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Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Did You Know....

I found some interesting facts about things I didn't know. Like they say, you learn something new everyday.

Did you know...,.

that more than 100 billion crayons have been produced so far. The first crayons consisted of a mixture of charcoal and oil. In the early 1900s, cousins Edwin Binney and Harold Smith developed a nontoxic wax crayon. Binney’s wife, Alice, attached the French word for chalk, craie, with “ola,” from oily, to form the Crayola brand name. Their first box of Crayola crayons were sold for a nickel in 1903.



The first Crayola crayons came in a box of eight colors: black, blue, brown, green, orange, purple, red and yellow. By 1957, 40 new colors were introduced. Today there are more than 120 crayon colours, including Atomic Tangerine, Blizzard Blue, Mango Tango, Outrageous Orange, Laser Lemon, Screamin’ Green and Shocking Pink. Over 5 billion crayons are produced each year.

Did you know that...

Tobacco is a $200 billion industry, producing six trillion cigarettes a year – about 1,000 cigarettes for each person on earth. And this is what you’ll find in cigarettes:

~ Formaldehyde, which embalmer use to preserve dead bodies;
~ Toluene, which is commonly used as an ingredient in paint thinner;
~ Acetone, an active ingredient in nail polish remover;
~ Ammonia, which scientists have discovered lets you absorb more nicotine, keeping you hooked on smoking.




If you smoke, you and those around you also inhaling arsenic, benzene, cadmium, hydrogen cyanide, lead, mercury and phonol. In all, 4000 harmful chemicals, including 44 types of poison, of which 43 are proven cancer-causing substances. That should be reason enough why a person should stop smoking immediately.

Bad business
Life insurance companies charge smokers nearly double the amount they charge non-smokers for term assurance. Some tobacco companies also own shares in life assurance companies. What appears to be a good deal for tobacco companies is a bad deal for taxpayers: the health care costs caused directly by smoking, and the lost economic productivity, cost governments up to three times as much as the total earnings of the tobacco industry.

Death



Smokers are ten times more likely to suffer from lung cancer than non-smokers, three times more likely to have a stroke, and twice more likely to suffer a heart attack. Carbon monoxide in cigarettes deprives the heart of oxygen. Smoking can cause headaches, infertility, blood vessel disease, digestive problems, mouth and throat cancer, and blindness.

Smoking Tobacco causes more deaths than those caused by all the wars of the past 100 years, including World Wars One and Two. More than three million people die each year as a result of smoking.

Nicotine is a drug. It is more addictive than cocaine, heroine or mandrax. Nicotine is a natural insecticide. Plants such as tomatoes produce it in their leaves to discourage bugs from eating them.

Stop smoking

After 8 hours, the carbon monoxide in your blood drops to normal.
After 48 hours, nerve endings start regrowing and the ability to smell and taste is enhanced.
After a year, the risk of heart disease drops halfway back to that of a non-smoker.
After 15 years, the risk of coronary heart disease is that of a non-smoker.


Did you know that...

The US nickname Uncle Sam was derived from Uncle Sam Wilson, a meat packer in Troy, New York. According to Isaac Asimov’s Book of Facts, Sam Wilson stamped the letters “US” on meat barrels he prepared for the US Army during the War of 1812. Some workmen interpreted the US for “Uncle Sam” and so the legend grew. The Uncle Sam figure took on the image of Abraham Lincoln in newspaper cartoons during the American Civil War.

Uncle Sam is the personification of the United States government. The original Uncle Sam poster was designed by James Montgomery Flagg in 1916, using his own face. The design was based on the Lord Kitchener poster of three years earlier which also called men to arms. The Uncle Sam poster is considered to be the world's most famous poster.

Did you know that..

You can not taste food unless it is mixed with Saliva? The tongue is a muscle with glands, sensory cells, and fatty tissue that helps to moisten food with saliva. You cannot taste food unless it is mixed with saliva. For instance, if salt is placed on a dry tongue, the taste buds will not be able to identify it. As soon as saliva is added, the salt dissolves and the taste sensation takes place. There are 4 basic tastes. The salt and sweet taste buds are at the tip of the tongue, bitter at the base, and sour along the sides.



On average length of a human tongue from the oropharynx to the tip is four inches (ten centimetres). But Stephen Taylor's tongue is even longer! He holds the Guinness World Record for the longest tongue, measuring 3.74 inches (9,5 cm) - they measure the tongue from the tip to the center of the closed top lip.
The longest tongue of any living being belongs to a blue whale. The tongue of a blue whale is as long as an elephant and weighs almost 3 tons.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Winter Wonderland

This photo was taken the night of Friday February 5th in my back yard. As you can see it was really starting to pile up. This is just the beginning of the storm.

You guessed it SNOW!!! and more SNOW! As much as I have been wanting snow, this season has turned out to be the worse snow I have seen since I have been living in VA. I haven't seen snow like this since the Winter of 96 and I was living in Phila. Back then it was about 30 inches of snow and we have surpassed that amount in the past 2 months. This is including the snow we had just before Christmas which was about 20inches then again 2 weeks ago which wasn't much about 8-10 inches and on February 6 30 inches of snow and again on February 9 which was about 5 inches but very windy and dangerous. So am I sick of snow right about. Hell yes!!

We live so close to DC (about 30 minutes) that we pretty much got what DC got as far as snow but according to what I have seen on the news, I think DC got hit a lot harder. They have been dealing with not being able to get the snow removed in a timely matter within the city in the neighborhoods but this happens a lot in most major cities. We live in a HOA community so the plows here have been non stop since back in December. They spend all day and all night constantly removing snow and hauling it away. I guess this is what we our HOA fees pay for and they have done an excellent job removing all of the snow to make it easier for us to get out.

This was taken around 10am on Saturday February 6th as you can see it is still very early in the day and we are at approx 20 inches. When all was said and done by the end of the evening. That rose to 30inches.




This was taken Friday February 6th the day of the big storm. This was just the beginning of what to come. This was the early morning part of the storm. It was so calm and quiet as if the everything and every one just shut down and stayed home to watch the snow fall. I love how quiet it gets when the the snow fell. It is like God's way of saying, sit back and watch me do my work. :-)

Well lets just hope that we don't see anymore snow like this for some time and that the worse part of the winter is over and we can get back to normal and start to thaw. Thanks for letting me share my photos with you.

~Michelle