Fun Facts Found at the Library Summer 2021

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 Allison found when she browsed through the reference related materials.

A decade ago, Sears, Roebuck & Company sold over 400 different types of houses and buildings. From 1908 to 1940, Sears sold 75,000 affordable homes that people could construct on their own – homes that are standing sturdy today.  FROM: Changing the Paradigm of Homelessness p.136 (HV4505.V57 2020)

It was during the course of the First World War that the Blue Cross came into its own, when it ended up treating over 50,000 sick and injured horses and some 18,000 dogs in their hospitals spread out across the Western Front. Most of this work was funded by donations from the generosity of the animal-loving British public.  FROM: Animals in the Great War (2019) p.101, ProQuest Central Database

About 5,000 to 10,000 years ago, China entered into the Neolithic period. With the emergence of farming and the development of agricultural technology, ancient people in China began to undergo a gradual transition from primitive nomadic life to semi-nomadic life and finally entered the age of historic settlement life.  FROM: An Urban History of China (2019) p.15, ProQuest Central Database

On November 26, 1791, Washington invited the department secretaries and the attorney general to the first cabinet meeting. Secretary of War Henry Knox, Secretary of State Thomas Jefferson, Secretary of the Treasury Alexander Hamilton, and Attorney General Edmund Randolph convened in Washington’s private study on the second floor of the President’s House in PhiladelphiaFROM: The Cabinet: George Washington and the Creation of an American Institution p.4 (E311.C46 2020)

Bellowing is contagious. When one alligator begins, another joins in, then another, and so on, until the alligators in the vicinity form a chorus. Bellowing choruses, at least the longer, more sustained choruses, occur in the morning hours, sort of like songbirds singing at dawn. As the sun rises earlier each morning in the spring, bellowing choruses also start earlier.  FROM: Alligators: The Illustrated Guide to Their Biology, Behavior, and Conservation (2020) p.224, EBSCOhost database

Originally posted in the Freeman/Lozier Library’s quarterly newsletter, More Than BooksV. 24 No. 3, Summer 2021.

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