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• The pilgrims brought chickens with them to Jamestown in 1607, and by 1609 they had a flock of up to 500 birds. • In the 1700s it was illegal for slaves in the U.S. to own livestock including hogs, cattle, or horses, but were allowed. Slaves raised chickens and sold the meat, feathers, and eggs. • In the U.S., the per capita consumption used to be about ten pounds per year, until the 20th century. • In 1923, Celia Steele of Oceanview, Maryland, ordered her usual 50 chicks so she could continue her business of selling eggs on the side while her husband served in the coast guard. She was shocked to receive an order of 500 chicks instead, but rather than return them, she built bigger chicken coops, raised the birds, and started selling chicken meat instead of just eggs. She turned such a profit that she doubled the order the following year, ordering 1,000 chicks, and followed that with an order of 10,000 chicks the year after that.
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• In 1926, her husband Wilmer quit his job at the coast guard because raising chickens was more profitable, and by 1928, they were raising 25,000 chickens every year. Celia Steele ended up inventing the mass-production of chickens as a primary food source, rather than just as a source of eggs. • As more people in the Delaware began raising chickens, their numbers boomed, rising from 50,000 birds in 1925 to over a million just one year later, and 7 million by 1934. By 1936, twothirds of all chickens raised in the U.S. came from the Delaware area. As a result, chicken consumption began to skyrocket. Not everyone could raise cows or pigs, but chickens were easy to raise. Chicken coops sprouted up in backyards across America alongside Victory Gardens during World War II. The number of chickens in the U.S. grew by 250% over the course of the war. ...continued
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• In the 1930s it was discovered that feeding chickens vitamin B12 would prevent them from suffering pernicious anemia, the same illness that contributed to the deaths of Alexander Graham Bell and Annie Oakley, which is caused a vitamin deficiency. It used to be difficult to keep a flock of chickens alive throughout the winter because the lack of exposure sunlight and subsequent lack of vitamin D caused rickets in the chickens who then became lame. When the role of vitamins was finally understood, it was easy for chicken ranchers to add cod liver oil – a rich source of vitamin D – to the diet of chickens, thus keeping them healthy all year long. • Then it was found that feeding chickens antibiotics helped them grow bigger much faster. Next, mass production of corn and soybeans as feed maximized their growth. Consumption of chicken increased vastly during World War II due to the rationing of pork and beef. By the end of World War II, there was indeed “a chicken in every pot.” • In 2015, almost 60 million tons of chicken meat was consumed worldwide. • It takes 7 pounds of feed for a cow to put on a pound of beef, but a chicken turns 12 pounds of food into 6 pounds of chicken meat in just seven weeks. If a human grew that fast, a 6.6 pound baby would hit 660 pounds in two months. In the wild, a chicken takes six months to grow to its full weight of about 5 pounds. In factories, they reach their full weight in just five weeks. • A chicken produces about 11 lbs. of manure over the course of its 7-week life, which adds up to about 95 billion pounds of waste each year produced by the chicken industry.
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• Daniel Barringer studied law at Princeton and the University of Pennsylvania, and then studied geology and minerology at Harvard and the University of Virginia. He used his knowledge of geology to purchase a gold mine in Arizona, followed by the purchase of a nearby silver mine. These mines made him a wealthy man. • In 1902, Barringer learned about the meteor crater. Recently, another geologist had noted the vast amounts of pulverized iron surrounding the crater and put forth the theory that the hole had not, in fact, been caused by a volcanic explosion, but had instead been formed by an iron-rich meteor impacting the earth. This theory was first dismissed in the scientific community, but Barringer found it plausible. Barringer reasoned that the bulk of the meteor must be underground, beneath the crater. Since he had made one fortune on gold, and a second fortune on silver, he decided to make a third fortune on iron. Before he’d even seen the site, he formed the Standard Iron Company, and purchased the entire crater and the area around it.
• In 1929, astronomer Forest Ray Moulton performed calculations on the energy expended by the meteorite on impact, reaching a well-researched conclusion that the meteorite had most likely entirely vaporized when it landed. He theorized that the massive ball of iron that Barringer had been searching for did not exist. His report contained 127 pages of reasoning and mathematical analysis that could not be denied. • Daniel Barringer died of a heart attack shortly after reading this paper, dying at the age of 69. He left behind his wife and eight children, who were by now nearly destitute. Yet, they still owned the meteor crater and all of the property surrounding it. • They set up a visitor center and began offering tours. They opened a museum and created a gift shop, made interpretive trails, then added a campground, theater, café, and rock shop. Today you can visit Barringer’s Meteor Crater near Flagstaff and learn all about how meteors vaporize when they hit the surface of the Earth. • Today, a crater on the Moon is named for Barringer, in honor of his efforts that proved that a big hole in Arizona was caused by a meteor rather than a volcano.
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• Around 50,000 years ago, a giant meteorite struck the Earth in what is now northern Arizona near Flagstaff. Made of iron and nickel, it weighed perhaps as much as 300,000 tons, and was travelling at around 26,000 mph when it slammed into the planet. It exploded with the force of 20 million tons of TNT, equal to 150 times the force of the atomic bomb that levelled Hiroshima. The crater it left measures three-quarters of a mile wide, 2.4 miles in circumference, and 750 feet deep.
• In 1902, the newly formed firm began drilling operations in the base of the crater. Barringer spent 27 years trying to locate a large deposit of meteoric iron, and drilled to a depth of 1,375 ft but found no significant deposit. The process bankrupted him, but his efforts were instrumental in proving that the crater had indeed been formed by a meteor impact rather than a volcanic explosion. His research further proved that if a meteor hits the surface of the Earth at an angle, rather than dropping straight down as had previously been assumed, it will still form a perfectly circular crater.
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• World record for greatest number of tennis balls held in the mouth at one time: Augie, a golden retriever, at five tennis balls. • World record for greatest number of balloons popped in the shortest amount of time: Toby, a whippet, with 100 balloons in 28 seconds. • World record for the longest ears: Tigger, a basset hound, at 13.75 inches. • World record for highest jump: Feather, a greyhound, at 74 inches. • World record for running on hind legs only: Jiff, a Pomeranian, at 33 feet in six seconds on his hind legs. • World record for running on front legs only: Jiff, the same Pomeranian, 16 feet in 7.6 seconds. • World record for travel by scooter, with front paws on the handlebars and one hind leg pushing: Norman, a Briard, 100 feet in 21 seconds. • World record for longest, fastest skateboarding: Jumpy, a border collie/blue heeler mix, at 100 meters (109 yards) in 19.65 seconds. • World record for farthest distance travelled on a surf board: Abbie Girl, a kelpie, at 351 feet. • World record for the tallest dog: Zeus, a great Dane, at 44 inches tall at the head. • World record for heaviest dog: Zorba, an English mastiff, at 343 lbs. • World record for smallest dog: Milly, a Chihuahua, at 3.8 inches tall, weight 1 lb. • World record for number of clones made from a dog: Milly, the same Chihuahua, at 49. • World record for largest litter: Tia, a Neapolitan mastiff, at 24 (20 survived). • World record for longest tongue: Brandy, a boxer, at 17 inches. ...continued
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• World record for longest tail: Keon, an Irish wolf hound, at 30.2 inches. • World record for oldest dog: Bluey, an Australian shepherd, at 29 years. • World record for longest eyelashes: Ranmaru, a labradoodle, at 6.7 inches. • World record for most Frisbees caught and held in the mouth without dropping any: Rose, a lab/ border collie mix, at 7. • World record for fastest walking with a soda can balanced on the nose: Sweet Pea, a shepherd/border collie mix, at 100 m in 2 minutes, 55 seconds. • World record for most expensive dog: Big Splash, Tibetan mastiff, $1.5 million. • World record for the largest number of dogs attending an obedience class: 390. • World record for greatest number of dog biscuits balanced on the nose at one time: Monkey, a mutt, with 26 biscuits. • World record for the greatest number of dogs simultaneously balancing a single biscuit on their nose: 109. • World record for biggest dog biscuit: Hampshire Pet Products, 617 pounds, 19 feet long. • World record for greatest number of people saved from drowning: Swansea Jack, a black lab, at 27. • World record for richest dog: Gunther, a German shepherd, who inherited $106 million when his owner Countess Karlotta Liebenstein died in 1992. • World record for longest distance travelled by a lost dog to get home: Bobbie, a collie-shepherd mix, at 2,551 miles from Indiana to Oregon after getting lost on a family trip. • World record for most fan mail: Eddie, Jack Russel terrier, “Frasier.”
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