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Natural Disasters, December 10

1033    1033 Ramala Earthquake, 70,000 people killed

1992    nor’easter

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Dog Tip of The Day, December 10

Like they say; “When you’re away, the dog will play”.  Dogs tend to get in trouble when they are left alone and become bored. This is when they chew and tear things up.  Crate training helps, but consider leaving the dog alone for shorter periods of time.

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Science Birthdays, December 9

Today is the birthday of Claude Berthollet, born in 1748, he showed how chlorine could be used for beaching in 1785, he met Napoleon in 1798 and taught him chemistry, in 1803 he showed that the rate of a chemical reaction was due to more than just the affinities alone. He along with Antonine Lavoisier developed a chemical nomenclature or system of names for naming chemical compounds. He also determined the composition of ammonia.  Potassium chlorate (one of my favorite compounds) is called Berthollet’s salt after him.

Karl Scheele, born 1742, apprenticed to an apothecary at age 14 because he was one of 11 children. He taught himself chemistry. He discovered tartaric acid, citric acid, benzoic acid, malic acid, oxalic acid, galic acid, lactic acid, uric acid, molybdic acid, arsenious acid, he was involved in the discovery of Chlorine, manganese, barium, molybdenum, tungsten, nitrogen, and oxygen, however he does not get credit for any of their discoveries. He actually discovered oxygen before Priestley but his published didn’t publish the book in time. He was not healthy and had rheumatism. He did not have any social life, and only got married when he was ready to die at age 43 which was hastened by his habit of tasting his chemical compounds.             

Fritz Haber, born 1868, studied under Hoffman and developed the glass electrode used on ph meters. He also studied under Bunsen so he studied gas reactions. He developed the Haber process in 1908 and then went on to develop poison gases.  He was so patriotic he tried to find a way of extracting gold from seawater to pay off Germanys reparations. When Hitler came to power he had to leave his beloved Germany because he was Jewish.

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Natural Disasters, December 9

1965    The Kecksburg UFO incident: a fireball is seen from Michigan to Pennsylvania; witnesses report something crashing in the woods near Pittsburgh, Pa. In 2005 NASA admits that it examined the object.

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Dog Tip of The Day, December 9

Water freezes below 32 degrees and it is also the law in many places that a dog cannot be chained up below that temperature. I wish there was a law where they couldn’t be chained up anytime, but we are not there yet. Just make sure the dog has food, water and warm bedding.

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Natural Disasters, December 8

2007    North American Winter Storm, lasted to Dec 18, at least 22 dead.

1963    Pan Am Flight 214, a Boeing 707 is struck by lightning and crashes near Elkton, Maryland killing all 81 people on board.

This has not been a good day for airline crashes, although not weather related, a Douglas DC-6 went down in Greece in 1969, killing 90 people and in 1972 a Boeing 737 went down in Chicago killing 45, then again in 1988 a A-10 Thunderbolt crashed into an apartment in Germany killing 5.

1966    The Greek ship SS Heraklion sinks in a storm in the Aegean Sea, killing over 200 people.

2016    Multiple car pile-up at Girard. It was this time last year when we had a 90 car pile up on I-90. About 90 cars, some say less. The wreckage remained out there all winter.

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Dog Tip of The Day, December 8

Do you ever wonder why dogs chase cars or people walking by? It is because the dog realizes success. Unless that car or those people are coming to your house, they keep on moving on. The dog barks to chase them away and after they move on it thinks it is because he or she barked at them. This is the same with a lot of human behavior. People will repeat tasks where they seem to find success.

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