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Monthly Archives: December 2017

Chew on This: On This Day in 1869 Chewing Gum Was Patented

Chew on This: On This Day in 1869 Chewing Gum Was Patented

On December 28th, 1869 the world saw the patent of chewing gum. William Finley Semple (1832-1923), a dentist from Mount Vernon, Ohio, was one of the first people anywhere to patent a chewing gum.  Semple’s chewing gum was intended to clean teeth and strengthen the jaw.  Unlike the chewing gum that we know today, Semple’s

Let’s All Keep Our New Year’s Resolutions with These Tips

Let’s All Keep Our New Year’s Resolutions with These Tips

Let’s try these strategies to keep our new year resolutions in 2018. 2017 is coming to an end, which means it’s time to start thinking about the goals we’d like to set for the coming year.  Many of us have struggled to keep our resolutions in the past, so let’s make 2018 different!  We invite

Let’s Remember the Anniversary of Apollo 8’s Moon Mission

Let’s Remember the Anniversary of Apollo 8’s Moon Mission

On December 24th, 1968 the Apollo 8 astronauts—Bill Anders, Frank Borman, and Jim Lovell—became the first humans to ever orbit the moon. In response to President John F. Kennedy’s 1961 declaration that we would send an American to the moon, NASA made the bold decision to send the Apollo 8 crew into space aboard the

Today in History: The Mercury Thermometer was Invented

Today in History: The Mercury Thermometer was Invented

On December 22nd, 1714 Daniel Gabriel Fahrenheit invented the mercury thermometer. Daniel Gabriel Fahrenheit was a physicist, inventor and scientific instrument maker of Dutch-German-Polish descent.  Interested in exact thermometry, he was curious about in creating an instrument that could accurately measure temperature.  In 1714, improved glass working techniques and improved understanding of mercury allowed him

It’s Time to Hit the Hay; Try These Tips to End Insomnia

It’s Time to Hit the Hay; Try These Tips to End Insomnia

Let’s learn how we can all get a good night’s sleep.  We all know how important it is to get enough sleep, especially enough sleep and the ‘good’ kind of sleep.  Sleeping may relieve stress, fatigue, and even improve feelings of sadness and depression.  Additionally, getting a full night’s rest allows our bodies and our minds

Let’s Learn How Gardening Benefits Us

Let’s Learn How Gardening Benefits Us

It’s time to cultivate our green thumbs!  Here are some of the reasons why gardening is good for our health. While fall and winter might not seem like seasons to garden, there are actually quite a bit of options in these months, especially for us fortunate enough to live in moderate climates.  Gardening is more

Fore! Today is the Anniversary of the Golf Tee

Fore! Today in the Anniversary of the Golf Tee

On this day in 1899, the first golf tee was patented. When golf was first invented, tees were not part of the game.  To hit the ball, players would build a small mound of dirt or sand and balance the ball on top of it.  African American dentist, Harvard professor, and avid golfer George F,