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4,600,000,000 years = Age of Earth

  430,000,000 years = existence of Sharks

  280,000,000 years = existence of Cockroaches

  165,000,000? years = existence of Birds

  165,000,000 years = existence of Dinosaurs

  110,000,000 years = existence of Dawn Redwood tree

   70,000,000 years = existence of Kiwi Bird (lays only one egg, can't fly, etc.)

       40,000 years = existence of Man

KUDZU: the vine that ate the South.
I read that it was "native to the orient", a legume,
and was planted in the U.S. as an ornamental, as a fodder and hay crop,
as a roadside erosion stopper, and as a shade producer.
It is high in fiber and some lady has a cookbook for it.

 Life is what happens to you while you are making other plans.

 Going to church does not make you a Christian anymore than going to McDonald's makes you a hamburger."

 "Real friends are those who, when you feel you've made a fool of
 yourself, don't feel you've done a permanent job."

 "Sometimes the majority only means that all the fools are on the same side." -Michael W. Smith

 "I don't have to attend every argument I'm invited to."

 "Lead your life so you won't be ashamed to sell the family parrot to the town gossip." -Will Rogers Jr.

 "Learn from the mistakes of others. You can't live long enough to make them all yourself."

 "Following the path of least resistance is what makes rivers and men crooked."

 "Sushi is popular today, but it's nothing new.  Years ago they called it bait."

 Ulcers are caused not so much by what we eat as what's eating us.

 Utility is when you have one telephone,
 Luxury is when you have two,
 Paradise is when you have none.

Hurricane Katrina damage in New Orleans:

Fact #1: The land was below sea level.
Solution: make it higher:
I heard on the radio how many cubic football-fields of gargage they had to remove.   In north New Jersey, right next to the New Jersey TurnPike, is a huge hill on which they plan to build a golf course and condos;   it is a hill of garbage where there used to be a swamp.   New Orleans could compact their garbage and use it to raise the level of the land.   If more garbage is needed to get the land higher than sea level, New York City exports barges of garbage daily, and garbage is available from other sources also.
Drawback: cost.

Fact #2: The houses were blown down by wind.
Solution: Build concrete monolithic domes.
The windows may blow out, and it may need a new coat of paint afterwards,
but it will easily withstand a major hurricane and most tornados.
These houses are also good for tornado alley, Texas, Oklahoma, etc.

Drawback #1: A concrete monolithic dome is a little more expensive than a traditional stick-built home, but the price could be brought down by large volumes or government subsidies, and it lasts a lot longer, protects your property a lot better, and saves money on heating and cooling.

Drawback #2: A dome home fits better on a square (or large) lot of land, not well on narrow rectangular lots.   So, change the block and lot sizes; there is not much left to salvage anyway.   Do you want a long-term solution or not ?

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