t limited number in his next book, altering the spelling. to just wood – they’re also fond of paper, dry•wall, Sixtyand years later, LarryThey Pageget andtheir Sergey Brin even plastic. nutrients developed a new search Other from cellulose, theinternet organic fiberengine. in wood and search engines searched each webpage and plants. ranked them according to how many times a specific termtermites appeared on them, Page • Every year, cause morebut than $5 and bilBrin designed their search engine to search for lion in damages to American homeowners. the specific term and then find out how many A group of about 60,000 of these tiny insects links there were that led back to that page, can eat one foot of a 2x4 beam in about five which resulted in a better search engine. months. Yet ecologically speaking, they have •anThey decided needed decomposition, a name that important rolethey in organic reflected how many websites the search providing to the by engine wasbenefits searching. Theyenvironment took the name breaking down tough plant fibers, and recyof Edward Kasner’s very large number, only cling trees itinto new soil. Their up miles of they dead misspelled slightly, so it ended being tunnel the soil, spellednetworks exactly aerate the same way and the actually cartoon character enrich the Barney soil. spelled his last name. What’s it called? (Answer at bottom of page) • In certain cultures, the termite is considered a COMPUTER FACTSare even used delicacy to eat, and the creatures •inInthe 1981 Bill Gatesofsaid, “640 kb of memory manufacture many medicines, includought to be enough for anybody.” ing those for the treatment of asthma and si•nusitis. Moore’s Law states that computer performance doubles every 18 to 24 months, and ever since 1971, this has been true. • HP, Google, Microsoft, and Apple were all started in garages. Answer: Google, from googol.
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