Monthly Archives: May 2013

Natural Disasters, May 31

This is a day in history when tornadoes ripped through Ohio, Pennylvania, New York and Ontario in 1985. I lived in Harmonsburg, Pennyslvania at the time and remember these tornados quite well.  To me the scene looked like what you would expect from a nuclear war.  There was nothing left in many places.  Seventy-six people were killed after 41 tornadoes touched down in this outbreak.

Going back in history 250 thousand people were killed 526 AD when an earthquake struck Antioch, Turkey. In 1935 40 thousand were killed when a  7.7 magnitude earthquake occurred in Pakistan. Then again in 1970, 47 thousand were killed in Yungay, Peru when the Ancash earthquake caused a landslide that buried a town.

On of the most famous disasters on this day was the Johnstown Flood that killed over 2200 people when an earthen dam overflowed its top and sent a wall of water as high as 60 feet with the town of Johnstown, Pennsylvania in its path.  This was the 1889 Johnstown Flood, there have been others in 1894, 1907, 1924, and 1977.

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Dog Tip of The Day, May 31

When bringing that new puppy home try to arrange some vacation time so the puppy doesn’t have to be alone and scared.  Puppy’s need companionship.  It just separated from it’s mother, this is the time to form a strong bond with you.

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Science Birthdays, May 31

Today is the birthday of Louis Ignarro, born in 1941.  He demonstrated the signaling properties of nitric oxide and is the founder of the Nitric Oxide Society. Nitric oxide is known to play a key role in regulating blood flow, controlling inflammation, cell growth, smooth muscle relaxation, heart disease, cancer, hypertension and impotence,.  It also plays a role in preserving memory.

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Dog Tip of The Day, May 30

Before deciding on a new puppy, be sure you will have the time, room and money to properly take care of the breed you choose.  Breeds like shepherds need a large fenced in yard.  I am not a big advocate of electric fences.  They condition dogs to be aggressive.  They also condition owners to neglect their dogs.  Dogs can get through an electric fence and if you are not with it, then you can be charged with not having your dog under control.  If you think this is ridiculous, wait until you are in court and have an opposing lawyer ask you about it.  The best way to have your dog under control is to be with it and have it on a leash, that is the time factor.  Do you have the time?  Large dogs eat a lot of food and require a lot of treats, toys, large crates, etc.  Do you have the money for that?  If you answer yes to those questions, then a puppy might be right for you.  If you can’t provide these needs then don’t get a dog.

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Natural Disasters, May 30

 

On this day in 1998, as many as 5000 people were killed when a 6.6  magnitude earthquake occured in northern Afghanistan.

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Science Birthdays, May 30

5/30/1423        Georg Peurbach          astronomer advocate of Arabic numerals, most people were using Roman numerals. He used the numerals to advance a table of sines. He insisted on the solid reality of the crystalline spheres of planets. He was the teacher of Regiomontanus. He died in 1461 at age 38

5/30/1797        Karl Naumann, German geology professor and minerologist, he died in 1873 at age 76

5/30/1874        Ernest Dushesne, discovered that mold kills bacteria 32 years before Alexander Fleming but his research went unnoticed.  He was only 23 years old and unknown.  Army service prevented him from continuing his work.

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Dog Tip of The Day, May 29

Make sure you have a disaster kit prepared for your pets.  Keep a To-Go bag ready with a water bowl, water, treats, a container of dog food,toys, etc.  If you need to evacuate with your pet, you will be ready to go.  Be sure you have an ID, vaccination records, photos and dog license.

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