Friday, August 30, 2013

Clean water produced from air and grow spiritually according to the steps

Our Sages gathered these sections .. according to the requisite steps

While character refinement is an important and desirable goal, we must be careful to stride toward it in a reasonable and orderly manner. Overreaching ourselves may be counterproductive.
Physical growth is a gradual process. In fact, it is not even uniform; the first two decades are a sequence of growth spurts and latency periods. Generally, the body does not adjust well to sudden changes, even when they are favorable. For instance, obese people who lose weight too rapidly may experience a variety of unpleasant symptoms. Although the weight loss is certainly in the interest of health, the body needs time to adjust to the change.
If we are convinced, as we should be, that spirituality is desirable, we might be tempted to make radical changes in our lives. We may drop everything and set out on a crash course that we think will lead to rapid attainment of the goal. This plan is most unwise, because psychologically as well as physically, our systems need time to consume new information, digest it, and prepare ourselves for the next level.
Luzzato's monumental work on ethics, The Path of the Just, is based on a Talmudic passage which lists ten consecutive steps toward spirituality. Luzzato cautions: "A person should not desire to leap to the opposite extreme in one moment, because this will simply not succeed, but should continue bit by bit" (Chapter 15).

Today I shall ...
... resolve to work on my spirituality gradually and be patient in its attainment.

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Israeli invention designed originally to provide water to the military in a combat zone.

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Thursday, August 29, 2013

We Shall Overcome and Chose Life on 50th anniversary of Dr. King's I have a Dream speech

Freedom of choice: "I have set before you life and goodness, and death and evil; in that I command you this day to love G-d, to walk in His ways and to keep His commandments... Life and death I have set before you, blessing and curse. And you shall choose life."
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We Shall Overcome
Historical Period: Postwar United States, 1945-1968

We Shall Overcome song sheet
"We Shall Overcome" song sheet, date unknown. Courtesy of Ludlow Music, Inc., 11 West 19th Street New York, NY 10011
It was the most powerful song of the 20th century. It started out in church pews and picket lines, inspired one of the greatest freedom movements in U.S. history, and went on to topple governments and bring about reform all over the world. Word for word, the short, simple lyrics of "We Shall Overcome" might be some of the most influential words in the English language.
"We Shall Overcome" has it roots in African American hymns from the early 20th century, and was first used as a protest song in 1945, when striking tobacco workers in Charleston, S.C., sang it on their picket line. By the 1950s, the song had been discovered by the young activists of the African American civil rights movement, and it quickly became the movement's unofficial anthem. Its verses were sung on protest marches and in sit-ins, through clouds of tear gas and under rows of police batons, and it brought courage and comfort to bruised, frightened activists as they waited in jail cells, wondering if they would survive the night. When the long years of struggle ended and President Lyndon Johnson vowed to fight for voting rights for all Americans, he included a final promise: "We shall overcome."
In the decades since, the song has circled the globe and has been embraced by civil rights and pro-democracy movements in dozens of nations worldwide. From Northern Ireland to Eastern Europe, from Berlin to Beijing, and from South Africa to South America, its message of solidarity and hope has been sung in dozens of languages, in presidential palaces and in dark prisons, and it continues to lend its strength to all people struggling to be free.
As you listen to "We Shall Overcome," think about the reasons it has brought strength and support to so many people for so many years. And remember that someone, somewhere, is singing it right now.

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Wednesday, August 28, 2013

WESTERN PAINTINGS and Western Wall prayers. Must See

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was only necessary for Cathlics, but it looks like we could use a little ourselves

This is a truly awesome slide show with terrific music.  Kick back, relax and enjoy the show!!!

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There should be an admission fee just to view these classics. 
The artist had to live the life in order to paint these.

by Lenny Ben-David

Lincoln's Secretary of State's Jerusalem Visit
William H. Seward's travelogue describes Friday Night Services at the Western Wall.

William H. Seward served as President Abraham Lincoln's Secretary of State. On the night of Lincoln's assassination, Seward was attacked in his home by one of Booth's co-conspirators and was seriously wounded.
But he survived, and in 1871 traveled the world and visited Jerusalem where he visited the "Wailing Wall" and participated in Friday night services, apparently at the Hurva synagogue.
His earlier visit to Jerusalem 1859 may have sparked an interest in President Lincoln to visit the Holy Land, evidenced in Mary Todd Lincoln's statement to the pastor presiding at Lincoln's funeral that her husband "wanted to visit the Holy Land and… was saying there was no city he so much desired to see as Jerusalem."
Below are excerpts from Seward's 788-page book, Travels around the World. The text below is interspersed with my comments:

Old City Population

June 13, 1871 – "Walk about Zion, and go round about her: tell the towers thereof. Mark ye well her bulwarks, consider her palaces; that ye may tell it to the generation following." [Psalms]
We have done so, and we have found it neither a short nor an easy promenade. The city occupies two ridges of a mountain promontory, with the depression or valley between them. The walls of the modern Turkish city have been so contracted with the decrease of the population, as to exclude large portions of the, ancient city. Jerusalem is now divided according to its different classes of population. The Mohammedans are four thousand, and occupy the northeast quarter, including the whole area of the Mosque of Omar.
The Jews are eight thousand, and have the southeast quarter. These two quarters overhang the Valley of Jehoshaphat and the brook Kedron. The Armenians number eighteen hundred, and have the southwest quarter; and the other Christians, amounting to twenty-two hundred, have the northwest quarter, which overlooks the Valley of Hinnom.... [Note the Jewish population was double any other group in the Old City.]
The Jews throughout the world, not merely as pilgrims, but in anticipation of death, come here to be buried, by the side of the graves of their ancestors. As we sat on the deck of our steamer, coming from Alexandria to Jaffa, we remarked a family whom we supposed to be Germans. It consisted of a plainly-dressed man, with a wife who was ill, and two children – one of them an infant in its cradle. The sufferings of the sick woman, and her effort to maintain a cheerful hope, interested us. The husband, seeing this, addressed us in English. Mr. Seward asked if he were an English man. He answered that he was an American Jew, that he had come from New Orleans, and was going to Jerusalem.
We parted with them on the steamer. The day after we reached the Holy City we learned that the poor woman had climbed the mountain with her husband and children, and arrived the day after us. She died immediately, and so achieved the design of her pilgrimage. She was buried in this cemetery [on the Mt. of Olives]. She was a Jewess, and, according to the Jewish interpretation of the prophecies, the Jew that dies in Jerusalem will certainly rise in paradise.

Western Wall

June 15th. – "And the name of the city from that day shall be, the LORD is there."
Our last day at Jerusalem has been spent, as it ought to have been, among and with the Jews, who were the builders and founders of the city, and who cling the closer to it for its disasters and desolation. We have mentioned that the Jewish quarter adjoins, on the southeast, the high wall of the Haram [The Haram el-Sharif, or Temple Mount]. This wall is a close one, while the upper part, like all the Turkish walls of the city, is built of small stone. The base of this portion of the wall, enclosing the Mosque of Omar, and the site of the ancient temple, consists of five tiers of massive, accurately-bevelled blocks. It is impossible to resist the impression at first view, notwithstanding the prophecy, that this is a portion of the wall of the Temple of Solomon, which was hewn in the quarries and set up in its place without the noise of the hammer and the axe. So at least the Jews believe.
For centuries (we do not know how many) the Turkish rulers have allowed the oppressed and exiled Jews the privilege of gathering at the foot of this wall one day in every week, and pouring out their lamentations over the fall of their beloved city, and praying for its restoration to the Lord, who promised, in giving its name, that he would "be there." [Seward reports that Jews were permitted access to the Wall only one day a week, Friday.]
The Jewish sabbath being on Saturday, and beginning at sunset on Friday, the weekly wail of the Jews under the wall takes place on Friday, and is a preparation for the rest and worship of the day which they are commanded to "keep holy." The small rectangular oblong area, without roof or canopy, serves for the gathering of the whole remnant of the Jewish nation in Jerusalem. Here, whether it rains or shines, they come together at an early hour, old and young, men, women, and little children – the poor and the rich, in their best costumes, discordant as the diverse nations from which they come.
They are attended by their rabbis, each bringing the carefully-preserved and elaborately-bound text of the book of the Lamentations of Jeremiah, either in their respective languages, or in the original Hebrew. For many hours they pour forth their complaints, reading and reciting the poetic language of the prophet, beating their hands against the wall, and bathing the stones with their kisses and tears. It is no mere formal ceremony.
During the several hours while we were spectators of it, there was not one act of irreverence or indifference. Only those who have seen the solemn prayer-meeting of a religious revival, held by some evangelical denomination at home, can have a true idea of the solemnity and depth of the profound grief and pious feeling exhibited by this strange assembly on so strange an occasion, although no ritual in the Catholic, Greek, or Episcopal Church is conducted with more solemnity and propriety.

Hurva Synagogue

Though we supposed our party unobserved, we had scarcely left the place, when a meek, gentle Jew, in a long, plain brown dress, his light, glossy hair falling in ringlets on either side of his face, came to us, and, respectfully accosting Mr. Seward, expressed a desire that he would visit the new synagogue, where the Sabbath service was about to open at sunset. Mr. Seward assented.
A crowd of "the peculiar people" attended and showed us the way to the new house of prayer, which we are informed was recently built by a rich countryman of our own whose name we did not learn. It is called the American Synagogue. [The description is of the Hurva Synagogue; the nearby domed Tiferet Synagogue was not inaugurated until 1873. The writer is apparently mistaken about the American donor. The most likely foreign philanthropist to have been credited with building the Hurva is Moses Montefiore of England or Alphonse or Edmund de Rothschild of France.] It is a very lofty edifice, surmounted by a circular dome. Just underneath it a circular gallery is devoted exclusively to the women.
Aisles run between the rows of columns which support the gallery and dome. On the plain stone pavement, rows of movable, wooden benches with backs are free to all who come. At the side of the synagogue, opposite the door, is an elevated desk on a platform accessible only by movable steps, and resembling more a pulpit than a chancel. It was adorned with red-damask curtains, and behind them a Hebrew inscription. Directly in the centre of the room, between the door and this platform, is a dais six feet high and ten feet square, surrounded by a brass railing, carpeted; and containing cushioned seats. We assume that this dais, high above the heads of the worshippers, and on the same elevation with the platform appropriated to prayer, is assigned to the rabbis.
We took seats on one of the benches against the wall; presently an elderly person, speaking English imperfectly, invited Mr. Seward to change his seat; he hesitated, but, on being informed by Mr. Finkelstein that the person who gave the invitation was the president of the synagogue, Mr. Seward rose, and the whole party, accompanying him, were conducted up the steps and were comfortably seated on the dais, in the "chief seat in the synagogue." On this dais was a tall, branching, silver candlestick with seven arms. [Pinchas Rosenberg, the Imperial Court tailor of St Petersburg donated a silver candlestick in 1866.]
The congregation now gathered in, the women filling the gallery, and the men, in varied costumes, and wearing hats of all shapes and colors, sitting or standing as they pleased. The lighting of many silver lamps, judiciously arranged, gave notice that the sixth day's sun had set, and that the holy day had begun. Instantly, the worshippers, all standing, and as many as could turning to the wall, began the utterance of prayer, bending backward and forward, repeating the words in a chanting tone, which each read from a book, in a low voice like the reciting of prayers after the clergyman in the Episcopal service. It seemed to us a service without prescribed form or order.
When it had continued some time, thinking that Mr. Seward might be impatient to leave, the chief men requested that he would remain a few moments, until a prayer should be offered for the President of the United States, and another for himself. Now a remarkable rabbi, clad in a long, rich, flowing sacerdotal dress, walked up the aisle; a table was lifted from the floor to the platform, and, by a steep ladder which was held by two assistant priests, the rabbi ascended the platform. A large folio Hebrew manuscript was laid on the table before him, and he recited with marked intonation, in clear falsetto, a prayer, in which he was joined by the assistants reading from the same manuscript. We were at first uncertain whether this was a psalm or a prayer, but we remembered that all the Hebrew prayers are expressed in a tone which rises above the recitative and approaches melody, so that a candidate for the priesthood is always required to have a musical voice.
At the close of the reading, the rabbi came to Mr. Seward and informed him that it was a prayer for the President of the United States, and a thanksgiving for the deliverance of the Union from its rebellious assailants [the just-concluded Civil War]. Then came a second; it was in Hebrew and intoned, but the rabbi informed us that it was a prayer of gratitude for Mr. Seward's visit to the Jews at Jerusalem, for his health, for his safe return to his native land, and a long, happy life. The rabbi now descended, and it was evident that the service was at an end.
[end of excerpt]
After Friday night dinner with the American Consul General, Seward and his party left Jerusalem the next day for Damascus, Beirut and European capitals. He returned to the U.S. in October and died the following year. His travelogue was published posthumously by his son in 1873.
Seward's account of his encounter with the Jewish community in Jerusalem 140 years ago is an important addition to the history of American involvement with the Jews of Palestine. American ties to a Jewish homeland predates Israel's founding in 1948 and even the formal establishment of the political Zionist movement in the 1880s. The relatively large population of Jews in Jerusalem that Seward discovered in 1871 is testimony to the age-old Jewish dedication to Jerusalem.


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Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Under His Wings and learn from the Mistakes of Others and the eight wonder of the world

Eighth wonder of the world


Pamukkale is one of the extraordinary natural wonders of Turkey. The great attraction is the white immensity of the cliff with sculptured basins full of water and ..

2 GET and 2 GIVE creates 2 many problems.
But...  Double it:
4 GET and 4 GIVE solves all    the problems!!


 Learn from the Mistakes of Others

Whenever you see that someone has made a mistake, view the situation as a learning experience to prevent yourself from making similar mistakes.
Moreover, utilize this experience to discover what knowledge you may be able to impart to others so they, too, can avoid making similar mistakes.
Today, think of three mistakes you have seen people make recently. In what way have you made similar mistakes?
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God's Wings -

A little something to put things in perspective...

After a forest fire in Yellowstone National Park , forest rangers
began their trek up a mountain to assess the inferno's damage.

One ranger found a bird literally petrified in ashes, perched
Statuesquely on the ground at the base of a tree. Somewhat
Sickened by the eerie sight, he knocked over the bird with a stick.
When he gently struck it, three tiny chicks scurried from under
their dead mother's wings. The loving mother, keenly aware of
impending disaster, had carried her offspring to the base of the
tree and had gathered them under her wings, instinctively knowing
that the toxic smoke would rise.

She could have flown to safety but had refused to abandon her
babies. Then the blaze had arrived and the heat had scorched her
small body, the mother had remained steadfast ...because she had
been willing to die, so those under the cover of her wings would live.

'He will cover you with His feathers,
And under His wings you will find refuge.'
(Psalm 91:4)

Being loved this much should make a difference in your life.
Remember the One who loves you, and then be different because of it.

My instructions were to send this to people that I wanted G-d to
bless and I picked you. Please pass this on to people you want to
be blessed.

Time waits for no one. Treasure every moment you have.. You will
treasure it even more when you can share it with someone special.
To realize the value of a friend...lose one.

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Monday, August 26, 2013

Great jewish paintings and who is rich?

 Who is rich? --one who is satisfied with his lot.  As it is written: "If you eat of toil of your hands, fortunate are you, how good it is for you!"

Taken from, Ethics of the Fathers, 4:1, which is part of the Talmud

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Does this mean that only carpenters and porters can taste fortune and goodness? Is the Psalmist advising all businessmen, lawyers and university professors to abandon their offices and classrooms and ``eat of toil of your hands''?

But our mishnah (bible law) simply states, "Who is rich? --one who is satisfied with his lot," and then proceeds to quote the verse from the Psalms.  Obviously, the concept of gaining one's living by the toil of one's "hands" applies to every individual, regardless of vocation.

Patriarchal Precedent for that idea

In Genesis 28 the bible describes the first night in Jacob's journey from the Land of Israel to Charan.  When darkness fell, "he took from the stones of the place and placed them about his head" in order to protect him from wild beasts as he slept.  But if Jacob was concerned with the threat of physical beasts, why did he shield only his head, exposing his body to the dangers of the wild?

But the Torah is telling us of a deeper, internal barrier that Jacob was erecting.  Jacob knew that he was leaving behind his earlier life as a "wholesome man, who dwells in the tents of study," for the cannibalistic world of commerce and materialism.  After decades of secluded study in the Holy Land, he was to spend twenty years in the company of the corrupt and manipulative Laban, in order to build his family and amass the material means to support it.  During this time he labored round the clock ("in the day the heat consumed me, and the frost by night; and my sleep departed from my eyes" ) until he was "exceedingly successful," and gained "much cattle, maids, servants, camels and donkeys."  Yet he only devoted his "body," his external self, to this necessary but spiritually barren aspect of his life, while jealously reserving his "head," his innermost mind and choice talents, for his higher priorities.

So after twenty years in the jungle of Charan, Jacob could look back at a fortune created by much genius and skill and refer to it as but "the toil of my hands."

If you wish to be truly rich, our Mishnah is saying, expend only the toil of your "hands," the more external elements of your talents and faculties, in your material involvements, reserving "toil of your head" for the more lofty things in life.  Save the best of your mind, heart and self to gain true wisdom, serve your Creator, and fulfill your mission in life.

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Sunday, August 25, 2013

Great Old cars and Music and Solicit Advice

Solicit Advice

We can all benefit from the advice of wise and experienced people. Besides gaining from their knowledge, we can also gain from their objectivity.
Many students could gain a lot from asking advice on how to concentrate better, how to remember better, how to read faster and with greater comprehension. Many parents could gain a lot by asking for advice on how to create a peaceful, harmonious home where they bring out the best in their children.
Many teachers could gain from consulting master teachers with much experience. Many businesspeople and professionals could gain from consulting experts in their field.
Almost everyone could gain by consulting appropriate people about how to become a better person. Have the courage to ask for advice.
Love Yehuda Lave

Great old Cars
If you like old cars, here are some beauts!
 I have sent this before and worth sending again. Old original songs from the original artists for free. Paste and click.

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Friday, August 23, 2013

Kosher meal jokes

Our Bodies are not Our Selves
This sounds a little Islamic, but it is true that in Western society, the body has been deified. Many judge themselves by their physical beauty and strength (or lack of it). The Torah attitude is that our bodies are tools for spiritual elevation.
The value of a tool is not in its appearance but in its function. A person who looks at his body as a tool for spiritual growth does not think less of himself if he has a physical handicap. Since his body is a tool, he is only expected to utilize the tool that he was given.

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During her flight between London and Tel Aviv, 70 year old Leah gets terribly angry because the kosher meal she ordered when she first booked her flight was not on the plane. And because she is not one to meddle with, Leah complains to a stewardess and asks to see the captain.
Sitting on the other side of the aisle to Leah is Naomi Gold and when she hears of Leah's problem, she leans over to Leah and says, "I hope you don't mind me saying this, but I think it's a bit unfair of you to blame the airline for not having any kosher food on board today."
"Oh really? Why do you say that?" asks Leah.
"Because today is Yom Kippur," replies Naomi.

2nd Kosher meal joke

Jtube: Seinfeld: The Kosher Meal

by NBC
Have you ever been stranded without kosher food?

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Thursday, August 22, 2013

KOOL PICTURES and discover your faults in others

  Discover your Faults in Others

Whenever you notice a fault in another person, check where you have that fault yourself. We have a strong tendency to notice our own faults in others. This awareness gives us many opportunities to learn about our own shortcomings -since it is easier to recognize a fault in someone else than in ourselves."

What fault do you commonly notice in other people? In what ways do you have that fault yourself?

Use this awareness as a tool to stop yourself from speaking against others. Who would want to speak against others knowing that you are merely drawing attention to that same fault in yourself?!

Today, catch yourself in the act of criticizing others. Then think about the implications for yourself.

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Wednesday, August 21, 2013

A fun Fact for Each State and " Archaeologists: We Found Shilo Tabernacle"

Feel the Joy of Living
Appreciate the gift of life. At least once every day, feel the simple joy of being alive.
Imagine yourself in a situation in which you're about to die. Concentrate and feel what that would be like. Then picture yourself being given another chance. The more vividly you can imagine this, the greater you will be able to feel the joy of life itself.
Love Yehuda Lave

             Archaeologists: We Found Shilo Tabernacle
by Gil Ronen Archaeologists: We Found Shilo Tabernacle

Archaeologists say they have found the remains of the Biblical Israelites' Tabernacle at site of ancient Shilo. The Tabernacle precedes the Temples and dates to the period between the conquest of the Land of Israel by Joshua and the rise of King David.

According to a report in Yisrael Hayom, the archaeologists will display their findings this week at the Shilo site in Samaria, in a conference that is to be held by the Shilo Organization.

Among the findings are holes hewn into the rock at the site. These holes, the archaeologists explain, could have been used in order to prop up wooden beams used in a temporary structure like the Tabernacle. The beams formed part of the walls of the Tabernacle, and they would have had to be fixed to the ground in some way.

Next to the hewn holes, in the northern part of Tel Shilo, structures have been discovered that date to the period between Joshua and King David.

Earthenware vessles and three large stoves were also found in one of the structures. The researchers say they were not intended for home use. This makes it more likely that the structures were part of a central public facility.

In addition, remains have been found of what appears to be the south-western corner of the wall that surrounded the city of Shilo. On the basis of this finding, researchers can also estimate where the entrance gate to the city was, and this in turn has implications for the location of the Tabernacle, which is known to have been located near the entrance gate.

Past findings at the hills that surround the site included what researchers say are the bones of sacrificed animals that were eaten by the Israelites who came to Shilo. The dating of the bones corresponded with the Biblical dates for the activity of the Tabernacle at Shilo.

A Fun Fact for Each State

Was the first place to have 9-1-1, started in 1968
ALASKA .... 

One out of every 64 people has a pilot's license


Is the only state in the continental US that doesn't follow Daylight Savings Time
Has the only active diamond mine in the U.S.
Its economy is so large that if it were a country, it would rank 7th in the entire world
In 1976 it became the only state to turn down the Olympics
The Frisbee was invented here at Yale University
Has more scientists and engineers than any other state.
At 759 square miles, Jacksonville is the U.S.'s largest city.
It was here, in 1886, that pharmacist John Pemberton made the first vat of Coca-Cola.
Hawaiians live, on average, five years longer than residents in any other state.
IDAHO ... 
TV was invented in Rigby, Idaho, in 1922.
The Chicago River is dyed green every St. Patrick's Day.
INDIANA ..... 
Home to Santa Claus, Indiana, which get a half million letters to Santa every year.
IOWA .... 
Winnebago's get their name from Winnebago County.   Also, it is the only state that begins with two vowels.
Liberal, Kansas, has an exact replica of the house in The Wizard of Oz.
Has more than $6 billion in gold underneath Fort Knox .
Has parishes instead of counties because they were originally Spanish church units.
MAINE .... 
It's so big, it covers as many square miles as the other five New England states combined.
The Ouija board was created in Baltimore in 1892.
The Fig Newton is named after Newton, Massachusetts.
Fremont, home to Gerber, is the baby food capital of the world.
Bloomington 's Mall of America is so big, if you spent 10 minutes in each store, you'd be there nearly four days.
President Teddy Roosevelt refused to shoot a bear here ...  that's how the teddy bear got its name.
Is the birthplace of the ice cream cone.
A sapphire from Montana is in the Crown Jewels of England .
More triplets are born here than in any other state.
Birthplace of Tupperware, invented in 1938 by Earl Tupper.
Has the most shopping malls in one  area in the world.
Smokey the Bear was rescued from a 1950 forest fire here.
NEW YORK .... 
Is home to the nation's oldest cattle ranch, started in 1747 in Montauk.
Home of the first Krispy Kreme doughnut.
Rigby, North Dakota, is the exact geographic center of North America .
OHIO .... 
The hot dog was invented here in 1900. 
The grounds of the state capital are covered by operating oil wells.
OREGON .... 
Has the most ghost towns in the country.
The smiley, :) was first used in 1980
| by computer scientists at Carnegie Mellon University .
The nation's oldest bar, the White Horse Tavern, opened here in 1673
Sumter County is home to the world's largest gingko farm.
Is the only state that's never had an earthquake.
Nashville 's Grand Ole Opry is the longest running live radio show in the world.
TEXAS .... 
Dr.  Pepper was invented in Waco back in 1885.
UTAH .... 
The first Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant opened here in 1952.
Montpelier is the only state capital without a McDonald's.
Home of the world's largest office building... the Pentagon.
Seattle has twice as many college graduates as any other state.
Was the first planned capital in the world.
Had the world's first brick paved street, Summers Street, laid in Charleston in 1870.
The ice cream sundae was invented here in 1881 to get around Blue Laws prohibiting ice cream from being sold on Sundays.
Was the first state to allow women to vote.

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