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Monday, July 10, 2017

Greetings Infomaniacs,

It has finally cooled off a bit after some hot, humid weather around here. The only thing I like to do on such sticky days is float in the pool. It's a great place to go to cool off and enjoy the summertime.

Enjoy!

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WHO SAID IT?

QUOTE: "If you want to learn to swim jump into the water. On dry land no frame of mind is ever going to help you."

HINT: (1940-1973), American-born martial artist, philosopher, instructor, and martial arts actor

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RANDOM TIDBITS

Swimming as an organized activity goes back as far as 2500 B.C. in ancient Egypt and later in ancient Greece, Rome, and Assyria. In Rome and Greece, swimming was part of the education of elementary age boys and the Romans built the first swimming pools (separate from bathing pools). The first heated swimming pool was built by Gaius Maecenas of Rome in the first century BC.

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Ancient civilizations left ample evidence of their swimming abilities. Bas-relief artwork in an Egyptian tomb from around 2,000 B.C. shows an overarm stroke like the front crawl. The Assyrians showed an early breaststroke in their stone carvings. The Hittites, the Minoans, and other early civilizations left drawings of swimming and diving skills.

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The first municipal pool in the U.S. was built in Brookline, Mass., in 1887. Soon after that, New York City built public facilities, then called "baths."

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In 1928, David Armbruster first filmed swimmers under water to study strokes. The Japanese also photographed and studied world-class athletes, using their research to produce a swim team that dominated the 1932 Olympic Games. This marked the beginning of research into stroke mechanics.

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During the Middle Ages, people feared water because they thought it contained diseases. Swimming was not again appreciated until the nineteenth century when it became popular in England. People felt they could finally trust the water to be free of disease.

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In 1946 war rationing of material inspired the invention of the two piece bathing suite, called a "bikini." It was named for a U.S. nuclear testing site in the South Pacific.




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*** Weekly Mind-Scrambler ***

Three brothers share a family sport:
A non-stop marathon
The oldest one is fat and short
And trudges slowly on
The middle brother's tall and slim
And keeps a steady pace
The youngest runs just like the wind,
Speeding through the race
"He's young in years, we let him run,"
The other brothers say
"'Cause though he's surely number one,
He's second, in a way."

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WHO SAID IT?

QUOTE: "If you want to learn to swim jump into the water. On dry land no frame of mind is ever going to help you."

ANSWER: Bruce Lee

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