It’s not hard to find interesting or useful facts when you crack open a book in the library. Let’s see what fun facts Margie found when she browsed through the Reference stacks.
Ninety-eight percent of the Antarctica continent is covered by ice. Antarctica is the world’s largest ice mass at 6.1 million cubic miles (25.4 million cubic km). The Antarctic Ice Sheet accounts for about 90 percent of the world’s freshwater. FROM: Antarctica and the Arctic Circle: A Geographic Encyclopedia of the Earth’s Polar Regions, (2014) Credo Reference database
Craft chocolate, or what is also often called “bean-to-bar” chocolate, is made by producers who source their own cacao beans, roasting and grinding the ingredients themselves before making them into bars or other end products…Mast Brothers Chocolate, located in the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn, was among the bean-to-bar chocolate makers who set up shop in the early 2000s… As Mast Brothers Chocolate grew in the following years, it became known for its distinctive packaging, designed after vintage wallpaper found in a shop in Manhattan, as well as dedication to educating consumers about the process of making chocolate and the possibilities of flavor from carefully sourced beans. FROM: Savoring Gotham: A Food Lover’s Companion to New York City (2016) Oxford Reference database.
The human view that the age of dinosaurs was remote in time is an illusion that results from our short life span. A galactic year, the time it takes our solar system to orbit the center of the galaxy, is 200 million years. Only one galactic year ago the dinosaurs had just appeared on planet Earth. When dinosaurs first appeared, our solar system was already well over 4 billion years old, and 95 percent of the history of our planet had already passed. FROM: The Princeton Field Guide to Dinosaurs (2016) Credo Reference database
A well-known example of a company with a large discrepancy between cash flow and profit is Amazon.com, which started out in the 1990s as an online bookseller but has since expanded to become one of the world’s largest online marketplaces, offering a massive array of products and services. The company usually sees very high cash flows but keeps profits close to zero. FROM: Worldmark Global Business and Economy Issues (2015) Gale Virtual Reference Library database
In Britain, an artist who operates under the pseudonym Banksy has since the 1990s made a highly successful career in Graffiti art (or Street art, as it has been rebranded). His real name is uncertain, but he has been identified as Robert or Robin Banks or Robin Gunningham, and is said to have been born in Bristol in 1974. He is best known for spray-painted stenciled images applied clandestinely in public places. His work has been the subject of several books and exhibitions, including a large, very well-attended show at Bristol Museum and Art Gallery in 2009. FROM: The Oxford Dictionary of Art and Artists (2016) Oxford Reference database
Originally posted in the Freeman/Lozier Library’s quarterly newsletter, More Than Books, V. 21 No. 1, Winter 2017.