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Hubble Telescope (Getty Images)
Hubble Telescope (Getty Images)
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The Amazing Telescope That Needed Glasses To See

Conceived in the 1940’s, designed in the 1970’s, built in the 1980’s, it was in April of 1990 that the Hubble telescope was placed into orbit by the crew of the space shuttle Discovery. But a huge problem when they tried to get it to work – its main mirror had a flaw – 1/50th of an inch off, so the first images were blurry.
Hubble was basically useless for three years until a repair mission basically outfitted Hubble with glasses. It worked and since then it's been sending back images of the universe ten times clearer than any telescope on earth ever delivered.

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Volunteer Fire Departments Need You

Volunteer fire departments across New York State are recruiting new firefighters and many fire halls will open their doors and fire truck bays this weekend. They’ll be doing tours, showing how fire equipment works, answer your questions and even let you try on fire gear for yourself. It’s Recruitment Open House Weekend.

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Amazing Uses For Salt Other Than On Your Food

We probably eat too much of it. It's on potato chips and pretzels. Many people like it fresh tomatoes and corn on the cob. Buffalo's famous beef on weck features a roll with caroway seeds and salt. Some people pick up the salt shaker and sprinkle salt all over their food without even tasting it first to find out if they really need it.

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45 Years Later Earth Day Was Worth It

Today is the 45th annual Earth Day. The first one was April 22nd, 1970 at a time when cities were buried under their own smog and polluted rivers caught fire.

In 1963, Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson began to worry about our planet – the water and air was being polluted. Plants and animals were dying and he wondered why more people weren't trying to solve these problems. It was talked about in Congress. The president made speeches, but not enough people were working on solutions.

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Dancing at Central Terminal on Dyngus Day (buffalocentralterminal@Flickr)
Dancing at Central Terminal on Dyngus Day (buffalocentralterminal@Flickr)
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Happy Dyngus Day

There are places in this country that observe it, but nobody celebrates it like we do in Buffalo.  It’s an old Polish tradition called Dyngus Day.  It commemorates the baptism of Poland's first Christian prince.  It always falls on the day after Easter with a big celebration of the end of lent with food and dancing.  The food includes a large buffet of Easter foods like ham, kielbasa, fresh baked goods and eggs.

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Fun With Numbers and Words During Palindrome Week

We’re in a very special time during the calendar year. Yes, it is Holy Week and that’s probably the most important thing to Christians, but it’s also Palindrome Week!

It’s really not all that complicated. It means that the dates of every day all this week thru Saturday will read the same date forward and backward.

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Bob Feller (Getty Images)
Bob Feller (Getty Images)
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He Gave Up Baseball To Serve His Country

He’s considered one of the greatest baseball pitchers of all time. He made his major league debut with the Cleveland Indians when he was just 17 years old and the following year when he graduated from high school – the ceremony was broadcast nationally on NBC Radio.

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Easter Traditions From Around The World

Decorating eggs, hiding baskets of candy, ham dinners.  We have so many Easter traditions, but there are some really unusual ones from around the world.  Here are some of them.   

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Peeps Are More Than Just To Eat

I hate ‘em – but some people can’t get enough of ‘em - especially at Easter time – marshmallow peeps. They’re made by a Pennsylvania company and sell about a billion of these squishy, sugary things in the weeks leading up to Easter.

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Celebrating Submarine Day

Today is Submarine Day. Is it a celebration of 12-inch sandwiches or underwater boats? Apparently it’s for the establishment of the U.S. Submarine Force in 1900. There was an experimental submarine that the Confederates built during the Civil War – the H. L. Hunley – it was only 40 feet long and the eight men inside powered it by sitting two by two across from each other and turning a crank to run the propeller. After the only successful attack on a Union ship, the Hunley was attacked and destroyed.

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Today is Golf Day

April 10th is considered Golfer’s or Golf Day. Not sure if it honors golfers, the sport, the weather, the beginning of the golf season, but no matter for many it’s an excuse to take a day off from work and play some golf. Problem in this area the day probably falls a little too early in spring and after the winter we had you’re not going to find any courses open.

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Here Are Some Of The Stranger Phobias

We all have fears of something.  Common ones are public speaking, heights, germs, flying, spiders and snakes.  No matter how hard we might try, there's not a whole lot we can do about it.  But there are some really unusual ones

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