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GOODYEAR (continued): • Goodyear was able to secure loans for his experiments, which started out with his working magnesia into the rubber, something that seemed to take away the stickiness. His first creation was rubber shoes, lined with flannel. But the stickiness returned, and his creditors withdrew their money. Another New York businessman who believed in Goodyear’s potential advanced several thousand dollars to continue the work, but the financial Panic of 1837 wiped out his entire fortune and once again, Goodyear was penniless. He and his family were living in an empty rubber factory, living on fish he caught in New York Harbor.

• Even with his patent secured, Goodyear’s life did not turn around, and he was plagued with troubles. Six of his 12 children died in infancy. He was jailed twice for failing to pay debts, and when he died at age 60, he was $200,000 in debt. Fortunately, over the years after his death, royalties accumulated and allowed his family to live comfortably. Thirty-eight years after his death, Frank Seiberling founded a rubber company, which he named Goodyear Tire & Rubber in tribute to the inventor. Today, it’s a billion-dollar company, the world’s largest rubber business, but the Goodyear family derived no capital from it.

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• Tsunamis can travel across the sea at speeds up to 500 mph, nearly as fast as an airplane. They can cross the span of the Pacific Ocean in less than a day. As they hit shallower water near the coast, they may slow down but their height increases. Waves as high as 100 feet are not uncommon. The effects are felt long afterward as the tsunami carries tons of salt which poisons the soil and ground water, contributing to hunger and disease.

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• It was Nobel Peace Prizewinning philosopher Albert Schweitzer who made the following sage observation: "The great secret of success is to go through life as a man who never gets used up. That is possible for him who never argues and strives with men and facts, but in all experience relies upon himself, and looks for the ultimate cause of things in himself." • In the United Kingdom it is illegal to deface paper money, but it's perfectly legal to burn it. • Gene Cernan was the 12th -- and last -- human to walk on the moon, in December 1972. While he was there, he scratched his daughter's initials onto the lunar surface. Those initials, "TDC," are likely to remain there for tens of thousands of years. • According to the folklore of Wales, fairies prefer traveling on the backs of corgis to any other mode of transport. • You may be surprised to learn that most Greek and Roman statuary and architecture

• The first wave of the series is typically not the strongest wave, and people are often deceived that once it has passed, the worst is over. The successive waves get bigger, stronger, and more destructive as they reach the shore. The time between the waves can last anywhere from a few minutes to about two hours.

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TSUNAMIS (continued): • The Pacific Ocean’s “Ring of Fire” is an area where tectonic shifts make volcanic eruptions and earthquakes common, generating about Answer: Dell. 80% of the world’s tsunamis. A VERY LARGE NUMBER • The U.S. state at greatest risk for a tsunami • Edward Kasner was a mathematician. In 1938 isheHawaii, where one occurs every year, with was asked to come up with a name for a avery damaging tsunamitheoccurring every seven large number: numeral one, followed years. The island is formed of by a hundred zeros.ofHeHawaii asked his two young five volcanoes, including the world’s largest, nephews what name they would suggest. Mauna Loa. FourMilton other states are at high risk • Nine-year-old suggested a name –out Alaska, Washington, Oregon, and Califorof the funnies. A cartoon strip character nia. TheBarney costliest to hit Milton the western named wastsunami very popular. chose U.S. and last Canada in 1964 following an Barney’s namewas for the number. earthquake in Alaska. The 21-foot waves • 8.4 Kasner announced the new name for the big killed 120 people. number in his next book, altering the spelling. years later, Larry and Sergey Brin • • ASixty quake registering 9.5Page occurred 100 miles developed a new internet searchand engine. Other off the coast of Chile in 1960 within 15 search engines searched each webpage and minutes, 80-foot waves hit the coast. Fifteen rankedlater, themthe according many and times22a hours tsunamitohithow Hawaii, specific term appeared on them, but Page and hours after the quake, the waves struck the Brin designed their search engine to search for coast of Japan – 10,000 miles from the the specific term and then findaway out how many earthquake’s epicenter. links there were that led back to that page, which a better search engine. • One of resulted history’sin deadliest disasters occurred • in They theyearthquake needed ain name that 2004decided when a 9.0 the Indian reflected how more many energy websites search Ocean released thanthe all of the engine was searching. They took the name earthquakes of the last 25 years combined. A of Edward Kasner’s only portion of the ocean’svery floorlarge the number, size of Calithey misspelled it slightly, so it ended up being fornia heaved upward, creating a tsunami that spelled exactly the same way the cartoon struck 14 countries, resulting in 290,000 dead character Barney spelled his last name. What’s or missing. it called? (Answer at bottom of page) • More recently, a 2011 earthquake COMPUTER FACTS in Japan registering 9.0 caused a tsunami thatmemory killed • In 1981 Bill Gates said, “640 kb of nearly 16,000 and created property damage ought to be enough for anybody.” of $300 billion. • Moore’s Law states that computer performance

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