How Many Devices Can You See From Where You Sit That Use Batteries?

Feb 18th

Ugh – I think I’m having a bit of a relapse.  I coughed so hard that my low back hurts, my tummy muscles hurt – I’ve either harmed myself, or it’s an awesome ab workout – I can’t decide which!  I am hoping for a peaceful quiet day at work today, just closed in the office with my space heater and tea.  Well, with my office mate too, but she’ll know what I mean.   It’s Tuesday, which means tomorrow I can take a nap if I need to, just need to get through today!

National Battery Day –  We use batteries in just about everything, don’t we?  Think about how many devices you use each and every day that have a battery.  Hm . . .  let me think. . . starting when I get up in the morning and look around at my nightstand . . . my cell phone, pedometer, watch, the scale, electric razor, smoke alarm, portable shortwave radio, digital camera, clocks on the wall, flashlight, laptop and track ball, the Wii Fit board and Wii-motes, . . . . moving on to outside the house and at work . . . the car, the mouse for my computer at work, GPS . . . well the list goes on and on.  We use them everywhere, every day. They come in a variety of shapes, sizes and power capacities to fit a wide array of needs.  Can you imagine where we would be without them?  We would still be using a crank to start our cars, we’d have to haul around long extension cords for things we want to take places with us, and don’t forget the hand-held games that the kids use!  How popular would those be if they had to be tied to an electrical outlet!  Yes, celebrating batteries is a good thing.     

Cow Milked While Flying In An Airplane Day – I wrote about this one last year, and I still giggled a little while I was writing this today.  I suppose this was big in history, but it is still funny, and I have to wonder, why has there not been some sort of movie done about this?  Elm Farm Ollie, known as Nellie Jay, was the first cow to fly in an airplane.  Her flight was on February 18, 1930, and was a part of the International Air Exposition in St. Louis, Missouri.  During that same trip, which was 72 miles long in a Ford Trimotor airplane from Bismarck, Missouri to St. Louis, she was being milked.  This made her not only the first cow to fly in an airplane, but the first cow to be milked while flying.  They say that this was done to let scientists observe any effects being midair had on animals, but I’m betting it was more for publicity purposes.  A St. Louis newspaper was shouting out that her mission was to “blaze a trail for the transportation of livestock by air.”  Do we now transport a lot of livestock by air? Did it work?  I’ll have to check.  Apparently Nellie Jay was a very productive Guernsey cow and needed to be milked three times a day, and they say she produced 24 quarts of milk during the flight itself.  Her milk was sealed into paper cartons, and parachuted to spectators below.  It was reported that Charles Lindbergh himself received a glass of her milk.    Now, I need to find out how much livestock we transport by air . . .nope, I cannot find any quick links supporting that we ever began transporting livestock by air . . . on the hoof, by truck and by rail . . . those seem to be the popular and common methods.  I guess Nellie Jay didn’t break new ground after all, but she did create a sensation that is still being talked about 81 years later! 

Pluto Day –  Pluto, at one time called the 9th planet, was discovered at the Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff, AZ by astronomer Clyde W. Tombaugh.   There was a long held theory that an unknown 9th planet existed, and this theory was first proposed by Percival Lowell.  He thought that the wobbles in the orbits of Uranus and Neptune were caused by the pull of gravitation of an unknown planet, and searched for one for more than a decade.  Sadly, he never found it.  In 1929, using both Powell’s calculations, and W.H. Pickering’s as a guide, the search for Pluto was started up again at the Lowell Observatory in Arizona.  On February 18, 1930, Tombaugh discovered the tiny, distant planet by use of a new astronomic technique involving photographic plates and a microscope.  His finding was confirmed by several other  astronomers, and on march 13, 1930, the anniversary of Lowell’s birth, the discovery of Pluto was publicly announced.  The surface temperature of Pluto is estimated to be about -360 Fahrenheit – BRRRR – so it appears that Pluto was appropriately given the Roman name for the god of the underworld in Greek mythology.  Pluto’s average distance from the sun is nearly four billion miles, and it takes about 248 years for it to complete one orbit of the sun.  It has the most elliptical and tilted orbit of any of the planets, and at its closest point to the sun it passes inside the orbit of Neptune, the eighth planet.  It wasn’t until 2006 that the International Astronomical Union announced that Pluto was not going to be considered to be a planet after all, because of new rules that said planets must “clear the neighborhood around its orbit”.  So, all that stuff we learned in school?  Disregard it!  It’s no longer true! 

This Day In History

1885 – Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is published.     
1930 – A ninth planet is discovered in the solar system and is named Pluto. The discover is Clyde Tombaugh.

Food Celebration of the Day

National Crab Stuffed Flounder Day – Crab is completely delicious, but it’s so messy to eat. Try stuffing it in your favorite seafood or chicken, and you can enjoy it mess-free on the fanciest of occasions.

Crab-Stuffed Chicken Breasts
Creole Stuffed Shrimp
Crab-Stuffed Fillet of Fish
Avocado Stuffed With Crab
Capt. Phil’s Crab-Stuffed Mushrooms
Super Stuffed Crabs
Stuffed Cha-Cha Crab Chilies

Well, I am so hungry for crab right now that I’m salivating.  I need to think of what I’d like to make!  Doesn’t that sound good?  Well, it’s off to work for me, and I’m sure for many of you.  have a wonderful Tuesday, may it be peaceful, safe and filled with the happiness of celebrating.  God Bless You and I’ll see you tomorrow!

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