The First Parking Meter –B1

The first parking meter was installed in 1935 in Oklahoma City. Before that, parking on the street is free in cities. However, as more cars pouring in, it’s becoming chaotic. Finding a parking space on the street is often impossible. Some merchants deliberately parked their cars in front of competitors’ stores to stop costumers dropping by. Large cities began banning street parking at downtown areas. But the regulation brought severe damage to the business district. Shoppers wouldn’t even walk a few blocks from their cars to a store. In 1932, the Oklahoma City tried to figure a way out this chaos. A local newspaper editor, Carl Magee invented the park-o-meter. First meter was installed in July, 1935. People found it hard to believe that they had to pay to park on the street, after they had paid all kinds of taxes to the government. Probably for fun and to protest, two couples set up a folding table and four chairs in a parking space, deposited a nickel in the meter and played a rubber of bridge.


ORGANIC … Lawns –P1

Drink the organic milk, have the organic salad, and now wear your organic T-shirt and mow your organic lawn…

For lawns, “going organic” means getting grass and soil healthy enough to crowd out weeds and pests without pesticides (A herbicide is a pesticide targeting plants; an insecticide kills insects). Organic movement advocates believe pesticides are brought into houses and left in carpets via shoe soles and pet feet. Last year, researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health found that individuals reporting exposure to pesticides had a 70% higher incidence of Parkinson’s disease than those not reporting exposure. Similar conclusion can be found in a Mayo Clinic report last year.

Can’t wait for dumping the pesticides? Make sure you want to pay for the higher price. The organic solutions are typically twice as expensive as the traditional lawn cares. And what’s even worse, you have to live with a few weeds on your lawn. Chemical pesticide is still the best to get rid of weeds. Natural corn-gluten herbicide are not as effective.