Archive | October, 2008

Fall Back Sunday, November 2

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Don’t let this happen to you!

Daylight Saving Time ends on this Sunday morning, November 2, at 2 a.m.  As the old adage goes, Spring Forward and Fall Back, so make sure to set your clocks back one hour before you go to bed on Saturday night.  No excuses if you show up to the Library at 11 a.m. and find the doors still locked.

Have you noticed any of your electronics this week seem to have the wrong time?  They might have been programmed with the old Daylight Saving Time dates.  If you recall, back in 2007, new start and stop dates became effective and we now change back the first Sunday in November, instead of the last Sunday in October.  If you’re curious about all this, the California Energy Commission has an informative page all about DST.

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Last Day to Register to Vote Oct. 20

A reminder that in Santa Clara County, the last day to register to vote for the November 4 Presidential Election is this coming Monday, October 20.

We have voter registration forms here at the Library, next to the Information Desk.  You can also obtain information or download a form at the Santa Clara County Registrar of Voters website, www.sccvote.org.

Additional information about voting in California and the numerous candidates and measures on this fall’s ballot can be found at the California Secretary of State’s Elections website, www.sos.ca.gov/elections/.

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October is National Popcorn Poppin’ Month

Americans eat some 16 billion quarts of popocorn; that’s 54 quarts for each man, woman, and child.  Fall is the peak period for popcorn sales for home consumption.  It’s one of the oldest American foods.  Ears of popcorn about 4,000 years old were found in the Bat Cave in west central New Mexico.  By the 1840′s popping corn had become a popular recretional activity and by 1870, popcorn was commonly sold in grocery stores and at concession stands at circuses, carnivals, and street fairs.  The first mobile popcorn machine was exhibited in 1893.  One enterprising movie theater owner lowered the price of his movie tickets and added a popcorn machine.  He saw huge profits.  Now most people associate popcorn with the movies.    Also, popping popcorn has become one of the number one uses for microwave ovens and most microwaves have a “popcorn” control button.  Microwave popcorn in expandable, flexible paper packages is a staple for many people.  U.S. patent 6,884,978 shows a typical package.  There are many other popcorn patents, such as Popcorn Bowl (D542,096) , an old fashioned Corn Popper (609,160), and even Popcorn Ice Cream (D468,073).  The Popcorn Board offers tasty recipes, “corny facts,” and popcorn trivia.   Some of the popcorn patents are on exhibit in the Patent and Business section of the Library.

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