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One of dozens of Erector set kits available (meccanohig@Flickr)
One of dozens of Erector set kits available (meccanohig@Flickr)
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The Man Who Saved Christmas – Dale’s Daily Data

The United States had just entered World War One and to save on raw materials, manpower and industry the government considered banning production of toys. In response, a man by the name of Alfred Gilbert went to the White House to meet with the Secretaries of War, Commerce and the Interior. He brought with him a number of men carrying big packages filled with toys. It wasn’t long before the members of President Woodrow Wilson’s cabinet were on the floor playing with all kinds of toys that Gilbert had invented including an Erector Set.

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Dale’s Daily Data: Christmas Wrapping Paper

It might be easier to just hand somebody their Christmas gift in a bag, but that would spoil the fun of opening up a nicely wrapped package.  The tradition of wrapping gifts extends back centuries to the invention of paper by the Chinese in 105 AD  and how they made paper was kept a secret for almost 700 years until the process spread to Egypt, then on to Europe.  But in the hundreds of years following that, gifts

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Dale’s Daily Data: Apples

New York State is one of the biggest apple growing states in the country with depending on the variety, harvesting stretches from August to November.  There are more than 7500 varieties of apples in the world.

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Dale’s Daily Data: Halloween

Halloween celebrations extend back hundreds of years.  What has changed over the centuries are the reasons for dressing up in scary costumes and the mischief.  These days are usually done by children for fun.  In the past it was done by adu

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Dale’s Daily Data: Human Heart

It’s an incredible machine and nothing we can manufacture comes close to how efficient it is. It’s your heart and every minute it beats 70 to 80 times - 100-thousand times a day and over a lifetime it’ll beat 3 billion times and pump 800 million pints of blood.

It’s just amazing how it works. You couldn’t invent anything more effici

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Dale’s Daily Data: Hamburger

We call it hamburger, but it doesn’t have any ham. How come? One version says a merchant from Hamburg, Germany on a trip to Asia noticed that nomads would store salt-cured meat under their saddles to soften it and often it would be ground to bits. The nomads would scrape together the meat, add spices and eat it. So this merchant

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Dale’s Daily Data: Nightmares

Can you remember the last time you had a nightmare?  For adults they’re pretty rare, but for those who do a study shows women have far more frightening nightmares than men do.  Their dreams are more intense and more likely to be remembered when they wake up.

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Dale’s Daily Data: Airline Attendants

What’s the number one complaint by airline passengers?  Food?  Cabin noise?  The plane is too cold or hot?  The number one complaint of airline passengers is flight delay.  24% of airline flights are late

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