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You may not be getting as much for your dollar as you used to, but according to the US Federal Reserve, the bills themselves are lasting longer. ou may not be getting as much for your dollar as you used to, but according to the US Federal Reserve, the bills themselves are lasting longer. In a recent report, the Federal Reserve said that back in the 90s the average lifespan for a George Washington was 18 months. In 2012, that number increased by about 290 percent. Now, the average one-dollar bill stays in circulation for 70 months. The reason at the top of the list may surprise you. It turns out that the Federal Reserve upgraded their money counting machines in 2010 and 2011.The old one would toss out bills that were placed in the stack face down, regardless of their condition. If the sensors didn’t get a glimpse of George, the machine would discard and destroy them. Soon after, the order for new money would be sent to the US Bureau of Engraving and Printing, and in no time new ones would be put into circulation – at a cost of 5.4 cents a piece. Now, the sorter has a new detection system that can authenticate bills from either side. Some policies were adjusted accordingly, and today the Federal Reserve throws away a lot less money than they used to.
In recent years, the down-procuring practice of stripping geese, and sometimes ducks, of their fluffy undercoat has been exposed as an often-cruel one. As winter tightens its grip on much of the country, many are reaching for their down coats and comforters to keep the chill from settling into their bones.Keeping a clear conscious, however, may not be as easy as keeping warm.In recent years, the practice of stripping geese, and sometimes ducks, of their fluffy undercoat has been exposed as an often-cruel one. The specific process under scrutiny is called live plucking and involves feathers being pulled by the handful, often with chunks of skin coming with them. It’s considered to be incredibly painful for the animals. That’s left many consumers looking for confirmation that they’re buying down-filled items that were made in a humane way.Something buyers can look for are products that are certified by their manufacturers as being traceable and not live plucked. Patagonia, for example, has physically visited their down supplier’s facilities and has tracked the procuring process all the way back to the egg. Also, duck down is generally more traceable as there are fewer places that deal in it. Products carrying the Canadian label Downmark are certified to been made with down not obtained by live plucking.
A mother in Barnhart, Missouri was left devastated after learning her daughter’s Christmas present was thrown in the trash by a UPS driver.delivered in her black trash can, in an effort to conceal it from public view, but the rubbish had been hauled away. During holidays, gifts are a way for us to express our love towards family members.A mother in Barnhart, Missouri was left devastated after learning her daughter’s Christmas present was thrown in the trash by a UPS driver. Tracey Sole arrived home to find an official UPS notice, citing that her package had been delivered in her black trash can, in an effort to conceal it from public view.The problem is that it was a trash day and garbage had been hauled away. Inside the UPS box was an Android tablet which was supposed to be a huge surprise for her daughter.According to Sole it took her months to save up for it. After realizing the tablet was gone, she immediately contacted UPS but was told there was nothing the company could do. They advised Sole to call the seller, who told her an investigation would have to be launched .After Sole spent a night crying and the media aired the story, she received a quick apology by UPS. The company has purchased a new tablet and promises Sole will get it in time for the holiday.She has asked that the driver responsible for leaving the package behind not be fired.
A study shows that college students who spent excessive amounts of time on their cellphones are more anxious and less happy than moderate users. A recent study shows that college students who spent excessive amounts of time on their cellphones are more anxious and less happy than moderate users. They also tend to get lower grades. The research was undertaken at Kent State University in Ohio and involved the participation of over 500 undergraduates.Students were asked to record their usage habits and took tests that assessed their levels of anxiety and general life satisfaction.Permission to access their academic records for the purpose of getting GPA and field of study information was also requested. While those who were constantly connected had worse grades and reported feeling stressed more often, researchers said they’re not ready to say that cellphones are the cause. It could just as likely be the case that people who are already anxious feel more compelled to check in with social circles more often and seek distractions like games and videos. Regardless of which comes first, the study’s lead author feels its imperative that heavy users learn to put down the phone and engage in activities that are not technology based.
It’s been about a decade since protective measures against agroterrorism began to be implemented, but opinions on how big a threat it is today differ. In 2002 when Navy SEALS invaded several Afghani caves known to be Al Qaeda storehouses, they found numerous documents that foretold of potential attacks on America’s farms. It’s been about a decade since protective measures against acts of terrorism on the country’s agricultural system started to be implemented, but many wonder if the threat is still out there. Others worry that they’re not enough. Farmers themselves have questioned what the real impact, let alone the possibility, of inflicting diseases among livestock and crops would be. Said one Kansas rancher, “Why in the world would terrorists attack my feedlot? I’ve certainly got a lot more things to keep me up at night worrying.” Conversely, many agencies still see agroterrorism as a very real threat as introducing highly infectious diseases to wide-open fields and grazing areas wouldn’t be hard. While the theoretical damage wrought by tainting crops and cattle could cause significant harm to the nation’s food supply, it has remained a small scale threat in reality. That hasn’t stopped the US from being prepared.In 2004, the Secretary of Health and Human Services said, “For the life of me, I cannot understand why the terrorists have not attacked our food supply, because it is so easy to do.”
An 11-year-old male child in Ohio recently landed in some hot water after he reportedly assaulted his own grandmother when she flat out refused to buy him a toy. It’s no secret that children these days have high expectations when it comes to Christmas. An 11-year-old male child in Ohio recently landed in some hot water after he reportedly assaulted his own grandmother when she flat out refused to buy him a toy. The troubling incident unfolded at a department store in Dayton. Local police were sent to the scene after a call came in regarding an assault in progress. The 60-year-old grandmother told officers that the child punched her in the nose when he asked for a toy and she said no. Thankfully a witness to the incident called 911.The boy attempted to punch his grandma a second time but the elderly woman was able to run away from him. While it remains unknown if the male desired it for himself or if he wanted it as a gift for a friend or relative, the toy in question was a Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Robots set. Police took the boy to the Montgomery County Juvenile Justice Center where he was officially charged with domestic violence.
Jessica Harrison creates pieces of furniture using materials that are casts from her very own skin. There are no standard rules when it comes to art. Talented artists have a way of expressing themselves through various forms of media and focal points.One artist in the United Kingdom specializes in making miniature sized pieces of furniture. Although it may not seem to be anything unique, it’s what the objects are sculpted from that sets them apart.Jessica Harrison uses materials that are casts from her very own skin, giving the pieces an unbeatable personal touch. The casts are derived from Harrison’s palms and the back of her hands.Once the artist's furniture works are completed, Harrison takes photos of them using her own hands and skin as a backdrop, giving the appearance that the pieces are an extension of her own body. A few of her completed works include a grandfather clock, sofa, armchair and antique looking table. As for her ultimate goal with her pieces, Harrison says she “re-describes the body in sculpture through the skin, offering an alternative way of thinking about the body beyond a binary tradition of inside and outside.” What do you think of the skin cast furniture artwork?
The Turkish Halfeti Rose only grows in exceptionally small numbers in the village of Halfeti, Turkey. Red roses are probably the most cliched romantic gift ever. Have you ever considered a black rose?There aren’t too many females who will deny the extremely rare Turkish rose makes an exotic gift, even if it will die after a week or so. The roses appear to be completely black, with the signature green stem. Called the Turkish Halfeti Rose, they only grow in exceptionally small numbers in the village of Halfeti, Turkey. They won’t flourish anywhere else in the entire world because it’s the river Euphrates that provides the ideal soil and growing conditions for the rose.Those perfect natural circumstances are due to the pH levels of groundwater in the local area. Adding to the undeniably cool effect of the rose, the black color is only visible during the summer months. In every other season the roses are an exceptionally deep crimson red tint. Although the rose is unique, the Turks associate it both with passion as well as death and foreboding, perhaps due to the insanely dark color.What do you think about the black rose?
Sea levels are on the rise, and many coastal New Englanders are finding themselves woefully short on the sand needed to contain them. Sea levels are on the rise, and many coastal New Englanders are finding themselves woefully short on the sand needed to contain them. The typical fix has been to buy the sand needed to rebuild the parts of the coastline that have succumbed to erosion and storm damage, but that route is becoming increasingly controversial for a number of reasons. One is the sheer cost of doing it as reconstructing beaches isn’t cheap.Whether or not the state should help individual landowners cover the costs of some measures, both preventative and restorative, is also increasingly becoming a point of contention. That issue is becoming more and more exacerbated as the rules governing resources make the sand harder to get in general, and impossible for some with individual needs. Massachusetts for example, restricts offshore sand mining with few exceptions but is re-examining this policy due to increasing needs. Individual groups have entered the fight with demands that some of the most lush mining grounds remain off limits for a variety of reasons ranging from ecology to industry.Trucking sand from inland locations can cost up to four times more than sourcing it closer to where it’s needed.And needed it is, as each winter tons of sand are lost to storms.
James Gray, an 85-year-old living in south London, decided that 9 years of spending holidays alone was enough, so he placed a newspaper ad asking for people to share Christmas with him. James Gray, an 85-year-old living in south London, decided that 9 years of spending the holidays alone was enough, so he placed a newspaper ad asking for people to share Christmas with him. He was hoping to set up a hotel luncheon for those in similar situations, but didn’t get an overwhelming response. The one person who did say she’d attend later changed her mind. While the ad didn’t work as he’d planned, he has ended up getting flooded with invitations to join others in their holiday festivities. Much of that response is due to a story featured in the Irish Post about James’ predicament. In the article, James revealed that he has no immediate family to share the day with, and the last time he saw anybody on Christmas was a decade ago. Even then, it was just his accountant.Among the many offers extended was from Jake Morrison, who is hosting a party for people in situations similar to Mr. Gray’s. He’s offered to pay for Gray’s transportation to and from the event as well as for a hotel room should he like to stay overnight.
Researchers at the University of Lyon in France have come up with a way to extract hydrogen from water using the mineral called olivine. Researchers at the University of Lyon in France have come up with a way to extract hydrogen from water using the mineral called olivine.The green mineral is also sometimes mined as a semi precious stone known as peridot. The chemical reaction that happens when olivine gets wet is something that takes a long time in nature, but researchers have harnessed the reaction to produce hydrogen as a potential source of energy. When olivine is introduced to water, one hydrogen and one oxygen molecule separate from the H2O leaving the single hydrogen molecule left behind along with a byproduct of serpentine crystals. The same chemical process happens in rocks on the floor of the ocean, but it takes a lot longer, and it is believed the hydrogen either reacts with carbon to create methane, or is consumed by microbial activity.Current methods of hydrogen production involve steam reforming, which mixes hydrocarbons in gas or oil with water at high temperatures. Creating hydrogen using the olivine method doesn’t require the burning of fossil fuels and it happens at a lower temperature, making it a carbon free green chemistry that might provide a sustainable source of energy for the future.
A school in northern China has developed a Kung Fu exercise that they say can rid the body of airborne pollutants. The pollution problem in China is bad, and as there are no quick fixes for it, people across the country have gotten pretty inventive when coming up with ways to cope with it.Among the latest to devise an outside-the-box solution is a primary school in the northern part of the country. They’re teaching children kung fu, in the hopes it will help cleanse their bodies of the pollutants and their associated ill effects such as asthma and lung cancer.23 moves have been developed and two of them involve acupressure and breathing techniques.On particularly bad days, students do the exercise up to four times, each of which has a duration of about two minutes. The plan has drawn a fair amount of criticism with many saying there’s no way it can work.There are those, however, who feel that having the kids engage in some kind of physical activity is a smart move, whether it works against the smog or not. Often times the pollution is too bad for them to go outside for their usual exercise and recess time.
Not only might laughter not be the best medicine, it could be one of your health’s bigger threats. Not only laughter might not be the best medicine, it could possibly be a threat to your health!According to a recent study the act of laughing has been linked to incontinence, asthma attacks, and even heart ruptures. Researchers from the University of Oxford and City Hospital Birmingham poured through nearly 70 years of reports that pertained to the benefits and damages laughter had brought over the years. For some, it was the good times that cost them their lives.One woman laughed so hard her heart started to race and she collapsed, unable to be revived.Several others didn’t die, but did have some pretty big health scares.It wasn’t uncommon for people to take a deep inhale before letting out a guffaw and ended up having an asthma attack instead. Sharply breathing in also led to numerous cases of individuals swallowing foreign objects and choking. Conditions as extreme as torn gullets and hernias have also occurred. Mostly however, the researchers found it is good for us.Laughter has been shown to loosen blood vessels and relax stiff arteries. It’s also been declared responsible for decreased risks of heart disease.
Researchers working in a cave on the Indonesian island of Sumatra have found evidence of tsunamis, or waves created by huge earthquakes, that happened in the Indian Ocean thousands of years ago. Researchers working in a cave on the Indonesian island of Sumatra have found evidence of tsunamis, or waves created by huge earthquakes, that occurred in the Indian Ocean over thousands of years. The cave entrance is high and far enough away from the ocean that only the largest waves, like tsunamis, are able to reach it. Doctor Jessica Pilarczyk, from Rutgers University in the United States, who worked on the study with a group of other researchers, said: “This coastal cave is a unique 'depot centre', and it's giving us a remarkable snapshot of several thousands of years, allowing us to figure out every single tsunami that would have taken place during that time.” The tsunami caused by a 2004 earthquake in the area completely engulfed the cave, but sediment in the cave from 75 hundred to 3 thousand years ago is still intact. So by analyzing carbon data from the organic material that was washed into the cave when a tsunami hit, they can tell approximately how long ago it occurred. The data shows that the occurrence of tsunamis is not in a predictable pattern.
World leaders get around in entirely different ways. Check out their 5 bizarre forms of transportation. Using a car to get around, that's what most of us do. But the world leaders - oh no – they get around in entirely different ways. Here are 5 unusual forms of transport they use, according to the Daily Telegraph.Number 5 - Vladimir Putin, the president of Russia, gets to cruise around in a submarine. At least he did one time. As part of a journey to witness a shipwreck in the Gulf of Finland, Putin lowered down about 200 ft below sea level to view the boat.Number 4 – The Queen of England gets from Point A to B on a train. If you assume the train is anything but sheer luxury, you would be wrong. The Royal train is only used by members of the Queen’s immediate family.Number 3 – Saudi Arabia’s King uses the ocean as a roadway. He cruises around in a super yacht, said to be one of the biggest on Earth, complete with a helipad and room to accommodate up to 64 people.Number 2 – The Pope’s well known and perfectly named Popemobile allows him to not only get around in style, but also greet and interact with onlookers without sacrificing security..Number 1 - Italian President Giorgio Napolitano can be seen venturing through his estate on a vintage looking blue three wheeler. The Piaggio Ape has leather seats and wooden trim.
A new lighthearted research study indicates James Bond would have suffered from many alcohol-induced health problems, including hand tremors, and would have died early. Ever wonder why James Bond always took his martini shaken and not stirred? A new lighthearted research study indicates he would have suffered from many health problems, including hand tremors, and would have died early. The researchers wrote, “Ideally, vodka martinis should be stirred, not shaken. That Bond would make such an elementary mistake in his preferences seemed incongruous with his otherwise impeccable mastery of culinary etiquette.”To solve this mystery, researchers read the entire set of 14 books chronicling the secret agent’s fictional life. They found Bond consumed more than 4 times the recommended alcohol limits. While Bond is praised as being the “best shot in the Secret Service,” the authors say this is impossible since Bond’s level of alcohol consumption would have significantly impaired his ability to perform many of the tasks and missions described. Besides the risks of cancer, liver disease, and injuries, Bond would have had alcohol-induced brain damage, causing his hands to tremble and preventing him from stirring his martinis. Bond’s life very much reflects that of the man who created him. A former Naval intelligence operative, Ian Fleming smoked and drank excessively, leading to his death at 56 years old. The researchers said, “We suspect that Bond's life expectancy would be similar.”
Doctors in Colombia got a huge shock after running some tests on a woman who arrived at a hospital in Bogota complaining about abdominal pain. It turns out the 82-year-old lady was in extreme discomfort because she was carrying around a 40-year-old fetus. Doctors in Colombia got a huge shock after running some tests on a woman who arrived at a hospital in Bogota complaining about abdominal pain. It turns out the 82-year-old lady was in extreme discomfort because she was carrying around a 40-year-old fetus. Called Lithopaedion or stone baby, it’s an exceptionally rare syndrome in which a fetus dies during an ectopic pregnancy or when it is implanted outside the uterus. If the fetus is too large to be absorbed by the body, the mother’s immune system will cover the fetus in layers of calcium, leaving the woman unaware of what’s going on as she would be protected from dead fetus. That means the phenomenon can go undetected for many years. As for the elderly woman, doctors initially suspected she had gastroenteritis, however an ultrasound proved them wrong. An abdominal x-ray is what revealed the four decades old fetus. The elderly female was transferred to another hospital to have surgery for the fetus removal. There are only about 300 reported cases of Lithopaedian in medical history.
Recent research says at one time or another most people’s upper nasal cavities are loaded with the bacteria that cause serious illnesses. Being stuffy or runny isn’t the only health-related problem your nose could have this season. Recent research indicates the bacteria that cause illnesses like food poisoning, pneumonia and staph infections, live higher up in people’s nasal cavities than previously thought.Scientists have long known that the potentially dangerous stuff liked to live in the lower nostrils, but learning that it goes up as high as it does explains why its sometimes so hard to get rid of. Typically they remain dormant, but when people sustain skin injuries or have surgery the bacteria can become active and wreak havoc by infecting other parts of the body. As prior to this nobody knew they were hiding out in the far reaches of the nose, there were no measures in place to combat them in that location. For the study 12 patients had their nasal cavities swabbed.Scientists found that in about a third of the subjects the bacteria had taken up permanent residence. Another third exhibited evidence of occasionally playing host to the pathogens, while the rest appeared to be bacteria free. They also learned that the body could be using another strain of bacteria to keep the bad species at bay, which offers the possibility of new treatments.
A man in Muskogee county is ridiculously fortunate just to be alive after spending an entire night in the freezing cold. A man in Muskogee county, Oklahoma is ridiculously fortunate to be alive after spending an entire night in the freezing cold. Making matters worse, he had fallen through bitterly frigid waters prior to landing in the woods. Rescuers located the male, 31-year-old Zackery Aders, wearing only boxer shorts in the rugged terrain near a pond. In an effort to say warm, Aders had taken up shelter in a guitar case that he had been holding. His other clothes which he removed were found nearby, frozen solid. According to responders who found him, Aders was so cold, he couldn’t even walk.He was taken to the nearest hospital where he received treatment for hypothermia. According to police, Aders terrifying ordeal began when he ventured outdoors on a hike which would have been 26 miles long.He was taking the trip on foot to see a woman, but somewhere along the journey he got lost and fell through the ice. He spent a full 24 hours in the woods after somehow making his way back to shore.Aders admitted to police he had been under the influence of an unidentified substance during the trip. He was not arrested.
Residents in Romulus, Michigan along with the mayor and members of the chamber of Commerce recently gathered together as part of a ribbon cutting ceremony for the grand opening of a Taco Bell franchise. While it may not seem like a big deal to out of town folks, but to locals, they’re hoping the restaurant will pave the way for more business growth. In some towns, it doesn’t take much to keep residents happy. Take the suburban area of Romulus, about 25 miles outside of Detroit Michigan, for example.Dwellers along with the mayor and members of the chamber of Commerce recently gathered together as part of a ribbon cutting ceremony for the grand opening of a Taco Bell franchise. The fast food establishment is located on 9920 S. Wayne Road and its situated right next to the local high school, leaving not only adults happy but adolescent kids who don’t possess a license yet. The Mayor LeRoy Burcroff stated “I’ve been involved in city government for 16 years and served on the Planning Commission for eight of those years. Of all the developments during that time, this is the one my kids are most excited about.” The restaurant, which has a contemporary, more upscale interior design, employs approximately 40 people, the majority of whom are Romulus residents. The eatery which is open until 2 a.m. Sundays through Thursdays and even later on Fridays and Saturdays may not seem like a big deal to out of town folks, but locals are hoping the restaurant will pave the way for more business growth.