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Good article. When I attended Smiley Jr High in Denver, circa 1943, there was a class for boys entitled "shop". One of the things a student learned was how to set type, using the then modern equipment used daily by some newspapers. The "modern" equipment then was very similar to what Gutenburg invented!!


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The Spring Temple Buddha – World’s Tallest Statue

The world’s tallest statue (at the moment at least) stands in the Fodushan Scenic Area in the Zhaocun township of China.

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Built between 1997 and 2008, the massive copper Buddha stands atop a 66 foot tall lotus-shaped pedestal which houses a monastery, giving it a total height of 502 feet.

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It has more than 100 feet in height on its closest competitor, another massive Buddha known as the Laykyun Sekkya, located in Myanmar.

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The Ushiku Daibutsu Buddha in Japan comes in a close third, at 360 feet tall. But plans seem to be constantly afoot for ever taller statues, so it’s only a matter of time before the Spring Temple Buddha has its title stolen by someone even bigger.

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Christmas, Florida

Christmas, Florida, is a strip of highway 50, east of Orlando, with an overly large post office and a number of local attempts at the theme.

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Christmas pennants hang from every telephone pole, there's a Christmas trailer park, a perennial fully decorated evergreen tree, religious grottoes, and a small but ominous locked Christmas Museum, apparently open only by appointment or at special events.

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Farmland and pine trees are on the horizon, brown wreaths hung on mailboxes. It’s not a holiday for the people of Christmas, Florida.

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The yuletide name of the community comes from the Second Seminole War. On December 25th, 1837, more than 2,000 US soldiers built a supply fort for the war. They never saw a day of battle.

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Oh, did I mention that there’s not much to do there? Not exactly worth a Bucket List entry.

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Venezuela

In Venezuela, the government of President Nicolás Maduro and the opposition are engaged in a bitter power struggle. It is a country in the midst of a humanitarian crisis. Thousands of people flee every day, mostly on foot. In total, about four million Venezuelans have already left the country.

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The South American country has been caught in a downward spiral for years with growing political discontent further fuelled by skyrocketing hyperinflation, power cuts and shortages of food and medicine. In 2018, the annual inflation rate reached 929,790% and is expected to reach 10,000,000% by the end of 2019. According to the April 2019 World Economic Outlook report, Venezuela's inflation rate of 10 million is the highest in the world.

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But what exactly is behind the crisis rocking Venezuela?

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This would be an unusual question to ask in most countries, but in Venezuela many want to know exactly that as the government accused opposition leader Juan Guaidó of trying to topple President Maduro.

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President Maduro

The accusation came after Mr Guaidó - surrounded by a group of men in uniforms - called on the military to switch sides on 30 April.

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Juan Guaido

In April 2019, after years of denying the existence of a humanitarian crisis and refusing to allow foreign aid to enter the country—calling aid shipments a political ploy by the United States—President Maduro allowed the entry of a shipment of emergency supplies from the Red Cross. Venezuela’s infrastructure has been poorly maintained, recently leading to a series of country-wide blackouts in March 2019 that left millions without power.

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Maduro was reelected to a second six-year term in May 2018, despite boycotts and accusations of fraud in a widely condemned election, including by a group of fourteen neighboring countries known as the Lima Group, and was officially sworn in to office in January 2019.

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Two weeks later, on January 15, the National Assembly declared Maduro’s election illegitimate and opposition leader Juan Guaidó announced that he would assume office as interim president until free and fair elections could be held. Guaidó was quickly recognized as interim president by the United States, Canada, most of the European Union, and the Organization of American States, but Maduro retains the support of several major countries including China, Cuba, Russia, and Turkey.

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The resulting political standoff has seen an increase in U.S. sanctions against the Maduro government, including targeting oil shipments to Cuba—Maduro has increasingly relied on Cuban military and intelligence support to stay in power—as well as discussions about a potential military intervention.

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Russia, meanwhile, continues to support the Maduro government, sending Russian troops to Venezuela in March 2019 and helping the government evade sanctions on the oil industry.

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Russians arrive in Venezuela

China has continued to back the Maduro government as well, including offering to help rebuild the national power grid.

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Aspirin

You’ve probably taken aspirin if you’ve had a headache or a cold. There are other similar drugs available now, but aspirin was the first of its kind.

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Aspirin is used to kill pain, reduce swelling and thin the blood to help heart-attack and stroke patients. It’s related to a natural remedy that’s been known for thousands of years.

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About 2,500 years ago, the ancient Greek doctor Hippocrates wrote about the healing properties of a tea made from the bark of a willow tree. It’s also mentioned as a remedy in writing from other ancient civilizations in the Middle East and North America.

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In 1763 an English Reverend, Edmund Stone, described how farm workers used willow bark to make a cure for fevers.

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In 1838 the Italian chemist Rafaele Piria discovered a way to extract the active ingredient of willow bark, salicin, and convert it into salicylic acid. But, used on its own, salicylic acid gives patients stomach pains and sickness.

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In 1899 Felix Hoffman, an employee of the pharmaceutical company Bayer, used his arthritic father as a guinea pig. After trying various compounds, he discovered that acetylsalicylic acid was effective and free from side effects. It was a great discovery, and a great relief for Hoffman’s father. Acetylsalicylic acid, called aspirin, went on sale as a powder. It was an instant success. Everyone knows that eating certain foods can help you stay fit and healthy, especially food rich in vitamins and minerals.

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Before pharmaceutical drugs were available, though, people had to rely far more on different types of food to not only keep them well, but help them feel better when they did get it. Choose some healthy foods and herbs and see if you can create the ultimate cure-all smoothie. Try different combinations to find one you like. Most will probably taste disgusting, but no pain, no gain!

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A few days after he had invented aspirin, Hoffman invented another drug, heroin, which was marketed at the same time. At first, heroin was more successful because people believed it to be healthier, then they discovered that it was also addictive.

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Only In Disneyland

Here is one of the most mind-blowing facts about one Disneyland ride: The classic steel coaster in Disneyland's Fantasyland area houses a hidden secret at the very top: a basketball court.

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Although you won't find any NBA players secretly shooting hoops up there, the Disney Channel program Walt Disney World Inside Out, which ran from 1994 to 1997, confirmed that there was in fact a basketball court smaller than a regulation half-court inside the attraction, which served as a resting space for climbers that used to periodically scale down the side of the Matterhorn mountain.

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According to a Disney cast member interviewed on the show, Walt Disney himself wanted to put "the strangest thing" he could in that empty space, asking ride operators and mountain climbers what they'd like to see there. After noting they wanted to play basketball, a hoop was installed.

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There Have Been 27 Versions Of The American Flag

The first American flag only displayed 13 stripes as well as 13 stars that were arranged in a circle. The stars and stripes represented the 13 colonies that declared independence from Great Britain.

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While the origins of the first American Flag are unknown, some do believe that it was designed by a New Jersey Congressman, Francis Hopkinson and sewn by a Philadelphia seamstress, Betsy Ross.

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Since the founding of the United State, there have been 27 versions of the American flag. Each new flag represented the addition of new states.

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Today, the American flag displays 50 stars that represent the 50 states that make up the US.

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how come I count 28 versions? and from the picture it seems two of them had 13 stars?


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There are 5 rows of flags and 5 columns that makes 25 plus the 2 in the top row, that makes 27. Are you counting the waving flag at the bottom? It's the same as the bottom right flag in the matrix.


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No, the first one with 13 stars in a circle, +27


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It seems that until 1934 there was no "official" pattern for the stars, resulting in several different variations of the flag when new states were added. In particular it seems the Navy preferred a different version.
There's a chart on Wikipedia with over 40 different flags.
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