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Friday, May 18, 2018

Greetings Infomaniacs,

Congratulations to Bob Patten who won this week's "Mind Scrambler". Here was the scrambler:

You can cut me again and again,
But I remain whole until I am dealt with.
I can give you a new hand,
Or build you a new house.
I contain four different shapes,
And thirteen different faces.

What am I?

ANSWER: A deck of cards

Enjoy!

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WHO SAID IT?

QUOTE: "Considering their impact, you might expect mosquitoes to get more attention than they do. Sharks kill fewer than a dozen people every year, and in the U.S. they get a week dedicated to them on TV every year."

HINT: This industry leader and world changer has given over $30 billion to various charities and philanthropic causes over the years.

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RANDOM TIDBITS

During the Spanish-American War at the end of the 19th century, mosquito-induced yellow fever killed 13 American soldiers for every one who died in combat against the Spanish army in Cuba.

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When yellow fever raced through Memphis in 1878, 25,000 residents fled, leaving behind a city empty of nearly everything but corpses strewn about the streets. The only reason Jacksonville's 1888 epidemic didn't lead to a similar exodus was that neighboring cities blocked the roads so no one could leave. Despondent city officials burned the hotel where the first victim had taken ill.

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When dengue fever spread by mosquito started knocking out American soldiers faster than the Japanese enemy did during the 1944 U.S. invasion of Saipan (about 500 a day were falling too sick to fight) their commanders blasted 25 square miles with 9,000 gallons of kerosene mixed with the super (and now banned) insecticide DDT.

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For the men leading the Panama Canal project in 1904, challenges of building the canal were exacerbated by yellow fever and malaria that ran rampant in the hot, wet Panamanian climate. By 1906, more than 85 percent of the canal workers had been hospitalized.

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In 1905 President Roosevelt gave $1 million to Panama Canal project Chief Medical Officer Doctor William Gorgas who unleashed one of the most extensive sanitary campaigns in history. By the end of 1906 the last victim of yellow fever on the Panama Canal died.




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WHO SAID IT?

QUOTE: "Considering their impact, you might expect mosquitoes to get more attention than they do. Sharks kill fewer than a dozen people every year, and in the U.S. they get a week dedicated to them on TV every year."

ANSWER: Bill Gates