Tom Lehrer Needs To Write An Update

Ancients Invented Fridges Earlier Than Thought
If you think that your Fridge is a 20th Century invention, the website Ancient Origins recently published a piece that says that ancient desert dwellers in Iraq and elsewhere in the Middle East invented ice houses and refrigerators at least 2,400 years ago. The ingenious design used mud bricks and multi-levels to keep ice frozen and vegetables and meats cold to prevent quick spoilage. And, this inexpensive technology is still in use today in areas without electricity. To read more about this topic, click on http://www.ancient-origins.net/artifacts-ancient-technology/ancient-advanced-technology-2400-year-old-yakhchals-kept-ice-desert-021700. Another example that proves early civilizations were not as backward as we perceived them to be.

Tom Lehrer Needs to Write An Update
Six decades ago, MIT professor Tom Lehrer wrote a comedy song titled “The Periodic Table.” People marveled that the periodic table had been set to music. In the intervening years, however, science moved on and many new elements have been discovered. Chemistry students now must master an enlarged Periodic Table than the one I had to deal with. To find out what the newest element is and its name, surf over to http://www.newsweek.com/physics-breakthrough-new-form-matter-excitonium-finally-proved-exist-after-50-743329. To view a 1967 concert of Lehrer singing the Periodic Table song, click on https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AcS3NOQnsQM. Enjoy.

NASA Named The Best Federal Agency To Work For
According to the non-profit Partnership for Public Service, a recent survey named NASA as one of the Best Places to Work in the Federal Government. This is the sixth year in a row that NASA placed number one on the list. The authors teamed with Deloite to produce the findings. To learn more about the quality of work life in federal service, visit http://www.govexec.com/management/2017/12/nasa-ranked-best-place-work-government-six-years-running/144317/. Good luck to job seekers. N.B. The Secret Service came in last in the rankings. The Secret Service might be suffering from the loss of prostitute services when the President travels abroad. Or, the Secret Service may be suffering from a disease called ‘unauthorized- White- House- visitors- who- jump- the- fence- and- get- inside.’ Either case has caused great embarrassment for agency personnel.

New York State DEC Summer Job Applications
Individuals wishing to obtain a summer lifeguard job in state parks, should prepare now for next summer. Lifeguard positions pay $13.27 per hour. The season begins the last part of May and runs through Labor Day. The minimum age for a lifeguard is 16. A swim test is required. To find out more about this job, click on http://www.dec.ny.gov/about/726.html/ Good luck to all job seekers.

Meals For The Well Healed
The website 24/7 Wall Street recently posted a list of the 25 most expensive steakhouses in the U.S. The Gordon Ramsey steakhouse in Las Vegas holds down the bottom of the list. Diners lusting for a 32 ounce porterhouse must fork over $115. The most expensive appetizer, a Hudson Valley foie gras, costs $26. And these costs do not include drinks, dessert, tax and tip for each diner in the party. Holy Guacamole! To see the other 24 restaurants on this dubious list, visit http://247wallst.com/special-report/2017/11/09/americas-most-expensive-steakhouses/2/.

Another Scam To Avoid
The Federal Trade Commission recently posted advice to consumers in regard to scams involving the U.S. Marshal Service. A new scam involves people receiving telephone calls from U.S. Marshals telling them that missing jury duty is a crime. The scammers say that to avoid arrest, people should send money in the form of prepaid debit cards, Itunes or gift cards to pay the fine. THE MARSHAL SERVICE WILL NEVER TELEPHONE YOU! To learn more about this scam, click on https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/blog/2017/12/us-marshals-wont-call-you-about-jury-duty. And so it goes.

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