Did you Know?

---Many parts of the cattail/bullrush can be eaten and are quite nutritious.  

---Do you know why Mickey Mouse is not in public domain? After all, he first appeared in 1928 and you'd think the copyright would have long expired. You can thank Disney lawyers for this. For more info, read this link:  https://artlawjournal.com/mickey-mouse-keeps-changing-copyright-law/

--- The most recent Mickey Mouse theatrical cartoon short was 2013's Get a Horse!, which is included in the Frozen Blu-Ray. Prior to that it was 1995's Runaway Brain.

---In 1893, before the establishment of a modern automotive industry in Britain, English engineer Bramah Joseph Diplock patented a four-wheel-drive system for a traction engine, including four-wheel steering and three differentials, which was subsequently built. The development also incorporated Bramah's Pedrail wheel system in what was one of the first four-wheel-drive automobiles to display an intentional ability to travel on challenging road surfaces. It stemmed from Bramagh's previous idea of developing an engine that would reduce the amount of damage to public roads.

---The first US Navy ship to convert from coal to fuel oil was the monitor USS Cheyenne.

---Although preservation of food using tin cans had been practiced since at least 1772 in the Netherlands, the first can openers were not patented until 1855 in England and 1858 in the United States

---The Tu-114 is the fastest turboprop powered aircraft, reaching a speed of 540 mph in 1960. A record that still stands.

---A majority of door knobs are made out of brass. This is because brass surfaces can prevent bacteria from accumulating. Brass kills bacteria and essentially makes doorknobs germ-proof, which is ideal when they receive so many different hands coming into contact with them.

---Our foot is as long as our forearm; our thumb is as long as our nose; our lips are as long as our index fingers. You can thank Leonardo DaVinci for discovering that and using it in his paintings.

---There are an average of 1.2 million ants per person on Earth.

---The only other creature on Earth with unique fingerprints besides humans is the koala.

---Mithridates VI was immune to poison.

---There is exactly one person still being paid a pension from the US Civil War (1861). That’s right, more than 150 years later. That would be to Irene Triplett, now 87. Her father was a veteran of the civil war.  She was born when he was 83. Irene collects a grand total of $73.13 every month from the VA. For reference:  https://www.usnews.com/news/arti...

---The Reverend Sylvester Graham, a Presbyterian minister who became a social reformer and a ferocious advocate of healthful living, is the man who put the ‘graham’ into the treat we now know and love as graham crackers. Sylvester Graham (1794-1851) believed physical lust was harmful to the body and caused such dire maladies in the sexually overheated as pulmonary consumption, spinal diseases, epilepsy, and insanity, as well as such lesser ailments as headaches and indigestion. He also thought too much lust could result in the early death of offspring, who would have been conceived from weakened stock.

---The first production aircraft to fly with turboprops was the Vicker Viscount in July 1948. It was also the first four engine turboprop and the first turboprop airliner.

---The first turboprop aircraft to fly was a Gloster Meteor with two RR Trent engines in September 1945.

---The world's first turboprop engine that went into mass production was designed by a German engineer, Max --Adolf Mueller, in 1942.

---One of the earliest hydraulic dampers for automobiles to go into production was the Telesco Shock Absorber, exhibited at the 1912 Olympia Motor Show and marketed by Polyrhoe Carburettors Ltd.

---The word geyser comes from Geysir, the name of an erupting spring at Haukadalur, Iceland; that name, in turn, comes from the Icelandic verb geysa, "to gush", the verb itself from Old Norse.

---The black color of tires comes from carbon black, a readily-available material that provides greatly improved wear characteristics and heat-dissipation capabilities when added to rubber compounds. Natural rubber is off-white in color, and in fact the first rubber tires were white.

---There are no toilets inside tanks. But there are ammo boxes.

---What was most corrupt American administration? Though most researchers provide a variety of 'top five', pretty much all of them Include Ulysses S. Grant and Richard Nixon.

---- The fattest US president was Howard Taft with a BMI of 43 and weight of 325 pounds. The current occupant of the White House would be the third after Grover Cleveland.

--Cloud Cuckoo Land refers to a state of absurdly over-optimistic fantasy or an unrealistically idealistic state where everything is perfect. Someone who is said to "live in cloud cuckoo land" is a person who thinks that things that are completely impossible might happen, rather than understanding how things really are. The term comes from a play by Aristophanes called 'The Birds'.

---Every year, over 100 million cell phones are made obsolete. The average life span of a cell phone is just 18 months. The average American cell phone user owns three or more cellular phones. Up to 75% of obsolete phones are stockpiled in drawers, including the battery and the charger 

---The first fully functional swing wing aircraft to be put into production was the F-111.

---The first production turbine powered helicopter was the Alouette II.

---Comcast has the worst customer satisfaction rate of any US corporation.

---Disney paid George Lucas $4.05 billion for Lucasfilms in 2012.

---Of those US presidents who have fulfilled their term in office, James Buchanan is considered to be the worst. The reason given is for his refusal to challenge either the spread of slavery or the growing bloc of states that became the Confederacy.

--- The Pentagon says 71 percent of America’s 34 million 17-24 year old population would fail to qualify for enlistment. 

---English inventor Thomas Parker, who was responsible for innovations such as electrifying the London Underground, overhead tramways in Liverpool and Birmingham, and the smokeless fuel coalite, built the first production electric car in London in 1884, using his own specially designed high-capacity rechargeable batteries.

---The Kaman K-225 was the first turbine-powered helicopter in the world.

---The Old Man of the Lake is a 30-foot (9 m) tall tree stump, most likely a hemlock, that has been bobbing vertically in Oregon’s Crater Lake since at least 1896.

---In English, the word ‘news’ is derived from the plural form of ‘new.’

---By 2012, production costs to make a penny had risen to 2.41˘ per penny. However, when one considers how many times a penny changes hands (hundreds of thousands; perhaps millions of times), the additional cost is considered to be worth it.

---While Alexander Fleming is the man who discovered penicillin, it was Dr. Howard Florey, a professor of pathology and director of the Sir William Dunn School of Pathology at Oxford University who was was able to develop it into a usable vaccine. The variety of penicillin used to produce the modern vaccine was discovered on a cantaloupe in Peoria,IL in 1941. The first patient to be treated and cured was in 1942.

---Of the three lowest nutritional value vegetables (celery, cucumbers, iceberg lettuce) iceberg lettuce is probably the lowest as the other two at least include water.