One accepted name for a group of cats is clowder

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During the 18th & 19th centuries, there was a need for skilled surveyors that often exceeded the supply in North America. Presidents Washington and Lincoln were both employed as surveyors while young men.

A 2016 assessment revealed that 1,100,000,000 people in the world smoked tobacco on a regular basis. Untold millions have died from smoking-related causes with cancer, ischemic heart disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and stroke being prominent on the appalling list. Please do not smoke.

Atlanta, Georgia is the site where new concepts for roofing are being used in the construction of Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Eight 500 ton daisy-petal shaped pieces made of translucent fabrics attached to steel frames are built to fold and unfold somewhat like a camera aperture. The huge roof will be suspended some 200 feet above the playing field and is said to convert from open to fully closed in nine minutes.

According to recent data, the average age at which an American currently receives his/her first smartphone is ten years. I was 60.

The USA is not the only nation sometimes plagued by lethal wildfires. In October of 2017, uncontrolled conflagrations killed at least 40 people in rural Portugal.

Beware should you be offered discounts on Kinder eggs. In August of this year, approximately $59,000 worth of chocolate goodies were stolen in the town of Neustadt, Germany.

It was in the year 725 that two Chinese men named Yi Xing and Liang Lingzan (I am not making this up) invented the world’s first mechanical clock. Flowing water spun a wheel that affected connected levers to signal quarter hours with a drum beat and full hours with the ringing of a bell.

For decades, St. Patrick’s Day was more celebrated in America than in Ireland. March 17 had attained increased importance when the Pope confirmed that date in 1631 as St. Patrick’s Day. Yet, the day was not even a public Irish holiday until 1903. At the turn of the 20th century, Irish descendants in Boston and NYC had long been participating in more elaborate celebrations than had the Irish living in the Homeland.

One accepted name for a group of cats is clowder.

The largest purchaser of explosive devices in the world is the U.S. Department of Defense. No surprise there. However, I think myself unlikely to have guessed #2 on that list: Walt Disney Company (according to the Sept/Oct, 2017 issue of a national magazine). Well, I hope your Kinder eggs do not get pilfered and that you experience a great week. (jkwhite46@gmail.com)

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