Did You Know? - May

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A Bad Egg

Submerge an egg in a bowl of water and observe what it does. Fresh eggs sink to the bottom and lie on their sides. Slightly older eggs (about one week) lie on the bottom and bob slightly. If the egg balances on the small end with the large end reaching toward the surface it is probably about three weeks old. Eggs which float to the surface are bad and should not be consumed. The floating test works because the air pocket of the egg gets bigger with time as the egg's contents lose both moisture and carbon dioxide. As the air pocket gets bigger, the egg is more likely to float.

SOURCE: www.wikihow.com

I've Got the Joy...

According to a new study by the Royal Economic Society, religious people have a better "life satisfaction" than their non-religious peers. The religious were shown to suffer less psychologically if they lost a job or faced other life traumas. The group did admit other factors, such as a stable family environment, might contribute to the sacred satisfaction.

SOURCE: BBC

(Happy Working) Mother's Day

Two-thirds of women who had their first child between 2001–2003 worked during their pregnancy, while just 44 percent of first-time moms did so between 1961–1965. In addition, 80 percent of the 2001–2003 working mothers were still on the job within a month of giving birth, compared to just 35 percent in 1961–1965.

SOURCE: U.S. Census Bureau

Mother's Day Quotes:

"Being a full-time mother is one of the highest salaried jobs, since the payment is pure love."

—Mildred B. Vermont

"When you are a mother, you are never really alone in your thoughts. A mother always has to think twice, once for herself and once for her child."

—Sophia Loren

"There is only one pretty child in the world, and every mother has it."

—Chinese proverb

May in History:

May 14, 1804—Meriweather Lewis and William Clark departed St. Louis on their expedition to explore the Northwest.

May 24, 1844—Samuel Morse, telegraph inventor, sent the first official telegraph message, "What hath God wrought?" from the Capitol building in Washington D.C. to Baltimore, Md.

May 27, 1937—In San Francisco, 200,000 people celebrated the grand opening of the Golden Gate Bridge by strolling across it.

SOURCE: www.historyplace.com

May 01, 2008 / Did You Know?
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