National Geographic : 2009 Jun
Technology: Dubai’s Rotating Skyscraper What will now follow in the ﬁeld of architecture is left only to the imagination. It remains to be seen how this moving structure will successfully live up to its expectations, given the insidious nature of windblown sand. ROBERT P. THIBODEAU Detroit, Michigan Culture: Dutch Treat Double Dutch was the game of choice for girls at Woodland, a public school in a middle-class neighborhood in Canton, Ohio, in the late 1930s. I know. I was there. Even then there was a hierarchy—the best turners and the best jumpers liked to play together. The test for novices was to see how fast they could go before stumbling. As turners upped their speed, they called out a verse that ended with “red hot pepper.” If you weren’t good, you lost your turn and went to the end of the line. I’ll be 85 this year, and I’m still jumping around without any help on the golf course and around the walking track. CORINNE REED ABATT Beverly Hills, Michigan History: Watching TV You have committed a serious sin of omission in your time line by not acknowledging Philo Farnsworth as the inventor of television. Farnsworth’s bitter legal battles with RCA and David Sarnoff are true David- versus-Goliath stories. The fact that Philo Farnsworth is not a household name in a nation averaging more than one television per home is a sad reﬂection of his treatment by historians. JAN STRIBULA Ridgeﬁeld, Connecticut Health: Oil Boon As I chuckled at this article’s photograph of the goats standing on the spindly tree branches, I wondered if the future fossil record of goats would yield any clues to this behavior. Compared with monkeys or squirrels, goats have evolved for life on the ground. But if goats can climb trees, then in the long history of life on Earth, there must have been many examples of improbable behaviors that left no decipherable traces. J. GORDON DEAN Sacramento, California Here's how you can still help: ✓ Ask your friends to try new 100% recycled Small StepsTM by Marcal® brand paper products because trees have a bigger job to do! ✓ If you don't see Marcal® Small StepsTM products at e You Made This New Product Possible. www.marcalsmallsteps.com ©2009 Marcal Manufacturing, LLC Made for budget-minded families from 100% recycled paper without chlorine bleaching, added dyes and fragrances.