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• It was Napoleon Bonaparte who made the following sage observation: “Glory is fleeting, but obscurity is forever.” • In 2006, an 87-year-old Oregon man, Marty Alvey, lost nearly all his sight, due (unsurprisingly) to age-related causes. This is not noteworthy. However, three years later, the same man became faint and dizzy, so he called 911. He began to feel better on the ambulance ride to the hospital, but he wanted to be checked out anyway. By the time the doctor made it to his room, Alvey’s sight had been restored. Even after thorough examinations by two ophthalmologists, no cause was found. • If you’re pregnant in Switzerland, don’t tell anyone the name you plan to give your baby; it’s considered to bring bad luck. • Smugglers will never stop trying to find creative ways to transport illicit goods from one part of the world to another. In 2009, a German
man tried to smuggle 44 lizards out of New Zealand in his underwear; it seems that he had sewn special pockets in his undergarments specifically for the creatures. • If a frog eats too many fireflies, it will begin to glow. • You’ve probably heard or seen pictures of bioluminescent lagoons, but the bacteria that cause this phenomenon are not limited to small bays and inlets. In fact, there is a bioluminescent patch of ocean to be found off the horn of Africa. “Patch” may not be quite the right word to describe it, though; the area that glows is the same size as the state of Connecticut. • You might be surprised to learn that the sweatiest part of the human body is not the armpits; it’s the palms of the hands. * * * Thought for the day: “I hate women because they always know where things are.” -- Voltaire © 2013 King Features Synd., Inc.
HAND FACTS • No one know for sure why the skin gets all wrinkled when it’s wet for long periods of time. However, researchers have noted that when the nerves that supply feeling to a patch of skin is cut, that patch of skin becomes permanently numb-- and it also ceases to become wrinkled when it is wet. It also loses its ability to sweat. Scientists now theorize that wrinkled skin allows for a better grip in wet situations. Hunter-gatherers operating in wet environments would find this advantageous. • There are no muscles in your fingers. Your fingers are controlled by muscles and tendons in your palm, wrist, and forearm. • The wrinkles on the backs of the knuckles of your fingers are the places where the skin is attached to the tendons that move the fingers. (This prevents the skin from moving around like a rubber glove when hands are used for gripping and twisting.) If for some reason the finger joints cease moving, the wrinkles disappear. • The skin on the palm of your hand is unable to tan. THE DIMPLE DEVICE • Patent #560,351 was issued in 1896. It was a device for producing dimples. The rig resembled a hand drill and it was used to “massage the cellular tissues surrounding the spot where the dimple is to be produced.” All one needed to do was merely to put the “knob C of the arm A on the selected spot on the body, the extension D, together with the cylinder F, put in position, then while holding the knob N with one hand the brace ‘I’ must be made to revolve on the axis X. The cylinder F serves to make the skin surrounding the spot malleable.” This contraption was also handy for “nurturing and maintaining dimples already existing” in case you were worried about them disappearing.
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WEST NILE VIRUS RISK FACTORS West Nile virus (WNV) is an infection transmitted by mosquitoes. The mosquito most common for transmitting this virus is one that is widespread throughout the Grand Forks region. This mosquito does not discriminate. People of all ages are susceptible to WNV infection, but the elderly are at higher risk for developing the more severe form of this disease (neuroinvasive illness). Children infected with WNV generally show no symptoms or may have a mild fever. Ideal conditions for mosquito breeding and WNV are a wet spring followed by a hot dry summer. That pretty much describes our season in the Grand Forks region this year and WNV arrived early. The Grand Forks Health Department identified WNV in a bird on July 15th and we continue to identify it’s presence in mosquitoes collected throughout the community. This is a preventable disease and recognizing the risk factors can help reduce your chances of being infected.
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Risk factors for West Nile virus: • Time of year – The majority of WNV cases occur from July – September. • Geographic region – The Dakotas have reported some of the highest cases per capita in the United States. • Time spent outdoors not wearing protective clothing and mosquito repellent – If you work or spend a lot of time outdoors (golfing, gardening, hunting, etc.), you’re at a higher risk of being bitten by mosquitoes. • Proximity – If you live in an area where WNV has already been identified or near mosquito larval habitat. • If you have a weakened immune system. The best way to prevent West Nile virus infection is to avoid mosquito bites. • Use mosquito-repellant products containing DEET. • Wear long sleeves and pants. • Eliminate any standing water from your property, such as trash bins, plant saucers, rain gutters, buckets, etc. For information about West Nile Virus and the Grand Forks mosquito control program visit our website at www.gfmsoquito.com or call the Information Line at 701-787-8144
NUGGET OF KNOWLEDGE Saint Bernards, historically depicted as bringing kegs of brandy to freezing travellers, actually carried sugar water lightly lace with brandy. Alcohol causes blood vessels near the surface of the skin to dilate, causing the sensation of warmth. This causes the heart to work harder to provide the blood. However, if the heart is already in a weakened condition, the extra work can cause heart failure.
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EMMA EDMONDS • Sarah Emma Edmondson was born in New Brunswick, Canada in 1841. As a young woman, she fled an abusive home situation and changed her name to Emma Edmonds. She wanted to cross the border into the U.S so she dressed as a man and changed her name to Franklin Thompson. The disguise was so successful that she ended up enlisting in the Union army at the start of the Civil War, retaining the alias Franklin Thompson. • She was an excellent soldier and served in many capacities. She worked as a mail carrier, nursing attendant, orderly, and stretcher bearer. She stood with her regiment at Yorktown, Williamsburg, and Manassas. But her greatest contribution was as a spy. • She had many disguises. Once she disguised herself as an Irish peddler woman, claiming she was selling apples and soap to the soldiers. This afforded her access to the Confederate camps, where she chatted with her customers and gathered intelligence about upcoming campaigns. Another time she dyed her hair and skin black using berries, soot, and silver nitrate and got a job as a black laundress in a Confederate camp. She just happened to be standing next to a Confederate officer when a packet of important papers fell out of his pocket unnoticed, and she safely delivered the valuable information to her Union superiors. • One of her most successful episodes of espionage came when she again disguised herself as a male slave by dying her skin. The Confederates put her to work on the fortifications at Yorktown, Virginia. She worked hard and made many sketches of the fortifications which were then smuggled to Union headquarters. The information she gave greatly assisted General McClellan in capturing the town.
• Her escapades ended when she contracted malaria in 1863 and requested a furlough, which was denied. Not wanting to seek medical attention from the army for fear of discovery, she left her comrades in mid-April, never to return. “Franklin Thompson” was subsequently charged with desertion. • When she recovered from the malaria, she wanted to return to the army, but was afraid to do so after seeing “WANTED” posters listing Franklin Thompson as a deserter. Instead, she dropped her male disguise and went to work as a nurse. • She wrote and published her memoirs, Nurse and Spy in the Union Army, the first edition being released in 1864. It sold well, to the tune of 175,000 copies. Edmonds donated the profits from her book to various soldiers’ aid groups. She subsequently married and had three children. • In 1876, she attended a reunion of the 2nd Michigan and was warmly received by her surprised comrades. They joined with her in petitioning the government to have the charge of desertion removed from her military records, and supported her application for a military pension. After an eight year battle and an Act of Congress, “Franklin Thompson” was cleared of desertion charges and awarded a pension of $12 per month in 1884. • In 1897, Edmonds was admitted into the Grand Army of the Republic, the only woman member of this organization of Union Civil War vets. One year later, on September 5, 1898, Emma Edmonds died at her home in La Porte, Texas. In 1901, she was re-buried with military honors at Washington Cemetery in Houston.
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Moments in time • On Aug. 30, 30 B.C., Cleopatra, queen of Egypt and lover of Julius Caesar and Mark Antony, takes her life following the defeat of her forces against Octavian, the future first emperor of Rome. She committed suicide possibly by means of an asp, a poisonous Egyptian serpent and symbol of divine royalty. • On Aug. 29, 1876, Charles F. Kettering, inventor of the electric self-starter, is born in Loundonville, Ohio. Kettering’s inventions spread far beyond the automotive industry: He helped develop the refrigerant Freon, and took an active role in the medical industry, inventing a treatment for venereal disease, an incubator for premature infants and artificial fever therapy.
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Evangelist Jim Brown maintained the “Mr. Ed” television theme song conveyed a satanic message to unwary listeners. “ ‘A horse is a horse’ when played backwards contains the message, ‘the source is Satan’ and ‘someone sung this song for Satan,’” Brown maintained. OOPS! • In Iowa, hundreds of highway signs warning of deer crossings were distributed. The signs pictured the deer with their antlers backwards. • At the San Onofre, CA, nuclear plant, the 420-ton reactor vessel was installed backwards. • So much mail was being sent to Mount Tabor, South Carolina, when it was intended to go to Mount Tabor, North Carolina, that residents in South Carolina dropped the Mount from their name and spelled Tabor backwards to become the town of Robat. • At the end of World War I, Marshal Ferdinand Foch dictated the armistice to Henri Deledicq, a military clerk from French headquarters. In the wee hours of early morning, the sleepy clerk put the carbon papers in backwards. As a result, the Armistice agreement signed on November 11, 1918 in the railway car near Rethondes had signatures on the bottom of an agreement that was printed backwards. No one even noticed.
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BACKWARDS WORDS • A man named Muldoon led a gang of street thugs that kept the entire waterfront area of San Francisco under their tight control in the 1870s. A newspaper wanted to end their tyranny but was so intimidated by the gang that they dared not use Muldoon’s real name. They spelled it backwards and changed the N to an H— and hoodlum entered the language.
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BACKWARDS WORDS (continued): • Enola, a town in Arkansas, is ‘alone’ spelled DEERE. JOHN DEERE. (continued): backwards. • It was while living in Illinois that John no• A failed cola company in Ohio named their new ticed the problems that farmers faced when pop Norka, advertising, “Remember— Norka attempting to till soil. Because the area had spelled backwards is Akron.”the soil was rich formerly been woodland, • Evian is ‘naïve’ backwards. with water hummus, whichspelled clumped and clung to the blades of the plows farmers • “Have you ever noticed what golfwere spellsaccusbacktomed to using. While repairing a broken cirwards?”- Al Boliska cular saw, Deere stumbled upon an idea. He BACKWARDS employed his smith skillsMOVIES to fashion the steel blade into yell the shape of aonplow. He affixed • The Tarzan is based a yodel Johnny two wooden spokes, then hitched the device Weissmuller learned from his father as a child. to yodel a horse. It plowed the heavy soil The is played backwards andIllinois speeded up a charm. Innormal fact, a farmer tolike three times its rate. who happened to be observing the test run immediately put • Gary baseball in anCooper order forportrayed his own John Deereplayer plow. Lou Gehrig in the movie “The Pride of the Yankees.” •The In short order, upwas his blacksmith problem wasDeere that gave Gehrig left-handed shop and focused on making The and Cooper was right-handed. Toplows. get around company grew steadily and added many emthis, Cooper played his scenes wearing a baseployees. In the late 1840s, John relocated the ball uniform that had the insignia sewn on backentire operation to Moline, Illinois. Ashamed wards. He played right-handed, but then the film of his own lack of education, John sent his was flipped over as it ran through the cameras. children to the state’s finest schools. One of Cooper appeared to be a natural left hander. his proudest days occurred when son Charles • Jack Palance played theofgunslinger in theBell’s movearned the equivalent an MBA from ie Commercial “Shane.” But Palance knew nothing about College in Chicago. horses and a lot of horse scenes required. • With his son Charles managing were the company, Palance was nervous when mounting and indisJohn found time to pursue philanthropic mounting, so when the director filmed him terests. He co-founded both the First Nationdoing a perfect he used that same al Bank and thedismount, First Congregational Church. scene overelected and over the movie and in even ran He was the in mayor of Moline 1873, it where backwards whenever the script called for one of his first actions – the replacePalance to mount his horse. One scene called ment of the city’s open drains with a sewer forpipe Palance into townlives on by hisreduchorse, systemto– gallop saved countless but hethe couldn’t it. So the director asked ing spreadmanage of disease. just canter town, butregistered still Palance •him Thetooriginal Johninto Deere logo, in had trouble. Finally the director told 1876, depicted a deer that was nativePalance to Afri-to just off the horse into town ca.get Thirty-six years and later,walk in 1912, it wasleadreing the animal. This Palance did, and it became placed with the image of a North American one of the mostdeer. dramatic scenes in thethat movie. white-tailed In the decades followed, the now-familiar “outline” logo took Thanks for Reading Tidbits! over as the symbol of the John Deere brand.
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