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In December I am riding for Heifer International. Founded in 1944, Heifer International works with communities around the world to end hunger and poverty and to care for the Earth. Its approach is more than a handout. Heifer provides animals (e.g., heifers, goats, water buffalos, chickens, rabbits, fish, and bees) and training to impoverished people in over 30 countries. The animals can give milk, meat, or eggs; provide draft power; or form the basis of a small business. Communities make their own decisions about what crops, animals, and market strategies make sense for their everyday conditions and experiences.

Heifer International is based on 12 Cornerstones, such as Sustainability; Genuine Need and Justice; and Gender and Family Focus. Perhaps the best known Cornerstone is Passing on the Gift, in which Heifer recipient families pass on the offspring of their animals to others in need. In this way, whole communities can raise their standard of living.

A donation to Heifer International also can make a wonderful alternative holiday gift. Instead of yet another sweater for Grandma that she really doesn’t need, why not donate a Heifer animal or a share of an animal in her honor? Does your child really need so many new toys? Instead of five new toys, give him/her three new toys and a Heifer flock of chicks. Heifer has honor cards to let your loved ones know of your gift on their behalf.

I have set up a Team Heifer page to support Heifer International through A Year of Centuries. My goal is to raise $500. Please make your donation through If you would like more information about Heifer’s work, please visit Whether you give to honor a loved one or make a regular donation, thank you for taking steps to transform the world for the better.

Monday, February 18, 2013

Presidents' Day Math

Happy Presidents’ Day!  It’s also National Engineers Week (February 17 – 23).  Engineers Week always encompasses George Washington’s birthday (February 22) because in addition to being our first president, George Washington has been described as our first engineer.  Hail to the chief with these presidential math questions.  I’ll post the answers tomorrow.

1.     The cherry tree that George Washington chopped down had a 6-inch diameter.  In square inches, what was the cross-sectional area of the resulting stump?  Express your answer in terms of pi.

2. Abraham Lincoln sometimes walked long distances to borrow books from neighbors. Walking at 3 miles per hour, how many minutes would it take him to get to the house of a neighbor who lived 10 miles away?

3. A bag contains a penny, a nickel, a dime, and a quarter. What is the probability that a randomly drawn coin shows a president who served during the 1800s? Express your answer as a common fraction.

4. The following presidents want to sit at a round table together to discuss foreign policy: Chester A. Arthur, James Buchanan, Grover Cleveland, Millard Fillmore, and Andrew Johnson. In how many different ways can they be seated?

5.  George H.W. Bush was born in 1924. In 1968 he was twice as old as his son George W. Bush. In what year was George W. Bush born?

6. A presidential candidate is making bags of trail mix to take on his campaign bus. He has 120 peanuts and 96 jellybeans. He wants to have an identical mixture of peanuts and jellybeans in each bag and use all of the ingredients. What is the maximum number of bags of trail mix that he can make?

7. Woodrow Wilson served two terms as president, from 1913 – 1921. The United States was involved in World War I in 1917 and 1918. For what percent of the years that Woodrow Wilson served was the United Stated involved in WWI?

8. When was the War of 1812?

9. How many presidential elections occurred in the 1900s?

10. Of the 44 presidents of the United States, 23 have had unique first names. The remaining presidents have had the following distribution of first names: Andrew 2, Franklin 2, George 3, James 6, John 4, and William 4. What is the mode of the presidential first names?

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