Volume 6 Issue 5
December 1999


Just how big is the world's biggest ball of twine? Well stop in at Cawker City , KS to see. Look at these figures:

17,000 pounds
40 foot circumference
Over 6,000,000 feet of sisal twine

Frank Stoeber started this ball of twine on his farm in 1953. By 1957 it weighed 5,000 pounds, stood 8 feet high, and had 1,175,180 feet of twine on it. Stoeber gave the ball to Cawker City in 1961 before his death in 1974.

Canis Major is the brightest star in the sky, alpha C ma

The state of Delaware accepted the Constitution on December 7, 1787. Delaware is the second smallest state in the Union, but can claim that it is the "First State."


Sir Francis Galton, , began his observations of fingerprints as a means of identification in the 1880's. In 1892, he published his book, "Fingerprints", establishing the individuality and permanence of fingerprints.

Why do you yawn?
You yawn because oxygen levels in our lungs are low. The brain prompts the body to yawn to get more air into the lungs.

Samuel Morse designed the first telegraph. On May 24, 1844, the first telegraph message, "What hath God wrought," was successfully sent and received along the first telegraph wire system.

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