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Summer 2012

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61' 3" DISTANCE OF THE LONGEST WATERMELON-SEED SPIT ON RECORD Pucker up and get practicing if you intend to best the distance set by Clark Hodgson in 1988. This year’s seed-spitting championships occur on Saturday, 8 September, in Pardeeville, Wisconsin. The official rules state that while “all spitting methods shall be acceptable,” denture-wearing athletes whose teeth travel farther than the seed will be judged solely on the distance the seed travels. With an average of about 300 seeds per watermelon, ammunition should be easy to come by. Source: pardeevillewatermelonfestival.com $80 COST OF AN AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL ANNUAL PASS Owning one of these gets you through the entrance gate at more than 2,000 recreation areas managed by five federal agencies, including the Bureau of Land Management, Forest Service, and the National Park Service. Consider using your pass to visit Yellowstone, the country’s first national park, established in 1872 by President Ulysses S. Grant. Although the oldest, Yellowstone is only twenty-second on the list of most-visited national parks with 3.7 million happy gawkers last year. Source: nps.gov 189 million NUMBER OF ANNUAL VISITORS TO THE TOP TWENTY-FIVE THEME PARKS WORLDWIDE It may not surprise you that Disney dominates the list of most-attended theme parks. In fact, attendance at Disney parks take the first eight slots and account for 44 percent of the top parks. What might surprise you is that numbers three and four are in Japan: Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo Disneysea, where in addition to a churro you can also buy a gyoza bun and a tapioca mango drink. The number one spot goes to Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom, with nearly 17 million annual guests. Historically, the busiest days in the kingdom are Monday, Thursday, and Saturday. Sources: aecom.com and disneyworld.disney.go.com 8,600 NUMBER OF PYROTECHNIC MISHAPS SENDING AMERICANS TO HOSPITAL EMERGENCY ROOMS EACH YEAR Summer starts off with a bang, which sometimes is followed by a bandage. About 70 percent of firework-related injuries in the U.S. occur during the first month of summer. Of the 8,600 patients treated, 40 percent are under fifteen years old. But don’t let these figures frighten you. While firework usage continues to rise, the rate of injury has dropped significantly during the past thirty years. Sources: cpsc.gov and americanpyro.com

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