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HUMMINGBIRDS (continued): • Hummingbirds are capable of going into torDEERE. JOHN DEERE. por, an unusual, very deep(continued): sleep-like state • where It wasmetabolic while living in Illinois nofunctions slowthat to a John minimum ticed problems low that body farmers faced whenis and anthe extremely temperature attempting to till soil. Because the arealonger had maintained. When torpor happens for formerly been woodland, the soil was rich periods of time, it is called hibernation. Humwith hummus, which clumped and clung to mingbirds can go into a state of torpor any the blades of the plows farmers were accustime when food conditions and temperature tomed to using. While repairing a broken cirspur the need. cular saw, Deere stumbled upon an idea. He

employed his smith to fashion the steel • Hummingbirds haveskills the highest metabolism into the a plow. insects. He affixed ofblade any animal onshape earth, of excluding With two wooden spokes, then hitched the device heart rates of hummingbirds as high as 1,260 to a per horse. It plowed the heavy soil beats minute, they have a needIllinois to consume likeofa nectar. charm. In In fact, fact, they a farmer who happened lots consume more than to be observing the test run immediately put their weight in nectar daily! Now hummingin an order for his own John Deere plow. birds only weigh .07-.7 ounces. Most animals, • including In short order, Deere gavebe upextremely his blacksmith humans, would obese shop and focused on making plows. The if this kind of eating occurred! company grew steadily and added many em-

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• When observing hummingbirds, most people ployees. In the late 1840s, John relocated the think they use their long beaks to drink in the entire operation to Moline, Illinois. Ashamed nectar from flowers. Actually, they lap it of his own lack of education, John sent hisup with their tongues! Theyfinest also eat smallOne insects. children to the state’s schools. of

his proudest occurred when Charles • Swifts and days hummingbirds areson sometimes earned the equivalent of anThey MBAare from Bell’sof called “avian helicopters.” capable Commercial College in Chicago. making power strokes on up and down move• ments With of histheir son Charles wings. managing They can the beatcompany, their tiny John found time to pursue philanthropic inwings from 60-200 times per second. terests. He co-founded both the First Nation-

• Hummingbirds tremendous agility al Bank and the have First Congregational Church.in flight. They are the the mayor only vertebrates the He was elected of Moline inwith 1873, capability of sustained hovering, and can even where one of his first actions – the replaceflyment upside down andopen backwards! of the city’s drains with a sewer

pipe system countless feat lives that by reduc• Migration is –asaved phenomenal many ing the spread of disease. birds accomplish. Some hummingbirds travel • asThe Deere logo, registered in far original as 2,000John miles, including a remarkable 1876, depicted a deer that was native to Afri500 mile nonstop over the Gulf of Mexico – ca.they Thirty-six years jet later, in 1912, it was reand don’t have engines!

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