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New Year Celebration Factoids

* The first New Year’s celebration dates back 4,000 years. Julius Caesar, the emperor of Rome, was the first to declare Jan. 1 a national holiday. He named the month after Janus, the Roman god of doors and gates. Janus had two faces, one looking forward and one looking back. Caesar felt that a month named after this god would be fitting.
 
* Forty-five percent of Americans make New Year’s resolutions. The top resolutions are: losing weight, getting organized, spending less and saving more, to stay fit and healthy, and to quit smoking. While nearly half of all Americans make resolutions, 25 percent of them give up on their resolutions by the second week of January.
 
* Be sure to eat leafy greens on New Year’s Day. Tradition says that the more leafy greens a person eats, the more prosperity he/she will experience. Tradition also says that beans bring prosperity because beans and peas look like coins. No wonder why so many people eat black eyed peas on Jan. 1.
 
* Approximately 1 million people gather in New York City’s Times Square to watch the ball drop. The Times Square New Year’s Eve ball drop came about because of a ban on fireworks. The first ball in 1907 was 700 pounds and was lit with 100 25-watt lights. Thanks to technology the current ball puts the old one to shame – today, it is covered in 2,688 crystals, is lit by 32,000 LED lights, weighs in at 11,875 pounds and is 12 feet in diameter.
 
 
Happy New Years from our families to yours!
 
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Fun Electrical Facts

 
Fun Facts about Electricity:
 
Electricity travels at the speed of light – more than 186,000 miles per second!
 
A spark of static electricity can measure up to three thousand (3,000) volts.
 
Electricity always tries to find the easiest path to the ground.
 
Electricity can be made from wind, water, the sun and even animal poop.
 
The first power plant – owned by Thomas Edison – opened in New York City in 1882.
 
Thomas Edison invented more than 2,000 new products, including almost everything needed for us to use electricity in our homes: switches, fuses, sockets and meters.
 
Benjamin Franklin didn’t discover electricity, but he did prove that lightning is a form of electrical energy.

Artist rendering of Pearl Street Station,  first power plant, in 1882.

Artist rendering of Pearl Street Station, first power plant, in 1882.


 
 
 

Monday, February 29 – Leap Day

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Monday, February 29th, 2016 is a leap day. I was curious about the history of the leap year and leap day, so off to Google I went. Of course, Wikipedia had the answer – is there anything they do not know?
 
The history and science behind the leap year
A leap year(2016), where an extra day is added to the end of February every four years, is down to the solar system’s disparity with the Gregorian calendar. A complete orbit of the earth around the sun takes exactly 365.2422 days to complete, but the Gregorian calendar uses 365 days. So leap seconds – and leap years – are added as means of keeping our clocks (and calendars) in sync with the Earth and its seasons.
 
Why is the extra day in February and not another month?
All the other months in the Julian calendar have 30 or 31 days, but February lost out to the ego of Roman Emperor Caesar Augustus. Under his predecessor Julius Caesar, February had 30 days and the month named after him – July – had 31. August had only 29 days. When Caesar Augustus became Emperor he added two days to ‘his’ month to make August the same as July. So February lost out to August in the battle of the extra days.
 
Did you know the Summer Olympic games are held on a Leap Year and in Greece, couples avoid getting married in a leap year believing it to be bad luck.
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Christmas Light Facts

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Thomas Edison, the inventor of the first successful practical light bulb, created the very first strand of electric lights. During the Christmas season of 1880, these strands were strung around the outside of his Menlo Park Laboratory. Railroad passengers traveling by the laboratory got their first look at an electrical light display. But it would take almost forty years for electric Christmas lights to become the tradition that we all know and love.
 
Before electric Christmas lights, families would use candles to light up their Christmas trees. This practice was often dangerous and led to many home fires. Edward H. Johnson put the very first string of electric Christmas tree lights together in 1882. Johnson, Edison’s friend and partner in the Edison’s Illumination Company, hand-wired 80 red, white and blue light bulbs and wound them around his Christmas tree. Not only was the tree illuminated with electricity, it also revolved.
 
However, the world was not quite ready for electrical illumination. There was a great mistrust of electricity and it would take many more years for society to decorate its Christmas trees and homes with electric lights. Some credit President Grover Cleveland with spurring the acceptance of indoor electric Christmas lights. In 1895, President Cleveland requested that the White House family Christmas tree be illuminated by hundreds of multi-colored electric light bulbs.
 
On Christmas Eve 1923, President Calvin Coolidge began the country’s celebration of Christmas by lighting the National Christmas Tree with 3,000 electric lights on the Ellipse located south of the White House.
 
Until 1903, when General Electric began to offer pre-assembled kits of Christmas lights, stringed lights were reserved for the wealthy and electrically savvy. The wiring of electric lights was very expensive and required the hiring of the services of a wireman, our modern-day electrician. According to some, to light an average Christmas tree with electric lights before 1903 would have cost $2000.00 in today’s dollars.
 
While Thomas Edison and Edward H. Johnson may have been the first to create electric strands of light in 1880/1882, it was Albert Sadacca who saw a future in selling electric Christmas lights. The Sadacca family owned a novelty lighting company and in 1917 Albert, a teenager at the time, suggested that its store offer brightly colored strands of Christmas lights to the public. By the 1920’s Albert and his brothers organized the National Outfit Manufacturers Association (NOMA), a trade association. NOMA soon became NOMA Electric Co., with its members cornering the Christmas light market until the 1960’s.
 
Today we expect to see the holiday season become aglow with electric strands of light. Think of the variety and range of Christmas lights available in today’s market. We can be grateful to Thomas Edison, Edward H. Johnson and Albert Sadacca for illuminating our holiday season.
 
 
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Christmas Tree Fun Facts

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I love any type of fun facts. I stumbled across some for Christmas thanks to Google.
 
* America’s official national Christmas tree is located in King’s Canyon National Park in California. The tree, a giant sequoia called the “General Grant Tree,” is over 300 feet (90 meters) high. It was made the official Christmas tree in 1925.
 
* According to the National Christmas Tree Association, Americans buy 37.1 million real Christmas trees each year; 25 percent of them are from the nation’s 5,000 choose-and-cut farms.
 
* Franklin Pierce was the first United States’ president to decorate an official White House Christmas tree.
 
* An artificial spider and web are often included in the decorations on Ukrainian Christmas trees. A spider web found on Christmas morning is believed to bring good luck.
 
* Animal Crackers are not really crackers, but cookies that were imported to the United States from England in the late 1800s. Barnum’s circus-like boxes were designed with a string handle so that they could be hung on a Christmas tree.
 
* California, Oregon, Michigan, Washington, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and North Carolina are the top Christmas tree producing states. Oregon is the leading producer of Christmas trees – 8.6 million in 1998.
 
* Christmas trees are edible. Many parts of pines, spruces, and firs can be eaten. The needles are a good source of vitamin C. Pine nuts, or pine cones, are also a good source of nutrition.
 
* Christmas trees are known to have been popular in Germany as far back as the sixteenth century. In England, they became popular after Queen Victoria’s husband Albert, who came from Germany, made a tree part of the celebrations at Windsor Castle. In the United States, the earliest known mention of a Christmas tree is in the diary of a German who settled in Pennsylvania.
 
* For every real Christmas tree harvested, 2 to 3 seedlings are planted in its place.
 
 
 

Fun Electrical Facts

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When lightning strikes, it flows from the cloud to the ground, but the part we see is actually the charge going from the ground back up into the cloud.

 
 
 
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Iceland, Norway, Finland, and Sweden consume the most electricity per person in the world, and Icelanders most of all, reports NASA.
Although they don’t shine noticeably bright in the satellite image, don’t be fooled. Together the smelting plants use more than five times as much electricity as all of the country’s inhabitants.

 
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The world’s biggest light bulb is located in Edison, NJ.
If you’re ever taking a scenic drive across New Jersey look for the 134-foot tower. The Thomas Alva Edison Memorial Tower stands on the site of Edison’s Menlo Park laboratory where he perfected the first commercially practical incandescent light bulb. The 13-foot tall bulb sits at the top of the tower and is meant to represent Edison’s most famous invention.
 
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The first central power plant in the U.S. was Pearl Station, in Manhattan. It was built in 1882 and served 85 customers.
The first electric bill was sent to the Ansonia brass and copper company on 18 January 1883 and was for $50.44. There were other costs to customers as well—light bulbs themselves cost $1.00 each, a high price in the 1880s.

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Ceiling Fan Humor

I saw this on Pinterest (my favorite site) and had a great chuckle. Thought I would share!
 
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Fun Electricity Fact

 
Muska Electric shared a fun electricity fact and I wanted to share with you!

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Fun electricity fact: If you had a lamp on the moon connected to a switch in your house, it would take only 1.28 seconds for it to light up 238,857 miles away. (Electricity travels 186,000 miles per second.)
 
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