Pat Shingleton: "The "V" Formation and Bourbon..."
A few flocks of geese are evident in the area as I often hear the honking over our house. This prompts our guard and attack dog to sprint through the house to let them know who's who... Our four pound Yorkie is much smaller than the birds.
Geese that fly in a "V" formation provide the whole flock with 71% greater flying range than if each bird is on its own. Flying out of formation causes a goose to experience resistence drag and returns to the formation to take advantage of the lifting power from the bird in front of it. When the lead goose tires, it rotates back into formation and another goose takes over the point position. Geese in the rear of the formation honk to encourage those in the front to hold their speed. If a goose gets sick or wounded, two other geese will leave the formation to lend help and protection and will stay with it until death or until it can fly again. In closing, Thomas Jefferson, Governor of Virginia, set aside sixty acres of land in Bourbon County Kentucky for farming. He instructed pioneers to build a permanent structure to raise, store and export “native corn.” The crop turned out to be too perishable and was bulky for transporting. When families consumed only limited amounts of the grain, ingenious farmers utilized Kentucky’s perfect combination of water, climate, and white oak forests to create another product- Kentucky Bourbon. Over the years, a manufacturing boom in Kentucky broke records thus creating jobs. Production of bourbon has increased 21% with more barrels of bourbon in Kentucky than people and the secret to the increase is overseas sales. Local bourbon taster, Billy Edrington, informed me that iron-free water makes the best bourbon.
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