©2018 Mahoning Valley Water Inc.  Wacky Facts      One day I was out searching the internet for some information.  You know how it is.  You start out looking for one thing and four or five hours later, you realize you've forgotten what it was you were looking for because of all the neat sites that you ran into.      I found a couple of sites that you may be interested in.  One really good site is at www.howstuffworks.com.  I asked for a search on the word "water" and got a list of items that included "How Does a Water Softener Work?" (softeners exchange calcium and magnesium ions for soft sodium ions) to "Why Does Smoke Come From a Fire?" (when you put a fresh piece of wood or paper on a hot fire, the smoke you see is volatile hydrocarbons evaporating from the wood.  Once the temperature gets high enough, the compounds burst into flame.  Once they start burning, there is no smoke because the hydrocarbons are turned into carbon dioxide and water when they burn.)          There was also "Why Does Hydrogen Peroxide Foam When You Put It On A Cut?" (hydrogen peroxide, H2O2, foams because blood and cells contain an enzyme called catalase.  Since a cut contains both blood and damaged cells, there is a lot of catalase floating around.  When the catalase comes into contact with hydrogen peroxide, it turns the H2O2 into water H2O and oxygen gas O2.  The bubbles you see are pure oxygen bubbles being created by the catalase.)           This web site is definitely one of the best sites for finding out things you may have been curious about.  If you can't find your subject, you can ask your question and they'll get you an answer.      The next neat site I got linked into was at www.funtrivia.com.  You can search for trivia on just about any subject you can think of.  Naturally, my search was again on water.      I found that Memphis, TN has just about the cleanest drinking water in the world, the animal that can last the longest without water is the rat, Beethoven dipped his head into cold water before he composed because he thought it stimulated the brain, and an average of 13 boxes of Jello are purchased every second in the United States.      Speaking of Jello, you can go to a website created by Ohio State University at www.cis.ohio-state.edu/hypertext/faq/usenet/top.html and see pages and pages of information about Jello from its' original creator to the flavors preferred by different countries.  This is another one of those web sites that can link you anywhere and give you "everything you always wanted to know...but were afraid to ask" type information.      I found pages of information on chocolate (my favorite subject) and Guiness Beer (because it is high in iron content, it's given to post-op patients in Ireland) and why hurricanes hit the east coast of the United States but never the west coast (after hurricanes form in the tropic and sub tropic latitudes they tend to move west and northwest.  Also hurricanes need warm water to sustain them which is provided by the Gulf Stream in the east at 80°F.  The oceans off the west coast rarely get above 70°F even in the summer.)      I spend a lot of time on the internet getting valuable information on water and water treatment processes but it never ceases to amaze me how much information there is available on just about any subject that you can think of.  All you have to do is go out and find it.      By the way, did you know that our drinking water is about 3 billion years old? MAHONING VALLEY WATER