Fun Facts Found Spring 2020


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 Brandi found when she browsed through the reference related materials.



Antilock braking was not created for cars and existed as early as 1908. This was developed for trains originally, followed by the aerospace industry. It finally became part of cars in the 1970s and eventually motorcycles in the 1990s.   FROM: All-Time Top 10 Auto Inventions. Inventor’s Digest, 35(5), p.24.

Despite single-use plastic bottles only being created in the ‘90s, they are utilized so much. Single-use bottles are being used at a rate of 1,500 per second in the United States alone. In addition to recycling, working to create low-environmental-impact resolutions production wise may help.   FROM: Stop Obsessing About Recycling. Sierra, Jul/Aug2019, p.1.

Alexander Graham Bell created an invention called the Audiometer. This invention was due to his involvement teaching the deaf which he felt was the most important way he could contribute to society. The purpose of it was to help detect unsuspected hearing impairments as well as residual hearing.   FROM: Historic Journey. Volta Voices, 24(4) p.36-38.

The bowstring side of a bow is also called the belly side of the bow. The rest of the bow can be made from a stave, which is an unspliced piece of wood at full length. This allows you to create it to your measurements for a perfect shot.  FROM: Make a Stone Age Stick Bow. Whitetail Journal, 28(1), p.16-20.

George Washington’spresident’s house” is the way it is due to a design contest. This building was burned by British troops in 1814 and only restored to its original form because of James Madison who defended the structure.   FROM: Bell Tones. American History, 53(4), p.8.

Originally posted in the Freeman/Lozier Library’s quarterly newsletter, More Than BooksV. 23 No. 2, Spring 2020.

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