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All kinds of events have taken place in July over the years. This week, Tidbits cracks open the history books to examine some of them. • Michael J. Fox was 24 years old when the film “Back to the Future” was released on July 3, 1985. Fox starred as Marty McFly, a teenager who climbed into wacky scientist Doc Brown’s DeLorean DMC-12 sports car and traveled back 30 years in time, only to meet his future parents in high school. The film went on to be the highest-grossing film of the year, grossing over $380 million. Doc Brown’s DeLorean was powered by plutonium capable of achieving the “1.21 gigawatts” power required to travel through time. Did you know that only 9,000 DeLoreans were produced before the company ran out of money? About 6,500 of those are still around today. • In the midst of the Great Depression, in July of 1930, construction of Hoover Dam began. It took the next five years and the labor of 21,000 to complete the structure, with completion two years ahead of schedule and millions of dollars under budget. The dam provided for a huge increase in irrigated farming in the desert, as well as providing water for much of southern California. Today, the dam remains the second highest in the U.S., and the 18th highest in the world, and serves over a million people. WANT TO RUN YOUR OWN BUSINESS? Publish a We provide the opportunity for success!

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JULY IN HISTORY (continued): • History was made in the world of medicine on July 25, 1978, when the world’s first “test tube baby,” Louise Joy Brown was born in Manchester, England. In November of the previous year, Lesley Brown, who had suffered from infertility for many years, underwent an experimental in vitro fertilization. Several years after the birth of Louise, Mr. and Mrs. Brown once again were parents of an IVF baby, Natalie. In 2006, Louise became a mother herself to a son conceived naturally. • George Herman “Babe” Ruth made his Major League Baseball debut on July 11, 1914 as a pitcher for the Boston Red Sox. After living in an orphanage, St. Mary’s Industrial School for Boys, since age 7, at 19, Ruth was signed by the Baltimore Orioles, but was quickly sold to the Red Sox over the summer. He was part of three World Series championships during his tenure with the Sox. Just prior to the 1920 season, Sox owner Harry Frazee desired to finance a Broadway musical, and sold Ruth’s contract to the New York Yankees to obtain the money. Ironically, in 10 of the next 12 seasons with the Yankees, Ruth alone hit more home runs than the entire Red Sox team. This gave rise to the phrase “the Curse of the Bambino,” referring to the fact that the Red Sox did not win another World Series for 85 years. • In other baseball news, on July 20, 1976, slugger Hank Aaron hit his record 755th and final home run. The event occurred in Milwaukee County Stadium where Aaron played as a Milwaukee Brewer. California Angels pitcher Dick Drago threw the pitch to the 42-year-old Aaron. Aaron retired from baseball following the 1976 season after 23 years. His record remained in place until 2007 when it was broken by Barry Bonds.

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• Many of us think of the Salvation Army as merely a thrift store, or the bell-ringers at Christmas. The organization got its start in London in July of 1865 when preacher William Booth and his wife Catherine founded the Christian Mission, attempting to help those living in poverty. With 1,000 volunteers and 42 evangelists, Booth’s team spread out across London, setting up soup kitchens and preaching the Gospel, and became known as the “Hallelujah Army.” In 1878, the group became known as the Salvation Army. Today, there are 7,546 centers in the U.S. alone, along with branches in 75 other countries. • On July 13, 1978, Henry Ford II fired Lee Iacocca as Ford Motor Company’s president, and changed the course of history. Iacocca had been employed by Ford since 1946, and within 14 years he was a vice-president and general manager. He was the designer of the Ford Mustang, an achievement that led to his being named President of Ford. Along the way, his management style contributed to frequent conflict with Henry Ford II, whose intention was to turn the company over to his son Edsel, who was 28 at the time. Ford’s justification to Iacocca was, “Sometimes you just don’t like somebody.” It proved to be a good thing for Iacocca, who was hired as president of Chrysler the following year. The company was nearly bankrupt, and under Iacocca’s leadership posted record profits of $2.4 billion five years later. He retired from Chrysler in 1992. ...continued

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JULY IN HISTORY (continued): • Aviation history was made in July, 1938, when multi-millionaire Howard Hughes circumnavigated the globe in 91 hours, 14 minutes, and 10 seconds. He departed Long Island, New York, on July 10, with a crew of four aboard his Lockheed Super Electra Special, making his first stop in Paris. It was on to Moscow, Alaska, Minneapolis, and back to Long Island on July 14. The distance was approximately 14,800 miles, with an average speed for the flight of 206.1 mph. • On July 28, 1945, another airplane was in the news when a U.S. B-25 Mitchell military bomber crashed into New York City’s Empire State Building. The plane was flying from Massachusetts to LaGuardia Airport and due to heavy fog, it was re-routed to Newark, New Jersey Airport. As the bomber flew over Manhattan, suddenly the Chrysler Building came into view through the fog and the pilot swerved to miss it, which sent him straight into the side of the Empire State Building at the 79th floor. The jet fuel exploded and filled four floors of the building with flames, killing the three people on the plane and 11 within the building. The fact that it was a Saturday saved the lives of thousands. The engine flew through the building and landed in an apartment across the street. The building sustained an 18’ x 20’-foot hole, and $1 million in damages ($10.5 million in today’s dollars.)

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• It’s no surprise that with their webbed feet, platypuses are excellent swimmers and are able to stay underwater for up to 140 seconds. They paddle with their front feet and steer with their back feet and large beaverlike tail. Folds of skin cover their eyes and ears, and their noses have a waterproof seal for their underwater hunts.

• The strange-looking platypus has the appearance of a beaver with webbed feet, but with the flat bill of a duck. They measure about 20 inches from head to toe • Navigating across land is tough work for a platyand are covered with thick, dense fur that keeps them pus and requires 30% more energy than swimming. warm while underwater. When the platypus was first Their webbing retracts when they are on land, and discovered by Europeans in 1798 by Captain John their claws become more prominent. They move Hunter, a sketch was made of the unusual animal and clumsily along on their knuckles in order to protect sent back to Britain. The scientists there believed it their webbing. to be a hoax, refusing to believe its existence, stating • The carnivorous platypuses are bottom feeders, that it was produced by a taxidermist who had sewn feeding along the muddy bottom of whatever body a duck’s beak and feet onto another animal. Even af- of water they inhabit. Much of these nocturnal ter a live specimen was brought to them, several still creatures’ time is spent on the hunt, which can last doubted its authenticity. 10 to 12 hours every day. The skin of its flexible, rubbery bill contains thousands of receptors that • The platypus can pick up electrical signals generated by their prey’s only be found in muscular contractions. Once the platypus locates the freshwater arits dinner, it scoops up insects, larvae, shellfish, eas off the eastern and worms with its large bill and stores them in and southeastern its cheek pouches for the swim to the surface. It coast of Australia also scrapes up bits of gravel from the bottom to and around the isaid in digestion. Since the platypus has no teeth, land of Tasmania. They dwell in burrows dug into riverbanks that contain only grinding plates, the gravel helps mash their food into small pieces. The platypus also has no chambers connected by tunnels. • Although the semi-aquatic platypus is a mammal, it stomach, just an intestine and esophagus connected is an exception to the rule of mammals giving birth to together. live young. Female platypuses lay eggs instead, one of • The platypus’ secret weapon of defense against only two mammals to do so. This characteristic classi- predators is a spur on its hind feet. While both fies them as monotremes. Female mammals also pro- males and females have the spur, only the male has duce milk, but in the case of the platypus, the milk a gland that produces a toxic venom that can easily oozes out of ducts much like sweat glands onto spe- kill a small animal and cause severe pain to hucialized patches of skin, and their babies lap the milk mans. off the skin.






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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.

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-repellent 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.

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• On July 17, 1967, Jimi Hendrix drops out as the opening act for teenybopper sensations The Monkees. The booking of psychedelic rock god with the made-for-television Monkees was the brainchild of Hendrix's manager, Mike Jeffery. • On July 16, 1995, Amazon officially opens for business as an online bookseller. Within a month, the fledgling retailer had shipped books to all 50 states and 45 countries. Amazon eventually morphed into an e-commerce colossus, selling everything from groceries and furniture to live ladybugs.

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In commemoration of July as National Honey Month, Tidbits sweetens the pot with these facts about honey. by Samantha Weaver

• It was noted American computer scientist Alan Kay who made the following sage observation: "A change in perspective is worth 80 IQ points." • The pirate spider eats almost nothing besides other spiders. Researchers say this presents some problems when it comes time to mate. • Isaac Asimov is probably best known for his classic science-fiction novels, including the Foundation Series and "I, Robot," but he was much more than a pulp writer. His works are so wide-ranging that he has entries in nine out of the 10 major categories of the Dewey Decimal system. In addition to his science-fiction works, he wrote history ("The Greeks: A Great Adventure," "The Egyptians"), literary works ("Asimov's Guide to Shakespeare," "Asimov's Guide to the Bible,"), humor ("Lecherous Limericks," "Treasury of Humor"), mystery (the Black Widowers series) and popular science ("The Intelligent Man's Guide to Science"). Asimov earned a Ph.D. from Columbia University in biochemistry, which he also taught; he published academic works in science and mathematics. His prolific life is detailed in three works of autobiography, and he and his wife, Janet, even found time to co-author a self-help book titled "How to Enjoy Writing: A Book of Aid and Comfort." • You might be surprised to learn that the electric fan was invented in the 19th century. Then again, at the moment that fact might not be surprising; the heat of summer can be a powerful motivator. *** Thought for the Day: "As scarce as truth is, the supply has always been in excess of the demand." -- Josh Billings

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• Honey is simply the condensed nectar of flower blossoms, the only food source produced by insects that humans eat. The sugary nectary secreted by the flowers attracts honey bees. The bees collect not only the nectar, but the flower’s pollen as well, depositing it at the next flower it visits, enabling the production of its seeds. The bee will visit between 50 and 100 flowers during one trip, all the while flapping its wings more than 180 times per second. • Back at the hive, the bee deposits its load of nectar that will be transformed into honey. A bee colony is home to between 30,000 and 60,000 bees, each with a lifespan of about 45 days over the summer. Two million flowers must be visited and 55,000 miles logged to make just 1 lb. of honey, but the average worker bee will make just 1/16 of a teaspoon of honey during its lifetime. A strong colony of bees can store hundreds of pounds with just a few days. • The color, flavor, and aroma of the honey are dependent on the type of flower that was visited by the bee. Monofloral honey is made from the nectar of just one type of plant, such as clover, orange blossom, buckwheat, lavender, dandelion, and honeysuckle. Polyfloral honey is also known as wildflower honey, and is made from the nectar of many different types of plants. Buckwheat honey is thick and dark with a very strong flavor, while alfalfa honey is almost white, with a delicate mild flavor.

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• Honey is an ancient food, as evidenced by a cave painting unearthed in Spain showing people collecting honey from a bee’s nest. The Answer: Dell. figures are carrying baskets or gourds and are A VERY LARGE NUMBER using ropes to reach the nest. The ancient Ro•mans Edward Kasner wassoa much mathematician. 1938 valued honey that it wasInused as he was asked to come up with a name for a avery formlarge of currency, it to pay taxes. number: using the numeral one,their followed Egyptians sacrificed honey to their gods. The by a hundred zeros. He asked his two young body of Alexander said to have nephews what namethe theyGreat wouldissuggest. been preserved in a coffin full of honey. • Nine-year-old Milton suggested a Sealed name containers honey were foundstrip in King Tut’s out of theoffunnies. A cartoon character tomb that were still edible after more than named Barney was very popular. Milton chose 2,000 years. and Barney’s lastGreeks name for theRomans number. used honey as a natural healing medicine, andfor it was fre• Kasner announced the new name the big quently on wounds to promote healing. numberspread in his next book, altering the spelling. • Because honey is Larry a symbol new Brin year • Sixty years later, Page for andthe Sergey developedtoa new internet search engine. Other according Jewish tradition, Rosh Hashanah search engines searched webpage andto celebrations include appleseach dipped in honey ranked them according to how many times a symbolize a sweet new year. specific term appeared on them, but Page and • There are 64 their calories in engine one tablespoon of Brin designed search to search for honey, compared to sugar at 46 calories, but the specific term and then find out how many because honey is sweeter, tend usepage, less. links there were that led we back to to that which never resulted in a because better search engine. Honey spoils its high acidic levcreates a very low environment, •elThey decided theypHneeded a namemaking that howformany websites itreflected unfavorable bacteria to grow. the Rawsearch honey engine was searching. Theyenzymes took thethat name contains all the pollen and are of Edward Kasner’s very large number, only destroyed by heat in processed honey. Filtered theyprocessed misspelledhoney it slightly, so it ended up being and will remain liquid much spelled exactly the same way the cartoon longer, while raw honey crystalizes quickly. character Barney spelled his last name. What’s • It’s believed that honey, with its antioxidant it called? (Answer at bottom of page) and anti-bacterial properties is a COMPUTER FACTS powerful aid to the immune system. Many claim it improves • In 1981 Bill Gates said, “640 kb of memory digestion andenough soothes throats. But as benought to be forsore anybody.” eficial as honey can be, it should not be fed to • Moore’s Law states that computer performance infants than18one year old. Honey cansince condoublesless every to 24 months, and ever tain a bacterium called 1971, this has been true.Clostridium botulinum, which can cause infant botulism, a condition • HP, Google, Microsoft, and Apple were all that can in cause paralysis and even death. started garages. Answer: Google, from googol.


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