Fig­ur­ing out the Suns’ 50th and the state’s mil­lionth

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To­day’s ques­tion:

I moved to Phoenix from Ne­braska in the sum­mer of 1968. It was an ex­cit­ing time in many ways, but for Phoenix, that fall marked the in­au­gu­ral sea­son for the Phoenix Suns.

Now the Suns or­ga­ni­za­tion is cel­e­brat­ing its 50th sea­son, and you can see pro­mo­tions show­ing the years 1968 to 2018.

Since I was not one of those star­ing out the win­dow dur­ing math class, I con­tend that this sea­son (2017-2018) rep­re­sents the 49th and not the 50th. The cel­e­bra­tion should be­gin next fall — for those who cel­e­brate th­ese things.

Do you agree? No.

Re­cently, the Ari­zona Repub­lic re­ported that the state of Ari­zona’s pop­u­la­tion has reached 7 mil­lion.

I con­tend that the state’s pop­u­la­tion reached one mil­lion for the first time in 1973-1974.

My Ari­zona na­tive wife, the foun­tain of in­for­ma­tion on all things re­gard­ing Ari­zona, says the mil­lion mark was reached in the late 1960s.

Who is cor­rect? If you agree with me I get to go to a steak­house. Sorry, no steak for you, pal.

The 1960 cen­sus put Ari­zona’s pop­u­la­tion at 1.3 mil­lion, up from about 740,000 in 1950.

Why is it that when you blow on very hot soup, the soup is cooled enough for you to sip it or drink it? For starters, blow­ing across the hot soup evap­o­rates a bit of the hot sur­face just the way a breeze pro­motes evap­o­ra­tion off your sweaty skin.

If you blow into the soup rather than over the sur­face — or if you stir it, the soup cools even more quickly be­cause you bring hot­ter liq­uid from the bot­tom up to the top where the hot lit­tle mol­e­cules can es­cape into the air.

And also by stir­ring the soup, you cre­ate tur­bu­lence — tiny waves — on the flat sur­face which cre­ates more sur­face area to in­ter­act with cooler air.

Val­ley 101 Clay Thomp­son Ari­zona Repub­lic USA TO­DAY NET­WORK

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