Friday, January 20, 2006

New Displays: Future Pandemics; Also 2006 Winter Olympics

The Al Harris has two new displays this month.

The first is about Pandemics and Epidemics. One little known fact: During World War I influenza killed more of our young soldiers overseas than the battles did. For some reason 19 years olds were just as likely to die as babies and 100 year olds from that flu strain. This display shows books, videos and websites about AIDS, Cholera, and the new avian flu - H5N1. Click on the title above (New Displays) for avian flu data from the Centers for Disease Control. Yes you can also check the books out.

The second display is about the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy. The first Winter Olympics was held in 1924 in Charmonix with a total of 294 athletes. The 2006 Winter Olympics will host an amazing 2,500 athletes. Fact: Only 2 countries south of the equator have ever won medals at all Winter Olympics. Any quesses? Australia won gold medals in short-track speed skating and freestyle skiing at Salt Lake City in 2002. New Zealand won a silver medal in the women's slalom in the 1992 Winter Games in Albertville, France.

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