Finding American-made goods
Please tell me where in the area that I can purchase any items made in the U.S.A.
There are, literally, hundreds if not thousands of places in the Tampa Bay area where you can "buy American." Way too many to list here.
You can find specific products that are American-made by visiting any number of websites, among them:
Here's a good article that provides some practical guidance, both generic and specific, for buying American-made goods: articles.moneycentral.msn.com/SavingandDebt/ConsumerActionGuide/how-to-buy-american.aspx.
Word trick keeps planets orderly
I know Pluto was dropped as a major planet, but there used to be a way to remember the names and position of the planets. Starting with nearest the sun, it went something about "My Very Efficient Mother . . ." I can't remember the rest. Can you help?
There are several variations of sentences to help remember the order of the nine planets from closest to the sun to farthest away by using a word with the same first letter of the planet (Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto). Among them:
• My very efficient mother just served us nine pizzas.
• My very educated mother just served us nine pickles.
• My very elegant mother just sat upon nine porcupines.
Then there's this one for the times when Neptune is farther from the sun than Pluto, which happens every 248 years and lasts 20 years:
• My very efficient mother just served us pistachio nuts.
And since Pluto was stripped of its planet status in 2006 and reclassified a dwarf planet of the Kuiper belt, there's this one:
• My very educated mother just served us noodles.
Why flu spreads in winter
Why does the flu have a "season" and when is it? Why does it spread more in the winter?
Flu season can begin as early as October and last as late as May, according to the CDC. Recent research has shed some light on why the season falls in the winter. A study led by Peter Palese, professor and chairman of the microbiology department at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York, showed flu viruses are more stable in cold air, and low humidity also helps the virus particles remain in the air. In other words, the exact conditions for much of the flu season.