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The Tallest Man Ever

There have been many claims about men who were more than eight feet tall, but very few of them are true.

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The tallest man who was ever reliably measured was Robert Wadlow, who was born in Illinois in 1918.

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By the age of five, he stood over 5 feet tall and at ten, he was almost 6 1/2 feet. By the time he was 18, he stood 8 feet, 3 1/2 inches, and when he died in 1940, he was measured at more than 8 feet, 11 inches!

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Robert Wadlow at 10 years of age (6’ 5”)

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8’ 11.1” at time of death

Wadlow’s shoes were 18 1/2 inches long, and his hands were almost 13 inches, from the wrist to his fingertips. And he was still growing when he died, at the age of just 22!

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What Fish Can Live Out of Water For Years

The lung fish is one fish that can live out of water.

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Over the centuries, nature has equipped these strange creatures with both gills and lungs. They are a species of fish that has changed very little in 390 million years.

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A long time ago, when streams and ponds started to dry up, the lung fish learned to breath air and to travel on land from one mud puddle to another mud puddle on his paddle-like fins.

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Eventually, they learned to go through a sort of hibernation in the mud while waiting for the rainy season to come and make a pond. The lung fish allow the mud to dry and cover their bodies completely. They become the center of a small, hard mudball.

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Experiments have shown that the fish can live inside these balls, on land, for as long as four or five years. Lung fish exist in Australia, Africa, and South America.

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Wow, how bizarre (and just a little scary!).

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The Mysterious Mima Mounds

In the prairies near Olympia, in Washington, in northwestern United States, thousands upon thousands of grass-covered humps bulge out of the ground like an enormous bubble wrap.

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These humps are called mima mounds, named after the Mima Prairie, and they range in size from near imperceptible to more than two meters tall, and several meters across.

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Since their discovery by Charles Wilkes, a US naval officer and explorer, in 1841, these mysterious mounds have intrigued scientists and provoked curiosity, speculation, and debate.

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Wilkes initially thought that the mounds were graves of ancient Indians but when he ordered his men to dig up, they found no bones. We now know that these mounds are thousands of years old but – until recently - we still didn’t know who or what created them.

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Over the decades, 50 or more explanations have been offered for the fields of broad, meter-high mounds of soil found across the western United States and on every continent except Antarctica.

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The ideas have ranged from earthquakes to glaciers to UFOs.

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But now it seems that generation upon generation of gophers built the millions of mounds seen today.

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And it took a computer model programmed to act like the burrowing rodents to unearth the truth.

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Some writers should just get a life!

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How Do Telephones Work?

To understand the way a telephone works, we must first understand the way we hear. Anything that vibrates, or moves back and forth, sends out sound waves. These waves travel to our eardrums, which vibrate in step with the sound waves.

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When you speak into the mouthpiece of a phone, your voice makes sound waves. These waves hit a thin iron disc in the mouthpiece and make it vibrate. This disc is connected to a transmitter, which consists partly of a box filled with carbon grains.

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As the disc vibrates, the carbon grains alternately press together and loosen, in time with these vibrations. A battery sends current through the carbon grains. This current varies according to the vibrations of the iron disc, which, in turn, varies with the sound waves made by your voice.

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This current flows along wires connected by above ground telephone poles and also along underground cross-country lines and undersea cables.

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The person receiving the call has an iron disc in his instrument too. This disc also vibrates in time with the sound waves of the incoming call. These vibrations cause sound waves, the same as those made at the other end, to reach the ear held to the receiver.

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It is, perhaps, one of the simplest devices in your home.

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Who Were The First Golfers?

Most people think that golf was invented in Scotland, but there’s no proof that it was born there. The ancient Romans played a game with bent wooden sticks and a leather ball stuffed with feathers.

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In the Middle Ages, the Dutch played a game called kolven on frozen rivers and canals, using a wooden club to hit a ball toward a stake set in the ice. Later, some Dutch people probably began to hit the ball toward a hole in the ground instead of a stake.

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The first mention of golf in Scotland came in 1457, when King James IV outlawed the game. He was afraid that men might spend more time playing golf than practicing archery, and he wanted all Scotsmen to be skilled with the bow and arrow so that they would be good soldiers. But James later tried the game and became a golfer himself!

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The 10,000 golf courses in America cover an area larger than the state of Rhode Island!

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Who Invented Air Conditioning?

Willis Carrier took the heat out of the desert by inventing air conditioning.

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Without his invention, many of the hot, dry areas of our country, such as, parts of New Mexico, Arizona, California, and Florida, would be too hot for most people to live in. Whole cities might never have grown up if it weren’t for Carrier and his temperature humidity controlling process.

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Just think of how hot it is in a movie theater when the air conditioner breaks down! The very first movie theater to be “refrigerated,” as it was sometimes called then, was the Tivoli Theater in New York City during the summer of 1925.

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Carrier installed the machinery himself. He was so nervous that it might not work properly that he couldn’t sleep. Actually, Carrier’s company had been making and installing air conditioners since 1906.

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In those days people were more interested in cooling machinery and products like paper and cloth than they were in cooling people.

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Where Did “Hello” Come From?

The first word Thomas Edison used to answer the phone was the nautical greeting “ahoy” because the first regular phone system was in the maritime state of Connecticut. The telephone’s inventor, Alexander Graham Bell, answered with the Gaelic “hoy”.

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It got a bit awkward trying to remember which was which. But it was Thomas Edison’s greeting of “hello,” an exclamation of surprise dating back to the Middle Ages, that caught on, and so we answer the telephone today with, “Hello?”

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Queen Elizabeth has been queen for more than a quarter of the USA’s existence.

She has been queen of the UK since 1952.

2019 - 1952 = 67 years.

The United States of America has existed as a nation since gaining its independence in 1783 through the Treaty of Paris.

2019 - 1783 = 236 years.

67 is in fact 28.39% of 236.


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Love the byline about kamikaze helmets, but I actually may have a reasonable answer. I haven't fact checked this, but I read years ago (before internet) that the flights were long and the pilots tended to nod off and crash. The helmets had a cord attached to the ceiling and as the head drooped the rubber cord would jerk it back up and wake the pilot. Sounds plausible...

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Love the byline about kamikaze helmets, but I actually may have a reasonable answer. I haven't fact checked this, but I read years ago (before internet) that the flights were long and the pilots tended to nod off and crash. The helmets had a cord attached to the ceiling and as the head drooped the rubber cord would jerk it back up and wake the pilot. Sounds plausible...

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