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NUGGET OF KNOWLEDGE The youngest competitors at Wimbledon include Austrian Mita Klima, who competed in the tournament at age 13, in 1907. Martina Hingis was the youngest winner, when, at 15 years, 282 days, she won the Ladies' Double Championship in 1996.

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WIMBLEDON (continued): • Czechoslovakia native Martina Navratilova made her debut at Wimbledon in 1973 at age 16. Not only had she never played on a grass court before, she had never even seen one until the week prior! In 1975, at 18, she sought political asylum in the United States and was stripped of her Czech citizenship. In 1982, she began a sixyear reign as champion. Finally in 1988, German Steffi Graf beat Navratilova, and again in 1989. Martina took the title back in 1990. She holds the record for the most singles wins with nine. She is also the oldest winner, having won the mixed doubles in 2003 when she was nearly 47 years old. Martina is also the record-holder for the most Wimbledon matches played by either male or female, 326 matches. • The Williams sisters, Venus and Serena, have ten Women’s Singles titles between them, with five apiece. They also have five doubles titles. A Williams sister won the singles championship in 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2012. • English tennis player Tim Henman has the distinction of being the first person ever to be disqualified from Wimbledon. Henman had a little temper tantrum during one of his matches and smacked a ball away, unfortunately straight into the head of one of the teenaged ball girls, a blow that sent her to the ground. The extremely apologetic Henman later sent flowers to the young lady. • What do folks take home for souvenirs from the tournament? In 2014, towels were a big item, with 16,000 Men’s Championship towels and 9,000 Women’s Championship towels sold. Spectators also like the mini-tennis ball key ring, snapping up 11,000 of these souvenirs.


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WIMBLEDON (continued): • Last year’s attendance at Wimbledon topped 491,000, while the viewing audience is estimated at close to 380 million. There can be 38,500 spectators on the grounds at any one time, with the maximum capacity of the Centre Court at 15,000. More than 54,000 tennis balls were used during the tournament. In 2014, the Men’s and Ladies’ Singles champions received about $3 million in winnings. • The longest tennis match ever played took place during the 2010 Wimbledon tournament when John Isner defeated Nicholas Mahut in a match lasting 11 hours and five minutes. It was played over a three-day period.

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• It was Alice Roosevelt, prominent socialite and daughter of President Theodore Roosevelt, who declared that her purpose in life was to "empty what's full, fill what's empty, and scratch where it itches." • King James VI of Scotland was also, after the crowns of England and Scotland were united in 1603, King James I of England. He may have been doubly noble, but those who study such things say that his personal habits would not have been out of place in a commoner of the time period. He reportedly never bathed, claiming that baths were an unhealthy practice, and he would wear the same clothes for months on end. • Three of the first five presidents of the United States -- John Adams, Thomas Jefferson and James Monroe -- died on July 4. • Fans of the long-running sitcom "Scrubs" will be familiar with the main character, Dr. John "J.D." Dorian, and his best friend, Dr. Christopher Turk. You might not realize, though, that the actors who played those roles -- Zach Braff and Donald Faison -- also are best friends in real life. • The game of tag may seem like an innocent children's pastime, but in some countries it has a sinister undertone. In Italy, players pretend that anyone getting tagged has caught the black plague. In Madagascar, leprosy is the contagion that is being supposedly spread by the game, while in Spain, it's relatively harmless fleas. • Taking the stairs may be good for your cardiovascular health, but there are dangers you might not know of. In an average year, approximately 27 people are killed while using an elevator, while 1,600 die while taking the stairs. *** Thought for the Day: "Learning is what most adults will do for a living in the 21st century." -- Lewis Perelman © 2015 King Features Synd., Inc.


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• Less than a year after signing on with Volvo, Bohlin had come up with a three-point lap and shoulder seatbelt, introducing the invention to Volvo in 1959. The company added the seatbelt to its cars, with the Amazon and PV544 as the first cars in the world to have safety belts as a standard feature. Volvo graciously made the new design available to other manufacturers for free.

Although the name of Nils Ivar Bohlin is unfamiliar to most, nearly everyone uses his invention every single day. Take a few minutes to learn about the inventor of the seat belt! • At age 19, Nils Bohlin already had a diploma in mechanical engineering from a Swedish university. At 22, he was hired by the aircraft maker, Saab, in their design department. Focusing on various safety features for airplanes, he received one patent for his invention of the rocket-launched ejection seat for Saab fighter airplanes and another for a “device to protect an occupant against bodily injury during emergency escape from an aircraft.”

• Bohlin proved the effectiveness of his seat belt in a study of 28,000 accidents in Sweden, showing that “unbelted occupants sustained fatal injuries throughout the whole speed scale, whereas none of the belted occupants was fatally injured at accident speeds below 60 mph.” As a result, by 1968, it was a requirement on all new American vehicles.

• In 1958, at age 38, Bohlin was considered an expert in aeronautical safety engineering. He was recruited by Volvo and joined the company that year. The head of Volvo had lost a relative in a car accident and gave Bohlin the mission of developing an improved seat belt. Safety belts had been an option in some automobiles since the mid-1940s, but were just a strap across the waist that frequently caused serious internal abdominal injuries and head injuries in accidents when the wearer was thrown forward.

• In 1969, Bohlin became the head of Central Research and Development for Volvo. His innovations for the company weren’t finished yet – he went on to invent the Side Impact Protection System for Volvo, receiving a patent for “side-collision protection in automotive vehicles.” Bohlin died on the same day he was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame.

• Bohlin set to work designing a device that would restrain the body safely under extreme conditions. In his words, “I realized both the upper and lower body must be held securely in place with one strap across the chest and one across the hips,” along with “an immovable anchorage point for the buckle…” He also knew he wanted it to be put on easily with one hand.

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Mosquitoes can reproduce anyplace that water collects and remains for as little as one week. By eliminating standing water on your property, you can prevent mosquitoes from reproducing. Inspect your property weekly for any signs of standing water or water holding containers. If you have a rain barrel used for collecting rainwater, make sure it is completely sealed to prevent mosquitoes from gaining access to the water. If you have a low spot in your yard where water accumulates and remains for several days after a rain, fill it in or consider planting a water tolerant tree or shrub to soak up the water. Develop a property checklist and get your children or grandchildren involved with weekly inspections. Assign the responsibility to the kids. They’ll love it! It also gives them ownership in the success of reducing the mosquito population.

Wear protective clothing to cover exposed skin. Apply an effective insect repellent. The Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention recommends repellents that contain DEET. There are several new repellents on the market that go on dry. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, DEET is not recommended for children under 2 months old. Always follow the label directions when applying insect repellents.

#2: Make Your Property Undesirable for Mosquitoes The first step to making your property undesirable for mosquitoes is to eliminate breeding habitat. Then, learn a little bit about the biology of the mosquitoes in your region. The majority of the mosquitoes in the Grand Forks region are night biters. However, if kicked up during the day in shaded areas, you can expect to be bitten. They generally seek out their blood meals around sunset and may stay active until midnight. Once the temperature starts rising, they head for cover. During hot sunny days, mosquitoes look for cool, shaded, moist, areas to rest. Tall grass, weeds, and shrubbery provide ideal resting places during the day. If the tall grass, weeds, and shrubs are by your backyard deck, then you’ve pretty much invited the mosquitoes to your evening barbeque. By keeping your grass and weeds cut short and shrubbery trimmed, you’ll reduce the resting sites for mosquitoes.

#4: Apply Barrier Treatments Mosquito barrier treatments are products designed to repel or kill mosquitoes on contact. Many professional mosquito control programs use these products to get instant results in controlling mosquitoes in a selected area. Permethrin is a common active ingredient in these products. Barrier treatments are residual products, meaning they’ll continue working for an extended amount of time (1-3 weeks). When applying these products, try to spray areas that remain shaded during the day. The shaded areas are where the mosquitoes choose to rest during the day. Treating the shaded areas may also extend the effectiveness of the product. The active ingredient in these products break down rapidly from Ultra Violet sunlight. These products can usually be purchased from local retail stores and can be applied by the homeowner. Always read and follow the label directions when working with any chemicals.

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TENNIS GREATS (continued): • For five consecutive years from 1976 through 1980, Swedish-born Bjorn Borg was the Men’s Singles champion. Borg was the first Answer: Dell. player to earn more than one million dollars VERYinLARGE in prize A money a singleNUMBER season. When he •retired Edward Kasner was a mathematician. In 1938 abruptly at age 26 in 1983, he owned a he was asked to come up with a name for a penthouse in Monte Carlo, a Long Island manveryand largeannumber: thethe numeral one,coast. followed sion, island off Swedish Yet by a hundred zeros. He asked his two young in 2006, the tennis great was nearly bankrupt nephews what name they would suggest. due to poor business ventures. Borg decided •toNine-year-old suggested a name auction off his Milton five Wimbledon trophies and out of the funnies. A cartoon strip character two of his rackets. The trophies were expected named Barney was very popular. Milton chose toBarney’s bring between $350,000 and $525,000 and last name for the number. the rackets, about $25,000 each. Borg’s for• Kasner announced the new name for the big mer rivalinJohn McEnroe talked Borg out of number his next book, altering the spelling. the decision, but unfortunately, Borg had al• Sixty years later, Larry Page and Sergey Brin ready handed them over to the auction house developed a new internet search engine. Other and had to buy them back. each webpage and search engines searched ranked them according how many times • John McEnroe was welltoknown for his out-a specific term appeared on them, but Page and bursts and temper tantrums on the courts, and Brin designed their search engine to search for was even booed by the crowds for his poor the specific thenand findsuspended out how many behavior. Heterm wasand fined for links there were that led back to that page, shouting objections at umpires’ calls during which resulted in a better search engine. his matches, and once slammed his racket into •aThey decided they after needed a the name that courtside juice cart calling umpire reflected how many websites the search a jerk. Yet this “bad boy” was a #1 player who engine was searching. They took the name took the Men’s Singlesvery title large in 1981, 1983, only and of Edward Kasner’s number, 1984. they misspelled it slightly, so it ended up being spelled exactly the same way the cartoon • Three-time Wimbledon Ladies’ Singles champ character Barney spelled his last name. Chris Evert still holds the record for the What’s career it called?percentage (Answer atonbottom of page) winning clay courts of 94.55%. COMPUTERfor FACTS She is also remembered her romance with •fellow In 1981 Bill Gates champ, said, “640 kb of memory Wimbledon six-time winner ought to be enough for anybody.” Jimmy Connors. The couple was engaged in when 19, and they played •1974 Moore’s LawChris stateswas that computer performance doubles every on 18 to months, mixed doubles the24court now and andever then,since but 1971, has itbeen true. the pairthis called quits before the wedding day •arrived. HP, Google, Microsoft, and Apple were all started in garages. Thanks Reading Answer: Google,for from googol. Tidbits!

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