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 related materials.
Recyclables make up a substantial fraction of waste streams, ranging from 16 percent paper, cardboard, plastic, metal, and glass in low-income countries to about 50 percent in high-income countries. As countries rise in income level, the quantity of recyclables in the waste stream increases, with paper increasing most significantly.
FROM: What A Waste 2.0: A Global Snapshot on Solid Waste Management to 2050 (2018) Credo Reference database.
A report from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, a public health philanthropy, predicts that by 2030, 13 states could have adult obesity rates above 60 percent, 39 could have rates greater than 50 percent and the national rate could be above 44 percent. The report predicts that this increased obesity will lead to more than 6 million cases of type 2 diabetes, 5 million cases of coronary heart disease and stroke and more than 400,000 cases of cancer in the next two decades.
FROM: The Diet Industry (March 6, 2018) SAGE Business Researcher database.
The world’s oldest known drawing has been identified on a small stone flake recovered in South Africa’s Blombos Cave. The tiny fragment measures less than two inches long and barely half an inch wide and features a crosshatch pattern of visible lines. A research team first used microscopic and chemical analysis to determine that the marks are composed of ochre pigment lying on the flake’s surface…This led his team to conclude that a human deliberately applied them with an ochre crayon around 73,000 years ago.
FROM: Top Ten Discoveries of 2018, Archaeology (Jan/Feb 2019) MasterFILE Complete database.
Originally, chocolate had been an Aztec word, which meant a bitter drink made from cocoa. Addition of sugar made it popular in Spain in the 16th century, and spread over west and central Europe within the 17th century.
FROM: Title: Chocolate: Production, Consumption and Health Benefits (2016) eBooks on EBSCOhost database.
Five main categories of identity theft have been reported in the United States since the early 1990s. These categories serve as benchmarks for the numerous subvarieties of identity theft. They fall under the broad headings of true name, or cloning, identity theft; account takeovers; criminal identity theft; Internet and telecommunications fraud; and professional identity theft.
FROM: Salem Press Encyclopedia (2018) Salem Press Online database.
Originally posted in the Freeman/Lozier Library’s quarterly newsletter, More Than Books, V. 22 No. 3, Summer 2019.