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Radiation Kill

QUESTION How much radiation is needed to kill a person? ANSWER The short answer: A single dose of 5,000 mSv will kill half the people in 30 days. Half will live and half will die. Gives a bizarre and macabre … Continue reading

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Baby Chicks continued

Bob and I held the boxes in place atop the wagon as we slowly made the journey to the white chicken coop. We paused by the door. Mom opened the door, removed the top box, placed it inside the coop, … Continue reading

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Pencil Color

QUESTION: Why are pencils yellow? ANSWER: The best graphite in the world came from China during the 1890’s. The Chinese associated the color yellow with excellence, royalty, and respect. Manufacturers in the United States and Europe wanted a way to … Continue reading

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Chores on the Farm

The early morning routine varied little from day to day. Dad or Mom called up the stairs to wake us, we put on our farm clothes, and did our chores. Chores took about an hour, which included milking four cows … Continue reading

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QUESTION:  Why is there 5,280 feet in a mile? ANSWER: We can thank merry olde England for the statute mile of 5,280 feet. It was an act of the English Parliament in 1592 (hence the name statute) that codified the … Continue reading

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Oats and Corn on the Scheckel Farm

Oats and corn were the only two crops we planted on the Scheckel farm in the 1940s and1950s. A grass seed attachment on the oats grain drill sowed alfalfa, timothy, and clover seeds along with the oats. The growing oats … Continue reading

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Microwave ovens

QUESTION: How do microwave ovens cook food? ANSWER: Microwave ovens are actually radar sets. Radar was developed prior to WWII in both England and the United States and is credited with giving the British a fighting chance in the Battle … Continue reading

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