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On Monday evening while walking to the new county park, I decided to video why it is necessary for the neighborhood need for sidewalks for safety prevention in the 5th district of Commissioners Bruce Holmes. Take a watch:
Can you handle knowing your nationality? You can be amazingly surprised by the result. Take a watch at a couple of video’s to get an ideal of others surprised by their Ancestry D & A results.
If you’re interested in your D & A, you can visit: Ancestry.com DNA Analysis
There is a scripture in Proverbs 6:6 that speak about the nature of the ant. Here are 10 amazing things about the ant, but first, Proverbs 6:6- 8
6 Go to the ant, you sluggard;
consider its ways and be wise!
7 It has no commander,
no overseer or ruler,
8 yet it stores its provisions in summer
and gathers its food at harvest.
Yes, you did read that correctly. Ants are ridiculously strong. They have the ability to carry between 10 and 50 times their own body weight! The amount an ant can carry depends on the species. The Asian weaver ant, for example, can lift 100 times its own mass.
This amazing strength is a result of their small size believe it or not. The Arizona State University report that because of their small size, ants’ muscles have a greater cross-sectional area relative to their body size compared to larger animals. This means they can produce more force.
Due to their small size, ants don’t have the room to accommodate a complex respiratory system such as ours. Instead, they have their own ways of respiration to help transport oxygen around their bodies.
Ants breathe in oxygen through spiracles which are a series of holes located around the sides of their bodies.
The spiracles are connected through a network of tubes which help distribute the oxygen to almost every cell in their body.
Their movement helps the oxygen to circulate through the tubes, with the released carbon dioxide exiting through said tubes as well.
Unlike other pests such as rats, ants don’t have ears. But that doesn’t mean they are deaf.
Ants use vibrations to hear, using it when foraging for food or as an alarm signal. They use the vibrations in the ground to hear by picking them up in the subgenual organ which is located below the knee.
I think the phrase “a lot” is an understatement when describing the amount of ants current in existence. To put things in perspective, it is estimated that there are around 1 million ants for every 1 human in the world!
Ants have pretty much conquered the entire globe. With the exception of Antarctica, the Arctic, and a handful of islands, there are at least one native species found on every continent.
Entomologist Ted Schultz says that the ants presence across the world is “arguably the greatest success story in the history of terrestrial metazoa”.
Rather than going down the traditional route of reproduction, some Amazonian ants have taken to reproduce via cloning. It is reported that the queen ants copy themselves to genetically produce daughters, resulting in a colony with no males.
You may be thinking “what?!”. But it’s true, besides humans, ants are the only creatures which will farm other creatures.
Just like we raise cows, sheep, pigs, chicken and fish in order to obtain a food source, ants will do the same with other insects. The most common occurrence of this is with aphids.
Ants will protect aphids from natural predators, and shelter them in their nests from heavy rain showers in order to gain a constant supply of honeydew.
That’s right ants have two stomachs, and it’s not because they are greedy. One of their stomachs is for holding food for their own consumption, whilst the second one is to hold food to be shared with other ants.
This process is known as trophallaxis and allows a colony to work extremely efficiently. It allows for the ants who forage for food to feed those which stay behind and tend to the duties of the queen and the nest.
Well, not all ants can swim, it depends on the species. They haven’t mastered the butterfly or breaststroke, yet, but they do have the ability to survive in water by using their own version of the doggy paddle, and can also float for long periods of time.
To put it simply, ants are amazing survivors. Not only can they hold their breath underwater for long periods of time, but they will also build lifeboats to survive floods.
This may sound strange but hear me out. Some species of ant, such as the Polyergus Lucidus are known as slave-making ants. They invade neighbouring ant colonies, capturing its inhabitants and forcing them to work for them, this process is known as ‘slave raiding’.
Slave-making ants are specialized to parasite a single species or a group of related species which are often close relatives of them. The captured ants will work as if they were in their own colony while the slave-making workers will only concentrate on replenishing their labour force.
Slave-making ants come in two formats: permanent social parasites and facultative slave-makers. Permanent social parasites rely on the enslaved ants throughout their lives whilst facultative slave-makers do not.
A study from Harvard and Florida State Universities discovered that ants first rose during the Cretaceous period around 130 million years ago! They have survived the Cretaceous-Tertiary (K/T extinction) which killed the dinosaurs as well as the ice age.
Don’t believe me? Check out this video below:
Credits: Written by Jack Lyons
The Underground Railroad was a lifeline for slaves escaping to freedom, and Harriet Tubman was undoubtedly one of its most famous “conductors.” Over one hundred years since her passing (March 10, 1913), we invite you to revisit the life and legacy of Harriet Tubman.
10 Interesting Facts about Harriet Tubman:
1. Harriet Tubman was born Araminta Ross. She would later adopt the name “Harriet” after her mother: Harriet Ross. The surname Tubman comes from her first husband, John Tubman, who she married in 1844.
2. Harriet was born a slave and raised on Maryland’s Eastern Shore where the lines between slavery and freedom were often blurred. It was not unusual for families in this area to include both free and enslaved members. Harriet’s own husband, John Tubman was a free black man. Her status, however, remained unchanged until she fled to Pennsylvania – a free state – in 1849. Her husband did not make the journey and ultimately re-married after Harriet’s departure.
3. Harriet would return to Maryland many times over the next decade to rescue both family and non-family members from the bandages of slavery.
4. Harriet earned the nickname “Moses” after the prophet Moses in the Bible who led his people to freedom. In all of her journeys she “never lost a single passenger.”
5. Tubman’s work was a constant threat to her own freedom and safety. Slave holders placed a bounty for her capture and the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850 was an ever-present danger, imposing severe punishments on any person who assisted the escape of a slave.
6. Harriet wore many hats: She was an active proponent of women’s suffrage and worked alongside women such as side Susan B. Anthony. During the civil war, Harriet also worked for the Union Army as a cook, a nurse and even a spy.
7. Harriet was acquainted with leading abolitionists of the day, including John Brown who conferred with “General Tubman” about his plans to raid Harpers Ferry.
8. Harriet had one daughter, Gertie, whom she and her second husband (Nelson Davis) adopted after the Civil war.
9. Harriet suffered life-long headaches, seizures and had vivid dreams as a result of a traumatic head injury she suffered as a teenager while trying to stand up for a fellow field hand. These same symptoms gave her powerful visions that she ascribed to God and helped guide her on many trips to the North while leading others to freedom.
10. Just before Harriet’s death in 1913 she told friends and family, “I go to prepare a place for you.” She was buried with military honors in Fort Hill Cemetery in New York.
BONUS FACT: In 2016, the U.S. Treasury Department announced that the countenance of Harriet Tubman will appear on a new $20 bill.
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I’m starting my own Community Facility to serve others. This has been a desire for many years to give back. My plan and desired goal is to give back in the area by providing emergency items such as: Fans during summer, portable heaters during winter, food, teaching simple gardening, school supplies and personal hygiene supplies for the elderly, families and local charities.
Hi my name is Sonya Buchanan. I’m the founder of Comforting Promises. We have established a place where people individual uniqueness is encouraged by being the best you!
We were established in April 2011. Our community efforts on our website focuses on many forms of encouragement in many different area’s of a person’s well being.
With 5 years meeting our expected goals with our online community efforts. Now we are taking the same concept, which is a success, as like our online community to the street community.
The first 5 years, we’ve giving food to families, help support families with school supplies, teaching classes on “who are you”, helped established spring vegetable gardens, gave emotional support online and face to face, and we have assisted families with moving to new residence during emergency hardship.
We ask for your help to expend our serving efforts. We are excited to take our “Be The Best You” motto out to our communities. I am excited about this project. I’ve been planning this covenant community service for over 20 years; to establish the foundation and now its time to expand the efforts.
We are running this GoFundMe campaign to establish Comforting Promises Community and take our services to the next level, encouraging, and provided what is needed by “Being The Best You”, our motto.
The money raised will go towards the community efforts.
Please donate small or large amount; every single dollar count. Your donation, no matter how big or small will certainly help the Comforting Promises Community Organization.
Thank you for contributing to the Comforting Promises Community Project!
One of my greatest things to do is read about the creation and characteristics of the animal kingdom. Here are 24 amazing things about turtles. Also, here is today’s Motivational Thursday video.
24 Facts about Turtles
1. Turtles, once they get a taste for human flesh, can eat nothing else ever again.
2. Baby turtles are called “Sparkies.”
3. Turtles can live up to 200 years, but most experts agree that they hit their “turtle peak” in their mid 70s. After this, they become too politically conservative to really be fun to talk to at a party.
4. Turtles do not wear clothes, even though there are lots of pictures of turtles wearing scarves.
5. The shell of a turtle is made of the same material as fingernails, leading some scientists to commonly refer to them as “stupid.”
6. Turtles can do rudimentary math, like addition and subtraction, but they lack the capacity to truly understand negative numbers.
7. Turtles only have one organ that handles all of a turtle’s bodily functions, such as digesting food, and making the turtle blink, and nothing else. That’s all turtles need to do.
8. If you compliment a turtle, it will blush super hard.
9. In turtle, the word for “hello” is the same as the word for “goodbye.”
10. Turtle soup is in fact not made from turtles, but rather from a vegetable broth and cheap horsemeat. Also: little bits of turtle.
SIDE FACT: turns out “horsemeat” is a word, and it is spelled exactly like that. I learned stuff today!
11. In turtle communities, blushing is viewed as a sign of weakness, and will incite aggression from turtle peers, and, in extreme cases, violence.
12. Turtles can hear if you scream in space.
13. Turtles are terrible gossips. If you tell a turtle you have a crush on Leslie, pretty soon everybody knows, even Leslie’s best friend, Sami. I bet Leslie knows now. Oh gosh! This is the worst! Thanks a lot, turtle!
14. Turtles actually experience time slower, which is why they move so slowly. To a turtle, we are moving at an unreasonably fast speed, which is why many scientists think they openly mock us.
15. Turtles are not color blind, but can in fact see one extra color, which humans cannot sense. The color is commonly referred to as “red,” and though many have tried, it is ultimately impossible for us to imagine.
16. Turtles reproduce asexually by a process called “binary fission.”
17. Catholics agree that the chief sin of the turtle is pride.
18. Turtles live in an honor-shame society, as described in Amy Chau’s book Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother, which is why most turtle parents are unbearable.
19. Turtle clothes come in one size: husky.
20. Turtles are born live in litters of about 8 to 10. The mother will try to consume some of the turtles, to teach the remaining turtles the following lesson: I am very rude.
21. The turtle’s natural predator is rhythm and blues.
22. Turtles that can breathe underwater are known as “hydrorespiratory,” whereas turtles that cannot breathe underwater are known as “cowards.”
23. A turtle’s body is divided into three segments: the head, the thorax, and the swimsuit area.
24. A turtle’s shell is scientifically referred to as its “dust jacket.”
I saw this video early morning and thought it was crazy for anyone to think they are brave.
Although the 2016 presidential election is still a long way off, 2016 polls for possible match-ups are already being taken. For each poll, the blue slice represents the named Democrat; red the named Republican, with the remainder other and/or undecided. Below each pie is the source, release date, sample size and margin of error.
Use the selection boxes to limit the display to specific match-ups. Only active candidates for whom polling is available are displayed. Read More Click Here
What Happens If A Presidential Election Ends In A Tie?
I really enjoy Ted Talk. Here is a great video on the subject: Dan Pink: The puzzle of motivation.
Enjoy your Sunday!!
It’s been a minute since my last Candid Talk video. Today’s title is Introduction. It is an introduction about the host and why I decided to do this project. Enjoy the dialog.
Blessings to you all.
This video is summing up every candidate. Enjoy it but don’t make a decision based on the concept persented. It is for entertainment purposes only.
24If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. 25If a house is divided against itself, that house cannot stand. 26And if Satan opposes himself and is divided, he cannot stand; his end has come. 27In fact, no one can enter a strong man’s house without first tying him up. Then he can plunder the strong man’s house. 28Truly I tell you, people can be forgiven all their sins and every slander they utter, 29but whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will never be forgiven; they are guilty of an eternal sin.”