This collection of BABs is used to help document the significant events that took place during the Spring 2007 semester. This is not a "best of" BAB collection.
The Spring 2007 semester started with a holiday-- Martin Luther King Day--and we used a quote by Dr. King in which he used the word infinity.
- MLK Quote on MLK Day 2007 [15 January 2007]
Inflation (CPI and PPI) related BABs are created every month. Record cold weather hit the southwest, which in turn could result in higher food prices later on.
- Cold Weather in the Southwest Hurts Citrus Crops [17 January 2007]
Biotechnology is causing a constant stream of advances in healthcare. Potentially, many diseases could be eradicated over the next decade or two (or three or four).
- U.S. Cancer Deaths Decline For Second Year In a Row [18 January 2007]
I told my 25 year-old daughter that she should expect to live for another 100 years... she giggled at me, but I don't take it back.
- World's Oldest Woman Dies at Age 115 in Montreal [20 January 2007]
Travel is fun, but problems at airports can be frustrating and ruin the best of plans.
- Airport Delays in 2006 Sets a Record [27 January 2007]
Maybe in a decade we'll see headlines that read "world's oldest person dies at age 135."
- World's Oldest Person Dies at 114 [30 January 2007]
Budgets are important and spending money that we don't have is not always a wise thing to do.
- 2006 Personal Saving Rate Lowest in 74 Years [02 February 2007]
The 21st century is the century of large numbers; therefore, it is no surprise that it takes lots of money to run the U.S. government.
- Proposed U.S. 2008 Fiscal Budget: $2.9 Trillion [06 February 2007]
The first BAB was created on 9 February 2005. BAB number 825 was created on the 9 February 2007.
- BABs Turn Two Years In Age [09 February 2007]
Arizona will turn 100 years in age during 2012. SCC's own Marshall Trimble, Arizona's official state historian, is playing a key role in planning Arizona's 100th birthday celebration.
- Arizona Turns 95 in 2007 [12 February 2007]
The 'S' in SCC stands for Scottsdale. On 26 February 1888, Winfield Scott bought land that eventually became Scottsdale.
- Happy Birthday To Scottsdale? [26 February 2007]
GDT doesn't care much about "if only..." scenarios, but if only he had saved his baseball card collections (and his Hot Wheels).
- Honus Wagner Baseball Card Transaction Sets Record [28 February 2007]
Many people find firecrackers fun, but most firecrackers last a couple seconds. How about a firecracker that lasts for two hours?
- 8.1 Mile Long Firecracker Might Be a Record [04 March 2007]
Again, the 21st century is the century of large numbers. I had decided prior to the start of the Spring 2007 semester that we were going to learn about quadrillions (i.e. one period beyond trillions).
Again, the 21st century is the century of large numbers. 161 billion gigi-bytes is how many bytes?
- 161 Billion Gigabytes of Information in 2006 [06 March 2007]
The Valley of the Sun (i.e. Phoenix metropolitan area) experienced its hottest winter day ever.
- 99 Degrees on 16 March 2007 in Phoenix, Arizona, Sets a Record [17 March 2007]
Spring semesters contain spring breaks. Spring breaks occur during the week in which Pi Day occurs. RoadHacker went to Albuquerque, New Mexico, to drive NM Hwy-314 and do other Pi Day activities.
- Pi Day 2007 in Albuquerque, New Mexico [21 March 2007]
Arizona has lots of fast growing counties, but Maricopa is not at the top of the list. Maricopa did have the largest increase in population, but other Arizona counties are growing at a faster rate.
- Maricopa County Not the Fastest Growing County [23 March 2007]
900 BABs and counting...
- The 900th BAB [29 March 2007]
Maybe someday we'll have high-speed transportation systems here in the United States.
- French Train Breaks Rail Speed Record [05 April 2007]
Biotechnology and nanotechnology might come the rescue when it comes to our litter problem. Bottom-line: litter clean-up is expensive.
- Don't Trash Arizona Reports Maricopa's Top 10 Litter Hot Spots [08 April 2007]
The city of Tempe left their property tax rate unchanged at $1.40 per $100 of assessed value. I created a BAB about Tempe's action resulted in a tax increase. Via email, I shared the BAB with the Tempe city council and Tempe's mayor replied with an email message the contained corrections to my math.
- Tempe Leaves Property Tax Rate Unchanged [08 April 2007]
GDT doesn't have an iPod, but it appears as though lots of people do.
- Apple Says... 100 Million iPods Sold [10 April 2007]
It has been fun to see the different quarters from different states. In 2008, Arizona will have its own quarter.
- Arizona's New Quarter Coming in 2008 [11 April 2007; updated 2 May 2007]
When it comes to temperatures, absolute zero is the temperature in which atoms cease to move.
- Within One Degree of Absolute Zero [13 April 2007]
Google Inc. continued to prove it is a 21st century Informatics company. Go Google!
- Google Wants To Buy DoubleClick [16 April 2007]
16 April 2007: 33 killed at Virginia Tech.
- Shooting Rampage at Virginia Tech University [18 April 2007]
Move over Exxon Mobil... Wal-Mart took over the top spot on the Fortune 500 list with revenues of $351,139,000,000. Again, the 21st century is the century of large numbers.
- Wal-Mart Tops the Fortune 500 List [18 April 2007]
Gas prices continue to go up. Regular unleaded is just under $3.00 per gallon after starting the semester at around $2.25. At most stations, premimum is above $3.00 per gallon. My first spotting of Pi priced gas was on 20 April 2007.
- Pi Gas Price Spotted on 20 April 2007 [21 April 2007]
Global warming has been a "hot" topic this semester and Earth Day occurs durring every spring semester on April 22nd.
- Earth Day 2007 [22 April 2007]
For the first time ever in 76 years, Japan-headquartered Toyota sold more vehicles over the span of three months than did U.S.-based General Motors.
- Toyota Tops GM in 1st-Quarter Global Sales [25 April 2007]
The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) closed above 13,000 for the first time. It took 129 trading days for the DJIA to climb from 12,000 to 13,000.
- Dow (DJIA) Closes Above 13,000 For the First Time [25 April 2007]
The S&P 500 closed above 1,500 for the first time since late-March of 2000, less than 30 points below its all-time high.
- S&P 500 Closes Above 1500 [06 May 2007]
The Federal Reserve met three times during the semester and each time they left the Federal Funds Rate unchanaged at
5.25%. In other words, interest rates ended the semester at the same rate they were when the semester started.
Creator: Gerald D. Thurman
Created: 18 April 2007