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  1. Frank Sanoica

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    The Mojave Desert of the Southwestern United States has well over 300 days per year of the maximum amount of sunlight: no clouds.
     
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    Just thought you would like to know............... Just click on the picture to make it bigger....
     
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    Several Mississippi counties have two county seats. Traditionally, there was a white county seat and a black county seat.
     
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    Manitoulin Island is the largest freshwater island in the world.

    That is where I live.. In Massey just off the island.. We go there very often especially in summer..
     
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    Supposedly so does Fresno.
     
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    @Chrissy Cross
    Do I recall Fresno correctly as being either right in, or very close to, that central valley which has literally miles upon miles of produce growing?

    We drove through Fresno only once, back in the late 1960s. Gosh, can it have been 50 years ago? Hard to comprehend!
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    Yes, there's a lot of agriculture in Fresno...fruit trees, nut trees, olives, grapes mostly around me.

    Near my daughter it's mostly lettuce, artichokes, broccoli...more veggies. Strawberries in both areas.

    This is just what I see on an everyday basis. I'd have to look up exactly all that comes from Fresno and the Central Valley.
     
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    The first known instance (in print) of trick-or-treating took place in Blackie, Alberta in 1927.
     
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    Polar bears can sniff out prey from up to 16km away!
     
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    Three of Canada’s islands make the top ten for size in the world – Baffin, Ellesmere and Victoria.
     
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    The first indoor ice hockey game took place on March 3, 1875 at the Victoria Skating Rink in Montreal.
     
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    Cheddar is the most popular cheese in Canada. On average Canadians consume 23.4 pounds per person annually.
     
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    I have a question for here if I may.......

    The keyboard, typewriter ...... It has been around for years and the letters on the board have always been the same order.. A complicated layout of the alphabet..
    How come the letters are where they are in that way??
    Who ever decided to put them all over the place in no special order??
    Why not of put them in order rather than all mixed up??
    What advantage is there having the letters mixed up like they are??
     
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    Early typewriters operated in such a way that the keys would stick if someone were typing too fast, so the QWERTY keyboard was intentionally designed so slow people down. Now that we're no longer using typewriters, and even the typewriters that may be used are not so designed, it might make sense to use a more sensible key pattern, but the problem is that by the time anyone figures this out, they have already learned to type on a QWERTY keyboard, and computer keyboards are made in the QWERTY arrangement, so we're stuck with it.

    There are other, more sensible keyboards available, however. Mental Floss discusses some of the alternatives, Dvorak being perhaps the better known.
     
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    Canada has 6 time zones
     
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    USA also has 6 time zones
     
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    The people of France consume more cheese than any other country in the world.
     
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    The existence of the Alberta oil sands was first recorded by Scottish explorer Alexander Mackenzie in 1790
     
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    Supposedly? Can you let us know as a resident whether it comes close to being true? I was in Fresno many years ago, but fail to recall much about it. Except that all about were fields of abundant produce growing.
    We had camped the night before in Sequoia, travelling down hoping to cross the Golden Gate later. We encountered a town named Los Gatos which sticks in my mind as nice. The first town I think we encountered of any size coming down from the mountains was Visalia. For some reason, I picture crops growing there, too. All this happened in 1966, so the old memory is dim. The extent of crops growing and their multitude of variety astounded me! I wanted to become a part of Southwest living, no doubt. Chicago MUST become history, somehow, I told myself. My new wife concurred, when I revealed these thoughts.

    A few years later, scouring the Tucson, Phoenix, Prescott, Flagstaff, Vegas areas for a suitable service station venture, I called her back in Chicago to ask if she would accept living in Vegas. "Vegas? It's hot as hell"!

    "Well, what do you say"?

    "Sure".
    The die was cast. We put the house up for sale, and prepared to enter the unknown. I had never moved before; 30 years in that old brick bungalow, I feared the changes extant. Thus, the house I had been born in, grown to know every nook and cranny in, began school from in kindergarten, formed friendships from, dispensed huge centipedes in the basement of, learned most of the skilled trades back in the old garage, had believed I would live there forever, was sold, and I began a totally new journey in life.
    Frank\
     
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    According to NASA, autumn is “aurora season” because geomagnetic storms are about twice as frequent as the annual average during the fall.
     
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    Crops pollinated by wild bees can result in higher yields than ones pollinated by honeybees
     
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    A compass does not point to the geographical North or South Pole, but to the magnetic poles.
     
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    Yes, as I see it, it's true. Avenue 9 is about 10 miles long and all along it I see oranges, vineyards, nuts (trees not people) and other produce that I haven't identified. I'm driving 65 mph there so can't really look.

    Actually ave 9 is more than 10 miles...I only drive 10 miles on it. If I were to turn right off of Hwy 99 I'm sure there would be more orchards. There is a sign for a winery in that direction so I'm sure there are grapes.

    I'd love to stop and take a pic for you @Frank Sanoica but Pickles doesn't allow stopping.
     
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    Not only does the winter solstice occur on a specific day, but it also occurs at a specific time of day, corresponding to the instant the North Pole is aimed furthest away from the sun on the 23.5 degree tilt of the Earth’s axis.
     
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    The Great White Shark is the only shark which is able to lift its head above the surface of the water and look for prey.
     
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