Odds and Ends

Nov. 13, 2021

“Youth is the first victim of war; the first fruit of peace. It takes 20 years of peace to make a man. It takes only 20 seconds to destroy him.” (Baudouin)

King George III never owned slaves. In fact, he supported legislation that ended the slave tradae in England in 1807. Conversely, 41 of the signers of the Declaration of Independence did own slaves. (“The Smithsonian,” Nov. 2021)

Danish architects’ organization Master Planet predicted that the world’s population would reach about 10 billion by 2050: Mumbai (42.4 million): New Delhi (38.2 million); Tokyo (32.1 million); Lagos (31.6 million); New York (24.8 million); and Mexico City (24.3 million>) (TIME, 10/2-9, 20)

I seem to encounter a new idiom about every day. I have on hand now about 2,860, minus duplicates,

A verbatim statement from TIME, Nov. 8-15/21: “Scientists have radiocarbon-dated a Viking settlement in Newfoundland, Canada indicating the presence of Europeans in the Americas more than four centuries before Colombus, according to a story published Oct 20, 21.

In 1913 Henry Ford introduced the assembly line, reducing the time needed to build a car from 12.5 hours to 1.5 hours. (“The Book of Amazing curiosities.”)It is generally known that several companies have invested millions of dollars in attempting to produce palatable artificial, affordable food and you can be sure that they will continue to do so. Bossie has reason to be hopeful.

About 90 percent of the Central Pacific Railroad workers were Chinese. They were housed in a series of temporary camps, the largest of which was the Summit camp located near present-day Truckee, CA. These camps have been placed on the list of endangered places because of vandalism and graffiti. (“Wild West” Oct., 21)

A so-called friendship that places politics or religion on a higher scale is not a genuine but only a flimsy relationship.

Bob Hall