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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.

Plagarism and Copyright Webpages

Late in 2018, we decided it was time to revamp the plagiarism and copyright webpages. The decision was made to bring more awareness to the plagiarism resources provided on the Library website. Brandi Bengtson, the Electronic Services Specialist – Web, created what is called a landing page, a single webpage that is created on the ‘back end’ of our website through WordPress and the use of html in order to help the page you see be as clear and concise as it is able to be. The Bellevue University Library website has many landing pages such as “Find,” “Home,” and “Ask a Librarian.”

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National Honey Month

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Honey can go with so many things. It’s probably why someone decided September was a great month to be dubbed ‘National Honey Month’. Honey bee colonies often make a surplus of honey, up to 4 gallons each year. This means that beekeepers can remove the excess safely (keeping 4 gallons or more for the hive) and keep it for uses like sweetener, in medical practices, or in recipes. This can help keep the bees from wanting to search for a bigger home or blocking combs meant for new bees. Continue reading

National S’mores Day

Image result for national s'mores dayAugust 10th is National S’mores day! Campfires are fun and good and it doesn’t take much to make s’mores when you have a roaring fire. What happens, though, if you don’t have a fire? Or it’s raining? Or you just have this undying craving for s’mores in the winter? Never fear, there are so many ways to prep your s’mores. Chocolate, graham cracker, and marshmallows can be combined in various ways to include brownies, cake, and even cookies. Continue reading

Muscles, Ligaments and Tendons Journal Review


Muscles, Ligaments and Tendons Journal (MLTJ), covers various topics in medicine. Articles on MRI scans, therapy, and reconstructions are part of this journal. It is designed to allow those studying sports medicine to gather a better understanding of the functions of the muscles. It is peer reviewed with articles that provide researchers with a more in-depth analysis of these topics. There are other interesting topics such as: instrumental musicians and posture issues, analysis of fatigue resistance for rotator muscles for ball players, and in vitro studies.

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National Parks and Recreation Month

Now I know what you’re thinking but while I am all for celebrating television, this month is not celebrating a TV show with Star Lord in it. Parks and Recreation month is a national event that lasts the month of July. It is to help encourage spending time outdoors as well as bring attention to the many parks that exist for visitation. It’s sometimes hard to spend time outdoors, though, especially if you live in a high traffic city or somewhere hot. Not to mention as the year goes on, there aren’t always places you can go to enjoy the spring or fall seasons. That’s where National Parks come in. You can enjoy an expansive place, sometimes with landmarks, and get back to nature. It’ll help you unwind from the stress of work or house chores, even if it’s just to have a barbecue or a stroll through the park. Continue reading

National Fresh Fruit and Veggies Month

Fruits and vegetables are good for you. However, it’s hard for people to want to eat them when so many other options exist. Besides, it’s hard to figure out what to do besides steam some items, keep the others raw, and try and add them to your meal. This isn’t elementary school and they don’t come on trays. For Fruits and Veggies month, it’s important to share such good recipes for fruit and vegetables, in order to give a better idea of how you can utilize these amazing foods in your meals.

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Image result for brown lunch bagEating takeout every lunch can be expensive but it’s so difficult trying to remember to pack a lunch at times. Ideas only come after you’re already at work and halfway to lunch time. Fear not, in celebration of Brown Bag it Day, we’ve compiled a list of recipes that you can take to work. You can even use some of these for school lunches. Tasty, wonderful ideas that you can customize to hit just that right spot and you save a bit of money, too. How cool is that? No more needing to fret if the last slice of pizza or the last tuna sandwich has been eaten. Continue reading