Did You Know?

 In Feature

by Debbie Knepke

  • West Park Zoo began in 1892 with a small bird and mammal exhibit. By 1906, the
    renamed Washington Park Zoo had 75 animals and was open until 1963.
  • About 76 percent of American workers drive alone to work, but only 0.6 percent ride a bicycle, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Leaving your car at home just two days a week can reduce your greenhouse gas emissions by an average of two tons per year.
  • An Aldi supermarket is being planned on Miller Parkway.  It will replace a vacant industrial building that formerly housed Deutsch & Sons Company.
  • Lightning strikes across the continental United States an average of 20 million times each year with most of these strikes coming in the months of June, July and August.
  • A family of four spends $1,500 a year on food they don’t eat.
  • The average meal travels 1,500 miles from farm to plate.
  • Clean and dry milk, juice and soup cartons can be recycled, but not frozen food boxes.
  • The Times Theatre opened in 1935 with Roberta starring Fred Astaire.
  • Nearly 95 percent of Washington Heights homes were built between 1910 and 1930.
  • Mount Olive was the first English-speaking Lutheran church in the city. Until then German was the accepted language for preaching in the city’s Lutheran churches.
  • Only two people signed the Declaration of Independence on July 4 – John Hancock and Charles Thomson.  Most of the rest signed on August 2, but the last signature wasn’t added until five years later.
  • Most boat owners name their boats.  The most popular boat name requested is Obsession.
  • If you were to spell out numbers, how far would you have to go until you would find the letter ‘A’?
  • One thousand.
  • The amount of energy required to make 14 plastic shopping bags could drive a car for a mile.
  • The U.S. has more than 300 million people.
  • Patti LaBelle, 72 years old, will perform at the Wisconsin State Fair with En Vogue.

Be sure to like our page at www.facebook.com/WHNA.Milwaukee I am looking for fun and interesting tidbits about our neighborhood for this quarterly column.  If you have something to share, email it to me at debbiek83@aol.com.

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