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    https://www.epicgames.com/store/en-US/p/paladins--paladins-epic-pack Paladins Epic Pack is currently free on Epic Games Store. https://www.epicgames.com/store/en-US/p/stubbs-the-zombie-in-rebel-without-a-pulse Stubbs the Zombie in Rebel Without a Pulse is currently free on Epic Games Store.
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    Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon is currently free on Ubisoft Connect. https://register.ubisoft.com/ghostrecon-giveaway/en-US Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Wildlands Fallen Ghosts DLC is currently free on Ubisoft Connect, Steam, Epic Games Store, PlayStation Store, Microsoft Store and Google Stadia. https://register.ubisoft.com/grw_dlc_giveaway/en-US https://www.epicgames.com/store/en-US/p/ghost-recon-wildlands--fallen-ghosts-dlc https://store.steampowered.com/app/573832/Tom_Clancys_Ghost_Recon_Wildlands__Fallen_Ghosts
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    https://store.steampowered.com/app/46500/Syberia/ https://store.steampowered.com/app/46510/Syberia_II/ Syberia and Syberia II are currently free on Steam.
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    https://store.steampowered.com/app/1260130/Banana_Hell/ Banana Hell is currently free on Steam https://sorceressgamelab.itch.io/tizahls-quest-full Tizahl's Quest is currently free on Itch.io.
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    Seems like half the time now these Epic freebies are repeats that I've already got from Epic as a freebie prior.
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    https://store.steampowered.com/app/1748780/Minion_Masters__Mordars_Malediction/ https://store.steampowered.com/app/489520/Minion_Masters/ Minion Masters: Mordar’s Malediction DLC is currently free on Steam. The base game is free to play. https://masterdevmed.itch.io/unforgiven-carry-the-pain Unforgiven: Carry the Pain is currently free at Itch.io.
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    Since my last post I've seen: Candyman [2021] Cry Macho [2021] Escape Room 2 [2021] Kate [2021] Meagan Leavey [2017] Nightbooks [2021] The Amateurs [2005] The Open Road [2009] The Texas Chainsaw Massacre [2003] Wyatt Earp [1994]
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    ttps://freebies.indiegala.com/leisure-suit-larry-magna-cum-laude-uncut-and-uncensored Leisure Suit Larry: Magna Cum Laude: Uncut and Uncensored is currently free on IndieGala. https://laurahunt.itch.io/if-on-a-winters-night-four-travelers If on a Winter's Night, Four Travelers is free on Itch.io.
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    BDRyan here (aka IkarosBD), just a quick heads-up that I have dropped my old persona and adopted a new one. I'm still the same 'ol person as before, just new name.
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    https://store.steampowered.com/app/206480/Dungeons__Dragons_Online/ Dungeons & Dragos Online: All Online Quest Packs and 2 free gifts. The code is redeemable in-game until December 30. DDOQUESTS2021 HAPPY15DDO Dead by Daylight: 100,000 Blood Points Use the code NOTATRICK from now until Halloween.
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    Fact of the Day - GOAT Did you know... that the domestic goat or simply goat is a domesticated species of goat-antelope typically kept as livestock. It was domesticated from the wild goat of Southwest Asia and Eastern Europe. The goat is a member of the animal family Bovidae and the subfamily Caprinae, meaning it is closely related to the sheep. There are over 300 distinct breeds of goat. It is one of the oldest domesticated species of animal, according to archaeological evidence that its earliest domestication occurred in Iran at 10,000 calibrated calendar years ago. (Wikipedia) Fun facts about goats! by BC - SPCA | March 30, 2020 Goats are very curious, playful and friendly animals, that are also a common animal found on farms. See what you know about these quirky animals and learn more! There are over 300 different breeds of goats With so many different breeds, sizes vary greatly. One of the smallest breeds of goat, the Nigerian dwarf goat, reaches weights of only up to 75 pounds, whereas the Nubian goat can reach weights up to 250 pounds. Some goats are fluffy. A specific breed of goat, the Angora goat, is known for its soft, long curly hair, called mohair. Ear size also varies between different goat breeds. Some goats have long floppy ears, like the Nubian or Boer goats, whereas Lamancha goats have very small ears. From left to right: Angora goat, Nubian goat and a Lamancha goat “Fainting” goats? “Fainting” goats have become an internet phenomenon. However, this breed of goat (Myotonic), doesn’t actually faint. Due to a genetic mutation, when they are frightened, their muscles freeze up, causing them to fall over. While they remain totally conscious, and their muscles quickly return back to normal, people should avoid purposely frightening goats. Did goats discover coffee? Legend goes that coffee was discovered after a goat herder in Ethiopia noticed that his goats became energized and wouldn’t sleep at night after they were spotted eating berries from a particular tree. After sharing his discovery, drinks began to be made with these mysterious berries, and the knowledge of these energizing beans spread across the world. Does, bucks, and kids A female goat is called a doe or nanny, and a male goat is called a buck or billy. Baby goats are called kids and when a female goat gives birth it is called kidding. Within minutes of being born, kids are standing and taking their first steps. baby-goats-cuddling Goats are picky eaters Unlike in fairy tails, real goats won’t eat just any old thing. Goats are not grazers; they are referred to as browsers or foragers. They have a very strong and sensitive upper lip that helps them sort through the vegetation and pick what they like. Goats are social animals Goats are very social animals and live in groups called herds. They are happiest when provided with social interactions with other goats, animals and humans. Goats can even tell a happy human from an unhappy human, and they prefer to spend time with happy people. They are even able to watch a person solve a problem and copy the person to access a food reward. Goats have rectangular pupils This shape allows them to have a wider field of vision than humans and other animals that have circular pupils. They can see 320-340 degrees around them, without having to move. The ability to see everything around them, except for what is directly behind them, is very useful in avoiding predators. However, goats have to move their head if they want to look up or down due to the rectangular pupil shape. Closeup of a white goat Goats bleat Goats communicate with each other through vocalizations called bleating. The sound of these calls is what allows goats to identify individuals and recognize emotional states. Each baby goat (kid) has a distinct call, and that helps its mother recognize it. Do only male goats have beards? Despite popular belief, both male and female goats can have beards! Both male and female goats also sometimes have “wattles” – bits of skin that dangle from their head or neck. No one is sure why they have them, but one thing is for sure – “wattles” is fun to say! Tan and white goat with wattles Goats do not have front teeth in their upper jaw Instead, they have a strong, hard dental pad that helps them breakdown the food. Goats are extremely agile As all domestic breeds of goats are descended from mountain goats, making them excellent climbers with great balance. Mountain goats can jump up to 12 feet or 3.5 meters in a single bound. Some goats have also been observed climbing trees. Mountain goat jumping at top of mountain The Code of Practice for the Care and Handling of Goats is being updated for the first time in 16 years. This code serves as law in some provinces, and sets the standard for minimum acceptable care of goats across Canada. Learn more about setting care standards for goats. We will need your help when the full update to the code is released for public comment. Sign up for action alerts so you are the first to hear about your next opportunity to improve the lives of goats on Canadian farms. Source: Wikipedia - Goat | Goat Facts
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    What's the Word? - FASCICLE pronunciation: [FAS-ə-kəl] Part of speech: noun Origin: Latin, 15th century Meaning: 1. A separately published installment of a book or other printed work. 2. (Anatomy and biology) a bundle of structures, such as nerve or muscle fibers or conducting vessels in plants. Example: "Mae wanted to study how different groups of fascicles in mammals function." "“Great Expectations” was originally published as sequential fascicles in a literary magazine." About Fascicle This word stems from the Latin “fasciculus,” the diminutive of “fascis,” meaning “bundle.” Did You Know? Charles Dickens started the serialized fascicle trend when he published “Pickwick Papers” in 20 parts between 1836 and 1837. Soon, other Victorian-era novelists were following suit. In England, these part-issue installments cost a shilling, making fiction affordable to an entirely new class of readers for the first time.
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    Fact of the Day - LAPIS LAZULI Did you know.... that Lapis lazuli, or lapis for short, is a deep-blue metamorphic rock used as a semi-precious stone that has been prized since antiquity for its intense color. As early as the 7th millennium BCE, lapis lazuli was mined in the Sar-i Sang mines, in Shortugai, and in other mines in Badakhshan province in northeast Afghanistan. (Wikipedia) Interesting Facts About Lapis Lazuli By Admin | September 2019 Lapis lazuli is a semiprecious stone valued for its deep blue color. The unusual name of this gem is composed of “Lapis,” the Latin word for stone, and “Azula,” which comes from the Arabic and means “blue.” It is formed as a metamorphic rock of the limestone type. Lapis lazuli is semitranslucent to opaque, with a waxy to vitreous luster. It has a hardness of 5 to 5.5 on the Mohs scale of mineral hardness. Variously described as indigo, royal, midnight, or marine blue, lapis lazuli’s signature hue is slightly greenish blue to violetish blue, medium to dark in tone, and highly saturated. In its most-prized form, lapis lazuli has no visible calcite, although it might have gold-colored pyrite flecks. Lapis lazuli is found in limestone in the Kokcha River valley of Badakhshan province in northeastern Afghanistan, where the Sar-i-Sang mine deposits have been worked for more than 6,000 years. Today, mines in northeast Afghanistan are still the major source of lapis lazuli. Important amounts are also produced from mines west of Lake Baikal in Russia, and in the Andes mountains in Chile. Smaller quantities are mined in Italy, Mongolia, the United States, and Canada. The gem was treasured by the ancient civilizations of Mesopotamia, Egypt, China, Greece, and Rome. They valued it for its vivid, exquisite color, and prized it as much as they prized other blue gems like sapphire and turquoise. Ancient Romans used to call it “sapphires,” which was subsequently applied to the blue variety of corundum we know today as sapphire. Ancient Egyptians regarded lapis lazuli as a heavenly stone and often used it on the statues of their gods and in burial masks, as protection for the next life. The stone has been used in the Mask of Tutankhamun. It was a favorite stone for amulets and ornaments such as scarabs. The stone was also used to create blue cosmetics. There are many references to sapphires in the Old Testament, but most scholars agree that, since sapphire was not known before the Roman Empire, they most likely are references to lapis lazuli. At the end of the Middle Ages, lapis lazuli began to be exported to Europe, where it was ground into powder and made into ultramarine, the finest and most expensive pigment available (gold being second). It was used by some of the most important artists of the Renaissance and Baroque, including Masaccio, Perugino, Titian and Vermeer, and was often reserved for the clothing of the central figures of their paintings, especially the Virgin Mary. Michelangelo used lapis lazuli powder for the blue colors in his frescoes for the Sistine Chapel. Sistine Chapel Its usage as a pigment in oil paint largely ended in the early 19th century when a chemically identical synthetic variety became available. Lapis takes an excellent polish and can be made into jewelry, carvings, boxes, mosaics, ornaments, small statues, and vases. Lapis lazuli is the birthstone associated with the month of December. It is one of world’s most popular men’s gems. Source: Wikipedia - Lapis Lazuli | Just Fun Facts About Lapis Lazuli
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    https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/p/wild-life-rescue-find-hidden-animals-forest-patrol/9n7lrzmzlkx4?activetab=pivot:overviewtab Wild Life Rescue - Find Hidden Animals: Forest Patrol is currently free on Microsoft Store.
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    https://freebies.indiegala.com/the-last-time The Last Time is currently free on IndieGala.
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    This week, Anti rambles about To Your Eternity
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    What's the Word? - STRIDULATE pronunciation: [STRIH-jə-lait] Part of speech: verb Origin: French, mid 19th century Meaning: 1. (Of an insect, especially a male cricket or grasshopper) make a shrill sound by rubbing the legs, wings, or other parts of the body together. Example: "The grasshopper stridulates with a distinct sound." "Ted was frustrated that he couldn’t find the cricket in his basement even when it stridulated." About Stridulate This word stems from the French “striduler.” It originates from the Latin “stridulus,” which means “creaking,” from the verb “stridere.” Did You Know? Which bug can stridulate the loudest? That would be an African cicada, Brevisana brevis, with its loudest song measuring 107 decibels when measured at a distance of 20 inches away. That’s comparable to the volume of a chainsaw.
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    What's the Word? - AMALGAMATE pronunciation: [ə-MAL-ɡə-mait] Part of speech: verb Origin: Latin, early 17th century Meaning: 1. Combine or unite to form one organization or structure. Example: "Lourdes wanted to amalgamate the metals to see if the hybrid was stronger." "Mark was excited to amalgamate his work and living space under one roof." About Amalgamate This word originates from the medieval Latin “amalgamat-,” meaning “formed into a soft mass.” This comes from the verb “amalgamare,” from “amalgama.” Did You Know? “Amalgamate” is a term often used in scientific fields. For instance, a substance made of multiple metals is called an alloy —such as silver amalgamated with mercury, which was commonly used for dental fillings.
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    https://www.epicgames.com/store/en-US/p/pc-building-simulator PC Building Simulator is currently free on Epic Games Store.
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    Fact of the Day - CINEMATOGRAPHY Did you know..... that cinematography is the art of motion picture photography. Cinematographers use a lens to focus reflected light from objects into a real image that is transferred to some image sensor or light-sensitive material inside a movie camera. These exposures are created sequentially and preserved for later processing and viewing as a motion picture. Capturing images with an electronic image sensor produces an electrical charge for each pixel in the image, which is electronically processed and stored in a video file for subsequent processing or display. Images captured with photographic emulsion result in a series of invisible latent images on the film stock, which are chemically "developed" into a visible image. The images on the film stock are projected for viewing the motion picture. (Wikipedia) FACTS ABOUT FILMMAKING AND THE HISTORY OF FILM BY CHRISTIAN ROEMER Even though digital is the medium of choice these days, for about a hundred years or so, film reigned supreme. Pictures, movies, and even audio was recorded on film-like tapes. Movies – and film in particular – have changed dramatically over the course of their lifetimes, and it’s interesting to wonder if film will even exist in 50 years. For the sake of posterity and looking back at how primitive original film and movie technology was – although revolutionary at the time – we thought we would dig up 10 fun facts about the history of film and cinematography. After all, film has been around for more than 130 years, believe it or not. Technology has come a long way, and in the future when kids have no idea what film is, which is already happening today, we can point to these facts and remind them that the world wasn’t always a digital playground full of cell phones and USBs. 1. WHEN WAS FILM INVENTED? THE 1890S Motion pictures date all the way back to the 1890s when the first moving picture cameras were invented. However, the very first moving picture – The Roundhay Garden Scene – was actually a product of the 1880s. In 1888, French inventor Louis Le Prince filmed his family prancing around in a circle in a whopping two second clip. While that seems insignificant now, it’s innovation is what would eventually lead to commercialized cameras and motion pictures. Before the advancement of the Hollywood scene, movies were somewhat boring. They started out short and only included a single scene that was about a minute long. They were typically silent - except... 2. THE EARLIEST SHORT FILMS WERE SOMETIMES ACCOMPANIED BY BANDS Grandma's Reading Glass - George Albert Smith - 1900 What fun would it be sitting in a theatre while random, everyday scenes scrolled by silently on a screen? Awkward. To make up for the lack of sound in a film, sometimes a band would play live music while the movie was playing. After all, who wants to hear someone going to town on a bag of popcorn in a deaf theater? 3. THE PANORAMA SHOT WAS DEVELOPED IN 1987 Panning shot of a chicken running, at a slow shutter speed of 1/40 second 1987 is the year panning cameras were first used in film production, meaning the pan shot, also known as the panorama shot, was invented then. Before, cameras were stationary, so you had to move the entire camera and tripod to get any kind of movement. This was a huge advancement in film making and cinematography as an art form. 4. EARLY CAMERAS FILMED AT 16 FRAMES PER SECOND (FPS) By today’s standards, a 16 frames per second speed is pretty slow. For perspective, modern 35mm cameras film at 25 FPS. If you want your mind blown, some modern video games are played at 250 FPS. But hey, you’ve got to start somewhere, right? 5. 13 FRAMES PER SECOND IS THE SLOWEST SPEED THE HUMAN BRAIN WILL PROCESS IMAGES CONSECUTIVELY 13 FPS is the minimum speed that the human brain needs in order to process consecutive images as movement. Anything less than that and the human brain will process each frame as a separate picture. 16 FPS is pretty close to 13, which is why old movies look so choppy and unnatural. 6. THE FIRST FEATURE-LENGTH FILM WAS PRODUCED IN 1906 The Australian film, The Story of the Kelly Gang, was the first feature length film in history. You can see the cast, box office, and budget details on IMDB. It was over an hour long, and the reel length was about 4,000 feet. To put that in perspective, a small 5-inch reel of film holds up to 200 ft., a 6-inch holds 300 ft. and a 7-inch 400 ft. Depending on the size of the reel that, movie is housed in, that’s at least 10 reels of 7-inch film and at most 20 reels of 5-inch film. Imagine that! Crazy enough, it was almost lost forever, but a few pieces of the The Story of Kelly Gang film surfaced in 1975, which helped preserve some of the history-making movie. 7. THE FIRST MOVIE THEATERS OPENED IN 1907 The Nickelodeon Before 1907, most movies were shown in traditional theaters or at carnivals. With the advent of movie theaters, the films became the main attraction themselves. 8. A 1,000 FOOT LONG FILM WILL PRODUCE 11 MINUTES OF FOOTAGE AT 25 FPS A standard reel of film that runs at 25 FPS is 1,000 feet long. This 1,000 feet of film will produce about 11 minutes of footage. That means that projectionists at movie theatres had to change reels many times during a single motion picture to keep it going uninterrupted. Unlike today, where everything is digital and automated. 9. THE TITANIC MOVIE WAS 17.7 REELS LONG WHEN RELEASED Titanic came out in 1997 when film reels were still the only way to project a movie. With a run time of 3 hours and 15 minutes, each copy of Titanic was 17.7 reels long. That means, at 25 FPS, it consisted of over 17,700 feet of film. That’s over 3 miles for a single movie. For reference, the Titanic was 883 feet long … that’s nearly 20 Titanic's long. 10. MOVIE THEATRES NOW USE DIGITAL LIGHT PROCESSING (DLP) The Christie Mirage 5000, a 2001 DLP projector Most movie theaters these days use digital video projectors. The technology is called DLP which stands for Digital Light Processing. Since modern films are projected digitally, movie studios don’t ship huge reels of film to the theaters anymore, which in reality is a giant time and money save. Now, they just send the videos via the internet, satellite, or hard drive. Another huge advancement in the film industry! The improvements in film have brought many different ways for individuals to capture and create their own movies and memories over the years. Whether you have tapes, film, photos, or audio recordings, Legacybox can help digitize your memories so they can be enjoyed by generations to come. Source: Wikipedia - Cinematography | Film History Fun Facts
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    As Luffy keeps Kaido's attention on him, Yamato and Mononosuke race to try and stop Onigashima from falling on Wano's capital. Meanwhile, Zoro holds his ground against King the stubborn Pteranodon bastard.
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    https://kamucifer.itch.io/worland Worland is currently free on Itch.io. Genshin Impact 300 Primogems, 10 Mystic Enhancement Ores, 5 Hero's Wits, and 50,000 Mora LBNDKG8XDTND NB6VKHQWVANZ BSNUJGQFUTPM Player must be Adventure Rank 10. Redeem in-game under Settings > Account > Redeem Code or through site below. https://genshin.mihoyo.com/en/gift
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    What's the Word? - ESEMPLASTIC pronunciation: [es-em-PLAS-tik] Part of speech: adjective Origin: Greek, early 19th century Meaning: 1. Molding into one; unifying. Example: "The pastor shared his esemplastic sermon with joy." "Only a handful of presidential candidates can craft a truly esemplastic message." About Esemplastic While constructed from Greek root, this word was coined by Samuel Taylor Coleridge, likely from the German “ineinsbildung,” meaning “forming into one.” Did You Know? The word “esemplastic” can be traced back to a singular source: English poet and philosopher Samuel Taylor Coleridge. In his 1817 autobiography, “Biographia Literaria,” he formed the word by combining the Greek phrase “es hen,” meaning “into one,” with “plastic.” This fulfilled his desire for a term that depicted the imagination's ability to meld vastly different experiences into a unified form — such as crafting various sensations, images, and experiences into a poem.
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    Fact of the Day - GEOGRAPHY Ortelius world map 1570 Did you know.... that geography is a field of science devoted to the study of the lands, features, inhabitants, and phenomena of the Earth and planets. The first person to use the word γεωγραφία was Eratosthenes (276–194 BC). Geography is an all-encompassing discipline that seeks an understanding of Earth and its human and natural complexities—not merely where objects are, but also how they have changed and come to be. Geography is often defined in terms of two branches: human geography and physical geography. Human geography is concerned with the study of people and their communities, cultures, economies, and interactions with the environment by studying their relations with and across space and place. Physical geography is concerned with the study of processes and patterns in the natural environment like the atmosphere, hydrosphere, biosphere, and geosphere. The four historical traditions in geographical research are spatial analyses of natural and the human phenomena, area studies of places and regions, studies of human-land relationships, and the Earth sciences. Geography has been called "the world discipline" and "the bridge between the human and the physical sciences". (Wikipedia) Weird and Wacky Geography Facts by Mental Floss The world is a big, mysterious place, where sometimes facts defy logic. Here are some mind-bending geography facts that might surprise you. 1. AFRICA IS IN A PRETTY CENTRAL LOCATION. Africa is the only continent that is in all four hemispheres: north, south, west, and east. It’s therefore also the only continent to have land on the prime meridian and the equator. 2. ALASKA IS BOTH THE WESTERNMOST AND EASTERNMOST STATE. Satellite photo showing the Seven Mountains of Semisopochnoi Alaska is the westernmost and northernmost state in the United States, which makes a lot of sense when you look at a map. But more surprisingly, the state manages to be the easternmost state as well. Parts of Alaska are so far west that the state actually stretches into the eastern hemisphere. Longitude lines converge at the top and bottom of the globe, so Pochnoi Point, Alaska, has the easternmost longitude of any point in the country. 3. THERE ARE THREE COUNTRIES THAT ARE COMPLETELY LANDLOCKED BY ANOTHER COUNTRY. Lesotho, San Marino, and Vatican City are the only countries to be surrounded by just one other country. Lesotho is landlocked within South Africa while San Marino and Vatican City are surrounded by Italy. 4. RENO, NEVADA, IS WEST OF LOS ANGELES. Dog Valley, west of Reno, an area of active faulting Even when looking at a map, this fact is hard to wrap your head around. Despite being in Nevada (and nearly 300 miles from the ocean), Reno is roughly 86 miles farther west than the coastal city Los Angeles. 5. MAINE ISN’T AS FAR NORTH AS YOU THOUGHT. Estcourt Station, Maine, is the northernmost community of New England. Despite being the highest town in the contiguous United States east of the Great Lakes (and therefore associated with frigid winters), it’s surprisingly farther south than other cities across the Atlantic. London, for example, is nearly 300 miles north of the small Maine community, and Estcourt Station is also farther south than Paris, Amsterdam, and Brussels. 6. CANADA HAS A LOT OF LAKES. Canada is the second largest country in the world, so it may not come as a surprise that it has a lot of lakes. But it might shock you that the country has more than half of all the natural lakes in the world. An impressive nine percent of the country is covered in fresh water. 7. THE ENTIRETY OF THE WORLD’S POPULATION COULD EASILY FIT IN TEXAS. If the entire world were as densely populated as New York City, the whole population would only cover 250,404 square miles. That means the entire world could fit into the state of Texas. For comparison, if the world had the same population density as Houston, Texas, it would cover 1,769,085 square miles. Even then, being able to hypothetically fit over 7 billion people in an area smaller than half the United States is pretty impressive. 8. AUSTRALIA MAY BE SURROUNDED BY WATER, BUT IT DOESN’T HAVE THE WORLD’S LONGEST COASTLINE. Being its own continent and completely surrounded by water, you’d think Australia would easily have the honor of being the country with the longest coastline. However, that title goes to Canada. Canada has 152,100 miles of coastline, compared to Australia’s measly 16,000 miles. In fact, Australia ranks seventh on the list of the world’s longest coastlines, coming in behind Indonesia, Greenland, Russia, Philippines, and Japan. 9. MT. CHIMBORAZO IS CLOSER TO SPACE THAN MT. EVEREST. Mount Everest is the tallest mountain on Earth, so it would stand to reason that the top of the mountain would be the highest point on Earth (and therefore closest to space). But when you remember that Earth is slightly oval-shaped, things get interesting. Our planet is slightly inflated around the equator, meaning countries like Ecuador and Kenya have a bit of an edge. With this added elevation, the top of Ecuador’s Mount Chimborazo (which is only 20,564 feet tall) is closest to the stars. 10. ANTARCTICA IS HOME TO ALMOST ALL OF THE WORLD’S FRESH WATER. 90% of Earth fresh water is in Antarctica At 14 million square kilometers (about 5,400,000 square miles), the ice sheet in Antarctica is the largest solid ice mass on the planet. The enormous frozen structure contains about 90 percent of all the fresh water on Earth. 11. CHINA AND RUSSIA ARE BOTH BORDERED BY 14 COUNTRIES. Although China is just a little more than half the size of Russia—the largest country in the world—they share the same number of land neighbors. The 14 countries bordering China are: India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Mongolia, Russia, North Korea, Vietnam, Laos, Myanmar, Bhutan, and Nepal. Source: Wikipedia - Geography | Facts About Geography
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    Lightfish is currrently free on IndieGala. https://freebies.indiegala.com/lightfish Dead by Daylight Dwightcrow charm Use the code DWIGHTCROW on PC and consoles from now to Oct 31st.
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    Fact of the Day - SIMON & GARFUNKEL Art Garfunkel (left) and Paul Simon performing in Dublin, 1982 Did you know.... that Simon & Garfunkel were an American folk-rock duo consisting of singer-songwriter Paul Simon and singer Art Garfunkel. They were one of the best-selling music groups of the 1960s, and their biggest hits—including "The Sound of Silence" (1965), "Mrs. Robinson" (1968), "The Boxer" (1969), and "Bridge over Troubled Water" (1970)—reached number one on singles charts worldwide. (Wikipedia) 10 Facts About Simon & Garfunkel Hello darkness, my old friend... by Maria_Pro | Dec 26, 2017 Paul and Art grew up in the predominantly Jewish neighborhood of Forest Hills in Queens, New York. Their friendship started in 1953 when they were in the sixth grade. Both of them participated in school play adaptation of Alice in Wonderland. Paul Simon played the White Rabbit, and Art Garfunkel played the Cheshire Cat. Art Garfunkel recalled: “As I entered Parsons Junior High where the tough kids were, Paul Simon became my one and only friend. We saw each other’s uniqueness. We smoked our first cigarettes. We had retreated from all other kids. And we laughed.” That first stage appearance was followed by the duo forming a street-corner doo-wop group, The Peptones, with three other friends, and learning to harmonize together. Simon & Garfunkel named their duo Tom and Jerry at first. They played at high school discotheques and decided to name their duo after the famous cartoon about cat and mouse. They released the first single called “Hey Schoolgirl” in 1957. The song made it to #49 on the charts which was quite a success for the 16-year-olds. "Mrs. Robinson" was originally "Mrs. Roosevelt." The work part of one of their most well-known songs started out as “Mrs. Roosevelt,” with lyrics suggesting that the song could have been written about Eleanor Roosevelt. Once the song was included in the 'The Graduate' movie soundtrack, they changed the name to 'Mrs. Robinson' to fit the main female character of the same name. Bob Dylan turned down Paul Simon’s proposal to record a song together. When working on material for his latest album 'So Beautiful Or So What,' Simon reached out to Bob Dylan to record a duet. Even though they toured together in 1999, Simon’s proposal went unanswered for reasons that are unknown to this day. In an interview with Uncut, Paul Simon said: I thought Bob could sing, put a nice voice on the verse from So Beautiful Or So What that begins: 'Ain't it strange the way we're ignorant/ how we seek out bad advice.' I thought it would be nice if he sang that, since his voice has become so weathered I thought he would sound like a sage. I sent it to him, but I didn't hear back. I don't know why. The Boxer song took Simon & Garfunkel over 100 hours to record. Parts of the song was recorded at Columbia Records studios in both Nashville and New York City. The chorus vocals were recorded in St. Paul's Chapel at Columbia University in New York. The church had a tiled dome that provided great acoustics. With all this material to work with, a standard 8-track recorder wasn't enough, so the album's producer, Roy Halee, brought Columbia boss Clive Davis into the studio to demonstrate his problem and lobby for a new, 16-track recorder. Davis agreed and bought the new machine. There are no rhymes in the entire America song. The entire song is prose. Gerry Beckley, a founding member of the band America, explained to Songfacts: "There's not one line that rhymes and I will tell some of the best songwriters you've ever met that particular element and you can see them stop and go through it in their head. We're oblivious to that being an ingredient because we're so involved in the story. You're not sitting there going, 'That didn't rhyme, wait a second.' It's not an issue." Paul Simon gave Bernie Sanders permission to use "America" in a campaign ad. It was Sanders' campaign for the Democratic nomination against Hillary Clinton in 2016. Simon told Billboard magazine: "Look, here's a guy, he comes from Brooklyn, he's my age. He voted against the Iraq War. He's totally against Citizens United, thinks it should be overturned. He thinks climate change is an imminent threat and should be dealt with. And I felt: Hats off to you! You can use my song." Producer Tom Wilson overdubbed the original, acoustic version of “The Sound of Silence” without the duo’s knowledge. Wilson listened to the song several times, considering it too soft for a wide radio release. Afterwards, he turned on The Byrds' "Turn! Turn! Turn!", which gave him the idea to remix the song, overdubbing rock instrumentation. He added electric guitar, bass, and drums, and the new sound took the song to #1 in the U.S. pop charts. The heavy metal band Disturbed covered “The Sound of Silence” in 2015. Their cover hit #1 on the Billboard Hard Rock Digital Songs and Mainstream Rock charts, and is their highest-charting song on the Hot 100, peaking at number 42. Draiman said: "It's a song that my parents can play for their friends with pride without having to warn them not to be frightened ahead of time. I have fans saying, 'Finally, me and my mom can actually agree on music for once!'" Paul Simon endorsed Disturbed's version after the band performed the song on Conan in 2016. Simon & Garfunkel's final 1970 album "Bridge Over Troubled Water" topped the charts for 10 weeks. Critically and commercially successful, the album had three #1 singles: "Bridge over Troubled Water," "Cecilia," "El Condor Pasa (If I Could)." It topped the charts in over ten countries and received two Grammy Awards, plus four more for the title song. It sold around 25 million records and was ranked on several lists, including at number 51 on Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. Source: Wikipedia - Simon & Garfunkel | Simon & Garfunkel Facts
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    What's the Word? - SYNCRETIZE pronunciation: [ih-RUM-pənt] Part of speech: verb Origin: Latin, 17th century Meaning: 1. [With object] attempt to amalgamate or reconcile (differing things, especially religious beliefs, cultural elements, or schools of thought). Example: "The ESL teacher hoped to syncretize his students’ experiences so they could form bonds." "Some people syncretize various parts of religions to create a unique belief system." About Syncretize This word originates from the Latinized form of the Greek “synkretizein,” meaning “to combine against a common enemy.” Did You Know? Rome, one of the great powers of the ancient world, expertly syncretized features of other cultures to create one uniquely Roman one. For instance, the Romans incorporated aspects from several northern Mediterranean religions into their own gods. Latin utilizes Phoenician writing, Etruscan letters, and the Greek alphabet. Roman architecture often features Etruscan arches and Greek columns along with the Roman innovation of concrete.
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    Fact of the Day - KANGAROOS Did you know.... that the kangaroo is a marsupial from the family Macropodidae (macropods, meaning "large foot"). In common use the term is used to describe the largest species from this family, the red kangaroo, as well as the antilopine kangaroo, eastern grey kangaroo, and western grey kangaroo. Kangaroos are indigenous to Australia and New Guinea. The Australian government estimates that 42.8 million kangaroos lived within the commercial harvest areas of Australia in 2019, down from 53.2 million in 2013. (Wikipedia) Amazing Facts About Kangaroos BY HAYLEY HARDING | JULY 21, 2015 | UPDATED: JUNE 28, 2021 Kangaroos are more or less synonymous with Australia: They appear on the "Australian Made" logo, coins, and even the coat of arms for the country. Here are some more cool facts about these magnificent marsupials. 1. MALE KANGAROOS LIKE TO SHOW OFF. A study in the Biological Journal of the Linnean Society showed that female kangaroos like a little muscle on their romantic partners. Male kangaroos with larger biceps seem to have more success with mating, and some have even been spotted flexing their guns to attract attention. 2. NO, THE WORD KANGAROO DIDN'T COME FROM A MISTRANSLATION. A lot of people think the English word kangaroo emerged after Captain James Cook had his ship repaired in what is now Cooktown after it was damaged on the coral reef. There are a couple stories here, but one of the most prominent is that Cook asked a local what the animal was, and the local responded with what sounded like kanguru. The word supposedly meant "I don't know," but that was debunked by linguist John B. Haviland 's study on Guugu Yimithirr, the language of the area. There's a debate over what Cook wrote in his journal to describe the animal, but it was later found that gangurru does refer to a species of kangaroo in Guugu Yimithirr. 3. KANGAROOS ARE DIFFERENT FROM WALLABIES. While kangaroos (which grow to about 8 feet tall) are much bigger than wallabies (which stand between 12 and 24 inches tall), there's more to it than just size. A wallaby has brighter coloring than a kangaroo, and they also have different teeth, which is how scientists distinguish the two. Wallabies also eat leaves while kangaroos prefer grass. 4. THERE ARE TERMS FOR KANGAROOS DEPENDING ON THEIR SEX AND AGE. For many animals, males are boars or bucks while females are sows or does. These terms occasionally apply to kangaroos as well, but they're also referred to as jacks or boomers for males and jills or flyers for females. Young kangaroos are joeys (of course). A group of kangaroos is a mob or troop, and a group of tree kangaroos are called a colony. 5. KANGAROOS CAN HOP INCREDIBLY EFFICIENTLY. Kangaroos are the largest animal known to hop. They have feet specially designed for it and use their tails for balance and to help them move. But why do they do that? Scientists say it's the most energy efficient way to get around, which is important, because kangaroos have to cover large distances with little food or water. They're also pretty good at swimming. It's the only time they can move their hind legs independently of each other. Other than when they're in the water, they really can't get around on all fours. 6. KANGAROO MEAT IS A TRADITIONAL FOOD. Kangaroo meat was a source of food for Aboriginal people. Their meat is thought to help combat obesity because it's really lean—about 2 percent fat. If you want some, though, you'll have to be careful how you get it. Kangaroos are protected by federal legislation in Australia, and their meat usually only comes from specially licensed hunters as a part of population control programs. 7. CARS AND KANGAROOS DON'T MIX. Kangaroos are sort of like the Australian equivalent of deer. They get confused when they see headlights of cars and end up jumping in front of them. Kangaroos are much faster and heavier, though, so the impact can be much worse. To help solve this problem, cars that frequent areas without roadside assistance can be fitted with "roo bars"—similar to bull bars—to limit damage. 8. THE MASCOTS OF SEVERAL U.S. UNIVERSITIES ARE KANGAROOS. Kangaroos represent colleges and universities across the U.S. Austin College in Sherman, Texas, had its mascot supposedly come from Kangaroo Kourts, where upperclassmen would "try" freshmen. The University of Missouri-Kansas City's debate team picked their mascot back in 1936. And the University of Akron in Ohio's female kangaroo Zippy even won the Capital One Mascot of the Year in 2007. 9. KANGAROOS AREN'T CONFINED TO AUSTRALIA. Kangaroo at Toronto Zoo Although they're definitely the symbol of the nation, kangaroos aren't only found on the Australian mainland. You can also find them in nearby Tasmania and New Guinea. Occasionally, they can also be found in Europe and America, but that's usually only if they break out of zoos. Source: Wikipedia - Kangaroo | Cool Kangaroo Facts
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    What's the Word? - ERUMPENT pronunciation: [ih-RUM-pənt] Part of speech: adjective Origin: Latin, origin date unknown Meaning: 1. (Biology) bursting forth or through a surface. Example: "The rising temperatures triggered the tulips’ erumpent activity." "The blueberries were erumpent on the trees." About Erumpent This word stems from the Latin “ērumpēns,” meaning “break forth.” Did You Know? The Erumpent was a large, magical beast featured in the “Harry Potter” book series. It looked like a rhinoceros and could repel most curses. The Erumpent’s horn contained a deadly fluid that, when injected, caused any object to explode, but it did not attack unprovoked.
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    Fact of the Day - The 1960s Did you know..... that the 1960s was a decade of the Gregorian calendar that began on January 1, 1960, and ended on December 31, 1969. The "cultural decade" of the 1960s is more loosely defined than the actual decade. It begins around 1963–1964 with the John F. Kennedy assassination, the Beatles' arrival in the United States and their meeting with Bob Dylan, and ends around 1969–1970 with the Altamont Free Concert, the Beatles' breakup and the Kent State shootings, or with the withdrawal of troops from Vietnam and the resignation of U.S. President Nixon in 1974. (Wikipedia) The 1960s History by HISTORY.COM EDITORS | Original: May 2010 | Updated: June 2020 The 1960s started off as the dawn of a golden age to most Americans. On January 20, 1961, the handsome and charismatic John F. Kennedy became president of the United States. His confidence that, as one historian put it, “the government possessed big answers to big problems” seemed to set the tone for the rest of the decade. However, that golden age never materialized. On the contrary, by the end of the 1960s, it seemed that the nation was falling apart. Lyndon Johnson’s “Great Society” splintered as the Democratic Party split and America became increasingly enmeshed in the Vietnam War. The Great Society During his presidential campaign in 1960, John F. Kennedy had promised the most ambitious domestic agenda since the New Deal: the “New Frontier,” a package of laws and reforms that sought to eliminate injustice and inequality in the United States. But the New Frontier ran into problems right away: The Democrats’ Congressional majority depended on a group of Southerners who loathed the plan’s interventionist liberalism and did all they could to block it. The Cuban Missile Crisis and failed Bay of Pigs invasion was another disaster for Kennedy. Bay of Pigs invasion Did you know? On June 27, 1969, police raided the Stonewall Inn, a gay bar in New York City’s Greenwich Village. The bar’s patrons, sick of being subjected to harassment and discrimination, fought back: For five days, rioters took to the streets in protest. “The word is out,” one protester said. “[We] have had it with oppression.” Historians believe that this “Stonewall Rebellion” marked the beginning of the gay rights movement. It was not until 1964, after Kennedy was shot, that President Lyndon B. Johnson could muster the political capital to enact his own expansive program of reforms. That year, Johnson declared that he would make the United States into a “Great Society” in which poverty and racial injustice had no place. He developed a set of programs that would give poor people “a hand up, not a handout.” These included Medicare and Medicaid, which helped elderly and low-income people pay for health care; Head Start, which prepared young children for school and a Job Corps that trained unskilled workers for jobs in the deindustrializing economy. Meanwhile, Johnson’s Office of Economic Opportunity encouraged disadvantaged people to participate in the design and implementation of the government’s programs on their behalf, while his Model Cities program offered federal subsidies for urban redevelopment and community projects. Evidence From the JFK Assassination Case Aerial view of Dealey Plaza in Dallas, Texas, where John F. Kennedy was assassinated on November 22, 1963 at 12:30 p.m.. GALLERY: 15 IMAGES The War in Vietnam Unfortunately, the War on Poverty was expensive–too expensive, especially as the war in Vietnam became the government’s top priority. There was simply not enough money to pay for the War on Poverty and the Vietnam War. Conflict in Southeast Asia had been going on since the 1950s, and President Johnson had inherited a substantial American commitment to anti-communist South Vietnam. Soon after he took office, he escalated that commitment into a full-scale war. In 1964, Congress authorized the president to take “all necessary measures” to protect American soldiers and their allies from the communist Viet Cong. Within days, the draft began. READ MORE: Who Was Involved in the Vietnam War? The war dragged on, and it divided the nation. Some young people took to the streets in protest, while others fled to Canada to avoid the draft. Meanwhile, many of their parents and peers formed a “silent majority” in support of the war. The Vietnam War The Fight for Civil Rights The struggle for civil rights had defined the ‘60s ever since four black students sat down at a whites-only lunch counter in Greensboro, North Carolina, in February 1960 and refused to leave. Their movement spread: Hundreds of demonstrators went back to that lunch counter every day, and tens of thousands clogged segregated restaurants and shops across the upper South. The protesters drew the nation’s attention to the injustice, brutality and capriciousness that characterized Jim Crow. In general, the federal government stayed out of the civil rights struggle until 1964, when President Johnson pushed a Civil Rights Act through Congress that prohibited discrimination in public places, gave the Justice Department permission to sue states that discriminated against women and minorities and promised equal opportunities in the workplace to all. The next year, the Voting Rights Act eliminated poll taxes, literacy requirements and other tools that southern whites had traditionally used to keep blacks from voting. But these laws did not solve the problems facing African Americans: They did not eliminate racism or poverty and they did not improve the conditions in many black urban neighborhoods. Many black leaders began to rethink their goals, and some embraced a more militant ideology of separatism and self-defense. READ MORE: Civil Rights Movement: Timeline, Key Events The lasting legacy of the Greensboro Four (above from left: David Richmond, Franklin McCain, Jibreel Khazan and Joseph McNeil) was how the courageous moment grew to a revolutionary movement. The Radical ’60s Just as black power became the new focus of the civil rights movement in the mid-1960s, other groups were growing similarly impatient with incremental reforms. Student activists grew more radical. They took over college campuses, organized massive antiwar demonstrations and occupied parks and other public places. Some even made bombs and set campus buildings on fire. At the same time, young women who had read The Feminine Mystique celebrated the passage of the 1963 Equal Pay Act and joined the moderate National Organization for Women were also increasingly annoyed with the slow progress of reform. They too became more militant. The counterculture also seemed to grow more outlandish as the decade wore on. Some young people “dropped out” of political life altogether. These “hippies” grew their hair long and practiced “free love.” Some moved to communes, away from the turbulence that had come to define everyday life in the 1960s. The Summer of Love 1967 "Fantasy Fair" in Mill Valley one of the first in a series of music events during the Summer of Love. GALLERY: 12 IMAGES The Death of the 1960s The optimistic ‘60s went sour in 1968. That year, the brutal North Vietnamese Tet Offensive convinced many people that the Vietnam War would be impossible to win. The Democratic Party split, and at the end of March, Johnson went on television to announce that he was ending his reelection campaign. (Richard Nixon, chief spokesman for the silent majority, won the election that fall.) Martin Luther King Jr. and Bobby Kennedy, the two most visible leftists in American politics, were assassinated. Police used tear gas and billy clubs to break up protests at the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago. Furious antiwar protestors took over Columbia University in New York as well as the Sorbonne in Paris and the Free University in Berlin. And the urban riots that had erupted across the country every summer since 1964 continued and intensified. Shreds of the hopeful ‘60s remained. In the summer of 1969, more than 400,000 young people trooped to the Woodstock music festival in upstate New York, a harmonious three days that seemed to represent the best of the peace-and-love generation. READ MORE: Woodstock, the Legendary 1969 Festival, Was Also a Miserable Mud Pit By the end of the decade, however, community and consensus lay in tatters. The era’s legacy remains mixed–it brought us empowerment and polarization, resentment and liberation–but it has certainly become a permanent part of our political and cultural lives. Source: Wikipedia - 1960s | The 1960s History
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    Fact of the Day - HISTORY OF THE TELESCOPE The 100-inch (2.54 m) Hooker reflecting telescope at Mount Wilson Observatory near Los Angeles, USA Did you know.... that The history of the telescope can be traced to before the invention of the earliest known telescope, which appeared in 1608 in the Netherlands, when a patent was submitted by Hans Lippershey, an eyeglass maker. Although Lippershey did not receive his patent, news of the invention soon spread across Europe. The design of these early refracting telescopes consisted of a convex objective lens and a concave eyepiece. Galileo improved on this design the following year and applied it to astronomy. In 1611, Johannes Kepler described how a far more useful telescope could be made with a convex objective lens and a convex eyepiece lens. By 1655, astronomers such as Christiaan Huygens were building powerful but unwieldy Keplerian telescopes with compound eyepieces. (Wikipedia) Fun Facts About Telescopes by Lauren Ray John Astronomy is a fun and interesting hobby to have. If telescopes are one of your favourite topics, this article is made for you. Telescopes are pretty interesting. Also, these amazing instruments that allow us to study the stars have a few secrets of their own. In this article, we are going to show you fun facts about telescopes that you might not have known. If you want to do more research on telescopes check out TelescopeReviewer.com. This website has amazing in-depth reviews of different telescopes. Make sure to take a look before you decide to buy your next telescope. 1. The Real Inventor Back in 1608, Hans Lipperhey allegedly invented the telescope. At least, this is what the conventional wisdom says. On the other hand, several legends mentioned that a bunch of kids discovered the telescope when they were playing with lenses in a spectacle-maker’s store. Which one do you think is true? 2. Early Purposes of the Telescope Apparently, gazing at the stars or simply looking at birds were not the only purposes for the telescope. Back in the day, early telescopes were sold for another purpose. Merchants used them to see trade ships that approached in order to beat the competitors. 3. The Biggest Telescope For more than 7 decades, the largest telescope was Leviathan of Parsonstown, made in Ireland. Unfortunately, due to the wet weather, the 40-ton telescope was kept shut down. This telescope was built by the Earl of Rosse in 1845. 4. The Effects of Technology Nowadays, anything involves a bit of technology. Most professional astronomers use Internet-based telescopes to observe different things on the sky. These telescopes are operated remotely with computers. 5. The Hubble Space Telescope The Hubble Space Telescope was launched in 1990, more than 7 years late. One of the reasons for which the telescope was launched later than predicted was the fact that its light-collecting mirror needed to be polished for a year to an accuracy of no more than 10 nanometers. Unfortunately, the people who were supposed to polish the mirror did not do a great job. They polished it off by 2,200 nanometers. Once the problem was fixed in 1993 with corrective lenses, the Hubble Telescope became the source of almost 25% of astronomy research papers. 6. Too Close to the Sun Galileo's "cannocchiali" telescopes at the Museo Galileo, Florence The first one who turned the telescope skyward was Galileo. He is the one who led to the discovery of Jupiter’s satellites and the craters on the moon. Unfortunately, he also looked directly at the Sun with the telescope. It is believed that his blindness was caused by this event. 7. Stars and Hollywood Stars Apparently, these two have something in common. Jack Black’s parents were engineers and his mother worked to design the Hubble Space Telescope. 8. To the Moon and Back China is the first country to have a robotic telescope on the Moon. Since 2013, the telescope is working and experts mentioned that it could work for up to 30 years. 9. The Perfect gift Wernher Von Braun might have gotten his passion for astronomy because of his mother. Instead of giving him a traditional gift for his Lutheran confirmation, Wernher’s mother gave him his first telescope. 10. Competition NASA's upcoming space telescope, the Spectro-Photometer for the History of the Universe, Epoch of Reionization and Ices Explorer, or SPHEREx. Since NASA launched the Hubble Space Telescope, scientists from other countries are trying to beat the competition. Several scientists from Europe are trying to build a telescope that can produce images 15 times sharper than Hubble. The telescope is expected to be done in 2024. 11. Plans NASA is not giving up the competition either. They are planning to build a Radio Telescope on the Moon. They expect to finish it by 2030. 12. Too much Data A new radio telescope is being built in South Africa and Australia. It is expected to generate a lot of data. It is going to exceed global internet traffic, which is not a small thing. This radio telescope is going to generate an exabyte of raw data per day. Experts mentioned that the data can be compressed to about 10 petabytes per day. These are just a few interesting things about telescopes, besides the well-known facts. Astronomy and anything related to it can be very interesting if you give it a try. Also, despite the fact that it is believed that telescopes are very expensive, there are several budget-friendly devices. Don’t be afraid to try them out, even if you are a beginner. Nowadays you can find a lot of models designed for beginners. If you don’t like gazing at the stars, you can use the telescope for searching birds and other animals. Source: Wikipedia - Telescope | Facts About Telescopes
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    What's the Word? - RIMOSE pronunciation: [RY-mohs] Part of speech: adjective Origin: Latin, late 17th century Meaning: 1. (Mycology) now especially of a fungus or lichen: cracked, fissured. Example: "The lichens have a rimose surface." "The driveway was rimose after the earthquake." About Rimose This word hails from classical Latin “rīmōsus,” meaning “full of cracks, fissured.” Originally from “rīma,” meaning “cleft, crack, fissure.” Did You Know? “Rimose” is a word often used to describe crustose lichens, a fungal material that forms a bumpy crust that often ends up being a bright color. Many species use lichens for food, shelter, and nesting material.
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    Fact of the Day - STEAMBOATS A typical river paddle steamer from the 1850s-the Ben Campbell Did you know.... that a steamboat is a boat that is propelled primarily by steam power, typically driving propellers or paddlewheels. Steamboats sometimes use the prefix designation SS, S.S. or S/S (for 'Screw Steamer') or PS (for 'Paddle Steamer'); however, these designations are most often used for steamships. The term steamboat is used to refer to smaller, insular, steam-powered boats working on lakes and rivers, particularly riverboats. As using steam became more reliable, steam power became applied to larger, ocean-going vessels. (Wikipedia) The History of Steamboats Before Steam Engine Trains, There Was the Steamboat By Mary Bellis | Updated January 13, 2020 The era of the steamboat began in the late 1700s, thanks initially to the work of Scotsman James Watt. In 1769, Watt patented an improved version of the steam engine that helped usher in the Industrial Revolution and spurred other inventors to explore how steam technology could be used to propel ships. Watt's pioneering efforts would eventually revolutionize transportation. The First Steamboats John Fitch was the first to build a steamboat in the United States. His initial 45-foot craft successfully navigated the Delaware River on August 22, 1787. Fitch later built a larger vessel to carry passengers and freight between Philadelphia and Burlington, New Jersey. After a contentious battle with rival inventor James Rumsey over similar steamboat designs, Fitch was ultimately granted his first United States patent for a steamboat on August 26, 1791. He was not, however, awarded a monopoly, leaving the field open for Rumsey and other competitive inventors. Between 1785 and 1796, Fitch constructed four different steamboats that successfully plied rivers and lakes to demonstrate the feasibility of steam power for water locomotion. His models utilized various combinations of propulsive force, including ranked paddles (patterned after Indian war canoes), paddle wheels, and screw propellers. While his boats were mechanically successful, Fitch failed to pay sufficient attention to construction and operating costs. After losing investors to other inventors, he was unable to stay afloat financially. "Plan of Mr. Fitch's Steam Boat" Robert Fulton, the "Father of Steam Navigation" Before turning his talents to the steamboat, American inventor Robert Fulton had successfully built and operated a submarine in France but it was his talent for turning steamboats into a commercially viable mode of transportation that earned him the title of the "father of steam navigation." Fulton was born in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, on November 14, 1765. While his early education was limited, he displayed considerable artistic talent and inventiveness. At the age of 17, he moved to Philadelphia, where he established himself as a painter. Advised to go abroad due to ill health, in 1786, Fulton moved to London. Eventually, his lifelong interest in scientific and engineering developments, especially in the application of steam engines, supplanted his interest in art. As he applied himself to his new vocation, Fulton secured English patents for machines with a wide variety of functions and applications. He also began to show a marked interested in the construction and efficiency of canal systems. By 1797, growing European conflicts led Fulton to begin work on weapons against piracy, including submarines, mines, and torpedoes. Soon after, Fulton moved to France, where he took up work on canal systems. In 1800, he built a successful "diving boat" which he named the Nautilus but there was not sufficient interest, either in France or England, to induce Fulton to pursue any further submarine design. Fulton's passion for steamboats remained undiminished, however. In 1802, he contracted with Robert Livingston to construct a steamboat for use on the Hudson River. Over the next four years, after building prototypes in Europe, Fulton returned to New York in 1806. Fulton's 1806 submarine design for the U.S. government Robert Fulton's Milestones On August 17, 1807, the Clermont, Robert Fulton's first American steamboat, left New York City for Albany, serving as the inaugural commercial steamboat service in the world. The ship traveled from New York City to Albany making history with a 150-mile trip that took 32 hours at an average speed of about five miles per hour. Four years later, Fulton and Livingston designed the New Orleans and put it into service as a passenger and freight boat with a route along the lower Mississippi River. By 1814, Fulton, together with Robert Livingston’s brother, Edward, was offering regular steamboat and freight service between New Orleans, Louisiana, and Natchez, Mississippi. Their boats traveled at rates of eight miles per hour downstream and three miles per hour upstream. The Orleans, or New Orleans, first steamboat on the Ohio and Mississippi Steamboats Rise Can't Compete with Rail In 1816, when inventor Henry Miller Shreve launched his steamboat, Washington, it could complete the voyage from New Orleans to Louisville, Kentucky in 25 days. But steamboat designs continued to improve, and by 1853, the New Orleans to Louisville trip took only four and a half days. Steamboats contributed greatly to the economy throughout the eastern part of the United States as a means of transporting agricultural and industrial supplies. Between 1814 and 1834, New Orleans steamboat arrivals increased from 20 to 1,200 each year. These boats transported passengers, as well as cargoes of cotton, sugar, and other goods. Steam propulsion and railroads developed separately but it was not until railroads adopted steam technology that rail truly began to flourish. Rail transport was faster and not as hampered by weather conditions as water transport, nor was it dependent on the geographical constraints of predetermined waterways. By the 1870s, railroads— which could travel not only north and south but east, west, and points in between—had begun to supplant steamboats as the major transporter of both goods and passengers in the United States. Steamboats and Paddle Wheelers by Ted Barris | Published Online April 8, 2009 | Last Edited March 4, 2015 An old paddle steamer used in the Yukon by the gold miners of the last century Demonstrated in France on the Saône River in 1783, the paddle-wheel steamboat first appeared in North America for use on the Delaware River in 1787. After inauguration at New Orleans in 1811 by Robert Fulton, hundreds of boats worked the Mississippi River system between 1830 and 1870. Steamboats and Paddle Wheelers Steamboat refers to the flat-bottomed, shallow-draft, steam-powered vessels, generally associated with inland navigation, as opposed to deep-keeled, oceangoing steamships. As invented in 1685 by French physicist Denis Papin, the paddle wheel (driven by compressed steam from wood- or coal-fired boilers) was affixed to the boat hull either laterally (side-wheeler) or at the rear of the boat (sternwheeler) and provided forward and reverse propulsion. The first paddle steamer in Canadian waters, the ACCOMMODATION, was a side-wheeler launched for a 36-hour maiden voyage from Montréal to Québec in 1809. Other paddle-wheel steamboat firsts in Canada include the Frontenac on Lake Ontario (1816); the General Stacey Smyth on the Saint John River (1816); the Union on the lower reaches of the Ottawa River (1819); the Richard Smith visiting PEI (1830); the ROYAL WILLIAM steaming from Québec to Halifax (1831); the seagoing BEAVER, which first plied waters off BC (1836); the Spitfire, first steamboat into St John's harbour (1840); and the ANSON NORTHUP, first paddle wheeler to cross the international boundary on the Red River (1859). This is the Anson Northrup riverboat Paddle steamers figure significantly in Canadian history. The Swiftsure moved troops on the St Lawrence during the War of 1812. The Royal William, built at Québec, was the first vessel to cross the Atlantic almost entirely under the power of steam in 1833. BC steamers ferried thousands of gold seekers into the Fraser (1858), Cariboo (1862) and Yukon (1898) river valleys (300 steamboats worked BC and Yukon waterways between 1836 and 1957). The Red River steamer International was commandeered by the forces of Louis Riel at Fort Garry in 1870; and the Saskatchewan River stern-wheeler Northcote engaged Gabriel Dumont's Métis at the Battle of BATOCHE. Paddle steamers carried the first wheat exported from Manitoba, precipitated a sophisticated inland canal and lock system in Ontario, freighted the first locomotive to Winnipeg for the CPR, brought the first mail to the Klondike and ferried the first fresh fruits and missionaries into the Far North. The utilitarian steamboat was also a social force. Staterooms, grand pianos and fine wines came with first-class passage aboard even the frontier steamers, and cabin and boiler decks below had fiddle playing, folk dances and card games. After 1900, when railways replaced steamboats as the major means of freight transport, hunting and picnic excursions and moonlight cruises were commonplace aboard steamboats. The last fully operational stern-wheeler, the Samson V (built in 1936 for use on the Fraser River), was taken out of service in 1981. Stern-wheelers still operate, or are displayed, at various historic sites and attractions. In the Yukon, the steamer Keno, which transported silver, lead and zinc ore between Stewart City and Mayo Landing in 1922, has been preserved to commemorate the mining history of the Yukon Territory. The Keno now occupies a berth in Dawson City. In Edmonton, the Edmonton Queen cruises along the North Saskatchewan River, treating passengers to a scenic view of the river valley. Source: Wikipedia - Steamboat | Brief History of Steamboats | Canadian Encyclopedia - Steamboats and Paddle Wheelers
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    Fact of the Day - APPALACHIAN MOUNTAINS The Monongahela National Forest Did you know.... that the Appalachian Mountains, often called the Appalachians, are a system of mountains in eastern to northeastern North America. The Appalachians first formed roughly 480 million years ago during the Ordovician Period. They once reached elevations similar to those of the Alps and the Rocky Mountains before experiencing natural erosion. The Appalachian chain is a barrier to east–west travel, as it forms a series of alternating ridgelines and valleys oriented in opposition to most highways and railroads running east–west. (Wikipedia) Facts about the Appalachian Mountains by Lilian | August 2, 2020 Blue Ridge Mountains The great Appalachian Mountains are found on the eastern side of the United States. They are some of the oldest natural landmarks in the US. The mountains provide a rich source of natural resources and spill over to Canada. The mountain range is massive such that it is divided into three sections, the northern, central and southern. These mountains are a source of many rivers and lakes, home to a variety of plants and animals. The natural beauty bestowed by this mountain range has earned it a place in so many people’s hearts. Several people visit the mountain for hikes, camping and other recreation activities. It is no wonder then that it is among the most visited natural reserves. 1. The Appalachian Mountains extend to Canada By Shenandoah National Park from Virginia These mountains are not only found in the United States but also the southwestern side of Canada. The mountains start from Alabama and end in Newfoundland, Canada. That is not all about these mountains, the range extends in 14 states making it 2,200 miles long. The states are Georgia, North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine. It is also interesting to note that the mountain range is divided into five geological provinces defined by its formation. One of the provinces is Adirondack, while this forms part of the geological province, they are different mountain ranges. The other four provinces are the Appalachian Basin, the Blue Ridge Mountains, the Piedmont Province and the New England Province. 2. The Appalachian Mountain range is the oldest in America These Mountains form the oldest mountain chain in North America. They stretch for 1,500 miles in Canada and the United States. Geologists estimate that the mountains are 480 million years old. The mountains were formed during the Ordovician period from the Paleozoic era, this was way before the Ice age period. Would you also believe that the highest peak was as high as the Himalayas! Well, it is no longer the case because of consistent erosion that has weathered it down. Its highest peak today stands at 6,684 feet. How it got its name was through the Indian tribe called the Apalachees that lived around it. 3. The Appalachian Mountains has a humid climate The weather of the Appalachians changes with the time of year. However, the weather is mostly pleasant and humid. This is loved by many tourists and hikers that go up the mountain. This beautiful climate and weather have provided a conducive environment for wildlife and plant species. Animals found in the forest around the mountain range include black bears, moose, white-tailed deer, foxes, chipmunks and a variety of birds. This does not mean that there are no extremes. An example is the White Mountains in Canada that have arctic climate while Mount Washington experiences strong hurricane winds for the most of the year. The soil in the Appalachian valley is said to be the most fertile in the United States. 4. The Appalachian Trail is the longest in America By Billy Hathorn The Appalachian Trail is said to be the longest footpath in the United States, it is approximately 3,500 kilometres long. It extends from the Springer Mountain in Georgia to Mount Katahdin in Maine. If one was to walk the entire trail, they would have taken 5 million steps. Walking or hiking up the trail one will be part of unspoiled scenery of wooded, pastoral, wild and clean crisp air. A large part of the trail is found in Virginia while the shortest segment of the trail is in Maryland. 5. The Appalachian Mountains is rich with minerals These Mountains are rich with major mineral deposits of coal, petroleum and natural gas. The coal found here is initially formed as anthracite found in northeastern Pennsylvania. Western Pennsylvania and western Maryland have the sedimentary form of coal. Other minerals found here include iron, zinc, natural gas, and petroleum. Petroleum was discovered in 1859 in western Pennsylvania, soon after commercial quantities were ready for production. The discovery of natural gas also led to commercial production of the same. 6. The Appalachian Mountains features different wildlife Wood Warbler The Appalachian forests are thick and are home to more than five species of tree squirrels. Other unique and rare species of wildlife live here such as moose, black bears, foxes, bobcats, coyotes, porcupines, bats, raccoons, white-tailed deer, skunks, weasels, beaver, chipmunks, and rabbits. Birds such as flycatchers, wrens, warblers and hawks can also be found here. Other interesting animals found here are the wild horses. They are related to domesticated horses but have adapted to their life in the wild. They have lived in the forest since the early 1600s. 7. Tallest Appalachian Mountain Mount Mitchell The tallest peak from the Appalachians is Mount Mitchell found in North Carolina. It stands at 2,037 meters above sea level. This is the highest point in eastern North America. The summit of this mountain has mild summers and cold winters. The weather patterns around Mount Mitchell is similar to south-Eastern Canada. Another interesting peak is Mount Washington found in New Hampshire. It stands at 1,916 meters above sea level and is known for having extreme weather conditions. The mountain experiences strong tropical cyclones winds at the summit, about 100 days every year. 8. Millions of people visit the Great Smoky Mountains, National Park By Aviator31 Millions of tourists and hikers visit the Great Smoky Mountains that is part of the Appalachian mountain range. The national park welcomes more than 12 million people each year for different activities. This park has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1983. The main attractions in this park include rivers, lakes, ponds, hiking trail, bird watching, skiing and other recreational activities. The park is made up of 76,000 hectares of old-growth forest. This mountain is naturally foggy and from a distance, one would take it to be a cloud of smoke. The name smoky therefore refers to the fog. At least a million people hike up the trail of the Smoky mountain national park every year. 9. The Appalachian Mountains are the best for recreational Sports all four seasons During the winter season, the Appalachian Mountains turns into a paradise of snow sporting activities. There are snowmobiles, ice skating, tubing and skiing that tourists enjoy. The ski resorts have 849 ski lifts serving more than 100 snow slopes The summer and fall seasons welcome several hikers and motorists using its hiking trails and parkways. The campers also take advantage of this and spend some quiet and pleasant time in the wild. Summer activities include rafting, fishing and balloon ride over the range. 10. The Appalachian region functions as a geographical divide By National Park Service The Appalachian Mountains form a geographical boundary between the eastern seaboard and the Midwest. Its Eastern continental divide creates a border along the stretch between Georgia and Pennsylvania. The northern section of the mountain range extends from Newfoundland in Canada to the Hudson River in New York. In each region that the range crosses, the mountains have their names like Smoky mountains, Mount Mitchell in North Carolina, Mount Washington in New Hampshire, the Blue Ridge mountains among other names. Source: Wikipedia - Appalachian Mountains | Appalachian Mountains Facts
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    What's the Word? - ROBORANT pronunciation: [RO-bər-ənt] Part of speech: noun Origin: Latin, mid 17th century Meaning: 1. A medicine, treatment, etc. that has a strengthening or restorative effect. Example: "The antibiotic was an immediate roborant for his infection." "The ointment felt like a short-term roborant." About Roborant This word comes from the Latin “roborant-,” meaning “strengthening.” It comes from the verb “roborare,” from “robor-” meaning “strength.” Did You Know? “Roborant” can also be an adjective, meaning “having a strengthening or restorative effect.” For example, “The crux of the surgeon’s roborant treatment was physical therapy.”
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    Fact of the Day - COFFEE Did you know.... that coffee is a brewed drink prepared from roasted coffee beans, the seeds of berries from certain Coffea species. From the coffee fruit, the seeds are separated to produce a stable, raw product: unroasted green coffee. The seeds are then roasted, a process which transforms them into a consumable product: roasted coffee, which is ground into a powder and typically steeped in hot water before being filtered out, producing a cup of coffee. (Wikipedia) Fascinating Facts About Coffee BY MENTALFLOSS .COM | SEPTEMBER 29, 2018 | (UPDATED: SEPTEMBER 29, 2020) Coffee: You know it would be impossible to start your day without a cup of it, but how much do you really know about your favorite caffeinated beverage? Read on and find out. 1. COFFEE WAS ORIGINALLY CHEWED. Sipping may be your preferred method of java consumption, but coffee has not always been a liquid treat. According to a number of historians, the first African tribes to consume coffee did so by grinding the berries together, adding in some animal fat, and rolling these caffeinated treats into tiny edible energy balls. 2. DRINKING DECAF COFFEE FUELS THE SODA INDUSTRY. After coffee beans are decaffeinated, several coffee manufacturers sell the caffeine to soda and pharmaceutical companies. 3. INSTANT COFFEE HAS BEEN AROUND FOR NEARLY 250 YEARS. Instant coffee has been around for a while, making its first appearance in England in 1771. But it would take another 139 years for the first mass-produced instant coffee to be introduced (and patented) in the U.S. in 1910. 4. THE AVERAGE AMERICAN SPENDS ABOUT $1100 ON COFFEE EACH YEAR. You’d think that spending an average of $1100 on coffee each year would be enough to make America the world’s most caffeinated nation. You would be wrong. 5. FINLAND IS THE WORLD’S COFFEE CAPITAL. Though Finland does not produce any beans of its own, its citizens drink a lot of the brown stuff—the most of any country in the world. 6. BEETHOVEN WAS A BARISTA’S WORST NIGHTMARE. Beethoven enjoyed a cup of coffee, and was extremely particular about its preparation; he insisted that each cup he consumed be made with exactly 60 beans. 7. COFFEE BEANS SENT BRAZILIAN ATHLETES TO THE OLYMPICS IN 1932. In 1932, Brazil couldn't afford to send its athletes to the Olympics in Los Angeles. So they loaded their ship with coffee and sold it along the way. 8. THERE HAVE BEEN SEVERAL ATTEMPTS TO BAN COFFEE ENTIRELY. As recently as the 18th century, governments were trying to eradicate coffee. Among the many reasons for outlawing the beverage were its tendency to stimulate “radical thinking.” In 1746 Sweden took things to an extreme when it banned both coffee and coffee paraphernalia (i.e. cups and saucers). 9. COFFEE COULD EXTEND YOUR CAT’S LIFE. Maybe it’s a coincidence, but the Guinness World Record holder for “Oldest Cat Ever”—a 38-year-old kitty named Creme Puff—drank coffee every morning of her furry little life (plus enjoying bacon, eggs, and broccoli). Before you dismiss that outright, consider this: The cat that Creme Puff beat out for the record (a 34-year-old cat, appropriately named Grandpa Rex Allen) had the same owner, and was fed the exact same diet. 10. 17TH-CENTURY WOMEN THOUGHT COFFEE WAS TURNING THEIR MEN INTO “USELESS CORPSES.” In 1674, the Women's Petition Against Coffee claimed the beverage was turning British men into "useless corpses" and proposed a ban on it for anyone under the age of 60. 11. CHOCK FULL O'NUTS COFFEE CONTAINS NO NUTS. It's named for a chain of nut stores the founder converted into coffee shops. 12. THE WORLD’S MOST EXPENSIVE COFFEE COMES FROM ANIMAL POOP. Kopi Luwak, the world’s most expensive coffee, earns its pricey distinction thanks to a surprising step in its production: digestion. In Indonesia, a wild animal known as the Asian palm civet (a small critter similar to the weasel) cannot resist the bright red coffee cherries that abound, even though they can’t digest the actual coffee beans. The beans pass through the civets' systems without being fully digested. At which point, some brave coffee farmer collects the beans from the civets’ droppings, (hopefully) thoroughly washes them, and sells them for up to $600 per pound. 13. THE WORLD’S FIRST WEBCAM WATCHED A COFFEE POT. Though it was hardly what one might described as “action-packed,” it allowed researchers at Cambridge to monitor the coffee situation in the Trojan Room without ever leaving their desks. After the webcam portion of the Trojan Room coffee pot experiment was pulled, the pot itself—a non-working Krups ProAroma pot that would normally retail for about $50—was put up for auction on eBay, where it sold for just under $5000. 14. IT WOULD TAKE 70 CUPS OF COFFEE TO KILL A 150-POUND PERSON. Too much of anything can be a bad thing—yes, even your favorite customized coffee beverage. A video from AsapSCIENCE determined that it would take 70 cups of coffee to kill a roughly 150-pound person. 15. THERE’S A STARBUCKS AT CIA HEADQUARTERS. Some officers at the Central Intelligence Agency call it “Stealthy Starbucks,” but employees at the Langley, Virginia location definitely aren’t your typical Starbucks employees. For one, they must undergo extensive background checks and they cannot leave their post without a CIA escort. On the positive side: They don’t have to write down or shout out their customers’ names! Source: Wikipedia - Coffee | Quick Coffee Facts
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    Fact of the Day - CANADA Monument to Multiculturalism, by Francesco Pirelli in Toronto. Did you know... that Canada is a country in North America. Its ten provinces and three territories extend from the Atlantic to the Pacific and northward into the Arctic Ocean, covering 9.98 million square kilometres, making it the world's second-largest country by total area. Its southern and western border with the United States, stretching 8,891 kilometres (5,525 mi), is the world's longest bi-national land border. Canada's capital is Ottawa, and its three largest metropolitan areas are Toronto, Montreal, and Vancouver. (Wikipedia) Fun Facts About Canada That Will Blow Your Mind By Daniel Reid | readersdigest.ca | Updated: Jun. 24, 2021 Thought you knew all there was to know about the true north strong and free? These fun facts about Canada will have you seeing our beautiful country in a whole new way. Canada is bigger than the European Union Ever been travelling abroad and had someone ask you if you know Kimberly from Vancouver or Theo from Montreal after you told them you were Canadian? Our country’s vast land area is often hard to comprehend for those who haven’t experienced it firsthand. Here are some fun facts about Canada to put its breathtaking scale into perspective: It’s bigger than the entire European Union (33 times bigger than Italy and 15 times bigger than France), more than 30 per cent larger than Australia, five times as big as Mexico, three times as big as India and about the same size as 81,975 Walt Disney Worlds put together. So, in other words, no, you don’t know Kimberly or Theo! Canada’s lowest recorded temperature is as cold as Mars One of the least surprising facts about Canada is that it can get pretty cold in the winter (anyone who’s ever had to chisel their car out of a block of ice in the morning knows this to be true). The average low for the month of January in Ottawa is -14.4 C (6.1 F). That’s pretty cold! However, a temperature recorded in 1947 in Snag, Yukon makes the rest of Canada’s winter weather seem like a relaxing beach vacation. A temperature of -63 C (-81.4 F) was recorded in the small village of Snag on Feb. 3, 1947. That’s roughly the same temperature as the surface of Mars! Learn more about the coldest day in Canadian history. There are more lakes here than anywhere else in the world Canada has a lot of great things in abundance, like hockey players, parkas and Tim Hortons franchises. But one of the most fascinating facts about Canada is that we also have more surface area covered by lakes than any other country in the world. It’s true! The Great White North has 563 lakes larger than 100 square kilometres. The Great Lakes alone contain about 18 per cent of the world’s fresh lake water. That’s a lot of water—and a lot of gorgeous scenery. Check out the 10 places in Canada every Canadian should visit. Canada has the world’s longest coastline If you walked and never stopped—not to eat, not to rest your feet, not to get some sleep—it would take you four-and-a-half years to walk the length of Canada’s coastline. While our country might not conjure up images of blue waters and white sandy beaches, Canada has the world’s longest coastline, bordered on three sides by three different oceans: the Atlantic, Arctic and Pacific. To put that fun fact about Canada into perspective, that accounts for 202,080 of the world’s total 356,000 kilometres of oceanfront property. The only other country that even comes close is Indonesia, which has 54,716 km of coastline. Ready to explore that vast shoreline? These 10 essential east coast experiences are a great place to start. Canada has 10 per cent of the world’s forests One of the most widely-known facts about Canada is that we’ve got an abundance of trees, but did you know that Canada actually boasts 30 per cent of the world’s boreal forest and 10 per cent of the world’s total forest cover? An incredible 396.9-million hectares of forest and other wooded land can be found across the country, and 68 per cent of that is coniferous. The best part of all? Most of our forest land is publicly owned, and much of it can be explored in these 50 gorgeous parks across Canada. Canada has the only walled city in North America Quebec City has a special feature that makes it unique in Canada (and the U.S., for that matter it has walls. One of the most fascinating facts about Canada is that Quebec City is the only city north of Mexico that still has fortified walls. First the French, and later the English, built up Quebec City’s fortifications between the 17th and the 19th centuries. Quebec’s entire historic district, including the ramparts, has since been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Find out more must-see historical attractions across Canada. Canada has six times more oil than Russia It’s thick, it’s sticky and Canada has an estimated 176.8 billion recoverable barrels of it. That’s right, crude bitumen—a semi-solid source of petroleum—is available in abundance in Canada’s oil sands. There’s an estimated 249.67 billion accessible barrels of the black stuff in the world and Canada has about 70.8 per cent of it—four times more than Kazakhstan and six times more than Russia. Here’s what one recent immigrant wishes he’d known before moving to Canada. Canada’s national parks are bigger than most countries Canada is so vast, even our parks dwarf other countries. Just look at Nahanni National Park Reserve in the Northwest Territories: not only is it a sight to behold with massive waterfalls, it’s also an incredible 30,050 square kilometres—bigger than Albania and Israel. Wood Buffalo National Park in Alberta and the Northwest Territories is even bigger at 44,807 square kilometres, which makes it bigger than Denmark and Switzerland. Don’t miss this spectacular gallery of Canada’s most beautiful waterfalls. Canada has North America’s strongest current Here’s a fun fact about Canada for all you adrenaline junkies. If you’re up for the swim of your life (be sure to wear a life-jacket), check out the Seymour Narrows in British Columbia. The stretch of the Discovery Passage has some of the strongest tidal currents ever measured with flood speeds of 17 km/h and ebb speeds of 18 km/h. It’s on the other coast, of course, you’ll find those incredible 15 metre tides at the Bay of Fundy. Read up on that mind-blowing phenomenon in this roundup of fascinating Canadian geography facts. Alert, Nunavut, is the world’s northernmost settlement At the northern tip of Ellesmere Island, just 817 kilometres from the North Pole, you’ll find the northernmost permanently inhabited place in the world: Alert, Nunavut. It might not have malls or movie theatres but Alert is the temporary home to military and scientific personnel working in the area. The “temporary home” part will make sense once you realize how cold this place gets: the warmest month, July, has a balmy average temperature of 3.4 C (38.1 F). By January, the coldest month, the mean temperature has plunged to -32.19 C (-26 F). No wonder they named it Alert. For more fun facts about Canada, check out the best Canadian attractions you’ve never heard of. Source: Wikipedia - Canada | Facts About Canada
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    What's the Word? - AVIDITY pronunciation: [ə-VID-ə-dee] Part of speech: noun Origin: Late Middle English, mid 15th century Meaning: 1. Extreme eagerness or enthusiasm. 2. [Biochemistry] the overall strength of binding between an antibody and an antigen. Example: "The doctor scoured the medical studies on antibody avidity, hoping to find answers." "Kate binged the Netflix series with an avidity she rarely showed for anything." About Avidity This word stems from the French “avidité” or directly from the Latin “aviditas,” from “avidus,” meaning “eager, greedy.” Did You Know? In biochemistry, “affinity” and “avidity” are closely related. “Affinity” is how well a single antibody-antigen site binds, whereas “avidity” refers to the strength of all those interactions collectively. With avidity, binding strength depends on the effects that come from multiple proteins “working together” because it’s easier for one to bind if another is already tethered nearby.
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    What's the Word? - SCUMBLE pronunciation: [SKUM-bəl] Part of speech: verb Origin: Unknown location, late 17th century Meaning: 1. [With object] modify (a painting or color) by applying a very thin coat of opaque paint to give a softer or duller effect. 2. Modify (a drawing) with light shading in pencil or charcoal to give a softer effect. Example: "Today’s online art lesson will teach students how to scumble." "Pablo decided to scumble the sharp lines in his painting." About Scumble Even though the word’s specific roots are unknown, “scumble” is possibly related to the verb “scum,” an antiquated version of “skim.” Did You Know? Scumbling became a popular artistic technique during the 15th century. Some art historians believe Renaissance-era painter Titian invented the technique.
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