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First Airplane Flies

On December 17, 1903, the Wright Brothers, Orville and Wilbur, made the first successful flight of a gas-powered, self-propelled airplane. Although the plane only stayed aloft for 12 seconds and flew only 120 feet, it was still considered a successful first flight.

However, on the last of the three flight tests made that day, the plane flew 852 feet in 59 seconds. This historic flight in airplane history was even captured on film. Check it out!

If you happen to be traveling by plane today, take a moment to appreciate how quickly that plane gets you from point A to point B and to thank the Wright Brothers for making it happen.

 

Sources: History.com, Wikipedia, About.com

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National Maple Syrup Day

Syrup grades largeHappy National Maple Syrup Day!

December 17 is a day to celebrate, appreciate and enjoy maple syrup. Pure maple syrup, that is; not pancake syrup, which contains no maple syrup at all.

Celebrate by sweetening oatmeal with maple syrup, topping vanilla ice cream with warm maple syrup, or drizzling syrup over a delicious stack of pancakes, waffles or french toast.

If you’re feeling extra festive about National Maple Syrup Day (and have maple trees in your backyard), celebrate maple syrup by making your own! Learn how.

Did You Know…You can use maple syrup as a healthy sugar alternative in baked goods and desserts? Simply replace the sugar with an equal amount of maple syrup, then, for each cup of syrup you use, reduce the quantity of liquid ingredients a recipe calls for by 1/4 cup. Replace liquid sweeteners with an equal amount of syrup. Find out the health benefits of maple syrup.

Sources: holidayinsights.com, punchbowl.com, purecanadamaple.com
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