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In honor of the fact that William Painter patented the first bottle cap on February 2, 1892, Tidbits will be drinking from bottles this week! • One of Napoleon's biggest problems during war was food. No matter how much food his soldiers took with them, it spoiled. Finally, Napoleon offered a prize to anyone who could invent a way to preserve food. • Nicholas Appert had grown up working in his father's wine cellars. He was intrigued with the idea that wine would never go bad if it was bottled correctly. He wondered what would happen to other foods if they were bottled. He tried soups and stews, then fruits and vegetables and milk. When the bottles were sterilized, filled, corked, and heated, the results were excellent.

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• Groundhogs are the largest members of the squirrel family which includes chipmunks, prairie dogs, and marmots. There are 14 separate species of groundhogs, which are also called woodchucks. • Groundhogs like to live at the margins of the forest, so they are one of the few species that benefited from the spread of civilization in the U.S. As settlers cleared more fields and cut more forests, their population grew.

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• In 1887, a newspaper editor in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, heard about a group of local hunters who went out every February in search of groundhogs. They held a picnic every year at Gobbler’s Knob. The editor wrote about the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club, and Groundhog’s Day was born. • The folklore holds that if a groundhog sees his shadow, six more weeks of winter will follow. There is a kernel of truth here, for if it’s a clear cloudless day, it’s bound to be cold because there is no insulating cloud cover. However, most of the groundhog’s territory covers colder regions that usually have six more weeks of winter regardless of whether there’s a shadow or not. And statisticians estimate that the groundhog’s predictions are correct only 39% of the time. Flipping a coin would be more accurate.

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• It was a habit for Europeans to look for signs of spring, and animals such as badgers, bears, and hedgehogs emerging from dens was always noted. When Germans immigrated to Pennsylvania, they continued the practice, watching for the emergence of groundhogs to indicate the coming of spring.

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• Although they are also called woodchucks, they do not usually eat wood, so we’ll never know how much wood a woodchuck can chuck, if a woodchuck could chuck wood.

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• Groundhogs are among the few animals that are true hibernators. They fatten up during spring, summer, and fall, then retreat to their dens for the coldest months of the year. During hibernation, their normal body temperature falls to just above freezing. The heart rate drops from 80 beats per minute to five. Breathing slows from 16 breaths per minute to about two. During the 150 days or so that they go without eating, a groundhog will lose about 25% of its body weight.

• Though they are noted for the prodigious underground tunnels they build, they are also adept at swimming and climbing trees, which helps them escape predators. A groundhog can move as much as 700 pounds of dirt to create its burrow which usually has several entrances. Groundhog burrows are beneficial because they offer shelter to other ground-dwelling animals while also keeping the earth from becoming compacted.

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• On Feb. 14, 1867, Sakichi Toyoda, whose textile machinery company spawned the Toyota Motor Corp., is born. In 1937, Toyota was formed as a spinoff of his Toyoda Loom Works. "Toyota" reportedly was considered a luckier name than "Toyoda" and is easier to write in Japanese characters.

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• On Feb. 11, 1937, after a six-week strike by General Motors autoworkers in Michigan, GM president Alfred P. Sloan signs the first union contract in the American auto industry. Among other things, GM agreed to give workers a 5 percent raise and permission to speak in the lunchroom. • On Feb. 8, 1943, Japanese troops evacuate Guadalcanal, leaving the island in Allied possession after a prolonged campaign in which an estimated 1,600 American troops were killed. • On Feb. 10, 1962, Francis Gary Powers, an American who was shot down over the Soviet Union while flying a CIA spy plane in 1960, is released by the Soviets in exchange for the U.S. release of a Russian spy. The event was chronicled in the 2015 film "Bridge of Spies" starring Tom Hanks. • On Feb. 9, 1971, pitcher Leroy "Satchel" Paige becomes the first Negro League veteran to be nominated for the Baseball Hall of Fame. In August of that year, Paige was inducted. Joe DiMaggio once called Paige "the best and fastest pitcher I've ever faced." • On Feb. 12, 1988, in the waning days of the Cold War, two Soviet warships bump two U.S. Navy vessels in waters claimed by the Soviet Union off the Crimean peninsula. A confrontation was defused when the U.S. ships departed. • On Feb. 13, 1991, Sotheby's announces the discovery of a manuscript of "Huckleberry Finn" by Mark Twain. The manuscript, missing for more than a century, was found in a trunk with some old papers. © 2016 King Features Synd., Inc.

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• Around 300 B.C. Greek philosopher Theophrastus used floating bottles to prove that the Mediterranean receives most of its water from the Atlantic. • Albert, Prince of Monaco, asked ship captains to drop bottles into the sea at certain spots to research currents. Over 1,700 bottles were dropped between 1885 and 1888, and 227 of them were returned in the next 10 years. • An ocean survey ship called the Pioneer dropped 22,000 bottles into the ocean in 1964, each containing information on where and when it was tossed overboard. Forms enclosed explained the purpose of the bottle and asked the finder— in English, French, Spanish, and Japanese— to return the form and information about where it was found to the project’s headquarters in Washington, D.C. The survey reported an average return rate of 8% and most were found between nine months and two years after they were released.

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• In 1875, the crew of the Canadian ship Lennie staged a mutiny, murdering all officers on board except Answer: Dell. for a steward who was needed to navigate the ship to Spain. He headed the ship A VERY LARGE NUMBER to France, telling them it was Spain, while pe•riodically Edward Kasner wasbottles a mathematician. In 1938 dropping overboard that told he was asked to come up with a name a the whole story. The French authorities for were very large number: the numeral one, followed waiting when they arrived in France. by a hundred zeros. He asked his two young • Daisy Alexander inherited the Singer nephews what name they would suggest.sewing fortune.Milton She couldn't decidea what to •machine Nine-year-old suggested name do with her money when she died, so she wrote out of the funnies. A cartoon strip character out her will, sealed it in apopular. bottle, Milton and tossed named Barney was very choseit inBarney’s the River in the London. The will gave lastThames name for number. of her fortune to found •50% Kasner announced thewhoever new name for the the botbig tle. She died 2 years later. Ten years after her number in his next book, altering the spelling. unemployed restaurant •death, Sixty an years later, Larry Page andworker Sergeynamed Brin Jack Wurm found the bottle on the beach San developed a new internet search engine. at Other Francisco. He received over $6 million. Daisy's search engines searched each webpage and lawyer the according other half to of how the fortune. rankedgot them many times a specific term appeared on them, buta Page and • A British sailor in the 1800s tossed marriage Brin designed their search engine to search for proposal overboard into waters off of Britain the specific term and then find out how many aslinks his ship underway India. On the retheregot were that ledfor back to that page, turn journey he inwas walking along the beach which resulted a better search engine. in Egypt when he found and retrieved his own • They decided they needed a name that bottled proposal marriage. reflected how of many websites the search • Swedish sailorsearching. Åke Viking bottle engine was Theydropped took thea name of Edward Kasner’s very large number, overboard in 1958, asking any pretty girl only who they misspelled it ended beinga found it to writeit slightly, to him. so Two yearsuplater, spelled fisherman exactly the same waygave the itcartoon Sicilian found it and to his character Barney spelled his last name. daughter, Paolina, as a joke. She wrote What’s to Åke. it called? (Answer at bottom of page) They were married in Sicily. COMPUTER FACTS • The longest it has ever taken a message in a •bottle In 1981 Billdiscovered Gates said,is “640 kb of memory to be 108 years. In 1906, ought to be enough for anybody.” the Marine Biological Association of the Unit•edMoore’s Lawdropped states that computer performance Kingdom more than 1,000 bottles doubles every 18 to 24 months, and ever since into the North Sea with instructions to return 1971, this has been true. any bottles found to the institute with informa•tion HP,about Google, Microsoft, Apple were where they hadand been picked up.all In started in garages. 2015 a tourist found one of the bottles and dutiAnswer: Google, from fully returned it to thegoogol. address listed.

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