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The Gus Library  The GUS library is really looking impressive these days.  Check it out and thank all who have done the very nice work.

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First the music.  I found a real treat while wasting time on the Internets, a very nice set by John Fogerty with Bob Weir, Jerry Garcia, Randy Jackson and Steve Jordan.  A special appearance by Clarence Clemons tops off the show for the encore.
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Clinophobia is the fear of beds.

According to 30-year studies at Tufts University, chain smokers lost an average of 2.9 teeth after 10 years of smoking one pack a day. Non-smokers lost an average of 1.3 teeth after 10 years. A smoker that quit will reduce his or her toothloss to 1.7 teeth. (Source)

Each king in a deck of playing cards represents a great king from history. Spades - King David; Clubs - Alexander the Great; Hearts - Charlemagne; and Diamonds - Julius Caesar.

Unchecked, tobacco-related deaths will increase to more than eight million a year by 2030, and 80% of those deaths will occur in the developing world.

Most tropical marine fish could survive in a tank filled with human blood.

Oral cancer is serious. When it spreads to the lymph nodes in the neck, it is often deadly.

The leech has 32 brains, 32 more than most humans.

Smoking makes it almost impossible for a male to have a natural erection and it shrinks the penis. It also reduces the mobility of sperm.

French speaking residents of Belgium are called Walloons.

March 14 is "Save a spider day."

The nicotine found in cigarettes and in smokeless tobacco is a powerful, addictive drug that acts on several parts of the body. Once addicted, it becomes difficult, but not impossible, to quit using smokeless tobacco or to stop smoking.

In Michigan it's illegal to place a skunk inside your bosses desk.

Babies and children who breathe secondhand smoke are sick more often with bronchitis, pneumonia, and ear infections.

You lose enough dead skin cells in your lifetime to fill eight five-pound flour bags.

Scientists have actually performed brain surgery on cockroaches.

Cigarette smoking causes an estimated 443,000 deaths each year, including approximately 49,400 deaths due to exposure to secondhand smoke.

Two-thirds of men wear briefs, 22 percent wear boxers, and six percent don't wear underwear (I assume 6% did not answer).

Half of all people who have ever smoked have now quit.

Sixty percent of big-firm executives said the cover letter is as important or more important than the résumé itself when you're looking for a new job.

From 2005 to 2011, the proportion of adult smokers declined from 20.9% to 19.0%.

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