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Because September is National Disaster Preparedness month, come along with Tidbits as we weather a hurricane! SMALL FACTS, BIG STORMS • Hurricanes are born where the ocean is warmest, when it is warmest. The Caribbean Sea gets warmer as the sun passes over it on its way north in June and July; it warms up again when the sun travels south in September and October. Therefore the hurricane season lasts from June through October. Not surprisingly, Florida gets hit by more hurricanes than any other state. • The practice of naming hurricanes seems to have begun in a fictional book called “Storm” published in 1941. In this book, a meteorologist amuses himself by naming tropical storms after girls. The idea caught on. It became standard practice in 1950 when there were three different hurricanes going on at the same time in the Caribbean. Meteorologists began choosing names in alphabetical order. In 1978 they started naming hurricanes after men. • The word 'hurricane' may have originated from the Carib god Huracan, a malicious spirit who ruled over fire, wind, and stormy weather and craved human life, haunting the coastlines and delivering destruction, chaos, Turn the page for more! and death indiscriminately.
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HURRICANE WINDS • There are many perils attendant with hurricanes: strong winds, high waves, heavy rains causing flooding and landslides, and storm surges. A storm surge is a gigantic dome of water that swells under the low barometric pressure of the hurricane, flooding the coastline. The sea rises a foot for every inch drop in barometric pressure. In the eye of a hurricane where the barometric pressure reaches record lows, this can cause a devastating storm surge. • Three-quarters of all hurricane deaths occur due to drownings in the storm surge. Surges 40 feet tall are not uncommon. • The farther the wind blows across the top of the sea unobstructed, the higher it pushes the waves. The taller the waves get, the more they absorb the energy of the wind. The rule of thumb is that the maximum height of the waves equals half the speed of the wind. So a hurricane wind of 150 mph can produce waves up to 75 feet tall. • Hurricanes usually track forward at between 5 and 15 mph. At 15 mph, a hurricane can cover 3,600 miles in 10 days. They can be up to 600 miles wide. Most hurricanes last between 7 and 14 days from the time they form until the time they dissipate when they encounter land. • It is said that in 1938, a resident of Westhampton Beach, NY received in the mail a barometer he had ordered. Opening the package, he was disappointed to find that it registered “hurricane”. He tapped it and smacked it, but still nothing could dislodge the indicator from the hurricane setting. Obviously the barometer was faulty. He wrote a letter of protest to the manufacturer and went to the post office to mail it back. He was never able to return home from the post office, because the hurricane struck just then and swept his house into the sea.
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• In some places, hurricanes are called cyclones, which is Greek for "wheel" or "coils." • When hurricanes strike places like New England, thousands of elms, birches, spruces, and hemlocks fall, but oaks, hickories, and walnuts do not. That’s because they have taproots that sink like a shaft straight into the earth, whereas other trees have shallow root systems that spread out flat. • In 1954 Hurricane Edna became twins when it reached the New England coast: it split apart and became two storms with two eyes.
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• Francois Spoturno was born on the island of Corsica in 1874, but when he moved to Paris as a young man he took on his mother’s maiden name because it sounded more French.
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• One day he wanted to play cards with a friend, but the friend said he was busy because he had to mix up a batch of his own cologne. Francois asked if he could watch, and as a result he became interested in perfumes. He studied the art for two years, learning how to grow and harvest flowers, and then extract their scent. • Around that time, the Industrial Revolution was yielding all sorts of synthetic essences as well. Francois combined natural scents with synthetic fragrances and began to peddle his own perfume to barbers. • At that time perfumes and colognes were packaged in unattractive pharmaceutical bottles. Francois was inspired to package his product in elegant bottles instead. He asked designers to craft bottles for him from crystal, feeling he should sell perfume as "something in a lovely bottle," rather than "something lovely in a bottle." He wanted to appeal to the eye as well as the nose. He also thought the label should be beautiful as well, such as raised gold lettering on a black background. • Sales were slow when he tried to make the jump to department stores, but then fate intervened: in a store in Paris, he dropped a bottle of his perfume and it shattered, its scent permeating the store, creating immediate demand, resulting in a large order, and launching his career.
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• His dad, David Mullany, Sr., thought all it needed was extra weight on one side of the ball. A friend of his worked at a cosmetic factory and said that the round plastic moldings that covered Coty perfume bottles for shipping were the size of a baseball. David started experimenting with them.
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• On Sept. 10, 1608, English adventurer John Smith is elected council president of Jamestown, Virginia -- the first permanent English settlement in North America. Smith had won popularity in the colony because of his organizational abilities and effectiveness in dealing with local Native American groups. • On Sept. 7, 1813, the United States gets its nickname, Uncle Sam. The name is linked to Samuel Wilson, a New York meat packer who supplied barrels of beef to the Army during the War of 1812. Wilson stamped the barrels with "U.S." for United States, but soldiers began referring to the grub as "Uncle Sam's." • On Sept. 9, 1939, audiences at the Fox Theater in Riverside, California, get a surprise showing of "Gone With the Wind" as a second feature. Producer David O. Selznick sat in the back and observed the audience reaction to his highly anticipated film. • On Sept. 12, 1940, near Montignac, France, a collection of prehistoric cave paintings is discovered by four teenagers. The roughly 16,000-year-old paintings, mostly of animals, are among the finest examples of art from the Upper Paleolithic period. • On Sept. 11, 1965, the 1st Cavalry Division (Airmobile) begins to arrive in South Vietnam, bringing U.S. troop strength to more than 125,000. The unit was the first full U.S. Army division deployed to Vietnam. • On Sept. 8, 1974, in a controversial executive action, President Gerald Ford pardons his disgraced predecessor Richard Nixon for crimes committed while in office involving the Watergate scandal. • On Sept. 13, 1990, the drama series "Law & Order" premieres on NBC. It would go on to become one of the longest-running prime-time dramas in TV history -- 20 seasons. The "Law & Order" franchise was created by Dick Wolf, who began his TV career as a writer for "Miami Vice." © 2015 King Features Synd., Inc.
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MEMORABLE CAMPAIGNS • In 1970, the Dr Pepper company decided it wanted to make itself better known in New York City. It spent $1.3 million in advertising, including 13,200 bus posters, 6,600 subway ads, 150 TV spots, and almost 2,000 radio ads. The next year sales in New York increased by 1.5 million cases. At 35¢ per can, the company gained $9.1 million gross from this promotion— seven times the amount spent on the advertising. • William Wrigley once said, “Anybody can make gum. The problem is selling it.” He decided the solution was advertising, and he turned into not only the world’s largest gum manufacturer, but also the world’s largest advertiser. He spent $100,000 on an advertising campaign in New York City that flopped. So he tried spending another $100,000 just on Broadway, and it also flopped. Then he spent $100,000 advertising in small New York towns, buying every billboard, all the streetcar space, and huge newspaper spreads. Orders poured in. • An ad for a dental clinic in Topeka, Kansas in the 1920s featured a grinning boy with red hair, freckles and a missing front tooth. The boy was not worried a bit, because his dentist was Painless Romine. The picture of the grinning boy appeared also in ads for shoes and soft drinks. In the 1950s the boy was adopted by Mad Magazine, and named Alfred E. Neuman. In 1956 he was even featured as a write-in candidate for president, but lost.
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ADVERTISING (continued) • A study done of U.S. television ads showed the following words to be the most frequently used: new, improved, better, extra, fresh, Answer: Dell. clean, beautiful, free, good, great, and light. A VERY LARGE NUMBER ENDORSEMENTS Edwardplayer Kasner wasLaver a mathematician. In 1938a • • Tennis Rod was paid to endorse he was asked to come up with a name for a certain type of tennis racket. However, he revery large number: the numeral one, followed ally brand preferred hisyoung origiby adisliked hundredthe zeros. Heand asked his two nal racket.what He solved the problem by using his nephews name they would suggest. old racket, which was painted to look like the • Nine-year-old Milton suggested a name kind he the wasfunnies. endorsing. out of A cartoon strip character • In 1972Barney Lou Brock, biggestchose base named was verybaseball's popular. Milton stealer, in the an ad in which he tore Barney’swas lastshown name for number. bases, then credited • around Kasner the announced the new namea certain for the type big of candy for his speed. In a landmark decision number in his next book, altering the spelling. stemming thePage Federal Trade Com• Sixty yearsfrom later,this, Larry and Sergey Brin mission ruled candy can't be credited as the developed a new internet search engine. Other source a person's speed.each They webpage also ruledand that search of engines searched Domino Sugaraccording could nottoadvertise themselves ranked them how many times a specific term appeared them, but Page and as the "official sugar" ofonthe National Football Brin designed their search engine to search for League because all brands of sugar are identithe specific term andruled then that find out many cal. Later the FTC any how athlete enlinks there were that led back to that page, dorsing a product would have to be a bona fide which in a better search engine. user ofresulted that product. • They decided they needed a name that reflected howQUICK many QUIP websites the search • The sports writer was interviewing the coach. engine was searching. They took the name "What's theKasner’s line-up for this season?" of Edward very large number,"Well," only replied the coach, "It looks like this: Jones and they misspelled it slightly, so it ended up being spelled exactly the razor sameblade way commercials; the cartoon Jackson will do the character last name. What’s Smith andBarney Brownspelled will gohis to deodorants; Taylor it called? (Answer at bottom of page) and Fitzpatrick will appear for shaving cream; and McGregor is slated for breakfast cereals." COMPUTER FACTS • In 1981 Bill Gates “640 kb of memory IT'S said, A FACT ought to be enough for anybody.” • An Indianapolis mortician advertised that his • coffins Moore’scame Law with statesathat computer performance “lifetime guarantee.” doubles every 18 to 24 months, and everMagoo since • Jim Backus, who did the voice of Mr. 1971, this has been true. and played Mr. Howell on "Gilligan's Island," • recorded HP, Google, Microsoft, and Apple were all 15,000 commercials for La-Z-Boy started in garages. recliners and got listed in the "Guinness Book Answer: Google, fromfor googol. of World Records" the effort.
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