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Carroll County, Indiana

Carroll County is a county located in the U. S. state of Indiana. As of 2010, the population was 20,155; the county seat is Delphi. Carroll County is part of the Lafayette, Metropolitan Statistical Area. Carroll County was formed in 1828 and named for Charles Carroll, the last surviving signer of the Declaration of Independence, who died in 1832; the county seat of Delphi was established the same year by General Samuel Milroy. The Wabash and Erie Canal, built through the county in 1840 and operating until the early 1870s, is among the county's most significant historical legacies; the current Carroll County courthouse was designed by Elmer E. Dunlap of Indianapolis, who designed the Spencer County courthouse, it was constructed by A. E. Kemmer at a cost of about $250,000 from 1916 to 1917; the exterior is understated, but the interior is elaborate, including a stained glass dome over a mosaic tile floor. This building is the county's third courthouse; the first was built in 1831-1838. It was replaced by a brick structure in 1856.

The 730-pound bell from the first courthouse was made in Cincinnati in 1836 and given by Sheriff Samuel Davis Gresham, was used in the second courthouse until 1916. While the bell was in transit to Lafayette by boat, the boat sank, it was sold, but was returned to Carroll County in 1967. According to the 2010 census, the county has a total area of 375.02 square miles, of which 372.22 square miles is land and 2.80 square miles is water. Cass County Howard County Clinton County Tippecanoe County White County U. S. Route 421 Indiana State Road 18 Indiana State Road 22 Indiana State Road 25 Indiana State Road 29 Indiana State Road 39 Indiana State Road 75 Indiana State Road 218 Norfolk Southern Railway Winamac Southern Railway In recent years, average temperatures in Delphi have ranged from a low of 17 °F in January to a high of 86 °F in July, although a record low of −25 °F was recorded in January 1963 and a record high of 107 °F was recorded in July 1954. Average monthly precipitation ranged from 1.94 inches in February to 4.16 inches in July.

The county government is a constitutional body, is granted specific powers by the Constitution of Indiana, by the Indiana Code. County Council: The county council is the legislative branch of the county government and controls all the spending and revenue collection in the county. Representatives are elected from county districts; the council members serve four-year terms. They are responsible for setting salaries, the annual budget, special spending; the council has limited authority to impose local taxes, in the form of an income and property tax, subject to state level approval, excise taxes, service taxes. Board of Commissioners: The executive body of the county is made of a board of commissioners; the commissioners are elected county-wide, in staggered terms, each serves a four-year term. One of the commissioners the most senior, serves as president; the commissioners are charged with executing the acts legislated by the council, collecting revenue, managing the day-to-day functions of the county government.

Court: The county maintains a small claims court that can handle some civil cases. The judge on the court is elected to a term of four years and must be a member of the Indiana Bar Association; the judge is assisted by a constable, elected to a four-year term. In some cases, court decisions can be appealed to the state level circuit court. County Officials: The county has several other elected offices, including sheriff, auditor, recorder and circuit court clerk; each of these elected officers serves a term of four years and oversees a different part of county government. Members elected to county government positions are required to declare a party affiliation and to be residents of the county. Carroll County is part of Indiana's 4th congressional district and is represented by Jim Baird in the United States Congress, it is part of Indiana Senate district 7 and Indiana House of Representatives district 24. As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 20,155 people, 7,900 households, 5,678 families residing in the county.

The population density was 54.1 inhabitants per square mile. There were 9,472 housing units at an average density of 25.4 per square mile. The racial makeup of the county was 96.8% white, 0.2% American Indian, 0.2% black or African American, 0.1% Asian, 1.7% from other races, 1.0% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 3.5% of the population. In terms of ancestry, 29.7% were German, 14.7% were American, 12.6% were Irish, 8.8% were English. Of the 7,900 households, 32.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.5% were married couples living together, 7.3% had a female householder with no husband present, 28.1% were non-families, 24.0% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.54 and the average family size was 2.98. The median age was 40.9 years. The median income for a household in the county was $47,697 and the median income for a family was $60,420. Males had a median income of $46,241 versus $29,541 for females; the per capita income for the county was $23,163.

About 6.1% of families and 9.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 11.0% of those under age 18 and 8.3% of those age 65 or over. Public schools in Carroll County are administered by the Carroll Consolidated School District and the Delphi C

Jozef Psotka

Jozef Psotka, was a Slovak mountaineer, at that time the oldest person in the world who reached the summit of Mount Everest without oxygen. He attended a high school in Košice and graduated in 1953, he had a lifetime passion for mountaineering, climbing Matterhorn and Kangchenjunga among other peaks. On October 15, 1984, he reached the summit of Mount Everest without oxygen with Zoltán Demján and Sherpa Ang Rita. Together with Zoltan Demján he was the first Slovak climber. During the return they separated and Psotka accidentally fell 1,000 meters to his death. List of people who died climbing Mount Everest Everest Summits in the 1980-1985 List of Slovak ascensionists of the eight-thousanders Ing. Jozef Psotka Sportsmen from Košice - Jozef Psotka

M&M's Kart Racing

M&M's Kart Racing is a racing video game for the Nintendo DS and Wii, based on the M&M's license and developed by Polish company Frontline Studios. It is the 5th of the 7 M&M's video games; the game allows to play one of M&M's characters in 15 race environments. The game was widespread panned upon release and has been cited to be one of the worst video games of all time. M&M's Kart Racing is a kart racing game in which you control one of the selectable characters who race in karts in different race tracks that vary in shape and theme. You can choose from 7 different race vehicles. Races take place in street, dirt and sand environments which affect vehicle handling in different ways; the cups of coffee placed on the ground around the tracks cause you to get a boost resulting in the utterance of the infamous "Approaching sound barrier". When the player reaches 200mph you will begin "Approaching sound barrier". You will pickups chocolate coins scattered across the raceway too but they have no purpose outside of arcade mode where you must collect all the chocolate coins to proceed to the next raceway.

To get a turbo boost at the start of a race you must spin your Wii Mote. Unlike other racers to turn your vehicle you must spin the Wii Mote as opposed to tilting the controller like a steering wheel. M&M's Kart Racing was critically panned upon release, it has 22.33 % for the Wii and DS versions respectively. IGN gave the DS version 3/10 and the Wii version 2.5/10 citing that "commercial mascots make terrible videogames" and that the game "barely uses the license at all". GameSpot gave the DS version 2/10 stating that the game "could put you off M&M's for life". GameSpot awarded the game "Flat-out Worst Game" award in GameSpot's "Best and Worst of 2008" awards. GameZone panned it, giving it 2/10; the game was awarded the lowest-rated kart game by Guinness World Records Gamer's Edition 2011, stating that the game's nearest "rival" was Shrek Swamp Kart Speedway, the latter of which has a GameRankings score of 26.40%, 3.9% more than M&M's Kart Racing. Gameplay footage of the game was featured as Joystiq's "Today's most hilariously atrocious video", stating that the gameplay footage "is a true testament to the wrong way to build a kart racer".

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Brachyophis is a monotypic genus created for the rear-fanged venomous snake species, Brachyophis revoili known as Revoil's short snake, endemic to Eastern Africa. Three subspecies are recognized as being valid; the maxillary is short, with two or three small teeth, after an interspace, by a large grooved fang. The mandibular teeth increase in length to the third; the head is not distinct from the neck. The snout is sharp-edged; the eye is minute, with a round pupil. The nostril is pierced in a single nasal, which does not touch the rostral, the internasal forming a suture with the first upper labial. There is no loreal, there are no temporals. A large azygous occipital shield is present; the body is remarkably short, is cylindrical. The tail is short; the dorsal scales are smooth, without apical pits, are arranged in 15 rows at midbody. The ventrals are obtusely angulate laterally; the subcaudals are single. Dorsally Brachyophis revoili is either grayish white with irregular brown crossbands, or dark brown with irregular white crossbands.

The ventral scales are broadly edged with brown in front. One of the type specimens is 25.5 cm in total length, with a tail only 1.5 cm long. The dorsal scales are arranged in 15 rows at midbody; the ventrals number only 104-115. The subcaudals, 11-13 in number, are not divided; the portion of the rostral scale, visible from above is at least as long as its distance from the frontal. The rostral is wedged between the internasals; the frontal is hexagonal, longer than broad, longer than its distance from the end of the snout, shorter than the parietals. A large pentagonal occipital is seen, the point of, wedged between the parietals. A small preocular and two small postoculars are present. There are seven upper labials, the second and third are in contact with the prefrontal, the third and fourth enter the eye, the fifth and sixth are largest and are in contact with the parietal. Two pairs of large chin shields occur, which are separated from each other on the median line by two series of small scales.

The specific name, revoili, is in honor of French naturalist Georges Révoil, who collected the type specimen. The subspecific name, cornii, is in honor of Guido Corni, an Italian explorer and governor of Italian Somalia; the subspecific name, krameri, is in honor of a Swiss herpetologist and professor. Snakebite Brachyophis revoili at the Reptile Database. Accessed 5 September 2007

Frank Close

Francis Edwin Close, is a particle physicist, Emeritus Professor of Physics at the University of Oxford and a Fellow of Exeter College, Oxford. Close was a pupil at King's School, where he was taught Latin by John Dexter, brother of author Colin Dexter, he took a BSc in Physics at St Andrews University graduating in 1967, before researching for a DPhil in Theoretical Physics at Magdalen College, under the supervision of Richard Dalitz, which he was awarded in 1970. He is an atheist. In addition to his scientific research, he is known for his lectures and writings making science intelligible to a wider audience and promoting physics outreach. From Oxford he went to Stanford University in California for two years as a Postdoctoral Fellow on the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center. In 1973 he went to the Daresbury Laboratory in Cheshire and to CERN in Switzerland from 1973–5, he joined the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory in Oxfordshire in 1975 as a research physicist and was latterly Head of Theoretical Physics Division from 1991.

He headed the communication and public education activities at CERN from 1997 to 2000. From 2001, he was Professor of Theoretical Physics at Oxford, he was a Visiting Professor at the University of Birmingham from 1996–2002. Close lists his recreations as writing, travel and Real tennis, he is a member of Harwell Squash Club, he became a Fellow of the Institute of Physics in 1991. The Institute of Physics awarded him its 1996 Kelvin Medal and Prize, given "for outstanding contributions to the public understanding of physics". From 1993–9, he was Vice-President of the British Association for the Advancement of Science, he was appointed an OBE in 2000. Since 2003, he has been Chairman of the British team in the International Physics Olympiad, based at the University of Leicester. 2013 Awarded the Royal Society Michael Faraday Prize His Royal Institution Christmas Lectures in 1993, entitled The Cosmic Onion, gave their name to one of his books. He was a Member on the Council of the Royal Institution from 1997–9.

From 2000 to 2003 he gave public lectures as Professor of Astronomy at London. In his book, Lucifer's Legacy: The Meaning of Asymmetry, Close wrote: "Fundamental physical science involves observing how the universe functions and trying to find regularities that can be encoded into laws. To test if these are right, we do experiments. We hope that the experiments won't always work out, because it is when our ideas fail that we extend our experience; the art of research is to ask the right questions and discover where your understanding breaks down."His 2010 book Neutrino discusses the tiny, difficult-to-detect particle emitted from radioactive transitions and generated by stars. Discussed are the contributions of John Bahcall, Ray Davis, Bruno Pontecorvo, others who made a scientific understanding of this fundamental building block of the universe. In The Infinity Puzzle: Quantum Field Theory and the Hunt for an Orderly Universe, Close focuses on the discovery of the mass mechanism, the so-called Higgs-mechanism.

Other books include: Particle Physics: A Very Short Introduction ISBN 9780192804341, Antimatter ISBN 9780199550166 and Nothing ISBN 9780199225866. Gresham Professor of Astronomy Close, F. E.. An Introduction to Quarks and Partons. London: Academic Press. ISBN 0-12-175150-3. Close, Frank; the Cosmic Onion: Quarks and the Nature of the Universe. London: Heinemann Educational. ISBN 0-435-69170-8.rev. Ed; the New Cosmic Onion: Quarks and the Nature of the Universe. London: Taylor & Francis. 2006. ISBN 1-58488-798-2. Close, Frank; the Particle Explosion. Oxford: Oxford University Press. ISBN 0-19-851965-6.rev. Ed; the Particle Odyssey: A Journey to the Heart of the Matter. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 2002. ISBN 0-19-850486-1. Close, Frank. End: Cosmic Catastrophe and the Fate of the Universe. London: Simon & Schuster. ISBN 0-671-65461-6. Close, Frank. Too Hot to Handle: The Story of the Race for Cold Fusion. London: W. H. Allen. ISBN 1-85227-206-6. Close, Frank. Lucifer's Legacy: The Meaning of Asymmetry. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

ISBN 0-19-850380-6. Close, Frank. Particle Physics: A Very Short Introduction. Oxford: Oxford University Press. ISBN 0-19-280434-0. Close, Frank; the Void. Oxford: Oxford University Press. ISBN 0-19-922590-7. Close, Frank. Antimatter. Oxford: Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-955016-6. Close, Frank. Nothing: A Very Short Introduction. Oxford: Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-922586-6. Close, Frank. Neutrino. Oxford: Oxford University Press. ISBN 0-19-957459-6. Close, Frank; the Infinity Puzzle: Quantum Field Theory and the Hunt for an Orderly Universe. Oxford: Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-959350-7. Close, Frank. Half-Life: The Divided Life of Bruno Pontecorvo, Physicist or Spy. London: Basic Books. ISBN 978-1-78-074581-7. Close, Frank. Theories of Everything: Ideas in Profile. London: Profile Books. ISBN 978-1781257517. Close, Frank. Trinity: The Treachery and Pursuit of the Most Dangerous Spy in History. London: Allen Lane. ISBN 978-0241309834. Frank Close at Frank Close at Exeter College Interview in The Guardian, 1 June 2004 Radio 4 Museum of Curiosity 5 March 2008 Frank Close's page and Walsh literary agents Works by Frank Close at Open Library Scientific publications of Frank Close on INSPIRE-HEP Jodcast Interview with Professor Frank Close on the life and disappearance of Bruno Pontecorvo Frank Close introduces The Void on YouTube Cosmic Onion lectures in 1993 on YouTube

Omri Amrany

Omri Amrany is an Israeli-American best known as a sculptor and painter, though accomplished as an architectural innovator and wall tapestry artist. Self-taught, he taps into such movements as surrealism for inspiration but eludes being categorized, inventing his own terminology and varying his style. Philosophically a humanist, he gravitates to the human figure as his subject matter, once saying that he uses the figure as an alphabet to express his philosophy in a sentence, he is co-founder of the Fine Art Studio of Rotblatt-Amrany in Fort Sheridan, Illinois, a studio that brings to the United States the aims and traditions of the Ateliers of Europe, as well as The Julia Foundation, a not-for-profit arts organization. More than 1,000 drawings, sculptures, wall tapestries, architectural designs, ceramics and installations, including Battle of the Amaleks, Quest for Freedom, Against the Wind. From his father he learned ceramics, his mother was a clothes designer. With art running in his genes, Amrany grew up painting as part of everyday life.

During the Yom Kippur War, Amrany served as a paratrooper in the Israel Defense Forces and saw a number of his buddies killed. His war experiences left him cynical about politics and the military, a would-be pacifist, they ignited a passion to define his values and integrate them into his life, his art, his society. Reentering civilian life, he dealt with post-combat stress by giving free rein to his subconscious whenever he had a pencil and paper at hand, he developed a minimalist style, creating hundreds of drawings completed in seconds and composed of one unbroken line. In the late 1970s, influenced by his grandmother and aunt, he began to weave wall tapestries, he began to paint on canvas in a storytelling style he labeled "tribal surrealism" – most notably in Battle of the Amaleks. This work, reminiscent of Picasso's Guernica in its ambition and intent, was Amrany's protest against the war in Lebanon, he humanized a landscape of Vadi Tzealim by integrating figures into the hills and Acacia trees, told a story graphically through tanks and dead soldiers below the looming face of Moses.

After attending college classes in Tel Aviv, Amrany was assigned by his kibbutz in 1984 to work with the Israeli Scouts organization in Haifa, overseeing the education of 5,000 youths in the vicinity of Mount Carmel. His interaction with psychologists and philosophers to clarify cultural values and instill them in the Scouts caused him to ponder his own values and the bedrock values of humankind. In 1985 Amrany was sent by his kibbutz to study marble carving in Italy, he traveled to Pietrasanta, where Michelangelo had worked. He wanted to join Renzo Santoli's Studio, through whose window he could see the white marble mountaintop of Michelangelo's famous Altissimo quarry. Impressed by Amrany's paintings, Maestro Santoli accepted him. Amrany's natural aptitude for stone carving caught the attention of the other artisans. One of his earliest works, Revealing sparked a visit by renowned artist Joseph Sheppard. On one side of a block of "Rose of Portugal" stone, Amrany created a figure. On its reverse he created a second figure, making use of the stone's translucence to evoke the impression of human skin, including veins.

By carving into the stone, working the negative, he increased the light penetrating the stone, giving the illusion of a positive. Revealing was purchased by an Israeli collector who owned five Rodin originals. While at Pietrasanta, Amrany met artist Julie Rotblatt, she accompanied him when he returned to Israel in the spring of 1986. Upon arriving, he gave his first major solo exhibition in the ruins of historic Caesarea, the seaport built by Herod the Great; the two artists married in 1987, living first in Israel before relocating to the United States in 1989 and settling in the Chicago area. Amrany supplemented his income as an art instructor by taking jobs as a handyman. Amrany's art has followed several strands throughout his career – distinct approaches or styles that he may set aside for years only to return to with greater maturity. In the early years after leaving the IDF, he explored minimalism, an approach based on a psychological tool known as the Johari window, his "sculpting montage" approach – which blends images to symbolize new dimensions – was first used in Quest for Freedom.

Two bronze hands bound at the wrist suggest an eagle and convey the indomitable spirit of the unseen person to whom they belong. He used the same approach in Whirlpool and One Minute before the 21st Century, his concept of "humanizing nature" – first seen in Battle of the Amaleks – was employed again in Global Concept, a work intended to be an epic-sized glass mosaic, Venetian style, in which two figures representing Adam and Eve are integrated into a map of the globe. An approach he calls "beyond the fourth dimension" was first used in Against the Wind – a work created in electroformed metal. Using a lightweight alloy formed in a thin layer by an electric current, he created a pattern of delicate leaves that appear to fall against a marathon runner's torso and