Some Friday File Fun

February 16, 2007 ( - They say a picture is worth a thousand words.

So here’s a couple of thousand words worth…

The US Mint has unveiled a new $1 coin, bearing the likeness of George Washington.    The new coin is going into circulation around the country just in time for next week’s celebration of the first president’s birthday.   The new coin is golden in color and slightly larger and thicker than a quarter.   The design on the coin will change every three months, featuring a new president in the order in which they served.   You can get a look at them HERE

Here’s something interesting; the Eisenhower Interstate System – simplified  HERE

Wintery weather made driving hazardous in many places this past week – – – on Interstate 75 in Northern Kentucky, falling temperatures turned wet pavement into a sheet of ice.   One accident led to another – eventually flipping around the police cruiser of an assisting officer – – – and putting its video camera in a perfect position to capture an incredible shot of – – – well, check for yourself  HERE  (video link in upper left-hand corner)

Near Lake Taupo, New Zealand , Michael Holmes, an experienced skydiver, found out the hard way what can happen when your parachute doesn’t open – – – but Michael actually survived a fall from 4,000 feet at about 70 mph – – – and his bird’s eye perspective of the fall has been captured on video – – – you won’t want to miss this clip.     HERE

Editor’s Note:  In my haste, I appear to have neglected to include “On This Day” in today’s NewsDash.  It’s hardly worth sending out a special mailing – but here it is for those of you who check out the videos:

ON THIS DAY :   In 1862 , during the US Civil War, about 14,000 Confederate soldiers surrendered to General Ulysses S. Grant at Fort Donelson, Tennessee.   When the Confederate forces asked for terms of surrender, Grant replied that no terms “except unconditional and immediate surrender” would be acceptable – earning him the nickname “Unconditional Surrender” Grant.   In 1950 , the TV game show What’s My Line debuts.   Eventually it became the longest-running prime-time game show in the history of television, running for 18 years.   In 1946 , the first commercially designed helicopter was tested in Connecticut.   In 1959 , Fidel Castro is sworn in as prime minister of Cuba after leading a guerrilla campaign that forced right-wing dictator Fulgencio Batista into exile.   In 1968 , the first 911 emergency telephone system was inaugurated in Haleyville, Alabama.   In 1852 , Henry and Clement Studebaker founded H & C Studebaker, a blacksmith and wagon building business, in South Bend, Indiana.