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• Owen Rutherford was an attendant at the Lincoln Park Zoo. One day he drove to the airport to pick up some snakes being shipped in. It seemed to him that the deadly black mamba snake was dead. So he poked it with his finger. The snake was not dead. Rutherford recovered in a nearby hospital. • Abie Goldberry was goalie on a Canadian junior ice hockey team in 1930. In the back pocket of his hockey shorts he kept a book of matches and a plastic comb. When a puck from a hard shot struck his back pocket, the friction caused the matches to ignite, melting the comb and setting his pants on fire. He was rushed to the hospital, and his team lost 2 - 0. • A 1961 game between the San Francisco Giants and the Philadelphia Phillies did not go well for the Giants, who lost 1-0. The Giant’s manager, Alvin Dark, was so angry at the team’s poor performance that he stormed into the clubhouse, grabbed a metal stool, and threw it across the room. Unfortunately, his pinky finger got caught on a rough edge of the metal and the tip of it tore off. He was rushed to the hospital and stitched up, minus the missing tip. His players felt bad, so to make their peace with him they found the tip of his finger, pickled it in alcohol, and presented the jar to him as a gift. • George Watts of England liked being in the hospital. He liked the free room and board, and he especially liked being cared for by sympathetic nurses. So he made a habit of swallowing coins, then admitting himself to various hospitals across the country. He would complain of chest pains, doctors would remove the coins, nurses would care for him, and the government would pick up the tab. When the government figured out his scheme, he was sentenced to a year in jail for obtaining hospital care by deception. Let us put a smile back on your face. Call Tidbits® for some great ad rates! 701-772-8239
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• Nathaniel Lee was an author who suffered from bouts of insanity and was confined to Bedlam Hospital. A friend once visited him there. Lee showed him around, giving him a tour of the hospital. His conversation was so rational that the friend hoped that Lee might have recovered his sanity. His hopes were dashed, however, when they reached the roof of the building. “Let us achieve immortality by leaping down off this roof!” exclaimed Lee. Coolly, the friend replied, “Any man can leap DOWN off a building and there is no immortality in that. True immortality would be achieved by going to the pavement below and leaping UP!” Lee rushed quickly down the stairs to see if he could indeed achieve immortality this way. • Catherine Yasinchuk came to the U.S. before World War I at the age of 15. She spoke only her native Ukrainian. She married, had a child— and was devastated when they both died. She wandered the streets weeping. The police found her, but she only babbled incoherently. The police sent her to a mental hospital. She was 23 at the time. She lived there for the next 48 years, where everyone assumed she was insane because she was unable to communicate. In 1968 a new director reviewed her case. An employee who spoke Ukrainian discovered she could communicate after all. She was released from the institute and went to live with the daughter of the woman in the personnel department. She died in 1983, having spent half her life in an institute because she spoke a different language. THE FINAL FACT • At the prison in McAlester, Oklahoma, death row inmate Robert Brecheen overdosed the day before he was to be executed. He was rushed to the hospital where his stomach was pumped. Then he was taken back to the prison and promptly executed.
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DOROTHEA DIX • Dorothea Dix was born in Maine in 1802 and moved to Boston as a child. As a young woman, she opened a school for girls and found that she loved teaching. • Her appetite for knowledge was insatiable. She attended lectures and read widely. She studied literature, history and the natural sciences with a special emphasis on botany and astronomy. She had an aptitude for writing and produced a number of successful books. • In 1841 she began teaching Sunday school at a women’s prison in Massachusetts, where she was horrified by the appalling treatment the prisoners were subjected to – especially the inmates who suffered from mental illnesses. It upset her that the mentally ill were housed alongside felons, which she felt was unfair. The prison had no heat and she immediately went to court in order to secure heat for the prison. This kicked off a life-long devotion to social reform. • Following this experience, she set about to conduct a statewide examination of how the state of Massachusetts cared for poor people who were also insane. Most towns simply hired local individuals to care for people with mental disorders. Because the system was unregulated and underfunded, there was widespread abuse. Dorothea presented a scathing report to the state legislature, pointing to numerous instances where people had been chained, beaten, and starved. As a result of her lobbying, the mental hospital in Worcester, MA was expanded. • Next Dorothea traveled to other states, working tirelessly to instigate social reform for the mentally ill. She documented conditions, published papers, met with politicians, and worked with committees to draft new laws. Presidential Quotes: “I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them.” ~ Thomas Jefferson
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How do people get infected with WNV? Most people get infected with WNV by an infected mosquito. Mosquitoes become infected when they feed on infected birds. Infected mosquitoes can then spread the virus to humans and other animals. In a very small number of cases, West Nile virus has been spread through blood transfusions, organ transplants, and from mother to baby during pregnancy, delivery, or breastfeeding.
Can I get West Nile virus directly from birds? There is no evidence that a person can get infected from handling live or dead infected birds. However, you should avoid bare-handed contact when handling any dead animal. If you must pick up a dead bird, use gloves or an inverted plastic bag to place the bird’s carcass (body) in a garbage bag.
Why do some states and local areas stop collecting dead birds to test for West Nile virus? West Nile virus is found in all 48 contiguous states (not in Alaska and Hawaii) and the virus circulates in mosquitoes and birds every year. Because West Nile virus is well established, some states and local jurisdictions are no longer collecting dead birds for testing. Instead, they have chosen to shift staff and funding resources away from testing of dead birds to other areas of West Nile virus surveillance and control.
Who is at risk for serious illness if infected with WNV? Serious illness can occur in people of any age. However, people over 60 years of age are at the greatest risk for severe disease. People with certain medical conditions, such as cancer, diabetes, hypertension, kidney disease, and people who have received organ transplants, are also at greater risk for serious illness.
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• It was President Abraham Lincoln who made the following sage observation: “The man who is incapable of making a mistake is incapable of anything.” • Researchers at Harvard University once decided to test several varieties of Coca-Cola to determine their effectiveness, if any, as a spermicide. The results? Diet Coke was the most effective, while New Coke was the least. Upon hearing of the tests, a representative for the company issued the following statement: “We do not promote Coca-Cola for medical purposes. It is a soft drink.” • The minnow has teeth, but they’re not in its mouth; they’re found in the throat. • Ever wonder where we get the term “blurb” to indicate a short summary or promotional piece accompanying a creative work? At a trade association dinner in 1907, author Gelett Burgess presented attendees with a limited edi-
tion of one of his books. It was customary to have a brief summary included on the dust jacket of such books, along with a picture of an attractive woman. Burgess followed this custom with a twist. On the cover of his piece was an image of a woman with her hand held to her mouth, as if shouting. The caption for this image was “Belinda Blurb, in the act of blurbing,” and bold letters at the top of the dust jacket declared, “Yes, this is a Blurb!” The name stuck. • On an average day in the United States, there will be 10 reported UFO sightings. • It seems that artist Leonardo da Vinci pioneered the paint-by-numbers style of art. He would sketch a piece, then number certain sections for his assistants to paint. * * * Thought for the Day: “People demand freedom of speech to make up for the freedom of thought which they avoid.” -- Soren Kierkegaard
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DOROTHEA DIX (continued): • Illinois opened their first mental asylum as a direct result of her efforts. The institute that was built in Raleigh, North Carolina was named in her honor. Pennsylvania followed suit shortly afterwards and opened an asylum in Harrisburg. • In 1854 she guided the Bill for the Benefit of the Indigent Insane through the United States Congress, which provided funds to build more asylums across the country. Although it was passed with broad support from both houses of Congress, the bill was vetoed by President Franklin Pierce, who felt that the federal government should not be involved in social welfare, which was the responsibility of the states. • Angry over the rejection of the bill, Dorothea traveled to Scotland and then to Nova Scotia where she continued her work. She mercilessly exposed the enormous disparity between public and private hospitals. After visiting with Pope Pius IX, he was moved to order the construction of a new hospital for the mentally ill. • Dix returned to the United States in 1856. When the Civil War broke out in 1861, she volunteered her services and was named superintendent of nurses. She was responsible for setting up field hospitals and first-aid stations, recruiting nurses, managing supplies, and setting up training programs. • In 1881, Dix moved into the New Jersey State Hospital, which she had founded 40 years earlier. The state legislature designated a suite for her private use as long as she lived. She died on July 17, 1887. • All in all, her tireless efforts over the course of 40 years directly led to the construction of 32 institutions for the care of the mentally ill in the U.S. and resulted in a major change in the way the mentally ill are treated.
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• On Aug. 4, 1914, as World War I erupts in Europe, President Woodrow Wilson formally proclaims the neutrality of the United States. However, by June 1915, the first 14,000 U.S. infantry troops landed in France to begin training for combat. • On Aug. 2, 1934, Chancellor Adolf Hitler becomes absolute dictator of Germany under the title of Fuhrer, or “Leader.” The Fuhrer assured his people that the Third
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• Charles Post cashed in on the success of the cereal business when he came out with a cereal he called Elijah’s Manna. He tried to export it to Britain but they refused to register it, feeling giving such a religious name to a food item was sacrilegious. Post changed the name to Post Toasties. • If all the shredded wheat biscuits consumed by Americans in a single year were placed end-to-end, they would circle the globe twice. • After winning the Olympic decathlon in 1976, Bruce Jenner was signed up to sell Wheaties. On the air, Jenner claimed he had eaten Wheaties all his life. The assistant district attorney in San Francisco brought suit against General Mills, claiming consumer fraud. They felt that Jenner hadn’t really eaten Wheaties all his life. Jenner challenged the DA to ask his mother. The suit was dropped.
• On Aug. 1, 1943, a Japanese destroyer rams an American PT (patrol torpedo) boat, No. 109, slicing it in two. The destruction is so massive that other American PT boats in the area assume the crew is dead. Two • On July 29, 1909, the newly formed crewmen were, in fact, killed, but 11 General Motors Corporation acquires survived, including Lt. John F. Kennethe country’s leading luxury automak- dy, who would later become president. er, the Cadillac Automobile Company, • On July 30, 1965, President Lyndon for $4.5 million. Cadillac was founded Johnson signs Medicare, a health out of the ruins of automotive pioneer insurance program for elderly AmeriHenry Ford’s second failed company. cans, into law. At the bill-signing His third effort, the Ford Motor Com- ceremony, former President Harry pany, finally succeeded. Truman was enrolled as Medicare’s
• Grape Nuts is one of the few cereals with no added sugar. It has nothing to do with grapes or nuts, being made out of wheat and barley. Charles Post named it Grape-Nuts because it tasted nutty and he thought its taste came from dextrose, called grape sugar at the time.
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• On Aug. 3, 1492, from the Spanish port of Palos, Italian explorer Christopher Columbus sets sail in command of three ships -- the Nina, the Pinta and the Santa Maria -- on a journey to find a western sea route to China, India and Asia. In October, Columbus sighted Cuba, which he thought was mainland China.
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CEREAL (continued): • The Trix rabbit is always trying to sneak a bowl JOHNbut DEERE. (continued): ofDEERE. Trix cereal, the kids constantly take • itItaway was while living in Illinois that nofrom him, saying “Trix is John for kids!” ticed the that farmers faced when During theproblems 1976 presidential elections, Genattempting to till soil. Because the area had eral Mills worried that this might be teaching formerly been woodland, the soilyou’ll was never rich kids a bad thing: try as you might, with your hummus, clumped reach goal.which So they put it toand theclung vote.toBy the blades of the plows farmers were accus-to sending in box-top ballots, kids were asked tomed to using. While repairing a broken vote on whether or not the rabbit wouldcirget cular saw, Deere stumbled upon an idea. He his Trix. 99% voted yes. Amidst great fanfare, employed his smith skills to fashion the steel the rabbit got to eat a whole bowl on the next blade into the shape of a plow. He affixed commercial. Oliver Twist, he held two wooden Then, spokes,like then hitched the device out his empty bowl and asked for more— only to a horse. It plowed the heavy Illinois soil tolike be atold he had to wait for thewho nexthappened election. charm. In fact, a farmer be observing the test run put • Into 1964 both Kelloggs andimmediately Post introduced in an order for his own John Deere plow. cereal that had freeze-dried fruit in it. They fruitDeere would absorb moisture from • thought In shortthe order, gave up his blacksmith the milk and be reconstituted in the bowl. Unshop and focused on making plows. The fortunately it took so long foradded the fruit to emrehycompany grew steadily and many drate that In thethecereal was hopelessly soggy ployees. late 1840s, John relocated theby entire Moline, the timeoperation the fruit to was edible.Illinois. Ashamed of his own lack of education, his • Indians brought popcorn to theJohn firstsent Thankschildren to the state’s finest schools. One of giving dinner with the Pilgrims, and the Pilhis proudest days occurred when son Charles grims liked it so much they later poured milk earned the equivalent of an MBA from Bell’s onCommercial it and ate itCollege like cereal. in Chicago. • • Kellogg’s makes four out of the the fivecompany, most popWith his son Charles managing ular cereals in America: Frosted Flakes, John found time to pursue philanthropic Corn inFlakes, Bran, and Rice Genterests.Raisin He co-founded both theKrispies. First Nationeral Mills’ Cheerios the fifth. al Bank and the FirstisCongregational Church. He was elected the mayor of Moline in 1873, • Cheerios spend more on advertising than any where one of hisproduct. first actions – the replaceother single food ment of the city’s open drains with a sewer • High stored lives at thebykid’s eye pipe sugar systemcereals – savedare countless reduclevel whereas nutritious brands are placed at ing the spread of disease. the adult eye level. Children’s cereals have • anThe original John sugar Deere but logo, registered in average of 44% adults have 10% 1876, depicted a deer that was native to Afrisugar. An ice cream bar is 20% sugar, but Sugca. Thirty-six years later, in 1912, it was rear Smack cereal is 61% sugar. placed with the image of a North American • 46% of Frosteddeer. Flakes by adults. white-tailed In are theconsumed decades that followed, the now-familiar “outline” logo took Thanks for Reading Tidbits! over as the symbol of the John Deere brand.
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